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Bush panders before the NAACP (Larry Elder)
Townhall.com ^ | July 27, 2006 | Larry Elder

Posted on 07/27/2006 5:14:37 PM PDT by EveningStar

President Bush addressed the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People -- after five years of invitations -- and blew it. He pandered, he condescended, all to show blacks that, yes, the president feels your pain...

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TOPICS: Editorial; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bush; larryelder; naacp; pandering
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1 posted on 07/27/2006 5:14:40 PM PDT by EveningStar
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To: EveningStar

Larry Elder is an ass.

2 posted on 07/27/2006 5:16:03 PM PDT by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: Howlin; onyx; Clemenza; Petronski; GummyIII; SevenofNine; martin_fierro; veronica; EggsAckley; ...

ping


3 posted on 07/27/2006 5:16:05 PM PDT by EveningStar
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To: EveningStar

Poor Bush... dammed if you do, dammed if you don't.


4 posted on 07/27/2006 5:16:21 PM PDT by FreedomNeocon (Success is not final; Failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts -- Churchill)
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To: Southack

I like him a lot. He's highly underrated.


5 posted on 07/27/2006 5:16:50 PM PDT by EveningStar
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To: FreedomNeocon

Being President means sometimes having to play politics. So Bush is just doing what he has to do.


6 posted on 07/27/2006 5:18:54 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (illegal aliens commit crimes that Americans won't commit)
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To: EveningStar

I've never understood how Republicans think they can EVER out pander Democrats. It ain't gonna happen.


8 posted on 07/27/2006 5:22:13 PM PDT by Menehune56 (Oderint Dum Metuant (Let them hate, so long as they fear - Lucius Accius (170 BC - 86 BC)))
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To: EveningStar

By speaking before this group Bush showed he is a bigger man than some of the racists in the NAACP. A majority of American blacks are conservative Christians waiting for a strong black leader to come along who is not a crook, a race baiter, or a Muslim.


9 posted on 07/27/2006 5:22:35 PM PDT by Brad from Tennessee (Anything a politician gives you he has first stolen from you)
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To: Southack
Not usually!!!!!!!!!
10 posted on 07/27/2006 5:23:38 PM PDT by Coldwater Creek ("Over there, over there, We won't be back 'til it's over Over there.")
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To: EveningStar

What did they expect? Don't they realize that if something happened to the Prez and VPrez that Condi would be it?!?
Condi 08! Oh, and I'm white, by the way.


12 posted on 07/27/2006 5:25:14 PM PDT by Mrs. Shawnlaw (No NAIS! And the USDA can bugger off, too!)
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To: Menehune56

I've never understood how Republicans think they can EVER out pander Democrats. It ain't gonna happen.
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No it is not. And neither are the black votes for conservatives. Bush never should have gone.


14 posted on 07/27/2006 5:26:53 PM PDT by EagleUSA
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To: Southack

Why so harsh toward Larry Elder? I agree with Elder and thought exactly that when I saw a couple of brief clips from the speech the other day - Pres. Bush conceded far too much to these racist charlatan hucksters such as Julian Bond, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson. Pres. Bush should never have placed such blame on the Republican Party - he should have been polite but firm in asserting that the Republicans have a difference and BETTER vision for America that raises prospects for everyone who will make a bit of an effort. Sure, be cordial to any audience, but don't accept the premises of NAACP leaders that THEY have the moral high ground (they did 40 years ago, but not now, not after 40 years of pandering to many of the worst idiots and bad ideas in American life).






Larry Elder - great stuff:


Bush could have grabbed the NAACP -- and indeed, the country -- by its lapels, and said:

"Ladies and gentlemen, good news. While racism can never be purged from the hearts of all people, it no longer represents a force potent enough to hold back anyone in America who works hard, invests in education and avoids making poor moral choices. Because of the hard work of your organization and countless men and women of all races, America has come a long way. Despite America's flaws, we can now say that we have the fairest, most free, more upwardly mobile and more open society in all of human history. We have black CEOs of Fortune 500 companies. Black people occupy positions in government at the very highest levels. The black middle class grows and thrives. It is an insult to hard-working black men and women to suggest that, but for race-based preferences, they never would have made it.

"The real problem facing this country is a growing sense of entitlement -- of you owe me, blaming slights of the past on those living in the present. Well, all a state can be, is just in its (SET ITAL) own (END ITAL) time. As Bill Cosby once said, America has done its part. Now we must do our part."

Now that would show he "cares."


15 posted on 07/27/2006 5:27:36 PM PDT by Enchante (Democrats: Trust Nancy Pelosi to Win the War on Terror!! (gag))
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To: Brad from Tennessee


"A majority of American blacks are conservative Christians"


That's interesting, Can you cite your source for me please?


