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Laura Bush to appear on "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
The Seattle Times ^ | 09-26-05 | By Faye Fiore

Posted on 09/26/2005 7:49:19 PM PDT by Seattle Conservative

Facing criticism that he appeared disengaged from the disaster wrought by Hurricane Katrina, President Bush has been looking for opportunities to show his concern. But the White House will take the effort a step further Tuesday, venturing into untested waters by putting the nation's first lady on reality television.

Laura Bush will travel to storm-damaged Biloxi, Miss., to film a spot on the feel-good, wish-granting hit "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition." Mrs. Bush sought to be on the program because she shares the "same principles" that the producers hold, her press secretary said.

It's not clear exactly what Mrs. Bush will do, but Tom Forman, executive producer and creator, said he is hoping that she'll just pitch in and help unload.

"I think we say, 'Mrs. Bush, the stuff is over here, the people are over there, could you grab the other end of that mattress?' " Forman said. Press secretary Susan Whitson envisioned something closer to handing out clothing and thanking volunteers.

Forman said the episode will air in November.

"This is why it is so great the first lady is coming along, just to talk and hear stories and share tears and give hugs and remind everyone we are there for a long time and we are going to keep coming back and nobody has forgotten about them, including their government," Forman said.

Which is probably why the Bush team contacted the show for a booking instead of the other way around.

"We got a call from the White House saying, 'What are you doing and if you need help, just let us know,' " Forman said. "We said here's what we're doing and if the first lady would like to join us, we'd love to have her."

(Excerpt) Read more at seattletimes.nwsource.com ...


TOPICS: Announcements; Culture/Society; Government; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: biloxi; disasterrelief; dumbidea; extrememakeover; homemakeover; hurricane; illadvised; katrina; laurabush; ms; whatisshethinking; whitehouse
Hope this isn't a repeat post - did a search and didn't find anything.

I like the show and I'll look forward to seeing our lovely Laura on it.

1 posted on 09/26/2005 7:49:22 PM PDT by Seattle Conservative
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To: Seattle Conservative

On Hardball tonight, Sissy Matthews tried to hammer a single nail in a 2x4 stud. He was doing a skit with the perky Katie in NY city building a house for Habitat for Humanity. They were apparently too good to actually travel to the wasteland of N.O. and lend a hand. They are going to build a house in 3rds in NY and then truck to NO and assemble it there. What a waste of money. I'm on HfHs regular donors list. I'll send a little letter this time instead of the usual check. And Sissy swung his hammer like well, you know, a sissy. Holding it up high near the head with little 2 inch taps. Katie actually held it down on the handle and swung it like she knew how. Kudos to her for that.


3 posted on 09/26/2005 7:59:52 PM PDT by Ron in Acreage (It's the borders stupid! "ALLEN IN 08")
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To: Seattle Conservative
I love the show too. Glad to hear that they were eager to have her on.
4 posted on 09/26/2005 8:04:50 PM PDT by Reaganesque
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To: Seattle Conservative

I like the show too and will be looking forward to it. Don't care to much for Mike Maloney but Paige...wow! That woman can run a plunge router.


5 posted on 09/26/2005 8:09:08 PM PDT by Horatio Gates (I do not like Code Pink and Sheehan. I do not like them Sam I am.)
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To: Ron in Acreage

"And Sissy swung his hammer like well, you know, a sissy."

LOL! Bet he's always 'hired' any hammer swinging done. Probably 1st time he's tried it. I'm w you - seems ridiculous that they're building these in NY (heard a bit about it on Fox & Friends this a.m.).


6 posted on 09/26/2005 9:03:56 PM PDT by Seattle Conservative (God Bless and protect our troops and their CIC)
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To: Seattle Conservative

I caught a 9/11 special, a replay of an earlier show where Jessica Lynch followed through on a promise, through this show, to take care of Lori Piestewa's family. Incredible show.
http://abc.go.com/primetime/xtremehome/gallery/224.html?photo=1


7 posted on 09/26/2005 9:21:33 PM PDT by freema (Ready to Rock AND Roll)
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To: freema

I saw that show, too. It was really great! I definitely had tears flowing on that one - Lori seemed like an incredible woman with a wonderful family.


