Credibility Check: Bush's nomination acceptance speech
Four years ago today, George W. Bush gave quite the speech to accept the 2000 Republican presidential nomination. He talked about a lot of plans and he made a lot of promises. Four years later the promises he made regarding our future, our children, and our troops, ring completely hollow. As George W. Bush reflects on his words from four years ago, he should pay close attention to the ones he failed to live up to. Some of the low lights include:
Bush: I will extend prosperity to all Americans.
Hollow Promise: Real income and wages have plummeted under Bush. [US Department of Labor; US Census]
Bush: I will fix the schools.
Hollow Promise: Bush Budgets broke promise to fund school reforms by $27 billion over past four years. [Presidents FY 02-05 Budget, www.ed.gov]
Bush: I will reinvigorate the military. The world needs America's strength and leadership. And America's armed forces need better equipment, better training and better pay.
Hollow Promise: Military lacked the resources it needed in Iraq war. [LA Times, 7/3/04; Center for Army Lessons Learned, On Point, onpoint.leavenworth.army.mil/]
Go ahead and check out the full text of Bush's speech in 2000 and pick out your own set of hollow promises.