Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Team Bush and damage control

What am I describing?

President George W. Bush is widely viewed as out of touch and, worse, wrong concerning a major news event.

The response is:

1. A series of speeches detailing plans for recovery.
2. One on one interaction with regular Americans. Water bottles or casualty figures, depending on the need.
3. Accept responsibility for a component of the problem. Federal response or faulty intel. By doing so, you undercut the opposition and reduce their advantage.

Katrina or Iraq? Different problems, same playbook

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- On the eve of Iraq's historic election for a four-year parliament, President Bush on Wednesday praised U.S. efforts in Iraq to fight terrorism and to create a new Mideast democracy....

Bush also accepted responsibility for invading Iraq based on faulty intelligence.
However, it is still only a political playbook.

1330 UPDATE: Speech is here. May feature this president's best one-liner (though I did not see the delivery):
Thank you very much. Please be seated. Thank you for the warm welcome. I'm delighted to be here with the men and women of the Wilson Center. According to your mission statement, the Center was created to bring together two groups -- political leaders and scholars. I see some of the political leaders who are here, and I presume you've invited me to uphold the scholars' end.


Blogger Bassizzzt said...

Interesting, for I too, wish he'd come to terms and admit as many REAL mistakes he made to the American people. His approval ratings would soar.

On a similar note, read this guy's latest blog, called "Compassionate Conservatism." IMO, this guy is one real curmudgeon - always posts bad news.

2:44 PM  
Blogger zen said...

LOL...nice, what a troll. sad, sad, sad.

Sadly Bush is not much of leader, and definately not a scholar—both based purely on his record. Good catch. Bush has a way about him that connects with those that want to share a beer with him, and completely disconnects from those who are analytical. No wonder he's viewed as a puppet.

3:42 PM  
Blogger Bassizzzt said...

Lots of good news coming from Iraq - mainly the Sunnis. We will be seeing far less suicide bomb attacks and more voting participants from the Sunni side of the Iraqi spectrum.

Bush's speech was right on track and his approval ratings are up 5 points so far.

Funny, I do recall reading on another blog that if Bush were to admit fault with intelligence sources, the blogger would hold a bit more respect for Bush.

I can see that this is not the case. Regardless what Bush will say, there will always be some curmudgeon out there, finding something wrong with it.

As I said over on my blog, this is why liberalism is a dead ticket.

4:30 PM  
Blogger Bassizzzt said...

Hey, Zen! At least you'll maybe be getting more traffic soon, LOL! I am doing you a favour!

4:31 PM  
Blogger zen said...

I really don't see the huge significance in admitting something that we all already knew. He didn't admit any "fault" he said, ""As President, I'm responsible for the decision to go into Iraq."
Yeah, no kidding, we know that.
Then he said he's responsible for fixing what went wrong. Nowhere in there does he admit a mistake or accept blame.

But it's a start.

And Bass, you're my biggest fan. I get more hits from you than anyone else!

6:49 PM  
Blogger Ezzie said...

Great line... I'll just note that time and time again, Bush has been proven to be quite a leader. What he has accomplished will be recognized in the future. Obviously the 1/3 of the country that seems to hate him now tries to push and push the negatives - but each time, it turns out just as it was supposed to.

Notice that nobody ever brings up the economy these days? And what do you think about today's elections? What % better turnout than the US - 10? 15? Maybe even 20?

1:58 AM  
Blogger copy editor said...

There's no fighting in the war room!!!

12:10 PM  
Blogger zen said...

All we are saying is, "Give peace a chance."

7:15 PM  
Blogger Bassizzzt said...

..yeah, hippies smell bad, too.

2:44 PM  

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