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A Day in the Life of President Bush (photos): 12-06-07
www.yahoo.com/news www.whitehouse.gov/news ^ | 6th December 2007 | Snugs

Posted on 12/06/2007 6:26:04 PM PST by snugs

Today the President discussed Housing in the Roosevelt Room and took place in the annual Lighting of the National Christmas Tree and the Pageant of Peace on The Ellipse near the White House in Washington.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice attended a Transatlantic working dinner held at the Egmont Palace in Brussels.

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates left Iraq and travelled to Bahrain where he attended a meeting with the King of Bahrain, Hamad bin Al-Khalifa and visited US troops on the USS Vicksburg.

The First lady is given a tour of the exhibit: "The Presidential Dish: Mrs. Woodrow Wilson and the White House China Room" by curator James Abbott and collector Set Momjian at the Woodrow Wilson House in Washington.

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney gives an address entitled "Faith in America," at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum in College Station, Texas

Pray for President Bush - Day 2639

Enjoy your visit to Sanity Island


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Front Page News; Government
KEYWORDS: christmas; christmastree; georgehwbush; georgewbush; natlchristmastree; robertgates; term2; treelighting
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QUOTE OF THE DAY
President Bush Attends Lighting of the National Christmas Tree Ceremony Ellipse

THE PRESIDENT: Mr. Secretary, thank you for that kind introduction. And thank you all for joining us. Laura and I are pleased to welcome you on this joyous occasion. As the Secretary said, in a few moments, we will light the National Christmas Tree -- and as he also said, this is a tradition that dates back to President Calvin Coolidge.

There's one person with us today who remembers that first annual Christmas tree lighting -- and, Santa, we are glad you're here. (Laughter.) We know this is a busy time of year for you, and we're thrilled you're here, and we really appreciate you bringing Mrs. Claus. (Applause.) Both you and I married well. (Laughter.)

I appreciate the members of my Cabinet for joining us; members of the Congress. I want to thank Vin Cipolla, Mary Bomar. I particularly want to thank the men and women who work for the National Park Service. (Applause.)

Pastor, thank you for your blessing. I believe these entertainers didn't disappoint anyone. We're proud you're here, and thank you for your beautiful music.

Christmas is a time of rejoicing and reflection. Each year at this time, we rejoice in the proclamation of good news, that in Bethlehem of Judea, a Savior was born. And we rejoice in the Christmas promise of peace to men of goodwill. We also reflect on the mystery of Christmas: the story of the Almighty, who entered history in the most vulnerable form possible -- hidden in the weakness of a newborn child. And we reflect on the call of our Creator -- who by taking this form, reminds us of our duty to protect and care for the weak and the vulnerable among us.

During this Christmas season, millions of Americans will answer this call by reaching out a compassionate hand to help brothers and sisters in need. We are thankful for these good souls who show the good heart of our nation. We're also thankful for the thousands of Americans who answer the call by serving our nation in uniform. (Applause.) Many will spend this Christmas stationed in distant and dangerous lands, far from homes and from the families they love. They are never far from our thoughts, and they're always in our prayers. America honors their sacrifice, and that of their families who also serve our nation. We're grateful for all they do to ensure that we live in the freedom our Creator intended for every man, woman, and child on the face of this Earth.

And now, as an expression of our hope for peace in this Christmas season, we're going to light the National Christmas Tree. (Applause.) And we have asked two young Americans to join us. Brianna Kinder helps others through her participation in the Montgomery County Police Activities League's "Kids Care Club." (Applause.) And Damarcus Hawkins gives his time as part of the Discovery Creek Children's Museum service-learning program.

And now, if Brianna and Damarcus will join Laura, and if you will join me in a countdown -- five, four, three, two, one.

(The tree is lit.) (Applause.)






PHOTO OF THE DAY

Brianna Kinder, 11, left, and Damarcus Hawkins, 10, react as they help President Bush in the lighting of the National Christmas Tree during the Pageant of Peace on The Ellipse near the White House in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2007.

1 posted on 12/06/2007 6:26:05 PM PST by snugs
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Hi


2 posted on 12/06/2007 6:27:01 PM PST by Kaslin (Peace is the aftermath of victory)
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To: 1Peter2:16; 2Jedismom; 2Trievers; 4mycountry; A_perfect_lady; admiralsn; Alberta's Child; ...

