Monday, October 11
Bush's Bulge: The conspiracy theorists are surely wrong. But what is it?
By Chris Suellentrop, Salon.msn.com, Oct. 11, 2004,
DENVER—An exchange Monday morning between two reporters on the Bush press bus: Q: "What do you think about the lump on his back?" A: "Probably benign."
Da-dum-crash. The reporter's response was meant as a joke, but it's a fair assessment of the attitude of the White House press corps toward the run of stories on the strange rectangular shape seen beneath Bush's suit jacket during the first presidential debate. Some reporters argue that the rectangle is an optical illusion, while others think there just isn't enough evidence of anything for a story. ... ...
Sometimes a rectangle is just a rectangle
But just because some conspiracy theorists—some of whom were peddling the same theory four years ago—are making assertions that aren't supported by the evidence doesn't mean that the weird rectangular shape under Bush's coat doesn't exist. If you suspect the still images from the debate have been doctored, watching the video will erase your doubts.
Let's go to the tape: Click here
to open the video of the debate posted on the Web site of the Washington Post.
Right-click on the video to open it in a separate RealPlayer window.
Fast-forward to the 14:55 mark, and you'll see the mysterious rectangle.
What is it? I haven't the faintest clue. But I do think it's a legitimate topic of discussion. Umbrella Man didn't shoot John F. Kennedy, but that doesn't mean there wasn't an Umbrella Man. And just because conspiracy theorists are wrong about JFK doesn't mean his assassination isn't worthy of inquiry.