John Hinderaker in Love

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

The Powerline commandant has penned many a love letter to President Bush over the years. But this one is precious..

Obama thinks he is a good talker, but he is often undisciplined when he speaks. He needs to understand that as President, his words will be scrutinized and will have impact whether he intends it or not. In this regard, President Bush is an excellent model; Obama should take a lesson from his example. Bush never gets sloppy when he is speaking publicly. He chooses his words with care and precision, which is why his style sometimes seems halting. In the eight years he has been President, it is remarkable how few gaffes or verbal blunders he has committed. If Obama doesn’t raise his standards, he will exceed Bush’s total before he is inaugurated.

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33 Responses to “John Hinderaker in Love”

  1. #1 |  Cynical In CA | 

    2 + 2 = 5

  2. #2 |  eknap49 | 

    this is just too funny for words. Have we misunderestimated him again?

  3. #3 |  Phelps | 

    He’s right, you know. Bush’s gaffes run along the line of mispronouncing nuclear. Obama’s gaffes run along the line of “we are going to unilaterally renegotiate NAFTA with Canada” and “we are committed to missile defense for you, Poland.”

  4. #4 |  jwh | 

    Actually, W has said exactly what he meant to say the vast, vast majority of the time.

    Fine, some of you will rant about the “Mission Accomplished” banner, and what not, but the simple fact is that he was very straight forward with what he said, and for those of us who don’t get hung up on his various, and sometimes humorous, mispronunciations (which is probably not most of those who read this blog), you’ll realize that there was seldom any time when anyone questioned what it was he just said.

    One obvious gaffe that does come to mind, after 9/11 was when he made reference to the Crusades……..which he did take a the appropriate step to correct, but I challenge you to provide another example that accurately identifies another clear gaffe…..and I’m not talking about mispronuciations of words like “nuclear” and “strategy”, and the like……

  5. #5 |  Eric the .5b | 

    I am at a loss.

  6. #6 |  GB FL | 

    I agree with Phelps. For all of his gaffes and syntax corruptions, Bush has seemed careful about what he says US policy is.

    GWB’s speaking ability is third rate, so holding it up as a model is humorous, but as far as making statements about policy, Bush was usually pretty clear.

  7. #7 |  tim | 


    Do you read the article? Because Powerline is accusing Obama of lying about a private conversation between him and the President Kaczynski.

    A. Private. Conversation.

    And then Powerline ends it by comparing that private conversation with the joyous public speaking style of our current President reading words written for him by someone else. As if they two were somehow related in some…

  8. #8 |  Brandon Bowers | 

    There are plenty of reasons to dislike Bush.

  9. #9 |  Les | 

    Phelps and jwh (not that jwh will respond as he never does when it’s demonstrated how his knee-jerk loyalism separates him from documented facts),

    After less than five minutes of looking, I found several of Bush’s gaffes that don’t involve pronunciation (the last one is really more of an outright lie than a gaffe, so maybe it doesn’t count):

    “”Bring them on.” [7/1/03]

    “Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists.” [9/20/01]

    “I don’t know where bin Laden is. I have no idea and really don’t care. It’s not that important. It’s not our priority.” [3/13/02]

    “We found the weapons of mass destruction. We found biological laboratories.” [5/29/03]

    “Now, by the way, any time you hear the United States government talking about wiretap, it requires — a wiretap requires a court order. Nothing has changed, by the way. When we’re talking about chasing down terrorists, we’re talking about getting a court order before we do so.” [April 20, 2004].

  10. #10 |  Stormy Dragon | 

    If I die from an aneurism tonight, it will be because Hinderaker’s post was bouncing around inside by brain and caused it to explode.

  11. #11 |  Matt | 

    Meh, I still think “The City of New Orleans and its residents owe the President a profound debt of gratitude.” is the pinnacle of the form.

  12. #12 |  Josh |

  13. #13 |  Mojotron | 

    Homer Simpson is a…brilliant man who has come up with many…well-thought-out, practical ideas, and is insuring the financial future of this company. Oh, and his personal hygiene is beyond reproach.

  14. #14 |  Mojotron | 

    no gaffes huh?:

  15. #15 |  Rob Robertson | 

    There’s no time to rewrite history like the present.

    And, is admitting to breaking FELONY Federal wiretap laws really just a “gaffe”? He SHOULD be impeached. Right now. 5:51 EST.

  16. #16 |  Mikestermike | 

    2 + 2 = 5 for extremely large values of 2.

  17. #17 |  Bill | 


    That’s some tasty Flav-R-Ade.

  18. #18 |  Mike | 

    Whatever he is smoking needs to be legalized.

  19. #19 |  B | 

    That is just precious.