Dose going up please wait for the all clear before posting or reposting any photos or graphics


3 posted on 12/06/2007 6:27:15 PM PST by snugs ((An English Cheney Chick - Big Time))
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Hi


4 posted on 12/06/2007 6:29:10 PM PST by swmobuffalo (The only good terrorist is a dead terrorist.)
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Thanks for the ping


5 posted on 12/06/2007 6:29:35 PM PST by Kaslin (Peace is the aftermath of victory)
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To: snugs

President George W. Bush enters to make a statement on housing with US Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC

President George W. Bush(C) makes a statement on housing with US Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson(R) and US Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alphonso Jackson in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC

President Bush Discusses Housing Roosevelt Room

THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon. Before turning to the situation in the housing market, I send my sympathy to the families of those murdered in Omaha, Nebraska, yesterday. I was in Omaha just before the shooting took place, and I know what a difficult day it is for that fine community. The victims and their loved ones are in the prayers of Americans. The federal government stands ready to help in any way we can. And our whole nation grieves with the people of Omaha.

I just had an important discussion on the housing market with Secretary Paulson, Secretary Jackson and members of the mortgage industry.

The housing market is moving through a period of change. In recent years, innovative mortgage products have helped millions of Americans afford their own homes -- and that's good. Unfortunately, some of these products were used irresponsibly. Some lenders made loans that borrowers did not understand, especially in the sub-prime sector. Some borrowers took out loans they knew they could not afford. And to compound the problem, many mortgages are packaged into securities and sold to investors around the world. So when concerns about sub-prime loans begin to mount -- began to mount, uncertainty spread to the broader financial markets.

Secretary Paulson and Secretary Jackson and Chairman Bernanke are monitoring developments in the housing market, and working to limit the disruption to our overall economy. Data released this morning confirmed the difficulties facing the housing market. Yet one reason for confidence is that the downturn in housing comes against a backdrop of solid fundamentals in other areas -- including low inflation, a healthy job market, record-high exports. America's economy has proved itself highly resilient -- and it is strong, and it is flexible, and it is dynamic enough to weather this storm.

For individual homeowners, the problem is more difficult. Many of those feeling financial stress have an adjustable rate mortgage, which typically starts with a lower interest rate and then resets to a higher rate after a few years. Many of those borrowers cannot afford the higher payments. And now some are fearing foreclosure -- which is a terrible burden for hardworking families, and a source of concern for entire communities and neighborhoods across our country.

The rise in foreclosures would have negative consequences for our economy. Lenders and investors would face enormous losses. So they have an interest in supporting mortgage counseling and working with homeowners to prevent foreclosure.

The government has a role to play as well. We should not bail out lenders, real estate speculators, or those who made the reckless decision to buy a home they knew they could never afford. Yet there are some responsible homeowners who could avoid foreclosure with some assistance -- and in August, I announced a series of targeted actions to help them. My administration has moved forward in three key areas.

First, we've launched a new initiative at the Federal Housing Administration called "FHA Secure." This program gives the FHA greater flexibility to offset refinancing to homeowners -- to offer refinancing to homeowners who have good credit histories but cannot afford their current payments. In just three months, the FHA has helped more than 35,000 people refinance. And in the coming year, the FHA expects this program to help more than 300,000 families.

Second, in August, I asked Secretaries Paulson and Jackson to work with lenders and loan servicers and mortgage counselors and investors on an initiative to help struggling homeowners find a way to refinance. They assembled a private sector group called "HOPE NOW Alliance" -- their leaders are with us today. HOPE NOW is an example of government bringing together members of the private sector to voluntarily address a national challenge -- without taxpayer subsidies or without government mandates. I'm pleased to announce that our efforts have yielded a promising new source of relief for American homeowners.

Representatives of HOPE NOW just briefed me on their plan to help homeowners who will not be able to make the higher payments on their sub-prime loan once the interest rates goes up -- but who can at least afford the current, starter rate. HOPE NOW members have agreed on a set of industry-wide standards to provide relief to these borrowers in one of three ways: by refinancing an existing loan into a new private mortgage, by moving them into an FHA Secure loan, or by freezing their current interest rate for five years.

