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Bush's mystery bulge

The rumor is flying around the globe. Was the president wired during the first debate?

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By Dave Lindorff




Oct. 8, 2004 | Was President Bush literally channeling Karl Rove in his first debate with John Kerry? That's the latest rumor flooding the Internet, unleashed last week in the wake of an image caught by a television camera during the Miami debate. The image shows a large solid object between Bush's shoulder blades as he leans over the lectern and faces moderator Jim Lehrer.


The president is not known to wear a back brace, and it's safe to say he wasn't packing. So was the bulge under his well-tailored jacket a hidden receiver, picking up transmissions from someone offstage feeding the president answers through a hidden earpiece? Did the device explain why the normally ramrod-straight president seemed hunched over during much of the debate?


Bloggers are burning up their keyboards with speculation. Check out the president's peculiar behavior during the debate, they say. On several occasions, the president simply stopped speaking for an uncomfortably long time and stared ahead with an odd _expression on his face. Was he listening to someone helping him with his response to a question? Even weirder was the president's strange outburst. In a peeved rejoinder to Kerry, he said, "As the politics change, his positions change. And that's not how a commander in chief acts. I, I, uh -- Let me finish -- The intelligence I looked at was the same intelligence my opponent looked at." It must be said that Bush pointed toward Lehrer as he declared "Let me finish." The green warning light was lit, signaling he had 30 seconds to, well, finish.


Hot on the conspiracy trail, I tried to track down the source of the photo. None of the Bush-is-wired bloggers, however, seemed to know where the photo came from. Was it possible the bulge had been Photoshopped onto Bush's back by a lone conspiracy buff? It turns out that all of the video of the debate was recorded and sent out by Fox News, the pool broadcaster for the event. Fox sent feeds from multiple cameras to the other networks, which did their own on-air presentations and editing.


To watch the debate again, I ventured to the Web site of the most sober network I could think of: C-SPAN. And sure enough, at minute 23 on the video of the debate, you can clearly see the bulge between the president's shoulder blades.


Bloggers stoke the conspiracy with the claim that the Bush administration insisted on a condition that no cameras be placed behind the candidates. An official for the Commission on Presidential Debates, which set up the lecterns and microphones on the Miami stage, said the condition was indeed real, the result of negotiations by both campaigns. Yet that didn't stop Fox from setting up cameras behind Bush and Kerry. The official said that "microphones were mounted on lecterns, and the commission put no electronic devices on the president or Senator Kerry." When asked about the bulge on Bush's back, the official said, "I don't know what that was."


So what was it? Jacob McKenna, a spyware expert and the owner of the Spy Store, a high-tech surveillance shop in Spokane, Wash., looked at the Bush image on his computer monitor. "There's certainly something on his back, and it appears to be electronic," he said. McKenna said that, given its shape, the bulge could be the inductor portion of a two-way push-to-talk system. McKenna noted that such a system makes use of a tiny microchip-based earplug radio that is pushed way down into the ear canal, where it is virtually invisible. He also said a weak signal could be scrambled and be undetected by another broadcaster.


Mystery-bulge bloggers argue that the president may have begun using such technology earlier in his term. Because Bush is famously prone to malapropisms and reportedly dyslexic, which could make successful use of a teleprompter problematic, they say the president and his handlers may have turned to a technique often used by television reporters on remote stand-ups. A reporter tapes a story and, while on camera, plays it back into an earpiece, repeating lines just after hearing them, managing to sound spontaneous and error free.


Suggestions that Bush may have using this technique stem from a D-day event in France, when a CNN broadcast appeared to pick up -- and broadcast to surprised viewers -- the sound of another voice seemingly reading Bush his lines, after which Bush repeated them. Danny Schechter, who operates the news site MediaChannel.org, and who has been doing some investigating into the wired-Bush rumors himself, said the Bush campaign has been worried of late about others picking up their radio frequencies -- notably during the Republican Convention on the day of Bush's appearance. "They had a frequency specialist stop me and ask about the frequency of my camera," Schechter said. "The Democrats weren't doing that at their convention."


Repeated calls to the White House and the Bush national campaign office over a period of three days, inquiring about what the president may have been wearing on his back during the debate, and whether he had used an audio device at other events, went unreturned. So far the Kerry campaign is staying clear of this story. When called for a comment, a press officer at the Democratic National Committee claimed on Tuesday that it was "the first time" they'd ever heard of the issue. A spokeswoman at the press office of Kerry headquarters refused to permit me to talk with anyone in the campaign's research office. Several other requests for comment to the Kerry campaign's press office went unanswered.

