Skip to comments.Nets Not Fazed by Gore Tirade that Bush “Betrayed the Country!” (Treated Like Normal Criticism)
Posted on 02/10/2004 9:17:01 AM PST by PJ-Comix
In a moment reminiscent of Howard Dean, at a Democratic Party event in Tennessee on Sunday night, former Vice President Al Gore launched into guttural screaming in which he charged that President Bush betrayed the country! and played on our fears! But Gores irrational and over the top outburst didnt faze CNN and CBS, which on Monday afternoon and night highlighted Gores rant.
CNNs Wolf Blitzer played a clip of it for Bush aide Dan Bartlett, but when Bartlett started laughing Blitzer scolded him for not taking Gore seriously: You're laughing. Why are you laughing? He's making a very serious allegation against the President. CBSs Byron Pitts seemed to admire Gores rant as he set up a soundbite by observing: Often criticized for being stiff when he was a candidate, he was anything but last night.
Morton Kondracke, however, on FNCs Special Report with Brit Hume, was appalled: I think we can all really thank God that Al Gore was not elected President of the United States. I question whether this man is stable in a crisis. I mean, hes clearly out of control of his words... Noting how Gore alleged that Bush has betrayed the country, Kondracke, a columnist for Roll Call, referred to that as an instance of Gore saying wild things that are beyond the bounds and irrational.
FNC showed this clip of Gores gravelly-voiced, full volume scream: He betrayed this country! He played on our fears! [edit jump] He took America, he took America on an ill-conceived foreign adventure dangerous to our troops, an adventure that was preordained and planned before 9-11 ever took place!
On Monday, neither ABCs World News Tonight or NBC Nightly News showed Gores bombast and neither did any of the broadcast network morning shows, though FNCs Fox and Friends crew had a good time with it.
The CBS Evening News on Monday, February 9, played it during a piece by Byron Pitts on the Democratic primary race. Pitts ran a clip of John Kerry declaring in front of a crowd: Like father, like son: One term and youre done! Pitts added: At a dinner last night in Nashville, even former Vice President Gore was looking toward the fall campaign against President Bush. Often criticized for being stiff when he was a candidate, he was anything but last night.
Gore, screaming: He betrayed this country! He played on our fears!
A bit earlier, on CNNs Wolf Blitzer Reports, Blitzer raised Gores tirade during an interview with Dan Bartlett, Bushs Communications Director, who appeared from the White House lawn. Blitzer squeezed in Gore: One final question before I let you go, Dan. The former Vice President Al Gore, he was really angry in a speech in Tennessee yesterday, going after the President. Listen to what he said.
Gore: The reason I'm recalling those feelings now is because those are the feelings that were betrayed by this President! [audience cheers approval] He betrayed the country! He played on our fears!
Blitzer, as Bartlett can be heard laughing: I want to give you a chance -- you're smiling. You're laughing. Why are you laughing? He's making a very serious allegation against the President.
Bartlett quipped: Well, I'm trying to readjust my ear set, because he was screaming so loud. But, look, he's been angry the last three-and-a-half years. That's understandable. He lost the election. And I can see why he's probably a little upset. And his most recent act, where he endorsed Howard Dean, who is no longer nowhere near the front, I'm sure he has a lot to be upset about. But that type of bitterness and anger is simply not going to forward this debate at all....
Earlier, on Inside Politics, CNNs Judy Woodruff described Gores language as harsh, but she treated it as a minor story: Al Gore is denouncing President Bush once again and he's using increasingly harsh language to make his point. His latest remarks in an event last night in Tennessee question the President's rationale for removing Saddam Hussein.
Gore: He betrayed this country! He took America on a foreign adventure dangerous to our troops, an adventure that was preordained and planned before 9/11 ever took place.
Woodruff simply added: Former Vice President getting pretty worked up in Tennessee last night.
If you really believe that President BUSH lied - - THAT THERE NEVER WERE ANY WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION IN IRAQ AND HE TOOK US TO WAR SOLELY FOR HIS OIL BUDDIES --then read this and, if you are the fair minded person that I believe you to be--, PASS IT ON TO YOUR ENTIRE E-MAIL LIST.
"One way or the other, we are determined to deny Iraq the capacity to develop weapons of mass destruction and the missiles to deliver them. That is our bottom line."
President Clinton, Feb. 4, 1998
"If Saddam rejects peace and we have to use force, our purpose is clear. We want to seriously diminish the threat posed by Iraq's weapons of mass destruction program."
