Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Did He Really Say That?

Tom Tomorrow points us to a stunningly bizarre quote from President Bush today:
You know when I was growin’ up, or other baby boomers here were growin’ up, we felt safe. Because we had these vast oceans that could protect us from harm’s way. September the 11th changed all of that.
You gotta be shittin’ me. I was a kid in the 1960s and I literally had nightmares about a hard rain of nuclear missiles coming down on this country. I figured it was pretty much inevitable, that it was only a matter of time before everything I knew was incinerated in the ultimate act of human madness. It had me very scared and I wasn’t alone by any means. So don’t give me this “we felt safe” bullshit.

Sorry, George, you’ve WAY overplayed your terrorism hand. Nothing a terrorist could do, even IF (a big if) one terrorist nuke somehow went off in the US, it would be nothing – nothing - like what was at stake during the Cold War.



LJM said...

you bet dude - I remember when I was 7 or 8 diggin a hole in the woods around 1957-58 to make a bomb shelter to protect my family - and then the Cuban missile crisis. Shittin my pants in 7th grade. Oh yeah, I felt safe?!?!?

Ol' Guy said...

Guess W's school never had the old 'hide under your desk and cover your head because the bombs are falling' drill. We did it about once a month. And our radio stations had monthly emergency broadcast warning tests. They weren't tornado warning tests, either. We had to be prepared for when the missiles came. Because they were coming. Safe? I never felt safe. I wasn't allowed to.

JeromeProphet said...

I recall the same fatalism.

He might have added how safe he felt hanging around here in the states while other boys were serving in Vietnam.