Monday, January 24, 2005
Judy Bachrach's view of the inauguration
For those like me, who have to deal with dial-up or who just like to see things in print, here's a transcript of that interview provided by a friend of mine—
BQ: Judy, welcome to you. We were noticing all the snow in Washington,…I hope that doesn't put a crimp on anybody's plans.Can we have more of this? Please....
JB: Well, I have a feeling that maybe it should put a crimp, or at least something should put a crimp in the plans of the White House, to have such a very lavish Inaugural at a time of war.
JB: Yes. What I've noticed is that the worse a war is going the more lavish the Inaugural festivities. When Franklin Delano Roosevelt was President, during a time of war...he had a very modest Inauguration and a very tiny party where he served chicken salad...and that was when we were winning.
JB: When it seems like...Sorry?
BQ: Well..no…I...look...I mean...The President has addressed this hasn't he? He's said that this is a...I believe the quote was that we're celebrating. We're celebrating democracy, we're celebrating a peaceful transfer of democracy...what's wrong with doing that?
JB: Have you noticed any peace or any transfer of democracy in Iraq? If you have, you're the first person to have seen it....?
BQ: I've noticed the elections coming up, and Judy, to be honest with you, I didn't really want to argue politics with you this morning...
JB: Oh really? I thought was allowed to talk about what I wanted to talk about.
BQ: Weh..You certainly...certainly have that right. Let me ask you this--what should they have cut back on?
JB: How about 40 million dollars.
BQ: Alright....well, how would you have planned it?
JB: May I say something...may I say something...may I say something?
JB: We have soldiers who are incapable of protecting themselves in their humvees in Iraq. They have to use bits of scrap metal in order to make their humvees secure. Their humvees are sitting ducks for bombs, and we have a President who is using 40 million dollars to have a party. That's a start.
BQ: Judy, what would suggest for the Inauguration--how would you do it?
JB: How about a modest party, just like FDR. I'm sure you will agree he was a pretty good President with a fine sense of what's appropriate, and what's not, and during a time of war, ten parties are not appropriate when your own soldiers are sitting ducks in very very bad vehicles.
BQ: Well, don't you think that the President has...has given his proper respect to our troops, I mean, yesterday as far as I can tell, the festivities opened with the military gala, they ended with a prayer service, there just seemed to have certainly been a tremendous effort over the past couple of days and more than that, to honor our troops?
JB: Well gee, that prayer service should sure keep them safe and warm in their flimsy vehicles in Iraq. I'd rather see that money going to them rather than to a guy who already is President for a second time...
BQ: Alright...Well, Judy Bachrach, I think we've given you more than your time to give us your point of view this morning.
JB: Well, thanks for having me on.