Lenders are already refinancing and modifying mortgages on a case-by-case basis. With this systematic approach, HOPE NOW will be able to help large groups of homeowners all at once. This will bring more relief to more homeowners more quickly. HOPE NOW estimates there are up to 1.2 million American homeowners who could be eligible for this assistance.

Public awareness is critical to this effort, because the group can only help homeowners who ask for it. So HOPE NOW recently mailed hundreds of thousands of letters to borrowers falling behind on their payments, and they have set up a counseling hotline that Americans can call 24 hours a day. I've directed Secretaries Paulson and Jackson to expand the public awareness campaign. And I have a message for every homeowner worried about rising mortgage payments: The best you can do for your family is to call 1-800-995-HOPE.* That is 1-800-995-H-O-P-E.*

Third, the federal government is taking several regulatory actions to make the mortgage industry more transparent, reliable and fair. Later this month, the Federal Reserve intends to announce stronger lending standards that will help protect borrowers. At the same time, HUD and the federal banking regulators are taking steps to improve disclosure requirements -- so that homeowners can be confident they are receiving complete, accurate and understandable information about their mortgages

There are also some fact sheets regarding this on the White House Website

Fact Sheet: Helping American Families Keep Their Homes

Homeownership

6 posted on 12/06/2007 6:35:36 PM PST by snugs ((An English Cheney Chick - Big Time))
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President George W. Bush(C) makes a statement on housing with US Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson(R) and US Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alphonso Jackson in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC


7 posted on 12/06/2007 6:36:38 PM PST by snugs ((An English Cheney Chick - Big Time))
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President Bush and first lady Laura Bush arrive to participate in the lighting of the National Christmas Tree and the Pageant of Peace at The Ellipse near the White House in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2007.


8 posted on 12/06/2007 6:37:21 PM PST by snugs ((An English Cheney Chick - Big Time))
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Santa Clause and Mrs. Claus arrive to help President Bush and first lady Laura Bush participate in the lighting of the National Christmas Tree and the Pageant of Peace on The Ellipse near the White House in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2007.


First lady Laura Bush and President Bush greet Mr. and Mrs. Claus as they participate in the lighting of the National Christmas Tree at The Ellipse in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2007.


President Bush and first lady Laura Bush smile as Santa takes the stage during the ceremony for the lighting of the National Christmas Tree and the Pageant of Peace on The Ellipse near the White House in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2007. Sitting next to Bush is his guest, Damarcus Hawkins, 10.

9 posted on 12/06/2007 6:37:56 PM PST by snugs ((An English Cheney Chick - Big Time))
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Brianna Kinder, 11, left, and Damarcus Hawkins, 10, react as they help President Bush in the lighting of the National Christmas Tree during the Pageant of Peace on The Ellipse near the White House in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2007.


President Bush greets country music singer Sara Evans during the lighting ceremony of the National Christmas Tree in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2007


President George W. Bush (R) joins country singer Sara Evans as they sing during the National Tree Lighting Ceremony in Washington December 6, 2007.

10 posted on 12/06/2007 6:38:30 PM PST by snugs ((An English Cheney Chick - Big Time))
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President Bush and first lady Laura Bush join entertainers at the finale of the lighting of the National Christmas Tree and the Pageant of Peace on The Ellipse near the White House in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2007. From left to right are: Holly Stell, Sara Evans, President Bush, Laura Bush, Brianna Kinder, Damarcus Hawkins, and Santa.


President Bush and first lady Laura Bush join entertainers at the finale of the lighting of the National Christmas Tree and the Pageant of Peace on The Ellipse near the White House in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2007. From left to right are: Holly Stell, Sara Evans, President Bush, Laura Bush, Brianna Kinder, Damarcus Hawkins, and Santa.


The National Christmas Tree is lit up in front of the White House in Washington December 6, 2007. U.S. President George W. Bush spoke at the annual tree-lighting ceremony.

11 posted on 12/06/2007 6:38:59 PM PST by snugs ((An English Cheney Chick - Big Time))
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Belgium's Foreign Affairs Minister Karel De Gucht, right, shares a few words with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, left, prior attending a Transatlantic working dinner held at the Egmont Palace in Brussels, Thursday Dec. 6, 2007.

