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Elder Bush will not attend Kennedy funeral (Younger Bush will)
Cron ^ | 8.28.09

Posted on 08/28/2009 7:00:44 AM PDT by meandog

Edited on 08/28/2009 7:57:03 AM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

BOSTON — The elder President George Bush will not be attending Sen. Edward Kennedy's funeral.


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TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bush; bush41; bush43; kennedy; tedkennedy

1 posted on 08/28/2009 7:00:44 AM PDT by meandog
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To: meandog

But he can send a nice note saying he approves.


2 posted on 08/28/2009 7:01:24 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: meandog

Those New England elites gotta stick together, you know.


3 posted on 08/28/2009 7:02:45 AM PDT by RAO1125 (Neoconservatism:Failed. Socialism:Failing (again). Next up: Libertarianism)
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To: meandog

“It was part of a stream of fond remembrances issued by Republicans.”

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Wow.

Just wow.....


4 posted on 08/28/2009 7:02:55 AM PDT by EyeGuy
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To: Tijeras_Slim

But he can send a nice note saying he approves.
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LOL! Mark Twain, right?


5 posted on 08/28/2009 7:05:44 AM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (“During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.” -George Orwell)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

6 posted on 08/28/2009 7:06:03 AM PDT by meandog (GWB IS the reason for BHO!)
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To: meandog

he’s 85 years old for crying out loud........he should spend each day as HE wishes, not running off to the funeral of a drunken sot shows good taste.


7 posted on 08/28/2009 7:06:46 AM PDT by tioga
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To: meandog

Makes me even sicker: 1 Rep and 3 Dems...

George Senior, you need to represent!!!


8 posted on 08/28/2009 7:07:10 AM PDT by GOPsterinMA (Eric Cartman for president in 2012)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

Yes :)


9 posted on 08/28/2009 7:07:13 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: GOPsterinMA

Maybe he just doesn’t want to be a hypocrite.


10 posted on 08/28/2009 7:09:14 AM PDT by tiki (True Christians will not deliberately slander or misrepresent others or their beliefs)
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To: Tijeras_Slim
LOL

Yeah...just ANOTHER situation where President Bush (43) has to show he has class and show up, even though....

11 posted on 08/28/2009 7:13:28 AM PDT by NordP (If big government were a martini - BHO is just... the vermouth. (Grover Norquist, A4P 8/15))
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To: RAO1125

Are you really accusing President Bush (43) of being a NE elite?


12 posted on 08/28/2009 7:14:15 AM PDT by NordP (If big government were a martini - BHO is just... the vermouth. (Grover Norquist, A4P 8/15))
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To: tiki

Possible. The man’s 85 years old, his time is getting shorter too. I don’t blame him; he can do or not do whatever he wants. He’s earned that right.

Still, GWB will be outnumbered 3:1. Oh well, I’m not watching it anyway.

All this dynasty talk: The Bushes have done much better than the Kennedys could ever dream of! 3 Presidents (Franklin Pierce plus the 2 Bushes), 2 governors, 1 senator. They are the REAL dynasty, not the Kennedys.


13 posted on 08/28/2009 7:15:05 AM PDT by GOPsterinMA (Eric Cartman for president in 2012)
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To: meandog

So he tried to get along with people, perhaps thinking you could do more with sugar than vinegar like many of our parents told us ....woooooo.... guilty as charged.


14 posted on 08/28/2009 7:15:49 AM PDT by NordP (If big government were a martini - BHO is just... the vermouth. (Grover Norquist, A4P 8/15))
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To: GOPsterinMA

Agreed!


15 posted on 08/28/2009 7:16:19 AM PDT by NordP (If big government were a martini - BHO is just... the vermouth. (Grover Norquist, A4P 8/15))
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To: meandog

I wonder how Carter REALLY feels about Ted. Ted was actively working against him, behind his back. Tried to sabotage hi nomination, if any former living President should hate the guy, it would be him.


16 posted on 08/28/2009 7:22:16 AM PDT by Paradox (ObamaCare = Logan's Run ; There is no Sanctuary!)
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To: GOPsterinMA
George Herbert Walker Bush is a fifth cousin four times removed of Franklin Pierce. Barbara Bush's maiden name was Pierce and she is also related to Franklin Pierce (but not a direct descendant as The New York Times has asserted--none of Franklin Pierce's children survived long enough to have children). The Presidents Bush are also more distantly related to Theodore Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln, and Gerald Ford.
17 posted on 08/28/2009 7:23:48 AM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: Verginius Rufus

Thanks for the info - good stuff!!!


18 posted on 08/28/2009 7:25:35 AM PDT by GOPsterinMA (Eric Cartman for president in 2012)
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To: tioga; NordP
he’s 85 years old for crying out loud........he should spend each day as HE wishes, not running off to the funeral of a drunken sot shows good taste.

Absolutely! And I don't blame him a bit for not showing up for a former drunken sot. I suppose that's why the former drunken sot of a son should go, birds of a feather and all ... BTW, I agree that 41 is showing the class and good taste, not 43!

