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What question would you have asked the president at his speech?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on January 24, 2006

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“I would ask him about his plans for Iran and if he has read ‘Confessions of an Economic Hit Man,’ by John Perkins.”

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“If he thinks he could have avoided some of the shortcomings of his administration had he appointed a more well-rounded group of advisors who offered input that represented the interests of America at large.”

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“If I were to voice my opposition to the war in Iraq during this speech, how much surveillance should I expect afterward?”

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“I would want to know his plans for international policy in terms of countries closer to our own backyard.”

Comments

holyjim 10 years, 7 months ago

Is the definition of "conservative" the same now, or is one now allowed to be intrusive, overbearing, paternal and scolding? And where exactly is the "compassion?" Cheers, Jim. PS Hmmm.... roundabouts.... what's the problem? Can't you drive?

lunacydetector 10 years, 7 months ago

since our successes in iraq never get reported in this country, did it take you by surprise when osama bin laden used democratic party anti-war talking points - then asked for a truce?

lunacydetector 10 years, 7 months ago

what do you think of david letterman and oprah winfrey joining forces to surreptitiously promote the liberalism and wackiness of the democratic party?

:)

enochville 10 years, 7 months ago

I hope the negative public opinion of America in the Middle East is tied to this administration, so that when Bush leaves office, the Middle East and the world for that matter will give the new president close to a fresh start. I am reminded of when Iran let their American hostages go on the day Jimmy Carter left office.

We need an administration that truly tries to understand the rest of the world and can interact with other countries in ways other than just militarily. Foreign policy will be very important to me in the next election.

We have to do a better job of listening and showing that we are listening to our world community. We are too arrogant and have eroded any moral high ground we had and thus alienated countries which might have been our allies. Therefore, we are paying for our wars nearly alone. We are fighting our wars nearly alone. Almost everyone agrees that there has to be a military presence in Iraq to keep the insurgency in check. It really is the business of the United Nations to do that, but we are doing it alone because President Bush insulted the United Nations when they were hesistant to start a war with Iraq. We have got to repair our reputation. No more pre-emptive wars unless we must stop a crystal clear, imminent, serious threat. The Cuban missile crisis should be our guide. We had photographic evidence which we presented to the United Nations and a threat that we would strike first if the missiles we not removed, but we negotiated with the USSR, a soviegn country, and avoided war.

We need to work on our tariff system so that all our manufacturing jobs don't go overseas. We give our workers rights to unionize to improve their working conditions. That indirectly causes our products to be more expensive. Our tariffs need to be adjusted so that if products come from foriegn unionized companies then they can come in nearly tariff free, but if working conditions are awful and therefore the prices are exceptionally low, then those products have higher tariffs to come into our country. The differences in wages will still be a problem, but we have to give a little so that we can sell our products overseas and so that we can hold down inflation by allowing competition from overseas.

enochville 10 years, 7 months ago

lunacy: That wasn't a real truce offer. He just wants space to regroup to resume his work.

Some successes in Iraq are reported to us. But, it is the same story even domestically, that good things aren't reported as much as bad things.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 10 years, 7 months ago

That would have been a good question, John, but we all know that Dubya doesn't read anything that's not on a teleprompter. He most definitely doesn't read anything that doesn't confirm what he already believes. And a book that details the absolute corruption of US foreign and business policy (by someone who was involved in it) which is the main reason for the mess we are in today could never get on his reading list.

tell_it_like_it_is 10 years, 7 months ago

Hum. Well maybe along the lines of how do you sleep at night? or how do you look at yourself in the mirror?

neopolss 10 years, 7 months ago

I would ask about the upstart of a national fruitcake disposal program, and the national roundabout campaign.

