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Laura Bush defends Obama school speech
CNN ^ | 09/07/2009

Posted on 09/07/2009 12:18:05 PM PDT by freed0misntfree

WASHINGTON (CNN) — Former first lady Laura Bush is defending President Obama's decision to address the nation's school children, telling CNN Monday that it is "really important for everyone to respect the President of the United States."

"I think that there is a place for the President of the United States to talk to school children and encourage school children, and I think there are a lot of people that should do the same," she told CNN's Zain Verjee. "And that is encourage their own children to stay in school and to study hard and to try to achieve the dream that they have."

The former first lady said she believed criticism of the speech had arisen because of the accompanying lesson plans. If parents are opposed to the address, said Bush, "That's their right. You know that certainly is the right of parents to choose what they want their children to hear in school… (But) I think it's also really important for everyone to respect the President of the United States."

Does she think it's fair to criticize Obama, as some have, by labeling him a socialist? "I'd have no idea whether it's fair, do you think I thought it was fair when President Bush was criticized — not really. So, I guess not," she responded.

(Excerpt) Read more at politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com ...


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1 posted on 09/07/2009 12:18:06 PM PDT by freed0misntfree
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To: freed0misntfree

She says it because she has to.


2 posted on 09/07/2009 12:18:52 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Communism comes to America: 1/20/2009. Keep your powder dry, folks. Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: freed0misntfree

With all due respect, Ma’am, Obama is a communist, and I am not going to tolerate one damned thing from him.


3 posted on 09/07/2009 12:19:51 PM PDT by chris37
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To: freedumb2003

Why does she have to say anything at all?


4 posted on 09/07/2009 12:20:11 PM PDT by dandiegirl
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To: freed0misntfree

Oh, I read the speech. Onthe surface it sounds good enough. Just like all his campaign speeches. Problem is, this has never been done before, why now? And, I know who the POTUS is. A lying, coniving, dictator-wanna-be, communist.


5 posted on 09/07/2009 12:20:57 PM PDT by vpintheak (4-times an extremist)
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To: freed0misntfree

Shut up, Bushies.


6 posted on 09/07/2009 12:21:22 PM PDT by Nonstatist
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To: freed0misntfree

Prepared Remarks of President Barack Obama
Back to School Event
Arlington, Virginia
September 8, 2009

The President: Hello everyone – how’s everybody doing today? I’m here with students at Wakefield High School in Arlington, Virginia. And we’ve got students tuning in from all across America, kindergarten through twelfth grade. I’m glad you all could join us today.

I know that for many of you, today is the first day of school. And for those of you in kindergarten, or starting middle or high school, it’s your first day in a new school, so it’s understandable if you’re a little nervous. I imagine there are some seniors out there who are feeling pretty good right now, with just one more year to go. And no matter what grade you’re in, some of you are probably wishing it were still summer, and you could’ve stayed in bed just a little longer this morning.

I know that feeling. When I was young, my family lived in Indonesia for a few years, and my mother didn’t have the money to send me where all the American kids went to school. So she decided to teach me extra lessons herself, Monday through Friday – at 4:30 in the morning.

Now I wasn’t too happy about getting up that early. A lot of times, I’d fall asleep right there at the kitchen table. But whenever I’d complain, my mother would just give me one of those looks and say, “This is no picnic for me either, buster.”

So I know some of you are still adjusting to being back at school. But I’m here today because I have something important to discuss with you. I’m here because I want to talk with you about your education and what’s expected of all of you in this new school year.

Now I’ve given a lot of speeches about education. And I’ve talked a lot about responsibility. I’ve talked about your teachers’ responsibility for inspiring you, and pushing you to learn. I’ve talked about your parents’ responsibility for making sure you stay on track, and get your homework done, and don’t spend every waking hour in front of the TV or with that Xbox.

I’ve talked a lot about your government’s responsibility for setting high standards, supporting teachers and principals, and turning around schools that aren’t working where students aren’t getting the opportunities they deserve. But at the end of the day, we can have the most dedicated teachers, the most supportive parents, and the best schools in the world – and none of it will matter unless all of you fulfill your responsibilities. Unless you show up to those schools; pay attention to those teachers; listen to your parents, grandparents and other adults; and put in the hard work it takes to succeed.

