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Laura Bush was no 'quiet' first lady
Politico ^ | 5-11-09 | Anita McBride

Posted on 05/11/2009 7:12:34 PM PDT by STARWISE

POLITICO recently ran a story about the moments that shaped first lady Michelle Obama’s image. I like seeing so much attention paid to a first lady, and I think Americans enjoy knowing what she is working on and how she is spending her time in the White House. The coverage is helpful for all of us to develop an impression about the first lady. And surely there has been no shortage of coverage.

I know firsthand what it takes to manage the diverse portfolio of this unique position, which in fact has no official description. The job is what the occupant makes of it, and a first lady can be very effective when she chooses to focus on projects in which she has genuine interest and experience. She is freed from the demands and constant flow of incoming problems that hit the president’s desk, and she can choose how to spend her time and deploy her influence.

Nevertheless, her efforts, when coordinated wisely with the president’s staff, are helpful to the overall goals of the administration. As the most prominent nonelected official in our government, she has an instant platform and access to whatever she needs to do her “job.”

Each first lady makes her mark, and Obama follows a long line of activist first ladies who have come before her and advocated for things they care about.

My hat is off to Obama — and to her staff, too. I know how hard they have to work to make sure a project is well-developed and researched. There are many moving parts when executing a successful event that is worthy of the first lady’s attention and has a positive and lasting impact. With this work also comes the responsibility to follow up and consistently manage projects such that they amount to more than a photo-op. Although the first lady gives the direction and makes the final decisions on what she wants to do, it’s her hardworking and creative staff that has to pull it all together.

In the end, if the media don’t report it or write about it, then much of this hard work will have been lost for so many that could have benefited from the first lady’s efforts. It also means that people worldwide have missed the chance to better understand what makes the first lady tick.

Perhaps if the press gave half as much attention to Laura Bush’s work, the POLITICO article would not have used phrases like, “Americans see [Mrs.] Obama as strong, elegant and confident — different from [Mrs.] Bush, who was seen as conservative and quiet.”

In all fairness, I don’t think it was “quiet” when, in 2001, Bush became the first first lady to deliver a presidential radio address, speaking out forcefully about the Taliban’s brutal treatment and oppression of Afghan women. She had a worldwide audience, and to this day, Afghan women know that in Laura Bush they have a steady and committed champion.

I also don’t think it was “quiet” when in May 2008 she became the first first lady to stand at the podium in the White House press briefing room and deliver a strong statement against the repressive military regime in Myanmar. She told the regime it was time to get out of the way after the world saw it inexplicably deny aid to the Myanmar people in the aftermath of the devastation caused by Cyclone Nargis.

It also wasn’t “quiet” when Bush spoke out in defense of Obama when the then-presidential candidate’s wife said, “For the first time, I am proud of my country.” A feeding frenzy followed in our nation, and it was Bush who knocked it down. Her support came at a time in the campaign when people were first forming their impressions of the Obamas and were easily susceptible to inaccurate representations. Laura Bush took the responsible route and defended Obama and her unfortunate choice of words, and in so doing, she lowered the heat.

I would suggest then that in researching its story about the moments that defined Michelle Obama, POLITICO missed a big one. That moment was perhaps the greatest moment of vulnerability for the campaign. And that honorable and courageous move by Laura Bush had a significant role in shaping the image of the first lady to be.

Obama later wrote Bush a note of thanks. She also talked on “The View” about how much it meant to her to have Bush speak out in her defense. I think Obama understood the impact of that moment on her image better than the press does.

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Anita McBride served in the administrations of Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush and was chief of staff to first lady Laura Bush from 2005 to 2009.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bush; bushlegacy; firstlady; flotuslaura; flotusmichelle; laura; laurabush; michelle; obama
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Michelle Obama doesn't, can't and won't ever hold a candle to Laura Bush's grace, charm, discretion, decency, manners, sense, sweetness and pure class.


1 posted on 05/11/2009 7:12:34 PM PDT by STARWISE
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To: 1Peter2:16; 2Jedismom; 2Trievers; 4mycountry; A_perfect_lady; Alberta's Child; Allegra; AllieOop; ..

~~PING!


2 posted on 05/11/2009 7:13:20 PM PDT by STARWISE (They (LIBS-STILL) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war- Richard Miniter)
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To: STARWISE

Laura exudes class.


