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Laura Bush to focus on well-being of boys over next four years
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Posted on 01/22/2005 11:07:48 PM PST by Coleus

Laura Bush to focus on well-being of boys over next four years


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US First Lady Laura Bush will focus on boys' well-being and on international efforts to promote literacy among women during her second four years in the White House, the first lady revealed.

There's a "stereotype that boys don't need the same nurturing that girls do, that boys can take care of themselves. And, of course, we all know that's not true," Laura Bush said Friday as Washington rushed to prepare for her President George W. Bush's inauguration six days hence.

Laura Bush, who spent her husband's first term promoting health and education, is more popular than he is, according to a USA Today/CNN/Gallup Poll one week ago that revealed their respective approval ratings at 85 and 52 percent.

"I didn't have to make the hard decisions he had to make," she said by way of explanation.

She and her husband are constantly aware of the consequences of his decision to launch the Iraq war, she said, calling it "literally a constant part of every one of our days."

She admitted that she spoke to her husband about brash comments he made during his first term -- that Osama bin Laden would be captured "dead or alive" and "bring 'em on" in reference to Iraqi insurgents attacking US troops. But she would not reveal what she said.

And she dismissed calls to scale back inauguration festivities this week, said to cost about 40 million dollars, out of respect for the Iraq war and the South Asian tsunami disasters.

"There's a symbolic aspect of the inauguration ... that you never want to, for any reason, cancel," she said.

Bush's second four year term officially begins Thursday following his inauguration on the steps of the US Capitol, a parade escorting the first couple to the White House and a series of lavish balls around Washington

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: boys; bush; classylady; education; firstlady; laurabush; schools; specialed; suicide; term2; waragainstboys
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The War Against Boys on the FR

Boys lead the way in special education, dropping out of high school, drug abuse, suicide and crime; more girls enter and graduate college than boys; more girls are valedictorians in high school. Girls are more active in high school and join more clubs and activities. It's an important issue to address today. Who do we have to thank for all of this? The feminists. The book will enlighten you.

1 posted on 01/22/2005 11:07:49 PM PST by Coleus
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To: Coleus

Just think: That could have been Teresa Heinz Ketchup on that Parade cover! ARRRGH!!! "Education? Shove it!"


2 posted on 01/22/2005 11:10:40 PM PST by Imaverygooddriver (I`m a very good driver and I approve this message.)
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To: Imaverygooddriver

Yuk, you just spoiled my midnight snack.


3 posted on 01/22/2005 11:11:31 PM PST by Coleus (Brooke Shields killed how many children? http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/1178497/posts)
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To: Coleus

Good for her! Our little guys HAVE gotten a bum rap from the feminists!!


4 posted on 01/22/2005 11:29:19 PM PST by Bradís Gramma (Proud Patriots dot ORG!!! Operation Valentine's Day!!)
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To: Coleus

I wonder if she will talk to James Dobson? He has a book Bring up Boys and has been fighting this fight for years. Let boy's be boy's. Femie's want boy's to be girl's lite.


5 posted on 01/22/2005 11:32:12 PM PST by Brimack34
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To: Coleus

I think what our First Lady is doing is wonderful.

I have a 22 year old son, who's a college student, and a 25 year old married daughter, who is a teacher. So I see this from both sides.

I love the fact that young women are groomed to know that they can be anything they want to be. I tried to instill that in both of my children.

However, young men without a strong parental base may be slipping through the cracks, at the expense of those educators with a feminist agenda. Laura Bush is very astute to realize this, as not many have.

Laura will go down in history as one of the the greatest First Ladies ever. I'm sure she has much more to offer us in the next four years, and I'm looking forward hearing it.


6 posted on 01/22/2005 11:33:09 PM PST by LisaMalia
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To: Coleus
Another thread notes that Jane Fonda is involved in a program to push for success of girls.

Cool. A mud-wrasslin' contest between Laura, representing the XYs, and Hanoi Jane, representing the XXs.

I might pull up a chair and watch.

