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posted by bryan torre @ 1:43:00 PM
I knew about this only because I read Snopes all the time. I will make a political statement by saying it’s true you never hear about this from the main stream media. Maybe it’s just me but I have noticed that many times when someone says anything positive about Bush it’s qualified with something like “I’m not a big fan of Bush but”….or “I didn’t vote for Bush but”.. ….or “this is not a political statement. but”…etc. Again this is something that I have noticed and it might just be me. I obviously have no proof that if the situation was reversed and Gore had the environmental friendly house that Bryan would have started with the non-political qualifier.Bryan, let me know if you think I’m reading too much into this and / or I’m listening to too much talk radio.
That Blogball is one astute man.
Not sure why other people say "Not a big fan, but..." -- maybe it's that Bush seems to be more hated than other conservative presidents, and ppl don't want to deal with liberals' wrath and scorn.As for myself, I don't like Bush. I don't like that we're in Iraq.I don't like that he seems like a puppet.I don't like his family's ties to the Saudi royal family.I don't like that he was a drug-using C-student who got elected because his family has buttloads of money and political connections. I don't like that when he talks I feel smarter than he is; I don't want that in a president. FTR, I disliked Clinton also -- he seemed to me the ultimate cynical politician, and I thought he would screw a snake if he could figure out how -- but at least when Clinton talked he didn't sound like Huckleberry Finn.So when I say "not a political statement" I'm just trying to distance myself from the appearance of endorsing Bush.
Bryan, quit beating around the “Bush” and tell me how you really feel. ;-)
I was more than a little irritated when I found out this little rumor is true. What I can't figure out is how in all of his preaching to the little people he never thought, "Gee whiz, Tipper, how many natural resources are we sucking up?", or that none of his people ever said, "Hey, Al, ever think about being a real green guy and changing things up in Tennesee?" Erk. I can't stand Bush, but I'm annoyed that Gore doesn't have the credibility that I'd expect him to have. I guess his biggest interest in the environmental movement is the fame and cash that goes with making a movie about it. (Although, do I feel any different than REpublicans do after a certain Idahoan congressman's actions?)
Most of my friends have similar opinions of Bush as Bryan & Left Coast Sister. Sometimes I’m even laughed at by my friends for sticking up for Bush. (In a friendly way of course) Anyway I just wanted to respond to Bryans thoughts and then I will shut up. First to Left Coast Sister:Concerning the Idaho congressman's actions:He was pressured to resign by his own party. Not defended and re-elected. As far as Bush seeming like a puppet: I am not sure who is pulling his strings but it sure isn’t the direction of the wind which seems to be the MO for most politicians. As far as his ties to the Saudi Family: Our relationship and agreement with the Saudis goes back 60 years. We keep them safe from their neighbors and we have access to their oil reserves. Unfortunately until we have other recourses for energy we need them just as much as they need us. If Bush came into office and said “I am cutting off my friendly ties with Saudi Arabia because I think it’s hypocritical for us to deal with a country that doesn’t share our values.” Then 911 happenes. Who do you think would have been blamed when we find out that most of the hijackers came from SA. I’m sure all the Monday morning quarter backers would say. Why did Bush break up our good relations with SA that we had for over 60 years? Because of him 3000 people are dead. A far as him being a drug-using C-student who got elected because his family has buttloads of money and political connections:Not sure about his past drug use. I know there are no accusations of him using drugs as Governor or President. I’m sure the folks on the left would agree that past drug use would be an unfair litmus test for presidential candidates. Another item we hear little about is Bush’s grades compared to other presidetial candidates. At Yale Bush actually had slightly better grades than Kerry. We also never hear about Gore's grades at Harvard were lower than any semester recorded on Bush's transcript from Yale. As far as his political connections: Political connections and the need for money to wage competitive campaigns has been going on for a 100 years. That’s why we call it politics.As far as Bush not being the most articulate speaker:I would agree. However just because someone is not the greatest speaker in the world doesn’t mean he or she is not qualified to be President. We have hade many slick speaking presidents and it didn’t make them any better at their jobs. Now I will shut up.
That applause you hear over here is for Blogball, that astute man.
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