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Bush cancels Topeka fundraiser, heads to Texas to survey Ike’s damage

It was a beautiful day for the First Lady's trip to Topeka. Laura Bush arrived at Forbes Field around 1:15 p.m.

September 15, 2008

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— President Bush will not headline a campaign fundraiser for Republican congressional candidate Lynn Jenkins, but instead will send first lady Laura Bush to the event while he visits Texas to see damage from Hurricane Ike.

The White House made the announcement Monday.

Jenkins is running against U.S. Rep. Nancy Boyda, D-Topeka, for the 2nd Congressional District, which includes west Lawrence, Topeka, Manhattan and much of southeast Kansas.

The invitation-only fundraiser at a private residence for Jenkins is scheduled for Tuesday.

Invitations for the event had asked for $7,500 per couple to have a photograph taken with the president.

Boyda, who had scheduled a rally Monday in the Statehouse, canceled the event because of the disaster in Texas, she said.

"President Bush has canceled his planned visit to Kansas tomorrow in order to comfort victims and lead the relief effort. He'll have my full support, and I'll work in Congress to swiftly provide whatever relief is needed," Boyda said.

Last week, Boyda and the Kansas Democratic Party had been critical of plans for Bush's fundraising visit to Topeka because they said it would have been a waste of taxpayer dollars for political purposes.

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lee66049 5 years, 7 months ago

Boyda??? You must be kidding? A record of being the biggest do nothing congress in history. Lowest approval ratings ever, even lower than President Bush. Even the DNC did not want Boyda to be a part of the convention. She helped approve July as Watermelon month and yet, there is an energy crisis, a housing crisis, a lending institution crisis. How did Boyd handle any of that? She did nothing and took a five week break....Boyda, please....she has to go just like Ryun...had her chance and did nothing. We deserve better than her.

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jonas_opines 5 years, 7 months ago

That's good. I have a busy day.Have a good afternoon then.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 7 months ago

"Um, no I'm not."Well, that settles it, I guess.

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jonas_opines 5 years, 7 months ago

"You're the one protesting others' exercising their right of free speech."Um, no I'm not.

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jafs 5 years, 7 months ago

If the government does a better job with this one than with Katrina, I'll be very glad.However, I just saw a headline that read "Many will wait weeks for food, etc."Also, I'm not sure exactly what a visit from the President will accomplish.

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johnadavies 5 years, 7 months ago

He's probably just scouting locations for the Bush II Presidential Library; maybe they can put it on the beach at Galveston!

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 7 months ago

"Methinks the Bozo doth protest too much."You're the one protesting others' exercising their right of free speech."Who's paying for that? Is she taking personal vacation days? Is she still drawing her salary? You can't run a government with a blackberry."I agree-- Palin should resign her governorship while running for VP.

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TopJayhawk 5 years, 7 months ago

Ain't none of 'em worth a tinkers damn. They should all be outsted, and let's just start over. Can we get a Mulligan here?

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jonas_opines 5 years, 7 months ago

Methinks the Bozo doth protest too much.

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Mixolydian 5 years, 7 months ago

In other news, our governor is galavanting all around the country as the female talking head - Palin counter point for Obama.Who's paying for that? Is she taking personal vacation days? Is she still drawing her salary? You can't run a government with a blackberry.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 7 months ago

"But the people that jump on Bush for Everything are, to my mind, just proving right the right-wingers who say that there are some who are just driven at this point by hatred and spite."Perhaps you should pay better attention to world events.

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ExxonMcCain 5 years, 7 months ago

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notnowdear 5 years, 7 months ago

LOLGo Boyda. It is time to oust all GOP and stop putting them in public offices until they clean up their act. They need to learn to respect the wants and needs of others, like the traditional GOP did.

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jonas_opines 5 years, 7 months ago

Babboy: That's not what I'm arguing at all. I don't particularly find posting on here either dumb or pointless. I find it, truthfully, highly entertaining. But the people that jump on Bush for Everything are, to my mind, just proving right the right-wingers who say that there are some who are just driven at this point by hatred and spite.

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LiberalDude 5 years, 7 months ago

Boyda has represented us way better than Ryun ever did or Jenkins ever would. As I've stated before, I'm not happy that she voted to continue funding the Iraq war but the rest of her voting record was good.

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dagopman 5 years, 7 months ago

Nancy Boyda is an overrated commodity fueled by the media.

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uncleandyt 5 years, 7 months ago

Boyda is good.Does anybody need tickets? I've got 4 together near the couch.

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dagopman 5 years, 7 months ago

What a sorry state of affairs in this congressional election...not a decent candidate to support. Neither Boyda nor Jenkins is worth a tinkers damn.

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Ragingbear 5 years, 7 months ago

By Bush not being there, ticket sales will rise. Even republicans don't want anything to do with Dick Tater... I mean George W.Bush.

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BABBOY 5 years, 7 months ago

Jonas, Are you seriously complaining about people complaining on blog site? Which is more redundant?. I agree with you blogging is stupid and rather lame sometimes and more so each day, but is the nature of the beast. I do not blog that much anymore because I realized I was arguing with unemployed people who think that blogging 100 times on an issue somehow increases their IQ and negates the fact that they do otherwise have a life.By the way, why did Bush wait so long to go see what is up in Texas? He should have ..... (just kidding)

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LiberalDude 5 years, 7 months ago

KansasVote, you should go protest anyway. Laura supports all the same things as GWB. Plus Jenkins deserves protest just for trying to put on this event and selling out to the GOP.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 7 months ago

"Just because the story has the name "Bush" in the subject does not necessarily mean that it's a good opportunity to legitimately bash him."His past record would indicate otherwise.

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jonas_opines 5 years, 7 months ago

Good god, maybe he just thought looking at the devastation was more important that some fundraiser. The naysayers, you all know that if he had NOT gone then you would be @#$ching about that. Just because the story has the name "Bush" in the subject does not necessarily mean that it's a good opportunity to legitimately bash him. In fact, if you let this dumb crap go, the actual valid criticisms that you have might, actually, be seen to have more merit than otherwise. "Cry wolf" and all.

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Flap Doodle 5 years, 7 months ago

The usual suspects would be carping no matter what the President would have done.

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workin2hard 5 years, 7 months ago

So nobody thinks that he should go down there and see for himself the damage that the storm brought. Many are with out power. So many lost everything they had. Look on clicktohouston.com thats just a few pictures to what is going on. At least he is taking the first step to get something done. You people just think its not me so who cares.

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autie 5 years, 7 months ago

hmmm..I didn't think the lame duck would take to water so soon..

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KansasVoter 5 years, 7 months ago

Dang it! I live in Topeka and took tomorrow off of work so that I could protest.

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50YearResident 5 years, 7 months ago

He didn't want to ruin Jenkins chance of winning like he did Ryun's.

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monkeyspunk 5 years, 7 months ago

Do they make "FatHeads" of Dubya? Might be easier.

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nobody1793 5 years, 7 months ago

"Invitations for the event had asked for $7,500 per couple to have a photograph taken with the president."I'll do it with photoshop for five bucks.

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