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Is there a new member of the Bush family?
REUTERS.COM ^ | Mon Jan 30, 2006 11:53 AM ET | Reuters

Posted on 01/30/2006 12:22:36 PM PST by Tulsa Ramjet

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush says Bill Clinton has become so close to his father that the Democratic former president is like a member of the family.

Former President George Bush has worked with Clinton to raise money for victims of the Asian tsunami and the hurricane disaster along the U.S. Gulf Coast.

Asked about his father and Clinton, Bush quipped, "Yes, he and my new brother."

"That's a good relationship. It's a fun relationship to watch," Bush said in an interview with CBS News broadcast on Sunday.

While attending Pope John Paul's funeral, Bush said, "It was fun to see the interplay between dad and Clinton. One of these days, I'll be a member of the ex-president's club. ... I'll be looking for something to do."

He said ex-presidents share rare experiences that others cannot understand. "And so I can understand why ex-presidents are able to put aside old differences," he said.

Bush said he checked in with Clinton occasionally.

"And you know, he says things that makes it obvious -- that makes it obvious to me that we're kind of, you know, on the same wavelength about the job of the presidency. Makes sense, after all, there's this kind of commonality," he said.

Bush jokingly referred to speculation that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, the former president's wife, will seek the Democratic nomination for the presidency. He had earlier referred to the former first lady as "formidable."

"Bush, Clinton, Bush, Clinton," he said, referring to how Bill Clinton had followed his father, and Hillary Clinton could follow him.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government
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Is this some kind of joke designed to stir up the conservative masses? Because if it isn't, it is starting to confuse the hell out of me. I don't get it. Here is a history revisionist, former president, pounding on your son's policies daily, and they want to hang out like they just finished up a game of "Risk" and everything is hunky-dory. Somebody with insight please explain it.
1 posted on 01/30/2006 12:22:37 PM PST by Tulsa Ramjet
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To: Tulsa Ramjet

"Bush, Clinton, Bush, Clinton"

All in the family. :D


3 posted on 01/30/2006 12:24:52 PM PST by sagar
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To: Tulsa Ramjet

Bush, Clinton, Bush, Clinton, Bush (Jeb).


4 posted on 01/30/2006 12:25:09 PM PST by freemama
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To: Tulsa Ramjet

Clintoon will suck up to anything and anybody to gain respectability that he so desperately needs to benefit his cow's political aspirations. Gotta remember that clintoon and the cow are amoral, and ethically-challenged members of the human race.


5 posted on 01/30/2006 12:25:11 PM PST by lilylangtree
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To: Tulsa Ramjet
Its a pro-hillary puff piece.
6 posted on 01/30/2006 12:25:20 PM PST by wallcrawlr (http://www.bionicear.com)
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To: Tulsa Ramjet

It goes back to 1989 in an education conference in VA, when then President Bush began to gush uncontrollably over having Governor Clinton at the conclave. Or maybe, it's no different from Gerald Rudolph Ford, Jr., gushing over GA Jimmy Carter.


7 posted on 01/30/2006 12:25:49 PM PST by Theodore R. (Cowardice is forever!)
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To: Tulsa Ramjet

Neil lobbied for a new brother that would make him look less shitty by comparison.


8 posted on 01/30/2006 12:26:53 PM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Tulsa Ramjet

Keep your enemies close to you.


9 posted on 01/30/2006 12:27:32 PM PST by Stark_GOP
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To: Tulsa Ramjet
and they want to hang out like they just finished up a game of "Risk"

The scary thing is, they did just finish playing a game of Risk -- a real game of it, using the actual Earth.

10 posted on 01/30/2006 12:28:13 PM PST by mhx
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To: wallcrawlr

I think you are right. Having these type of articles is an attempt to legitimize her as a politician by association. In other words, if ol' Bill is okay with the Bushes, then he and his wife must still be acceptable to others rather than the pariah they are. But other than be First Lady of Ark, and First Lady White House, and her carpet bag approach to US Senator of NY, truly what has she done?


11 posted on 01/30/2006 12:28:58 PM PST by Tulsa Ramjet ("We've run out of ballots." -- Iraqi election official)
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To: Tulsa Ramjet

You have to remember that while the CIA was running drugs and guns in and out of Mena, Arkansas, good old Bill was the Guv.

