#133 Quote of the Day – George Bush

“We speak out for a free press, freedom of assembly, and labour rights not to antagonize China’s leaders, but because trusting its people with greater freedom is the only way for China to develop its full potential. And we press for openness and justice not to impose our beliefs, but to allow the Chinese people to express theirs.” President Bush condemning the Chinese government on the eve of the Olympics.

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  1. Anonymous says

    Hmmm, pity Bush’s newfound enthusiasm for human rights doesn’t extend to Guantanamo Bay! Also seems to lessen the rebuke a bit if he proudly turns up at the opening ceremony the next day!

  2. says

    We can all say what we like about it being hypocritical, it’s President Bush, there’s no rocket science behind dissing the guy. But the thing I found interesting was that it’s his last ever Asian address and add that to the fact that he’s out of the office in a few months – it’s not like he has to go around doing PR to make himself look good – he’s not trying to get re-elected. Despite it being President Bush who said it, it’s still a truthful statement, perhaps made more significant because he was the one who said it.

  3. Anonymous says

    Fair point, though I’m not sure it says much for his principles as a leader if he only speaks out against China’s atrocious human rights record when he’s at a point where, politically, he doesn’t have much to lose.

  4. says

    And after I’ve thought about it again, he probably is doing a bit of a PR campaign to make sure he goes out smelling sweeter than he has during his leadership. You’re absolutely right, but I still like the quote.

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