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Thursday, September 16, 2004


Keep talkin' dirty to me, Big John:
Democratic candidate John Kerry blasted George W. Bush's "excuse presidency" on Wednesday and demanded that he take responsibility for the economy instead of playing victim.

"This president has created more excuses than jobs," Kerry told the Detroit Economic Club.


"The president wants you to believe that this record is the record of the victim of circumstances, the result of bad luck, not bad decisions," Kerry said. "Well, Mr. President, when it comes to your record, we agree -- you own it."


"His is the excuse presidency -- never wrong, never responsible, never to blame ... no, it's not our fault; no, there's nothing wrong; no, we can't do better; no, we haven't made a single mistake," Kerry said.
I would note that Reuters did not provide the context for Kerry saying "you own it". (That context being Bush's recent rhetoric about creating an "ownership society")

Also, the article includes one rather egregious error that I won't let stand, and I don't think Kerry would either:
At a rally later in Madison, Wisconsin, a fist-pumping Kerry took the stage to the cheers of thousands and the reverberating beat of Bruce Springsteen's "No Retreat, No Surrender."
Yes, the beat is indeed reverberating, but the song is called just "No Surrender". John would care because it's his favorite song, as he said during the debates last year. And I admit, he had Howard "Jaspora" Dean beat on that one.


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