And that’s what I want to focus on today: the responsibility each of you has for your education. I want to start with the responsibility you have to yourself.

Every single one of you has something you’re good at. Every single one of you has something to offer. And you have a responsibility to yourself to discover what that is. That’s the opportunity an education can provide. Maybe you could be a good writer – maybe even good enough to write a book or articles in a newspaper – but you might not know it until you write a paper for your English class. Maybe you could be an innovator or an inventor – maybe even good enough to come up with the next iPhone or a new medicine or vaccine – but you might not know it until you do a project for your science class. Maybe you could be a mayor or a Senator or a Supreme Court Justice, but you might not know that until you join student government or the debate team.

And no matter what you want to do with your life – I guarantee that you’ll need an education to do it. You want to be a doctor, or a teacher, or a police officer? You want to be a nurse or an architect, a lawyer or a member of our military? You’re going to need a good education for every single one of those careers. You can’t drop out of school and just drop into a good job. You’ve got to work for it and train for it and learn for it.

And this isn’t just important for your own life and your own future. What you make of your education will decide nothing less than the future of this country. What you’re learning in school today will determine whether we as a nation can meet our greatest challenges in the future.

You’ll need the knowledge and problem-solving skills you learn in science and math to cure diseases like cancer and AIDS, and to develop new energy technologies and protect our environment. You’ll need the insights and critical thinking skills you gain in history and social studies to fight poverty and homelessness, crime and discrimination, and make our nation more fair and more free. You’ll need the creativity and ingenuity you develop in all your classes to build new companies that will create new jobs and boost our economy.

We need every single one of you to develop your talents, skills and intellect so you can help solve our most difficult problems. If you don’t do that – if you quit on school – you’re not just quitting on yourself, you’re quitting on your country.

Now I know it’s not always easy to do well in school. I know a lot of you have challenges in your lives right now that can make it hard to focus on your schoolwork.

I get it. I know what that’s like. My father left my family when I was two years old, and I was raised by a single mother who struggled at times to pay the bills and wasn’t always able to give us things the other kids had. There were times when I missed having a father in my life. There were times when I was lonely and felt like I didn’t fit in. So I wasn’t always as focused as I should have been. I did some things I’m not proud of, and got in more trouble than I should have. And my life could have easily taken a turn for the worse.

But I was fortunate. I got a lot of second chances and had the opportunity to go to college, and law school, and follow my dreams. My wife, our First Lady Michelle Obama, has a similar story. Neither of her parents had gone to college, and they didn’t have much. But they worked hard, and she worked hard, so that she could go to the best schools in this country. Some of you might not have those advantages. Maybe you don’t have adults in your life who give you the support that you need. Maybe someone in your family has lost their job, and there’s not enough money to go around. Maybe you live in a neighborhood where you don’t feel safe, or have friends who are pressuring you to do things you know aren’t right.

But at the end of the day, the circumstances of your life – what you look like, where you come from, how much money you have, what you’ve got going on at home – that’s no excuse for neglecting your homework or having a bad attitude. That’s no excuse for talking back to your teacher, or cutting class, or dropping out of school. That’s no excuse for not trying. Where you are right now doesn’t have to determine where you’ll end up. No one’s written your destiny for you. Here in America, you write your own destiny. You make your own future.

That’s what young people like you are doing every day, all across America.

Young people like Jazmin Perez, from Roma, Texas. Jazmin didn’t speak English when she first started school. Hardly anyone in her hometown went to college, and neither of her parents had gone either. But she worked hard, earned good grades, got a scholarship to Brown University, and is now in graduate school, studying public health, on her way to being Dr. Jazmin Perez. I’m thinking about Andoni Schultz, from Los Altos, California, who’s fought brain cancer since he was three. He’s endured all sorts of treatments and surgeries, one of which affected his memory, so it took him much longer – hundreds of extra hours – to do his schoolwork. But he never fell behind, and he’s headed to college this fall.

