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Saturday, October 21, 2006

Passing of the meme

September 30: Billmon summarizes Bush's weekly (weakly?) radio address, comparing it to FDR's famous line:
"The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."

Franklin D. Roosevelt
Inaugural Address
March 4, 1933

"The only thing we have is fear."

George W. Bush
Radio Address
September 30, 2006
October 2: Detroit Free Press cartoonist Mike Thompson runs this cartoon:

October 15-21: Garry Trudeau runs a week-long Doonesbury series where "Fear Itself" is interviewed in the White House press room:

I don't know if Billmon was the inspiration for Thompson, or Thompson (or Billmon) the inspiration for Trudeau. It wouldn't surprise me, though.