the bush twins spoke yesterday

personally i dont give much credence to the spouses/offspring of elected officials, but since everyone is freaking out about their speech i figured i should put it on here for the record. (via Seattle PI)

plus my true love questioned their sobriety. (bolded emphasises mine)

JENNA BUSH: It’s great to be here. We love Arnold. Isn’t he awesome?

Thanks to him, if one of us ever decides to marry a Democrat, nobody can complain, except maybe our grandmother, Barbara. And if she doesn’t like it, we would definitely hear about it.

We already know she doesn’t like some of our clothes, our music, or most of the TV shows we watch.

Gammie, we love you dearly, but you’re just not very hip.

She thinks “Sex and the City” is something married people do, but never talk about.

We spent the last four years trying to stay out of the spotlight. Sometimes, we did a little better job than others.

We kept trying to explain to my dad that when we are young and irresponsible, well, we’re young and irresponsible.

BARBARA BUSH: Jenna and I are really not very political, but we love our dad too much to stand back and watch from the sidelines.

We realized that this would be his last campaign, and we wanted to be a part of it.

Besides, since we’ve graduated from college, we’re looking around for something to do for the next few years.

Kind of like dad.

JENNA: Our parents have always encouraged us to be independent and dream big. We’ve spent a lot of time at the White House, so when we showed up the first day, we thought we had it all figured out. But apparently my dad already has a chief of staff, named Andy.

BARBARA: When your dad’s a Republican and you go to Yale, you learn to stand up for yourself.

I knew I wasn’t quite ready to be president, but number two sounded pretty good.

Who is this man they call Dick Cheney?

JENNA: I think I know a lot about campaigns. After all, my grandfather and my dad have both run for president, so I put myself in charge of strategy. Then I got an angry call from some guy named Karl.

BARBARA: We knew we had something to offer. I mean, we’ve traveled the world; we’ve studied abroad. But when we started coming home with foreign policy advise, dad made us call Condi.

JENNA: Not to be deterred, we thought surely there’s a place for strong willed, opinionated women in communications. And next thing we know, Karen’s back.

BARBARA: So we decided the best thing we could do here tonight would be to introduce somebody we know and love.

JENNA: You know all those times when you’re growing up and your parents embarrass you? Well, this is payback time on live TV.

BARBARA: Take this. I know it’s hard to believe, but our parents’ favorite term of endearment for each other is actually Bushy.

And we had a hamster, too. Let’s just say ours didn’t make it.

JENNA: But, contrary to what you might read in the papers, our parents are actually kind of cool. They do know the difference between mono and Bono. When we tell them we’re going to see Outkast, they know it’s a band and not a bunch of misfits. And if we really beg them, they’ll even shake it like a Polaroid picture.

BARBARA: So, OK, maybe they have learned a little pop culture from us, but we’ve learned a lot more from them about what matters in life, about unconditional love, about focus and discipline.

They taught us the importance of a good sense of humor, of being open-minded and treating everyone with respect.

And we learned the true value of honesty and integrity.

JENNA: When you grow up as the daughters of George and Laura Bush, you develop a special appreciation for how blessed we are to live in this great country.

We are so proud to be here tonight to introduce someone who read us bedtime stories, picked up car pool, made us our favorite peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and cheered for us when we scored a goal, even when it was for the wrong team.

BARBARA: Someone who told us we actually looked cute in braces, always welcomed our friends and was there waiting when we came home at curfew.

JENNA: Ladies and gentlemen, one of the two most loving, thoughtful people we know.

BARBARA: Your president and our dad, George W. Bush.

wonkette called it a disappointment + no more speeches from the twins + violet butcher

from the comments section

of the busblog:

our first exchange came after i wrote about missing Danielle:

Thank god. Back to a well written creative post and off the political hateration…at least for a minute.

– Derek

which is the normal sort of comment i get when i spend more than one post writing about politics, even though theres a convention going on. anyway, this is how i replied

pardon me for giving a crap about my government during an election year. – tony

and so Derek, a good reader and fan wrote back with:

o come on tony…just giving you a hard time. I’m extremely glad you give a crap about our government. however, given your obvious intelligence, i’d hardly say your recent posts have much to do with your concern about our government, but much to do with your hatred of the president, petty jokes about meaningless things, silly controversies over booing, and the cheapest of all media ploys – taking quotes out of context to try to make a point.