    OT–Radley, if you ever implement the floating ads that pop up when I try to follow a link on a blog post like they have on OTB, I…OK, I really have nothing to hold over your head, but please just don’t, OK? Thx.

  20. #20 |  James D | 

    I don’t have the “I Blame everything on Chimpy McBushHitler” syndrome like many do, but of all things to defend Bush on … his speaking? Really??? I think the media love affair with Obama has covered up many gaffes (and they will continue that through his 4-8 years in charge). But I can’t see how anyone can really try to argue how great of a speaker Bush is/was. The OBGYN comment alone is priceless.

  21. #21 |  nobahdi | 

    This is satire, right? Please tell me no one is actually this ignorant.

    I don’t even need a few minutes to search for gaffes, I can think of a half dozen off the top of my head. My favorite is the “Fool me once…”, I still smile just thinking of it.

  22. #22 |  GregoryMac | 

    “…thinks he is a good talker…” Who says “good talker?” What? Is HINDraker in the sixth grade? I really didn’t need to read much more after that but I did anyway. I’m not a fan of Obama or Bush but HINDraker is surely a candidate for glass belly button surgery (head so far up his ass he needs a glass belly button to see where he is going)

  23. #23 |  John | 

    I have to agree with the Powerline paragraph here (although not their overall point about Obama’s missile conversation)…Bush is on point and has message discipline, as awful as his messages tend to be. Obama is much more likely to go on intellectual field trips during debates and say random things.

  24. #24 |  adam | 

    People this detached from reality should not be allowed to run the country ever again.

  25. #25 |  Big Chief | 

    I’m with nobahdi – please tell me this article and all these comments lauding Bush’s speaking abilities and his “message discipline” is satire.

    I don’t even know that gaffes or his lies were his biggest problem. I can’t think of any president in my lifetime that has been worse at even trying to communicate his policies. The administration seems happier to tell us to ignore the man behind the curtain and trust that all is well.

    I don’t know how his number of press conferences and primetime speeches compare to his predecessors, but for the number of major incidents and policy changes it has not been nearly enough.

  26. #26 |  RT Lee | 

    Some of Hindraker’s past idiocy, first from 2005.

    “It must be very strange to be President Bush. A man of extraordinary vision and brilliance approaching to genius, he can’t get anyone to notice. He is like a great painter or musician who is ahead of his time, and who unveils one masterpiece after another to a reception that, when not bored, is hostile.”

    Then from 2006.

    “I suppose there have been political figures more overrated than Barack Obama, but it’s hard to think of one offhand.”

    Can someone tell me why anyone takes this no-talent assclown seriously?

  27. #27 |  old | 

    I am wondering when Hindraker starts airbrushing undesirable people out of pictures with Bush?

    By the time Hindraker is done remaking Bush’s image he will have the oratory, sorry, talking skills of Lincoln and FDR combined, the wit of Churchill, and the courage of Eisenhower. I will be sorry that I missed that part of history, but seeing as it only happened in someone’s head, well, I can only be so sorry. Hell, I doubt Bush thinks as much of himself as Hindraker thinks of Bush.

  28. #28 |  MassHole | 

    I was discussing this with a friend yesterday. My comment was that an objective person cannot take powerline seriously. This is nothing but propaganda for the true believers. Hindraker graduated Darthmouth and Harvard Law. He’s a well trained lawyer. I don’t think Hinderaker really believes this stuff about Bush. I think he writes it because it’s “good for the cause” and the rubes eat it up.

  29. #29 |  PolyTick | 

    The man is exactly right–Bush did an excellent job at the task he was assigned. For his real job wasn’t to administer the nation–it was to be the ceremonial talking head (the face of propaganda) to keep the press and everyone else distracted. This task did not require he be eloquent like a Reagan–only that he push the official line while someone else (Cheney and possibly others) did the real dirty work behind the scenes. If he flubbed his lines it just gave the hyenas something else to write about.

    The Obama administration appears to be different–this man seems to want to “rule”. His owners (i.e. the ones who bought and paid for him to get him elected….) may let him for awhile. If he doesn’t follow their wishes he will gain another credential in common with JFK. And like JFK, there will be so many people with motive that we will spend the next 50 years debating who pulled the trigger–that is if the ensuing race riots don’t overshadow the whole thing.

  30. #30 |  GregoryMac | 

    Damn PolyTick! I wish I had a smart ass comment for your statement but a big part of me agrees too much.

  31. #31 |  Lori Wilson | 

    Anyone doubt that HindRaker is a synonym for A**Licker?

  32. #32 |  Andrew Williams | 

    Just how far up W’s ass IS Hinderaker? The name says it all.

  33. #33 |  Andrew Williams | 

    Now we need Joel and the bots from MST3K to mock Hinderaker.

    “Beef Sizzlechest!” “Brown Nosertron 3000!” “Johnny Hiney!”