Applause Lines

THE PRESIDENT: I signed that law. But Senator Kerry was part of an out-of-the-mainstream minority that voted against the ban. In the course of this campaign, he said the heart and soul of America can be found in Hollywood.

AUDIENCE: Booo!

THE PRESIDENT: No, most American families do not look to Hollywood as a source of values. The heart and soul of America is found in places like Alamogordo, New Mexico. (Applause.)

- October 24, 2004

THE PRESIDENT: And at one time in his campaign, he said the heart and soul of America can be found in Hollywood.

AUDIENCE: Booo!

THE PRESIDENT: Most of our families don’t look to Hollywood as a source of values. The heart and soul of America is found in communities like Orlando, Florida. (Applause.)

- October 30, 2004

THE PRESIDENT: You got some big differences in this campaign. One of them is that my opponent thinks you can find the heart and soul in Hollywood; I think you find it right here in Traverse City, Michigan. (Applause.)

- August 16, 2004

THE PRESIDENT: And at one time in this campaign, he actually said the heart and soul of America can be found in Hollywood.

AUDIENCE: Booo!

THE PRESIDENT: Most families do not look to Hollywood as a source of values. The heart and soul of America is found in caring communities like Toledo, Ohio. (Applause.)

- October 29, 2004

THE PRESIDENT: During this campaign, my opponent has said that you can find the heart and soul of America in Hollywood.

AUDIENCE: Booo!

THE PRESIDENT: Most American families do not look to Hollywood as a source of values. I believe the heart and soul of America is found in communities like Jacksonville, Florida. (Applause.)

- October 23, 2004

THE PRESIDENT: They somehow believe the heart and soul of America can be found in Hollywood.

AUDIENCE: Booo!

THE PRESIDENT: The heart and soul of America is found right here in Springfield, Missouri. (Applause.)

- July 30, 2004

THE PRESIDENT: There seems to be a difference of opinion about the heart and soul. I’m running against a fellow who thinks you can find the heart and soul in Hollywood.

AUDIENCE: Booo!

THE PRESIDENT: No, I know where you find the heart and soul of America, right here in places like Cambridge, Ohio. (Applause.)

- July 31, 2004

THE PRESIDENT: There seems to be a difference over the heart and soul of America. My opponents think you define the heart and soul of America in Hollywood.

AUDIENCE: Booo!

THE PRESIDENT: The true heart and soul of America is found right here in Canton, Ohio. (Applause.)

- July 31, 2004

THE PRESIDENT: And there seems to be a difference over the heart and soul of America. My opponents think you can find it in Hollywood. I think you find it right here in Grand Rapids, Michigan. (Applause.)

- July 30, 2004

THE PRESIDENT: At one point in this campaign, he actually said that the heart and soul of America can be found in Hollywood.

AUDIENCE: Booo!

THE PRESIDENT: That’s what he said. Most Americans do not look to Hollywood as a source of values. The truth of the matter is, the heart and soul of America is found in communities in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. (Applause.)

- October 28, 2004

THE PRESIDENT: My opponent has said that the heart and soul of America can be found in Hollywood.

AUDIENCE: Booo!

THE PRESIDENT: I understand most American families do not look to Hollywood as a source of values. (Applause.) The heart and soul of America is found in communities like Lakeland, Florida. (Applause.)

- October 23, 2004

Blah, blah, blah…

- October 22, 2004, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania

- October 27, 2004, Findlay “Flag City”, Ohio

- October 30, 2004, Grand Rapids, Michigan

- August 26, 2004, Farmington, New Mexico

- August 4, 2004, Davenport, Iowa

- August 18, 2004, St. Paul, Minnesota

- August 17, 2004, Hedgesville, West Virginia

- July 13, 2004, Marquette, Michigan

- July 13, 2004, Duluth, Minnesota

- August 18, 2004, St. Paul, Minnesota

- August 18, 2004, Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin

- August 26, 2004, Farmington, New Mexico

- August 5, 2004, Saginaw, Michigan

- August 17, 2004, Hedgesville, West Virginia

- August 16, 2004, Traverse City, Michigan

- August 4, 2004, Davenport, Iowa

- August 29, 2004, Wheeling, West Virginia

- October 30, 2004, Minneapolis, Minnesota

- October 28, 2004, Dayton, Ohio

- October 28, 2004, Westlake, Ohio

- October 28, 2004, Saginaw, Michigan

- October 26, 2004, Dubuque, Iowa

- August 29, 2004, Wheeling, West Virginia

- August 18, 2004, Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin

- October 23, 2004, Melbourne, Florida

[. . .]

