The Moose suggests that you know the President is desperate when he embraces departed Democratic icons.
As part of his stump speech yesterday in Wisconsin, the President stated,
"With that record, he stands in opposition not just to me, but to the great tradition of the Democratic Party. The party of Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman and John Kennedy is rightly remembered for confidence and resolve in times of war and hours of crisis. Senator Kerry has turned his back on 'pay any price' and 'bear any burden.' He's replaced those commitments with 'wait and see' and 'cut and run."
Of course, when these Democrats were alive, Republicans excoriated them. Now, as the poll numbers go south, Bush is attempting to bask in this Democratic tradition.
What the Moose finds particularly galling, is Bush's reference to Kennedy's Inaugural address rhetoric about "pay any price" and "bear any burden." First, it was this speech and Kennedy's example that inspired Kerry to actually enlist in the military and fight in the Cold War which Bush and Cheney avoided. Who cut and ran then?
On another level, the reference is obnoxious because that Kennedy speech contained the famous line, "ask not what your country can do for you--ask what you can do for your country."
In contrast, the only people that Bush has asked to sacrifice in this war are the brave men and women who are fighting on the front lines, along with their families. Meanwhile, the President has showered the wealthy with massive tax cuts during wartime.
Bush's version of Kennedy's line is "Ask not what you can do for your country - ask what the Bush Administration can do to comfort the comfortable."