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The Mystery of the Bulge in the Jacket



Published: October 9, 2004



WASHINGTON, Oct. 8 - What was that bulge in the back of President Bush's suit jacket at the presidential debate in Miami last week?


According to rumors racing across the Internet this week, the rectangular bulge visible between Mr. Bush's shoulder blades was a radio receiver, transmitting answers from an offstage counselor into a hidden presidential earpiece. The prime suspect was Karl Rove, Mr. Bush's powerful political adviser.


After the online magazine Salon published an article about the rumors on Friday - the day of the second presidential debate, in St. Louis - the speculation reached such a pitch that White House and campaign officials found themselves inundated with calls.


First they said that pictures showing the bulge might have been doctored. But then, when the bulge turned out to be clearly visible in the television footage of the evening, they offered a different explanation.


"There was nothing under his suit jacket," said Nicolle Devenish, the Bush campaign's communications director. "It was most likely a rumpling of that portion of his suit jacket, or a wrinkle in the fabric."


Ms. Devenish could not explain why the "rumpling" was in a rectangular shape.


Campaign and White House officials said that the bulge was not from a bulletproof vest; they said Mr. Bush was not wearing one.

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Guest zipperzone

>The prime

>suspect was Karl Rove, Mr. Bush's powerful political adviser.


Well - if it was Rove, he should be fired as the crap he was feeding Bush was of a very low-grade quality.

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Now it looks like Bush had a hidden device at the second debate as well. Maybe he should have to go through a strip search at the next one.

Imagine, our president probably writes the answers on his hands as well! Check this:


Is W hiding something?






What's with the hump on President Bush's back?


There isn't a thimble-full of doubt that President Bush had "something foreign" under his suit jacket during the first two debates, master tailor Frank Shattuck concluded yesterday after studying photos.

"There's definitely something there, in between the shoulder blades," he said, checking pictures from both debates. "I can't say what it is, but it's not hidden very well. They should have come to me. I can hide a pistol under the breast."


Photos of the mysterious bulges have clogged the Internet in recent days.


Bush campaign aides have dismissed the hump controversy as "preposterous."


"It's ridiculous," said Bush spokesman Scott Stanzel. "Some people have been spending far too much time on left-wing conspiracy Web sites. Did you hear the one about the third debate being moderated by Elvis?"


Still, Shattuck said he's an undecided voter without an ax to grind. He has been making handmade suits that cost as much as economy cars for two decades, so he said he's a qualified professional when it comes to the way fabric drapes.


"This isn't bad tailoring," he said pointing to the bulge in an Associated Press photo from the second debate. "This suit fits around the neck and has balance, even though it lacks zip and looks like something off the rack from Today's Man."


Shattuck's best guess at what the foreign object was: maybe a back brace or some kind of body armor.


He said a wire was possible, but he was mystified at the obvious placement between the shoulder blades.


"Then again, maybe all [bush's] winking was at the guy feeding him information," Shattuck, 43, joked. "And he kept jumping off that stool like he just got an answer."


Originally published on October 12, 2004

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Dubya's just following in a long-line of dim-witted Republican Presidents. Doesn't anyone remember Nancy Reagan whispering the answers to Ronald Reagan at a press opportunity? Perhaps if the Republicans could find candidates who aren't intellectual midgets this wouldn't be a problem. . .

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Well, at least you're discussing the bulge on Bush's back now, rather than the one in Edward's shorts!

(it had to be said)

Frankly, I can't see how anyone could be surprised that Bush might be being told what to say. He's only a puppet, after all, and every puppet needs a puppeteer.



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It doesn't surprise me very much, if it is true. For someone who lives in a bubble, such as the current President does, it is not too far-fetched to believe he needs an "oxygen tank" to survive outside the bubble!


What is striking is how different he is from his predecessor, Bill Clinton, in terms of being able to stand on his own two feet and speak intelligently on a wide range of subjects.

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Guest zipperzone

>It doesn't surprise me very much, if it is true. For someone

>who lives in a bubble, such as the current President does, it

>is not too far-fetched to believe he needs an "oxygen tank" to

>survive outside the bubble!


Rumour has it that Georgie boy will appear dressed only in a jock tonight for the final debate, in order to prove he ain't wired. That will only convince his detractors if he bends over and shows it ain't stuck up his ass.

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Guest showme43

>However, if he was wired, and performed as badly as he did,

>how bad would he be on his own? Scary!



I was thinking the very same thing!

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