Bush Inauguration Speech: call for Google-juice

Posted by Tim Ireland at January 21, 2005

Category: George W. Bush

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Them’s some mighty fine words, yessir…

I woke up with a G-bomb this morning, and was pleasantly surprised to find that the words I’d chosen were deemed suitable by more than one journalist…

Your mission today is to create the following link and spread the word:
empty rhetoric

Here’s a picture gallery and some light reading for when you’re done….

Glenn Kessler and Robin Wright – Bush’s Words On Liberty Don’t Mesh With Policies: President Bush’s soaring rhetoric yesterday that the United States will promote the growth of democratic movements and institutions worldwide is at odds with the administration’s increasingly close relations with repressive governments in every corner of the world.

Johann Hari – George Bush’s talk of spreading freedom and democracy is a sugar-coated lie: Nothing would make me happier than if the most powerful state in the world was committed to spreading democracy and toppling vicious governments. It is not; in many places, it is doing precisely the opposite. As George Bush begins his second term with another false cry, it is time to wake up.

Robin Cook – Fireworks in Washington, despair around the world: The president and his speechwriters have yet to confront the tension between their rhetoric about freedom, which is universally popular, and their practice of projecting US firepower, which is resented in equal measure. That explains why, on the very day when the president set forward his mission to bring liberty to the world, a poll revealed that a large majority of its inhabitants believe that he will actually make it more dangerous. The first indication of whether they are right to worry will be whether the Bush administration mediate their differences with Iran through the state department or through the US air force.

Also interesting:
No room for progressives on cable news inauguration coverage

There’s more on media failures here and an excellent example of a more subtle form of media control here.

UPDATE – Nice shot!

UPDATE – Bite me, Drudge.


  1. davblog says


    I’ve just realised that the feed from Bloggerheads had fallen of my Bloglines reading list so I’ve just put it…

  2. Spy Blog says

    Will President Bush protect us from the UK Government’s creeping Big Brother / Nanny State ?

    George W. Bush’s inaugral speech yesterday, for his second term in office as President of the United States of America has been dismissed by some critics as “empty rhetoric” However, what if he is actually sincere ? Has President Bush…

  3. mediawatchwatch.org.uk says

    Doing my solemn duty…

    …to the ideals of freedom, democracy, and empty rhetoric.

  4. anj says

    what some other President’s said or didn’t sayhttp://www.reason.com/hod/ng011905.shtml

  5. Stephen Newton’s diary of sorts... says

    Exporting freedom in the face of hysteria

    Bush has pledged to spread freedom and it’s easy to be cynical about that: blogging institution Tim Ireland’s attempting a Google bomb on ‘empty rhetoric’, but a search on that term reveals he’s been beaten to it. I find…

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