Wednesday, October 17, 2007

President Bush Then and Now

The past few days, I've debated posting this video, because it is disrespectful to our president. It suggests that he is headed toward senility. I am no doctor, not even close, and I have absolutely no idea how legitimate the diagnosis talked about in the video is.

But here's why I posted it: I have watched extensive video of George Bush as a young man and when he ran for governor. The difference is quite simply striking. You cannot deny it, check it out for yourself. I mean, you can't say "well it's because you are cherry picking quotes," because I listen to him speak all the time, and know he's bad, and I know I've never seen him speak as well as in the clips I've seen of him from eight or 12 or 20 years ago (beyond the two clips shown above). And if there was ever a time for him to speak clearly and without notes, it would be when President Bush was debating Senator John Kerry in 2004. I watched those debates, the president never sounded as good then as in his 1994 debate with Texas Governor Anne Richards.

That's all this is about. Here's a clip from the 2000 campaign, I don't think we see him this good any more, either. Again, try to put aside the political message, because that's really not the point of this post. I tried to get clean clips of him from back then, but just couldn't find any. If anyone does, let me know and I'll change the post.

I mean he was damn good. I don't know, it's just crazy to me.

1 comment:

Chris Meehan said...

The first time I ever saw GWB speak was in 1998 or 1999; I had been told that President Bush's oldest son was a great politician, and would probably win the presidency in 2000. So, one night flipping around I caught him on CSPAN, and prepared to be blown away. Well, I remember being decidely unimpressed as he spoke slowly and stumbled. Not sure what to make of it, but thought I'd throw it out there. Guess I misunderestimated him.