George H W Bush was the head of the CIA at the time.

So they probably have a relationship based on keeping each other out of jail. Alternatively it may be a keep your friends close and your enemies closer approach on the part of the two former presidents.


12 posted on 01/30/2006 12:29:03 PM PST by Pylot
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To: Tulsa Ramjet

Lay down with dogs...


13 posted on 01/30/2006 12:29:56 PM PST by nickcarraway (I'm Only Alive, Because a Judge Hasn't Ruled I Should Die...)
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To: Tulsa Ramjet
The "Bushies" will tell you, GHW and GW are gentlemen and respect the office of the President too much. Therefore, they avoid telling Slick to take a hike. Neither Father or the son are confrontational men. Besides, one day soon GW will belong to the ex-presidents club. Then GW, GHW and Slick can all play golf together. Some Bush cheerleaders will tell you, its part of the Bush "strategery" to make sure Hillary Rotten never gets the Dem nomination, let alone wins the Presidency. You know, keep your friends close and your enemies closer. That was the Corleone Family, of course.

Frankly, its an embarrassment to

15 posted on 01/30/2006 12:30:50 PM PST by Reagan Man (Secure our borders;punish employers who hire illegals;stop all welfare to illegals)
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To: Stay Classy

Nauseating.


16 posted on 01/30/2006 12:31:00 PM PST by TFMcGuire
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To: Tulsa Ramjet
Well, if Bush Sr. is now a FOB, that means it's only a matter of time till he's scr@w@d over and cast aside. He'll learn then. (However bizarre that he hasn't done so already by simple observation.)
17 posted on 01/30/2006 12:31:17 PM PST by Stultis (I don't worry about the war turning into "Vietnam" in Iraq; I worry about it doing so in Congress.)
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To: Tulsa Ramjet

We can only speculate....or expectorate....


18 posted on 01/30/2006 12:31:33 PM PST by fizziwig
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To: Tulsa Ramjet

LOL - I wouldn't read too much into this - although I've finished a few Risk games in my life that have indeed ended the relationship back in the real world!


19 posted on 01/30/2006 12:31:45 PM PST by clawrence3
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To: Pylot

"You have to remember that while the CIA was running drugs and guns in and out of Mena, Arkansas, good old Bill was the Guv.
George H W Bush was the head of the CIA at the time.
So they probably have a relationship based on keeping each other out of jail. Alternatively it may be a keep your friends close and your enemies closer approach on the part of the two former presidents."

Next thing you know, we are going to find out that Dennis Hopper has been secretly running the whole mess based on the hidden discourses written by Col. Kurtz in Apocalypse Now.


20 posted on 01/30/2006 12:32:16 PM PST by Tulsa Ramjet ("We've run out of ballots." -- Iraqi election official)
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To: Tulsa Ramjet

Paging Dr. Freud. Remember Clinton's real father was dead, and he didn't get along with the stepfather. Bush senior is probably the first decent older man he's ever been around, and he is too smart not to appreciate that. Bush senior is a genuinely good man who sets high standards. Who knows what kind of person Clinton might have turned out to be if he had had a Bush senior in his life at the critical times, like the President did. A father's care and guidance are of supreme importance.


21 posted on 01/30/2006 12:32:20 PM PST by 3AngelaD
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To: sagar

Ironically, illustrates the most likely place to find Bill Clinton - a bush on each side.


22 posted on 01/30/2006 12:33:01 PM PST by IamConservative (Who does not trust a man of principle? A man who has none.)
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To: Pylot

Yes, but she's out there today saying that Bush was purposely slow to respond to Katrina because he wanted to break up the Dem voting block in New Orleans. If he tolerates comments like that, he's not as strong as I thought.


23 posted on 01/30/2006 12:33:04 PM PST by threeleftsmakearight
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To: Reagan Man

I'm not sure about all the "strategery" but I will note that President Reagan was gracious to Carter once he got him out of the Oval Office - were you critical of Ronnie about that too?


24 posted on 01/30/2006 12:33:07 PM PST by clawrence3
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To: lilylangtree

"Clintoon will suck up to anything..."

Bubba's a blood-sucking leech, and the Heinous Harridan is a barnacle!


25 posted on 01/30/2006 12:33:22 PM PST by Polyxene (For where God built a church, there the Devil would also build a chapel - Martin Luther)
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To: Tulsa Ramjet

keep your enemy close at hand.


