Saturday, July 10, 2004

Hugging for Columbine 

Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle denies hugging Michael Moore after the premiere of "Fahrenheit 911":

"When asked about Moore's account of a hug after the premiere and the criticism Daschle has received for it, the South Dakota Democrat said he and Moore did not embrace. Daschle said his schedule forced him to arrive late and leave early."
Not to mention the sheer physical impossibility of it; their hands could barely reach far enough to touch each other.

This is what Moore told "Time" magazine's Richard Corliss about the incident:

"Among the clips in Fahrenheit 9/11 is one of minority leader Tom Daschle last year urging other Senators to follow his lead and vote for Bush’s Iraq war. Two weeks ago, at the Washington premiere, Moore sat a few rows behind Daschle. Afterward, says Moore, 'he gave me a hug and said he felt bad and that we were all gonna fight from now on. I thanked him for being a good sport'."
One of them is lying. A tough one: could Moore possibly ever tell a fib? Or could a Senate Minority Leader suddenly realise a political liability of too close an association with an extremist nutcake?


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