And then there’s Shantell Steve, from my hometown of Chicago, Illinois. Even when bouncing from foster home to foster home in the toughest neighborhoods, she managed to get a job at a local health center; start a program to keep young people out of gangs; and she’s on track to graduate high school with honors and go on to college.

Jazmin, Andoni and Shantell aren’t any different from any of you. They faced challenges in their lives just like you do. But they refused to give up. They chose to take responsibility for their education and set goals for themselves. And I expect all of you to do the same.

That’s why today, I’m calling on each of you to set your own goals for your education – and to do everything you can to meet them. Your goal can be something as simple as doing all your homework, paying attention in class, or spending time each day reading a book. Maybe you’ll decide to get involved in an extracurricular activity, or volunteer in your community. Maybe you’ll decide to stand up for kids who are being teased or bullied because of who they are or how they look, because you believe, like I do, that all kids deserve a safe environment to study and learn. Maybe you’ll decide to take better care of yourself so you can be more ready to learn. And along those lines, I hope you’ll all wash your hands a lot, and stay home from school when you don’t feel well, so we can keep people from getting the flu this fall and winter.

Whatever you resolve to do, I want you to commit to it. I want you to really work at it.

I know that sometimes, you get the sense from TV that you can be rich and successful without any hard work — that your ticket to success is through rapping or basketball or being a reality TV star, when chances are, you’re not going to be any of those things.

But the truth is, being successful is hard. You won’t love every subject you study. You won’t click with every teacher. Not every homework assignment will seem completely relevant to your life right this minute. And you won’t necessarily succeed at everything the first time you try.

That’s OK. Some of the most successful people in the world are the ones who’ve had the most failures. JK Rowling’s first Harry Potter book was rejected twelve times before it was finally published. Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team, and he lost hundreds of games and missed thousands of shots during his career. But he once said, “I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

These people succeeded because they understand that you can’t let your failures define you – you have to let them teach you. You have to let them show you what to do differently next time. If you get in trouble, that doesn’t mean you’re a troublemaker, it means you need to try harder to behave. If you get a bad grade, that doesn’t mean you’re stupid, it just means you need to spend more time studying.

No one’s born being good at things, you become good at things through hard work. You’re not a varsity athlete the first time you play a new sport. You don’t hit every note the first time you sing a song. You’ve got to practice. It’s the same with your schoolwork. You might have to do a math problem a few times before you get it right, or read something a few times before you understand it, or do a few drafts of a paper before it’s good enough to hand in.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it. I do that every day. Asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of strength. It shows you have the courage to admit when you don’t know something, and to learn something new. So find an adult you trust – a parent, grandparent or teacher; a coach or counselor – and ask them to help you stay on track to meet your goals.

And even when you’re struggling, even when you’re discouraged, and you feel like other people have given up on you – don’t ever give up on yourself. Because when you give up on yourself, you give up on your country.

The story of America isn’t about people who quit when things got tough. It’s about people who kept going, who tried harder, who loved their country too much to do anything less than their best.

It’s the story of students who sat where you sit 250 years ago, and went on to wage a revolution and found this nation. Students who sat where you sit 75 years ago who overcame a Depression and won a world war; who fought for civil rights and put a man on the moon. Students who sat where you sit 20 years ago who founded Google, Twitter and Facebook and changed the way we communicate with each other.

So today, I want to ask you, what’s your contribution going to be? What problems are you going to solve? What discoveries will you make? What will a president who comes here in twenty or fifty or one hundred years say about what all of you did for this country?

Your families, your teachers, and I are doing everything we can to make sure you have the education you need to answer these questions. I’m working hard to fix up your classrooms and get you the books, equipment and computers you need to learn. But you’ve got to do your part too. So I expect you to get serious this year. I expect you to put your best effort into everything you do. I expect great things from each of you. So don’t let us down – don’t let your family or your country or yourself down. Make us all proud. I know you can do it.

Thank you, God bless you, and God bless America.


7 posted on 09/07/2009 12:21:49 PM PDT by al_c (http://www.blowoutcongress.com)
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To: Nonstatist

Oh Laura, Laura, Laura,........shush!


