Monday, January 16, 2006

Sans Sincerity

Is it me or did anyone else sense that Mr. Bush may have been speaking the words, but not meaning them? He spent all of one minute talking, making swift reference to a man who is larger in stature, life, morality, and ethics than all of the W, Rove and Co put together (which is not hard to do, it seems).

By the way, I can think of at least ten other ways that would have been more productive to spend the official MLK, Jr. day other than visiting a document written by Abe Lincoln that has yet to be fully realized. A president has it with in his power to do a whole lot more than simply mention MLK in passing as he conducts a perfunctory visit to the national archive. How about spending the day working for unity and peace in this very country, for one? Incidentally, is it me or did you get the same sense that he was as sincere about having your family visit NOLA? Come on to the National Archive and visit your history? Come on.

9:00 A.M. EST

THE PRESIDENT: It seems fitting on Martin Luther King Day that I come and look at the Emancipation Proclamation in its original form. Abraham Lincoln recognized that all men are created equal. Martin Luther King lived on that admonition to call our country to a higher calling, and today we celebrate the life of an American who called Americans to account when we didn't live up to our ideals.

Allen, thanks for having me. I would strongly recommend our fellow citizens come to this house of archives -- a house that archives a lot of our important documents. It's really an amazing place; it's really fascinating. I appreciate you and your staff, thanking you.

All right, thank you all. See you later today.

END 9:01 A.M. EST


Tune slinking through my itunes: Pride by U2:

"Pride (In The Name Of Love)"

One man come in the name of love
One man come and go
One man come, he to justify
One man to overthrow

In the name of love
What more in the name of love
In the name of love
What more in the name of love

One man caught on a barbed wire fence
One man he resist
One man washed on an empty beach.
One man betrayed with a kiss

In the name of love
What more in the name of love
In the name of love
What more in the name of love

(nobody like you...)

Early morning, April 4
Shot rings out in the Memphis sky
Free at last, they took your life
They could not take your pride

In the name of love
What more in the name of love
In the name of love
What more in the name of love
In the name of love
What more in the name of love...
One man come in the name of love,
One man he resist
One man heat a justify

3 comments:

Kvatch said...

A president has it with in his power to do a whole lot more than simply mention MLK in passing as he conducts a perfunctory visit to the national archive.

So true.

Mr. President, I might suggest a...a visit to the King Library...you miserable tool.

enigma4ever said...

great post windpsike....and yeah, only one word came to mind as I saw him go to the Photo-op ( because to him that is all it was- and I didn't listen to him- I left him muted)...the one word? HYPOCRITE..period.

Loved the song you picked..( we live and breathe U2- I have told my son if I ever meet Bono that 's it I will die and go to heaven right then and there)

The song that I have been listening to today is Tracy Chapman - America- you gotta hear it- it is ALL about what is going on right here and right now.

Be sure to go over to No Blood for Hubris and see and read and listen to Al Gore's Speech at Constitution Hall- it was Unreal...

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