President Clinton, Feb. 17, 1998
"Iraq is a long way from USA but, what happens there matters a great deal here. For the risks that the leaders of a rogue state will use nuclear, chemical or biological weapons against us or our allies is the greatest security threat we face."
Madeline Albright, Feb 18, 1998
"He will use those weapons of mass destruction again, as he has ten times since 1983."
Sandy Berger, Clinton National Security Adviser, Feb, 18, 1998
"We urge you, after consulting with Congress, and consistent with the U.S.Constitution and Laws, to take necessary actions, (including, if appropriate, air and missile strikes on suspect Iraqi sites) to respond effectively to the threat posed by Iraq's refusal to end its weapons of mass destruction programs."
Letter to President Clinton, signed by Sens. Carl Levin, Tom Daschle, John Kerry, and others Oct. 9, 1998
"Saddam Hussein has been engaged in the development of weapons of mass destruction technology which is a threat to countries in the region and he has made a mockery of the weapons inspection process."
Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D, CA), Dec. 16, 1998
"Hussein has .. chosen to spend his money on building weapons of mass destruction and palaces for his cronies."
Madeline Albright, Clinton Secretary of State, Nov. 10, 1999
"There is no doubt that ... Saddam Hussein has invigorated his weapons programs. Reports indicate that biological, chemical and nuclear programs continue a pace and may be back to pre-Gulf War status. In addition, Saddam continues to redefine delivery systems and is doubtless using the cover of a licit missile program to develop longer-range missiles that will threaten the United States and our allies."
Letter to President Bush, Signed by Sen. Bob Graham (D, FL,) and others, December 5, 2001
"We begin with the common belief that Saddam Hussein is a tyrant and a threat to the peace and stability of the region. He has ignored the mandated of the United Nations and is building weapons of mass destruction and the means of delivering them."
Sen. Carl Levin (D, MI), Sept. 19, 2002
"We know that he has stored secret supplies of biological and chemical weapons throughout his country."
Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002
"Iraq's search for weapons of mass destruction has proven impossible to deter and we should assume that it will continue for as long as Saddam is in power." Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002
"We have known for many years that Saddam Hussein is seeking and developing weapons of mass destruction."
Sen. Ted Kennedy (D, MA), Sept. 27, 2002
"The last UN weapons inspectors left Iraq in October of 1998. We are confident that Saddam Hussein retains some stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons, and that he has since embarked on a crash course to build up his chemical and biological warfare capabilities. Intelligence reports indicate that he is seeking nuclear weapons..."
Sen. Robert Byrd (D, WV), Oct. 3, 2002
"I will be voting to give the President of the United States the authority to use force-- if necessary-- to disarm Saddam Hussein because I believe that a deadly arsenal of weapons of mass destruction in his hands is a real and grave threat to our security."
Sen. John F. Kerry (D, MA), Oct. 9, 2002
"There is unmistakable evidence that Saddam Hussein is working aggressively to develop nuclear weapons and will likely have nuclear weapons within the next five years ... We also should remember we have always underestimated the progress Saddam has made in development of weapons of mass destruction."
Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D, WV), Oct 10, 2002
"He has systematically violated, over the course of the past 11 years, every significant UN resolution that has demanded that he disarm and destroy his chemical and biological weapons, and any nuclear capacity. This he has refused to do" Rep.
Henry Waxman (D, CA), Oct. 10, 2002
"In the four years since the inspectors left, intelligence reports show that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical and biological weapons stock, his missile delivery capability, and his nuclear program. He has also given aid, comfort, and sanctuary to terrorists, including al Qaeda members It is clear, however, that if left unchecked, Saddam Hussein will continue to increase his capacity to wage biological and chemical warfare, and will keep trying to develop nuclear weapons."
Sen. Hillary Clinton (D, NY), Oct 10, 2002
"We are in possession of what I think to be compelling evidence that Saddam Hussein has, and has had for a number of years, a developing capacity for the production and storage of weapons of mass destruction."
Sen. Bob Graham (D, FL), Dec. 8, 2002
"Without question, we need to disarm Saddam Hussein. He is a brutal, murderous dictator, leading an oppressive regime He presents a particularly grievous threat because he is so consistently prone to miscalculation ... And now he is miscalculating America's response to his continued deceit and his consistent grasp for weapons of mass destruction So the threat of Saddam Hussein with weapons of mass destruction is real ..."