8 posted on 09/07/2009 12:21:54 PM PDT by Cheryllynn
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To: freed0misntfree
Does she think it's fair to criticize Obama, as some have, by labeling him a socialist? "I'd have no idea whether it's fair...

Pretty strong statement there. Her observation that the lesson plans that were to go along with the speech were the objectionable part is correct too.

9 posted on 09/07/2009 12:21:58 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: freed0misntfree

Oh, Mrs Bush. That was in the old days. Respect a Copmmunist with intentions bad for America? Come on!


10 posted on 09/07/2009 12:22:06 PM PDT by Paperdoll
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To: freed0misntfree
it is "really important for everyone to respect the President of the United States."

Not unless he EARNS IT!

11 posted on 09/07/2009 12:22:18 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Cementjungle

NOW, did the PREZ hear this...now he won’t have to blame the economy on George W...any longer.


12 posted on 09/07/2009 12:22:47 PM PDT by rovenstinez
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To: freed0misntfree

0be should bet the kids that they could get better grades than he did.


13 posted on 09/07/2009 12:23:05 PM PDT by Paladin2 (Big Ears + Big Spending --> BigEarMarx, the man behind TOTUS)
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To: freed0misntfree

She is right, staying in school is a good message. Pledging allegence to Obama is not.


14 posted on 09/07/2009 12:23:43 PM PDT by marstegreg
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To: freed0misntfree
Former first lady Laura Bush is defending President Obama’s decision to address the nation's school children,
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Obama voted 3 times against the “Born Alive” bill. He supports partial birth abortion. He favors taxpayer support of abortion here in the U.S. and the world. He is steadfast in his refusal to prove he is natural born which would be considered and HONOR by an honest and straightforward president.

This is a man we should have as a model for the nation's children? So?...Does Obama serve cookies and milk with that? ( Just wondering?)

15 posted on 09/07/2009 12:23:48 PM PDT by wintertime (People are not stupid! Good ideas win!)
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To: freed0misntfree

This was a stupid move on her part as Ole W put this Pinko Cretin in Office and we will not forget that little fact.


16 posted on 09/07/2009 12:23:50 PM PDT by Cheetahcat (Zero the Wright kind of Racist! We are in a state of War with Democrats)
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To: freed0misntfree

Nothing like vilifying the president in order to get elected, then be doing so ineptly a job that the former first lady has to take pity on him and defend him. That’s got to hurt.


17 posted on 09/07/2009 12:23:58 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: dandiegirl

My thoughts exactly ... Why give him cover, especially given the level of “respect” that he and his ilk gave your husband.

And with all due respect Mrs. Bush your children are already raised and you didn’t have to do it in obamaworld.


18 posted on 09/07/2009 12:24:25 PM PDT by jtal
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To: vpintheak

I read speech and it is boring boring boring. A real snoozer. I predict at least half the kids will be asleep and the other half will be busy texting.

Giant waste of time.


19 posted on 09/07/2009 12:24:42 PM PDT by EggsAckley (There's an Ethiopian in the fuel supply. W.C. Fields)
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To: freed0misntfree

Laura is a RINO and so is George and his entire family!


20 posted on 09/07/2009 12:24:43 PM PDT by wintertime (People are not stupid! Good ideas win!)
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To: freed0misntfree

I wasn’t very concerned about the speech it was the discussion guide put out the DOE that had me going. It tried to turn the speech from what the meaning was into adulation for Obama. For me that has always been the rub. I doubted that he would go afield knowing that everyone would be listening really close.


21 posted on 09/07/2009 12:24:48 PM PDT by engrpat (A village in Kenya is missing their idiot...lets send him back)
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To: dandiegirl

Hard to say what the context of the comments was (interview? Press release?) but she clearly also had other comments that make sens — about Cheney’s criticisms of the TOTUS-reading fuhrer and people’s right to keep their kids from being indoctrinated (all my words and not hers)...

Like I said, she has to say that and I’ll bet Barbara Bush would say the same thing.


22 posted on 09/07/2009 12:25:29 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Communism comes to America: 1/20/2009. Keep your powder dry, folks. Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: rovenstinez

“NOW, did the PREZ hear this...now he won’t have to blame the economy on George W...any longer.”

