Friday, October 13, 2006

Ladies and Gentlemen, Tony Snow

I meant to point this out the day he said it, but got sidetracked.

Here's Tony Snow defending Bush's "comma" reference at a recent press briefing:
Q: (W)hat did the President mean the Iraqi war is only a comma?

Mr. SNOW: ...This has been brewed around; Peter had a word or two to say about it today. The comma refers to the period of time between last year's election and today. We're talking about -- well, the President is making the point is, when you look at a history book, a 10-month period is a comma. Now, some people have tried to say, how dare the President refer to this as a comma; he's being glib about the deaths of Americans. That's outrageous, and the people who say that know it. What they're trying to is, willingly or not, wrench a statement out of context and try to use that as an opportunity to accuse a President who is deeply aware of the human cost of war of being calloused about those costs. It's just not true...if you look in the broad sweep of history, that will be seen as a comma.
Time from D-Day to V-E Day? Eleven months.

Does the extra month mean that the Allied invasion of Europe at least rates a semicolon?

2 Comments:

Blogger MarchDancer said...

No. He meant it, as was first reported, and as admitted by my mother and a close friend, both deeply religious (although not crazy) - this was a definite code word for the far-right Christians, Bush's base he thinks, to let them know what he was really saying. It's a code and I have no idea what it's supposed to mean 'cause neither of my personal reporters knew either! That ought to tell us how successful it is to the insiders who are supposed to know what it means. Typical Bushism.

7:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The Comma Quote" an obscene indifference to human suffering

...I like to tell people when the final history is written on Iraq, it
(being all the people tortured, mutilated, and killed[1]) will
look like just a comma ...
--George W. Bush

^1-Innuendo:
in text, an explanation or interpretation, of words and statements,
usually placed in parentheses after the referenced item.


Notes
-----------------------------------------------------------
1) It is possible that he may have been trying to say Comment not Comma
Irregardless of whether or not he meant to say comment,commentary,
coda, asterisk or footnote; the gist of the statement is still the same.

2) Attempt to recontextualize "The Comma Quote"
Remarks by the President September 28, 2006
Whitehouse news releases

We're going to help the Iraqi people. Remember, 12 million of them
voted in elections last December. That probably seems like a decade
ago to you, but when the history is finally written, it will be just
a comma. Twelve million people stood up in the face of assassins and
car bombers and said, we want to be free.

3) Attempt to subvert criticism of the 20SEPT06 quote
by referencing the 28SEPT06 recontextualized quote
Press Briefing by Tony Snow
October 5, 2006
Whitehouse news release

As for the comma. This has been brewed around; Peter had a word or
two to say about it today. The comma refers to the period of time
between last year's election and today. We're talking about--well, the
President is making the point is, when you look at a history book, a
10-month period is a comma. Now, some people have tried to say, how
dare the President refer to this as a comma; he's being glib about
the deaths of Americans. That's outrageous, and the people who say that
know it. What they're trying to is, willingly or not, wrench a
statement out of context and try to use that as an opportunity to
accuse a President who is deeply aware of the human cost of war of
being calloused about those costs. It's just not true.

Subvert:
to turn it from the truth; to corrupt; to confound.

4) Attempted whisper campaign to Meme Hack The Comma Quote

Sources on the internet claim esoteric knowledge of the true meaning
of the The Comma Quote as follows;

[The Speaker states, in reference to the The Comma Quote;]

He likely meant to finish it off by suggesting that, looking back,
the Iraq war will be viewed as "just a comma, not a period."
Not surprisingly, this is rooted in current Christian teaching,
often in reference to the death of Jesus, or more generally as "Don't put
a period where God puts a comma."

[The Speaker then makes the following interpretation;]

This is Dog-whistle politics, which means one thing to
the general population but which has a more specific meaning for a
targeted subgroup of the audience. This is the same communication
technique he used previously for the "Dred Scott" coded messages he
sent.

8:39 PM  

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