Skip to comments.Radio Address by the Presidient to the Nation, 07-16-05
Posted on 07/16/2005 8:44:05 AM PDT by Salvation
For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
July 16, 2005
President's Radio Address
THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. Under the Constitution, I have the responsibility to nominate a successor to Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. This past week I met with Democratic and Republican leaders in the United States Senate and sought their views on the process, and their thoughts on the qualities to look for in a potential nominee. Also, my staff has talked with more than 60 members of the United States Senate. Members of the Senate are receiving a full opportunity to provide their opinions and recommendations, and I appreciate their advice.
The American people also expect a Senate confirmation process that rises above partisanship. When I met with Senate leaders, we discussed our shared goal of making sure that the confirmation process is dignified. The nominee deserves fair treatment, a fair hearing, and a fair vote. I will make my nomination in a timely manner so the nominee can be confirmed before the start of the Court's new term in October.
The experiences of the two justices nominated by President Clinton provide useful examples of fair treatment and a reasonable timetable for Senate action. In 1993, the Senate voted on and confirmed Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to the Supreme Court 42 days after President Clinton submitted her nomination. And despite the significant philosophical differences many senators had with Justice Ginsburg, she received 96 votes in favor of confirmation.
The following year, Justice Stephen Breyer was confirmed 73 days after his nomination was submitted, with 87 votes in his favor. Again, Republican senators in large numbers voted for confirmation of Justice Breyer despite significant philosophical differences. These examples show that the thorough consideration of a nominee does not require months of delay.
As we continue the process to fill the opening on the Supreme Court, we are also moving forward on other important priorities for the American people. This past week, we received more good news on the economy. The 2005 deficit is projected to be $94 billion less than previously expected. I told the Congress and the country we would cut the deficit in half by 2009. This week's numbers show that we are ahead of pace, so long as Congress acts wisely with taxpayer dollars.
This good news on the budget is coupled with other news that shows the economy is strong and getting stronger. Our economy is growing faster than any other major industrialized nation. The unemployment rate is down to 5 percent, lower than the average rate of the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. We have created more than 2 million jobs in the past 12 months. More Americans are working today than ever before in our nation's history, and home ownership in America is at an all-time high.
To keep our economy growing and creating jobs, Congress needs to continue working in the upcoming weeks on our pro-growth economic agenda. First, for the sake of our economic security and our national security, the Congress must complete its work on a good energy bill that will reduce our dependence on foreign sources of energy.
Second, the House needs to follow the Senate's lead by approving the Central American and Dominican Republic Free Trade Agreement. By lowering trade barriers for our exports, this agreement will level the playing field for America's goods, services and crops, and help create jobs for American workers.
Third, Congress needs to send me a fiscally responsible highway bill that modernizes roads and bridges, improves safety and opens up new job opportunities.
Finally, Congress needs to move forward with Social Security reform. For those of you who were born before 1950, Social Security will not change. But the system has made promises to our younger workers that it cannot pay for. And the cost of fixing the system grows higher with every year we wait. So Congress needs to act now to strengthen Social Security for our children and grandchildren.
The American people expect members of both parties to offer a positive agenda and get things done for our country. By working together in the weeks ahead, I am confident we will achieve positive results for all Americans.
Thank you for listening.
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I have no idea what he's saying here. Is he telegraphing that his "mainstream" appointment will be "acceptable" to Americans? Or that, a la Ginsburg and Breyer, who were overwhelmingly confirmed, he will pick nominees from the other side of the spectrum, and he expects their quick confirmation?
Not feeling great about this....
Agreed. "Mainstream" means Gonzales (I think).
Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 66
Sounds like he only met with Repubs. What does a Democrat care about dignity?
More wage decreases for the U.S. worker.
No one in the adminstration mentions the degrading of average worker pay. Jobs that used to pay $50K now pay $36 or less.
Please ping me when he announces that we will begin to guard our northern & southern borders as well as we are guarding the borders around Iraq.
Also, please ping with ANY word from his mouth about the recent SCOTUS decision in regards to the American people losing their rights to own private property. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe he swore to uphold the Constitution during his Oath of Office.
