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Bush's Ranch Serves Down-Home Diplomacy
Associated Press ^ | August 3, 2005 | Nedra Pickler

Posted on 08/03/2005 8:07:10 PM PDT by Cecily

CRAWFORD, Texas - President Bush has turned his remote ranch into a stage for down-home diplomacy, where a barbecue grill and a pickup truck have become his favorite tools for dealing with world leaders.

The 1,600-acre property in central Texas is a place where aides say the president feels most comfortable and can spend more get-to-know-you time with his guests than in hurried Washington. On Thursday, Colombian President Alvaro Uribe will be the 14th foreign leader to visit the ranch.

Bush's dog once wandered through a press conference with the Australian prime minister. The president led the Saudi crown prince by the hand through blooming bluebonnets. And Russia's president was treated to a hoedown with cowboy cooks and a swing band.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: alvarouribe; americanhiroshima; bush43; colombia; crawford; fiddlewhileromeburns; prairiechapel; selloutofamerica; thebombsmustbecoming; westernwhitehouse
Somebody needs to write a book about modern Texas Rancher style. A "Giant" for the new millenium.
1 posted on 08/03/2005 8:07:18 PM PDT by Cecily
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To: Cecily

Wish I could get an invite to the ranch.


2 posted on 08/03/2005 8:28:52 PM PDT by DuckFan4ever (Neoconservatism is here to stay.)
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To: Cecily

I second that!! Just don't let it be Ollie Stone doing the writing.


3 posted on 08/03/2005 8:30:26 PM PDT by Mrs. Shawnlaw (Rock beats scissors. Don't run with rocks. NRA)
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To: Cecily
Not bad, Nedra.

LOL from the article:

There are no horses on Bush's Prairie Chapel Ranch. He calls himself a "windshield rancher" and has delighted in giving VIPs a tour in his white pickup or on his John Deere Gator.

"Windshield rancher." LOL. I love my President.

5 posted on 08/03/2005 8:34:51 PM PDT by Miss Behave (Do androids dream of electric sheep?)
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To: Miss Behave

I remember being surprised by that. Vlad Putin wanted to ride when he first visited the ranch, but alas, no horses. I think GWB did say back then that he had a horse or two, but they were too cantankerous to ride.


6 posted on 08/03/2005 8:40:39 PM PDT by Cecily
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To: Cecily

Not too bad, especially for the AP. This is the first "Bush in Crawford" article I've seen that's not stuffed full of snide remarks and/or adolescent whining.


7 posted on 08/03/2005 8:44:29 PM PDT by CFC__VRWC ("Anytime a liberal squeals in outrage, an angel gets its wings!" - gidget7)
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To: Cecily
I love it when Dubya fires up his chainsaw and goes nucular on heavy brush.

Thanks for posting this article, Cecily. :-)

8 posted on 08/03/2005 8:47:08 PM PDT by Miss Behave (Do androids dream of electric sheep?)
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To: Cecily
An the secret service protects it from illegals, to bad that can't happen for the rest of the country.
9 posted on 08/03/2005 8:58:22 PM PDT by dts32041 ( Dear Senator Durbin, I am not an Illinois Nazi. (US ARMY RET))
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To: Cecily

Ya gotta go a LONG way to beat a barbeque and a pick up truck. They're the best and Dubya knows how to use them. Bet the dem/dim/libs can't even boil water.


10 posted on 08/03/2005 9:26:42 PM PDT by cubreporter
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To: Miss Behave

"There are no horses on Bush's Prairie Chapel Ranch."

What!?!?!?!?! How can you have a ranch without any horses? That makes no sense. It's a horse that makes a ranch! I gotta do something about this.


11 posted on 08/03/2005 10:19:17 PM PDT by Lemondropkid31
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12 posted on 08/04/2005 1:09:45 AM PDT by Watery Tart ("I donít do nuance" -- GW Bush)
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To: Cecily

I assume this ranch has a prodigious guest house plus quarters for the SS, staff and comm center.

Where do the press reside? It's a one-light town of 700. Can't see it having a full service hotel. Car rentals, diners, restaurants, and such.

Anybody out there with any first-hand information?

I'd appreciate it.


13 posted on 08/04/2005 6:07:14 AM PDT by CTOCS (This space left intentionally blank...)
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To: CTOCS

I would sleep in the ditch to get a chance to interview the president.

I think articles have said before where they sleep, but I can't remember.


14 posted on 08/04/2005 6:21:52 AM PDT by rwfromkansas (http://www.xanga.com/home.aspx?user=rwfromkansas)
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To: Lemondropkid31

Not all ranches have to have horses.....but they do have to have cattle!!!!!

If they don't have cattle....it's a farm!


15 posted on 08/04/2005 7:30:39 AM PDT by TexanByBirth
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To: Lemondropkid31

Not all ranches have to have horses.....but they do have to have cattle!!!!!

If they don't have cattle....it's a farm!


16 posted on 08/04/2005 7:31:18 AM PDT by TexanByBirth
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To: CTOCS

I think they stay in Waco, the nearest city.


17 posted on 08/04/2005 8:20:37 AM PDT by Cecily
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To: Watery Tart
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, Watery Tart!!! :-)

HE DA MAN!!!

18 posted on 08/04/2005 4:37:17 PM PDT by Miss Behave (Do androids dream of electric sheep?)
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