Ovelix From Greece, joined Aug 1999, 639 posts, RR: 3 Posted (13 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2367 times:
He was preparing for his speech about the actual bombing start. He was joking with the tech staff, he was joking about his hair, a hair cutter was cutting lose hair. He was making funny faces, broad smiling, eye-playing and things like that.
What kind of man is this??? He was about to declare the official starting of the war. Yet he was smiling, happy and light mood.
WHAT KIND OF MAN IS THIS???? PEOPLE ARE DYING AND HE IS JOKING ABOUT HIS HAIR!!
(The video was broadcasted in Greece tonight, it was taken by foreign news agencies)
TWFirst From Vatican City, joined Apr 2000, 6346 posts, RR: 51
Reply 2, posted (13 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2338 times:
People deal with stress in different ways. I'm not a fan of Bush's, but I certainly do not think he is taking this war or his responsibilities lightly. He is not a good public speaker, and he was most likely unintentionally using humor to calm his nerves.
N766UA From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 8733 posts, RR: 23
Reply 12, posted (13 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2246 times:
I'd much rather have a light-hearted president than one with a metal rod up his ass. People with a sense of humor do much better under pressure than those that don't have one--- I guess you're one of the latter, eh?
As for GWB himself, I find it outrageous that when the President of the US is about to officially declare the start of war, he seems so light-hearted. Well, what did he do when he finished his Wednesday's speech? Threw confetti?
When you are about to talk to your nation about a war, about lives that will be lost, about a conflict that was the last of the choices, how would you look like?
I don't have a link to the video. It's not an official one, it's what the camera was recording just before the announcement. Somebody sneaked it out I suppose, I don't know how.
I would never post something like this if I hadn't seen it with my own eyes in a respected TV station, as I did.
N79969 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (13 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2071 times:
Yes, a portion of our media stinks. I would say the same is true for most countries, ncluding that "city on a hill": Greece- arguably the most backward country in Western Europe.
I am sure there is also a Greek TV station that is portraying this war as just and necessary to: 1. eliminate the threat of Iraq's WMD and 2. end Saddam's reign of horror. Let me know when you flip to that channel, will you please?
You are making a mountain of something lesser than a mole hill. I would say that was a difficult speech to make. It is natural for people to do things to relax and to avoid nervousness from setting in before making a speech. Some people joke around, some people pace, others may sit stone faced. It's not like he told a joke in the middle of his speech.
I guess we Americans will never reach the level of decency of Greeks.
Captaingomes From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 6413 posts, RR: 54
Reply 22, posted (13 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2064 times:
I want to see this video too!!! I believe it was once when Bush was running for the election, and he thought the microphone was off, and he said "there's (name of journalist from the New York Times), he's a major league a$$hole." Now THAT was funny!
But please, a little humour goes a long way to relieve stress in tough times. I'm sure Bush is under a lot of stress at this point, nice to see he can lighten up once in a while.
"it's kind of like an Airbus, it's an engineering marvel, but there's no sense of passion" -- J. Clarkson re: Coxster