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Catapult the propaganda — they love it

Posted by Thomas Nephew on May 29th, 2005

Apparently Bush actually said this, at a Greece, New York “Bamboozlepalooza” event trying to sell Bush’s destruction of Social Security:

See, in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda.

I come to this via several posts by eRobin (“fact-esque”) over the past few days — I’m late to the party as usual. There’s a video cut of the statement at the “Crooks and Liars” site (via agitprop).

It’s hard to decide which is more of a jaw-dropper — Bush’s statement, or the applause he got for it. Even allowing for the hand-picked crowds he treats himself to, this is pitifully servile stupidity.

It’s happened before, too. Back in February, Bush got himself tied up in knots trying to explain his thinking on Social Security, to the point where you suspected he’d not been taking some important medication or other. He asked “Does that make any sense to you? It’s kind of muddled,” gave it another muddled shot, and concluded, “Okay, better? I’ll keep working on it.”

The audience response? According to the White House transcript, it was


Judging by these episodes, there seems to be a kind of sick, ironic thing going on in these little shows Bush puts on where nearly everybody knows the whole thing is a deceptive crock. You might expect this in a crowd of lobbyists at a keynote address by one of their CEOs, but it’s disconcerting to see it in “heartland America” too.

2 Responses to “Catapult the propaganda — they love it”

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