3 posted on 05/11/2009 7:17:31 PM PDT by Northern Yankee (Freedom Needs A Soldier)
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To: STARWISE

It sickens me that we even have the opportunity to compare the two.


4 posted on 05/11/2009 7:18:23 PM PDT by digger48
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To: STARWISE

Ah, such lovely pictures of Lady Laura.

Thanks!


5 posted on 05/11/2009 7:18:50 PM PDT by patriciaruth (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1993905/posts)
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To: STARWISE

Lovely Laura. I miss her.


6 posted on 05/11/2009 7:19:04 PM PDT by lysie
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To: STARWISE
Mrs.Obama is classless. Mrs.Bush is class personified. The MSM continues to try to paint the Obamas as the perfect First couple. They don't even come close.
7 posted on 05/11/2009 7:20:03 PM PDT by originalbuckeye
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To: STARWISE
It makes me sick when liberals, including the Obama WH, try to make points by lying about Laura Bush - who she was, and what she did.

It's a dumb tactic, because Laura was the most popular First Lady in memory, and Michelle and her band of followers would do well to respect her, and not falsely characterize what Laura did.

Michelle , as you said, STARWISE, will never measure up to Laura Bush.

Ever.

8 posted on 05/11/2009 7:21:22 PM PDT by ohioWfan (Proud Mom of a Bronze Star recipient!)
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To: originalbuckeye; digger48
Well said by both of you.

I surely miss First LADY Laura Bush!!!

9 posted on 05/11/2009 7:23:06 PM PDT by NordP (CONSERVATIVE AGAIN IN 2010 ..... Now, is it 2012 yet ???)
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To: STARWISE
Laura Bush was deserving of the term...First LADY.

Her predecessor and successor have no idea what the word LADY truly means...nor do they care.

10 posted on 05/11/2009 7:25:28 PM PDT by Semper Mark (We're being held hostage in the wet dream of a 60's radical.)
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To: STARWISE

One difference between Michelle Mabelle and the lovely Laura is that the lovely Laura was never in IT for herself. Michelle is an opportunist. Her position at the University of Chicago Hospital and Clinics (incidentally, where I did my training) was never filled. Michelle was really important to the work done there, no?


11 posted on 05/11/2009 7:26:35 PM PDT by originalbuckeye
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To: STARWISE

Everyone knows Angry Michelle can put out more cigarettes in her hand than Laura.

Pray for America


12 posted on 05/11/2009 7:28:12 PM PDT by bray (SarDate.2012)
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To: STARWISE
I do miss her!

MO is typical.

13 posted on 05/11/2009 7:28:55 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: ohioWfan
It makes me sick when liberals, including the Obama WH, try to make points by lying about Laura Bush - who she was, and what she did.

They still pull out the drunk driving lie.

14 posted on 05/11/2009 7:30:52 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (Bob Taft has soiled the family name for the next century.)
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To: STARWISE
Michelle Obama doesn't, can't and won't ever hold a candle to Laura Bush's grace, charm, discretion, decency, manners, sense, sweetness and pure class.

Amen to that Star! No comparison whatever!

15 posted on 05/11/2009 7:32:38 PM PDT by CAluvdubya (WASS-----FUBO----O.B.A.M.A.!)
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To: NordP

Yes, I miss her so much. Never once did she do or say anything that was anything but gracious and respectable. She was and is pure class in her demeanor, speech, and appearance. We were blessed to have her represent us for 8 years.

Contrast this with what we have now.


16 posted on 05/11/2009 7:34:07 PM PDT by Swede Girl
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To: STARWISE

Thank you for the lovely photos. She was/is a doll. I hope they are enjoying their peaceful retirement and all life has to offer.


17 posted on 05/11/2009 7:39:16 PM PDT by AUJenn
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To: STARWISE

Laura Bush is an aristocrat.

She did not relate to ordinary people.

Her genuine compassion for people compensated for that.


18 posted on 05/11/2009 7:44:12 PM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: STARWISE

Michele is a common haughty, bwitch with no style or substance. She could care less about anyone but herself.


19 posted on 05/11/2009 7:45:08 PM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: STARWISE
“For the first time, I am proud of my country.”

Michelle OBAMA Hussein is a classless, socialist, big mouth, with no charisma or character..

While Laura Bush exudes class and patriotism...big difference, can't lump em together..

