Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Clinton's Portrait

I've heard quite a bit of uproar from some of my fellow conservatives regarding President Bush's remarks about Clinton during the Clinton and Clinton picture dedication. In particular, I heard Michael Savage on the radio going a bit nuts. A bit of perspective:

President Bush really didn't say anything all that nice about Clinton. Anyone with even a minor grasp of the English language should be able to realize that President Bush didn't really say anything at all!

Robert Thornton wrote a delightful booklet called Lexicon of Intentionally Ambiguous Recommendations, containing such gems as these:

"He has made immeasurable contributions to our firm"
"She takes a lot of enjoyment out of her work."
"I am pleased to say that this candidate is a former colleague of mine."

Now were all educated conservatives here, right? I'm sure we can all agree that those three statements above really don't say a darn thing, do they? But ... they sound good to the average dullard.

Now, from President Bush' Speech:

"The years have done a lot to clarify the strengths of this man."
"He filled this house with energy and joy."
"And meeting those expectations took more than charm and intellect -- it took hard work and drive and determination and optimism."

Does President Bush say that Clinton was a moral man? A good example for youth? A successful president? Nope. President Bush did what a president has to do ... he was congenial and diplomatic to a guest in the White House; and I remember Clinton acting similarly congenial to Senator Bob Dole about a year after Sen. Dole lost his bid for the White House. President Bush did not; however, "sing the praises" of Clinton or "lay it on thick." To the contrary: President Bush hardly said anything about Clinton at all.

BTW, nice pant suit, Hillary.

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