By David Sanger, NY Times
Boyo boyo... must have needed filler material at the Times yesterday to give this article the least bit of credibility as "news".
At a session here Monday at Kansas State University, after talking about terrorism and wiretapping and Iraq, Iran and China, Mr. Bush called on a questioner who said: "You're a rancher. A lot of us here in Kansas are ranchers. I was just wanting to get your opinion on 'Brokeback Mountain,' if you've seen it yet."
The movie, of course, is the adaptation of a story about two male ranch hands who fall in love with each other in the 1960's. After some nervous laughter settled down, the questioner added: "You would love it. You should check it out."
Mr. Bush paused. "I haven't seen it," he said. "I'd be glad to talk about ranching, but I haven't seen the movie."
There was more nervous laughter as the president added: "I've heard about it."
Then Mr. Bush, somewhere between flummoxed and amused, added, "I hope you go back to the ranch and the farms is what I was about to say."
"Nervous laughter"??? FLUMMOXED??? From what planet does this "journalist" hail?
None of the audience (or President's) laughter was forced, thus "nervous" in no way ressembles the truth. Oh wait... truth isn't one of those NYT's traits, is it? My mistake.
Bush looked amused and tolerant, knowing full well the question was meant to elicit some sort of statement...thereby "judgement"... on homosexual cowboys in general. However there was no "flummoxing" - which means confused, for those of you unfamiliar with the word - involved whatsoever. Never was a commander in chief less flummoxed/confused in his life. He was in complete command of that lecture. And he sparkled as he genuinely enjoyed his interaction with the students.
The problem here is that there is absolutely nothing for the MSM to jump on as a result of this speech. Bush interacted with the American youth, his questions were not screened... nor was the audience. Yet the MSM is quite disappointed that there was no "hate Bush" confrontation to be seized upon for their latest headline, no lines to twist into liberal talking points.
"Nervous laughter" and "flummoxed"... is this the best mudpie-made-of-lies the NYTimes could muster? Tsk tsk.... obviously Mr. Banger's attempt to make a "Brokeback Mountain" out of a mole hill is an "udder" failure.