Keith Olbermann’s Special Comment: The President of Hypocrisy

What may be the last honest journalist left in the MSM brings the heat yet again – this time concerning The Chimperor’s particularly vile brand of hypocrisy.

UPDATE: Text of Keith’s Special Comment is available now. [Egreggious]

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48 thoughts on “Keith Olbermann’s Special Comment: The President of Hypocrisy

  1. Zooey, you are on the west coast, you should see it in the last ten minutes of Countdown when it airs there.

  2. Here’s an excerpt I found, Zooey (still hunting for video and full transcripts):

    “…Mr. Bush, you have hidden behind the General’s skirts, and today you have hidden behind the skirts of ‘the last question’ at a news conference, to indicate once again that your presidency has been about the tilted playing field, about no rules for your party in terms of character assassination and changing the fabric of our nation, and no right for your opponents or critics to as much as respond.

    That, Sir, is not only unAmerican — it is dictatorial.

    And in pimping General David Petraeus, Sir, in violation of everything this country has been assiduously and vigilantly against for 220 years, you have tried to blur the gleaming radioactive line between the military and the political, and to portray your party as the one associated with the military, and your opponents as the ones somehow antithetical to it.You did it again today, Sir, and you need to know how history will judge the line you just crossed.”

  3. TMM,
    I have drawn up zero, as well, so far, but your quote was in the broadcast. Maybe Zooey could go to a Walmart and see the broadcast. Sears is also a possibility. By the AM, it should be all over the net.

  4. what a guy!
    he had better be taking the upmost care of himself… these criminals would just as soon he be gone, i’ve no doubt…
    good thing it was an emergency surgery and bushco was unable to sabotage that…
    know what i mean?

  5. Ok, kids….managed to score a full transcript:

    So the President, behaving a little bit more than usual, like we’d all interrupted him while he was watching his favorite cartoons on the DVR, stepped before the press conference microphone and after side-stepping most of the substantive issues like the Israeli raid on Syria in condescending and infuriating fashion, produced a big-wow political finish that indicates, certainly, that if it wasn’t already — the annual Republican witch-hunting season is underway.

    “I thought the ad was disgusting. I felt like the ad was an attack not only on General Petraeus, but on the U.S. Military.

    “And I was disappointed that not more leaders in the Democrat party spoke out strongly against that kind of ad.

    “And that leads me to come to this conclusion: that most Democrats are afraid of irritating a left-wing group like Move-On-Dot-Org — or **more** afraid of irritating them, than they are of irritating the United States military.”

    “That was a sorry deal.”

    First off, it’s “Democrat-ic” party, Sir.

    You keep pretending you’re not a politician, so stop using words your party made up. Show a little respect.

    Secondly, you could say this seriously after the advertising/mugging of Senator Max Cleeland? After the swift-boating of John Kerry?

    But most importantly… making that the last question?

    So that there was no chance at a follow-up?

    So nobody could point out — as Chris Matthews so incisively did, a week ago tonight — that you were the one who inappropriately interjected General Petraeus into the political dialogue of this nation in the first place!

    Deliberately, premeditatedly, and virtually without precedent, you shanghaied a military man as your personal spokesman — and now you’re complaining about the outcome, and then running away from the microphone?

    Eleven months ago the President’s own party — the Republican National Committee — introduced this very different kind of advertisement, just nineteen days before the mid-term elections.

    Bin Laden.

    And Zawahiri’s rumored quote of six years ago about having bought “suitcase bombs.”

    All set against a ticking clock, and finally a blinding explosion… and the dire announcement:

    “These are the stakes – vote, November 7th.”

    That one was ok, Mr. Bush?

    Terrorizing your own people in hopes of getting them to vote for your own party has never brought as much as a public comment from you?

    The Republican Hamstringing of Captain Max Cleeland and lying about Lieutenant John Kerry met with your approval?

    But a shot at General Petraeus — about whom you conveniently ignore it is you who reduced him from four-star hero to a political hack — that merits this pissy juvenile blast at the Democrats on national television?

    Your hypocrisy is so vast, Sir, that if we could somehow use it to fill the ranks in Iraq you could realize your dream — and keep us fighting there until the year 3000.

    The line between the military and the civilian government is not to be crossed.

    When Douglas MacArthur attempted to make policy for the United States in Korea half a century ago, President Truman moved quickly to fire him, even though Truman knew it meant his own political suicide, and the de-ification of a General who history suggests had begun to lose his mind.

    When George McClellan tried to make policy for the Union in the Civil War, President Lincoln finally fired his chief General, even though he knew McClellan could galvanize political opposition – as he did… when McClellan ran as Lincoln’s presidential opponent in 1864 and nearly defeated our greatest president.

    Even when the conduit flowed the other way and Senator Joseph McCarthy tried to smear the Army because it wouldn’t defer the service of one of McCarthy’s staff aides, the entire civilian and Defense Department structures — after four years of fearful servitude — rose up against McCarthy and said “enough” and buried him.

    The list is not endless — but it is instructive.

    Air Force General LeMay — who broke with Kennedy over the Cuban Missile Crisis — and was retired.

    Army General Edwin Anderson Walker — who started passing out John Birch Society leaflets to his soldiers.

    Marine General Smedley Butler — who revealed to Congress the makings of a plot to remove F-D-R as President — and for merely being approached by the plotters, was phased out of the military hierarchy.

    These careers were ended because the line between the military and the civilian is… not… to… be… crossed!

    Mr. Bush, you had no right to order General Petraeus to become your front man.

    And he obviously should have refused that order and resigned rather than ruin his military career.