8 posted on 09/26/2005 10:11:01 PM PDT by Seattle Conservative (God Bless and protect our troops and their CIC)
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To: Seattle Conservative

I couldn't stop the tears. The best example I have ever seen of love, respect, and giving. And re-airing it on 9/11 amplified and magnified the light of inherent goodness. It was just what the dr. ordered for me on that day. I hadn't seen the original broadcast. I was so touched by this I stopped in the middle and emailed ABC a 'thank you'.


9 posted on 09/27/2005 4:20:42 AM PDT by freema (Ready to Rock AND Roll)
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To: Reaganesque

I mentioned early on that Extreme Makeover should go down to NOrleans---they'll have the place built in a few months!


10 posted on 09/27/2005 5:50:21 AM PDT by Fawn (Try not---do or do not. ~~ Yoda)
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To: Seattle Conservative
I briefly caught a few minutes of what I think was this show - sunday night there was some home remodeling/rebuilding show where they had some soldier who had lost a leg(s) in Iraq and they were making the house a little more user friendly for him, so to speak.

Was I just really tired, or was this the same show?

They mentioned something about Sears, and considering that Sears is big on supporting its employees who are National Guard/Reserver members, it would make sense.
11 posted on 09/27/2005 7:13:46 AM PDT by af_vet_rr
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To: Seattle Conservative
"I think we say, 'Mrs. Bush, the stuff is over here, the people are over there, could you grab the other end of that mattress?'

I think the First Lady would get a kick out of that!

Apparently she's coming in to Biloxi today. My b-i-l called from Gulfport this morning and said he'd heard that.

12 posted on 09/27/2005 7:42:59 AM PDT by SuziQ
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To: af_vet_rr

Yes, that's the show.


13 posted on 09/27/2005 1:49:59 PM PDT by SendShaqtoIraq
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To: Seattle Conservative

That's good...show more Laura (not Barbara)!


14 posted on 09/27/2005 2:41:50 PM PDT by right-wingin_It
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To: right-wingin_It

Why not Barbara? She'd take one look and that house would put itself together. God love that woman.


15 posted on 09/27/2005 3:37:05 PM PDT by JNL
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To: eyespysomething

Don't know if you saw this ...


16 posted on 09/27/2005 3:41:41 PM PDT by SittinYonder (Flea, feather, bird, egg, nest, twig, branch, limb, tree, and the bog down in the valley - o.)
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To: af_vet_rr

"Was I just really tired, or was this the same show?"

Sounds like the same show. It airs in the Seattle area at 8 p.m. on Sunday nights on ABC.


17 posted on 09/28/2005 6:42:59 AM PDT by Seattle Conservative (God Bless and protect our troops and their CIC)
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To: Seattle Conservative
If it weren't so pathetic, it would be funny.

The left created the (false) impression that the President was 'disengaged' from Hurricane Katrina in spite of the fact that he was ahead of the game and on the phone to the intransigent governor and mayor before the storm hit....

And NOW, everything he does (or Laura) is only to create the 'impression' that he cares. What a bunch of hooey.

Good for Laura. Can't wait to see the show in November.

18 posted on 09/30/2005 8:17:06 AM PDT by ohioWfan (If my people which are called by my name will humble themselves and pray......)
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To: JNL

Why not Barbara? She'd take one look and that house would put itself together. God love that woman.

LOL! You got that right!

19 posted on 09/30/2005 5:54:33 PM PDT by elli1
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To: Seattle Conservative

Makeover - why, I think she's just fine as it is. Why go on this wacko lib show and try to make a fine, decent woman into a liberal looking you-know-what? It can't make her any more liked, it will only do her bad. I have to wonder why she chose to do this?


20 posted on 09/30/2005 6:03:29 PM PDT by Zrob (freedom without lies)
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To: freema
I saw that (watch SO little of network shows anymore) and was so moved by it! It was one thing that they built the Piestewa's a new house--but the community center for the vets they built on the reservation was wonderful.