But, he still will.


23 posted on 09/07/2009 12:25:32 PM PDT by Levante
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To: dandiegirl
Why does she have to say anything at all?

Laura, I'm sorry, but you just fell a few points for me. You should have kept your mouth shut. Obama and his communist czars are the ones who aren't respectful to the Office of the President. I am respectful to the Office of the President but that doesn't mean I must be respectful to the usurper who has disgraced the Office and this country.

24 posted on 09/07/2009 12:25:39 PM PDT by bgill (The evidence simply does not support the official position of the Obama administration)
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To: freed0misntfree

Misleading headline.


25 posted on 09/07/2009 12:25:55 PM PDT by Carley (OBAMA IS A MALEVOLENT FORCE IN THE WORLD)
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To: EggsAckley

Pretty much. At least ther isn’t anything in there about rise of sea levels stopping, and great lights directing children to work harder for their government.


26 posted on 09/07/2009 12:26:26 PM PDT by vpintheak (4-times an extremist)
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To: rovenstinez

Why does she bother to give any support to BO at all? BO has directed the Satans in his administration to go after her husband and his administration. I wonder what she thinks about this? BO never opens his mouth without blaming Bush for something. She’s a better woman than I would be in her shoes.


27 posted on 09/07/2009 12:26:39 PM PDT by dandiegirl
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To: freed0misntfree

Laura never did impress me despite all the worship on this site


28 posted on 09/07/2009 12:27:11 PM PDT by uncbob
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To: freed0misntfree
Former first lady Laura Bush is defending President Obama's decision to address the nation's school children, telling CNN Monday that it is "really important for everyone to respect the President of the United States."

I'm with Laura 100% one this one.

That campaign speech showed Obama to be a politician and a long way from presidential.

It is important to respect the POTUS, politicians can stick it where the sun doesn't shine in most cases however.

29 posted on 09/07/2009 12:27:29 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: freed0misntfree

That is not so much a defense of Obama speaking to school children as a shot at those (like Obama) who disrespected her husband when he was POTUS. Doesn’t anyone, including the headline writers, read the damned article ?


30 posted on 09/07/2009 12:27:29 PM PDT by EDINVA (A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul -- G. B. Shaw)
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To: dandiegirl

She has turned out to be just what I have always thought. Poor George He just had to much to contend with,
Remember she is a libaryian. She is so liberated.
I have wittnesed many first ladies and there are only a couple that I have trusted.


31 posted on 09/07/2009 12:28:08 PM PDT by americanmother (2nd Tim chapter 3)
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To: wintertime

Laura Bush is pro-abortion. I don’t care what she thinks about anything, really.


32 posted on 09/07/2009 12:28:29 PM PDT by MayflowerMadam (POWER TO THE PEOPLE)
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To: freed0misntfree

You can see why Republican got so little the past 8 years.

They want to be loved by the media. Go away Bushes.


33 posted on 09/07/2009 12:28:42 PM PDT by Finalapproach29er (A woman will be the next President; I hope it's Palin instead of HRC.)
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To: al_c

It’s always about Barack Hussein Obama.


34 posted on 09/07/2009 12:29:56 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (ObamaCare! When "natural causes" just isn't good enough!)
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To: freed0misntfree
Does Mrs. Bush not get it?

It wasn't the speech! If Obama had simply announced that he wanted to make a live address to students about the importance of staying in school, there would have been nothing to argue about.

It was the damn talking points that the Department of Indoctrination, errr... Education sent out to principals in advance of the speech. No, it wasn't entirely proper to bypass the state and local education agencies. But, it was really the wording of the "exercises" that set off the alarm bells.

The state-run media has, at best, acknowledged that it was "in-artfully worded". But, why can't they admit that it was a legitimate red flag for the large number of parents in this country that disagree with Obama's political views?

35 posted on 09/07/2009 12:30:02 PM PDT by justlurking (The only remedy for a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.)
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To: jtal

I’ve never liked the mutual suck-up and cover-up society that presidents and ex-presidents try to form together. Or the the way senators would do anything other than criticize each other. We don’t elect them so they better cover their a*&^s for their actions.

