George W, Michael Moore & Osama bin Laden?

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michael-moore d.jpgThe publicists of George W. Bush‘s memoir, Decision Points, have not put me on their distro list so I don’t yet have the book. I may wait until it gets really cheap on Amazon’s used bookseller list, but in the mean time, i leafed through a copy that someone on my Abu Dhabi bound plane had.
I saw this passage that just seemed to be part of Bush’s typical reckless swagger:

In 2000, our October Surprise had come in the form of the DUI revelation. In 2004, it came from Osama bin Laden. On October 29, the al Qaeda leader released a videotape threatening Americans with “another Manhattan” and mocking my response to 9/11 in the Florida classroom. It sounded like he was plagiarizing Michael Moore. “Americans will not be intimidated or influenced by an enemy of our country,” I said. John Kerry made a similar statement of resolve.

W’s easy slide into comparing policy activist Michael Moore to Osama bin Laden is really gross and demonstrates how little George W. Bush ultimately respected the rights of American citizens to question their leaders and yes, to doubt their own government and its course in the aftermath of 9/11. Bush and Vice President Cheney did more to undermine the system of checks and balances in the US government than any other leadership team in modern American history.
I think that the work Michael Moore does is vital and helps the nation see beyond what a homogenized political and media culture feed it.
George W. Bush wasn’t all bad, and I really do need to read and review the book, but he was bad in too many ways. This Michael Moore/Osama bin Laden slime helps to remind of much that Bush got wrong.
I learned that Michael Moore will be on Larry King Live and Real Time with Bill Maher tomorrow and will be interesting to know if this comes up.
— Steve Clemons

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10 comments on “George W, Michael Moore & Osama bin Laden?

  1. Hublot Big bang says:

    Life is too short to wake up in the morning with regrets. So, love the people who treat you right and forget about the ones who do not.

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  2. plato says:

    “Doesn’t Bush Derangement Syndrome ever go away?” (Nadine)
    Doesn’t the infantile partisan obsession ever go away???

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  3. nadine says:

    “Interesting that Bush accuses someon else of plagiarizing in light of reports regarding his own memoir.”
    …would that be those Huffpo charges that Bush was committing plagarism by quoting HIMSELF? Just because Woodward had already used the quote in his own book, Bush is no longer allowed to remember or use his own words in his own memoir?
    How absurd can you get? Doesn’t Bush Derangement Syndrome ever go away?

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  4. KWD says:

    Interesting that Bush accuses someon else of plagiarizing in light of reports regarding his own memoir.

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  5. JohnH says:

    “The publicists have not put me on their distro list so I don’t yet have the book.”
    Wow, Steve, you’re really on the back 40. On Thursday the book was already for sale in Paris in French.
    If I’d known, I have sent you a copy!

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  6. sanitychecker says:

    >> George W. Bush wasn’t all bad
    Aside from that, Mrs Lincoln, how was the play?

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  7. DakotabornKansan says:
  8. PissedOffAmerican says:

    “Bush never denies Michael Moore his right to grow rich by making anti-American propaganda…”
    You must be terribly jealous. Here you are making zip for doing exactly what you accuse Moore of.

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  9. sdemetri says:

    Princeton historian Sean Wilentz made some good comparisons
    in his New Yorker piece about Glenn Beck and the Tea Party.
    Beck, quoting from literature that conservative William F. Buckley
    found extremist, rendering conservatives unelectable, may have
    even signaled a shift toward fascism in the conservative
    movement, regularly makes similar arguments equating
    progressive Americans with Socialists and Communists. Wilentz
    points to Buckley’s disdain for the extremists that couldn’t make
    what was clearly a moral distinction between American
    progressives and these other ideologies.
    Buckley’s support of Nixon and then Reagan, Wilentz argued,
    helped push the mainstream conservative movement away from
    the extremists but he also argued that in the power vacuum at
    the head of the conservative movement since Reagan, the
    movement has tended more and more toward the extreme views
    Buckley railed against, now apparently embodied in Beck and
    the Tea Party.
    Bush making the association between Michael Moore and Bin
    Laden may be this dynamic in action. Moore is certainly not a
    terrorist with the blood of many hundreds on his hands. No
    amount of demonization by the right can change that fact. But
    the play that such characterizations gets among the right serves
    to promote the win-at-all-cost extremism we see today with
    the right, and which Buckley was at odds with.
    Wilentz was careful to characterize Buckley as a life-long
    McCarthy supporter and opponent of New Deal reforms. He was
    a conservative’s conservative. And yet, he had the decency,
    integrity, civility to recognize there is a clear moral distinction
    between American progressives and the ideologies, some of
    which our system has borrowed from (a socialist medical system
    in the Veterans admin), that most agree are failed systems in
    their historical forms. To me, the Bush era represents a radical
    shift to the right. There is not much surprising in his extreme
    rhetoric.

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  10. nadine says:

    Steve, in the passage you quote, Bush never denies Michael Moore his right to grow rich by making anti-American propaganda; Bush merely points out that Osama bin Laden obviously saw Michael Moore’s films and decided to sound just like them.
    Since 2004, Osama bin Laden has endorsed the major Democratic talking points before each election, up to and including warnings on the environment and global warming, not known heretofore a major jihadi platform plank. We have the tapes. The comparison isn’t a product of George Bush’s imagination.
    Osama bin Laden obviously thinks Michale Moore’s products are very helpful to al Qaeda. That’s why he endorses them by repeatedly echoing their main points.
    Unsurprisingly, the Left would rather not notice this and be forced to deal with the implications about the aid and comfort to the enemy that Michael Moore is supplying.
    But when you can’t even repeat the plain meaning of the passage you quote without twisting it to avoid this elephant in the middle of the room, it makes you sound like you are lost somewhere deep in a PC left-wing bubble.

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