DaREEKKU 10 years, 7 months ago

Why did you lie to us? As a result my friends keep getting sent to Iraq. You tried to mask your stupidity with tacking on words like "PATRIOT" or "ANTI-TERRORISM" or crap like that. Why do YOU feel you have the right to send over people I care about? Maybe a personal vendetta? You make me want to vomit. Have a nice day and welcome to Kansas!

sunflower_sue 10 years, 7 months ago

"Where did you get your school housin'?" OK, I know where. "Who bought you the grades?" OK, I know that, too. I wouldn't ask him anything.

samsnewplace 10 years, 7 months ago

Are you proud of your term and what you've done in office thus far? Some of us that didn't vote for you wanted to know......

crohan1978 10 years, 7 months ago

you people blow this phone wire tapping way out of proportion, considering it was on incoming international calls from suspected terrorist or suspicious individuals. Keep drinkin the Kool-Aid! LOL

crohan1978 10 years, 7 months ago

Its also funny that no one seems to care that Clinton used wiretapping the same way Bush did, so its not like Bush is the first president to do it.
How dare any of you say that Clinton did anything wrong, probably because it would be so hypocritical to do so. Since the biased media does tell anyone about this stuff, you asume it didn't happen, or try to continue to cover it up. Stay informed, and stop drinkin the dummycrat kool-aid

acousticcontrol 10 years, 7 months ago

Can your driver maneuver your limo through a roundabout?

Linda Endicott 10 years, 7 months ago

Yeah, well...I wonder what would happen if somebody got a wrong number...

acg 10 years, 7 months ago

ROFL beatrice that made my morning. I wouldn't bother asking him anything. He'd just lie, anyway. Or maybe I'd ask him when he plans on publishing his memoirs. I mean, if nothing else, it would give hope to all of those other slack jawed idiots in the great state of "yeehaw, get me a rope" that they too can be president. It doesn't take education, intelligence, compassion or the knowledge of foreign policy. All you need is a rich daddy, a little name recognition and a country full of sheeple.

sunflower_sue 10 years, 7 months ago

crohan, I don't give a rats about wire tapping. Also, did you graduate in 78 or were you born in 78? Because if my memory serves me correct, which it does, Clinton wasn't the most popular pres. while in office. Matter of fact, I don't remember (in my lifetime) that there has been a pres. that WAS popular while IN office. Do you get the game, and do you know how to play?:P

hottruckinmama 10 years, 7 months ago

when can we expect to see your twin girls in uniform and overseas?

beatrice 10 years, 7 months ago

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Redneckgal 10 years, 7 months ago

I would like to see some pictures of the big hot shot cowboy back in his college cheerleading days!

Liberty 10 years, 7 months ago

Beatrice,

To answer your question: "Where is Osama?"

Donald Rumsfield had an answer. He said (if memory serves correctly) that Osama is either in Afganistan or has left and is in Pakistan or is somewhere else. (That narrows it right down now doesn't it!)

That almost classifies as a 'Bushism' doesn't it?

rhd99 10 years, 7 months ago

Mr. President, you & others, like General Michael Hayden, the nation's number two intelligence official, say that the American people & their conversations are not being wire-tapped or spied upon. You & the Air Force general also say that the wire-taps are targeted towards Al Quaeda &/or those who harbor these bad guys. Both of you gentlemen are saying that OUR rights, freedoms & privacy are not being compromised. PROVE IT!

badger 10 years, 7 months ago

"Now, Mr. President, when you raised the arsenic contamination allowance standards for human drinking water, were you aware that the only communities with arsenic levels above the original standards were already communities in which the levels were also above the new standards, and that all of those communities already had exemptions filed with the EPA? Was it a meaningless gesture or simply the idea that if you could score some points with the right and eviscerate a standing environmental standard, justifying it by not hurting any more people than the government was already hurting, you'd do it?"

I know the answer, and I don't actually care about it (raising the allowable arsenic standards had almost no effect). I just want to watch him blink blankly at me and stammer.

How about:

"Mr. President, while still governor of Texas, you stated that (despite military regulations to the contrary) a non-Christian worship group should not be able to use the nondenominational chapel space at Fort Hood (a facility over which you have some control now, though you had no authority regarding its practices then) for its worship activities, because you don't believe Wicca is a 'real religion' - despite the fact that the US military has recognized it as one for some years now - and you felt it wasn't fair to the Christians to have 'their' worship space used for something they didn't agree with. What other world religions do you believe aren't real, and what do you plan to do about them?"

Finally:

"Mr. President, FISA regulations allow for you to go back up to seventy-two hours after issuing a surveillance warrant to get authorization for the warrant. It makes no provisions for 'briefing Congress' or whether or not the Patriot Act gives you special powers. It does, however, give you a perfectly safe means of ensuring that you are acting within the law and legally and ethically covered. Had you followed the FISA regulations, the current outrage over your domestic spying would be consistently less, and the speculations that you broke the law to do it would be utterly groundless. Why didn't you go back to the FISA courts, which exist specifically for situations like the one you seem to have faced, to get the after-the-fact justification the law allows? Seeing the outcome of your decision, would you follow the established protocol if you had those choices to make again?"

