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If Bush really is being prompted in the debates, he should fire the whole team who set it up.

By Andrew Pollack on 10/08/2004 at 02:14 PM EDT
According to some, this picture is proof that Bush is getting help with his debate points. If true, how pitifully sad in three respects. First, that he would need the help. Second, that he would think nobody would find out. Third, that the idiots couldn't go down to Radio Shack and get an extension wire so he could clip the damn receiver to his belt instead of wearing it as a bulge in his back.

Isn't it more likely this is some kind of bizarre security thing? Are the best electronics minds in the Republican party really that stupid? As a receiver, its HUGE. An FM receiver could be pen sized or smaller. Does this thing have vacuum tubes in it? Was it made by Philco in 1963?

Sadly, I'd rather believe he was listening to a ball game and didn't want to miss it, having been reassured that his brother would handle Florida for him.

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My own thoughts on this are...By Rob McDonagh on 10/08/2004 at 03:22 PM EDT
Fourth, that whoever was helping him did such a lousy job. Have you ever seen
a worse performance during a debate by a sitting President? If he was being
coached, fire the coach!

PS I had the security thought, too. I have no idea what it might be, but I
can see the Secret Service saying, in effect, "Tough noogies. You'll wear it
and like it. Mr President, Sir."

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