12 posted on 12/06/2007 6:40:48 PM PST by snugs ((An English Cheney Chick - Big Time))
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An Iraqi military helicopter, left, and a U.S. Army Blackhawk helicopter fly near a U.S. Air Force transport plane preparing to transport U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2007, in Baghdad, Iraq.


Members of the Bahrain Defense Force honor guard present arms during the arrival of U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates, at Bahrain International Airport, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2007, in Manama, Bahrain.


Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates, left, is greeted by Bahrain Lt. Gen. Dr. Mohammed Al-Khalifa, minister of state for defense affairs, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2007, at the Bahrain International Airport in Manama, Bahrain. At center is U.S. ambassador Adam Ereli.


Defense Secretary Robert Gates, left, meets with the King of Bahrain, Hamad bin Al-Khalifa, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2007, at the Safriya Palace in Bahrain.

13 posted on 12/06/2007 6:41:52 PM PST by snugs ((An English Cheney Chick - Big Time))
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Defense Secretary Robert Gates, right, looks on as Navy Capt. Chip Swicker, commanding officer of the USS Vicksburg, gives Gates an official tour of the ship, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2007, in Manama, Bahrain.


Defense Secretary Robert Gates, rear, follows Navy Capt. Chip Swicker, commanding officer of the USS Vicksburg, during a tour of the ship, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2007, in Manama, Bahrain.


Defense Secretary Robert Gates, center, listens to Navy Capt. Chip Swicker, commanding officer of the USS Vicksburg, left, as Navy Vice Adm. Kevin Cosgriff, commander of the Navy's 5th fleet, looks on, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2007, in Manama, Bahrain.

14 posted on 12/06/2007 6:42:56 PM PST by snugs ((An English Cheney Chick - Big Time))
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Defense Secretary Robert Gates speaks to members of the Defense Department press pool following a tour of the USS Vicksburg, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2007, in Manama, Bahrain.


Defense Secretary Robert Gates, rear, arrives on the flight deck of the USS Vicksburg to conduct a re-enlistment ceremony, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2007, in Manama, Bahrain.


Defense Secretary Robert Gates, bottom center, conducts a re-enlistment ceremony aboard the flight deck of the USS Vicksburg, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2007, in Manama, Bahrain.

15 posted on 12/06/2007 6:43:27 PM PST by snugs ((An English Cheney Chick - Big Time))
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First lady Laura Bush, center, is given a tour of the exhibit: "The Presidential Dish: Mrs. Woodrow Wilson and the White House China Room" by curator James Abbott, left, and collector Set Momjian, right, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2007, at the Woodrow Wilson House in Washington. The exhibit is the private collection of Momjian.


First lady Laura Bush looks at White House china during a tour of the exhibit: "The Presidential Dish: Mrs. Woodrow Wilson and the White House China Room," Thursday, Dec. 6, 2007, at the Woodrow Wilson House in Washington.

16 posted on 12/06/2007 6:44:03 PM PST by snugs ((An English Cheney Chick - Big Time))
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Republican presidential hopeful, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, left, and his wife Ann, second from left, pose for photos with former President George H.W. Bush, right, and his wife Barbara, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2007, at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum at College Station, Texas.


Republican presidential hopeful, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, left, and his wife Ann, second from left, walk with former president George H.W. Bush, right, and his wife Barbara, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2007, in College Station, Texas.


Republican presidential hopeful, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, left, shakes hand with former president George H.W. Bush in College Station, Texas, Thursday, Texas, Dec. 6, 2007.

17 posted on 12/06/2007 6:44:40 PM PST by snugs ((An English Cheney Chick - Big Time))
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Former President George H.W. Bush, right, applauds while introducing Republican presidential hopeful, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, left, prior to Romney's address at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum in College Station, Texas, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2007.


Republican presidential candidate former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney (L) shakes hands with former President George H.W. Bush before delivering an address titled "Faith in America" at the George Bush Presidential Library in College Station, Texas December 6, 2007


Republican presidential hopeful, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney gives an address entitled "Faith in America," Thursday, Dec. 6, 2007,at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum in College Station, Texas.


