Thursday, July 07, 2005

Tony Blair

Listening to Tony Blair on the BBC this morning, I was struck by his eloquence. Comparing his extemporaneous remarks to similar ones by Bush, I felt so much more confidence in Blair's leadership than in our own clumsy inarticulate president, who speaks like a not particularly bright middle school student full of swagger and bullishness.

5 comments:

lodgerlow said...

I'm afraid I think Mr Blair's speech was no better than Mr Bush's. I cringed at Blair's hammy delivery, which we here have heard oh so many dreary times before. That phoney. pausing. mid. sentence. to imply sincerity. is just a tad tiresome... especially when he rolls it out again and again.

madabandon said...

I still feel there is somehow more depth to Blair's speeches; while I don't think that his approach--with regard to Iraq--is any less reprehensible than Bush's, at least I feel he has an intellect. Bush frightens me with his ignorance and frank disrespect for the idea of a thoughtful consideration of complex ideas. This is a man, remember, who said that he didn't feel compelled to study history because history is about the past and cannot help us understand the future. I can't imagine Blair saying such a thing.

lodgerlow said...

Mr Blair is indeed a highly intelligent man, granted. Which is why his comments today felt clinical and contrived. I am hoping that something good will come out of today's awful events: Mr Blair's resignation. Some people will never forgive him for taking this country to war (against our will), and in so doing creating the environment for today's tragedies.

In the time it's taken me to write this short comment 4 chinook helicopters have flown over my village. How can one feel comfortable about this?

madabandon said...

I think you know as I do and so many Americans, that we were mislead into a horrific war. What is astonishing to me is that there are those who don't think the same way. Blair should resign, as should Bush and Cheney. It is incredible to think that the public, both here and perhaps in the UK, would be so complacent as to let this pass. Helicopters overhead have become a way of life here in NYC; it is only when they increase in number that I get worried. But the city is carrying on although there are many, many police in subway stations.

Mad Dog Williams said...

What a day it would be if a politician was to admit the errors of their ways and jump overboard! It seems that anyone with a big enough ego to think they are qualified to run a whole nation better than ANYONE else is incapable of the kind of self-examination that leads to such public honesty. There was a joke I used to hear often: How can you tell when a politician is lying?
The lips move.
I am kinda glad, though, that the guys in those helicopters are not looking for ME...