In William Shakespeare's well known epic of Hamlet, the young prince of Denmark finds himself afflicted with visions of his father's restless, vengeful spirit who alleges that Hamlet's uncle Claudius poured poison in his ear to slay him.... Hamlet, being a man of discernment, decides to hold a play for King Claudius which simulates the murder of Hamlet's father.
If Claudius is unmoved and unshaken, Hamlet knows that his visions were false. But if Claudius reacts harshly, "the play's the thing wherein I'll catch the conscience of the king" (Act II, Scene II). Predictably, when the time comes for the play to be presented, Claudius rises to his feet in self condemnation, at which Hamlet remarks, "What! Frighted with false fire?" (Act III, Scene II).
President Bush in his address to the Israeli Knesset on Thursday ...remarked:
"Some seem to believe that we should negotiate with the terrorists and radicals, as if some ingenious argument will persuade them they have been wrong all along..... We have an obligation to call this what it is: the false comfort of appeasement, which has been repeatedly discredited by history."...Who would have known that out of the blue, the presumptive Democratic presidential candidate, Barack Obama, would have decloaked himself and claimed that Bush's speech was actually a cheap shot against him! To quote Hamlet, "What! Frighted by false fire?" Surely Barack Obama must have a guilty conscience or at the minimum a fragile self esteem, because nowhere in that speech does Bush make mention of him.
COCKTAIL PARTY EFFECT, FREUDIAN SLIP, MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE, YOU DECIDE!
Psychologists tell us of a "cocktail party effect" in which the human brain, despite a cacophony of noise, can always filter out when one's name is being called out in a crowd. No matter how many people are speaking, no matter how much noise there is, when someone's name is called, the brain has a strange way of making the person called out stop and look.
It's funny that Democrat Hillary Clinton didn't say, "How dare Bush call me an appeaser."...It's also doubly funny that John McCain didn't say, "How dare Bush call me an appeaser." ...Come to think of it, we didn't hear from Ron Paul, Mike Gravel, Ralph Nader, or Bob Barr, all of who want to be president, say, "How dare Bush call me an appeaser" regarding Bush's ...comments.
But isn't it fascinating that Barack Obama would stand up and say that Bush called him out? Sounds like the cocktail party effect has Obama frighted with false fire, his conscience caught. Can we say Freudian slip? - Read in full.
And today McCain campaign aide Tucker Bounds issued the following statement:
"It was remarkable to see Barack Obama’s hysterical diatribe in response to a speech in which his name wasn’t even mentioned. These are serious issues that deserve a serious debate, not the same tired partisan rants we heard today from Senator Obama..."