I have long found George W. Bush's televised appearances to be almost unendurable. His facial expressions, his mannerisms, his skewing of history to try to shirk blame, and his maddening mangled colloquial English. Texish. Whatever.
And as bad as his scripted appearances are, it is his off-the-cuff, extemporaneous stuff that really kills me. Today, The Decider decided to have one last press conference. And in it, he unleashed a string of whoppers. And he did so while variously being jovial, defiant, sing-songy, accusatory and sarcastic. While the likes of Free Republic--the arch right-wing web site--were probably bowled over with pleasure during the press conference, people like me were groaning, shaking our heads, and thanking our lucky stars that this is the last one.
But even though it was the last one, this is not going to be my last post on the matter. Two programs on MSNBC, The Rachel Maddow Show and Countdown with Keith Olbermann had terrific analysis of the speech this evening, and I will be presenting the video from that as it becomes available. For now, here is the speech, without editorial comment. Well other than that which I've already provided. . .