From Jim Gilliam's blog archives
George W. Bush: Our Leader.
November 23, 2004 8:53 AM
This letter to the editor appeared in the Orlando Sentinel:
On my way to work Wednesday morning, I looked up and saw a giant billboard with a picture of George W. Bush and the words "OUR LEADER" under it. The first thing I thought was, when was the last time I have seen a president on a billboard? What is going on? Didn't Saddam Hussein have his picture up everywhere? What next, a statue?
I am so concerned with our country and the division. I still stand by my vote, which was for John Kerry. George W. Bush has a lot of work to do to change the way I feel. Putting him up on a billboard does not make him a better president. His actions speak louder than words.
I wonder if anyone else finds the president's picture on a billboard odd? I'm sorry, but it reminds me of countries with dictators, and it seems people are making him out to be the messiah, the savior of our world.
Fear, fear, fear. I'm tired of being afraid.
Dianna Lawson, Orlando
The text you can't quite read on the bottom of the billboard on I-4 says it is "a political public service message brought to you by Clear Channel Outdoor."
George W. Bush: Our Leader.
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Read the 5 comments.
Freaky. I'm going to go re-read 1984, which apparently should have been called 2004.
Tue Nov 23 2004 2:08 PM
What isn't mentioned here is that the billboard is a "public service message" brought to you by Clear Channel Communications.
Clear Channel is the largest owner of radio stations in the country with over 1200 stations. They own 6 stations in Austin alone. 8 in Tampa. 7 in Orlando. 8 in Houston. They are the same radio stations that created the Dixie Chicks cd burnings after the singer had less than pleasant comments about Our Leader.
Do you still trust what you hear on the radio?
Find the Clear Channel Stations in your area here:
Wed Nov 24 2004 7:15 AM
Tom from Madison:
Clear Channel has several stations in Madison, WI. Perhaps the strangest is 92.1-The Mic. It's a local Air America, Liberal Talk Radio affiliate. Most of the same programs are also on XM satellite which I listen to as well.
Apparently Clear Channel will take $ from all takers. However the vast majority of their talk stations seem to be right-wing. I'd prefer to see liberal talk radio owned by those who don't have the huge conflict of interest that Clear Channel has.
Wed Nov 24 2004 9:19 AM
Not my leader. I live in a democracy where my government is run by elected representatives.
And the sign doesn't say paid for by military personnel.
But then again, everything my private religious high school freshman history professor taught about the importance of "checks & balances" in our governing system seem not as important in practice today as they were described in class years ago.
Thu Nov 25 2004 2:11 AM
Very interesting. Of course you know that "OUR LEADER" translates into the German "DER FUHRER". How fitting. Now all he needs is his armband and brown shirt!
Fri Feb 10 2006 11:28 AM