What W Really Meant to Say Last Night
A slightly edited transcript of President Bush's speech
28 June 2005
Thank you and good evening. I am pleased to visit
(That was a joke. Karl thought it would be a good idea to start with a joke. Lighten the mood.)
The terrorists who attacked us – and the terrorists we face – hate freedom, reject tolerance, and despise all dissent. Do not be fooled into mistaking them for members of the Republican Party. These people wear towels on their heads and sleep with camels. Republicans wear bowties and sleep with their mistresses. Towels... bowties. Camels... mistresses. It’s something I think about every day.
The people we are fighting today are just like the people who attacked us on 9/11. They have the same names and everything. Many appear to be named
A great terrorist once said.... “the whole world is watching this war,” which is true, except for my wife
Our progress has been uneven, but progress is being made. We are building roads, and schools, and clinics..... and rebuilding them after they get blown up. Sometimes four or five times. The
Over 40 nations have committed billions of dollars to the reconstruction efforts. We thank them, and Halliburton thanks them.
One year ago today, we restored sovereignty to the Iraqi people. They haven’t noticed yet, but someday they will—and they’ll be grateful.
In January 2005, 8 million Iraqi men and women voted in elections that were free and fair. That’s more than you can say about the people of
Have I mentioned 9/11 yet?
We fight today because terrorists want to attack our country and kill our citizens – and
So we will fight them there … we will fight them across the world – and we will stay in the fight until either the fight is won or we decide to attack another country. I’m thinking
The principal task of our military is to find and defeat the terrorists – and that is why we are so offensive. And as we pursue the terrorists, our military is helping to train Iraqi Security Forces so that they can defend their people and we can go start another war.
Our strategy can be summed up this way: As the Iraqis stand up, we will stand down. And as they roll over and play dead, we will play Red Rover Red Rover, Won’t You Come Over. It’s a fun game. You really ought to try it.
I refuse to set a timetable for the removal of our troops. The White House is not a train, and I am not a conductor. I did have a
We will stay in
The American people know what it means to fight for freedom. We fought a revolution, and a civil war, and against tyranny in the 20th century, just so I could be placed into the highest office in the land by a Supreme Court made up of my dad’s golfing buddies. Grotesque riches and unchecked power for the privileged few--that’s what makes this country great.
So as you celebrate July 4th, please remember to support our troops. Wave a flag, send a letter to a soldier, or find someone with a “no blood for oil” bumpersticker and beat the living crap out of him.
Our liberal enemies are brutal—and so are the terrorists. But they are no match for the men and women of the Republican Party.Thank you. And may God help us all.