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President to Address Nation from Oval Office This Afternoon, Condolences to Israel PM
CBS News ^ | February 1, 2003 | John Roberts at the Whitehouse

Posted on 02/01/2003 9:37:18 AM PST by ewing

President Bush will address the nation from the Oval Office on the Columbia tragedy, after calling the Prime Minister of Israel to give his condolences.

There have already been mid level diplomatic exchanges of sorrow between the two nations.


TOPICS: Israel; News/Current Events; US: District of Columbia; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: address; bush; columbiatragedy; feb12003; india; israel; nasa; ovaloffice; presidentbush; spaceshuttle; unitedstates
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Also can serve as a live press conference thread if need be.
1 posted on 02/01/2003 9:37:19 AM PST by ewing
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To: ewing
They are showing the motorcade going into the George Wasington Parkway.
2 posted on 02/01/2003 9:38:21 AM PST by areafiftyone (The U.N. is now officially irrelevant! The building is for Sale!!!)
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To: ewing
**Also can serve as a live press conference thread if need be.

Thank you.

3 posted on 02/01/2003 9:40:00 AM PST by homeschool mama
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To: ewing
Bush will say the right things regarding today's events and how our country should handle this tragedy. That said...

I sincerely hope Bush closes up his speech on an uplifting note by declaring that the US will be back in space soon, will have lofty timed goals such as a mission to Mars as well as a redoubled determination to go off into the stars. Something tangible for people to grit their teeth and work towards! Ensure this wasnt invain

4 posted on 02/01/2003 9:46:14 AM PST by KantianBurke (The Two Towers was TERRIBLE!!! (except for Gollum))
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To: KantianBurke
Yes,

Ad astra per aspera.
7 posted on 02/01/2003 9:49:22 AM PST by Freeper Lady
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To: KantianBurke
You are exactly right. When you are doing dangerous things to advance mankind, things are going to happen, sometimes wonderous things, sometimes tragic things. It's all part of being in the front. It's safer to be among the herd, safe and dull, but when you are on the edge things are going to happen. We mourn these seven souls, but we should also celebrate the fact that we have people like this who are willing to risk it all for a glimpse of the unknown.

They are in God's hands now.

8 posted on 02/01/2003 9:51:49 AM PST by McGavin999
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To: ewing
What time?
9 posted on 02/01/2003 9:53:33 AM PST by rs79bm
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To: Illbay
It is an act of consideration and respect to contact Sharon with condolences. After that, he will offer condolences to the USA as a whole, on national television. I see nothing wrong with that.
10 posted on 02/01/2003 9:53:36 AM PST by homeschool mama
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To: McGavin999
Well put...thanks.
11 posted on 02/01/2003 9:54:09 AM PST by homeschool mama
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To: Illbay
I say, ol' chap, that's rather snotty of you.

You might think about keeping those arrows in your quiver while all our hearts are full of sorrow.

12 posted on 02/01/2003 9:55:00 AM PST by jwfiv
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To: Freeper Lady
Ad astra per aspera

pardon? Forgive me as I'm quite ignorant of Latin

13 posted on 02/01/2003 9:55:23 AM PST by KantianBurke (The GOP for me)
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To: KantianBurke
To the stars (astra), through adversity (aspera).
14 posted on 02/01/2003 9:57:57 AM PST by BohDaThone
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To: Privatize NASA
Regarding your photo: it should be done.
15 posted on 02/01/2003 9:58:10 AM PST by Petronski (I'm not always cranky.)
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To: Privatize NASA
There's a reason why Soyuz flights are so cheap.

I'd rather not risk my life on one.

The Soviets had quite a few mishaps with their program - they just weren't publicized.

That said, I hope this gives a new impetus to development of the next generation orbiter program. These shuttles aren't getting any younger - and much of the basic technology an design is as old as I am.

16 posted on 02/01/2003 9:58:15 AM PST by The Iguana
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To: Illbay
As usual, your hatred towards Israel seems to be the only thing that drives your comment on this tragedy. Had you noticed, you would've realized that there were seven astronauts on board. Six were American citizens. One was an Israeli. Did you expect the president to call Yassir Arafat?
17 posted on 02/01/2003 9:59:39 AM PST by Catspaw
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To: The Iguana
I have the shuttle flying manual I got from Space Camp as a kid. These things looked like something that you'd play old Atari games on.

