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Thursday, May 01, 2008

Happy Mission Accomplished Day

"My fellow Americans: Major combat operations in Iraq have ended. In the battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed. (Applause.) And now our coalition is engaged in securing and reconstructing that country."
-The Decider, May 1, 2003

Remember the flight suit he wore as he bravely landed on the USS Lincoln?

And how did the liberal media respond?

"The war winds down, politics heats up.... Picture perfect. Part Spider-Man, part Tom Cruise, part Ronald Reagan. The president seizes the moment on an aircraft carrier in the Pacific."
(PBS's Gwen Ifill, 5/2/03, on George W. Bush's "Mission Accomplished" speech)

"We're proud of our president. Americans love having a guy as president, a guy who has a little swagger, who's physical, who's not a complicated guy like Clinton or even like Dukakis or Mondale, all those guys, McGovern. They want a guy who's president. Women like a guy who's president. Check it out. The women like this war. I think we like having a hero as our president. It's simple. We're not like the Brits."
(MSNBC's Chris Matthews, 5/1/03)

"He looked like an alternatively commander in chief, rock star, movie star, and one of the guys."
(CNN's Lou Dobbs, on Bush's 'Mission Accomplished' speech, 5/1/03)

"Why don't the damn Democrats give the president his day? He won today. He did well today."
(MSNBC's Chris Matthews, 4/9/03)

"What's he going to talk about a year from now, the fact that the war went too well and it's over? I mean, don't these things sort of lose their--Isn't there a fresh date on some of these debate points?"
(MSNBC's Chris Matthews, speaking about Howard Dean--4/9/03)

"If image is everything, how can the Democratic presidential hopefuls compete with a president fresh from a war victory?"
(CNN's Judy Woodruff, 5/5/03)

"It is amazing how thorough the victory in Iraq really was in the broadest context..... And the silence, I think, is that it's clear that nobody can do anything about it. There isn't anybody who can stop him. The Democrats can't oppose--cannot oppose him politically."
(Washington Post reporter Jeff Birnbaum-- Fox News Channel, 5/2/03)

"Now that the war in Iraq is all but over, should the people in Hollywood who opposed the president admit they were wrong?"
(Fox News Channel's Alan Colmes, 4/25/03)

"I doubt that the journalists at the New York Times and NPR or at ABC or at CNNare going to ever admit just how wrong their negative pronouncements were over the past four weeks."
(MSNBC's Joe Scarborough, 4/9/03)

"Maybe disgraced commentators and politicians alike, like Daschle, Jimmy Carter, Dennis Kucinich, and all those others, will step forward tonight and show the content of their character by simply admitting what we know already: that their wartime predictions were arrogant, they were misguided and they were dead wrong. Maybe, just maybe, these self-anointed critics will learn from their mistakes. But I doubt it. After all, we don't call them 'elitists' for nothing."
(MSNBC's Joe Scarborough, 4/10/03)

"Over the next couple of weeks when we find the chemical weapons this guy was amassing, the fact that this war was attacked by the left and so the right was so vindicated, I think, really means that the left is going to have to hang its head for three or four more years."
(Fox News Channel's Dick Morris, 4/9/03)

2 Comments:

At 5/02/2008 7:15 AM, Blogger JACK BOO said...

It's a universally accepted fact that the post military invasion planning was fraught with numerous mistakes and miscalculations. Fact is, this probably the most controversy-free subject in American politics today. And Bush deserves the lion's share of the blame. But at this point, it's old news and bitching about an ill advised banner on a boat 5 years ago has all the relevance and gravity of a lapel pin controversy (Unless McCain shows up with a Confederate flag lapel pin on his jacket of course, in which case I suspect this blog will deem lapel pins quite important and newsworthy in very short order. But then again, maybe I'm taking too seriously how certain blogs could extrapolate enough offense-worthy material from something like American Idol contestants visiting the White House to come to that conclusion). Where we go from here is the issue now. The banner is long gone, Hillary's sniper fire has subsided, and Barack's spiritual mentor has a sweet book deal...Time to move on.

At any rate, to suggest that the media is somehow pro-Bush and by extension pro-conservative with these selective quotes (Chris Matthews! Alan Colmes!!!) is beyond laughable. The recent Harvard study on media bias and a host of polling data from Pew and others have put this little make believe controversy to rest for good.

 
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