Friday, October 19, 2007

Republicans protest claim that President is "amused"

As reported by the Associated Press:

Congressman Pete Stark (D-Ca), who's in his 18th term representing the liberal East Bay near San Francisco, took to the floor to accuse Republicans of funding the Iraq war but not children's health.

"You don't have money to fund the war or children," Stark declared. "But you're going to spend it to blow up innocent people if we can get enough kids to grow old enough for you to send to Iraq to get their heads blown off for the President's amusement."

The outburst from Rep. Pete Stark as the House debated a children's health bill drew immediate condemnation from Republicans who demanded he retract it.

I guess I share Pete Stark’s impression that the President is more amused than concerned by the consequences of his decisions. If that is a false impression then I think the President may want to consider changing the way he presents himself in public. His current emphasis on how at peace he is with his decisions and his smirking and smiling at seemingly inappropriate moments while speaking may be giving some Americans the wrong impression.

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