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October 9, 2001 6:48 AM   Subscribe

Die, capitalist scum! (But can I have a G-shock first?) In his recent television broadcast, Osama bin Laden appears to be wearing a Timex wristwatch.
posted by werty (22 comments total)

 
The print edition of this article (in the New York Post) includes a large and amusing photo of bin Laden with a zoom on his watch. The pic isn't on the Web article, though. Please post a visual link if you can find one.
posted by werty at 6:49 AM on October 9, 2001


Osama has no problem with capitalism, just US occupation of areas considered holy by his religion and US support of Israel. I mean, he comes from a big Saudi Arabian oil family. How do you think he gets the cash to fund his attacks?
posted by isildur at 7:07 AM on October 9, 2001


Oh no! The biting, bitter irony of it all! He uses an American made watch! Well isn't he just looking like a fool now! His whole philosophy just collapsed into a pile of contradictory motes of dust! Nah nah nah nah. What a silly billy! Excellent link - what a profound attack on his deepest moral underpinnings! And I bet he smells!
posted by andrew cooke at 7:10 AM on October 9, 2001 [1 favorite]


that pic is here , posted Oct 7th
posted by redhead at 7:21 AM on October 9, 2001


Did we not give the same ironic scrutiny to Bush for "funding" bin Laden's relatives? I tell ya, try to bring a little humor to the morning....

Redhead, thanks for the photo link.
posted by werty at 7:34 AM on October 9, 2001


[Did we not give the same ironic scrutiny to Bush for "funding" bin Laden's relatives? ]

In America we try to judge people by the content of their character, not their family or ethic relationship with one another.
posted by revbrian at 7:53 AM on October 9, 2001


hah, finally a link and post about it. I was ready to make one about this myself. I thought it was funny that he was wearing that thing. although, its probably made in taiwan.
posted by tomplus2 at 7:54 AM on October 9, 2001


andrew cooke are you being sarcastic (seriously)? sorry it's just that i'm quite famous for not realising sarcasm (like the boy in hornbys 'about a boy').
posted by Loula at 8:01 AM on October 9, 2001


Yeah, he is.
posted by darukaru at 8:11 AM on October 9, 2001


Since we are talking about background to Fearless Leaders' video interviews, I must say that the sport kites in the background of Bush's televised address were much more fun too look at. Kinda added a comic quality to the whole thing...not that Bush needs any help, mind you.
posted by adampsyche at 8:21 AM on October 9, 2001


thanks darukaru :)
posted by Loula at 8:24 AM on October 9, 2001


wow. he wears a watch. stunning link. you just destroyed his credibility man. i mean that WTC thing was nothing next to this. i bet he even tells time with it! what a sellout!
posted by aLienated at 8:52 AM on October 9, 2001


hey - adampsyche - are you sure that's what they were?

i also found myself watching the windows a lot more than watching bush

it looked like the second pane from the left, right at his shoulder, caused really sever distortion

i thought the "kites" were reflections of things/people around the camera, or something

but it did strike me as very odd
posted by yesster at 9:19 AM on October 9, 2001


"In America we try to judge people by the content of their character, not their family or ethic relationship with one another."

In Canada, we try to judge people by their watches.
posted by websavvy at 9:35 AM on October 9, 2001 [1 favorite]


websavvy wins for the funniest thing I've ever read on MeFi.
posted by turaho at 10:45 AM on October 9, 2001


Way back in the '60's, Timex had a classic ad campaign: "Timex- takes a lickin' and keeps on tickin'". They they would strap Timex watches onto boat propellers, etc. to show their toughness.

Let's drop a cruise missile on his watch and see if the new generation watches are as tough.
posted by groundhog at 11:12 AM on October 9, 2001


the nike hat in this pic is kinda ironic too.
posted by danOstuporStar at 11:21 AM on October 9, 2001


Yes, sorry Loula, I was being sarcastic. I wouldn't have posted like that if I'd come across the thread later when it had more comments - I thought people were taking it seriously.

Hey, I'm English - we're always sarcastic (and have bad teeth).
posted by andrew cooke at 3:35 PM on October 9, 2001


They're also saying that the fatigue jacket he's wearing is standard US army issue.
posted by dhartung at 5:51 PM on October 9, 2001


It looks like the M-65...
http://www.webarmysurplus.com/jackets.htm

pattern is woodland.

It takes a licking but keeps on ticking...oops wrong product
posted by AsiaInsider at 8:22 PM on October 9, 2001


that's ok andrew cooke i have bad teeth too :)
posted by Loula at 9:37 PM on October 9, 2001


As far as those "kites".

I thought they were kites too. But if you notice every so often they swirl in a fashion that might have been influential to Bush's cadence. My impression is, the "reflection" or "kite" over his right shoulder was a speech coach "conducting" Bush's speech.
posted by crasspastor at 11:12 PM on October 9, 2001


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