Bush was definitely not on his game during the debate, something that’s hard to admit. It is true that it seemed as if his mind wasn’t in it, however there are also other things that happened that make it impossible for anyone to say hands down which one of the candidates won. One of these things is Kerry talking about things in first person as if he was there and witnessed the whole thing himself. His ramblings about things that happened behind closed doors drove me nuts…how does he know what was said and what wasn’t when he wasn’t even there?
“…I would not take my eye off of the goal: Osama bin Laden. Unfortunately, he escaped in the mountains of Tora Bora. We had him surrounded. But we didn’t use American forces, the best trained in the world, to go kill him. The president relied on Afghan warlords and he outsourced that job too. That’s wrong.”
How does he know that Osama isn’t dead? Was he there and he saw him crawl out of his cave and scurry over the hill?
“First of all, he made the misjudgment of saying to America that he was going to build a true alliance, that he would exhaust the remedies of the United Nations and go through the inspections. In fact, he first didn’t even want to do that. And it wasn’t until former Secretary of State Jim Baker and General Scowcroft and others pushed publicly and said you’ve got to go to the U.N., that the president finally changed his mind — his campaign has a word for that — and went to the United Nations.”
How in the world does he know all this went on? How does he know that Bush didn’t want to do it, was “pushed” by Baker, et. al. and that they “said you’ve got to go to the U.N.”??
In talking about Bush’s plan for war, Kerry:
“He didn’t do any of those things. They didn’t do the planning. They left the planning of the State Department in the State Department desks. They avoided even the advice of their own general. General Shinsheki, the Army chief of staff, said you’re going to need several hundred thousand troops. Instead of listening to him, they retired him.”
Again, how does he know these things? He knows that they didn’t do any planning, that they “avoided” advice, that they didn’t listen and this is the reason the General retired?? Please.
“…the president of South Korea went back to South Korea bewildered and embarrassed because it went against his policy. And for two years, this administration didn’t talk at all to North Korea.”
So now he is a mind reader and knows what the South Korean president was thinking and feeling. How does he know that administration never talked to North Korea??? Tell me, is he a fly on the wall at the White House at all times?
Not only was he NOT THERE to know first hand about these things (instead of saying “according to reports…” or “based on military records…”), but he also was WRONG about these things. Loads of bloggers have been debunking so many of Kerry’s comments that I’ve lost count by now. One place you can read more about it is at Hugh’s blog.
The debate transcripts can be found here. I must say, reading the debate Bush did much better. I guess it was his annoyed face and exasperated tone that made it seem like he was letting Kerry get to him so much.