The president, in his folksy way that no one inside the Beltway recognizes, was able to speak in real clear terms about why we’re at war against terror. John Kerry didn’t pass the living room test. I don’t think he came across as anyone that people want have in their homes for four years.
- Nicolle Devenish, Bush campaign spinmeister
Bush failed to explain his wrong choices. Here are four mistakes Bush made: First, he failed to defend his go-it-alone foreign policy that has alienated our allies. Second, he chose not to level with the American people and our troops about the deteriorating situation in Iraq: Third, instead of owning up to his mistakes, he smirked and scowled and refused to directly answer the hard questions. Fourth, when John Kerry outlined his plan, Bush said he wasn’t sure we could afford it, even as he continues to promise more tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans.
Bush’s tone of voice alternated between that of a parent trying to teach a lesson to a 9-year-old, and a teenager pleading his case with the high school principal.
- Bob Wiesner, a communications director with Rogen International
October 6, 2004 5:31 AM