20 posted on 05/11/2009 7:48:27 PM PDT by KLT (A damn Yankee, from the great state of Mississippi....Go Freepers Go!)
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To: nmh

“Laura Bush is an aristocrat.

She did not relate to ordinary people.”

Uh, no.


21 posted on 05/11/2009 7:49:56 PM PDT by swmobuffalo ("We didn't seek the approval of Code Pink and MoveOn.org before deciding what to do")
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To: STARWISE

As so many others, I surely miss First Lady, Laura Bush. The current female spouse in the White House is simply the president’s wife. I will not call her First LADY. because a LADY she is not. I am surprised the liberals even allow the term “Lady” to be used. Like mailman, councilman, etc. they will soon be screaming that the gender should be removed. For me, it can’t be too soon. I would love to call Michelle the First (in)Significant Other.


22 posted on 05/11/2009 7:50:03 PM PDT by CitizenM ("An excuse is worse than an lie, because an excuse is a lie hidden." Pope John Paul, II)
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To: STARWISE

Absolutely correct! I miss her and the President so much.


23 posted on 05/11/2009 7:50:23 PM PDT by jaycee ("His eye is on the sparrow and I know He watches me.")
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To: buccaneer81
They don't have anything but, lies, buccaneer.

Laura is pure class and a quality human being. They have to make things up to diss her.

24 posted on 05/11/2009 7:50:35 PM PDT by ohioWfan (Proud Mom of a Bronze Star recipient!)
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To: nmh
She's a Texas school teacher and librarian.

How is that an "aristocrat?"

Just curious.

25 posted on 05/11/2009 7:51:55 PM PDT by ohioWfan (Proud Mom of a Bronze Star recipient!)
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To: nmh
Did I mention Michelle Obama Hussein dresses very well..NOT


26 posted on 05/11/2009 7:52:36 PM PDT by KLT (A damn Yankee, from the great state of Mississippi....Go Freepers Go!)
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To: STARWISE

I sure miss First Lady Laura Bush


27 posted on 05/11/2009 8:18:01 PM PDT by LeoWindhorse
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To: Swede Girl

Sad, but true!....Oh...what a train wreck now.


28 posted on 05/11/2009 8:21:07 PM PDT by NordP (CONSERVATIVE AGAIN IN 2010 ..... Now, is it 2012 yet ???)
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To: originalbuckeye

No.


29 posted on 05/11/2009 8:32:51 PM PDT by Marysecretary (GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL.)
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To: Marysecretary

Agree.


30 posted on 05/11/2009 8:38:14 PM PDT by originalbuckeye
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To: nmh

“Laura Bush is an aristocrat. She did not relate to ordinary people.”

Quite true, but still better than MO.

Yet, I am quite sick of all the Bushes and the damage they did to America. So, in my opinion it might be best to keep them out of sight until the viewpoint of them can be somewhat “rehabilitated.”


31 posted on 05/11/2009 10:03:08 PM PDT by Memphis Moe
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To: STARWISE

Let alone Laura ability to help educate all and her manner of relating to people.

Obama doesn’t even leave a fly speck on the paper compared to the impact of Laura Bush.


32 posted on 05/11/2009 11:06:16 PM PDT by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Memphis Moe
I have dozens of photos of Laura, relating to "ordinary people."

As for keeping Laura "out of sight".......or her husband........they have been greeted with grand ovations and warm embraces wherever they have gone. Their image only needs to be "rehabilitated" for those who weren't paying very close attention to who they really were, and what they really did.

33 posted on 05/12/2009 7:00:20 AM PDT by ohioWfan (Proud Mom of a Bronze Star recipient!)
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To: Memphis Moe

Lunacy !


34 posted on 05/12/2009 7:22:11 AM PDT by STARWISE (They (LIBS-STILL) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war- Richard Miniter)
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To: ohioWfan; Memphis Moe
Me to


35 posted on 05/12/2009 12:05:52 PM PDT by snugs ((An English Cheney Chick - Big Time))
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To: snugs
Hiya, snugs! I figured you might. :)

When confronted with a bogus criticism of the Bushes, it's always good to have an arsenal of photos to combat it with.

Laura may be classy and a bit shy, but saying she doesn't relate to "ordinary people" is just silly.

She IS "ordinary people."

