First, I want to say that this isn’t really a political commentary. It’s more a testament to the power of words and word choice.
A recent John Stewart skit focused on the final days of George Bush’s administration and W’s final interviews.
Stewart was appalled that W would refer to the errors, mistakes, and disasters of his time in office as “disappointing,” as in,
not having weapons of mass destruction [in Iraq] was a significant disappointment.
John Stewart then had a list of things that would actually be disappointing, such as your DVR not recording your favourite TV show, your pizza being delivered without breadsticks, X-ray specs.
The skit was funny, John Stewart effusive and entertaining as usual.
But a couple of days later, this thought occured to me: wasn’t NOT finding weapons of mass destruction in Iraq a RELIEF, rather than a disappointment?
listening to: Eric Clapton, My Father’s Eyes