19 posted on 08/28/2009 7:26:15 AM PDT by meandog (GWB IS the reason for BHO!)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

But he can send a nice note saying he approves.
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LOL! Mark Twain, right?

“The reports of his death have been greatly appreciated.” - Not Mark Twian


20 posted on 08/28/2009 7:28:52 AM PDT by jessduntno (Privatization + Inter-State Sales + Individual Policies + Tort Reform = Healthcare Reform)
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To: NordP

I’m sure it will a typical classy Democrat funeral...snarky and Wellstonian.


21 posted on 08/28/2009 7:29:09 AM PDT by 2Jedismom
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To: meandog

Bush 41 is a recovered alcoholic.........teddy was one till the end, or till he couldn’t lift the bottle anymore. joke all ya want, but that there is class. learn from your mistakes and all.

too bad 41 wants to go......but it’s his choice I guess. I wouldn’t bother.


22 posted on 08/28/2009 7:30:37 AM PDT by tioga
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To: meandog
My theory is that once he found out W was going, he didn't want to turn it into a "Bush family" thing, with their presence being so large while at a Kennedy event.

It's nice to see some of the more positive comments on this thread. Yes, W was flawed and I violently disagreed with much that he did, but trying to get along with his political opponents is one of the things I liked about him (he indeed DID try to change the tone, the Dems were just petulant brats who held on to their resentment over Florida).

23 posted on 08/28/2009 7:33:38 AM PDT by Darkwolf377 (Notice how the DUmmies aren't praising V for Vendetta anymore?)
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To: Paradox
I wonder how Carter REALLY feels about Ted. Ted was actively working against him, behind his back. Tried to sabotage hi nomination, if any former living President should hate the guy, it would be him.

Carter is bitter about everything and everybody but himself about his failed presidency (about the only good thing I can admire about Bush 43 is that he's at least not as bitter and bad as Carter is/was.) I'm certain that he'll use the event to try to advance something positive about his legacy of complete and utter failure).

24 posted on 08/28/2009 7:34:15 AM PDT by meandog (GWB IS the reason for BHO!)
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To: Verginius Rufus

bttt


25 posted on 08/28/2009 7:35:43 AM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: tioga
Bush 41 is a recovered alcoholic.........teddy was one till the end, or till he couldn’t lift the bottle anymore. joke all ya want, but that there is class. learn from your mistakes and all. too bad 41 wants to go......but it’s his choice I guess. I wouldn’t bother.

According to the media, wife Vikie got Teddy to quit the bottle. No?

26 posted on 08/28/2009 7:35:56 AM PDT by meandog (GWB IS the reason for BHO!)
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To: NordP

Bush was born, raised and educated in New England. His family, of course, is one of the most powerful in American politics since the 1930s. Face it, he’s a Connecticut Cowboy. But he played his gimmick well. As well known as Bush 41 is for publisizing the “new world order,” Prescott laid the seeds for it.


27 posted on 08/28/2009 7:44:14 AM PDT by RAO1125 (Neoconservatism:Failed. Socialism:Failing (again). Next up: Libertarianism)
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To: GOPsterinMA

As someone stated—he is 85 years old. He doesn’t have to go if he doesn’t want to. Barbara Bush had heart surgery not that long ago (March) Leave them alone.


28 posted on 08/28/2009 7:47:24 AM PDT by madison10
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To: tioga

Some people wouldn’t be satisfied if Bush 41 appeared on national television, tore the head off a live rooster, and drank its blood, all while issuing a Santerian curse.


29 posted on 08/28/2009 7:52:30 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: madison10

Why don’t you look at my post #13 in the thread.


30 posted on 08/28/2009 7:53:20 AM PDT by GOPsterinMA (Eric Cartman for president in 2012)
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To: meandog

They flipped a coin and George Jr. lost.


31 posted on 08/28/2009 7:59:36 AM PDT by HelenChicago
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To: 1rudeboy

Wasn’t that his initiation into Skull and Bones?


32 posted on 08/28/2009 8:07:57 AM PDT by RAO1125 (Neoconservatism:Failed. Socialism:Failing (again). Next up: Libertarianism)
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To: RAO1125

Good point . . . maybe it was, and some enterprising FReeper will post a thread linking it to Kennedy’s death.


33 posted on 08/28/2009 8:09:07 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy

Was there a grassy knoll anywhere near Kennedy’s deathbed?


34 posted on 08/28/2009 8:10:13 AM PDT by RAO1125 (Neoconservatism:Failed. Socialism:Failing (again). Next up: Libertarianism)
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To: tioga

correction.....Bush 43 is the recovered alcoholic.....gees......what a mistake!


35 posted on 08/28/2009 8:38:35 AM PDT by tioga
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To: Paradox
I wonder how Carter REALLY feels about Ted. Ted was actively working against him, behind his back. Tried to sabotage hi nomination, if any former living President should hate the guy, it would be him.

It's the ONE good thing from Teddy's legacy, he helped Reagan gain the White House.

