Keith Olbermann to Bush/Cheney: Resign!

Happy Independence Day, all.

Spend a few minutes this holiday weekend and share with a friend who may not be politically engaged this editorial comment from MSNBC’s ferocious Keith Olbermann. Perhaps the more people who hear Olbermann’s words, the better chance we can but Keith’s words in our elected officials mouths and on to the editorial pages of major newspapers.


The highlight of the ten minute opus appears in this anger-drenched climax:

“I accuse you, Mr. Bush, of lying this country into war.

I accuse you of fabricating in the minds of your own people, a false implied link between Saddam Hussein and 9/11.

I accuse you of firing the generals who told you that the plans for Iraq were disastrously insufficient.

I accuse you of causing in Iraq the needless deaths of 3,586 of our brothers and sons, and sisters and daughters, and friends and neighbors.

I accuse you of subverting the Constitution, not in some misguided but sincerely-motivated struggle to combat terrorists, but instead to stifle dissent.

I accuse you of fomenting fear among your own people, of creating the very terror you claim to have fought.

I accuse you of exploiting that unreasoning fear, the natural fear of your own people who just want to live their lives in peace, as a political tool to slander your critics and libel your opponents.

I accuse you of handing part of this republic over to a Vice President who is without conscience, and letting him run roughshod over it.”

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  1. I'm still impressed after the second viewing.

    If you enjoyed Keith's commentary, can I recommend that you let the show and MSNBC know how much you appreciate his voice?  He may not yet speak for most Americans, but he sure speaks for me. If we support these types of journalists, it amplifies our voice and forefronts it in national dialogue.

    I sent my appreciation this morning to:

    countdown@msnbc.com feedback@msnbc.com

    It can't hurt and it takes two minutes.

  2. Hey! Keith Oberman is on, man!

    Like, pass me the bong, man.

    • How very adult of you.

      Notice he couldn't even spell Keith's name correctly, even though it was right in front of him. Emblematic, I'd say.

      • The misspelling was intentional

        Keith Oberman is is two steps behind Sean Hannity on the intellectual commentary scale.

        And Sean Hannity is a moron.

      • Hannity is another of the many jackasses that...

        ...inhabit right-wing talk radio.  Hannity never graduated from any college (his only degree is an honorary one from Jerry Foulwell's Liberty University.  Much like Ruch Lamebrain, who was nothing more than a failed sportscaster.

        Hey, they know how to hold an audience between commercial breaks.  And for the people who pay the bills (the advertisers) that's all that counts.

        • Yes, Hannity certainly is a jackass

          As is the semi talented ex-sportscaster, oberman.

          In fact, most of the jackasses I have ever known held a degree of one sort or another. So other than an opportunistic credentialist harangue, your point was...?

    • Hey! Fox News is on...

      ...pass the Geritol and the Viagra.

  3. Powerful commentary but...

    10 minutes?  I love ya Keith, but less is more, buddy.

  4. J'accuse

    ...Watched the Olberman feature on Crooks and Liars.  I'm sure that most if not all of you know that the series of "I accuse" is straight out of the Emile Zola letter regarding the Dreyfus Affair.  If only it were to have the same effect.

    Every one of Olberman's "special comments" is a gem.

    NB: does anyone know what the statute of limitations is on obstruction of justice at the federal level.  Maybe, just maybe, Bush and Cheney might be subject to prosecution if the Dems take over the executive branch in 2009.

  5. Come on

    Olbermann compares Bush to Nixon. But Nixon resigned only when impeachment was a vote away and when it seemed likely that he would lose a trial in the Senate. By contrast, today there is no credible threat to impeach Bush. Thus, I hear this as mostly empty rhetoric. It's OK as rhetoric goes, but if he really thinks there is a parallel to Nixon, he should urge the Democrats to impeach. Personally, I think that would be a fine idea. I also think there is about as much chance of that happening as the Democrats really voting against Vietraq i.e. voting to cut off funding.

    • I wathc the show faily regularly...

      ...and Keith constantly asks 'what does this administration have to do to get itself impeached'? Perhaps he engaged this rhetorical tact because, like you, he feels that there is about as much chance as Democrats impeaching as there is for Bush resigning?

  6. Well Put

    Pardoning your own staffer should be illegal.

    Libby should be forced to testify or go to prison.

    Then maybe we'll hear what really happened.

  7. Keith is a witty guy!?

    No doubt that your comments have helped to make his show the lowest rated "news commentary" production on TV.  The guy is a total loser, and seems to attract same.

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