Dude, Where’s My Country? – Democracy Now! Interviews Documentary Filmmaker, Television Producer and Author Michael Moore

We spend the hour with Michael Moore talking about his latest book Dude, Where’s My Country?, Bush’s connections to the Bin Ladens and the candidacy of Wesley Clark for president

Last night in the Chicago area, some 1500 people greeted Moore with a standing ovation. The cheers only grew louder when he held up a Cubs baseball cap.

But the cheers soon turned into boos when Moore raised a hat of the Florida Marlins who are facing the Cubs in the baseball playoffs.

Then Moore began his speech saying, "Thank you. I just wanted to relive my Oscar night."

Moore was booed at the 2003 Academy Awards when, during his acceptance speech for the Best Documentary Award for "Bowling For Columbine," he called President Bush's election and justifications for the war in Iraq "fictitious."

Michael Moore is on a 33-city tour promoting his new book, Dude, Where's My Country? Almost 1 million copies hit bookshelves on Oct. 7.

His previous book, Stupid White Men: And Other Sorry Excuses for the State of the Nation, which was almost pulled by the publisher after September 11th, has sold more than 4 million copies and became the best-selling non-fiction book of 2002.

Moore also said, it is especially important for Americans to "push candidates to take the right positions" before the primary elections.

Although Moore has failed to endorse any of the five Democratic candidates who have approached him, he admitted he does like the idea of having Howard Dean, a doctor, and General Wesley Clark, a general, on the ballot. He said, “We need a doctor because there are 43 million of us without health care and we need a general to kick Bush's ass."

  • Tape: Michael Moore, acceptance speech for the Best Documentary Award for "Bowling For Columbine" at the Oscars on March 2003.
  • Tape: Michael Moore, documentary filmmaker, television producer and author interviewed by Democracy Now! on October 8, 2003.

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