Michael Moore speaks at Univ. of MN

So I had an opportunity to go listen to Michael Moore talk on Friday at the University of Minnesota. He spoke at Williams Arena. Actually, I should say that I had the opportunity to watch the presidential debate on Friday with Michael Moore and a couple thousand of similar-minded people.

Moore started out by saying that he doesn't contribute to any political campaigns and that all politicians basically can't be trusted and inhale severely. He said that for this election he was going to make an exception and donate to the John Kerry campaign. It wasn't that he particually adored Kerry, its just that things are getting so severe and that too much is on the line if Bush gets re-elected.

He pulled out a wad of $100 bills, and some $50's, and some smaller bills. He said that during the debate that he would donate $100 for each outright lie that Bush told. He'd donate $50 for each questionable claim that Bush made, and $20 for each dumb look or expression or dumb thing that Bush said. He'd donate up to $2000 as that was the limit of a donation that an individual could give under the law.

He hit that $2000 within the first half (45 minutes of the debate). It took him a bit longer than the 30 minutes that he had expected to take. (I'm not sure if that's a compliment to Bush or not.)

After the debate, he started talking about the election a bit. Most of it was encouragement to get people to register to vote. He's doing this "Slacker Uprising" tour to get out the vote and encourage people to vote. (Mostly to encourage you to vote against Bush.) His big thing is that he's giving away clean underwear and Ramen noodles to get the slackers that don't normally vote to do so. This has apparently gotten him into a bit of trouble in Michigan.

Moore didn't really have all that much to say that I didn't know. (Actually, as a speaker, he wasn't very good though that may have been due to him stating that he had a case of walking pneumonia that he was trying to get over.)

The part that kinda surprised me was listening to him rail a bit on Ralph Nader and those that are supporting him. He talked about how Ralph isn't listening to people. He's not listening to his own party and not running and how it should be pretty obvious that he's been reduced to a Republican tool, especially since Nader needed Republican assistance to get on the ballot in Michigan.. Moore then went on a little enactment of how it felt to be in that voting booth on November 2nd voting for Nader. It had some subtle sexual overtones to say the least. Moore said that voting for Nader would make only you feel good and that we should have had that talk when were 14 from our parents discussing that 5 minutes of pleasure can result in a lifetime of consequences.

In any case, it was somewhat interesting to hear his views on things. He had some pretty funny commercial spots that he wanted to donate to the the Bush campaign for free. One of them was about Kerry's injuries during the war and claiming that Kerry was a coward because he ducked the bullets and didn't die for his country.

On a somewhat different note. Upon getting home that night and flipping through the channels I stumbled accross the first televised presidential debate between JFK and Nixon in 1960. (I think that this was the first televised debate ever, but that's a side note.) I listened to Kennedy's opening statements and was surprised at how much his speech paralleled today. He talked about the dangers from the cold war and how America's economy was falling behind. He also talked about the failing of our education system and how the Soviets were turning out more engineers and scientists and that this was a battle of good vs. evil. His solutions sounded a bit like Kerry's today.

Lets hope that the outcome is the same.

Comments:

A very interesting report. Thank you. Museum TV has the past presidential debates here.

Posted by M. Mortazavi on October 11, 2004 at 08:14 AM CDT #

Maybe if no one is good enough for Micheal Moore, he would be happier in a different country. I would be happier if we was in a different country...

Posted by Joe on October 11, 2004 at 08:40 AM CDT #

Perhaps some other nation where free speech is outlawed is more to your liking?

One of the many wonderful things about this country is that you can saw whatever you want for the most part (certain slanderous statements and fraudulant lies excluded of course).

The other wonderful thing is that you also have to listen to what everyone else has to say no matter if you disagree with it. Or course you could always just plug your ears and talk to yourself.

But what would be the fun in that?

Posted by Phil Wagstrom on October 11, 2004 at 08:49 AM CDT #

Actually, the wonderful thing about free speech is to say (virtually) whatever you want part. The wonderful thing about freedom is the ability to ignore the idiots, regardless of how often or how loudly they speak. I don't _have_ to listen to anything.

Posted by Brian on October 11, 2004 at 11:55 AM CDT #

Outcome is the same? apples and oranges comparison kind of.

Posted by guest on October 11, 2004 at 02:32 PM CDT #

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