The show last week about the medic who lost his leg in Iraq was incredible too.

What is weird is that early on during the aftermath of Katrina--on one of NautiNurse's hurricane threads--I posted that the White House and Extreme Makeover Home Addition should get together and do a show centered around Katrina victims. Guess I wasn't the only one that saw that as a good PR move for the Administration. .

21 posted on 09/30/2005 10:09:44 PM PDT by milagro
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To: milagro

I don't think it's much of a stretch to think Laura herself could have gotten the idea from you. : )

I didn't see the medic show.
NBC's Today Show has been busting their arse all week building houses in Compassion Square (or whatever they call it) trying to oneup ABC. It's pathetically transparent. I'm not a fan of Sears, at all, but this show is fantastic. There sure seems to be a dramatic change in the wind with network programming these days. Amy Grant's new show. There is an absolute about face from 'me' and the bitter backstabbing competitions of 'Survivors' to 'us' and actually doing some constructive uplifting with some of these shows.


22 posted on 10/01/2005 6:31:53 AM PDT by freema (Cindybug! Cindybug! Fly away home.Your house is on fire, Your children are gone.)
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To: Horatio Gates

LOL


23 posted on 10/06/2005 6:46:17 PM PDT by Bellflower (A new day is Coming!)
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To: Zrob

Zrob, I don't have a TV, but I think they are making over a house not Laura.


24 posted on 10/06/2005 6:50:29 PM PDT by Bellflower (A new day is Coming!)
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To: ohioWfan

Instead of the Bush team loudly defending the facts and stating them loud and clearly ,they fall time in time again into the democrats traps.I am so sick and tried if this.


25 posted on 10/07/2005 12:48:19 AM PDT by patriciamary
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To: Reaganesque

I love this show. I particularly liked the (double-length) show where they rebuilt Lori Piestra's (sp?) family's house after her death in the war. There was a very pro-America flavor to it.

Also, the episode featuring the family whose daughter had been abducted years ago REALLY got me. When they unveiled their missing daughter's room, with the huge word "HOPE" over her bed, I just lost it and started bawling like a baby.


26 posted on 10/08/2005 1:04:44 PM PDT by bootless (Never Forget - And Never Again)
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To: freema

I posted my recollection of that show before I read yours ... I was incredibly moved by it, and so proud that they not only helped Jessica Lynch's promise, but that they had not "Yeah, but..." moments in the show. Really good.

I also like the sense of charity that is NON-GOVERNMENTAL in nature.


27 posted on 10/08/2005 1:07:53 PM PDT by bootless (Never Forget - And Never Again)
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To: bootless

The 'Yeah, buts' were exceptional, good observation.


28 posted on 10/10/2005 3:54:35 AM PDT by freema (Proud Marine Mom)
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To: Seattle Conservative

Laura should wield a hammer and saw. Think of the Rosie the Riveter poster back in the forties...We are at WAR, plus slammed by the occasional killer hurricane. GW flying over Louisiana in Air Force One was a p.r. debacle. Laura rolling up her sleeves and hammering in a a few nails would be fabulous. And it wouldn't hurt if GW helped out manually, even for half an hour. We see pictures of him cutting brush and wood in Texas. Yes, his job is all consuming, but he does many photo ops, and this one would really resonate.


29 posted on 10/10/2005 4:05:06 AM PDT by hershey
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GW flying over Louisiana in Air Force One was a p.r. debacle.

You've sucked up too much MSM. The reason he flew over LA in AF 1 was because he knew that it would be a nightmare on the ground if he tried to land. Why should he get down there and muck up the relief and rescue efforts just to assuage some dingbats in the media who were spouting off that he wasn't "doing enough"? They were complete ignoring, and thus not reporting, the fact that he had already done everything that the Fed. Govt. had the authority to do, even before the storm hit!

30 posted on 10/11/2005 9:54:47 PM PDT by SuziQ
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