Post Speech Analysis
Reading Bush's 13-minute speech and a few of the press reports on the government restructuring and the response to the intelligence, I think everything sounds like a good idea. At first brush at least, it sound good. I haven’t thought of anything wrong with it.
I was quite impressed at the politics of the move.
Instead of being the head of an administration riddled with failures and responsible for cover-ups and inadequate agencies, Bush has set forth a change. His is now the administration that responded to problems, set out to solve things. At the same time he didn't give up any ground and clearly stated that the information wasn't enough to stop the tragedy of September 11 with.
This is a hard position to assault. This doesn’t look political and because of that I think people will like it and think it has the potential to really stop some terrorism in the future.
He recognized the failures and has set out to counteract them. He takes terrorism and the previous failures seriously. Bush looks like the essence of responsibility and the man to lead.
Ted Kennedy, on the other hand, said the move was “shuffling deck chairs on the Titanic.” So I guess America is the Titanic and there is nothing we can do. The Titanic sank and didn’t have any other option.
This, politically, is a really lousy position. How do you sell the defeatist position? How do you try to tell the American people to support you because they are damned no matter what?
I liked the White House statement that this was the biggest shakeup since Harry Truman was in office. “In the biggest government shakeup since Harry Truman was president…” sounds like something one of the old-time radio or TV reporters would have said. It was a really nice touch.