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Bush won't flinch (Protesters hate president more than war)
The Cincinnati Enquirer, Gannett Co. Inc. ^ | Mar 9 03 | Peter Bronson

Posted on 03/10/2003 6:48:03 AM PST by veronica

In the early laps of his 2000 race for president, George W. Bush made a pit stop in Cincinnati. But I can't remember his speech.

On the way from his hotel to Memorial Hall, something happened that crowded out the rest of the evening like a fat man in the middle seat on a flight to L.A.

Sitting an arm's length away in a bouncing SUV, I asked him if his campaign promise of tax cuts was empty talk like his father's pledge of "no new taxes." I think I used the phrase, "read my lips,'' which is probably as popular around the Bush family as saying, "no controlling legal authority'' at a Gore reunion.

He fixed me like a bug under glass with a stare that can only be described with an adjective from a Western novel: "steely."

I can't remember his answer that well, but I know it was simple, cold and straight as ice water. "Because I will do it." Period.

This year when I filed my IRS-1040, I found a nice bonus of tax cuts. He did it.

I saw the same steely resolution in his speech on Thursday night. But the president has changed a little. There was less bounce in his heels as he replied to the double-dare questions. He was respectful. Gracious. Composed. He refused to be baited or taunted. He was go-to-war serious.

He called the bluff of the ridiculous appeasers on the United Nations Security Council. He has played their game like a guy sitting in on dealer's choice poker. France and Germany keep changing the wild cards from deuces to one-eyed jacks.

But now Bush has the deal. Nothing's wild and he holds all the aces. Either Saddam has disarmed or he has not. Anyone who claims he has is immediately exposed as a liar and a cheat.

And Bush will keep his promise to disarm Saddam - because it's the right thing to protect our nation. He won't wait for a hall pass from the U.N.

Another thing Bush said that night in Cincinnati is a message for the anti-war protesters who can't see the plain truth: "I'm not about polls and focus groups." Protest all you want. We have a leader, not a weather vane. We have a president.

Besides, a lot of what I hear from the protesters sounds like bitter whine from fermented sour grapes.

Once upon a time we hated Nixon because we hated the war. Some of us who protested even thought we hated our country.

But now, I hear protesters who hate the war and their own country - because they hate the president.

Most of them said nothing about Kosovo. Europe couldn't shoot a rabid dog in its own backyard - and now we're supposed to wait for their permission to kill the snakes in our garden? I don't think so.

At least the people who hated Clinton were honest about their ample reasons.

Never mind, though, because Bush will do what has to be done, as sure as he cut taxes. The protesters are the mice that roar in the media, but the rest of the country knows what has to be done.

It goes back to a second-grade classroom in the Emma E. Booker Elementary school in Sarasota, Fla. Bush was listening to the children reading a lesson, when someone leaned over and whispered in his ear, "A second plane hit the second tower. America is under attack.''

Some people just don't get it. But we are going to war because of what happened on that morning, Sept. 11, 2001 - to make sure those kids in that classroom don't grow up in a world of terror.

Nobody wants war. But read my lips: President Bush will not back down. Thank God.


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1 posted on 03/10/2003 6:48:03 AM PST by veronica
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To: veronica
Europe couldn't shoot a rabid dog in its own backyard - and now we're supposed to wait for their permission to kill the snakes in our garden? I don't think so.

what a good line
2 posted on 03/10/2003 6:51:09 AM PST by TheRedSoxWinThePennant
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To: veronica
My, what an excellent piece!
3 posted on 03/10/2003 6:55:25 AM PST by grobdriver
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To: TheRedSoxWinThePennant
Occurred to me while reading this: Bush is the one holding the gun at a "Shot-gun-Wedding"!
4 posted on 03/10/2003 6:57:04 AM PST by hoosiermama (Prayers for all)
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To: veronica
I've never heard of this guy, but really enjoyed the article!
5 posted on 03/10/2003 6:57:46 AM PST by katykelly
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To: veronica
bump
6 posted on 03/10/2003 7:02:43 AM PST by far sider
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To: veronica
Once upon a time we hated Nixon because we hated the war. Some of us who protested even thought we hated our country.

