Monday, July 17, 2006

Oh Give me a Bleepin' Break

So the headline of the day is that President Bush used a common expletive while privately discussing the Israeli/Hezbollah situation with British Prime Minister Tony Blair. The men thought the microphones were off.

Really? The use of a swear word is the lead headline? As if it's shocking (shocking!) that a grown man would curse during a private conversation.

The real news is the conflict and how Bush plans to use U.S. influence to help resolve the crisis. In fact, in the very sentence in which Bush swore, he laid out what he thought would be the best course of action. Bush said:

See the irony is what [the UN] need[s] to do is get Syria to get Hezbollah to stop doing this s___ and it's over.

Actually, that's not a horrible idea. If the international community could convince (or force) the backers of Hezbollah to release the Israeli soldiers and stop firing rockets into Israel, then Israel would certainly stop bombing Lebanon. Not an easy task, but it is likely one of the better options open to the international community.

But why make Bush's preferred strategy the headline when the "s___" is so much more fun to crow about? Another shining moment for the American media.


Blogger AubreyJ said...


4:48 PM  
Anonymous Clint said...

I agree, this is just an attempt by the media to make a story out of something that's really not much of a story. I wish our Presidents would swear more actually; at least there's something real there.

On the downside, Bush likes Diet Coke. That stuff is just gross.

1:25 AM  
Blogger cakreiz said...

Ditto. In fact, my reaction was the opposite. All I could think of was LBJ's ghost, scoffing at GWB's weak attempt at profanity. LBJ knew how to speak Texan (no offense, Alan).

8:51 AM  

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