February 27, 2006


Lileks watched Air Force One over the weekend:

It was shot in 1997. It opens with a joint American / Russian spec-ops kidnapping of a head of state, who is one of those super-nationalist Russians we were all twitchy about in the late 90s; he is sent to a very bad and smelly prison. Cut to President Solo, giving a speech that puts forth a new American policy towards terrorists and terror-enabling states:

Peace isn't merely the absence of conflict, but the presence of justice. Never again will I allow our political self-interest to deter us from doing what we know to be morally right. Atrocity and terror are not political weapons. And to those who would use them, your day is over. We will never negotiate. We will no longer tolerate and we will no longer be afraid. It's your turn to be afraid.

He is also quite physically fit AND he can fly a plane. This was the sort of person Hollywood wanted for President in 1997. Then they get one, and they completely wigged out. Ah well.

Posted by Sarah at February 27, 2006 07:39 AM | TrackBack

Harrison Ford = Bush?

Oh come on. Seriously? No, you don't think that... really? Man, that's too bad. I guess they do both wear a lot of costumes.

However, I have always thought that the White House should consider hiring Hollywood screenwriters to write their speeches. Man, those liberal gaybars sure know how to write a good, moral, patriotic speech. (Check out the end of "The American President.") Of course, then Bush would go on and garble it with his mush-speak. But if they can write for Forest Gump, then I'm sure they can write for Bush too.

Posted by: Will Somerset at February 27, 2006 11:58 PM

I just gotta say...I love reading your comments. They are the MOST entertaining part of my day, for sure ;) HA HA HA HA!
;) Nicole

Posted by: Nicole at February 28, 2006 05:17 AM

Will -- What on earth are you talking about? No one said that President Bush is like Harrison Ford. Harrison Ford is a real person. What Lileks said was that President Bush is like "President James Marshall" from the movie. Do you know the difference between an actor and the character he plays?

Posted by: Sarah at February 28, 2006 09:49 AM

Like Bush is remotely that articulate. :) And James Marshall would have followed the Powell Doctrine and had a plan for the peace.

Posted by: Pericles at March 2, 2006 01:17 PM