Liberty 10 years, 7 months ago

I would ask the President very pointed questions about the 9-11 attack and the tower collapse (demolition). It would put him on the spot and maybe some truth would emerge.

dviper 10 years, 7 months ago

Mr. President, will you authorize the release of recorded phone conversations between Mr. Clinton and Mr. Lee, the Chinese communist party member who lobbied for Chinese trade interests, and gave Mr. Clinton and the Democratic National Committee millions of dollars in order to receive MFN (Most Favored Nation) trading status and god only knows what else????

ms_canada 10 years, 7 months ago

I would have to bite my tongue and keep my mouth closed or the air would be blue. I would not ask anything because I could not trust the veracity of the answer. As OMB mentioned last evening, Canada had a federal election yesterday and we ousted the Liberal gov. and put the Conservatives in power. Why did we do that? Because the Libs were proven to be corrupt. In our highest court, no less. Why did you Americans not do the same? You had plenty of time to figure out what liars the Repubs are. I was complaining that we had an election only 18 months after the last one, but on second thought, it is good that we got rid of the liars and did not have to give them 2 1/2 more years to try to pull the wool over our eyes. We now have another minority gov. and if they don't mind their p's & q's, we will do the same to them. But the question is, who would we replace THEM with? I don't have a whole lot of respect for politicians. They look after no. 1

Kathleen Christian 10 years, 7 months ago

Mr. President, what about the working class here in this country? Can they expect a raise in the minimum wage, more opportunities for employment? Did you Big Guys ever think of cutting your paychecks to help the poor in this country?

sunflower_sue 10 years, 7 months ago

Katy, that was possibly the funniest ? I've heard all day! Thanks for the belly laugh. Like they give a hoot about the working class that keeps them fat and happy. HAH!!!! Good one!:O)

badger 10 years, 7 months ago

Ms_c, I'd love to shove out the corruption.

But then the country would be run by the five or ten people I know are honest and trust to resist the lure of power, and I'm pretty sure my mom wouldn't want to be Secretary of the Interior...

The only reason the Dems are less corrupt than the Repubs right now is that they have less power. The American populace, for about the last 200 years, has been remarkably forgiving of its politicians' 'little mistakes' (like Teapot Dome, Watergate, and sundry other misuses of power) and willing to believe that the next guy, he's the one who will clean up the system and get out all the crooks.

The next guy gets in, finds out that you can't do anything in government unless you're willing to pay favors for favors, and gets to where he owes and is owed by the same people he swore to clean out.

We just try to catch them when they break actual laws (like perjury or illegal campaign contributions) and do something about it then.

Kam_Fong_as_Chin_Ho 10 years, 7 months ago

Ms_Canada, I'd like to see the US conservatives voted out, but it won't happen because 1) US conservative corruption is more of a gray area compared to the Canadian Adscam issue. In other words, US conservatives tend to cover their tracks. Unfortunately, they're very good at it. 2) American liberals and Democrats don't vote in numbers as great as Republicans. Only 1 in 10 people in the 18-24 group voted in the last presidential election. They could have changed the outcome of the election, but willingly chose not to. Yes, it's a lot of fun to bang a bongo drum at a peace rally, but that won't remove corrupt people from office. To some people, superhuman motivation is needed to get one's self off the couch on election day.

crohan1978 10 years, 7 months ago

There is another kool-aid thought

"When did congress declare war"

First of all, they voted and gave the president the power to do so, secondly, they can pull the plug on this whenever they want, because they have to approve financing for the war. A law that was passed way back when, I think the mid 1900's, gives the president the authority to go to war on his own terms, and if congress doesn't like it, they can stop funding the war. You need to read up, its all there!

oldfashiongirl 10 years, 7 months ago

hottruckinmama,

You asked the right question as to when his twin girls would put on uniforms and go overseas. I have often thought the same and my answer is "when you can get them sober enough to not fall off their bar stools."

