There was a fellow by the name of Harry Taylor who, at a recent Bush speech, stated the following [video]:
Q You never stop talking about freedom, and I appreciate that. But while I listen to you talk about freedom, I see you assert your right to tap my telephone, to arrest me and hold me without charges, to try to preclude me from breathing clean air and drinking clean water and eating safe food. If I were a woman, you’d like to restrict my opportunity to make a choice and decision about whether I can abort a pregnancy on my own behalf. You are –
THE PRESIDENT: I’m not your favorite guy. Go ahead. (Laughter and applause.) Go on, what’s your question?
Q Okay, I don’t have a question. What I wanted to say to you is that I — in my lifetime, I have never felt more ashamed of, nor more frightened by my leadership in Washington, including the presidency, by the Senate, and –
AUDIENCE MEMBERS: Booo!
THE PRESIDENT: No, wait a sec — let him speak.
Q And I would hope — I feel like despite your rhetoric, that compassion and common sense have been left far behind during your administration, and I would hope from time to time that you have the humility and the grace to be ashamed of yourself inside yourself. And I also want to say I really appreciate the courtesy of allowing me to speak what I’m saying to you right now. That is part of what this country is about.
THE PRESIDENT: It is, yes. (Applause.)
Q And I know that this doesn’t come welcome to most of the people in this room, but I do appreciate that.
THE PRESIDENT: Appreciate –
Q I don’t have a question, but I just wanted to make that comment to you.
Over at Kos, Clone12 pointed out a Norman Rockwell moment:
To the Left, Harry Taylor...
To the Right, "Freedom of Speech" by Normal Rockwell
Today, when Mr. Taylor spoke out, the crowd booed.
Freedom of speech, indeed.
Thanks, clone12. Great post!
And thanks, Mr. Taylor, thanks very much.
By the way, Rockwell's painting is from his "Four Freedoms" series inspired by FDR's Four Freedoms address to Congress on January 6, 1941.
Though I do also like zed's interpretation of the two women near Mr. Taylor...