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Bush/Ahmadinejad debate?

August 30, 2006

Socialist Swine asks, “What if Bush and Ahmadinejad were to debate?”  It’s pretty funny stuff, if you don’t mind laughing to avoid being depressed.

I saw Ahmadinejad on 60 minutes, and thought he came across as a very smart guy with a sharp political focus.  This is not unexpected given his engineering background – he is used to difficult topics.  It is worrisome because he is certainly not friendly. 

Our own president is legendary for being inarticulate, though his supporters say he’s smart on the inside where it counts.  I certainly hope so. Kathleen Parker’s theory on Bushisms is that he is very smart and articulate when speaking in his native dialect, which is Texan.  He stumbles when speaking to an audience that – he thinks – would demand a more generic dialect. 

She may be right about this.  I once saw a video of Bush giving a speech when he was governor and he was a very strong speaker.  If this is true, I wish Mr. Bush would quit trying to impress us and just speak as he is comfortable speaking.  Most of us have seen enough episodes of “Dallas” or “King Of The Hill” to be able to navigate Texan, to say nothing of memories of Lyndon Johnson.

Whatever the case, I am not impressed when people say; “Bush may not be the smartest president we’ve had, but he is a man of conviction.”  Convictions can be wrong, and certitude without depth is a recipe for wrong decisions.  Belief is not a substitute for knowledge and understanding, especially in the biggest job on Earth.

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  1. August 30, 2006 at 16:28 | #1

    I think conviction can be useful when contrasted with indecision, wishy-washiness, etc.  And, of course, which is best depends on the circumstances (and the viewer). 

    As for Bush—I have heard that, in a smaller, more intimate (less stage produced) setting, that he is quite charming and personable and articulate, which may tie into Parker’s theory, and also goes a long way as to how he’s actually been a success in the political and money-making arena.  Certainly the more formal and stilted and commanding he tries to be, the worse he comes across.

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