My questions to you Kansans is: How could you give such a warm welcome to such a dud of a president? And to him I would ask, "How do you get rid of the awful stench left behind by your visit? At least when he is in Kansas he's not in Kentucky--we had him a few days ago.

As for being a "compassionate conservative" he comes closer to being a rattlesnake in the grass.

muffaletta 10 years, 7 months ago

"Do you know what your mom told me last night?"

Yowsah.

Aiko 10 years, 7 months ago

Mr. President, why are you allowing things to happen like Hurricane Katrina, Tsunami's in Aceh, fires, floods, etc..?

Confrontation 10 years, 7 months ago

Do you think it's fair that someone with so little intelligence could hold the most important office in this country?

beatrice 10 years, 7 months ago

I can't believe my post got removed. Okay, I will stop with the jokes (but that one was pretty darn funny for those who missed it).

Serious question for President Bush: What sacrifices have wealthy Americans made in the war on terror? Follow-up: What happened to the Republican party being the party of fiscal responsibility?

For crohan: I don't quite get your Kool-aid comments. If they are in referrence to blindly taking in what the elected leaders are dishing out, then you are directing it at the wrong party since the Republicans now control everything. Forget for a moment whether or not Bush and Co. lied about the reasons for war (which has prevented us from giving our attention to Osama), but there should be outrage over the massive spending and runaway deficits that may bankrupt this nation and forever put us in dept to the Saudis, while at the same time there have been enormous tax cuts for the wealthiest of the wealthy. Trickle down economics didn't work under Reagan, and it isn't working under Bush. So enjoy the kool-aid.

Finally, to all who want to look back at President Clinton to ask questions, here is a little update: He isn't in office anymore. If you want to only talk about Clinton, this is proof that you are hiding your head in the sand today. (And yes, many Dems did the same in the last century when Clinton was in office, which was as wrong then as it is now).

But don't worry, in a few more years Clinton will back in the White House -- Hillary that is.

beatrice 10 years, 7 months ago

Ha, ha, bob. I'm sure the thought of President Rice scares me as much as President Clinton-part II scares others.

Okay, here is another question for the President: Do you think the Steelers will win Super Bowl "Extra Large" by 20 points, or by 30?

badger 10 years, 7 months ago

You know, there are very few people whose candicacy could force me to vote for Hilary Clinton. Seriously, I might even pull a Missouri and vote in a dead guy, if he wasn't too rotted.

crohan1978: I've heard more than one member of Congress voice concern that if they stop voting to fund the war, Bush will just try to carry it on until the troops run out of supplies. Currently, if they try to cut the scale of the war by diminishing funding, all that happens is that the scale stays the same but the troops suffer shortages. Any attempts to curtail the size of this action result in more dangerous conditions for the troops.

Already, they're over there without adequate tank armor, truck armor, and body armor. A study released last week said that an awful lot of those who've died from upper body wounds (admittedly it didn't say how many died from upper body wounds, but it's one of the most common fatal battle wounds) would have survived if they'd had adequate personal body armor - something an average civilian can buy via mail-order.

Congress shot themselves when they handed that control over to a cowboy President with no sense of self-restraint. I'll give them the benefit of the doubt and say that perhaps they thought better of him then, and that he simply hasn't lived up to their faith in him, but they're now in the unenviable position of having to continue to support the war financially over rising objections from their constituents, cut all funding and risk a dangerous complete pullout unstabilizing the region further, or decrease funding and have their hometown newspapers run black-bordered pictures next to articles about how Congress refused to give the military enough money to get last year's football team captain and honor student the body armor that would have saved his life.

Hong_Kong_Phooey 10 years, 7 months ago

Dareekku: Why does the President of the United States feel that he has the right to send people over to Iraq? Are you serious with that question?! He is the Commander-in-Chief! He can do pretty much whatever he wants with the military.

Frankly, I agree with him on going into Iraq. I think it will prove to be a good thing. Iraqi's are happy that we have gotten them out from under the yoke which Saddam had placed on them. The majority of U.S. military personnel feel that they are doing a good, and just, mission there.

I really don't care how we got over there - whether it be for stockpiles of chemical weapons OR because Saddam thumbed his nose at the world through 14 or 15 U.N. resolutions aimed at him.

