Skip to comments.With Schwarzenegger at his side, Bush muscles up for arena rally (Columbus Dispatch)
Posted on 10/30/2004 7:47:49 AM PDT by icecold
The adoring crowd jammed to the rafters at Nationwide Arena was sending waves of adulation down on a beaming President Bush even before Arnold Schwarzenegger proclaimed he was there to "pump you up" for Election Day.
(Excerpt) Read more at dispatch.com ...
In the final Columbus appearance scheduled by the incumbent Republican before votes are cast Tuesday, the glow of celebrity and boisterous ardor from loyal partisans mixed at last nights rally with a grim threat from Osama bin Laden.
In reiterating his contention that he, not Democratic nominee John Kerry, is best equipped to keep America safe, Bush reacted vehemently to Kerrys charge that Bush made mistakes and missed a chance to capture or kill bin Laden during the war in Afghanistan. The charge and counter-charge came shortly after news broke of a new videotape featuring the al-Qaida terror leader.
"My opponent, tonight, continued to say things he knows are not true accusing our military of passing up a chance to get Osama bin Laden in Tora Bora," Bush said. "Its the worst kind of Monday-morning quarterbacking. It is especially shameful in the light of a new tape from Americas enemy."
Much of Bushs speech before more than 20,000 supporters, who greeted Bush like a rock star with a prolonged ovation that had the president bobbing his head in appreciation, was devoted to terrorism and national security and criticism of Kerrys leadership and Senate record.
"The outcome of this election will set the direction of the war against terror," Bush said. "If America shows uncertainty or weakness in this decade, the world will drift toward tragedy. This will not happen on my watch."
The Columbus event was Bushs second Ohio stop yesterday, after he began the day in New Hampshire.
In Toledo, Bush delivered a searing dart at Kerry by referring to President Kennedys electrifying 1961 inaugural address, when he said the United States would "pay any price and bear any burden" in the pursuit of liberty. He pointed out that in 1991, Kerry voted against authorizing the use of force to eject Iraqi troops from oil-rich Kuwait and introduced a bill three years later to cut spending for U.S. intelligence.
Bush asserted that with that record, Kerry "stands in opposition, not just to me, but to the great tradition of the Democratic Party." Bush said that Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman and Kennedy were "remembered for confidence and resolve in times of war and hours of crisis. Sen. Kerry has turned his back on pay any price and bear any burden and he has replaced those commitments with wait and see and cut and run, " Bush said in Toledo. He made similar remarks at Nationwide Arena.
An estimated 9,000 people jammed the Seagate Centre in downtown Toledo. Gov. Bob Taft, state Auditor Betty Montgomery and Sen. Mike DeWine, R-Ohio, joined Bush, with DeWine declaring that he "saw this campaign really break about two or three days ago. Were going to win this race." Taft and DeWine then boarded Air Force One and accompanied Bush to Columbus.
In the filled-to-capacity Nationwide Arena, flag-waving Bush backers were in every seat and packed on the floor to within a few feet of the stage showcasing Bush and Schwarzenegger, the movie actor-turned-California governor, as well as first lady Laura Bush.
While they were waiting for Bush and Schwarzenegger, a longtime Columbus personality because his Arnold Classic bodybuilding contest is staged here, enthusiastic Bush supporters touted Bushs leadership abilities even before they heard about the bin Laden tape.
"We need strong leadership," said Jim Wemer, 42, of Millersport. "The backbone and the solidness he has given. . . . Were in horrible times (that) no other president has ever been in."
Security was extremely tight for Bush at the arena and where he stayed overnight Downtown.
Mary Carran Webster, Columbus assistant public service director, said 18 public works trucks were placed around the Hyatt on Capitol Square. In the Arena District, there were 10 buses and 40 state and county trucks placed around the perimeter, and dozens of police patrolled on bicycle and foot.
Bushs visit left a sour taste in the mouths of three-dozen highschool club hockey players from Hilliard and Westerville, as well as their parents and coaches, who had booked time at Nationwides practice rink. They had been assured that Bushs visit would have no effect on their game, scheduled yesterday afternoon.
But after paying for Downtown parking and lugging equipment bags into the rink adjoining the main arena, the families were told their ice time had been canceled.
"If they had just called the coaches....Impretty much sick of the whole thing," Westerville coach Eric Brandt said. "Every time they come to town they shut down half of it. Lets make politics less of a pain in the butt."
And it ISN'T his body.