We can and will do better after this.
18 posted on 02/01/2003 9:59:44 AM PST by Bogey78O (It's not a Zero it's an "O")
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To: Illbay
That just seems silly!

Would you have had him call himself to give his condolences to Americans first?
20 posted on 02/01/2003 10:03:41 AM PST by 3D-JOY
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To: Illbay
Well, that's white of him, to make sure he includes US in there. Interesting we have to stand in line behind Sharon, but Political Correctness rules over all.

Moron......Don't know what else to say.

21 posted on 02/01/2003 10:04:16 AM PST by arkfreepdom
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To: Illbay
Big moron. I do not know what else to say either.
22 posted on 02/01/2003 10:05:49 AM PST by Iwentsouth
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To: Illbay
Your obvious rage against Israel is more demeaning to the other six astronauts than Bush calling Israel first. You are a walking contradiction.
23 posted on 02/01/2003 10:08:40 AM PST by EggsAckley
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To: Illbay
This is not the time for nit-picking.
24 posted on 02/01/2003 10:09:17 AM PST by Carolinamom (I was determined to know beans.......Henry David Thoreau)
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To: arkfreepdom; homeschool mama
Glad to be in your company today.

I am on the space coast in Florida...local TV hosts are at a loss for words... but not tears or breaking voices. They have to cut away often.

This will be a very important event in our community and economy. Space center is open at no charge and many are gathering out of respect.
25 posted on 02/01/2003 10:09:47 AM PST by 3D-JOY
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To: Illbay
Illbay, you're way over the line here. If you want to continue your anti-Israel rant, I'm sure there are some fine threads at DU, al Jazeera and Stormfront.
26 posted on 02/01/2003 10:09:56 AM PST by Catspaw
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To: McGavin999
"We mourn these seven souls, but we should also celebrate the fact that we have people like this who are willing to risk it all for a glimpse of the unknown. They are in God's hands now."

Beautifully said ~ and I think this is how the crew would choose to be remembered. ~ I also think they would want us to continue their mission.

27 posted on 02/01/2003 10:10:03 AM PST by Right_in_Virginia (May God bless President Bush and our troops)
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To: Illbay
That's cold. ~ And, IMHO way out of line.
28 posted on 02/01/2003 10:11:20 AM PST by Right_in_Virginia (May God bless President Bush and our troops)
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To: Iwentsouth
Glad you came down!

South is better weather after a lifetime of that cold stuff!
29 posted on 02/01/2003 10:11:37 AM PST by 3D-JOY
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To: Catspaw
Thanks for your well placed comment.
31 posted on 02/01/2003 10:13:27 AM PST by 3D-JOY
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To: KantianBurke
I sincerely hope Bush closes up his speech on an uplifting note by declaring that the US will be back in space soon,

Absolutely.

But, it will be interesting and instructive to see how the Democrats spin this. We know they will. They cannot help but spin it.

32 posted on 02/01/2003 10:14:23 AM PST by don-o
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To: 3D-JOY
Melbourne FL is one of our favorite places and we finally toured the space center last year. It's going to hit that area especially hard.
33 posted on 02/01/2003 10:15:44 AM PST by Catspaw
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To: sweetliberty; Budge; BeforeISleep; MeeknMing; dansangel
I just got home a few minutes ago and learned about this.....how many more tragedies must President Bush and our country endure? Our President already had such a full plate......none of it his making.....prayers to our President, the Astronaut's families and friends, our military, the 9/11 victim's families, and all Americans. I thank God, every day, that Bush is our President during oh these so very many and awful, heartbreaking tragedies!
35 posted on 02/01/2003 10:17:09 AM PST by nicmarlo
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To: nicmarlo
nic, it's the strength, faith and unity of our country that gets us through these times.
36 posted on 02/01/2003 10:19:05 AM PST by Catspaw
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To: 3D-JOY
=)

I didn't go that far south yet. Just from Alaska to Washington. My great aunt refers to us as those who went south.
37 posted on 02/01/2003 10:20:03 AM PST by Iwentsouth
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To: Catspaw
It is a pleasant area.

