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April 25, 2007 by barbara

by barbara

Today, Laura Bush told Americans that no one suffers more than she and their president on account of the war in Iraq. You can see the clip here. I must tell you that I have cruelly misjudged the Bushes. Who knew that George W. Bush is the First Sufferer and steadfast Laura the First Sufferagette? All this time, I have believed them to be shallow, callous people pretending to be human. I am so ashamed. Click here for further enlightenment.

Now, finally, I understand their intense suffering that transcends that of, say, the Tillman family, Jessica Lynch, Cindy Sheehan, the families and friends of more than 3,200 dead U.S. military personnel, thousands upon thousands of Iraqis, and all of the women and men whose bodies and minds have been shattered by the war. Until now, the Bushes have borne their suffering in tortured silence. The nobility of it all.

You know, I'm feeling a little verklempt. Talk amongst yourselves.

UPDATE: Lance Cpl. Dale Peterson was killed Monday by a roadside bomb in Anbar province. How George and Laura must be suffering! Peterson's family? Not as much, of course.

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susan | April 25, 2007 - 9:20am

Oh my. The clip. I do not usually see this sort of TV, the woman-to-woman, Barbara Walters sort of interview, when people open up about how they really feel. Molly Ivins once told me -- and those I was with -- that George is indeed a snake, but that Laura is a genuinely sweet, decent person. Now, far be it from me to contradict our beloved Molly, but I just do not see it, especially when she appears in clips like this.
As an antidote to the sugar-coated Ms. Curry and the cloying Ms. Bush, I remind you that today, Wednesday, is the premier of Bill Moyers' new series, 9 eastern time. Tonight's 90-minute segment is about how the press sold us out and sold us the war. For more, go to Bill MoyersBlog.

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Poet (not verified) | April 25, 2007 - 10:08pm

Oh what a good time watching TV tonight--finally someone gets the goods on Bushco in their own words, compactly and exhaustively chronicled what a lying bunch of calloused amoral vermin they all are. Bravo Bill Moyers and supporting cast (including the underwriters)!

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barbara aka babs (not verified) | April 25, 2007 - 10:31pm

It was great, wasn't it -- in a gut-grinding way. I'll be interested to see how much play this gets beyond PBS and the blogosphere. It deserves major attention. Moyers does amazing work.

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susan | April 25, 2007 - 10:35pm

Aieeeee. I had a social obligation I couldn't get out of. Reruns anyone? I know, tivo is the answer, but I don't have it. Not all that much I'd want to tape. Surely PBS will run this over and over, no?

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barbara aka babs (not verified) | April 25, 2007 - 10:44pm

PBS would become complicit (more complicit?) with the Bush sham if they fail to run this repeatedly. It was excellent. Poet is right about calloused, amoral vermin. And those are their good points.

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susan | April 26, 2007 - 12:05am

I'll keep an eye out for it and post any word of reruns here. On another note, in the picture of Laura that Babs posted, isn't that the sign of the devil she's flashing? Or just a hip, rock on sort of thing?

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Poet (not verified) | April 26, 2007 - 7:11am

Susan--

For future reference--many if not most pbs affiliates rerun their evening programming overnight. Check the listings for your local station in the future. They might also rerun it over the weekend overnight or during Sunday afternoon.

Happily Bill Moyers also has either a VHS or DVD available of this program for about 30 bucks (personally I prefer the DVD because of the playback flexibility and often these things contain extra features (extended interviews and background material) to supplement the basic program.

Either way you need a copy of this for a family heirloom so your grands and great-grands can see documented how our government lies and then lies some more to cover it up. You know the black hole of forgetfulness this knowledge will slip into if you and I don't act to keep it alive.

Moyers web link is:

http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/index-flash.html

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susan | April 26, 2007 - 9:20am

Thanks Poet. I'll check the local PBS listing for reruns, but the DVD sounds like a good idea. For posterity. A digital Guernica of sorts. Reminded of Guernica because this the 70th anniversary of that horrific bombing in Spain which killed 1600, injured another 800, and burned all but one percent of the small town's buildings. It was the first time that civilians, not just soldiers, were considered fair game and it set the stage for a whole new kind of warfare. I feel a post coming on.

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Poet (not verified) | April 26, 2007 - 9:34am

Susan wrote:

but the DVD sounds like a good idea. For posterity. A digital Guernica of sorts. Reminded of Guernica because this the 70th anniversary of that horrific bombing in Spain which killed 1600, injured another 800, and burned all but one percent of the small town's buildings. It was the first time that civilians, not just soldiers, were considered fair game and it set the stage for a whole new kind of warfare.

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I have seen and felt Guernica...kind of like looking at sparkling and delicate crystal smashed beyond all recognition--Hint hint 8o))

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