Olbermann: "Mr. Bush & his minions responded by appearing to be too stupid to realize that they had been called 'stupid'" [VIDEO]
Olbermann's latest Special Comment, the first video, addresses it all -- lies, terrorism, indolent media, the dissolution of our nation's greatness...
The second video focuses on the collective lie that is the misunderstanding of John Kerry's comments, for which he has now apologized...
Kerry f*cked up.
But he f*cked up a joke, while Bush did it to a nation. No matter. Bush, Tony Snow, and the GOP decided to take a word mix-up and run with it -- all sound and fury, signifying remarkable cowardice and stupidity (Hat tip: The Bard).
What Kerry meant to say, via a spokesperson: "I canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t overstress the importance of a great education. Do you know where you end up if you donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t study, if you arenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t smart, if youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re intellectually lazy? You end up getting us stuck in a war in Iraq." - Senator John Kerry (via Kerry spokesperson)
What Kerry actually said: "You know, education, if you make the most of it, you study hard, you do your homework and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. If you donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t, you get stuck in Iraq."
What Kerry then said to critics, see video:
"If anyone thinks a veteran would criticize the more than 140,000 heroes serving in Iraq and not the president who got us stuck there, they're crazy. This is the classic G.O.P. playbook. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m sick and tired of these despicable Republican attacks that always seem to come from those who never can be found to serve in war, but love to attack those who did.
IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m not going to be lectured by a stuffed suit White House mouthpiece standing behind a podium, or doughy Rush Limbaugh, who no doubt today will take a break from belittling Michael J. FoxÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s ParkinsonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s disease to start lying about me just as they have lied about Iraq. It disgusts me that these Republican hacks, who have never worn the uniform of our country lie and distort so blatantly and carelessly about those who have.
The people who owe our troops an apology are George W. Bush and Dick Cheney who misled America into war and have given us a Katrina foreign policy that has betrayed our ideals, killed and maimed our soldiers, and widened the terrorist threat instead of defeating it. These Republicans are afraid to debate veterans who live and breathe the concerns of our troops, not the empty slogans of an Administration that sent our brave troops to war without body armor.
Bottom line, these Republicans want to debate straw men because theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re afraid to debate real men. And this time it wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t work because weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re going to stay in their face with the truth and deny them even a sliver of light for their distortions. No Democrat will be bullied by an administration that has a cut and run policy in Afghanistan and a stand still and lose strategy in Iraq."