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March 17, 2005

"Shecky Bush"

Why I don't read Time much:

What makes the pre-planned events seem so life-like at times is that the President can't help interjecting a little of his own banter, swerving the conversation into odd corners. He even at times has a comedian's good timing. When one young college student describes the return on Social Security as "didley-poo," Bush interjects: "it's a financial term." Audiences love hisShriner-style quips...

The Shecky Bush show loosens the guests too. When [an audience member] suggests he has children the President's age and Bush notes that would have made him an eight year old father, the bookseller says: "Well, I'm in Kentucky."

The article doesn't mention that the so called "A Conversation on Strengthening Social Security" town hall meetings that Mr. Bush has been holding across the country are nothing more than conversations with himself, staged events where handpicked participants go through rehearsals the night before and merely echo what he's saying.

The article doesn't mention that the "regular Americans" who fill up Mr. Bush's town hall meetings "love his quips" because they're mostly Republican faithful gathered up by the local party committee or bused in by privatization advocates like Freedomworks.

Neither does the article mention that the "hecklers" shut out of these "town hall meetings" financed by taxpayer money are citizens deprived of the chance to speak because they dare question Mr. Bush.

posted at 11:59 PM by Wonky Muse

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