You people need to grow up. Not everything in the world can be solved with a hug. The "world community"(see: United Nations) people keep saying we alienated was doing absolutely nothing. In addition, these countries complain about the U.S. all the time and then, when a country is in trouble, who is it that supplies about 85% of the "peacekeepers" and aid?? That's right, the United States. We ARE the United Nations.

Gareth Skarka 10 years, 7 months ago

Mr. President, when will your supporters stop trying to trot out the tired old "Clinton did surveillance when he was in office" argument, when it's verified by FOI documents that all of the surveillance done by EVERY administration before yours adhered to the law of this country and secured FISA Court Warrants before engaging?

The conservative talking points don't work when there are facts that blow them out of the water, geniuses.

Ceallach 10 years, 7 months ago

omb: there you go again with another pesky fact :)

badger 10 years, 7 months ago

omb: Does it work better to say, "Yeah, Clinton engaged in domestic surveillance, but he did it according to the rules laid down by the FISA court, so stop using him as a demonized talking point, because it's not the same thing"?

HKP: Just because you can send people to Iraq doesn't mean it was a good idea, or that it's a good idea to handle the war the way you have been. It's all nice and easy to dismiss war protestors as idiot hippies who want the Care Bears to solve the problems of the world, but not terribly realistic. I'm not what you'd call a pacifist, and I don't think we belong there. If we'd gone into N. Korea instead, I'd have been totally on that bandwagon. I'm still annoyed that we seem to be ignoring them.

However, I did and do strenuously object to the declaration of war in Iraq and to the continued handling of the war. No Care Bears, no hugs, just better armor, better facilities, no sewage in the drinking water (read yesterday's national news story about Halliburton suppressing information about military personnel being exposed to contaminated drinking water?), and an actual goal, strategy, and exit plan.

You need to grow up, some, yourself. Not everyone who disagrees with you or questions what you believe in is stupid and uninformed. Sometimes people looked at the same information you did and came to a different conclusion based on the relative importance they gave different facts.

At least 65% of the people in this country aren't happy with the job the President is doing. If 65% of the people I worked for weren't happy with the job I was doing, no one would stand up and say that I had every right to do the job as I saw fit because I was empowered to do that job by the people who are now unhappy with me, and that people who disagreed with my handling of my job should just shut up and grow up. Instead, they'd sit me down and tell me it was time for my handling of my job, and my attitude, to change - and if I didn't make those changes they'd be perfectly justified in chucking me out right on my ear.

Ceallach 10 years, 7 months ago

Defender, were you unable to see even the slightest bit of humor in omb's post? Gareth and others (on both political sides) are taking this question WAY to seriously. Please forgive those of us who do not choose to join the fray. I want, and believe I have, the choice.

My question would be, "Who cleans the White House lawn after the dogs?" and as a follow-up "Are they professional scoopers or do the dems and reps bring in their own scooping staff?"

ms_canada 10 years, 7 months ago

ceallach - I would really like to know the answer to your questions. It would make my day.

sunflower_sue 10 years, 7 months ago

I would like to know if the White House is for a greener earth and composts the turds?

rhd99 10 years, 7 months ago

Mr. President & others, when CEOs of the Fortune 500 companies, like FORD make pronouncements that state they are planning to cut costs through restructuring, define costs. You see, sir, when the CEOs cut jobs from their payrolls, it's time to embrace federal legislation that requires CEOs to take pay cuts. What do I mean? I mean that at the very least, for every job cut under the watch of these CEOs, they lose $100k from their salary. Then after the initial job cuts, they take a pay cut by half every time they eliminate jobs here in North America. You want to cut the deficit & the national debt, START TAXING these CEOs. It's time for them to do some REAL work, & forget their STUPID golf games!

rhd99 10 years, 7 months ago

Mr. President, one more question. With all due resepect, I know you are doing everything possible to protect Americans' freedoms, privacies, & civil liberties. You, however seem to forget who you hired as Attorney General of the United States. Alberto Gonzales uses Bill Clinton as test case for wire tapping. Your AG said that Pres. Clinton ordered wire tapping of Aldrich Ames back in the 1990s. Sir, the difference between that scum Ames & the average joe or jane American is that Ames WAS A GOVERNMENT employee! He WORKED at the CIA! Is your AG an ignorant lawyer who NEVER studied history in his LIFE?! Please fire him or we will fire him. You all work for US!

samsnewplace 10 years, 7 months ago

Confrontation 11:16am My opinion, you have the best question by far, loved it!

hottruckinmama 10 years, 7 months ago

lol. go ms. canada! old fashion girl you are right on too!

rhd99 10 years, 7 months ago

Discounting Aldrich Ames in the Clinton administration, OMB, yeah, I proudly admit I am a little ignorant in thinking that there was another administration prior to this one caught. Please educate me on where prior administrations did this kind of CRAP before this President's activities post Sept. 11, 2001. I really am curious.

