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Attila the Pun
Thursday, July 29, 2004
 
Brown-nosing

Bob Brown provides an excellent example of what is wrong with Michael Moore's film, and the people that are striving to defend it.  Writing in today's Australian, he states:

"Fahrenheit 9/11 has a signal scene in which Bush regales wealthy Republican donors with a toast to "the haves and have-mores".

In Bob's eyes, this means that:

"It is an unforgettable scene where Bush exhibits his unfitness as president of a great nation, let alone as world leader. "

Thats great Bob, too bad he wasn't regaling wealthy Republican donors.  He was, as we say in Australia, taking the piss.  Out of himself specifically (something I am yet to see the dour Brown do)

As Dave Kopel has pointed out in his excellent article:

The speech actually comes from the October 19, 2000, Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner. The 2000 event was the 55th annual dinner, which raises money for Catholic hospital charities in New York City. Candidates Bush and Gore were the co-guests of honor at the event, where speakers traditionally make fun of themselves.
 
It is a wonderful irony when you consider that Bush's remarks offended Bob so much when they were made in a nation "with 30million people too poor to access hospital care."
 
The dinner raised $1.6 million for hospital charities.

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