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The President Would Need More Words

Follow up to Politics and Journalism are Stupid:

George W. Bush - Words Speak Louder Than Actions (quicktime, direct link)

Official display on the Comedy Central site (Windows Media, will likely disappear, I think)

This is a rushed semi-transcript of the Daily Show’s short film on George Bush for the RNC.

Jon Stewart
President Bush has made the war on terror the center of his reelection campaign, which is why the campaign film, produced by the RNC focuses exclusively on his handling of that war. The film will be shown at the convention tomorrow night, but, somehow, the Daily Show has obtained an advance copy. We’re very excited to present this sneak preview.

Narrator
(Stephen Colbert)
In a time of unprecedented danger.

President George W. Bush
The American people are safer.

Narrator
With economic uncertainty all around.

Bush
This economy is strong. It’s getting stronger.

Narrator
And on the heels of a national intelligence failure which led a nation to war.

Bush
I think the intelligence I get is darned good intelligence.

Narrator
For four years George W. Bush has used the power of words to overcome insurmountable facts.

[ Center text on screen: George W. Bush - Words Speak Louder Than Actions ]

Narrator
When George Bush began his Presidency he and words had an uncomfortable relationship.

Bush
He [ stumbling ] misunderestimated [sic] the compassion…

Bush
…and other prolifelators [sic]

Bush
[laughs] You talk about subliminable [sic]

Narrator
Then, September 11 2001

Bush
[at ground zero] I can hear you, the rest of the world hears you, and the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon.

Narrator
A country united behind its President and his suddenly powerful use of words.

Bush
The best way to protect the homeland is to hunt the killers down.

Bush
…and we’re going to smoke ‘em out of their caves.

Bush
I couldn’t imagine someone like Osama Bin Laden understanding the joy of Hannukah.

Narrator
[ footage of Osama Bin Laden ] American had one objective in the war on terror.

Bush
Oh we’ll get Bin Laden…

Bush
…and bring him to justice.

Bush
…dead or alive.

Narrator
Unfortunately, Bin Laden was a really good hider. And the President soon realized…

Bush
The objective is not Bin Laden.

Narrator
Because…

Bush
Saddam Hussein is a threat to peace.

Bush
Saddam Hussein is a menace.

Bush
You can’t distinguish between al Quaida and Saddam when you talk about the war on terror.

Narrator
Could powerful words of association turn this

[ a newspaper with Bin Laden - Wanted Dead or Alive morphs into a Saddam Hussein ‘ace’ card ]

Narrator
into this?

Narrator
The President would need more words.

Bush
Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium.

Narrator
Terrifying words.

Bush
…mobile biological weapons labs.

Bush
…poison gas.

Bush
…mustard gas.

Bush
…torture chambers.

Bush
…sarin nerve gas.

Bush
…rape rooms.

Bush
…VX nerve gas.

Bush
…50 tons of mustard gas on a turkey farm.

Bush
…weapons of mass destruction.

Bush
…weapons of mass destruction.

Bush
…weapons of mass destruction.

Bush
…weapons of mass destruction.

Narrator
Scared shitless, the country rallied. And victory was proclaimed with words written [ Mission Accomplished banner ] and spoken [ Bush in pilots uniform ]

Bush
Major combat operations in Iraq have ended. The United States and our allies have prevailed.

Narrator
Strong words, but reality wasn’t down for the count.

[ explosion from bombing, combat footage ]

Bush
We’re making good progress in Iraq.

[ more combat footage ]

Narrator
The President’s words fought valiantly.

Bush
We’re shutting down networks that trade in the means to produce the technologies of mass murder.

Narrator
But the facts were about to open a second front.

David Kay The intelligence service believed that there were WMD. It turns out we were all wrong.

Narrator
The facts were tightening the noose. It would be the President’s words greatest challenge.

Bush
The Kay report identified dozens of weapons of mass destruction related program activities.

Narrator
[ freeze frame, zooming in on Bush ] Weapons of mass destruction related program activities.

Narrator
The President had courageously modified the war’s justification.

Bush
We were right to go into Iraq.

Bush
Sometimes it’s hard to tell it if you listen to the filter.

Narrator
So don’t listen to the filter. Or the facts. Listen to the words.

Bush
The world is more peaceful and more free under my leadership.

Bush
I’m an optimist.

Bush
I’m an optimist.

Bush
We’re going to get attacked again.

Narrator
George W. Bush - because he says so.