Well I remember those days very well and there were a hell of a lot of hate America and hate the military in those protestors then also
7 posted on 03/10/2003 7:03:32 AM PST by uncbob ( building tomorrow)
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To: veronica
As said somewhere:

"So let it be written, so let it be done".

8 posted on 03/10/2003 7:08:39 AM PST by chiefqc
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To: katykelly
Bronson's been editor at the Cincy Enquirer for some time now. He's nearly always a good read.

My sense is just as Bronson says.

President George W. Bush will act. He will act very, very soon.
9 posted on 03/10/2003 7:09:36 AM PST by xzins (Babylon, you have been weighed in the balance and been found wanting!)
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To: veronica
We have a leader, not a weather vane. We have a president.

I'm going to stand up and cheer now....

*many pairs of eyes peering over cubical walls...*

I think I'll sit down now.

10 posted on 03/10/2003 7:09:49 AM PST by The_Victor
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To: veronica
BTTT
11 posted on 03/10/2003 7:14:27 AM PST by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: chiefqc
"So let it be written, so let it be done".

That would be Yul Brenner as Pharaoh Rameses in the "Ten Commandments" I think.

12 posted on 03/10/2003 7:15:55 AM PST by The_Victor
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To: veronica
I just emailed Bronson
13 posted on 03/10/2003 7:18:38 AM PST by larryjohnson
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To: veronica
At least the people who hated Clinton were honest about their ample reasons.

So true.

14 posted on 03/10/2003 7:21:57 AM PST by cyncooper (God Be With President Bush)
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To: dennisw; Lent; MadIvan; quidnunc; BenF; Nachum; Bahbah; Grampa Dave; Yehuda; Brian Allen; ...
FYI.
15 posted on 03/10/2003 7:22:28 AM PST by veronica
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To: Thinkin' Gal; JohnHuang2; rintense; Cinnamon Girl; kattracks; yonif; beowolf; weikel; chookter
Bump.
16 posted on 03/10/2003 7:23:48 AM PST by veronica
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To: larryjohnson
I just emailed Bronson...

I am sure he will appreciate that.

17 posted on 03/10/2003 7:25:17 AM PST by veronica
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To: cyncooper
At least the people who hated Clinton were honest about their ample reasons.

I'm not to fond of the anti-war protestors either ....

18 posted on 03/10/2003 7:26:53 AM PST by clamper1797 (Credo Quia Absurdum)
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To: uncbob
Well I remember those days very well and there were a hell of a lot of hate America and hate the military in those protestors then also

Hating America is like a vampire, a dead idea that grows powerful in dark times.

19 posted on 03/10/2003 7:28:19 AM PST by js1138
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To: Mo1; lodwick
Good article

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/861133/posts

20 posted on 03/10/2003 7:28:46 AM PST by Cuttnhorse
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To: veronica
**He was go-to-war serious.**

I could see this too. Very tactful and conscious of what he was saying, yet not mincing his words.
21 posted on 03/10/2003 7:34:37 AM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: veronica
**Another thing Bush said that night in Cincinnati is a message for the anti-war protesters who can't see the plain truth: "I'm not about polls and focus groups." Protest all you want. We have a leader, not a weather vane. We have a president."**

And thank you, President Bush, for being that president.
22 posted on 03/10/2003 7:35:37 AM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: veronica
**Some people just don't get it. But we are going to war because of what happened on that morning, Sept. 11, 2001 - to make sure those kids in that classroom don't grow up in a world of terror.

Nobody wants war. But read my lips: President Bush will not back down. Thank God.**

Amen!

23 posted on 03/10/2003 7:37:42 AM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: veronica
He understands the President. Good post.
24 posted on 03/10/2003 7:38:03 AM PST by jwalsh07
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To: katykelly
I've never heard of this guy, but really enjoyed the article!