36 posted on 05/12/2009 2:24:46 PM PDT by ohioWfan (Proud Mom of a Bronze Star recipient!)
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To: Memphis Moe

One thing is for sure, if the Bush’s did damage to America, it certainly took a lot longer than 100 days to do it.

Look at what you got - see Obama run, see Obama screw up the military, watch Obama turn America into a classless pile of junk.


37 posted on 05/12/2009 2:48:31 PM PDT by jtill (We are God's work of art, each one a precious jewel, a beautiful picture, a potter's delight..)
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To: snugs

BTTT ;-)


38 posted on 05/12/2009 3:41:29 PM PDT by Right_in_Virginia (I don’t remember George Bush gigging the Dems like Obama is taking swipes at the Repubs.)
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To: digger48
It sickens me that we even have the opportunity to compare the two.

Worth repeating!!

39 posted on 05/12/2009 4:51:07 PM PDT by StarFan
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To: Memphis Moe
Yet, I am quite sick of all the Bushes and the damage they did to America.

It's rewarding to know because of HIS policies, we're all still alive and reading your rant. The damage to America you speak of has yet to be defined. The present occupant is weaving a scenario unlike anything we could ever imagine and I'm convinced in the not too distant future most clear thinking Americans will long for the days of the Bush Admin.

40 posted on 05/12/2009 5:21:44 PM PDT by StarFan
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To: KLT

OMG FRiend — this place hasn’t been the same without your wonderful graphics.


41 posted on 05/12/2009 5:23:04 PM PDT by StarFan
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To: StarFan

Thank you Star...missed being here


42 posted on 05/12/2009 5:30:43 PM PDT by KLT (A damn Yankee, from the great state of Mississippi....Go Freepers Go!)
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To: Memphis Moe; RaceBannon; stand watie; sauropod; StarFan; Cacique; lowbridge; dixiechick2000; Liz; ..
Yet, I am quite sick of all the Bushes and the damage they did to America. So, in my opinion it might be best to keep them out of sight until the viewpoint of them can be somewhat “rehabilitated.”

Excuse me Moe, but I'd rather have Bush in power any day of the week, then this socialist, extortionist, liar, cheat and communist KING OBAMA. You can say all you want about Bush, but one thing you have to admit, he kept us safe through his 2 terms, because the "MODERATE" Taliban were scared of him. He did not have an "Appeasment" policy as Clinton and now NOBAMA...

This whole thing with the oil and the prices all started when Congress became Pelosi empowered...Look at the stats, you'll see this is 100% correct. Grrrrrrr if anything we should all appreciate Bush's terms because now we are being bombarded by a bunch of socialism and WORLD GOVERNMENT. So stop blaming Bush..we're all sick of it...

43 posted on 05/12/2009 5:42:12 PM PDT by KLT (A damn Yankee, from the great state of Mississippi....Go Freepers Go!)
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To: Memphis Moe
RE “Yet, I am quite sick of all the Bushes and the damage they did to America. So, in my opinion it might be best to keep them out of sight until the viewpoint of them can be somewhat “rehabilitated.

I am 100% with you on Bush, delusional Bush-bots gave us Obama/Pelosi and destroyed conservatism +capitalism brand .

44 posted on 05/12/2009 6:32:17 PM PDT by sickoflibs (Obama /Pelosi/Bush Theme : "A dollar borrowed or printed is a dollar earned!")
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To: KLT; sickoflibs
he kept us safe through his 2 terms

Safe from...the hordes of illegal aliens streaming across the southern border?

Oh, wait! Bush wanted to offer them all amnesty and even reward them with U.S. citizenship.

As of 2006

Twelve Americans are murdered every day by illegal aliens, according to statistics released by Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa. If those numbers are correct, it translates to 4,380 Americans murdered annually by illegal aliens. That's 21,900 since Sept. 11, 2001...While King reports 12 Americans are murdered daily by illegal aliens, he says 13 are killed by drunk illegal alien drivers – for another annual death toll of 4,745. That's 23,725 since Sept. 11, 2001. (source)

Wanna tell all those dead Americans and lawfully-present foreign nationals how Bush "kept [them] safe"?

Maybe you can tell that to Marine Cpl. Brian Matthews, who was killed by an illegal alien drunk driver in the Maryland suburbs of Washington while home for the holidays in November 2006 (source).

Per Marine Cpl. Garrett Farris, one of Cpl. Matthews' fellow Marines:

"A guy goes to war and has no problems with that. He comes back to the States, and it's supposed to be our safe place."

