Thursday, July 27, 2006

It's Another Generation W Test, Folks

Okay, here we go. The challenge is to spot the person who sprang out of the Boomer Generation - the generation currently in power. Here's a few hints. Both men are Republicans, although one is a great Republican. One man warned about the military-industrial complex - the other doesn't use big phrases like that. One was a General who went onto be President, the other is playing dress-up because it feels cool. One accomplished the biggest military mission in the last 100 years with the fate of the Free World hanging in the balance. The other declared "Mission Accomplished" off San Diego during a photo op. Are you ready to take a guess? The answers are at the bottom under the pictures, but no fair peeking!


Look. It's Ike and George. I wonder how impressed Eisenhower would be by our current President?

10 Comments:

At 12:04 AM, Blogger darrelplant said...

Heck, Ike wasn't impressed with the generation that came after him -- at least as it was embodied in Nixon. There's a classic 1960 Kennedy campaign ad ("Give me a week") that showed Ike being asked about major policy suggestions from his VP.

VO: Every Republican politician wants you to believe that Richard Nixon is, quote, experienced. They even want you to believe that he has actually been making decisions in the WHite House. But listen to the man who should know best: the President of the United States. A reporter recently asked President Eisenhower this question about Mr. Nixon's experience.
REPORTER (OFF CAMERA): I just wondered if you could give us an example of a major idea of his that you had adopted in that role as, as the decider and, uh, final, uh...
EISENHOWER: If you give me a week I might think of one. I don't remember. (LAUGHTER)
VO: At the same press conference, President Eisenhower said:
EISENHOWER: No one can make a decision except me.
VO: And as for any major ideas from Mr. Nixon...
EISENHOWER: If you give me a week I might think of one. I don't remember.
VO: President Eisenhower could not remember, but the voters will remember. For real leadership in the '60s, help elect John F. Kennedy President!

 
At 12:50 AM, Blogger Bill McDonald said...

I'm sure Nixon was on the ticket to help win California.
It's such an opportunity to pick a running mate. You're picking a likely President down the line. I thought Clinton's choice of Al Gore was a wasted pick. I've stood in rooms with Gore speaking and he is charisma-free. He told a few jokes and they were okay, but then he got serious and it was Coma City. Then there was Gore's pick Lieberman. The only thing I could figure out was they got Lieberman to make Al seem more exciting. Ike picked Nixon and that didn't do us any favors, but it sounds from your comment that he knew what he had there. "No one can make a decision except me." Sounds like a real leader - not a Decider.

 
At 4:01 AM, Blogger Jack Bog said...

Who's dumber -- W or Quayle?

 
At 7:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who's dumber: W, Quayle, or the self-absorbed small town blogger that thinks dumb people can rise to the level of President or Vice President?

 
At 9:11 AM, Blogger LaurelhurstDad said...

Tisk Tisk. You don't refer to people like Dan and George as 'dumb'. They are 'specially challanged' and they all win.

 
At 4:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

laurelhurstdad, there is one thing I want to thank you for. I used to be a pretty apathetic voter. This was, in part, because I didn't feel I fit well with either major party. I am socially progressive, libertarian, and fiscally conservative. It was aparent that neither party was fiscally responsible, but I gave a slight edge to the Republicans because I believe in tax cuts and that they lead to increased revenues. On social subjects - stem cell research, gay marriage and the like - I side completely with the Democrats. But something funny happened between 2001 and 2004. No, it wasn't 9/11. I saw ever-increasing vitriolic bile spewing for far left nutcases - accusations that "Bush and his cronies" were war-mongerers, war profiteers, religeous zealots, murderers, drunks, etc etc. The shear hatred that poured forth from the left was matched only by the hatred from the fringe right during the impeachment years - the 'BJ killed Vince Foster' crowd. But then I realized that this vitriol was coming from the "fringe" left. It was coming from the mainstream left. Everyday folks like laurelhurstdad and Bill McDonald. That is when I decided I will never again vote for anyone aligned with the left, and that I will vote in every election, no matter how big or how small. You kind created a reliable, consistent Republican voter. And I think that my attitude has been reflected in the amazing turnout in the last election. The morning of November 3, 2004, was the happiest day EVER in my political life. Not because I though Bush was such a great President and agreed with him on every issue. But because I knew that people like laurelhurstdad were going to suffer a deep, lingering malaise everytime they saw or heard chimpybushhitlersmirk on the tv or radio.

So thanks.

 
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