Peter Bronson is the senior editor of the Cincinnati Enquirer. He's consistantly conservative in his viewpoint, in fact in todays Enquirer he went after some of the University of Miami (Ohio) liberals who recently fired a student who wrote a conservative piece in a campus paper. Peter Bronson, a self proclaimed one time hippie, writes excellent articles on a broad range of issues.

25 posted on 03/10/2003 7:43:13 AM PST by BluH2o
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To: Cuttnhorse; Howlin; Miss Marple
Another thing Bush said that night in Cincinnati is a message for the anti-war protesters who can't see the plain truth: "I'm not about polls and focus groups." Protest all you want. We have a leader, not a weather vane. We have a president.

AMEN! ..

THanks for the Ping Horse

26 posted on 03/10/2003 7:47:00 AM PST by Mo1 (RALLY FOR AMERICA - VALLEY FORGE,PA MARCH 16, 2003 1:00 PM)
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To: The_Victor
I got tremendous pleasure from the picture you created in my mind. :-)
27 posted on 03/10/2003 7:49:12 AM PST by Bahbah (Pray for our Troops)
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To: Salvation
Protest all you want. We have a leader, not a weather vane. We have a president.

I'll join the quote parade. This is the one I like.

28 posted on 03/10/2003 7:52:21 AM PST by I still care
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To: veronica
BUMP!!!
29 posted on 03/10/2003 7:57:03 AM PST by TheSpottedOwl (Why are all the streets in France lined with trees? So the German army can march in the shade!)
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To: uncbob
I think we should go over to some of the ex-communist countries and buy up some of the government built housing, disasimble it, ship it overhere, rebuild it on the old urban renewal properties that we have an abundance and move all those hate America people in there and let them shop in nearly empty stores and make them wait in line for toilet paper.
30 posted on 03/10/2003 7:57:20 AM PST by oyez (Is this a geat country.....or what?)
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To: veronica
Thanks for posting this.

It is nice to know that at least one editor in America knows and understands our President!
31 posted on 03/10/2003 7:59:44 AM PST by Grampa Dave (Stamp out Freepathons! Stop being a Freep Loader! Become a monthly donor!)
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To: veronica
Here is Bronson's reply:


(Bronson, Peter) Date: Mon, Mar 10, 2003, 10:41am
Thank you for your kind note.
We used to be a conservative paper, but now we are "moderate,'' which is how liberals say "liberal.'' Yes, I was a protester, but unlike a lot of others who did that, I grew up.
Best wishes,
Peter Bronson
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To: pbronson@enquirer.com
Subject: Your Column
I never heard of you before today and never read your paper. But I applaud what you wrote about the good and honest reason Pres. Bush has to free Iraq.
Your city and your paper are probably liberal from all I hear so this might get you fired. You were once a VietNam protester?
32 posted on 03/10/2003 8:30:01 AM PST by larryjohnson
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To: The_Victor
"So let it be written, so let it be done".

That would be Yul Brenner as Pharaoh Rameses in the "Ten Commandments" I think..

DING DING DING... YOU A WINNA..
Technically is was Rameses II...but still nice job :-)

33 posted on 03/10/2003 8:38:35 AM PST by NoCalEyes
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To: larryjohnson
Thanks for sharing your letter with Mr. Bronson, and his response, with the Freepers on this thread. :)
34 posted on 03/10/2003 8:57:18 AM PST by veronica
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To: veronica
Great post...the gentleman from Cinicinatti throws a ringer...very cool...thank you.
35 posted on 03/10/2003 9:36:34 AM PST by jwfiv
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To: veronica
Nobody wants war. But read my lips: President Bush will not back down.

Reminds me a lot of President Reagan. He wouldn't back down from Russia or "Reaganomics." He had everyone screaming at him and the congress was stacked with Democrats! I really admire the man.

Can you imagine Clintoon going against the polls?

WINNER!


LOSER!