Liberty 10 years, 7 months ago

Ms Cananda,

It sounds like your government also now is a Bilderburg/CFR/International Banker selected government like the United States. You can look forward to the same junk in your country as has been happening in ours. Very sorry for you as they may drag your country into war as they have ours for a diversion and to keep the people decieved. We have Republicans and Democrats which are different sides of the same coin. They are both taking the same path down the toilet.

HKP,

You are very correct. The US is attempting to implement UN policies in our laws (whether it is constitutional or not) and our government does make up much of the UN. Also a very great sickness.

dviper 10 years, 7 months ago

Rhd99 - Please name a country on this earth that supports your blended vision of socialism and communism where public and privately held companies (all of them from small to large) are strictly controlled and regulated by the government and also freely grant it citizens the freedom, privacies, and civil liberties as known by Americans?

badger 10 years, 7 months ago

omb-

I won't object to the notion that GWB didn't invent the covert wiretap with a casual flirtation with legality. I wouldn't cast bets on him being bright enough to come up with it on his own.

But 'Johnny did it first' carried no weight with my mom, and it carries none with me. I think the only thing that will ever have a chance to end the just crazy rampant unethical behaviour is if we stop saying that lying is OK for Bush if Clinton did it, and it was OK for Clinton if Reagan did it, and it was OK for Reagan if Nixon did it, and on back.

It's not OK when liberals lie just because we don't like the people investigating them. It's not OK when conservatives lie just because what they say is more comforting to believe.

It's not even OK when independents lie on the grounds that they have to 'play by the system and the system's corruption' to get anything done.

badger 10 years, 7 months ago

rhd99 -

Remember Richard Nixon?

Remember the Watergate hotel?

Do you remember the part where people broke in, illegally collected information, and then Richard Nixon wasn't President any more?

Yeah, nothing new, but still reprehensible.

tell_it_like_it_is 10 years, 7 months ago

Mr. President you allowed your cronies to trash Sen Kerry's war record during the last election and before that you trashed Sen. McCain's. Yet you yourself avoided going to war altogther instead prefering to cheerlead and party your way through college. How sir can you stand up and call yourself a patriot? And how is that other supposed patriots let you get away with it and are even stupid enough to vote for you? What is it about your personality that inspires that kind of ignorance?

RonBurgandy 10 years, 7 months ago

TOB said "just don't see what the big deal is since you or anyone else you have ever met in life aren't recieving phone calls from Tehran?"

And I say "yup."

Out of sight, out of mind. I would rather be safe that care if anyone is listening in on my conversations about what to buy at the grocery store.

RonBurgandy 10 years, 7 months ago

oops, meant to say "than care" in the previous statement.

Richard Heckler 10 years, 7 months ago

Hey George,

Why did you feel the need to bus 18 bus loads of soldiers to your speech? Why not 18 bus loads of single moms who have no health care? Why not 18 busloads of senior citizens who might challenge you on your new medicare/medicais cost more prescription plan? What did you do to antagonize Canadian citizens who apparently are protesting the USA?

Liberty 10 years, 7 months ago

"A society that will trade a little liberty for a little order will lose both, and deserve neither"

Thomas Jefferson

rhd99 10 years, 7 months ago

DV, when will executives of BIG companies be held accountable for lost jobs? Now's the time to start. Another thing, a government agency now charges that Bush & his administration KNEW before Katrina hit New Orleans about the damage that was possible. Well, Mr. President, what's your answer to THAT!?

RonBurgandy 10 years, 7 months ago

Let it be known...

I took TOB's quote out of context and was not using it to provide support for my view. I was only using the quote as a question that I provided an answer to. Sorry for the confusion.

kcwarpony 10 years, 7 months ago

I would ask the President if he has figured out what sovereignty means. Back in August of 2004 he didn't have a clue.

