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VIDEO: The State of Presidential Credibility

By ThinkProgress on January 24, 2006 at 2:19 pm

"VIDEO: The State of Presidential Credibility"

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On January 31, President Bush will deliver his fifth State of the Union Address since becoming President. A review of his previous State of the Union addresses demonstrates that Bush often includes lofty, promising rhetoric but falls short on his pledges.

For example, this year, according to news reports, President Bush will “will attempt to shift focus from the polarizing war in Iraq to a more popular domestic priority: taming health care costs.” But President Bush has pledged to tame health care costs in all his previous SOTUs. Meanwhile, the cost of health care continues to skyrocket.

We’ve documented this pattern in a video. Watch it:

(Streaming|Download/ITunes)

We’ve also created a comprehensive document that catalogues the distortions, misrepresentations and broken promises in Bush’s four previous SOTUs. Download it here.

UPDATE: Our video got a mention in the Associated Press write-up of Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid’s speech today:

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid called on President Bush Tuesday to “come clean” in next week’s State of the Union speech and acknowledge “the costs of Republican corruption.”

“In his 2000 campaign, George Bush promised to bring ‘dignity’ to the White House but we’ve since found that he brought Jack Abramoff instead,” Reid, D-Nev., said at the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank, in remarks previewing Democratic criticism of the presidential speech. …

The 15-minute speech was prefaced by a video reel showing Bush clips from past speeches followed by quotes meant to show his failure to deliver. Reid said the video showed the president “has been giving us doublespeak for years.”

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