16 posted on 07/27/2006 5:29:24 PM PDT by LauraleeBraswell (Try reading the article before you post)
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To: EveningStar
I knew it was coming.
I'm just surprised it took so long.
17 posted on 07/27/2006 5:29:27 PM PDT by Jorge
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To: EveningStar

I see the Bush apologists wasted no time to scold Elder for his correct criticism of the President on this.


18 posted on 07/27/2006 5:32:25 PM PDT by Firefigher NC
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To: Borders.Language.Beer.
Of course, he can't travel a couple of blocks to address the March for Life every year. He makes that cheesy phone call.

Bush doesn't do "marches." Nor did Reagan.

Yet you gripe that Bush, the most pro-life president this country has ever had, doesn't trot out to give you a photo op.

19 posted on 07/27/2006 5:32:44 PM PDT by sinkspur (Today, we settled all family business.)
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To: Southack

You're wrong.


20 posted on 07/27/2006 5:33:34 PM PDT by Bob J (RIGHTALK.com...a conservative alternative to NPR!)
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To: Mrs. Shawnlaw
Don't they realize that if something happened to the Prez and VPrez that Condi would be it?!?

Nope, and for good reason. The order of Presidential succession is VP, Speaker of the House, President pro tempore of the Senate, then the Sec. of State.

21 posted on 07/27/2006 5:34:05 PM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: Firefigher NC

Let's compare. Bush has addressed the NAACP once in 8 years. Reagan Addressed the NAACP twice in 8 years.


22 posted on 07/27/2006 5:34:56 PM PDT by Texasforever (I have neither been there nor done that.)
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To: Firefigher NC
I see the Bush apologists wasted no time to scold Elder for his correct criticism of the President on this.

Elder is wrong. Bush showed up, said a few niceties, then left.

He wasn't invited there to read the riot act.

23 posted on 07/27/2006 5:35:15 PM PDT by sinkspur (Today, we settled all family business.)
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To: Texasforever

Nobody's perfect, not even Reagan.


25 posted on 07/27/2006 5:37:02 PM PDT by Firefigher NC
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To: Southack
It wasn't pandering, the reason he went was so the next group of Republicans don't have to start their Administrations off with the cloud of a previous administration having snubbed the NAACP.

That being said, we all know the NAACP is a racist organization that is race obsessed. They need to thinking of themselves as Americans and not a color to begin the rest of their journey toward the American dream.
26 posted on 07/27/2006 5:37:44 PM PDT by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: Borders.Language.Beer.
You do one, you have to do them all, lest you piss off some interest group.

Be happy that Bush calls in, as Reagan did.

27 posted on 07/27/2006 5:37:51 PM PDT by sinkspur (Today, we settled all family business.)
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To: Borders.Language.Beer.
Why not? Hmmmmmm????????

I don't know, maybe security?

28 posted on 07/27/2006 5:37:52 PM PDT by Texasforever (I have neither been there nor done that.)
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To: Firefigher NC
Every president has addressed the annual convention of the NAACP since its inception. Up until the appearance Bush was the only no show.
29 posted on 07/27/2006 5:39:05 PM PDT by Texasforever (I have neither been there nor done that.)
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To: sinkspur
Bush, the most pro-life president this country has ever had

If by pro-life you mean allowing the continual operation of thousands of extermination camp / eugenic centers to thrive across America (called "fertilization clinics" in newspeak), then yes he is very pro-life.
30 posted on 07/27/2006 5:39:12 PM PDT by jonesboheim
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To: sinkspur

He wasn't invited there to read the riot act.
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Well he should have -- he should have told those self-proclaimed victims to get off their lazy butts and become upstanding Americans, not to remain a bunch of leeches that require PREFERENTIAL TREATMENT AND PANDERING for their votes --- like Bush's Mexican friends!!!

I think my position on politicians pandering for votes is quite clear.


31 posted on 07/27/2006 5:40:00 PM PDT by EagleUSA
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To: jonesboheim
If by pro-life you mean allowing the continual operation of thousands of extermination camp / eugenic centers to thrive across America (called "fertilization clinics" in newspeak), then yes he is very pro-life.

Man you are really out there. GEEZE.

32 posted on 07/27/2006 5:40:12 PM PDT by Texasforever (I have neither been there nor done that.)
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To: Texasforever

I'd just assume conservative Presidents not waste their time speaking at such an organization.