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/186171_bushtribes13.html

Speaking at the Unity: Journalists of Color convention in Washington, D.C., last Friday, President Bush, responding to a question about what tribal sovereignty meant in the 21st century, said:

"Tribal sovereignty means just that; it's sovereign. You're a -- you've been given sovereignty, and you're viewed as a sovereign entity."

???????????

Redneckgal 10 years, 7 months ago

Some say that the 2 mine tragedies in W Virgina could have been caused because your administration allowed companies to cut corners on safety in order to control cost. Does it bother you that men, just trying to support their families may have lost there lives because some CEO wanted more money in his pocket? Do you even have a conscience Mr. President?

enochville 10 years, 7 months ago

Can you imagine the difference if Pres. Bush came to speak at KU rather than KState?

craigers 10 years, 7 months ago

Nice redneckgal, blame the mining accidents on the president. It is a heavy load to carry when the tsunami, the hurricanes, and now the mining accidents are all the presidents fault. Just because they were able to cut corners which I doubt, doesn't mean they had to. Don't go spouting off about it being the presidents fault.

Terry Bush 10 years, 7 months ago

Not defending the decision, but I think he chose to speak at K-State because that is the alma mater of many of the Kansas politicians that stood with him on the platform. He went to KSU because he was asked to do so by those in charge and he was probably lobbied to accept the invite by the Kansas contingency of DC politico's who are alums of that school system....

Hong_Kong_Phooey 10 years, 7 months ago

Badger, I don't recall making the statement that people were "stupid". Don't read into more than what is written.

I agree that we need to pay more attention to North Korea. However, I disagree that we should have invaded North Korea. That would have opened a can of worms that nobody in their right mind wants to get into. Why? Well, China would have joined in the fight on the side of N. Korea. They have a 250 mil.+ man army - which is about the entire population of our country. In all likelihood it would turn into another world war.

Redneckgal 10 years, 7 months ago

Sorry craigers but I'll "spout off" about whatever I want. Bush could give a rats a** less about the working folks that are the backbone of this country and its been proven time and again.

YourItalianPrincess 10 years, 7 months ago

I have nothing to say or ask him. Hes not one of the people on my happy list right now.

I got phone call from my dad the other morning. We were talking Bush, war, and that wacko Osama. I mentioned that Osama had made yet another tape and that I was sick of hearing about them. If hes going to hit us again to just freakin do it and get it over with. I don't mean to sound harsh ,but I'm tired of threats. At first I was scared of his threats, but now I'm done with them.

He told me that we have more weapons of mass destruc that would wipe out anything in our path. Bush has every right to completely nuke all of the Middle East flat if he wants to, hes just waiting for the right time.

Is what my dad is saying? Do we have more then anyone else? As you can see I'm not much into war, hate, and violence.

wonderhorse 10 years, 7 months ago

"Another thing, a government agency now charges that Bush & his administration KNEW before Katrina hit New Orleans about the damage that was possible. Well, Mr. President, what's your answer to THAT!?"

Please, this is very old knowledge that absolutely predates Bush (both of them). The Corps of Engineers knew about the possible damage when they first put up the levees. The state and city leaders knew it as well. It was decided to spend the money elsewhere, and gamble that the worst wouldn't happen. Well, nature took the bet and the worst did happen.

staff04 10 years, 7 months ago

"How much will it cost to get you to eat this?"

Ceallach 10 years, 7 months ago

YIP: If Osama could have, he would have, and when it is possible again, he will. I think his tapes and threats are best viewed on SNL. Now they know how to deliver a line of cr@p and make it funny.

bankboy119 10 years, 7 months ago

Liberty, I believe that was Ben Franklin and his quote was "A society that will trade a little freedom for a little security will lose both, and deserve neither."

But I could be wrong.

Either way it's a good quote.

lunacydetector 10 years, 7 months ago

Questions from the audience....