    The upshot is — and contrary it is, to the Move-On advertisement — he betrayed himself more than he did us.

    But there has been in his actions a sort of reflexive courage, some twisted vision of duty at a time of crisis. That the man doesn’t understand that serving officers cannot double as serving political ops, is not so much his fault as it is your good, exploitable, fortune.

    But Mr. Bush, you have hidden behind the General’s skirts, and today you have hidden behind the skirts of ‘the planted last question’ at a news conference, to indicate once again that your presidency has been about the tilted playing field, about no rules for your party in terms of character assassination and changing the fabric of our nation, and no right for your opponents or critics to as much as respond.

    That, Sir, is not only un-American — it is dictatorial.

    And in pimping General David Petraeus, Sir, in violation of everything this country has been assiduously and vigilantly against for 220 years, you have tried to blur the gleaming radioactive demarcation between the military and the political, and to portray your party as the one associated with the military, and your opponents as the ones somehow antithetical to it.

    You did it again today, Sir, and you need to know how history will judge the line you just crossed.

    It is a line — thankfully only the first of a series — that makes the military political, and the political, military.

    It is a line which history shows is always the first one crossed when a democratic government in some other country has started down the long, slippery, suicidal slope towards a Military Junta.

    Get back behind that line, Mr. Bush, before some of your supporters mistake your dangerous transgression, for a call to further politicize our military.

    Good night, and good luck.

  6. the line between the military and the civilian is… not… to… be… crossed!

    Kind of hard when the military reports to a civilian heirarchy.

    But if this line is not to be crossed than Bush stepped over the line.

    So did Clinton when she all but called Gen Petreaus a liar.

    So did Murtha when he tried to convice the “Haditha Marines” in the media, before the trials even began.

    etc, etc, etc…….

    I’ll keep my military out of your politics if you keep your politics out of my military.

  7. Zooey, did you get a chance to check out the video?

    The transcript is excellent for reference purposes, but much of the passion is lost in the transcription.

  8. hackerbob sez:

    TMM is a good sort. Just so damn picky.

    ‘Precise’ would be a more…well…precise word. 😉

  9. Zooey,

    There is now a better quality video replacing the still image of Keith on the post. You might have better luck with that.

  10. I thought you were a lightweight as to the “drankin” thing. I was hoping for a hot lead on a nice vineyard but it sounds like quantity rules the day

  11. Enjoy, I ‘m stuck with a beer and a chicken BLT wrap as I had to skip out on the fish cutting for Open House. Why is it always that the parents who bother to show are the ones you really don’t need to see?

  12. Isn’t that the way of it, dbadass? The parents who really ought to show up, never do. They’re the ones who drop off their kids at the school house door, and never give it another thought. Sad…

  13. It’s super frustrating. I realize that my district largely serves a rural constituency which sees education as a hoop to be leaped through and not any opportunity but what the heck is wrong with these people? We have a family which has yet to generate a high school diploma. If the boy makes it till 2009 they will. I had him twice (along with 2 of the sisters and some assorted other kin) and still seek him out to encourage him but for God’s sake it’s the 21 century. Add to this socioeconimic crap NH’s “pledge” and antiquated but sentimental ideas as to how the hell to run some organized things say like schools and it really gets interesting.

    What do you all thing about the “importance of the NH primary? I sort of think we have over stayed our welcome but it is super important to our economy.

  14. dbadass,

    Kids learn what they live. If that kid has a chance, it’s because he really wants it, and has someone like you encouraging him along the way.

  15. Thanks. If he makes it I’ll be there! I did see that one of the girls made the local court log today though.

    Seriously should the NH Primary tradition continue?

  16. Seems like mostly a media circus that has lost it’s meaning, but if NH needs the bucks, why not?

    You’re in NH, dbadass? I had an Uncle who lived in NH. He died last year.

  17. The democrats are being hypocrites too. They just push ahead a bill ending the war knowing they didn’t have the votes and then said “the president and the republicans now own this war”.

    Well thats bullshit.

    It just goes to show that the democrats are more concerned with absolution than they are in ending the war.

  18. There’s only one way to deal with this. We’ve got to stop voting for the incumbent.

    Every district needs to stand up a new candidate and let everyone wanting to beat the republicans vote for that new candidate in the primaries. Problem is, then we all gotta register with the democrats to vote for the pick. Unless every liberal now agrees to stand up a third party candidate in each district.

    Whatever we do we better start planning it now.

  19. bartlebee

    September 21st, 2007 at 12:41 am

    There’s only one way to deal with this. We’ve got to stop voting for the incumbent.

    Gee, ya think??

    Man, all these different passwords… it’s gittin’ cornfusin’… psst… Z… I’m here right now!

  20. It is a line which history shows is always the first one crossed when a democratic government in some other country has started down the long, slippery, suicidal slope towards a Military Junta.

    Get back behind that line, Mr. Bush, before some of your supporters mistake your dangerous transgression, for a call to further politicize our military.

    Keith is actually historically correct.
    And he doesn’t butcher the English Language

    This is our Commander and Chief.

    “And so, in my State of the — my State of the Union — or state — my speech to the nation, whatever you want to call it, speech to the nation — I asked Americans to give 4,000 years — 4,000 hours over the next — the rest of your life — of service to America.”
    ~ George W. Bush, Bridgeport, CT, 2002-09-04

    Un-freakin-believable.
    This guy has to be hitting the bottle.

  21. It is so nice to view sane and rational people on the tv. Hell, I’ll even up the praise. It’s nice to see articulate, intelligent people on the tv. There really are so few, we don’t bother with tv 99.9% of the time. Welcome back Keith and wishes for a speedy recovery!

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