Republican presidential hopeful, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, second from left, ,and his wife Ann, left, are joined on stage by former President George H.W. Bush and his wife Barbara, right, after giving an address entitled, "Faith in America," Thursday, Dec. 6, 2007, at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum in College Station, Texas.

18 posted on 12/06/2007 6:45:18 PM PST by snugs ((An English Cheney Chick - Big Time))
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Hi snugs, thanks for posting the dose tonight. Sara Evans endorsed a Republican presidential candidate recently, this month I believe.


19 posted on 12/06/2007 6:46:20 PM PST by daylilly
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All clear - please feel free to post or repost any photos or graphics in the spirit of this thread.
20 posted on 12/06/2007 6:46:25 PM PST by snugs ((An English Cheney Chick - Big Time))
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Yesterday's toaster - congratulations


21 posted on 12/06/2007 6:48:43 PM PST by snugs ((An English Cheney Chick - Big Time))
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Great photos and thanks for hosting today’s Dose


22 posted on 12/06/2007 6:49:06 PM PST by Kaslin (Peace is the aftermath of victory)
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To: Kaslin

Congratulations on your toaster win - what would you like on it


23 posted on 12/06/2007 6:49:24 PM PST by snugs ((An English Cheney Chick - Big Time))
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To: swmobuffalo

hi


24 posted on 12/06/2007 6:49:42 PM PST by snugs ((An English Cheney Chick - Big Time))
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To: Kaslin

My pleasure


25 posted on 12/06/2007 6:50:01 PM PST by snugs ((An English Cheney Chick - Big Time))
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To: daylilly

I must admit being English I do not know anything about her I seem to recognise the name but that is about all.


26 posted on 12/06/2007 6:52:29 PM PST by snugs ((An English Cheney Chick - Big Time))
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Just helping dad to bed will be back in about 10 minutes


27 posted on 12/06/2007 6:53:22 PM PST by snugs ((An English Cheney Chick - Big Time))
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She’s a Country singer...most of the country singers are conservatives, not all, but most.


28 posted on 12/06/2007 7:01:09 PM PST by Jewels1091
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Wow! All of these great pictures! Thanks for your great work, everyone! It’s very much appreciated.


29 posted on 12/06/2007 7:07:37 PM PST by GOP_Lady
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To: snugs; LUV W; STARWISE; shield; NordP; silent_jonny; Kaslin; kitkat; tommix2; TruthNtegrity; ...

snugs: LOVED the photos tonight . . . THANK YOU!
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I can’t believe that I missed the CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY — I always make a point to record it each year. grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!

You will find some video from the event here:
http://video.nbc4.com/player/?id=192757#videoid=192804
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MUST READ . . .

THE RESOLUTE PRESIDENT
By R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.

WASHINGTON — As with the late A. Lincoln, so with the present G.W. Bush — once the right general was found and the right strategy adopted, victory was in hand and a beleaguered president’s fortunes were restored. Doubtless President Bush is aware of the parallel, and, perchance, he will avoid Ford’s Theatre.

A curious inhibition shared by both Bush ‘41 and Bush ‘43 is to downplay their interest in reading. Actually both are hearty readers, certainly as compared with the general public. Earlier this year I attended a luncheon that the President hosted at the White House for the distinguished British historian Andrew Roberts, whose 736-page volume, A History of the English-Speaking Peoples, the President had polished off months before, even before the book was released in America. He had been talking the book up with his staff, and when I heard that my friend, Roberts, was going to be in town, I passed that intelligence on. Bush invited Roberts in, not only for luncheon but also to lecture the White House staff. This president knows his history and its significance.

Through the last three years of gloomy news he has been called “bull-headed,” but the evidence from Iraq, the economy, and various other precincts, for instance, advances in stem-cell research, suggests a different adjective, to wit, “resolute.” Moreover, in Iraq we see not only a resolute president but also a flexible president. Last spring, he changed his tactics in Iraq and the change has been successful.

