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Thursday, February 03, 2005

Did they Really Do That?

Wait. Did they really yank out an Iraqi woman and a (dead) soldier's mom during the SOTU address last night? Was I dreaming?


Women Provide Emotion at State of Union

Ballsy move.
WASHINGTON - They met just before the speech began: the mother of a soldier killed in Iraq and the daughter of a man killed by Saddam Hussein's regime. They found some comfort in a spontaneous moment that electrified President Bush's State of the Union address.

The two women, both touched by death in Iraq, reached out for each other while lawmakers, military leaders, the president and the nation watched. Their locked embrace inspired the longest applause of the evening.
Well done. Well produced. Wonder who thought of that bit?
On Thursday, the parents of Marine Corps Sgt. Byron Norwood said the Iraqi woman, Safia Taleb al-Suhail, had turned and introduced herself just before the speech.

"She thanked us for our son's sacrifice and made sure we knew the people in Iraq were grateful for the sacrifices that were made not just by our son, but by all of them," Janet Norwood said.

"I just told her how happy we were that the elections were successful and told her our son would have been pleased," said Norwood, appearing on ABC's "Good Morning America" with her husband, Bill.

Al-Suhail's father was killed 11 years ago by the Iraqi intelligence service. Now the leader of the Iraqi Women's Political Council, she watched the annual presidential address Wednesday night at the Capitol as a guest of first lady Laura Bush.
Hmm. Iraqi Women's Poltical Counsel, eh?

Who dey?

Time for a Google search. No luck yet. Still wondering. Any bets? Friends of the Bushies, clearly. She was sitting next to Laura. Some sort of Iraqi elite. Dad was killed by the Iraqi intelligence service. Hmmm. Always another story. Hmmm. Think, think, think.

But the best part about the last night's speech?
A wave of purple fingers went up at each mention of the Iraqi vote, a gesture organized by Rep. Bobby Jindal, R-La., to demonstrate solidarity with Iraqi voters. In a letter to fellow lawmakers, Jindal said he wanted to display support for "people throughout the world who seek freedom."
My prayers (see the previous post) were answered.

Praise Jesus.

More later...


  • I was particularly impressed by the 2005 State of the Union Address, as it marked the first time this national spectacle has veered into outright fascist theater. A 'spontaneous' hug between these two plants? Who's buying that? And feigned 'solidarity' with Iraqi voters coming from members of a political organisation that purposefully and selectively suppressed voter turnout in key states in its own presidential election just three months before? Maudlin, sickening hypocrisy. Not to mention the standing ovations for clear, demonstrable lies and the screeching delusional self-righteous platitudes of messianic triumphalism.

    It's not every day you get to see your own country slip into totalitarianism on free, live TV. I'm glad I didn't miss it.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:32 PM  

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