“With the president’s staff apparently having disregarded a request to delay the California visit, Bush is scheduled to arrive at Los Angeles International Airport Thursday afternoon at the start of a two-day visit.

Then, the president will go to a Beverly Hills-area home for a fundraiser, attended by 100 couples, at which the Republican National Committee is expected to raise $1 million.”

- October 20, 2005

43 thoughts on “Applause Lines

  1. He’s such a fucking hypocrite. And if you voted for him, then you’re an asshole.

    Not you, The Talent Show.

  2. And somebody should get ahold of the lying prick and make him prove where Kerry said those words.

  3. The heart of America is not in Hollywood.

    No, that’s the brain.

    The heart of America is missing currently.

  4. The heart of America is not in Hollywood. It’s down the street in Beverly Hills.

    Right. Where all the money is.

  5. Ah yes- the same small-town america that’s got boarded up Main Streets because of Wal-Mart, a huge crystal meth problem, undocumented workers slaving away, ‘murrican trrsts patriots.

    Not so different from Hollywood when you think about it…

  6. To be fair to the president, he’s not coming to Beverly Hills to look for the heart of America.

    He’s coming to look for the wallet.

  7. Oh come on…..Look, you can fault Bush for LOTS of things, but this is so much a standard political gimmick it hardly rates a mention.

    EVERY time a politician, particularly a Presidential candidate, makes a visit to Hooterville, his advance team makes sure they get some local scoop on how the hometown football team is doing, local gossip, the things that make home folks think Hooterville is special and it all gets worked into the script.

    In this case, the Bush scriptwriters found a “call and response” that seemed to work for them….”Hollywood – Boo” “Hometown — traditional values.” It’s essentially crap, but it resonates in Bozoland.

    We know W is slime, we know he lies, we know all the reasons he will go down in history as one of our worst Presidents EVER. But this ain’t no big deal in the scheme of things.

  8. And in the process he is shutting down huge areas of town. Whole areas off of Sunset are being shut down for hours. One of my associates is being cut off from his childcare because of the wizard in chief and his stooges.

  9. dweb,

    ONE of the worst presidents ever?

    I guess the Pacific Ocean must be ONE of the biggest oceans around;Jupiter must be ONE of the biggest planets;Hydrogen must be ONE of the lightest elements, etc etc

    Just gettin’ on your case a little bit (smiley)…

    Now, once again, didn’t you mean bushie is absolutely, positively, the WORST president ever, as in ALL TIME WORST??

  10. “He’s such a fucking hypocrite. And if you voted for him, then you’re an asshole.”

    Well said.

  11. It would have been better if the list had included WHERE he was when he made each statement.

    Anyone want to guess?

    ;-)

  12. Did Kerry really say that crap about the heart and soul being in Hollywood or is that just a blatant lie?

    They lie about everything. The thing that blew my mind was that so many people believed the lies and handed this asshole another four years to destroy the country and the world!

    Hopefully, one of these days the word “Bushian” will appear in the dictionary meaning “dishonest, incompetent, half-witted.”

  13. Then, the president will go to a Beverly Hills-area home for a fundraiser, attended by 100 couples, at which the Republican National Committee is expected to raise $1 million.”

    I WANT TO KNOW WHO THEY ARE.

  14. As if the people who voted for this idiot weren’t bad enough, the brainless soulless rich assed zombies who are going to that fucking fundraiser are even worse. He shits on them during the election from every small town he goes to, then these fuckwads shell out the big bucks to schmooze him now.