36 posted on 03/10/2003 10:10:53 AM PST by John123
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To: John123
Man, what a difference those two faces represent. One is brave, the other is a smirking idiot. Acchh. Clinton will always make me sick to my stomach.
37 posted on 03/10/2003 11:12:56 AM PST by Marysecretary
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To: larryjohnson
I grew up in Cincy...it was one of the MOST coservative cities and the Enquirer was also......then they elected Jerrry Springer, and it's been in the toilet ever since. They also elected a lesbian, and the city burned.
38 posted on 03/10/2003 11:28:52 AM PST by Ann Archy
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To: veronica
The left despises Bush because he's a Conservative Christian.
39 posted on 03/10/2003 11:34:34 AM PST by Ann Archy
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To: veronica
America can't lose when we elect a cowboy for president.

40 posted on 03/10/2003 11:55:43 AM PST by Luna (Evil will not triumph...God is at the helm)
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To: Ann Archy
The left despises Bush because he's a Conservative Christian.

The left despises Bush because he won't bend over and take it like a man.

In fact, he insists in beating them at their own game.

How many times have we tried to tell the libs that inspectors weren't sent to Iraq to find WMDs but to find evidence of their destruction. But they insisted that the inspectors were supposed to be hunting WMDs. Then ... presto ... today we find out that they have cluster bombs designed for chemical or biological agents.

Every time they change the rules, Bush has the same answer.

CHECKMATE.

And it really pi$$es them off.

Shalom.

41 posted on 03/10/2003 11:56:12 AM PST by ArGee (I did not come through fire and death to bandy crooked words with a serving-man... - Gandalf)
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To: ArGee
The left despises Bush because he won't bend over and take it like a man.

That's exactly right. After 8-miserable years of Bubba, the left, the world over, is confused and furious that they have so little influence over President Bush. I may not like some of his decisions, but at least he makes them based on core belief rather than what the NY Post thinks he should do.

42 posted on 03/10/2003 12:19:09 PM PST by Cuttnhorse
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To: Cuttnhorse
OOPs, that should have been the Wash. Post. Dooy! It's the altitude, honest.
43 posted on 03/10/2003 12:22:13 PM PST by Cuttnhorse
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To: veronica
"He fixed me like a bug under glass with a stare that can only be described with an adjective from a Western novel: 'steely'"

That statement is priceless - and it's why the liberals don't like him or understand him. Bush's steely resolve is 180 degrees from how x42 governed.

I also liked the comment about "he's not a weathervane". Very clever writing.
44 posted on 03/10/2003 12:34:01 PM PST by CyberAnt ( -> -> -> Oswego!!)
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To: veronica
bump
45 posted on 03/10/2003 1:41:44 PM PST by Cuttnhorse
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To: ArGee
You could be right except the left Despised his when all they knew about him was that he was a conservative Christian.....BEFORE they knew he had a backbone. They HOWLED when he said Jesus Christ was hs favorite philosopher. The howling comes from ATHEISTS....not people of other strong religious beliefs, like Orthodox Jews, who respect him, I assume.
46 posted on 03/10/2003 1:56:53 PM PST by Ann Archy
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To: Ann Archy
WRONG!!!....Ann. The howling comes from satan and his minions. But, I guess, that describes atheists, doesn't it?!!!!!....so you are right after all! Shalom.
47 posted on 03/10/2003 3:13:31 PM PST by jrudi13
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To: veronica
bump
48 posted on 03/10/2003 4:50:13 PM PST by Cuttnhorse
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To: jrudi13
Shalom to you also!
49 posted on 03/10/2003 5:00:46 PM PST by Ann Archy
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To: Ann Archy
You could be right except the left Despised his when all they knew about him was that he was a conservative Christian

I think before 9/11 all they disliked him for was his conservatism. Since 9/11 they've seen there's actually a core person under there with core beliefs. They don't know what to do with that. Demonizing won't work. Pressuring won't work. Posturing won't work. I don't think they know the meanings of "debate and discuss" so they haven't tried.

They're just stumped.

Shalom.

50 posted on 03/11/2003 5:59:22 AM PST by ArGee (I did not come through fire and death to bandy crooked words with a serving-man... - Gandalf)
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