When asked whom he would select as the years best Dad, jounalist/author Bruce Kluger had this to say regarding President Bush...
"I guess I'd have to consider the President first. George W. Bush is the man who promised the crowd at the 2000 Republican National Convention to protect American children. "There's nothing more important to the future of the country," he said.
Unfortunately, the numbers tell a different story. After Bush took office, the child poverty rate increased for the first time in eight years, to more than 16 percent. Furthermore, because the President has not spared the rod on his proposed budget, he has left the national child anything but spoiled. Spending has flatlined on a host of child-friendly services, threatening everything from school lunches and Head Start to child care and college grants. Even his own No Child Left Behind Act is underfunded to the tune of $9 billion, leaving local communities to scramble to meet yet one more set of unfunded regulatory mandates. To the wealthy, he's the Tooth Fairy. To kids, the dentist. Sorry, Mr. President. Maybe next year."
Hmm could it possibly be that Americans are finally waking up from the media induced love affair they are in with this President? Is there hope on the horizion that maybe before election day, that the voting public will see that this man is a President of the rich, and for the rich? One can only hope.
Here are some 'dubya-isms' for your reading pleasure.
These statements and comments were actually uttered by George W. Bush!
Can you believe that people actually think this man is President?
"I think anybody who doesn't think I'm smart enough to handle the job is underestimating."
"The most important job is not to be governor, or first lady in my case" - Pella, Iowa, as quoted by the San Antonio Express-News, Jan. 30, 2000.
"Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?" - Florence, S.C., Jan. 11, 2000.
"Nigeria is an important continent " - Oct., 2000.
"If you're asking me as the president would I understand reality, I do."
"Natural gas is hemispheric. I like to call it hemispheric in nature because it is a product that we can find in our neighborhoods" - Austin, Texas, Dec. 20, 2000.
"I know how hard it is to put food on your family" - Greater Nashua, N.H., Chamber of Commerce, Jan. 27, 2000.
"If you say you're going to do something and don't do it, that's trustworthiness."
"The senator [McCain] has got to understand if he's going to have - he can't have it both ways. He can't take the high horse and then claim the low road" - to reporters in Florence, S.C., Feb. 17, 2000.
"It's clearly a budget. It's got a lot of numbers in it." - Reuters, May 5, 2000.
"I know the human being and fish can co-exist peacefully" - Saginaw, Mich., Sept. 29, 2000.
"We ought to make the pie higher" - South Carolina Republican Debate, Feb. 15, 2000.
"There's not going to be enough people in the system to take advantage of people like me."
"This case has had full analyzation and has been looked at a lot."
"There ought to be limits to freedom. We're aware of this [web] site, and this guy is just a garbage man, that's all he is" - George Jr., discussing a web site that parodies him . . .
"It is clear our nation is reliant upon big foreign oil. More and more of our imports come from overseas" - Sept., 2000.
"They [farmers] will be in the forethought of our thinking."
"I'm a uniter not a divider. That means when it comes time to sew up your chest cavity, we use stitches as opposed to opening it up" - Bush, on David Letterman, March 2, 2000. (the audience booed).
"I understand small business growth. I was one"- New York Daily News, Feb. 19, 2000.
"Will the highways on the Internet become more few?"
"We cannot let terrorists and rogue nations hold this nation hostile" - Sept., 2000.
"Let me make sure I know what you're saying. You're calling me back to retract your confession?"
"It's not the governor's role to decide who goes to heaven. I believe that God decides who goes to heaven, not George W. Bush" - George W. Bush, in the Houston Chronicle. believe that people actually think this man is President?