7 posted on 01/22/2005 11:37:42 PM PST by southernnorthcarolina (OK, Congress is back in session -- Where's my tax cuts for the rich?†)
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To: TXBubba

ping


8 posted on 01/22/2005 11:45:48 PM PST by beaversmom (The greatness of a man is measured by the fatness of his wife)
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To: everyone

If there is real follow-through on this, it's good news indeed.


9 posted on 01/22/2005 11:47:49 PM PST by California Patriot
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To: Coleus
Wait a doggone minute. This has not been vetted through polls nor tested in focus groups. Laura Bush is making her own decision. Is the First Lady allowed to make up her own mind which causes to promote?

Class and Style. Character matters.

10 posted on 01/22/2005 11:53:54 PM PST by JohnCliftn
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To: Coleus

I've always wanted to get that book by Christina Hoff Sommers

11 posted on 01/23/2005 12:05:02 AM PST by beaversmom (The greatness of a man is measured by the fatness of his wife)
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To: Brad's Gramma
You soon realize that your children are totally their own person. Some require more nurturing than others...to level the playing field. But offering them the same things, from sports to academics gives them incentives and experiences. They were great years.

Grandchildren are a little different as you can find yourself still nurturing your own child. There is no end to motherhood. What a great gift.

12 posted on 01/23/2005 12:05:23 AM PST by Sacajaweau (God Bless Our Troops!!)
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To: Sacajaweau
What a great gift.

Isn't THAT the truth?

13 posted on 01/23/2005 12:11:05 AM PST by Bradís Gramma (Proud Patriots dot ORG!!! Operation Valentine's Day!!)
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To: LisaMalia
"I love the fact that young women are groomed to know that they can be anything they want to be."

I disagree. My wife and I have come across countless cultural instances where girls are to be "domestic" and to some degree, "bratty" or "bitches." Browse through a toy or parenting magazines, and you'll see girls playing with dolls or kitchen toys while boys play with telescopes or trucks. Ever seen some of the new girl oriented TV or dolls? WOW! The next generation seems to think they are to get what they want and an extra ten bucks for their trouble

14 posted on 01/23/2005 12:34:14 AM PST by endthematrix (Declare 2005 as the year the battle for freedom from tax slavery!)
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To: LisaMalia

She will if she follows this agenda.


15 posted on 01/23/2005 12:40:53 AM PST by Piranha
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To: beaversmom

I got the unabridged audio version a few weeks ago at audible...it should be trumpeted from the housetops!!!!


16 posted on 01/23/2005 12:46:08 AM PST by papertyger (Nothing is so "black and white" it can't be made gray...if you "spin" it hard enough.)
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To: papertyger

btt


17 posted on 01/23/2005 1:06:16 AM PST by tracer
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To: Coleus

I think she has done a good job the past four years, too.


18 posted on 01/23/2005 1:42:44 AM PST by an italian (We are proud B countries: Bush, Berlusconi and Blair!!!!)
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To: Coleus

Although most people pretend to be ignorant of the causes, most aren't, really. To have been truly ignorant of why so many boys aren't doing well, one would have seen no television at all during the 1990s, attended no school or job,...

Many of the world's wealthiest men are philanderers who pay billions for feminism--"affirmative action," no-fault divorce, feminist offices in government, business, etc. High divorce rates enlarge and cheapen labor pools with available women. Beyond the general defamations and hatred against men, fatherlessness is one common and related cause of misery and failure in the lives of young men. Spoiled men find it easy to blame other men. Bill O'Reilly's recent scandal after his many public, generalized defamations against fathers is one example.

Here's another good book. In my experience, it's probably the most easy-to-read research report from honest, objective research.

Divorced Dads: Shattering the Myths
by Sanford L. Braver, Diane O'Connell
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/087477862X/102-5821256-7690551

Regardless of our having adopted romanticism against marriage about 150 years ago, romanticism is antithetical to Christianity. So is feminism.


19 posted on 01/23/2005 2:10:03 AM PST by familyop
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Psst ... pass it on! Laura Bush for President in 2008!!!


20 posted on 01/23/2005 2:13:51 AM PST by jamaksin
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