You can read the entire commentary here:
http://www.spectator.org/dsp_article.asp?art_id=12397
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CREATION, CHILDREN AND GW BUSH
Mr Bush is absolutely right when he says that all people deserve to live in freedom. His political adversaries gain nothing when they avoid that truth and attempt to undermine it. Mr Bush is also right when he labels those who stand against those for whom freedom and self determination would be undermined, as evil men. It is clear that those willing to slaughter others to preserve their own positions of power are evil. There is no middle ground, there is no ‘other opinion,’ despite the attempts of many, using more millions of words, to create just such ‘truths.’ Those who refer to such evil men as the ‘opposition’ that offer up an ‘alternative’ political agenda or as ‘freedom fighters,’ only serves to highlight the depravity of those willing to usurp the truth.

The administration’s adversaries are now picking up on the words of anyone that challenge their credibility, even if that challenge has no real merit. The NIE, reviled because of prewar estimates are now embraced with religious fervor because they reversed themselves again when it comes to Iran’s nuclear weapons program. Joe Biden, the Democrat Senator from Delaware with a long and well documented history of plagiarism and similar offenses, is afforded media prime time because he referred to the president as a serial liar.

Mr Bush made minority education a priority as Governor of Texas, and he succeeded in raising the level of Texas schools. That truth was acknowledged as minority voters supported Mr Bush in his reelection bid for the Austin Governor’s Mansion. No one is saying he has all the right answers, but the proof is in the pudding. More minorities got into and graduated from colleges as a result of better education policies.

In his political campaigns, he addressed the ‘velvet discrimination of lowered expectations,’ and he struck a chord among minority voters, who voted for him in unprecedented numbers.

MR BUSH IS HATED BECAUSE WITH FEW WORDS, HE CONVEYS THE TRUTH.

You can read the entire post here:
http://sigmundcarlandalfred.wordpress.com/2007/12/06/creation-children-and-gw-bush/
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ANDREW BOLT: BUSH STILL STANDING TALL IN THE SADDLE:
http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,22882668-5000117,00.html


30 posted on 12/06/2007 7:09:06 PM PST by DrDeb
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To: snugs
snugs, I hope you are still around, because I have to once again, have to thank you for the Christmas surprise that you sent. I surely don't deserve your kindness as I have been AWOL at FR for so long. There are simply not enough hours in the day any more. It's true what they say about time going faster the older you get. It seems I can't keep up with the things I need to do.

Take my advice and never "retire". Retirement is not for wimps. It goes like this. You're retired now so how about taking this part-time job for less money? (Well, of course the money is nice, so okay). Then, you're retired so why don't you volunteer for this or that civic organization? And so it goes. Before you know what happend you're loaded down with obligations because you had all that "free" time.

Anyway, I love you for remembering me and we will all enjoy the candy and the chocolate ornaments. You are too kind. Thank you and God bless you.

31 posted on 12/06/2007 7:09:10 PM PST by WVNan
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To: snugs

Thank you Eleanor - great photos tonight!


32 posted on 12/06/2007 7:11:48 PM PST by SnarlinCubBear ("Tolerance becomes a crime when applied to evil." -- Thomas Mann)
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To: snugs

Thanks. I can’t make up my mind between the fourth photo in #8, or the 2nd in #9 or the 3rd in #10. So I let you decide


33 posted on 12/06/2007 7:14:25 PM PST by Kaslin (Peace is the aftermath of victory)
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To: snugs

Was this on television? I guess I missed it if it was. Thanks for posting all these great pictures.


34 posted on 12/06/2007 7:15:06 PM PST by Freee-dame
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To: DrDeb

I did watch the Christmas tree lighting, but I wanted mainly to watch the national prayer. The Pastor is from my town. I couldn’t get the video to work in Firefox and when I used IE the prayer was already over


35 posted on 12/06/2007 7:21:05 PM PST by Kaslin (Peace is the aftermath of victory)
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Hi, snugs!

Don’t know if you’re up this late, but I still have that picture of Mom eating her cherry tart you sent. It might be fun to post it on the Dose some time.

I’m losing it big time, so I can’t remember if you gave me a new address to send it to you. Or what you said about the old work one I have for you.

A mind is a terrible thing to lose, especially in the early stages when you know you’re losing it...


36 posted on 12/06/2007 7:39:33 PM PST by patriciaruth (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1562436/posts)
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To: Freee-dame; All

I did not see the lighting of the National Christmas Tree. I searched all over the dial on TV. It is a shame because I remember year’s ago that was one of the highlights of the beginning of Christmas season.