  15. The ‘heart and soul’ line comes from what Kerry said during the wrap-up of a fund raiser at Radio City Music Hall in July 2004. That was the one where Whoopi Goldberg made those ‘offensive’ puns about the preznit’s last name. Horrible offensive stuff; not at all like Lady Laura’s family fun with horse cock jokes. At the end of the show, John Kerry told the musicians, actors, and comedians that they had “conveyed the heart and soul of America.” (emphasis mine).

    Link to more complete story here: http://www.moveleft.com/moveleft_essay_2004_07_14_the_radio_city_music_hall_fundraiser.asp

  16. For the record: John Kerry DID say that the heart and soul of America could be found among the actors and musicians contributing to a Democratic fundraiser held at Radio City Music Hall in New York City; the Republicans ran with the remark that Kerry said the heart and soul of America was with show business and not with whatever suburban town the president found himself in on a given campaign stop.

    For the record: Bush’s trick is standard political boiler plate that’s been practiced by politicians for years; its a variation of the rock group that plays the state fair and says the folks in this audience rock harder than anywhere else in the world. Usually the lead singer is looking at a sign taped to the back of his guitar to remind him of what town he’s in when he says it.

    For the record: George W. Bush is the worst president we’ve ever had.

  17. It’s true that pretending to care about whatever city you happen to be in is standard political technique. The ridiculous thing is the Hollywood bashing.

    Hollywood celebrities may speak out about liberal causes, and raise funds for Democrats, but Republicans are the ones who elect Hollywood celebrities to office. There’s Sonny Bono, Fred “Gopher” Grandy, Fred Dalton Thompson, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and of course Ronald Reagan himself. Where are the equivalents for the Democrats?

    Not to mention all the conservative celebrities who somehow are allowed to speak their minds without being ridiculed by the anti-Hollywood crowd — Ron Silver, Gerald “Major Dad” McRaney, Charleton Heston, and others.

  18. Now, once again, didn’t you mean bushie is absolutely, positively, the WORST president ever, as in ALL TIME WORST??

    For the record: George W. Bush is the worst president we’ve ever had.

    George W. Bush is certainly one of the worst, but he is not The Very Worst by far. Nixon, anyone? Van Buren? Grant? Andrew Motherfucking Jackson? Between that whole Native American Genocide thing and the fact that Jackson practically invented what we now know as spin (his campaign retoric single-handedly pioneered the Amurikan misuse of the word “democracy”), I’d label Mr. Twenty-Spot as The Very Worst if I had to put my finger on it.

  19. Thanks for the enlightening research on this topic. For the record:
    Jon Bon Jovi (New Jersey)
    Dave Matthews (South Africa)
    Mary J. Blige (Bronx, New York)
    John Mellencamp (Indiana)
    Wyclef Jean (Haiti)
    John Fogerty (Berkley, California)
    Whoopi Goldberg (New York City)
    Paul Newman (Ohio)
    Chevy Chase (New York)
    John Leguizamo (Columbia)
    Jessica Lange (Minnesota)
    Meryl Streep (New Jersey)
    I was at the Concert for John Kerry in New York, and I’m originally from Colorado but have lived here for more than 20 years. I felt Bush twisted the context of Kerry’s remark in order to marginalize the opinion of so many admired people while avoiding open criticism of New York, the most diverse city in the world and a liberal hotbed spared only by 9/11 from incessant right-wing attack.

  20. In this case, the Bush scriptwriters found a “call and response” that seemed to work for them….”Hollywood – Boo” “Hometown — traditional values.” It’s essentially crap, but it resonates in Bozoland.

    We know W is slime, we know he lies, we know all the reasons he will go down in history as one of our worst Presidents EVER. But this ain’t no big deal in the scheme of things.

    Here’s why it is a big deal and is more than just average political small town pandering:

    Hollywood is part of the USA, therefore the President is also the president for the people of Hollywood. He also went on during the campaign alot about that “liberal senator from Massachuesets” — well, Mass. is also a part of the USA (he even said this crap during the debate and Kerry didn’t call him on it!). It’s one thing to praise a small town and say things like “Let’s hope those Wildcats go all the way to State!” having just had the name of the local HS football team whispered in your ear. It is quite another to praise a small town while bashing another American community.

