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Protests intrude on president’s visit to family summer home

August 27, 2006

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— President Bush came to his parent's century-old summer home on the Maine coast for a little relaxation, a distant cousin's wedding and some family time. He got all that, along with a boisterous reminder nearly on his bucolic doorstep of the unpopularity of his Iraq policies.

What local police estimated were about 700 anti-war demonstrators marched Saturday to within half a mile of the Bush compound before being turned back at a security checkpoint. Called Walker's Point after the family of former President Bush's mother, the stone-and-shingle retreat covering a craggy promontory is owned by the current president's parents.

The protesters sang, chanted, beat drums, waved signs and even played fiddles to call on Bush to bring troops home.

"Bush is fiddling while the world burns, just as Nero fiddled while Rome burned," said Pippa Stanley, 15, of Richmond, Maine, who was helping with the backdrop for a pair of fiddlers dressed in togas.

Anti-war protesters rally Saturday outside the Bush compound, seen at top left, across the cove shrouded in fog, in Kennebunkport, Maine. President Bush is vacationing at his parents' house while the protest takes place. The president is spending a long weekend at the family oceanside home and plans on attending a relative's wedding.

Anti-war protesters rally Saturday outside the Bush compound, seen at top left, across the cove shrouded in fog, in Kennebunkport, Maine. President Bush is vacationing at his parents' house while the protest takes place. The president is spending a long weekend at the family oceanside home and plans on attending a relative's wedding.

The group was loosely aligned with activist Cindy Sheehan, the mother of a soldier who died in Iraq who gained international attention when she shadowed Bush last summer while he vacationed at his ranch in Crawford, Texas.

A spokeswoman for Bush said he wasn't bothered by the demonstration that briefly took over the tiny, scenic downtown of Kennebunkport.

The president was drawn to his first visit to the retreat in two years by the wedding of Walker Stapleton.

Marge Trowbridge, a lone supporter of President Bush, carries a sign claiming she is surrounded by idiots as she walks in front of an anti-war protest in Kennebunkport, Maine.

Marge Trowbridge, a lone supporter of President Bush, carries a sign claiming she is surrounded by idiots as she walks in front of an anti-war protest in Kennebunkport, Maine.

He is the son of the former president's cousin, Dorothy Walker Stapleton, and Craig Roberts Stapleton, the U.S. ambassador to France, who was a partner with George W. Bush in the Texas Rangers baseball team. Stapleton married Jenna Bertocchi on Saturday before about 300 friends and family at St. Ann's Episcopal Church, a stone chapel overlooking the sea.

The president was returning to Washington today before a week of traveling. He is marking the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina with a visit to the Gulf Coast; raising money for Republicans in Arkansas, Tennessee and Utah; and addressing the American Legion convention in Salt Lake City.

Comments

paladin 8 years, 1 month ago

Who is the U.S. at "war" with? What is the mission? Is there a plan? Will the U.S. need to kill all Muslims who oppose it? These people are genuinely and totally committed to their beliefs and are quite willing to die for them. They believe they are the last defense of their faith and their way of life and that the U.S. is manifested evil, just as the Crusaders were, not so very long ago. Americans are not so committed. They are fat and greedy and selfish and arrogant, and blindly led. And self-destructive. The insanity needs to stop now. It is, and always has been, illegal and immoral and ill-conceived. Throughout history, all empires, which sought world dominance and control, have been destroyed. Why does the U.S. think that it is the exception?

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Ragingbear 8 years, 1 month ago

The "War on ___" scenario was originally put into place long ago as an excuse to justify income taxes. You see, income tax is illegal under the law unless the US is at war. So if we don't declare that we are at war against something at all times, then our government's bloated assets would collapse.

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chrisgladfelter 8 years, 1 month ago

Poor Marge, the lone Bush supporter. She can't even spell "idiots" correctly. Well, she IS a Bush supporter....

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chrisgladfelter 8 years, 1 month ago

Ah, Kaliwa, but what's funny is that Marge is parading through a crowd of what she regards is composed of a bunch of idiots, yet she's the one who appears to be an idiot. Perhaps she's trying to be ironic, but I doubt it.

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xenophonschild 8 years, 1 month ago

swbsow:

Thanks. And it was the best; I laughed while I was trying to shave. "Getting away with it all - priceless" brought a smile too.

Rarely play on political or humor blogs, but may have to start. Bush puts the "lame" in lame-duck.

Good to see you back. Feel free to ignore the trogs; as they rarely post anything of relevance - "polygamy gene?" - ignoring them is the best approach.

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gphawk89 8 years, 1 month ago

Bush, just mount a Phlanax on your roof. Protester problem solved.

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xenophonschild 8 years, 1 month ago

swbsow:

That was great! The "Fresh out of flowers; will RPG's do?" was a direct-hit on the idiot mentality of our Present Occupants.

I'm emailing it to friends as soon as I post this.

Thanks again, and keep up the good work!

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Tychoman 8 years, 1 month ago

Pilgrim your post was crap. It makes no point and doesn't refute Paladin's.

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Tychoman 8 years, 1 month ago

Protests intrude on president's visit? Boo f-ing hoo.

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Klickhammer 8 years, 1 month ago

Anybody notice how careful the article was to keep any serious anti-war claims out? We find out more about Bush's stupid near cousin than the stance of the protestors. They're treated as a nuisance to otherwise pleasant activities of the vacationing super rich and powerful.

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ForThePeople 8 years, 1 month ago

OMGosh....swbsow.....those gave me a smile to sleep on!

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Tychoman 8 years, 1 month ago

That woman carrying the sign should go back to her job. Unless she quit just so she could support her president.

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