October 30, 2003

Filmmaker predicts Bush loss in 2004

Cleveland Plain Dealer: Documentary filmmaker and political commentator Michael Moore told a packed house at the College of Wooster yesterday that growing anger among Americans over the Iraq war could bring down the Bush White House in 2004.

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Filmmaker predicts Bush loss in 2004

10/30/03

Damian Guevara
Plain Dealer Reporter


Wooster - Documentary filmmaker and political
commentator Michael Moore told a packed house at the
College of Wooster yesterday that growing anger among
Americans over the Iraq war could bring down the Bush
White House in 2004.

"Americans don't like being lied to," Moore said.
"More and more of our fellow Americans have figured
out that we were led to war on a lie."

Moore's visit - held in a gymnasium at the Armington
Physical Education Center to accommodate 4,000 people
- comes days after the release of his latest book
"Dude, Where's My Country?" Moore was invited to speak
as part of the school's Wooster Forum series.

Mixing his commentary with wit, Moore said Bush had
manipulated the American public with fear during the
buildup to war. But, he said, "Once educated, the
shift takes place."

Moore, famous for his irreverent humor, gained
national attention in 2002 with his Academy
Award-winning film "Bowling For Columbine" and
best-seller "Stupid White Men."

Last night, Moore made fun of right-wing political
pundits, whom he called "angry white guys," and said
conservatives already owned the White House, Congress
and the Supreme Court. He said conservatives are angry
because Americans favor higher minimum wage, strong
environmental laws and are pro-choice.

He said conservatives also were upset because women
and people of color make up two-thirds of the country.


"The angry white guys have been running the show for
10,000 years," Moore said. "We've got to be the
generation to see it end."

Moore wondered aloud why the United States adopts
domestic policies that leave the disadvantaged even
deeper in a hole.

"Why do we pick on the weakest members of our society?
People from other countries don't understand that
about us," he said.

One student who attended Moore's speech said she
agreed with him on voting Bush out of office.

"I don't think that he should have been there in the
first place," said Jennifer Culver, an 18-year-old
communications and black studies student.

To reach this Plain Dealer reporter:

dguevara@plaind.com, 216-999-4334


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Posted by richard at October 30, 2003 07:26 AM