Alright, I know this isn’t live, but I got stuck in a meeting, so here’s my analysis of George Bush’s speech:
We’ve got Laura Bush talking right now, introducing her husband, President Bush.
President Bush comes on screen, from the White House. He’s talking about Hurricane Gustav, saying that it’s good that the damage wasn’t as bad as we feared it could be, and thanked the Governors of the states in that region, and thanked volunteers.
“I want to share some thoughts about our nominee–a great American, and the next President of the United States, John McCain.”
Now he’s saying hello to his parents, who are at the convention.
He’s talking about knowing what it takes to be President and detailing stuff he’s done in and out of the Oval Office, from viewing reports to going overseas.
“John McCain’s life has prepared him to make those choices. He is ready to lead this nation.” Good quote – showing the contrast between McCain and Obama, who the McCain camp is painting as not ready to lead.
You can tell he must be in a hurry. He’s cutting the audience off as they cheer, and they seem to be getting the hint that this speech can’t go too long.
Now he’s detailing McCain being looked up to in the Navy, and him making good choices there.
“As an elected public servant, he earned the respect of colleagues of both parties, as a man to follow when there’s a tough call to make. John McCain’s life is a story of service above self. 40 years ago in an enemy prison camp, Lt. Commander McCain was offered release ahead of others who had been held longer. His wounds were so severe, that anyone would’ve understood if he had accepted. John refused. For that selfless decision, he suffered nearly 5 more beatings and isolation. When he was released, his arms had been broken, but not his honor.” And that got a huge response from the crowd.
“Fellow citizens, if the Hanoi Hilton could not break John McCain’s resolve to do what is best for his country, you can be sure the angry left never will.” That’s a great quote. And Cindy McCain looks both so happy and so proud.
“John has the heart of a protector.” And that’s a good contrast from showing him as a tough war hero to also a loving dad (he had been talking about the McCains as parents).
“John is a leader who knows that human life is fragile–that human life is precious–that human life must be defended.” And again, Cindy looks so proud.
“John is a steadfast opponent of wasteful spending.” And that one of the things I love about McCain, is his completely anti-pork stance.
Now he’s talking about keeping tax relief permanent, and investing in energy technologies and lifting the ban off of offshore drilling.
“John is an independent man, who thinks for himself. He’s not afraid to tell you when he disagrees–believe me, I know!” President Bush’s face and mannerismsthere were pretty funny, and that got a pretty good laugh out of the crowd, but he makes a good point. McCain has been willing to stand up for what he believes, something that’s not seen too often in politics, especially when standing up for what you believe means disagreeing with a President who’s a member of your own party.
“No matter what the issue, this man is honest and speaks straight from the heart.” Basically saying what I just said.
Now he’s talking about the Democrats cutting funding for Iraq, Bush talking about using a surge of troops and McCain backing that decision. And Cindy, again, looks so happy and proud. And McCain was right, the surge worked!
“Some told him that his early and consistent call for more troops would put his presidential campaign at risk. He told them that he would rather lose an election than see his country lose a war–that is the kind of courage and vision we need in our next commander and chief.” A great quote from McCain, and great use of it by Bush.
Talking about needing a President who will “stay on the offense” after September 11th. “The man we need is John McCain.” Talking about terrorism, and keeping terrorist attacks from happening again.
“When he takes office next January, John will have an outstanding leader at his side. America will have a strong and principled Vice President in the Governor of the great state of Alaska, Sarah Palin.” And it’s good to show that Bush supports Palin as well.
“Americans have always lived on the sunrise side of the mountain. We are a nation that looks to the new day with confidence and optimism. And I’m optimistic about our future, because I believe in the goodness and wisdom of the American people. I’m optimistic becauseI have faith in freedom’s power to lift up all of God’s children and lead this world to a future of peace. And I am optimistic about something else. When the debates have ended, and all the ads have run, and it is time to vote, Americans will look closely at the judgment, the experience, and the policies of the candidates, and they will cast their ballots for the McCain/Palin ticket.” A lot of good quotes there. It’s basically taking the complete opposite imagery of what the Democrats have been painting – that Bush has lead us into this dark and gloomy time of American history. Bush then comes and says that we’re liek a sunrise, and that things are going to get better with McCain. He’s not trying to defend his Presidency, his focus is on McCain and that McCain is going to lead us through the hard times.
“Though I’m not with you in the Twin Cities on this wonderful night for our party, with Laura Bush speaking, you have clearly traded up.” Talking about Laura. “Laura has been a fantastic First Lady. Thank you Laura, and thanksto all of you in the hall tonight. God bless you, and God bless America.”
And there you have it – George Bush’s speech. It wasn’t a GREAT speech, but it was a pretty good speech (actually better than what I figured it’d be for a Bush speech). He got the party energized, and took people from being in this sad mood of the Hurricane into a happier mood. He emphasized that McCain is our nominee and that he’s proud that he’s our nominee. He’s said that Sarah Palin is a great running mate, and he seems genuinly optimistic about November.
Overall, I’d give that speech an 8/10.
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