33 posted on 07/27/2006 5:40:42 PM PDT by Firefigher NC
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To: sinkspur
Exactly. The man is the President, of ALL Americans, yet some folks would only be happy if he got in front of this particular group and said "Why do you morons consistently vote for the party that wanted to keep you as slaves?" But then, he'd be insulting those Republicans who are still fighting the Civil War, too, for bringing up THAT subject.

Nothing Bush could say at such an event would satisfy some people--nothing. And not going would achieve what?

34 posted on 07/27/2006 5:40:43 PM PDT by Darkwolf377 (http://www.savethesoldiers.com/)
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To: jonesboheim
If by pro-life you mean allowing the continual operation of thousands of extermination camp / eugenic centers to thrive across America (called "fertilization clinics" in newspeak), then yes he is very pro-life.

He's a president, not a monarch.

Contact your congressman as he is the one who moves legislation.

35 posted on 07/27/2006 5:41:01 PM PDT by sinkspur (Today, we settled all family business.)
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To: Darkwolf377

Yep.


36 posted on 07/27/2006 5:41:27 PM PDT by Texasforever (I have neither been there nor done that.)
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To: Firefigher NC
I'd just assume conservative Presidents not waste their time speaking at such an organization.

When you get to be president, you can turn down the invitation.

37 posted on 07/27/2006 5:42:31 PM PDT by sinkspur (Today, we settled all family business.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Totally agree.


38 posted on 07/27/2006 5:42:47 PM PDT by KJC1 ("Thank you for the Hezbollah view." (Tony Snow to Helen Thomas))
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To: EveningStar

So Larry Elder is going to say?: "Thank you Mr.President for your kind words."

If he said that he would be out of a job. "Deny, deny and deny some more that anybody is helping you, because if you don't, we will find someone who will keep up the denial game. You will be on the outside looking in if you don't comply."


40 posted on 07/27/2006 5:43:16 PM PDT by joem15 (If less is more, then what is plenty?)
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To: EveningStar
Larry Elder is a good guy.


41 posted on 07/27/2006 5:43:40 PM PDT by TSchmereL ("Rust but terrify.")
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To: sinkspur

You got yourself a deal.


42 posted on 07/27/2006 5:43:50 PM PDT by Firefigher NC
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To: sinkspur

Have you noticed the things that have happened in Bush's 6 years in office? Abortion, illegal Immigration, outsourcing, etc. Gosh life was good 6 years ago.


43 posted on 07/27/2006 5:44:29 PM PDT by Texasforever (I have neither been there nor done that.)
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To: Borders.Language.Beer.
Pro-lifers have always been 2nd class citizens to the GOP establishment.

Oh stop whining.

44 posted on 07/27/2006 5:45:39 PM PDT by Texasforever (I have neither been there nor done that.)
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To: Texasforever
The Clinton administration was eight years of a "vacation from history" (with an attribution to Charles Krauthammer).

The bellyachers are crawling out of the woodwork again. Seeing lots of new faces, too.

Get ready for the assault on the GOP from lots of noobs. It'll start in a couple of weeks.

45 posted on 07/27/2006 5:46:54 PM PDT by sinkspur (Today, we settled all family business.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee
"By speaking before this group Bush showed he is a bigger man than some of the racists in the NAACP. A majority of American blacks are conservative Christians waiting for a strong black leader to come along who is not a crook, a race baiter, or a Muslim."

Conservative blacks don't give two craps what the naacp says.

47 posted on 07/27/2006 5:50:12 PM PDT by guitar4jesus (Black, Conservative . . . and I vote!)
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To: TSchmereL

He sure is. :)


48 posted on 07/27/2006 5:50:45 PM PDT by EveningStar
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To: Enchante
I agree with Elder and thought exactly that when I saw a couple of brief clips from the speech the other day

How can you characterize his speech from a few brief clips? I watched it in its entirety and not once did I think he conceded anything to Jesse and his ilk.

49 posted on 07/27/2006 5:59:27 PM PDT by Dolphy
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To: Dolphy
"I consider it a tragedy," said President Bush, "that the party of Abraham Lincoln let go of its historic ties with the African American community. For too long my party wrote off the African American vote, and many African Americans wrote off the Republican Party."

I reject his contention that it is somehow the fault of "the party of Abraham Lincoln" that 90% of blacks vote for the raving raging Demagogues of the Demagogic Party. I gagged over his words pasted above, and I still choke on them now. He makes it sound as though it's the fault of the Rs that vicious pandering leftist pols have managed to raise a couple of generations of blacks who mostly want to live on the Democrats' plantation. I reject that contention, no matter who says it.
50 posted on 07/27/2006 6:06:20 PM PDT by Enchante (Democrats: Trust Nancy Pelosi to Win the War on Terror!! (gag))
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