Bush speech, a post-mortem

The speech in numbers, from the folks at ThinkProgress:


  • References to "September 11": 5
  • References to "weapons of mass destruction": 0
  • References to "freedom": 21
  • References to "exit strategy": 0
  • References to "Saddam Hussein": 2
  • References to "Osama Bin Laden": 2
  • References to "a mistake": 1 (setting a timetable for withdrawal)
  • References to "mission": 11
  • References to "mission accomplished": 0

Faked, from AmericaBlog: "ABC's Terry Moran just reported that the only time Bush got applause was in the middle of his speech when a White House advance team member started clapping all on their own in order to cajole the soldiers into clapping, which they dutifully did... So even the applause was fake."

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