Campaign 2010

Apr 30, 2004

Democracy and “Different Skin Color”

In his brief press conference just now, President Bush more or less reiterated this line from his last one a couple weeks ago:

“Some of the debate really centers around the fact that people don’t believe Iraq can be free; that if you’re Muslim, or perhaps brown-skinned, you can’t be self-governing or free….”

Now we know that when the President uses language like this, referring vaguely to “people” or “some people,” he is just politely saying “Democrats” - or at least so we would be led to believe.  Now just for clarity, I took an informal poll and found that it wasn’t anybody here he was referring to.  But after some digging, I found out who he meant:

”[Cheney] voted ten times against imposing sanctions on South Africa during the struggle over Apartheid.”

Update: Josh Marshall finds today’s installment verbatim:

“There’s a lot of people in the world who don’t believe that people whose skin color may not be the same as ours can be free and self-govern. I reject that. I reject that strongly. I believe that people who practice the Muslim faith can self-govern. I believe that people whose skins aren’t necessarily—are a different color than white can self-govern.”

I didn’t want to comment on this without having the exact quote, but Josh also nails my exact reaction when I heard it:

“And what’s the deal with ‘our’ skin color being white? I’m white. The president is white. But ‘our’ skin color is not white.”

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