36 posted on 08/28/2009 8:40:06 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: meandog

if he quit it was more likely due to health reasons......he got too old to drink...happens a lot. pancreatitis will do it.....or your liver starts to go....or your body just can’t handle the stuff anymore, so you quit.....but he did it for LOVE? I find THAT one hard to swallow....LOL


37 posted on 08/28/2009 8:41:13 AM PDT by tioga
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To: RAO1125
Bush was born, raised and educated in New England. His family, of course, is one of the most powerful in American politics since the 1930s. Face it, he’s a Connecticut Cowboy. But he played his gimmick well. As well known as Bush 41 is for publisizing the “new world order,” Prescott laid the seeds for it.

Exactly! Hardly different really than the Kennedy clan 'cept the Bush's are WASPS and the Kennedys are RCs. But both families are damned yankees, IMHO, and no doubt had antecedents that attacked and tried to destroy my beloved Southern soil. The Bush's later became notorious carpetbaggers when it came to Texas oil money. Double-pee-yew even tried to pass himself off as a native Texan when he was the Lone Star state's governor--even wore a pair of Mahan boots with the state seal on them.

38 posted on 08/28/2009 8:41:44 AM PDT by meandog (GWB IS the reason for BHO!)
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To: tioga
From what I've read about him, I'd say that Bush 43 was a problem drinker who stopped before becoming a full-blown alcoholic. He stopped on a dime without assistance--I don't know if that would have been possible if he had reached the stage of being a true alcoholic.

It's just too bad he didn't stop before getting the DUI...without that he might have won over 50% of the popular vote in 2000 and been in a stronger position in his first term without all the rancor left over from Gore's attempt to steal the Florida electoral votes.

39 posted on 08/28/2009 9:05:19 AM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: tioga
if he quit it was more likely due to health reasons......he got too old to drink...happens a lot. pancreatitis will do it.....or your liver starts to go....or your body just can’t handle the stuff anymore, so you quit.....but he did it for LOVE? I find THAT one hard to swallow....LOL

Supposedly, Orrin Hatch (of all people) urged "his friend" to quit the bottle and new wife Vicki Reggie laid down the law about it after the William Kennedy Smith incident. I don't know the truth whether or not he still imbibed from time to time AND I don't know whether or not GWB ever slipped as well (as far as I know neither ever attended AA meetings) ... I believe that Bush didn't as he never appeared drunk while president but I'm also gonna give old Teddy the benefit of the doubt too after William Kennedy Smith got off with rape. Let me just say that they both had episodes of drunkenness that caused concern about their fitness. In Bush's case, however, it was in his 20s and 30s when he allegedly challenged #41 to fisticuffs after running his automobile into the house and, of course, was arrested for DUI; still, though he didn't hold any political office, he was a young father at the time. In Teddy's case he got away Scot free of manslaughter after drowning a young campaign aide when he ran off a bridge in a drunken driving event and steered his nephew on an Easter bender that ended up with a young woman alleging rape.

40 posted on 08/28/2009 9:08:35 AM PDT by meandog (GWB IS the reason for BHO!)
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I heard some rumors, that he might have quit. But announcing you are now sober would be to admit you were a drunken sot to begin with. the whole family has issues.....lots of them.


41 posted on 08/28/2009 9:30:28 AM PDT by tioga
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Interesting article on Kennedy here and a twist on the Mary Jo Kopechne tragedy I hadn't heard before (plus a photo of The Gipper with Teddy!).
42 posted on 08/28/2009 9:50:45 AM PDT by crunk
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To: meandog

well, if Teddy’s timing wasn’t so messed up or President Bush was in his third term, he could name a Department after him.. The Department of Kennedy. Oh wait, he did, huh?


43 posted on 08/28/2009 9:53:11 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard)
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To: tioga
I heard some rumors, that he might have quit. But announcing you are now sober would be to admit you were a drunken sot to begin with. the whole family has issues.....lots of them.

Yeah, I agree with that...the family was clearly, in my estimation, the epitome of dysfunctional. Joe P Kennedy senior was a mean old bastard that instilled utter chaos in his children. The story goes that he demanded such competitiveness that when JFK won the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for saving his crew on PT-109 and the family was celebrating, Joe Jr. (who was on leave) was upstairs sobbing in jealousy and vowing to get a more impressive medal by volunteering for the hazardous duty that eventually took his life. Joe Sr. also was a notorious womanizer, and made little attempt to hide that he was diddling Gloria Swanson and other movie starlets from his family--'course both JFK and Bobby followed suit in sharing Marilyn Monroe (and supposedly, in a new book, RFK even followed up with Jackie, his dead brother's widow). Teddy became a human wreck. The girls were mostly left alone by Joe, 'cept of course for Rosemary--she was lobotomized because she had a slightly lower than normal IQ. Tragedy seemed to follow this family horribly. Joe Jr. killed in V2 raid; Kathleen killed in plane crash next, then JFK and RFK both assassinated; John-John killed in plane crash, RFK's son DO'd, then another losing his leg to cancer, and one of the girl's son killed skiing.

44 posted on 08/28/2009 10:52:33 AM PDT by meandog (GWB IS the reason for BHO!)
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