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Thursday, January 20, 2005
A Face in the Crowd

The President laughs at the always funny Trent Lott

Instead of watching George Bush dispense platitudes and make empty promises to a crowd of millionaires within a fenced-in and concrete-barricaded federal enclosure, I chose to watch Elia Kazan’s brilliant 1957 film A Face in the Crowd starring Andy Griffith and Patricia Neal on Turner Classic Movies.
Reading the President’s Inaugural speech at the site. allowed the realization that I had made the correct decision thanks to a clever cable TV counter-programmer.
I’m wondering if the networks and print media pick out the one morsel of news contained in this chunk of the President’s committee-written Inaugural hoo-haw:

I ask our youngest citizens to believe the evidence of your eyes. You have seen duty and allegiance in the determined faces of our soldiers. You have seen that life is fragile, and evil is real, and courage triumphs. Make the choice to serve in a cause larger than your wants, larger than yourself.

Yes, kiddies, volunteer for military service or future TV talking heads will point to this paragraph as Mr. Bush’s boldly indirect clarion call for a return to some form of involuntary conscription.

Photo: Reuters

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