And one more, when he apoligizes to the Minutemen for labelling them as "vigilantes", instead of the true patriots that they are.
I know I am guilty of bashing our President on the above issues and wish that I didn't have to. These are just as important as the so-called WOT. We catch terrorists here in the USA (Lodi, CA), then merely deport them to Pakistan to continue their fight against our sons and daughters in Iraq.
Am I the only one that finds this just plain stupid? Am sure this post will get removed, but somebody has to say it.
Ping to you, sir. What do you think?
Pirate, I hope you're right.
Two things: I don't think I suggested the Prez was "catering" to anybody.
Invoking Ginsbug and Breyer as a signal that, we approved yours, now you approve ours...will NOT work with the Democrats, at all. They will still demagogue any nominee that they claim is out of the "American mainstream" (defined, as you said, the way THEY define it).
"I know I am guilty of bashing our President on the above issues and wish that I didn't have to." Words right out of my mouth.
If more FReepers would occasionally rip him a new one when he steps in it up to his knees perhaps some political analyists in the WH might suggest a few policy changes that would be beneficial to America instead of China and Mexico.
I get sick to my stomach when I see the excuses some people write. Like the idiotic, "it's all Bush's fault." Hell no, it's not his fault but he does have some advisors who need to be hung from the closest tree. Following their advice has got more people ticked off at him than the Republican Party can stand. Don't be blaming me when the next presidential election is won by the Dims.
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I see no cause for worry. His address was right on target. He is with America's TRUE mainstream.
I hope that you and all the members of your family lose your jobs to illegal aliens before the next election. Maybe that's what it will take for you to understand that speeches that omit serious subjects are political bullshit written for fools to flutter over.
President Bush hasn't read the Constitution since he took office and he is saying he will nominate someone who will faithfully interpret our Constitution. Keep fluttering.
His address was right on target for globalism!
**My nominee will be a fair-minded individual who represents the mainstream of American law and American values. The nominee will meet the highest standards of intellect, character, and ability, and will pledge to faithfully interpret the Constitution and laws of our country. Our nation deserves, and I will select, a Supreme Court justice that Americans can be proud of.**
These words almost sound as though they came from the mouth of a dimocrat.
Very interesting from Alexander Hamilton. Thanks!
**Democrat-AND-dignity in the same sentence?**
Quite amazing. Maybe it was a mistake??
Do their names go on a "Do Not Enter the U. S. list?
**He is with America's TRUE mainstream.**
That's us. Prayers that you are correct!
"Do their names go on a "Do Not Enter the U. S. list?"
What would that matter when they are illegally entering through the Mexican border at a rate of 5000 per day?
The American mainstream IS conservative, and the President knows it.
Thank you. Man some people here are so negative. Damn.
I feel more than confident that the President knows this will NOT work with the "other side." He was NOT addressing the ant-American/socialist/communist members of the SINate.
His signal was to us, the voters, the constituents of the absolute moronic idiots in the SINate, to motivate "we the people" to start bombarding the SINators with OUR opinions and not just leave it up to the Daily KOS, moveon.org, cpusa, DU, Soros crowd.
It's best to ignore them and simply speak the truth.
What happened to strict constructionist?
That may well be you belief, but it is not what he said. He said it plain enough before a vacancy, he should have no trouble making it crystal clear now.
Scalia and Thomas are hardly mainstream, but they are certainly strict costitutionalist.
Yes, negativity seems to be the theme. My interpretation of the speech is just the opposite...but to some... the sky is always "falling"
How 'bout NO?
**American mainstream IS conservative,**
This is my judgment too, the lamestream media, ABCNNBCBS has not heard the news!
Or is the "new" word for following the Constitution -- originalist? I've heard that too. What is the difference?
"Originalist", on the other hand, means that you read it according to how the document was originally understood by the generation that wrote and ratified it, as best as can be determined.
For the most part, both approaches will generally give you the same answer.
As Rush says, the MSM is the only business in which the consumer is ALWAYS wrong............and so they have fewer and fewer consumers as time goes by.
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