Friday, April 25, 2008
A mission of mercy
George Bush visited the North End of Hartford today (one of the poorest neighborhoods in one of the poorest cities in the country), and talked about malaria. Of course, it's not malaria that's the problem in the North End, it's lack of health care, jobs, educational opportunities, poverty and the attendant scourge of drug abuse and violence.
He artfully ignored those topics, instead making a deft analogy. Eradicating malaria is the same as eradicating terrorism.
The act of defeating malaria in developing nations, he said, was a mission of mercy and an act of hopefulness.
He went on to say that the only way to defeat terrorists was through "acts of love and hopefulness." Yes, he actually said that. So when you figure out how storms of bullets and bombs are "acts of love," please drop me an email.
I wasn't able to get out to one of the "free speech" protest pens, but I'm disappointed that no one in the crowd had the nerve to call Mr. Danger out as the hypocrite that he is.