Tuesday, May 27, 2008

That Fifth Dentist

Four out of five Americans now believe the USA is on the wrong track, but as every viewer of tee-vee commercials for toothpaste knows, there's always a stubborn outlier who defies the consensus.

One such fifth dentist is commenter ChicagoJohn, who has lately chipped in comment after comment, such as this one:

But the idea that Bush somehow said: "I'm going to sacrifice golf for the Iraq war" is a deliberate lie.
Granted, I am not aware of Bush having uttered the quoted phrase. But are there instances in which Bush "somehow said" the same thing by use of a slightly different sequence of words? Or is the very suggestion a "deliberate lie"? Not that it matters on the level of habeus corpus or torture, but let's gazoogle it and see! Actually, I didn't even need the googles to find this, but already had a recent transcript linked by Dentist #5 himself:
[Reporter]: Mr. President, you haven't been golfing in recent years. Is that related to Iraq?

THE PRESIDENT: Yes, it really is. I don't want some mom whose son may have recently died to see the Commander-in-Chief playing golf. I feel I owe it to the families to be as -- to be in solidarity as best as I can with them. And I think playing golf during a war just sends the wrong signal.
Is the non-golfing related to Iraq, Bush is asked; yes, it really is, Bush answers, and then briefly expands on that answer.

Clearly Bush suffers from Bush Derangement Syndrome, the blinding hatred of his own presidency that ensnares him in, you know, deliberate lies and such. Speaking of all that, there has been much back and forth over this exchange from the same interview:
[Reporter]: Mr. President, was there a particular moment or incident that brought you to that decision, or how did you come to that?

THE PRESIDENT: No, I remember when de Mello, who was at the U.N., got killed in Baghdad as a result of these murderers taking this good man's life. And I was playing golf -- I think I was in central Texas -- and they pulled me off the golf course and I said, it's just not worth it anymore to do.
In the comments, Dentist #5 has thrown himself into to the defense of our so-called president, insisting that this answer stopped between the "o" in the word "No" and the comma immediately after it; the rest of the president's answer, the part that amounts to a detailed yes -- consisting of the president's anecdote about having had a round of golf interrupted by deadly news from Iraq, and arriving at the epiphany that it's just worth it to play golf -- only seems responsive to the question as asked.

Perceptive observers like Dentist #5 realize everything in that answer following the word "no" doesn't mean anything and doesn't count. It doesn't count because Dentist #5 says it doesn't. Bush cannot and does not, despite what he says here, connect a "particular moment or incident" with his heroic decision to stop playing golf, even though all that stuff following the comma leaves precisely that impression. No, no, no! Bush's answer stopped at no! He said no and he meant no! Any citation of this colloquy that goes beyond the word no represents Bush Derangement Syndrome at its vilest.

Here's the video of the relevant portions of the interview referenced above:


ChicagoJohn said...

When four out of five people supported Bush, were you the fifth?


Dale said...

When 4/5 people supported Bush, yes, I was happily the 5th.