37 posted on 12/06/2007 7:39:45 PM PST by mojo114
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To: WVNan

Yes I am here glad the tree decorations arrived safely and I hope you enjoy them.

Happy Christmas.


38 posted on 12/06/2007 7:40:46 PM PST by snugs ((An English Cheney Chick - Big Time))
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To: mojo114

You can watch the President’s speech as the tree is lit on CSpan website

http://www.c-span.org/Search/basic.asp?ResultStart=1&ResultCount=10&BasicQueryText=National+Christmas+Tree


39 posted on 12/06/2007 7:43:21 PM PST by snugs ((An English Cheney Chick - Big Time))
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To: DrDeb

Thanks for your posts and your links, not just tonight but all the times I enjoyed and didn’t say anything.


40 posted on 12/06/2007 7:44:05 PM PST by patriciaruth (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1562436/posts)
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To: snugs

Thank you for the information and as always, thank you for posting the DOSE.


41 posted on 12/06/2007 7:46:31 PM PST by mojo114
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To: patriciaruth

I would love to see the photo of your mom eating the cherry bakewell.

Neither of my addresses has changed the work address is often the best one as home all we have is the slot in the door which means often that is full of junk mail and the post man often has to knock the door and it is difficult for dad to get to the door before he has got fed up and put a card through to collect whatever from the Post Office.

Happy Christmas to you and your mom.


42 posted on 12/06/2007 7:46:46 PM PST by snugs ((An English Cheney Chick - Big Time))
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To: mojo114

I watched life stream on the White House site


43 posted on 12/06/2007 7:48:48 PM PST by Kaslin (Peace is the aftermath of victory)
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To: snugs

A Happy Christmas to you, too! I’ll see if I can get that photo in the mail tomorrow.

We have rain here now. Can’t wait to see the snow on the Sierra Nevada range on Saturday, when the weather will clear and we’ll be able to see the mountains.


44 posted on 12/06/2007 7:49:24 PM PST by patriciaruth (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1562436/posts)
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To: DrDeb; snugs

DrDeb, I do not know how or where you find these wonderful articles, but thank you for always providing the BEST reading material. Wish I had time to read every word- I don’t...but it is a true joy to read what I can = esp these tonight!

And Snugs, as always, thanks for your faithful posting of the Dose and all that involves.


45 posted on 12/06/2007 7:54:13 PM PST by Freedom'sWorthIt
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To: All

And I meant to say, I believe the National Christmas tree that the President and his friends lit today - is from my very own beloved NC Mountains.....but don’t have a link to “prove it”...just remember seeing a story about it on local news one night...I THINK.

God bless and keep our President, our First Lady, and all who are serving this country with honor and courage tonight!


46 posted on 12/06/2007 7:57:23 PM PST by Freedom'sWorthIt
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To: Freedom'sWorthIt

In case anybody from the White House is lurking, it’s nice to see there are still some of us around who have the perspective to understand what a great job President Bush has done under such difficult circumstances.

I personally want him to know we still think the world of him.

Maybe I’ll write him a little letter when I send out my Christmas cards.

Or just send him a card, too.


47 posted on 12/06/2007 7:59:27 PM PST by patriciaruth (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1562436/posts)
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To: snugs

I can’t read my own writing.

At the end of the address, is that a 5 or an S before the H?


48 posted on 12/06/2007 8:06:19 PM PST by patriciaruth (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1562436/posts)
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To: patriciaruth

Good idea - again!


49 posted on 12/06/2007 8:08:40 PM PST by Freedom'sWorthIt
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To: Freedom'sWorthIt
And I meant to say, I believe the National Christmas tree that the President and his friends lit today - is from my very own beloved NC Mountains...

First lady Laura Bush, right, receives the official White House Christmas tree outside the North Portico of the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 26, 2007. With Mrs. Bush, from left are, Beth Walterscheidt, president of the National Christmas Tree Association, and Joe Freeman and his wife Linda Jones from Mistletoe Meadow Farms in Laurel Springs, N.C.

50 posted on 12/06/2007 8:17:07 PM PST by daisyscarlett (Santa called me a ho...three times!!! Ho! Ho! Ho!)
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