Sen. John F. Kerry (D, MA), Jan.23.2003
SO NOW THE DEMOCRATS SAY PRESIDENT BUSH LIED, THAT THERE NEVER WERE ANY WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION AND HE TOOK US TO WAR FOR HIS OIL BUDDIES???
Boy! Talk about two tongued philosophy!!!
AlGore, trying to relive his youth, rents a little 2-seater sports car and takes Tipper to a motel for Valentine's Day. He has ingested two 100mg Viagra tablets before the one-hour drive, and is as randy as Hillary's husband by the time they pull up at the love shack.
"C'mon Al, hurry up! Get out of the car before I get out of the mood!"
Al, struggling, "Honey, if I don't get out of the mood, I won't be able to get out of the car!"
I seriously doubt that President Kerry will have any meaningful opposition when he seeks his second term.
It is normal for Communists to attack viral men of Honor they don't have any men of Honor to speak of all they have is a game of blame and accusation !
Do you actually think that the liberal media is going to go against one of their most honored minions ? Think again In a perfect world Gore would be carried out of town on a rail in this world created after 40 years of liberal love-fests all you get is honorations for vile hate speech which they label patriotic first amendment rights .
Sunday, February 8, 2004. Witnesses say Gore gave a political fire-and-brimstone speech that would have made Cotton Mather turn green with envy. Among his most memorable lines was his statement that George W. Bush "betrayed this country." Most politicians understandably have a hard time resisting the impulse to jump onto a bandwagon. Few have the urge to jump onto one careening over a cliff, except, of course, Al Gore. Fewer still have exhibited Gore's skill in pushing bandwagons over cliffs.
Apparently fearing that Howard Dean's scream may have firmly established him as the "Alpha Male" for the entertainment-industry pack, Gore gave a speech today in which one of his goals was for his carotid arteries to appear much larger than did Dean's during his eloquent "I Have a Scream" speech. Another goal seemed to be to demonstrate that he could scream in a much deeper voice than his protégé, Howard Dean (the Beta Male). A third seemed to be lure some of the intellectual heavyweights currently supportering Wesley Clark (such as Michael Moore, Madonna, Ted Danson, Drew Barrymore, Peter, Paul & Mary, Jimmy Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, etc.) out of Clark's Military Industrial Duplex and into the MoveOn.Org cult running the Doctor of Spleen Machine.
Responses to Gore's speech were overwhelming. He received calls from John Edwards, Wesley Clark, Dennis Kucinich, Al Sharpton, Howard Dean, Lyndon LaRouche, Hillary Clinton and George Bush begging him to endorse John Kerry. McGovern asked him to endorse Nixon. He was also swamped by calls from a number of world leaders. Jacques Chirac asked him to endorse Tony Blair; Tony Blair asked him to endorse Jacques Chirac; and through intermediaries, Saddam Hussein asked him to endorse Bush. The Christian Coalition urged him to endorse MTV. John Kerry called to say he would categorically repudiate any endorsement by Gore.
Offers poured in from the business world as well. Pepsi offered to pay Gore to endorse Coke in the next Super Bowl. Michael Jackson, Kobe Bryant and Martha Stewart asked him to endorse their prosecutors. CBS asked him to endorse Michael Powell. Dave Letterman asked him to become a regular guest of Jay Leno.
Was Gore right in saying who stooped to betraying?·
I'm Gore, who believes I'm behooved
by speeches I'm giving to prove
the anger of Dean
is wimpy and lean
compared to the hate I exude.
Attacking George Dubya, I say:
"'Twas not just from wisdom he strayed.
I'm raising my voice
alleging his choice
was he would our country betray."
Hey, Al, as the Joe who was nearer
to you when your thinking was clearer,
I sadly must say
to see who betrays
just look at yourself in the mirror.
Joe Lieberman expressed sadness that Gore had endorsed Dean. According to PoliSat.Com's highly reliable, anonymous sources, Lieberman told his closest aides, "Gore owed it to me to help me win the nomination, so why didn't he endorse all the candidates (other than me, of course)? If he had done so, I'd be soaring to victory by now." Bill Clinton, always eager to express an opinion on issues of great political import, confidentially told the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the National Enquirer and several other papers of record, "Gore's getting a bum rap. He was the key to my success in avoiding impeachment because a majority of Senators was unwilling to take the heat from their constituents for casting a vote that would make Gore the President."