Q. did you ever watch the now defunct 'West Wing' or 'Commanderette In Chief" t.v. shows?

A. Nope.


Q. did you see Bareback Mountain?

A. Nope.


Q. What do you think of the American intellect?

A. No comment.


:)

stinkfist 10 years, 7 months ago

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Confrontation 10 years, 7 months ago

Before I realized that Brokeback Mountain was a real movie, I totally thought Saturday Night Live was creating a fake movie plot in their spoof of the movie. I also assumed that it was a play of the word "bareback."

badger 10 years, 7 months ago

omb said:

"Badger, that other administrations have done naughty things in no way excuses currents events. The folks on the sinister side of the aisle damage their own veracity when they go into 'this is the only president who ever blah, blah, blah' mode when history says different."

And the folks on the dexter side damage their own when they justify what may have been the illegal actions of a sitting President by muddying the waters with hyperbolic references to the legal actions of a former President. Most Americans don't understand the FISA courts, so they see covert domestic spying as all the same thing whether it was done with or without a retroactive FISA warrant (Why, oh why, couldn't he have just gone to the court like protocol laid out?). It's in the interests of justice that the distinction be made clear when talking about the cases, not ignored in partisan frenzy.

I don't actually hear a lot of folks on the left saying that GWB is Star Trekking (boldly going where no man has gone before); I hear the word 'Nixon' from the left almost as often as I hear 'Clinton' from the right, but the 'Nixon' comparison at least has the commonality of the discovery of dubiously legal activities on American soil. Now, Bush doesn't completely merit the Nixon comparison because his dubiously legal activities involve actual matters of national security instead of manipulating his system of government, but both cases relate to whether or not the President has the right to step outside of certain laws based upon his position.

With Watergate, it was ultimately found that Nixon's use of executive powers was not acceptable in a sitting President, and he resigned. If Congressional Republicans are still saying the 'I' word is not off the table, it's not a lock as to whether Bush's appropriation of executive power will be found acceptable in a sitting President. I think, though, that we are very much in for a Congressional investigation. I'm not sure about an impeachment, because I'm thinking that the Patriot Act can be stretched far enough that enough members of Congress won't see fit to vote for it, but I'd not be surprised at all to see formal censure or new law coming down severely limiting the scope of what remains of the Act when all is said and done.

Also (and I'm not so torn up about it), I see Bush's sweeping use of the Patriot Act to justify actions in violation of FISA protocols that aren't covered by the provisions of the Act having a negative impact on extension of the Patriot Act. Congresspeople aren't going to support something that allows the President to take that level of what is normally legislative and judicial power. It throws off checks and balances, and even if congressional Republicans trust Bush with the power they have to lay the groundwork for revoking it if a Democrat wins in 2008.

snoozey 10 years, 7 months ago

I get a big kick out of reading these political posts. Kinda reminds me of the folks who also think Wrestling is real ;-) This thought came to me as I followed an empty T-bus to its stop at an empty T-bus pick up point.

rhd99 10 years, 7 months ago

For those (like wonderhorse) who think that this new report that slashes this administration is old news, THINK AGAIN! This report is from the Homeland Security Department. Not even this President's father was at fault because DHS never existed back during 1989-1992! This administration was NOT prepared as they were cracked to be! Yeah, Brownie did one heck of a job, didn't he?!

Ceallach 10 years, 7 months ago

Right, Joooeeeeyyy!!! How is life for an Italian Princess?

sunflower_sue 10 years, 7 months ago

snoozey, wrestling IS real! I once got my picture taken with Rulon Gardner while I was in San Antonio. I got to hold his gold medal and everything. 'Course that was before he lost part of a foot to frostbite...

(for those ignorant of Rulon Gardner look up 2000 Olympics in Syndey and ask jeeves "who kicked the undefeated Russian's @ss?":O) Rulon Rocks!

Speaking of Sydney... went to see me some sexy men from down under tonight. Tap Dogs was awesome!

Ceallach 10 years, 7 months ago

sue, for a moment I thought maybe you were watching Australian Football ;)

wonderhorse 10 years, 7 months ago

rhd

Yes this is a new report by a new organization. The fact is that all of the information is old news. The gov. of LA said in a Time article, in effect, that the state knew about the weaknesses of the levees, that they could not stand a hurricane above F3, but that the state decided to spend their funds elsewhere. They essentially crossed their fingers and hoped it wouldn't happen. The Corps of Engineers rep. also said that they knew that the whole system would not survive a major hit. If building up the levee system was not a state priority, why should it be a national one?

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