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A Classless Society

From NRO's The Corner:
When I read that the crowd today booed President Bush — and then saw a video of it — I thought of a quip my friend Eddie made, not long ago: “When the Left asks for a classless society, now I know what they mean.”

Related: You know you've gone too far when even Keith Olbermann thinks so.

Similarly, from Minnesotans on my friends list:
"I didn't see the inaugural address or the swearing in, but I'm watching ex-President Bush's helicopter dwindle off into the distance over the Washington Monument.... and, MAN does that feel good!!!!"

Watching Bush get in Marine One (or whatever it is called now that he is no longer president):
"Leave now and never come back."

You stay classy, guys.


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Jan. 21st, 2009 02:15 am (UTC)
I didn't hear any of it on the coverage we watched, but as I said to numerous people today after hearing about it later, "Remember when those assholes booed Obama at McCain's rallies, all the way up to an including his extremely classy concession speech? Same thing, kids. Same thing."
Jan. 21st, 2009 03:48 am (UTC)
I think the lesson to take home here is that no particular political stance has a monopoly on assholes.
Jan. 21st, 2009 01:50 pm (UTC)
Oh, really? Seems to me there was a definite absence of egging and hassles during President Obama's walk to the White House. (See the Ace post, linked in my replay to tokenfanboy.) The Left may not have a monopoly, but they sure do seem to have a hefty market share.
Jan. 21st, 2009 02:25 pm (UTC)
Obama also had a definitive, unchallenged victory. Reagan wasn't egged when he laid the smack down on Mondale.
Jan. 21st, 2009 04:08 pm (UTC)
I agree, there was a huge difference between the 2000 and 2008 election results.
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Jan. 21st, 2009 04:17 pm (UTC)
There weren't as many flat-out crazies on the Left back then, either.
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Jan. 21st, 2009 04:25 am (UTC)
I didn't hear it at any time myself either.
Jan. 21st, 2009 01:48 pm (UTC)
Feast your eyes and ears. (Ace).

Edited at 2009-01-21 01:50 pm (UTC)
Jan. 21st, 2009 01:45 pm (UTC)
There's a difference between dishing out shit on the campaign trail to another candidate and being disrespectful to the head of state, even in retirement. Did Clinton or Carter have to put up with that? No. They were treated with respect on Inauguration Day, as is right and just. You may not respect the man, but you respect the office. That's the bottom line here.
Jan. 21st, 2009 02:22 pm (UTC)
Sure, I get what you're saying, and I agree with it, myself. I can think it's rude as hell, but still respect the fact that they can do it.

However, with the virulence on both sides getting worse and worse with every year, I don't anticipate it getting any better anytime soon.

(still remembers laughing his ass off at Limbaugh's "America Held Hostage" shtick during the first Clinton term)
Jan. 21st, 2009 04:19 pm (UTC)
"However, with the virulence on both sides getting worse and worse with every year, I don't anticipate it getting any better anytime soon."

I don't see this as a good thing at all, and I continue to find it interesting that while the GOP wastes no time in kicking people like Ann Coulter and Pat Buchanan to the curb, the Democrats are perfectly happy to lie down with the likes of Michael Moore, Keith Olbermann, and the harpies of The View. Motes, beams, eyes, etc.
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Jan. 22nd, 2009 02:50 pm (UTC)
We're not going to agree, obviously. But Bush has/had the lowest approval ratings in modern history. He presided over an administration that started a war based on ... misinformation (to be charitable). His administration undermined the law whenever it didn't suit its purpose (illegal wire tapping). He made the straight-faced argument that waterboarding wasn't really torture.

I did not boo him or hiss or was even tempted to do so during the inauguration ceremony. But watching him leave felt good. Because I honestly believe that he has been a terrible President and helmed a terrible decline in our society.

You won't agree with any of that. But my comment was not a "nyah nyah" it was an honest "maybe now we can start putting things back together."
Jan. 22nd, 2009 05:14 pm (UTC)
I do agree with your first and second points, actually. We aren't going to agree, and he did leave office with low approval ratings. [I anxiously await your reaction if we ever get rid of the current crop of Congresscreatures, who have even more abysmal ratings. ;)]

I, too, hope we can start draining all the bile and vitriol from the public discourse. Obama's first acts have been less than encouraging, though.
Jan. 22nd, 2009 07:09 pm (UTC)
To say I am pissed at "my" supposedly Democratic in-the-majority leadership is to mightily understate the case. But that's a rant for another time.

I'm curious - what don't you like about what Obama's proclaimed? I thought the Ethics proclamation thingy was pretty much a no-brainer, especially if we're ever going to get any kind of control on special interests.
Jan. 23rd, 2009 02:45 am (UTC)
Well, the Guantanamo Bay order should have been no surprise to you. I'm also not happy that he's announced his intention to sign the Freedom of Choice Act (sic) or to opt out of the Mexico City Policy, which bars Federal funding for NGOs that promote or provide abortions.

The Ethics thing...you see this every decade or so as someone tries to block the revolving door between Congress/the White House and K Street, and it's a lot like Canute ordering the tide to stop.
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