    Can you imagine how the bush campaign and the wingnuts would have reacted if Kerry had said, “The President is just a hillbilly from Texas”?

    The people of Hollywood and the people of Mass. are American citizens — just like the people of Bushtown, USA. These things the prez went around saying for a year implies otherwise. It’s the same old divide and conquor crap, and I can’t believe we don’t see more outrage about this coming for the goddamned POTUS! The dems should have countered with: “I thought he was supposed to be EVERYONE’S president — but he doesn’t think you count if you live in a big city or a “blue state” — that would have shut this down real quick!!

  21. help stop this country from becoming a fundamentalist theocracy aiding and abetting a kleptocratic war profiteering police state that continues to remove civil liberties from americans on the premise of fighting a never ending war on a transitive adverb

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  22. I don’t know where the Heart of America is, but I sure can point you towards its Asshole…

  23. no need to look for heart not soul anywhere near DC – beginning to think the sale of both are prerequist for the job

  24. As someone who got caught in the absolute GRIDLOCK caused by the Preznit’s fundraiser (great idea! shut down the main streets during evening rush hour, but don’t tell anyone about it in advance!) I am happy to report that I literally saw his approval numbers go down with every honk of the horn and flip of the bird. Even the Governator isn’t that dumb.

  25. tofubo at October 21, 2005 05:50 AM wrote
    “help stop this country from becoming a fundamentalist theocracy aiding and abetting a kleptocratic war profiteering police state that continues to remove civil liberties from americans on the premise of fighting a never ending war on a transitive adverb”

    I am afraid it is too late.

    Perhaps we can change it.

  26. The heart of America is not in Hollywood.

    No, that’s the brain.

    You’re joking right? Do you think there is anyone of even modest intelligence in Hollywood? Give me a break.

  27. The thing that’s SO hypocritical about this is that the Repubs take JUST as much money if not MORE from Hollywood than Dems do.

    Where as the Dems get it from the creatives, the Bushies get it from the studio heads, academies, and the CEO of all the Entertainment conglomerates.

    They paid MILLIONS to get Bush back into office in 2004! Millions.

    Bush talks shit about the very people he AND his party is very much in bed with.

    They just don’t want it to be public knowledge.

    At least Dems are open about it.

    And to the gentleman that insinuated that just because a person lives in Hollywood, they have no intelligence, you DO understand you just made a bigoted statement, right? You should watch that.

  28. Worst president ever?

    He really just played an old card. Lincon was sorta the same figure back in the day. They both violated the hell out of the constitution to fight a war no one wanted to fight. Either way you look at it, he’ll be another president with a statue in washinton 50 years from now “The new father of america” or some such bullshit. Just wait till our grandkids come home from school preaching the good word of the altered history of George W Bush and his great patriotism.

    makes you want to vomit, yes?

  29. George W. Bush is the worst President NOW. We have made lots of mistakes through histrory, and we’ve learned not to make them again. We have the benefit of hindsight. This fucking moron could look back and see what went wrong, and scratch his head and wonder, “How could we be so stupid, again?” He was always a problem, but when he started drinking again during the election, you’d think a few red lights might have gone off. Our President is an out of control alcoholic, and is not longer working a program…

  30. Let’s not forget, evil Hollywood is where the “conservative revolution” started ! It was the rich rightwingers of Beverly Hills who first saw in bumbling happy-smiling Ronald Reagan a cipher for their reactionary politics, and these Los Angeles billionaires elevated Saint Ronnie and became his “kitchen cabinet”.

  31. Jamie said on October 21, 2005 12:42 AM

    “He also went on during the campaign alot about that “liberal senator from Massachuesets” — well, Mass. is also a part of the USA (he even said this crap during the debate and Kerry didn’t call him on it!).”

    Doesn’t this show just how deeply and thoroughly liberals have internalized their own demonization at the right’s hands? Maybe why the Dems have become so useless as an opposition party?

    Pretty scary auspices for our future.