26 posted on 01/30/2006 12:34:44 PM PST by JohnLongIsland
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To: Stark_GOP

Ditto.


27 posted on 01/30/2006 12:34:56 PM PST by kromike
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To: Tulsa Ramjet

I'm thinking that Clinton absolutely hates this.


28 posted on 01/30/2006 12:35:31 PM PST by Niteranger68 ("Only 4 out of 3 Democrats actually vote.")
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To: IamConservative

ROFL!!


29 posted on 01/30/2006 12:35:42 PM PST by sagar
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To: clawrence3

I think GWB is too nice sometimes. President Reagan also held his temper with his opponents too. I don't think I could do it but it just shows they are men of far better character than the 42d president and his ilk.


30 posted on 01/30/2006 12:35:56 PM PST by TNCMAXQ
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To: Tulsa Ramjet
familiarity breeds contempt....
31 posted on 01/30/2006 12:36:12 PM PST by ronnied (we are the only animals that bare our teeth in greeting...)
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To: TNCMAXQ

I agree.


32 posted on 01/30/2006 12:36:24 PM PST by clawrence3
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To: clawrence3

Reagan was gracious to Carter and even went to the opening of the Carter Library. That was way before Jimmah became a big mouth. I don't remember Reagan ever calling Carter his brother, or The Gipper playing golf with Jimmah. Do you?


33 posted on 01/30/2006 12:36:32 PM PST by Reagan Man (Secure our borders;punish employers who hire illegals;stop all welfare to illegals)
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To: Tulsa Ramjet
Our "moonbats"...
34 posted on 01/30/2006 12:36:34 PM PST by AmericaUnited
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To: JohnLongIsland

"keep your enemy close at hand."

And take him to bed, as well.


35 posted on 01/30/2006 12:37:00 PM PST by sagar
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To: Tulsa Ramjet

Read "Compromised" by Terry Reed. Then it will all become clear. And scary.


36 posted on 01/30/2006 12:38:13 PM PST by Iwo Jima ("An election is an advanced auction of stolen goods.")
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To: Reagan Man

What does Billy Carter or why Reagan never golfed with Carter even matter? All I am saying is we should not blow this out of proportion - have you even read the interview:

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/01/27/eveningnews/main1248952_page4.shtml


37 posted on 01/30/2006 12:41:23 PM PST by clawrence3
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To: Reagan Man

GHW is non-confrontational. GW is very much confrontational. But neither have hair trigger tempers, which makes them seem less confrontational.

Watching GW's face during some the interviews and debates and it is pretty obvious he has his temper on a tight leash. Consider GWB's management style... It is not the management style of a person inclined to avoiding confrontations.

(Bill Clinton is non-confrontational. His management style and public policy were focused on avoiding confrontation.)


38 posted on 01/30/2006 12:41:27 PM PST by coconutt2000 (NO MORE PEACE FOR OIL!!! DOWN WITH TYRANTS, TERRORISTS, AND TIMIDCRATS!!!! (3-T's For World Peace))
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To: freemama
I would prefer Bush, Clinton, Bush, Bush, krb

Something like that :-)

39 posted on 01/30/2006 12:41:39 PM PST by krb (ad hominem arguments are for stupid people)
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To: Tulsa Ramjet

"I don't get it. Here is a history revisionist, former president, pounding on your son's policies daily, and they want to hang out like they just finished up a game of "Risk" and everything is hunky-dory. Somebody with insight please explain it.
"




You already have it. Except for actual threats like Al-Qaeda, it IS like a game of "Risk" to all these folks. And that's the answer.


40 posted on 01/30/2006 12:42:40 PM PST by MineralMan (godless atheist)
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To: clawrence3

Actually, I don't recall Ronald Reagan ever golfing (he'd much rather ride a horse / spend time at Rancho del Cielo in Santa Barbara (I will check next if he ever had Carter there). So, I think I have confirmed this through Google:

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=%22reagan+golfed%22


41 posted on 01/30/2006 12:47:19 PM PST by clawrence3
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To: Reagan Man

I've never regretted having voted for Ross Perot and Admiral Stockdale in 1992; after having read this, and the article about Bush, Sr. giving Teddy Kennedy a citizenship award from an organization he (Bush) heads and reading John Podhoretz book about how Bush 41 said he didn't want "any of that right-wing stuff" around the White HOuse after his defeat, I'm convinced that I (and the other 20 percent of the voters) did the right thing.


