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Thursday, August 24, 2006


During a press conference at the G8 summit in Russia, President Bush told President Vladimir Putin that Americans want Russia to develop a free press and free religion “like Iraq.” To laughter and applause, Putin responded: “We certainly would not want to have same kind of democracy as they have in Iraq, quite honestly.” CNN’s Ed Henry called it a “tough jab.”

The exchange underscores how the war in Iraq has damaged the standing of the United States, to the point where even modest encouragement for democratic reform is met with ridicule.

Full transcript:

BUSH: I talked about my desire to promote institutional change in parts of the world, like Iraq, where there’s a free press and free religion. And I told him that a lot of people in our country would hope that Russia will do the same thing. I fully understand, however, that there will be a Russian-style democracy.

PUTIN: We certainly would not want to have same kind of democracy as they have in Iraq, quite honestly.

BUSH: Just wait.

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Livid said...

Before and after Bush matriculated at Yale, the collective test scores and IQs were and are toward the top of educational curve. During his stay there, not so much. I notice they learned their lesson, we didn't see any Bush daughters going there.

FRisson1 said...

Does this tell ya anything about the 2004 Election? Birds of a feather perhaps?

State Avg.- IQ - 2004
1 Connecticut 113 Kerry
2 Massachusetts 111 Kerry
3 New Jersey 111 Kerry
4 New York 109 Kerry
5 Rhode Island 107 Kerry
6 Hawaii 106 Kerry
7 Maryland 105 Kerry
8 New Hampshire 105 Kerry
9 Illinois 104 Kerry
10 Delaware 103 Kerry
11 Minnesota 102 Kerry
12 Vermont 102 Kerry
13 Washington 102 Kerry
14 California 101 Kerry
15 Pennsylvania 101 Kerry
16 Maine 100 Kerry
17 Virginia 100 Bush
18 Wisconsin 100 Kerry
19 Colorado 99 Bush
20 Iowa 99 Bush
21 Michigan 99 Kerry
22 Nevada 99 Bush
23 Ohio 99 Bush
24 Oregon 99 Kerry
25 Alaska 98 Bush
26 Florida 98 Bush
27 Missouri 98 Bush
28 Kansas 96 Bush
29 Nebraska 95 Bush
30 Arizona 94 Bush
31 Indiana 94 Bush
32 Tennessee 94 Bush
33 North Carolina 93 Bush
34 West Virginia 93 Bush
35 Arkansas 92 Bush
36 Georgia 92 Bush
37 Kentucky 92 Bush
38 New Mexico 92 Bush
39 North Dakota 92 Bush
40 Texas 92 Bush
41 Alabama 90 Bush
42 Louisiana 90 Bush
43 Montana 90 Bush
44 Oklahoma 90 Bush
45 South Dakota 90 Bush
46 South Carolina 89 Bush
47 Wyoming 89 Bush
48 Idaho 87 Bush
49 Utah 87 Bush
50 Mississippi 85 Bush

Livid said...

Friss, Yes, it tells me a lot. Did you know both Virginia and Vic are from Mississippi? I'm not kidding either. Dead last in your IQ poll! I could be wrong but isn't 100 average and 80 and below considered moronic? I know they have a kinder term for it, but slice it how you will; Mississippi's ranking of 85 is barely above that telling mark.

AP/V? In case you're listening, let me save what passes for your brain the trouble of figuring this out.

EVERY state whose average IQ is above the national average voted for Kerry.

31 of the 35 remaining states which were average or below voted for Bush.

Bush SWEPT THE BOTTOM 26 states with the lowest average IQ. Be proud V. Be real proud!! (eyeroll)

Side comment here to all progressives who read these comments: While you've all heard my rant about campaign reform and public financing of elections, it will do no good until the electorate is educated and informed. These are equally important parts of the equation for better and more responsible government.