Obama thinks he is a good talker, but he is often undisciplined when he speaks. He needs to understand that as President, his words will be scrutinized and will have impact whether he intends it or not. In this regard, President Bush is an excellent model; Obama should take a lesson from his example. Bush never gets sloppy when he is speaking publicly. He chooses his words with care and precision, which is why his style sometimes seems halting. In the eight years he has been President, it is remarkable how few gaffes or verbal blunders he has committed. If Obama doesn't raise his standards, he will exceed Bush's total before he is inaugurated.
That's Monday. From the Big Thinker of Time Magazine's 2004 Blog Of The Year!
Nov. 12 (Bloomberg) -- President George W. Bush said he regrets the display of the ``Mission Accomplished'' sign as backdrop for a speech he gave about a month after the March 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq.
``To some, it said, well, `Bush thinks the war in Iraq is over,' when I didn't think that,'' he said in a CNN interview today. ``It conveyed the wrong message.”
``I regret saying some things I shouldn't have said,'' Bush said. He cited comments he made after the Sept. 11 attacks, when he said of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden: ``I want justice. There's an old poster out West that said, 'Wanted, dead or alive.'''
He also said he regretted telling Iraqi insurgents in 2003: ``There are some who feel like that the conditions are such that they can attack us there. My answer is, bring 'em on.''
Bush, of course, left out his regrets at nearly and accidently declaring war on China a month into office, getting a good sense of Putin's trustworthy soul, mocking a blind man for wearing sun glasses, invoking a "Crusade" before deploying American troops to Muslim countries, idiotically and bizarrely extolling the virtues of a "peeance and freeance" Iraq on live Tee Vee, flexing his MBA credentials by explaining machines come from a "machine making place", stressing for four years that we have sufficient troops in Iraq before insisting that what we need in Iraq is more troops, promising the American people that anyone involved in the treasonous and national security damaging outing of Valerie Plame as a CIA operative would be fired and then keeping Cheney, Rove, and Libby on the gubment payroll, repeatedly insisting that the U.N. inspectors had been kicked out of Iraq by Saddam Hussein even though they were still in Iraq when Bush announced his intention to attack and invade Iraq, and on and on...
In the interview yesterday, he said, ``My wife reminded me that, `hey, as , be careful what you say.'''