The Space Program, Rocket Launches, Beaches(where I live), Airport, Shopping and Restaurants, Baseball Spring Training, and proximity to Orlando and other cities make it a near perfect place.
38 posted on 02/01/2003 10:20:25 AM PST by 3D-JOY
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To: Illbay
Like no one else on the Shuttle was important, right?

Your clutch needs work. It's allowing the idle thoughts in your head to spill out of your mouth.

Don't be such an ass.

39 posted on 02/01/2003 10:22:00 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts ()
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To: All
I hope I don't seem intrusive here, but I decided, after years of lurking, to join today, and I couldn't think of a better time. This tragedy is just awful for us all, and I join in prayer with everyone. Forgive my sort-of duplicate post on another thread; I didn't 'get it' at first. Anyway, prayers to all of the families and their loved ones and to our country.

Regards,

Moe
40 posted on 02/01/2003 10:23:26 AM PST by ysoitanly
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To: Iwentsouth
OOPS! Guess South is relative!

Today's news made me think of just the Space Coast.
41 posted on 02/01/2003 10:23:32 AM PST by 3D-JOY
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To: Illbay
Your attitude and remarks are really inappropriate. Does nothing command your respect?
42 posted on 02/01/2003 10:25:42 AM PST by sweetliberty (Having the right to do a thing is not at all the same thing as being right in doing it)
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To: Catspaw
it's the strength, faith and unity of our country that gets us through these times

Very true, catspaw; I can only image our President, when told, had tears; his stomach must be in knots.....what with all he has to lead us through......what a responsibility his Presidency has been....I'm sure much more than he or any of us could have ever imagined......I remember when the Challenger exploded.....this is just as shocking and tragic....

43 posted on 02/01/2003 10:26:04 AM PST by nicmarlo
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To: nicmarlo
how many more tragedies must President Bush and our country endure?

Space travel is inherently dangerous. This isn't a tragedy.

Safety is a chimera. That applies to space launches, commuting to work, smoking, eating at McDonalds, war, taking an ocean cruise, you name it.

44 posted on 02/01/2003 10:27:31 AM PST by RightWhale
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To: ysoitanly
"I hope I don't seem intrusive here, but I decided, after years of lurking, to join today, and I couldn't think of a better time."

You are so right. I know of no better place for Americans to gather together to draw strength from one another in the face of trial and tragedy of which we have had so much in recent years. Welcome to Free Republic and I look forward to sharing better times as well.

45 posted on 02/01/2003 10:30:12 AM PST by sweetliberty (Having the right to do a thing is not at all the same thing as being right in doing it)
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To: RightWhale
Space travel is inherently dangerous. This isn't a tragedy.

Of course, space travel is inherently dangerous....as is flying in airplanes.....or, probably, driving a vehicle on the autobahn (sp?).....or police work, firefighting, etc. But where there's loss of life, even though the risks are well-established, it is still, IMHO, a tragic event.

46 posted on 02/01/2003 10:31:50 AM PST by nicmarlo
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To: Illbay
Oh PLEASE, grow up. The Israeli astronaut was a foreign national and a guest of our space program; it's proper courtesy for W to call Israel and give condolences to PM Sharon on behalf of the people of the United States.

If the astronaut had been, oh, I don't know, PALESTINIAN, would you still be griping if President Bush called Arafat and gave condolences?

}:-)4
47 posted on 02/01/2003 10:33:14 AM PST by Moose4
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To: nicmarlo
"I can only image our President, when told, had tears; his stomach must be in knots.....what with all he has to lead us through......what a responsibility his Presidency has been...."

We all have a breaking point and I think I will reach mine with the first person who dares to criticize our president right now. He has indeed been handed burdens of responsibility that most of us could never even imagine. Whether we agree with him on matters of policy or not, there are times that every American needs to stand behind the president and to challenge head on those who do not.

48 posted on 02/01/2003 10:34:23 AM PST by sweetliberty (Having the right to do a thing is not at all the same thing as being right in doing it)
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To: sweetliberty
We all have a breaking point and I think I will reach mine with the first person who dares to criticize our president right now. He has indeed been handed burdens of responsibility that most of us could never even imagine

Mega Dittos, to that, sweetliberty!!

49 posted on 02/01/2003 10:38:33 AM PST by nicmarlo
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To: ysoitanly
Welcome to FreeRepublic on such a tragic day.
50 posted on 02/01/2003 10:48:19 AM PST by Catspaw
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