Effective, Damning and Accurate: Olbermann Recounts Bush -- Eight Years in Eight Minutes
Friday night, Keith Olbermann recited the voiceover for video depicting the Bush presidency, calling it "eight years in eight minutes." I wasn't certain if it would be grandiose and over the top or not, but -- damn. Every data point hit. Nothing extra, and he caught a great deal of the disastrous data points, big and small.
Watch, and while you may weep for what our nation has been subjected to and reduced to, you can also be thankful that the long national nightmare is effectively over, and a time of reckoning and accountability is upon us if we are to restore ourselves to a whole, healthy democratic republic once more:
Transcript over the fold, snatched from the comment by True Blue Majority from within the dKos diary of thereisnospoon. The snatch was done with plenty of respect and genuine affection; no pixels were harmed in the process.
|Transcript for the 17 Jan 2009
Countdown with Keith Olbermann
|George Walker Bush.
43rd president of the United States.
first ever with a criminal record.
our third story tonight,
his presidency: eight years in eight minutes.
early in 2001 the U.S. fingered Al Qaeda
by March 5 Bush had a map ready for Iraqi oil exploration
August 6, 2001
next month Clarke requests
Rumsfeld says Afghanistan does not have enough targets
in February General Tommy Franks tells a visiting Senator
July and Britain's intel chief says Bush is
the man who said it would take several hundred thousand troops
then in Iraq, stuff happens:
other stuff does not happen:
secret star chambers for terrorism suspects,
Rumsfeld warned in 2002 that he was torturing
on U.S. soil twelve hundred immigrants rounded up
it wasn't just Mr. Bush no longer subject to the rule of law
Mr. Bush's hands off
the blackouts end
Mr. Bush further deregulates commodity futures
and the prices fall
deregulating financial services and lax enforcement of remaining rules
firms that had survived the Great Depression could not survive Bush
unlike the auto bailout
but Bush failed even when his party and his patrons
the man apologized.
Mr. Bush faked the truth
tried to silence the truth about global warming
politicized the truth of science at NASA, the EPA,
Rice's mushroom cloud
the air at Ground Zero
the surge causing insurgents to switch sides
that American citizen John Walker Lindh's rights
heckuva job Brownie
the lie that no one could have predicted the economic crisis
Bush actually admitted that he lied about not firing Rumsfeld
all of it
median income down two thousand dollars
the Dow, down from ten thousand five hundred eighty seven
buying toxic goods from China
with two unfinished wars
2000 miles of Appalachian streams
consistently undermining historic American reverence
and Bin Laden?
and among all the gifts he gave to Bin Laden
leaving us with precious little to cling to tonight
Have a great day, folks; the light at the end of the long, dark tunnel that we see flickering up ahead just might be way out of this hole, instead of the headlights of an oncoming train.