Saturday, September 22, 2007


George W. Bush is many things. He is an embarrassment to this nation. He is the poster boy for the conservative movement that has infected our democracy. And he is an absolute ideologue. Of the many asinine and mean spirited things he said at his press conference the other day (video below), his comment about "Mandela" being dead has managed to piss off even more of the worlds' population. While I despise George W. Bush for his thoughtless and mean spirited assault on people who are not part of his hateful and dishonest movement, I also cannot get past really blaming those who supported him in 2000 and especially 2004. Believe me, I have tried very hard to understand how voters could have missed seeing the damage this man and this movement has brought to our country. I'm finding it hard to forgive them, even to this day, because it was their refusal to put the interests of our country ahead of partisan politics and personal self interest that is ultimately responsible for bringing this once great nation down to the status of laughing stock.

Nelson Mandela is still very much alive despite an embarrassing gaffe by U.S. President George W. Bush, who alluded to the former South African leader's death in an attempt to explain sectarian violence in Iraq. "It's out there. All we can do is reassure people, especially South Africans, that President Mandela is alive," Achmat Dangor, chief executive officer of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, said as Bush's comments received worldwide coverage.
In a speech defending his administration's Iraq policy, Bush said former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's brutality had made it impossible for a unifying leader to emerge and stop the sectarian violence that has engulfed the Middle Eastern nation.
"I heard somebody say, Where's Mandela?' Well, Mandela's dead because Saddam Hussein killed all the Mandelas," Bush, who has a reputation for verbal faux pas, said in a press conference in Washington on Thursday.Jailed for 27 years for fighting white minority rule, Mandela became South Africa's first black president in 1994. He won a Nobel Peace Prize for preaching racial harmony and guiding the nation peacefully into the post-apartheid era.References to his death -- Mandela is now 89 and increasingly frail -- are seen as insensitive in South Africa

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