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    Convention thoughts from Tom Webb

    Thursday, September 02, 2004

    Quick, get me rewrite 

    If you ask the GOP delegates, the honor of the most memorable convention speech may well go to California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger_ at least until President Bush's speech tonight, of course. But here in the media village on Wednesday, the gossip focused in another direction: the cringe-worthy speech Tuesday evening by the Bush twins.

    It's gotta be tough to be a college-aged kid, and deliver a speech to a huge crowd and a national TV audience. They were certainly trying to be funny. And they probably didn't write their own material. But still, their talk leaned so heavily on the clueless-rich-girl stereotype that it was all the buzz within the convention media hothouse.

    An excerpt:
    Jenna Bush: "Our parents always encouraged us to be independent, and to dream big. We've spent a lot of time at the White House, so when we showed up for work the first day, we thought we had it all figured out. But, apparently, my Dad already has a chief of staff ...named Andy."

    Barbara Bush: "When your Dad's a Republican and you go to Yale, you learn to stand up for yourself. So I knew I wasn't quite ready to be President - but No. 2 sounded good - who is this man they call Dick Cheney?"

    The New York Times quoted a Democratic gag writer, Mark Katz: "The only way the speech could have been more lame was if they had been triplets."

    Tom Webb

    Tom Webb is the Washington correspondent for the St. Paul (Minn.) Pioneer Press. He can be reached at

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