I mean, come on, I’m not crazy about him either, but you know what he was trying to say. You can never “win” a war on terrorism. It will always exist. It always has. They will never raise a white flag and the war will be over. If we stop fighting a “war” on terrorism because we think we’ve won, then that is exactly when we will surely lose.


i have recently been fascinated when people agree with the president’s first idea that this is indeed an unwinable war, and they defend him, but then they say nothing of the fact that he flip flopped and has begun saying at every chance that he can that we will win this war. whatev, this is what i wrote back

i would have to disagree with you derek, i did not take that quote out of context. i gave you the entire chunk where lauer asked the question and the president answered and the lauer follow-up and the president’s follow up.

what i didnt include was how after the president put his foot in his mouth lauer changed the subject and asked about the bush twins’ age.

and then i linked to the entire interview.

cheap media ploy? hardly.

hearing the president say that the war is unwinable is mindblowing. no i didnt know what he was trying to say other than the war is unwinable.

after being kicked in the head by the dems and his own people now he is saying that the war is not only winable but we are winning.

so apparently the war is winable according to the president, and the dems, and me.

it was a huge gaffe and indicative to the republicans’ Fear Doctrine that they think will assure them four more years.

I do not “hate” the president. I do hate the fact that he and his people are trying to make us so fearful of this unknown enemy that we will run to their awaiting arms to protect us.

even though they were the ones who ignored the cia report warning of osama and then let the bin ladin family fly home, etc etc etc

i also got a little heat for questioning the instapundit as i did yesterday for not mentioning the president’s flip flop on something as trivial as this unwinable/winable war.

several people wondered why i cared about the worlds most powerful blogger. some called him boring. some asked me to ignore him.

While I often enjoy reading your commentary and thoughts, I think you should try to define your views as FOR something rather than AGAINST instapundit. I get it. You don’t agree with him. But do we really need another instapundit-didn’t-write-what-I-wanted-him-to blog? – Mike

an interesting point, although not one that many bloggers or politicians follow. the instapundit, as i pointed out in the post that Mike commented on mentioned Kerry 7 times and mentioned the word “Bush” only 6 times throughout 35 posts.

and i sincerly doubt if you look through my archives that i have established positions about Anything solely based around being AGAINST someone else’s blog.

but what the Instapundit is doing is trying to comment and present ideas about politics unless they go against his ideals. it would be like a baseball columnist based in new york NOT writing about yesterday’s 22-0 loss.

that guy’s readers would be all, wtf?

i am a reader of glenn reynolds, and im all wtf.

tell people what happened, spin it if you must, but dont bury it. nazis buried news.

anyway, here is my response to the criticsm above:

instapundit is the most popular blogger. his power and influence around the blogosphere is huge. i’ve also met him, i enjoy his writing, and i appreciate his blog.

because of that it bothers me, as a reader, when i see him take his good thing and turn it into another Drudge Report.

it worries me when he turns his back on real news of the day and ignores it by burying his head in the sand on topics that will not hurt his candidate if he talks about them, but will hurt his blog if he continues to look the other way on Anything that is negative when it comes to the current administration.

and yes it’s annoying.

im not upset when Glenn doesnt write what i dont want him to write about, i get upset when Glenn doesnt write about what is huge news about the president of the united fucking states.

i look to blogs like his to give us republican points of views on these topics. shit, even Drudge linked the “unwinable” war story, so on this topic Glenn isnt even on par with drudge.

i admire his determination to blogging. i admire how prolific he is. but it bothers me that he is so paranoid that if he shines a light on the not-so-glorious moments of this administration that somehow he could possibly hurt the guy who he wants to win.

but what i really worry about is the fact that soooo many “moderate” blogs will not criticize Glenn because they are afraid that if they get on his shitlist then he will never link him and thus they wont get the instalanche that so many blogger want.

it also worries me that some bloggers who do get regular links to Glenn wont criticize him because now they rely on his hits to keep their hitcount up so that their BlogAds remain profitable.

Mike, you shouldnt be concerned when i question the motives and actions of the world’s most popular blogger, you should be concerned when i dont.

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