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The word "I"

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Posted by Past Member, on Sat May 28, 2011 8:32 am
Commenter "Crusty" had a good idea. He went back and looked at
George W. Bush
's speech after the capture of Saddam Hussein in order to compare it with Obama's self-aggrandizing "I was practically there, man" speech. You know, the one where he used the word "I" like a carpenter uses tenpenny nails.
Victor Davis Hanson


pulled all the first person references:
Here's Obama's use of the first person......“Tonight,

I

can report . . . And so shortly after taking office,

I

directed
Leon Panetta
. . .

I

was briefed on a possible lead to bin Laden . . .

I

met repeatedly with

my

national security team . . .

I

determined that we had enough intelligence to take action. . . . Today, at

my

direction . . .

I’ve

made clear . . . Over the years,

I’ve repeatedly made clear . . . Tonight,

I

called President
Zardari
. . . and

my

team has also spoken. . .These efforts weigh on

me

every time

I, as Commander-in-Chief . . . Finally, let

me

say to the families . .. .

I

know that it has, at times, frayed. . . ..” Compare that with the speech given by George W. Bush on


December 14, 2003
:

President Bush's Speech Upon the Capture of Saddam Hussein

Good afternoon. Yesterday, December the 13th, at around 8:30 p.m. Baghdad time, United States
military forces
captured Saddam Hussein alive. He was found near a farmhouse outside the city of Tikrit, in a swift raid conducted without casualties. And now the former dictator of
Iraq
will face the justice he denied to millions. The capture of this man was crucial to the rise of a free Iraq. It marks the end of the road for him, and for all who bullied and killed in his name. For the Baathist holdouts largely responsible for the current violence, there will be no return to the corrupt power and privilege they once held. For the vast majority of Iraqi citizens who wish to live as free men and women, this event brings further assurance that the torture chambers and the
secret police
are gone forever.
And this afternoon, I have a message for the Iraqi people: You will not have to fear the rule of Saddam Hussein ever again. All Iraqis who take the side of freedom have taken the winning side. The goals of our coalition are the same as your goals -- sovereignty for your country, dignity for your great culture, and for every Iraqi citizen, the opportunity for a better life.
In the history of Iraq, a dark and painful era is over. A hopeful day has arrived. All Iraqis can now come together and reject violence and build a new Iraq.
The success of yesterday's mission is a tribute to our men and women now serving in Iraq. The operation was based on the superb work of intelligence analysts who found the dictator's footprints in a vast country. The operation was carried out with skill and precision by a brave fighting force. Our servicemen and women and our coalition allies have faced many dangers in the hunt for members of the fallen regime, and in their effort to bring hope and freedom to the Iraqi people. Their work continues, and so do the risks. Today, on behalf of the nation, I thank the members of our
Armed Forces
and I congratulate 'em.
I also have a message for all Americans: The capture of Saddam Hussein does not mean the end of
violence in Iraq
. We still face terrorists who would rather go on killing the innocent than accept the rise of liberty in the heart of the
Middle East
. Such men are a direct threat to the
American people
, and they will be defeated.
We've come to this moment through patience and resolve and focused action. And that is our strategy moving forward. The
war on terror
is a different kind of war, waged capture by capture, cell by cell, and victory by victory. Our security is assured by our perseverance and by our sure belief in the success of liberty. And the United States of America will not relent until this war is won.
May God bless the people of Iraq, and may God bless America.
Thank you.
President Bush's speech is completely outwardly directed. He speaks of the momentous occasion and gives all credit to the military and the intelligence community. There is no attempt to highlight his part in the story. Quite a contrast.


Reply by KennyT, on Wed Jun 01, 2011 4:12 am
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8EvNJWM_NDg
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