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Date Posted: 20:46:49 11/06/04 Sat
Author: Joe
Subject: Bush's doubts
In reply to: Chris 's message, "Re: 1000 more reasons to like America" on 06:20:40 11/04/04 Thu

A gripe against Bush is that when asked to list mistakes he's made at press conferences and during a debate, he has seemed very reluctant to do so. So, Spiegel calls him "the man without doubts." My question is: Was Clinton ever asked during his presidency whether he had made any mistakes? I mean besides his obvious and most glaring mistake? Was Clinton asked to list his foreign policy mistakes? (and there were many of them) I don't think so.

American presidents do not admit mistakes while in office, unless it's a glaringly obvious, impeachable mistake, as was the case with Clinton. Instead, they write memoirs which are then published four years later, which may or may not contain their candid admissions of mistakes. Wait about 8 years, and you might read about Bush's mistakes in Bush's own words.

There's a series of articles being published by Newsweek now which is a behind-the-scenes view of both the Kerry and Bush campaigns. The articles on Bush may give some insights on whether he displayed any sort of self-doubts before and during the campaign.

On "Fahrenheit 9/11," even Moore has admitted that it is not a documentary, but an opinion piece. The university I work at had showings of "Fahrenheit 9/11," but to their credit, they tried to show balancing views of Moore and F911. They showed Michael Moore Hates America. Another balancing view of F911 is FahrenHYPE 9/11," created largely by Dick Morris, Bill Clinton's former chief political advisor.

>Today's Spiegel Online's headline about Bush's victory
>"Der Mann ohne Zweifel" - "The man without doubts"
>What do you think? Does he know any doubts inside?
>Do you think a Christian should be a "man without
>doubts" (self-doubts, particularly)? I don't think so.
>You may say he has doubts, but as a leader he won't
>show them. I say that first, I am not sure. I believe
>he really has no doubts, not even inside. And second,
>I don't believe that showing no doubts is a good
>leadership quality, even if this is what most people
>believe (including UBF leaders).
>Again, my impression is that president Bush's politics
>in many areas is not Christian and I cannot see the
>image of a Christian man in Bush, sorry if you think
>Yes, there are areas where Bush's politics appears to
>be Christian, but there are other areas like his
>warfare, neglect of pollution control, bowing to the
>gun lobby, bad social politics etc. where it does not
>appear to be Christian at all.
>On Monday, Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 had been on
>the German TV. It's always good to see the other side
>of the medal. The movie raises many good questions,
>and I have not heared many plausible answers which
>would exculpate President Bush.

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