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Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Soldiers Lend Somber Tone to Iraq Speech

Posted by Frankie at 6/29/2005 09:44:00 PM

NPR has a fair and accurate account of Bush’s speech and reaction to those who it was actually targeted towards. Unlike the infamous aircraft carrier blunder, which was interrupted 22 times by applause from the troops, there was only a single interruption which was premeditated and faked anyways. Parts of intereset:

Compare that to his triumphant speech aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln on May 1, 2003, when he spoke in front of a crowd of sailors and announced that major combat operations in Iraq had ended. "The United States and our allies have prevailed," he declared.

That address was interrupted 22 times by raucous applause from the service men and women on deck with the president. And the military setting was front and center.

Still, the White House had allotted 40 minutes for the remarks. Without the applause that may have been anticipated, Mr. Bush wrapped up in just 28 minutes.


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