Is my nose growing?
stupid whiney hocky people. What, they would have the president killed? They need to get a life. LOL, no, I need a life.
We both married above ourselves. We both have trouble with the English language. We both have big biceps well, two out of three ain't bad.
Post this picture all over California.
Kerry is Osama's man, Bush is mine.
Good idea. I need to drive through the San Jose area today and need some great signs and pictures for my truck.
I have a nephew who's Mexican. While he's not yet a citizen and can't vote, he's working for the Bush campaign, and this from somebody who completely supported Clinton/Gore. Apparently his brain finally engaged when he started a small business.
"The adoring crowd jammed to the rafters at Nationwide Arena was sending waves of adulation down on a beaming President Bush even before Arnold Schwarzenegger proclaimed he was there to "pump you up" for Election Day." That is good be strong America President strong that is good!!! Be strong America country!
I think Bush actually stands a chance of winning in California. While we are 55% democrat, most democrats here are tepid about Kerry and ambivalent about Bush. I don't think there will be a big democrat turnout. There have been literally NO TV or Radio Ads from either side. If Arnold and McClintock can pull 60% of the vote in a recall, Bush and Nader and the Greenies and Libertarians can together pull 51% in a time of both war and properity.
Thanking you, but you found the picture and kindly posted it for us to enjoy and it is a beautiful sight to see these two fine men together.
1. I think he's the best thing for California since the gold discovery.
2. Bush win in California? Not a snowball's....
THAT would be too much of a miracle.
I LIKE the way you think, though, make no mistake.
3. If Bush wins California, I'll buy dinner for you and your wife.
Even Mel Gibson is catching flack and after listening to aRnie on hannity and Dennis Miller last night, aRnie has proven it is all about aRnie even as he plays the masses like a fiddle. A fiddle full of debt... and No end in sight.
He even withholds applause on some social issues
Peter Nicholas / Los Angeles Times
In contrast to Bush, he avoided attacks on Democratic Sen. John F. Kerry. No mention of flip-flopping. No accusations that Kerry would prove a weak commander in chief. After he was done and the president rose to speak, Schwarzenegger sat beside First Lady Laura Bush, folded his hands on his lap and sat unsmiling through much of the speech, squinting into the spotlights. Schwarzenegger conspicuously did not clap at some of Bush's biggest applause lines.
Dion Nissenbaum / San Jose Mercury News
Sitting next to first lady Barbara Bush, Schwarzenegger was stoic as Bush delivered some of his most rousing lines mocking Kerry, attacking abortion rights and castigating gay marriage. While the crowd went wild, Schwarzenegger held his applause.
Zachary Coile / San Francisco Chronicle
Schwarzenegger, who sat behind Bush during the president's speech, was careful not to applaud at certain moments of the speech.
President Bush may make it close in California,, But it won't be because of aRnold, imo.
Bush "close" in California? On what do you base your opinion? I can't imagine what that might be, Arnie or no.
The GOP isn't wasting a nickel campaigning in California bcause they know it's a done deal. "Close"? Don't see it and neither does anyone else, especially Bush.
Perhaps you have some other insight into this.
Enlighten me, o Revenge of Norm.
It wasn't "pump you up."
It was PUMP YOU UP!!!!!
hahahaha :}}}} thank you that is good strong America "Pump you up" :}} that is good
Ya ever hear of motivation..
what a lost opportunity, imo
Why isn't aRnie tapping the post 9/11 reality of the moment for GDubya... to be nonpartisan? geeesh! Love your Rat and it will love you.. lol
madness,, and folks like Simon could have been Gub years ago but you know how that went down.
Either one of three things is happening here with your replies. Either:
1. You are the original Mr. Wet Blanket; or
2. You don't like aRnie and nothing he says or does is going to be good enough or enough for you; or
3. You are a Llibertarian and...then nothing anyone does is going to be good enough.
Nothing personal...just observation from what you've written.
No problem, we all have different lenses through which we dissect the Reality of the moment. 8-)
I am an unaligned independent who votes 'conservative' every election,, predominantly.
A monkey could have rescinded the vehicle licence fees... other than that, what has he done? other than be nonpartisan and reach out to his comrades across the aisle. woo and peee.
I didn't vote for him,, check the size of our newly and soon to be incurred long term debt since he jumped in the race.
To his credit, he did encourage certain crowds to vote for Presisent Bush,, ... republican ones. ;-)
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