Friday, February 15, 2008

George Bush

President Bush signed legislation on Wednesday, February 13th, 2008, to send $300 to $1,200 rebate checks to millions of Americans as a "booster shot" for the economy.

President George Bush signed the Economic Stimulus Act of 2008 on Wednesday, February 13th , “coming together in a single mission to put the people’s interests first.”


He thanked members of Congress for their hard work and leadership, and also recognized Cabinet Secretary Paulson in particular for his negotiations on the bill, joking “You’re earning your pay”, receiving a chuckle from the audience.


President Bush said “There are other ways we can work together during this rough patch” (Left image) pursing his lips in frustration. He addressed the mortgage foreclosure epidemic, and announced the creation of “Project Lifeline” a targeted outreach program to help at-risk homeowners (Right image) through the coordinated efforts of Secretaries Paulson and Jackson and the Hope Net Alliance.


Bush went on to say the “our economic success is not the result of the wisdom of politicians in Washington, D.C., but of the collective wisdom of the American people.”  “So long as we put forth pro-growth policies that put faith in the American people, our economy will prosper and will continue to be the marvel of the world. “


Bush generates a “true smile” as he signs the bill into action.


Monday, February 4, 2008

Joran Van der Sloot

Hidden camera footage broadcast in the Netherlands on Sunday night, February 3rd, 2008 showed Dutch student, Joran Van der Sloot saying he was with Natalee Holloway when she collapsed on an Aruban beach in May, 2005.  He said he believed she was dead and asked a friend to dump her body in the sea.

A series of conversations between Van der Sloot and a man he believed to be his friend were recorded in a Range Rover that had been rigged with three hidden cameras by Peter R. de Vries, a Dutch television crime reporter.  They were shown on Dutch television, drawing a record audience of 7 million viewers.

When Van der Sloot says, “It’s isn’t easy, not even now.” (0:27) he smiles.  Then he raises his upper lip in a sign of disgust as he turns his head away. (0:29)

Combined 0;27 and 0;29

Then, in his only sign of remorse in the tape, Van Der Sloot sucks in his lip, a sign of anxiety. (0:35)

00;35 anxiety

Van der Sloot smiles contemptuously when he says, “She’ll never be found” (0:39) and the corner of his mouth tightens and narrows.

00;39 smile

When asked if Natalee could have been in a coma at the time Van der Sloot had a friend take her body out to sea, he says, “Yeah, I wasn’t so sure about that, but it really startled me to death.”  (2:00) Patrick, the man Van der Sloot believed to be his friend, counters, “But she could’ve been in a coma”.  Van der Sloot then casually tilts his head and smiling slightly says, “Yeah” (2:04) showing a touch of disgust as his upper lip raises.

02;04 disgust