Next, you’ll have to kiss Bush’s feet at a rally and weep. Slate‘s Chris Suellentrop is witness to the loyalty oath on the campaign trail. This is so bizarre, but it shows you why Bush can no longer think on his feet — he has handpicked crowds of worshippers, no tough questions, just his wet dream of an adoring audience that believes he is a deity.
“I want you to stand, raise your right hands,’ and recite ‘the Bush Pledge,’ said Florida state Sen. Ken Pruitt. The assembled mass of about 2,000 in this Treasure Coast town about an hour north of West Palm Beach dutifully rose, arms aloft, and repeated after Pruitt: ‘I care about freedom and liberty. I care about my family. I care about my country. Because I care, I promise to work hard to re-elect, re-elect George W. Bush as president of the United States.’
I know the Bush-Cheney campaign occasionally requires the people who attend its events to sign loyalty oaths, but this was the first time I have ever seen an audience actually stand and utter one. Maybe they’ve replaced the written oath with a verbal one. “