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Bush Says Vote Doesn't Signal U.S. Weakness
AP via AOL ^ | November 11, 2006 | Terence Hunt

Posted on 11/11/2006 11:00:53 PM PST by xtinct

After arguing during the campaign that Democrats would undermine national security, President Bush changed course Saturday and said America's enemies should not read this week's ground-shaking election results as a sign of U.S. weakness.

Four days after voters threw Republicans from power in the House and Senate, Bush used his weekly radio address to issue a call for unity.

"The message of this week's elections is clear: The American people want their leaders in Washington to set aside partisan differences, conduct ourselves in an ethical manner and work together to address the challenges facing our nation," the president said. "This is important work that will demand the hard effort and good faith of leaders from both sides of the aisle, and I pledge to do my part."


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: democrats; election; nationalsecurity; terencehunt

1 posted on 11/11/2006 11:00:55 PM PST by xtinct
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To: xtinct
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2 posted on 11/11/2006 11:02:21 PM PST by xtinct (I was the next door neighbor kid's imaginary friend.)
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To: xtinct
Let's try backing Republicans who don't suffer from personal ambition, so we can get the sanity back under the rotunda.

What a concept.

3 posted on 11/11/2006 11:03:33 PM PST by unspun (What do you think? Please think, before you answer.)
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To: xtinct
God Bless President Bush.

Truth is, the Democrats WILL undermine security.

I hope the veto pen is out come mid-January.

The President is a powerful branch of government. This is something, somehow, the Democraps do not understand.

4 posted on 11/11/2006 11:14:44 PM PST by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: Zuben Elgenubi

Bush's pen will come out to sign an amnesty bill for illegals, a hike in the minimum wage, and increases in social welfare programs. Don't hold your breath waiting for him to use it for a veto.


5 posted on 11/11/2006 11:25:06 PM PST by peyton randolph (No man knows the day nor the hour of The Coming of The Great White Handkerchief.)
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To: peyton randolph
I think you are nuts. I expect President Bush to veto at least 50 bills that come before him.

This guy has guts.

6 posted on 11/11/2006 11:27:17 PM PST by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: Zuben Elgenubi

"I think you are nuts. I expect President Bush to veto at least 50 bills that come before him."

Yes. He has such a track record for exercising the veto. Not.

BTW, which do you think he'll veto in particular?

1. Amnesty for illegal aliens.
2. Hike in the minimum wage.
3. Social welfare programs.

The only person who is nuts is one who thinks Bush won't happily sell conservatives down the river for his L-E-G-A-C-Y.


7 posted on 11/11/2006 11:32:20 PM PST by peyton randolph (No man knows the day nor the hour of The Coming of The Great White Handkerchief.)
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To: xtinct

Nice of Bush to try and lighten the negative impact this election has made on the military but the fact is, many American citizens and nearly all it's politicians have turned their backs on the US military.

If we leave Iraq with out accomplishing our mission, the US military will never be deployed again. It's role will be purely defensive.

It's a damn shame how we've treated our military. They're dedication is unquestionable but our support of them and their mission, surely is.


8 posted on 11/11/2006 11:37:00 PM PST by ryan71 (You can hear it on the coconut telegraph...)
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To: xtinct

"The message is clear. We will NOT build a single mile of fence on the Mexican border."


9 posted on 11/11/2006 11:41:42 PM PST by MonroeDNA (Libertarians are more conservative than pubbies. Strictest interpretation of the constitution,)
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To: peyton randolph
You are from Texas and don't believe me? I ususally don't respond to FReepers who have registerted before 2000, but this President has guts. Why would you possibly challenge that statement? You are smarter than ZE? You have an ability to make more money in the process?

I've been around the block a few times, there pr. In Politics, either you make money, influence events or just blow hard.

I blow hard. How about you?

10 posted on 11/11/2006 11:42:52 PM PST by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: xtinct

only one problem

proof of the pudding is in the eating

the mideasstern a$$hole are already dancing in the streets, with new bellicose promises. Empowered and emboldened.

thats how THEY see it....


11 posted on 11/12/2006 12:08:41 AM PST by himno hero
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To: Zuben Elgenubi; peyton randolph
I blow charts and tables. Here's a good one telling why Peyton has his justified concerns. Now I believe that President Bush has the power of his convictions. He has already sent Michael Bolton back to the Senate but what followed was a media void, so I suspect that he was simply ignored as not to inflame the public. However, I suspect Bush's veto power might simply serve as a tool to keep impeachment proceedings at bay, for all the good it will do him. His big problems is that he is convinced the rats want the best for the country as well. He probably won't give that up until he is convicted in the house and the senate.

President Bush will try to work with the rats as he has done the past 6 years. That will hurt his presidency worse than he can imagine.

Interesting to see that Presidents Monroe and Van Buren have a similar history. I'd like to learn more about their presidencies at the atmosphere at the time.

Presidential Vetos - President Bush at the bottom of the class at time of print.