If Bush was really serious about "keeping us safe," he would have ENFORCED THE LAW and actually DEFENDED OUR SOUTHERN BORDER. Instead, he chose to sit on his hands, like many of his predecessors. Unlike his predecessors, however, he championed MASS AMNESTY replete with rewards like U.S. CITIZENSHIP and THE DREAM ACT, which would have granted illegal alien foreign nationals access to the U.S. financial aid system, in-state tuition at public colleges, and preferential admissions (e.g., affirmative action) ahead of lawfully-present foreign nationals and U.S. citizens.

But hey, Big Business needed its cheap labor. How else do you think they were able to build all those homes which were bought on cheap credit and later bailed out by Bush and Paulson?

appreciate Bush's terms because now we are being bombarded by a bunch of socialism

Socialism...like TARP? The original bailouts and stimulus packages were spearheaded by Bush and Paulson.

Or Medicare Part D. Passed by Bush and a Republican Congress.

And "No Child Left Behind"? The PATRIOT Act? More gross and unconstitutional expansions of Federal power and spending.

You want Socialism and centralized Government? Bush and the Republicans ran like conservatives, but when they got into Washington, ruled like Socialists. Ruled, not governed.

45 posted on 05/13/2009 9:14:03 AM PDT by rabscuttle385 ("If this be treason, then make the most of it!" —Patrick Henry)
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To: rabscuttle385; KLT
RE :”Bush and the Republicans ran like conservatives, but when they got into Washington, ruled like Socialists

Sadly GWB ruled like a socialist prior to 2004 election, then ran as a conservative in that election, so called conservatives rallied around him(tax cuts yes!!! who cares about spending??) , after winning he quadrupled the socialism each year, and then the act was repeated with McCain in 2008, claiming he was the real Reagan conservative. And conservatives rallied again around McCain. Oh I forgot, Palin was the real candidate not Mccain.

46 posted on 05/13/2009 9:36:11 AM PDT by sickoflibs (Obama /Pelosi/Bush Theme : "A dollar borrowed or printed is a dollar earned!")
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To: rabscuttle385; RaceBannon; stand watie; sauropod; StarFan; Cacique; lowbridge; dixiechick2000; ...
First of all RABS, don't you dare misinterpret and misquote me...Your rant is one of the dumbest ever...you mischaracterized and Clintonized me...I was not referring to illegal immigration, I am well aware of the situation, and if you would read the context of my few remarks, you would know what a fool you are...I happen to agree with you our borders should not be open...but your tone is out of line..

It is obvious you are either a NOBAMA fan or you're having a BAD HAIR DAY, because you would have realized how much better we had it under Bush with all his faults, but your fake conservative BS is sickening.

Don't you ever talk to me again in such a demeaning manner, I find your post offensive and you are nothing but a phony. Take your make believe outrage to DU or someone who cares..Member since 2006...Hahhhhhhhhhh

47 posted on 05/13/2009 7:43:14 PM PDT by KLT (A damn Yankee, from the great state of Mississippi....Go Freepers Go!)
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To: sickoflibs

Sadly rabscuttle385 is definately a little “Emotional”....and needs to take a chill pill...;)


48 posted on 05/13/2009 7:50:08 PM PDT by KLT (A damn Yankee, from the great state of Mississippi....Go Freepers Go!)
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To: STARWISE

Laura Bush never tried to use the White House to her own personal advantage, and that seems to be a novelty for first ladies now.


49 posted on 05/13/2009 7:56:18 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (The McCain/Palin ticket was like a Kangaroo, stronger on the bottom than at the top)
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To: rabscuttle385
"Wanna tell all those dead Americans and lawfully-present foreign nationals how Bush "kept [them] safe"?

I know about dead Americans...I was there on 9/11...a cop based out of NYC...I wasn't referring to illegal immigration or anything even close to that...so, get off your high horse and have your reading comprehension checked.

That wasn't the point nor was that brought up by me in any post, because I know more then you think..

Where is the blame on PELOSI and her posse? Bush was forced to alter his agenda when the Congress became PELOSILAND.....you don't think she manipulated anything?

Now tell your story walkin..

50 posted on 05/13/2009 8:08:43 PM PDT by KLT (A damn Yankee, from the great state of Mississippi....Go Freepers Go!)
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