42 posted on 01/30/2006 12:47:42 PM PST by laconic
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To: Tulsa Ramjet

Conspiracy theorists suggest that the Bush family and the Clinton family are partners in crime. The Wall Street Journal briefly pursued their connection through an airport in Mena, AR.


43 posted on 01/30/2006 12:49:28 PM PST by Iconoclast2 (Two wings of the same bird of prey . . .)
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To: lilylangtree
"Clintoon will suck up to anything and anybody ...

Part of what makes him a dangerous sociopath is his ability to charm those he seeks to control.

44 posted on 01/30/2006 12:49:56 PM PST by TheClintons-STILLAnti-American
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To: clawrence3

Yeah. Here's the parts I saved. Like I said, its an embarrassment. Reality bites. I don't think anyone in 2000-2001 would have predicted that GWBush would be calling Bill Clinton, his brother. I can't believe anyone around FR would be defending PresBush for his remarks yesterday. It's not a huge issue, but it doesn't sit well with most Republicans.

From: Face the Nation (CBS News) - Sunday, January 29, 2006 BURRELLE'S INFORMATION SERVICES

SCHIEFFER: Mm-hmm. But he's with his friend, Bill Clinton.

Pres. BUSH: Yeah, he and my new brother.

SCHIEFFER: New brother.

Pres. BUSH: Yeah, he--and it's a good relationship. It's a fun relationship to watch. You know, I had President Clinton and dad and Laura and Condi and I flew out to the Holy Father's funeral and it was fun to see the interplay between dad and Clinton.

SCHIEFFER: Mm-hmm, mm-hmm.

Pres. BUSH: One of these days I'll be a member of the ex-presidents club.

SCHIEFFER: Sure.

Pres. BUSH: I'll be looking for something to do.

SCHIEFFER: You know, if Senator Clinton becomes president...

Pres. BUSH: Yeah. Bush, Clinton, Bush, Clinton.

SCHIEFFER: ...we'll see the day when the two of you will be as close as ex-presidents.

Pres. BUSH: Yeah. I think there's--I do think there's--I think that, you know, when your time's up, that there's a kind of a kinship that you develop.

SCHIEFFER: Yeah.

Pres. BUSH: You know, there's a lot of shared experiences and so I can understand why ex-presidents are able to put aside old differences.

SCHIEFFER: Mm-hmm. I can, too.

Pres. BUSH: Really.

SCHIEFFER: If you hadn't done the job, how can you really understand.

Pres. BUSH: That's exactly right. I've talked--I check in with Bill Clinton occasionally, just to see how he's doing.

SCHIEFFER: Mm-hmm.

Pres. BUSH: And you know, he says things that makes it obvious to me that we're kind of, you know, on the same wavelength with the job of the presidency.

SCHIEFFER: Mm-hmm.

Pres. BUSH: It makes sense, after all.

SCHIEFFER: Yeah, yeah.

Pres. BUSH: This is kind of commonality.


45 posted on 01/30/2006 12:50:35 PM PST by Reagan Man (Secure our borders;punish employers who hire illegals;stop all welfare to illegals)
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46 posted on 01/30/2006 12:51:13 PM PST by frithguild (The Freepers moved as a group, like a school of sharks sweeping toward an unaware and unarmed victim)
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To: mhx

Who won??


47 posted on 01/30/2006 12:51:55 PM PST by UncleJeff
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To: freemama
Bush, Clinton, Bush, Clinton, Bush (Jeb).

God help us.

Our country may not survive that kind of Big Stupid Government monkey on our backs.

Time to flush.

48 posted on 01/30/2006 12:52:49 PM PST by Hank Rearden (Never allow anyone who could only get a government "job" attempt to tell you how to run your life.)
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To: Reagan Man

Why would the prez even expose Laura and Condi to a man like clintoon? I wanna barf at the thought.


49 posted on 01/30/2006 12:53:07 PM PST by lilylangtree
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To: Tulsa Ramjet


Ahem, W may want to rethink this!


50 posted on 01/30/2006 12:54:28 PM PST by rockabyebaby (I'm not afraid to say out loud what the rest of you are afraid to admit.)
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