Poll: Bush Hits Another Low

In a Newsweek poll following his State of the Union address, Bush’s rating hits a new low.

“The president’s approval ratings are at their lowest point in the poll’s history—30 percent—and more than half the country (58 percent) say they wish the Bush presidency were simply over, a sentiment that is almost unanimous among Democrats (86 percent), and is shared by a clear majority (59 percent) of independents and even one in five (21 percent) Republicans. Half (49 percent) of all registered voters would rather see a Democrat elected president in 2008, compared to just 28 percent who’d prefer the GOP to remain in the White House.”

White House Manipulates SOTU Web Transcript

Once again the White House revisionists have manipulated history. As noted by Media Matters for America, the prepared text of Bush’s SOTU speech did feature the phrase, “Democratic majority,” but instead Bush actually congratulated what he called the “Democrat majority”. Now the White House website’s “official transcript” of the SOTU speech has been changed from “Democratic” to “Democrat”.

Here are snapshots (here and here) of the original transcript from State of the Union.com and the Congressional Record Online via GPO Access (U.S. Government Printing Office), respectively. Compare them to the now revised White House transcript, here (snapshot) and here (snapshot).

From Media Matters:

“The ungrammatical conversion of the noun “Democrat” to an adjective was the brainchild of Republican partisans, presumably an attempt to deny the opposing party the claim to being “democratic.”

This is not the first time the White House has revised history in such an Orwellian fashion. See here, here, and here for more examples.

State of the Union Word Frequency Summary

I decided to C&P dubyah’s SOTU speech into a Word Frequency Counter to see what were the most common words. Here are some of the results:

301 the (most common word)
27 america
21 iraq
15 government
14 terrorists
14 insurance
12 americans
11 congress
11 children
10 war
10 enemy
10 american
10 al qaeda
10 iraqi
7 struggle
7 secure
7 reform
7 extremists
7 economy
6 tax
5 democratic
5 baghdad
4 terror
4 immigration
4 healthcare
4 diplomacy
4 democracy
4 attacks
4 afghanistan
3 taxes
3 lebanon
3 deduction
3 death
3 danger
2 hezbollah
2 freedom
2 evil
2 environment
1 zarqawi
1 israel
1 islamist
1 islam
1 insurgents
1 bin laden
1 arabia
1 arab
1 anthrax
1 airplanes
1 airplane
1 afghan

Certainly this SOTU had a much different feel and flavor than the previous 5 by G Dub. Besides the fact the Prez for the first time was not speaking to a GOP controlled House, the country is also decidedly anti-Bush, anti-GOP, and anti-war. His speech was not motivating or inspirational. But, most notably his SOTU did not contain the elevated fear factor when compared to previous SOTUs delivered by this Prez.

We witnessed last night a lame duck president waking up to the reality that he IS a lame duck and that his legacy is one of unrecoverable failure. This fact was evident in his lackluster message and delivery. His presidency is equivalent to a 48-3 blowout in the fourth quarter and the losing team just wants to get off the field. Unfortunately for America, this fourth quarter still has over 725 days of this living walking disaster.

State of the Union Drinking Game

From Drinkinggame.us

The general rules of this game are no different from any other drinking game. A drink is either a shot or a good gulp from a beer (or cider). Different events call for different numbers of drinks and all you do is watch the speech and play along. If all goes well, you’ll be unconscious by the time they show the other party’s response.

Here is part of the table that contains the drinking rules. Go to Drinkinggame.us for the rest of the rules.

EVENT

# of Drinks

Every time he says….


“The state of our union is strong…” (or some version of this)

1
+1 if he breaks down in tears

“the American people”
1

troops

small 1

surge
quick 1
Iraq
1
Baghdad
1
“sectarian violence”
1 Car Bomb
recipe

Iran

1

terror (however it’s pronounced)

small 1

detainees

1, with your hands behind your back

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
2 (+1 if he pronounces it correctly)

Saddam Hussein or Saddam

1

elections
1 if referring to another country’s
2 if referring to the 2006 midterms

State of the Union: Catapult the Propaganda

I’m reposting this from last week. Just remember the following clip tonight while the President continues to lie and spread his propaganda to the Country.

Second Aircraft Carrier Heads to the Middle East

Just hours before the President is set to address the American people, Yahoo News (via Rawstory) is reporting the United States has sent a second aircraft carrier to the Gulf furthering fears the United States is set to strike Iran.

“The American aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis and several accompanying ships are heading toward the Gulf to join an aircraft carrier group already in the region, the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower. The Stennis is expected to arrive in late February.

The Stennis’s arrival in the Middle East will mark the first time since the U.S.-led Iraq invasion in 2003 that the United States has had two carrier battle groups in the region.”

US diplomats used harsh language to defend the move.

“The Middle East isn’t a region to be dominated by Iran. The Gulf isn’t a body of water to be controlled by Iran. That’s why we’ve seen the United States station two carrier battle groups in the region,” said Nicholas Burns, U.S. undersecretary of state for political affairs.

Will President Bush address this move during tonight’s speech? Will this be another repeat of the 2003 State of the Union?

Poll: Bush at 33%, Reaches Nixon-like Low

Bush will face the nation this week more unpopular than any president on the eve of a State of the Union address since Nixon in 1974. Nixon was beleaguered by the Watergate scandal. Three decades late, Bush deals with the war in Iraq and an unpopular troop surge.

Bush’s job rating matches the worst of his presidency: Thirty-three percent of Americans approve of his work in office while 65 percent disapprove, 2-1 negative, matching his career low last May.

You’re doing a heckva job, Georgie

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