When I first saw the BULGE on Bush's back a month ago... I laughed. It was funny, but then came the questions; What is it? Why did he have this "bulge" at all 3 presidential debates? Why is it immediately apparent after his 9/11 commission testimony?
The rumors were wide and diverse, but what this has boiled down to in the last month is a serious issue. Initially, the White House laughed off this "bulge sighting" by saying it was a doctored photo and that it did not exist. That didn't last long as it was easily seen in all the raw video footage of the debates. Then the Bush's tailor said that it was a badly tailored jacket. Last week President Bush himself went on-record on Good Morning America staing that this "bulge" was a badly tailored shirt. His campaign said the "bulge" was a device used to communicate with Mars, and that Bush is an "alien". For the record, the White House also stated to the New York Times that Bush was not wearing a bulletproof vest.
http://www.thehill.com/under_dome/102004.aspx -Tailors story
http://cbsnewyork.com/topstories/topstories_story_300140512.html -Bush's remarks
All this was fodder for late night jokes and further speculation from bloggers everywhere. The mainstream media picked up the topic but covered the story, not the facts, and usually presented the "bulge" in a humorous light.
http://bushwired.blogspot.com/ -Bush Wired blog
But something serious happened concerning the "bulge" in the last days before the election. Salon.com and Mother Jones both published stories which essentially proved that Bush and his campaign have been lying about this issue. Dr. Robert M Nelson an internationally respected photo analyst and senior researcher with NASA has examined and enhanced the debate photos showing the "bulge". Dr. Nelson has stated that here is definitely something there... and its not bad tailoring!
http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2004/10/29/bulge/index_np.html -Salon story.
http://www.motherjones.com/news/update/2004/11/10_407.html -MotherJones story
So, this leaves us with important questions. First, since when has it been acceptable for the President to tell an outright lie to the press? Why would he and his campaign try to deny the existence of this "bulge"? In fact. these questions have plagued the campaign since the first "bulge" sighting. It seems to me that the campaign would benefit from offering a realistic, factual, and plausible explanation instead of wasting their time answering questions about a "rumor". It raises my suspicions for sure.
"'Nothing about the bulge is going to run here before the election.' -The Wall Street Journal.
Where has the media been on this story? Why have they brushed aside this issue even in the light of strong evidence offered from a respected expert? Its truly anyone's guess. Its understandable that the media wouldn't want to comment on a murky internet rumor in the days before this crucial election... but with proof offered, and the President on record misstating the facts, they should at least ask some questions. Its not the job of the press to decide what issues are news... it is their duty to ask the difficult questions and demand plausible answers.
So what is the "BULGE"? Nobody knows for sure. However, there is very strong and compelling evidence that it is a coaching or prompting device. <a href=" http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi... Several experts </a> have stated that the shape, contour and outline of the "bulge" support a "wired' theory. The Presidents long pauses, blank stares, and sudden blurting of information during the debates also support this theory. President Bush even lashed out, "Stop interrupting" when nobody was speaking during one debate.
http://www.fortune3.com/comp72114/?il=1 - Device
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2004/10/29/BUGOT9I4QS1.DTL -Spy expert
Many in the media have stated that it has long been known that Bush wears a wireless earpiece during speeches and press conferences. In my view there is nothing wrong with that. There has been speculation that many of his famed "Bush-isms" have stemmed from difficulty reading a teleprompter. What is alarming and absolutely frightening is that he may have worn this "wire" not only during the debates, but at his 9/11 Commission testimony as well. The use of coaching during the debate would be totally unacceptable, during testimony... illegal!
Regardless of election outcome, this matter should be closely examined by the media. We all deserve an answer!
For further info and sources for the statements made here, please visit:
• http://bushwired.blogspot.com/ -The Bush Wired Site, and also see
• http://homepage.mac.com/c.shaw/BushBulges/PhotoAlbum15.html -THE BUSH BULGE PHOTO GALLERY View the evidence!
• http://bushwired.blogspot.com/2004/10/updated-news-and-links-archive-bulge.html - Archived news, photos, theories and video.