The Anchoress captures quite a number of examples of juvenile and classless behavior.
In fact, Jay Nordlinger sums up my take on the speech, very neatly:Things started popping up in my Reader this morning. For warmups, there was I Pledge, Pledge of Obama Allegiance video that ruffled feathers. True North was not happy with Hollywood either: Casting Off The Shackles Of Immense Weath, Position And Prestige3. What a great, great shame that Chief Justice Roberts screwed up the oath-administering. A great shame. This is a video clip for all time — an “iconic moment.” I’m sure he feels terrible about it. Possibly, he was “nervous as a whore in church,” as an old southern friend of mine used to say. Obama wasn’t.Indeed. One of the most egregious untruths told again and again (and now accepted as “true” by people with incurious minds) is the absolute LIE that President Bush was “against science” especially as pertains to Stem Cell Research. I’ve written about the lies and distortions about Bush’s excellent policy often and often. The bottom line: President Bush SUPPORTED Stem Cell Research, and his strictures on EMBRYONIC scr related to beginning NEW embryonic lines. Gah, I’m sick of saying it - but go check “Embryonic Stem Cells” or “Stem Cell Research” in my categories. It was, as Nordlinger says, a VERY cheap shot. And yes, #8 is slander. But “this is politics.” And clearly Bush forgave him, as he’s forgiven a ton of slander these past years.
4. I thought Obama did the minimum about Bush — the barest minimum: “I thank him for his service,” or something. He could have done a lot more: not with more words, but with better, truer, more gracious words. Bush has certainly done a lot. For one thing, he is passing on to his successor the means with which to fight the War on Terror.
5. Obama said something like, “It’s time to quit putting off the unpleasant decisions.” Geez: Making unpleasant decisions, in both the domestic and foreign spheres, was Bush’s specialty. In fact, he sacrificed a good deal of political popularity because of it.
6. I liked Obama’s nod to Dorothy Fields, the lyricist — who wrote, “Pick yourself up, take a deep breath, dust yourself off, and start all over again.” And, by the way, my favorite recording of that song — a Kern song — is by McNair and Previn, on this album.
7. Obama talked about “restoring science to its rightful place.” I thought that was a cheap, stupid shot. The opinion-makers will love it, of course.
8. He suggested — more like said — that Bush had jettisoned American ideals in order to pursue security. That is a slander, pure and simple. Slandering your predecessor is not a good way to start a presidency.
Andrew Breitbart at Big Hollywood on the cavalcade of hypocritical celebs who, mirabile dictu, are pledging to change the world for the better now that Bush is out of office.But about 10am Central Time it started to pick up.
- The Crowd at the Capitol Just Loudly Booed... when a picture of Joe Lieberman was put on the jumbotron.
- Updated: A Goodbye and More
- How Quickly . . .
- Switch! And the ugliness begins…UPDATED
- So Much for Respect
- Tasteless, Pompous Asses Move In
- FINAL ABUSE... Bush Mocked As He Arrives at Inauguration (Video)
- Stay classy: Obama cultists jeer departing Bush
- You Stay Classy President Obamanation....New White House Website Trashes President Bush
- CBS Bids Good Riddance to Bush
- Tom Brokaw Compares Dick Cheney To Dr. Strangelove
- "An Extraordinary Speech, No Other Way To Describe It" -- Andrea Mitchell
Update: Here are two more from the day after as a bit of followup.