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Thursday, September 23

Bush Lie on Video

I'm late catching up on my blog reading. Big bush lie comes to light via Oliver Willis's Blog via Elementropy.

ABC news caught a bush lie on tape and didn't let it go for a change. They called him on it. It is about time. They pulled a Daily Show. They showed what Bush said and then showed what Kerry actually said. Oh baby!

Here is the link to the quicktime video and if that doesn't work, try to cut and paste the URL into your player:

If you can't view it, here is the dialogue from the clip via Liberal Oasis.

PETER JENNINGS: We were struck today by a very pointed attack by President Bush on John Kerry.

First of all, this is what Mr. Bush said.

[begin video clip]

BUSH: We agree that the world is better off with Saddam Hussein sitting in a prison cell.

And that stands in stark contrast to the statement that my opponent made yesterday, when he said that the world was better off with Saddam in power.

I strongly disagree.

[end video clip]

JENNINGS: And this is what Mr. Kerry actually said. [emphasis original]

[begin video clip]

KERRY: Saddam Hussein was a brutal dictator who deserves his own special place in Hell.

But that was and of itself, a reason to go to war.

The satisfaction...that we take in his downfall does not hide this fact:

We have traded a dictator for a chaos that has left America less secure.

[end video clip]


President Bush earlier this week attacked his opponent, saying "It's hard to imagine a candidate running for President prefers the stability of a dictatorship to the hope and security of democracy."[1] Yet, it is President Bush who regularly declares his personal friendship and gratitude to some of the world's most oppressive dictators, often wining and dining them at his
ranch in Texas.

In June of 2004, Bush referred to the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia as "my friend,"[2] even though the Saudi Arabian government has been investigated for its financial ties to the 9/11 terrorists[3] and is listed by the U.S. State Department as one of the world's most oppressive regimes on the planet.[4]

In April, he referred to the Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak as "my friend" and welcomed him to the Crawford ranch by saying "I always look forward to visiting with him."[5] Bush gave this praise to a dictator, even though Human Rights Watch notes that government "torture in Egypt is widespread and systemic"[6] and the State Department says Mubarak has passed a Constitution in which the electorate is barred from being "presented with a choice among competing presidential candidates."[7]

In 2002, it was Bush who said "I want to welcome the President of China to our ranch, and to Texas."[8] Bush was inviting into his home a dictator who, according to the U.S. State Department, presides over a government that regularly engages in the "arbitrary or unlawful" murder of its own citizens, kidnappings of political dissidents, and repression of religious minorities.[9]


1. "President's Remarks at Victory 2004 Rally in New York City," The White House, 9/20/04,
2. "President Bush Holds Press Conference Following the G8 Summit," The White House, 6/10/04,
3. "Saudi Government Provided Aid to 9/11 Hijackers, Sources Say,", 8/02/03,
4. "Saudi Arabia: Country Reports on Human Rights Practices 2003," U.S. Department of State, 2/25/04,
5. "President Bush, Egyptian President Mubarak Meet with Reporters," The White House, 4/12/04,
6. "Egypt: Human Rights Background," Human Rights Watch, 10/2001,
7. "Egypt: Country Reports on Human Rights Practices 2003," U.S. Department of State, 2/25/04,
8. "President Bush, Chinese President Jiang Zemin Discuss Iraq, N. Korea," The White House, 10/25/02,
9. "China: Country Reports on Human Rights Practices 2003," U.S. Department of State, 2/25/04,

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