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Bulgegate: The President’s Newest Lie About What He Wore to the Debates

by : Dave Lindorff
Tuesday October 26, 2004 - 22:58
5 comments

Okay, tell me the truth. Does anyone think that millionaire preppy George W. Bush has a badly tailored shirt or a badly tailored suit in his wardrobe?

The question is important because that’s the lame excuse that Bush and Karl Rove have come up with to try and quiet the media buzz about the bulge under his jacket during the three presidential debates.

After behaving like total cowards for the past two weeks, the White House press corps finally squeaked. In an interview with Bush, ABC’s "Good Morning" reporter Charlie Gibson yesterday finally showed the guts to ask the president what the bulge in his jacket was.

Bush’s response was to laugh and try to play dumb (something he does convincingly). "I don’t know what that is. I mean, it is, uh, it is, it’s a — I’m embarrassed to say it’s a poorly tailored shirt," he said.

Okay, before, the Bush campaign and the White House were saying it was a poorly tailored jacket. Now, the man in question says it was the shirt. Are we supposed to believe that the president wore the same shirt for all three debates? He changed his jacket. He changed his tie. But he kept the shirt? And a badly fitting one at that?

Gibson, while showing more courage than his media colleagues in posing the question at all, didn’t bulldog it. He let it go, limiting his question to the bulge seen in the first debate. Clearly the follow-up question should have been: "If you knew you had a badly tailored shirt that was causing this controversial bulge, why did you wear the same shirt in debate number two and debate number three?" (For a full set of all the important photos that support this story, go to This Can’t Be Happening! .)

Gibson also clearly didn’t look at the White House web site, where there was a 2002 photo showing the same bulge underneath a T-shirt Bush was wearing while driving a pickup on his ranch. That was clearly not the same shirt he was wearing in any of the debates.

So now we know, if we didn’t know it already, that the White House is lying.

They’re getting away with it because, except for Gibson, nobody in the mainstream press that tags around after the president is pressing him on it, much less investigating the matter more aggressively by trying to get sources from inside the president’s camp to come forward.

They’re getting away with it because, as one reporter who has contacted friends in many of the major news outlets has been told, the mainstream press won’t go after this story "because the Kerry camp hasn’t made it an issue."

Get that: the media cannot go after a story about a candidate unless the other candidate makes it an issue. Now there’s a wimpy new answer to the question: what is news?

Fortunately, the American public is smarter than this. If they think that the president’s dodge is ridiculous, it provides an opening for humor, and that’s where the story is now showing up—on Jay Leno, David Letterman, and now most powerfully, in Gary Trudeau’s " Doonesbury" strip.

At this point, unless the president can come clean and give a credible explanation for the cause of the bulge that appeared under his jacket at all three debates and on his ranch (when he was being interviewed at length by an AP reporter), we have to assume that it was what it appears to have been—a transceiver and a hidden radio-linked micro-earpiece—and that he was cheating in the debates, getting tips and hints of how to answer from someone in the back room. (See picture five of one type of such a receiver)

For the rest of this column, please go (at no charge) to This Can’t Be Happening!
http://www.thiscantbehappening.net/

This article has the full Charlie Gibson quote, "What the hell was that on your back..."
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> Bulgegate: The President’s Newest Lie About What He Wore to the Debates
Wednesday October 27 - 03:49 - Posted by 964157a57b4a42fb...

Dave,
Nice article, enjoy reading it. Wish I can get people to check Bush’s 9/11 Commission Bulge. The video is on http://portland.indymedia.org/en/20...
and the story at: http://globalresearch.ca/articles/C...

Ron England,
a.k.a. EasyRider




Bush’s exchange with Charlie Gibson is more proof
Wednesday October 27 - 04:28 - Posted by b7aeef584d516696...

Please recall that this theory is based on more than the bulge, it’s bush odd speaking style- which he seems to replicate in this interaction with gibson.


This morning, in part two of his interview with Bush on ABC’s "Good Morning America," Charlie Gibson spit it out. Brandishing a copy of the photo, he asked: "Final question. What the hell was that on your back, in the first debate?"

Bush chuckled.

Bush: "Well, you know, Karen Hughes and Dan Bartlett have rigged up a sound system — "

Gibson: "You’re getting in trouble — "

Bush: "I don’t know what that is. I mean, it is, uh, it is, it’s a — I’m embarrassed to say it’s a poorly tailored shirt."

Gibson: "It was the shirt?"

Bush: "Yeah, absolutely."

Gibson: "There was no sound system, there was no electrical signal? There was —"

Bush: "How does an electrical — please explain to me how it works so maybe if I were ever to debate again I could figure it out. I guess the assumption was that if I was straying off course they would, kind of like a hunting dog, they would punch a buzzer and I would jerk back into place. I — it’s just absurd."

Doesn’t this appear to be another interaction with Bush pausing for instructions? First he "doesn’t know what it is", then he stumbles as if he’s listening "I mean, it is, uh, it is, it’s a" then he finishes Rove’s supplied sentence, "I’m embarrassed to say it’s a poorly tailored shirt."

I also like the ’I — it’s just absurd" same excuse he had when asked if he had prior knowledge of 9/11.



> Bulgegate: The President’s Newest Lie About What He Wore to the Debates
Wednesday October 27 - 05:57 - Posted by b7aeef584d516696...

"They’re getting away with it because, as one reporter who has contacted friends in many of the major news outlets has been told, the mainstream press won’t go after this story "because the Kerry camp hasn’t made it an issue."

That is a ridiculous reason but WHERE is the Kerry camp on this? What are they waiting for? Clinton was impeached for lying about sex, but our president can lie about needing a wire and cheating in the debates, the guy cannot even speak coherently with help...but we’re supposed to look the other way and pretend we didn’t see what we saw, and we didn’t hear what we heard?




> Bulgegate: The President’s Newest Lie About What He Wore to the Debates
Thursday October 28 - 13:37 - Posted by 12bb1ede04dfe69b...

Here’s a fake ad to help take the piss out of Bush’s absurd reply to Charles Gibson.

I’m using a different technique now. If you can’t beat them, join them in their absurdity. Try it. The more you compliment their logic, the more flawed it looks.

http://img96.exs.cx/img96/4442/TIDE...

Humour sometimes creates more of a "buzz" if the truth is soooooooo absurd.




Battle of the Bulge
Friday October 29 - 04:31 - Posted by 2f9b4f94b5706b56...

Battle of the Bulge

In response to George Bush’s comments on good morning America:
"WASHINGTON — President Bush sees the value — and the humor — in the idea that aides could secretly feed him advice through a radio receiver hidden on his back.

"Please explain to me how it works so maybe if I were ever to debate again I could figure it out," Bush said yesterday on ABC’s "Good Morning America."

It seems a little unnerving that the president of the United States, the commander in chief of our armed forces, whom has the latest technology at his disposal is dumfounded by the complexities of a warlike- talkie.

Edward Burn
Galion, Oh







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