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There has been a good deal of criticism on this site of the President for his speech at the opening of the Bush library. Some commenters feel that he should have spoken to bury W not to praise him. The point being ignored is that the President has to make nice, but we don't. Not only domestic corporate media would have reacted negatively to criticism of Bush in a speech at the dedication of his library, the world of international diplomacy would have, as well.

OTOH, nothing is stopping us from responding to the platitudes in the press with a few inconvenient facts. This is a particular case of a point that I keep making. As a citizen, you aren't a spectator of the political game, you are a participant. Each one of us doesn't have the "bully pulpit" that the President has, but all together we have even more audience than he has.  

I wrote a LTE to a local newspaper; you might prefer to post on a blog for a broadcast medium. I avoid posting LTEs, letters to the editor, until they have been published (or, occasionally, until it is clear that they won't be published). The last sentence of my response to a Bush Library story, however, gives the flavor of the letter:

The striking thing about the Bush administration was how many minor sleazy details would have been major scandals for any other administration.

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  •  I've always been partial to letters to the editor. (1+ / 0-)
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    I would like to read your whole letter, if you could link to it. Thanks!

  •  T & R and agreed 110% (4+ / 0-)
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    second gen, vcmvo2, Quicklund, michelewln

    In fact, the speech was not all that laudatory of Bush. Reviewing his life as a child and youth and etc. and describing him as likeable. Didn't applaud much of Bush's policy agenda, but used his support for immigration to launch a dig at the current Congress (which is actually an edgy thing to do in this kind of "ceremonial" event). It wasn't a "damned with faint praise" kind of presentation, but it wasn't a whole lot more generous than that. I know one when I see it, I've had to write one or two in my career.  The "we'll always remember the time you....." that sounds like the departing boss was a great guy, but everybody in the audience is thinking "yeah, we'll always remember that time you were such an SOB/jackass/idiot"

    “Texas is a so-called red state, but you’ve got 10 million Democrats here in Texas. And …, there are a whole lot of people here in Texas who need us, and who need us to fight for them.” President Obama

    by Catte Nappe on Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 02:51:36 PM PDT

  •  Louie DePalma to the hairdresser (Ted Dansen) in (0+ / 0-)

    the Taxi episode The Unkindest Cut. Especially at 6:30:

    "They will not collect a ransom in exchange for not crashing the American economy. The full faith and credit of the United States of America is not a bargaining chip."

    by TofG on Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 03:59:49 PM PDT

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