President Congresses
Regular Vetoes
Pocket Vetoes
Total Vetoes
Vetoes
Overridden
George Washington 1st- 4th
2
.....
2
.....
John Adams 5th-6th
.....
.....
.....
.....
Thomas Jefferson 7th-10th
.....
.....
.....
.....
James Madison 11th-14th
5
2
7
.....
James Monroe 15th-18th
1
.....
1
.....
John Quincy Adams 19th-20th
.....
.....
.....
.....
Andrew Jackson 21st-24th
5
7
12
.....
Martin Van Buren 25th-26th
.....
1
1
.....
William Henry Harrison 27th
.....
.....
.....
.....
John Tyler 27th-28th
6
4
10
1
James K. Polk 29th-30th
2
1
3
.....
Zachary Taylor 31st
.....
.....
.....
.....
Millard Fillmore 31st-32nd
.....
.....
.....
.....
Franklin Pierce 33rd-34th
9
.....
9
5
James Buchanan 35th-36th
4
3
7
.....
Abraham Lincoln 37th-39th
2
5
7
.....
Andrew Johnson 39th-40th
21
8
29
15
Ulysses S. Grant 41st-44th
45
48
93
4
Rutherford B. Hayes 45th-46th
12
1
13
1
James A. Garfield 47th
.....
.....
.....
.....
Chester A. Arthur 47th-48th
4
8
12
1
Grover Cleveland 49th-50th
304
110
414
2
Benjamin Harrison 51st-52nd
19
25
44
1
Grover Cleveland 53rd-54th
42
128
170
5
William McKinley 55th-57th
6
36
42
.....
Theodore Roosevelt 57th-60th
42
40
82
1
William H. Taft 61st-62nd
30
9
39
1
Woodrow Wilson 63rd-66th
33
11
44
6
Warren G. Harding 67th
5
1
6
.....
Calvin Coolidge 68th-70th
20
30
50
4
Herbert C. Hoover 71st-72nd
21
16
37
3
Franklin D. Roosevelt 73rd-79th
372
263
635
9
Harry S. Truman 79th-82nd
180
70
250
12
Dwight D. Eisenhower 83rd-86th
73
108
181
2
John F. Kennedy 87th-88th
12
9
21
.....
Lyndon B. Johnson 88th-90st
16
14
30
.....
Richard M. Nixon 91st-93rd
26
17
43
7
Gerald R. Ford 93rd-94th
48
18
66
12
James Earl Carter 95th-96th
13
18
31
2
Ronald Reagan 97th-100th
39
39
78
9
George Bush* 101th-102nd
29
15
44
1
William J. Clinton 103rd-106th
36
1
37
2
George W. Bush 107th-109th
1
.....
1
.....
Total
............
1485
1066
2551
106

12 posted on 11/12/2006 2:30:14 AM PST by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: Caipirabob

Thanks for the chart. Insightful...sadly, it won't persuade the true believers. They project onto Bush what they want in a President and ignore all evidence to the contrary.


13 posted on 11/12/2006 3:37:42 AM PST by peyton randolph (No man knows the day nor the hour of The Coming of The Great White Handkerchief.)
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To: peyton randolph

Bush has always supported social welfare programs. His programs forced teachers to teach, the elderly to buy into a preseription plan and a jobs plan to help low income people develop so they can get off the government dole.

And if you take the costs of 9/11 and the war into consideration, he would have done this without putting us into debt.


14 posted on 11/12/2006 3:50:17 AM PST by EQAndyBuzz (The voting machines aren't broken. The Dems operating the voting machines are broken.)
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To: peyton randolph

none of the above.....jorge bush will sign the senate amnesty bill for the illegals which will be the death warrant for the US....he was always a big supporter for the death penalty in texas and this bill will be the biggest death warrant in history!!!!


15 posted on 11/12/2006 4:55:48 AM PST by hnj_00
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To: xtinct

ON this Bush is wrong big time.


16 posted on 11/12/2006 5:25:48 AM PST by badpacifist (I want you, I need you. But there ain't no way I'm ever gonna love you. So don't be sad.)
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To: Caipirabob

That table fails to take into consideration the makeup of the House and Senate. Bush may not need to veto many bills since Republicans were controlling Congress up to now and killing off many bills that would have required it. I think this will be new territory and we will have to see how Bush handles the task, which could very likely be compared with what Arnold is faced with on a regular basis in California.


17 posted on 11/12/2006 5:34:45 AM PST by xander
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To: xander; Zuben Elgenubi; peyton randolph
Good point. Although I'm not too pleased with the "Ahnold" association, I think it's a realistic perspective. I do belive Bush will run into conflicts with his personal moral perspective and the agenda pressed upon him by the Democrats. All the while, he will be persecuted by local and foreign media while the moonbats scream impeachment and demand his head. Very sad times, my FReinds.
18 posted on 11/12/2006 5:56:54 AM PST by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: xtinct

Yes it does.


19 posted on 11/12/2006 6:21:19 AM PST by MuttTheHoople
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To: xtinct

I like him better beore the election: "The Democrat approach in Iraq comes down to this: The terrorists win and America loses. That's what's at stake in this election. The Democrat goal is to get out of Iraq. The Republican goal is to win in Iraq."

Still, Bush's point about this not shaking our will is the right thing to say. Bush will figure out the best survivable policy on Iraq that Congress will buy into , ie, meaning bipartisan support. If he needs to bring Lieberman or someone like that to help sell to Democrats, he will.

This is why Lieberman over Lamont was an important election. People werent satisfied with status quo in Iraq, *but* neither are they for defeat through withdrawal.


20 posted on 11/12/2006 7:29:38 AM PST by WOSG (The 4-fold path to save America - Think right, act right, speak right, vote right!)
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To: xtinct
Statement: "Bush Says Vote Doesn't Signal U.S. Weakness"

Response: Politspeak meaning Vote signals U.S. weakness.

21 posted on 11/12/2006 7:35:02 AM PST by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: xtinct

"America's enemies should not read this week's ground-shaking election results as a sign of U.S. weakness. "

BS. That's precisely what they see. And they are correct.


22 posted on 11/12/2006 9:36:21 AM PST by Noumenon (Liberals: America's domestic enemies. Treat them as such. With extreme predjudice.)
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