And I really don’t get W staying quiet but sending his wife out to do the sucking up so painfully publicly.


36 posted on 09/07/2009 12:30:31 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: freed0misntfree

I kind of like this. It must twist the guts of progressives to be defended by a Bush.


37 posted on 09/07/2009 12:32:04 PM PDT by Mamzelle (Who is Kenneth Gladney? (Don't forget to bring your cameras))
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To: freed0misntfree; a fool in paradise

In Before Somebody Said That Bushes Have Class


38 posted on 09/07/2009 12:32:04 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: freed0misntfree

Laura Bush as wrong on this, and when she tried to expound on it she went further out on that pier of confusion.


39 posted on 09/07/2009 12:33:00 PM PDT by bvw
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To: wintertime

the entire bush family are part of the new world order bunch.


40 posted on 09/07/2009 12:34:34 PM PDT by television is just wrong (one bad ass mistake America!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: freed0misntfree

I kind of like this. It must twist the guts of progressives to be defended by a Bush.


41 posted on 09/07/2009 12:34:51 PM PDT by Mamzelle (Who is Kenneth Gladney? (Don't forget to bring your cameras))
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To: freed0misntfree

It is not Laura Bush’s job to be anything other than very gracious and charming. And she does it perfectly.


42 posted on 09/07/2009 12:35:36 PM PDT by sazerac
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To: freed0misntfree

I am sorry Laura after what this pathetic commie has said about your husband and Chaney I would not let my children hear a word this commie has to say..


43 posted on 09/07/2009 12:35:37 PM PDT by PLD
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To: freed0misntfree

I suggest to everyone here to actually read the CNN article. It is not really that supporting of this speech, and certainly doesn’t think children should be forced to listen to it or parents not allowed to opt out. She even mentions those egregious lesson plans.


44 posted on 09/07/2009 12:36:14 PM PDT by Mamzelle (Who is Kenneth Gladney? (Don't forget to bring your cameras))
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To: americanmother

Don’t forget, she is judging the revised copy. There would not be an uproar is “this” copy were the original script. This is one that is pretty tame, and does not ask the question “How can I help Obabma?” not America, not yourselves (in essay form, please.)


45 posted on 09/07/2009 12:37:01 PM PDT by marstegreg
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To: justlurking

The former first lady said she believed criticism of the speech had arisen because of the accompanying lesson plans

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Yeah, I think she gets it.


46 posted on 09/07/2009 12:37:03 PM PDT by psjones (u)
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To: freedumb2003

Sad to say but she should have kept her mouth shut like her husband did for years.


47 posted on 09/07/2009 12:37:04 PM PDT by mcshot (My President will be honest, transparent, open and have a legitimate birth certificate.)
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To: freedumb2003
She says it because she has to.

Why is that? Is Laura among the 900 FBI files the Hildabeast still has in her possession?

This might explain the helplessness Dubya exhibited for 8 years...

48 posted on 09/07/2009 12:37:38 PM PDT by Publius6961 (Obama Garden Club: Nothing but plants.)
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To: dandiegirl

The Bush train has already been taken off the main track and consigned to the rail yard to be put in mothballs.

A new train is now on the main track, rocketing towards national moral clarity picking up more passengers along the way and it is being led by the defiant Sarah Palin who does not countenance Marxists.

Mrs. Bush, your “compassionate conservative” train has run out of steam and diesel fuel and has grinded to a halt and been shoved aside. Accept it and move on. Nobody is looking to buy tickets for and be passengers on your train any longer.


49 posted on 09/07/2009 12:37:42 PM PDT by techno
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To: vpintheak

I read it too.

It has to many attempts to get children to imprint on him.

I felt alone too.

I expect you to

Personal stories about himself.

Eff that.

He ain’t Parent in chief.

Sorry Mrs. Bush. I was not condemning of it until I read it.

Also how can he address K-12 with that speech?
Little kids wont understsand all that.

I would suggest she read Reagan’s text when he spoke to Jr High kids and see the vast difference in message.


50 posted on 09/07/2009 12:37:59 PM PDT by Names Ash Housewares
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