February 04, 2006

Washington, Lincoln, and. . .

from - RSA

I was listening to the Press Club appearance of Donald Rumsfeld the other day, on a drive between Washington, DC, and Baltimore. Some attention has been given to Rumsfeld's comment that Hugo Chavez was elected by a democracy, just like Adolf Hitler, but less to a more self-serving comment: asked how history would view him (or possibly it was in the context of political figures, like Macnamara, who were criticized for their actions), Rumsfeld responded that Washington was criticized in his time, and Lincoln was criticized in his time.

Was anyone else reminded of the line that ends, "but people also laughed at Bozo the Clown"? Rumsfeld seems to be taking a page from Bush's speech book. I just wish there were a Lloyd Bentson around to say, "George, you're no FDR, and Don, you're no George Washington."

(I wish I could find the transcript, but it doesn't appear to be online.)

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Posted by RSA at February 4, 2006 07:30 PM
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