Archive for Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Bush to deliver Landon Lecture at K-State

Remarks to be on global war on terrorism

January 18, 2006


— President Bush will speak Monday at Kansas State University as part of its Landon Lecture series.

His lecture, the 142nd in the series, will be at 11 a.m. Central at the Bramlage Coliseum.

"We are excited that President Bush is coming to K-State and we owe a huge debt of gratitude to Sen. Pat Roberts for his assistance in getting President Bush to accept our invitation," Jon Wefald, Kansas State president, said today.

In Washington, Bush press secretary Scott McClellan told reporters: "The president will make remarks on the global war on terrorism."

Bush's last visit to Kansas was in May 2004, to dedicate a national historic site devoted to the U.S. Supreme Court's historic Brown v. Board of Education decision outlawing school segregation on the 50th anniversary of the decision. Earlier this month, Vice President Dick Cheney visited Fort Leavenworth.

University officials said the audience will include soldiers from Fort Riley. Also, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius plans to attend the president's speech, spokeswoman Nicole Corcoran said.

Sebelius is a Democrat and Bush a Republican, but Corcoran said, "The governor believes it's great he's visiting one of our fine universities."

Bush will visit Kansas State University amid national discussions about the war in Iraq and questions about his October 2001 decision to allow eavesdropping on e-mails and telephone calls from people within the United States, without first seeking court approval.

"If you are on a public information offensive the way the President is right now on a variety on things, particularly on wiretaps, the war in Iraq, many things that relate to his popularity, the Landon Lecture is a perfect opportunity," said Burdett Loomis, a Kansas University political science professor who formerly served on Sebelius' staff.

He added: "I don't think he's going to convince a lot of people who are opposed to him of his virtues, but maintaining his base, I think, is crucial, and that's something a lecture at K-State could do."


staff04 12 years, 4 months ago

I surprised he'd even bother... I know all the right wingers will deny it (just like they deny most problems), but could this be some appeal to Kansas Republicans to make amends and heal the rift that has developed within them before Kansas ends up as a swing state?

Aiko 12 years, 4 months ago

Now everyone who bitches about Bush can all load up their famn damily's and head to Manhattan for a great day of protesting. Oh, the quality family time.

Gareth Skarka 12 years, 4 months ago

Hey, I'm sure there will be Federally-approved Free Speech Zones set up for protesters....miles away from anywhere that Bush, or anybody else, might see them.

Aiko 12 years, 4 months ago

This is great news to the westboro baptist church. They will be there in full force in the name of Fred Phelps! Protesting-yeahh!

badger 12 years, 4 months ago

Perhaps while he's there, he can see if they have any reference material to donate from their library to his Presidential one.

I bet they've got at least one coloring book that's not all the way colored in yet.

At least it's to be hoped they'll all be on the same intellectual level.

The ground floor.

Bruce Bertsch 12 years, 4 months ago

Bush is becoming more like Nixon every day.

BunE 12 years, 4 months ago

Hahahahahah, that's it, blast on KSU. After all KU played host to Anne Coulter.

Show the whole state what being a graduate or student of Kansas' Flagship University.


The question is, who will have more seats? Students or Riley Dogs?

glockenspiel 12 years, 4 months ago

Start marking up the poster board prices...

Manhatten's going to get to see what we have to put up with on a daily basis...

cowboy 12 years, 4 months ago

I think George ought to just buy another plane and haul the same audience all over the country with him , it would save a lot of interviewing locally.

The audience screening process should make an interesting story , who gets in and who doesn't.

badger 12 years, 4 months ago

So no 'loyalty oaths' like on the campaign trail?

Of course, it's probably just that with his approval ratings falling, he can no longer be certain of a packed house if he only lets in people who like him.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 12 years, 4 months ago

So tell me, Kevin, should Clinton have been allowed those searches? Should Bush be allowed to do them?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 12 years, 4 months ago

"Classy, wendt, you just implied that our soldiers are stupid and incapable of independent thought."

Hmm, aren't you a former marine? I don't think you're stupid, but you clearly are incapable of thinking outside the BushCo box.

All he had to do was follow the law, and he could tap any "al qaeda" phone call he wants (what's their phone #, btw?) But in this brave new world, the BushCo Empire is the law, aren't they?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 12 years, 4 months ago

In the true circlular logic of BushCo, if they do it, it's legal.

OK, Kevin, what is the definition of "is?"

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 12 years, 4 months ago

"I also said it was legal when the Clinton administration did so in the Aldrich Ames case."

The Arminius has spoken. All hail the Arminius.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 12 years, 4 months ago

An admission of ignorance. That's progress, Kevin. Now if you can just work on that willful ignorance thing.

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