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Old 04-14-2004, 01:47 PM   #1
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I really didn't want to start this thread, and will put very little of substance in this first post; but I am interested in your views of last night's news conference. Please share if you so desire.
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I liked the question asking if he had made any mistakes...he humed and hahed for a few seconds, then finally said that he couldn't think of any.

I wish there would have been more unscriped questions like that, it would have made him think on his feet a little more.
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Old 04-14-2004, 02:55 PM   #3
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Pardon my French:

Bush is a f@#$%^g idiot.
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Old 04-14-2004, 05:41 PM   #4
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I wish there would have been more unscriped questions like that, it would have made him think on his feet a little more.
I didn't know that Bush thought on his own, much less think at all


He probably needs to do more STRATEGERY!

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Q Thank you, Mr. President. In the last campaign, you were asked a question about the biggest mistake you'd made in your life, and you used to like to joke that it was trading Sammy Sosa. You've looked back before 9/11 for what mistakes might have been made. After 9/11, what would your biggest mistake be, would you say, and what lessons have you learned from it?

THE PRESIDENT: I wish you would have given me this written question ahead of time, so I could plan for it. (Laughter.) John, I'm sure historians will look back and say, gosh, he could have done it better this way, or that way. You know, I just -- I'm sure something will pop into my head here in the midst of this press conference, with all the pressure of trying to come up with an answer, but it hadn't yet.


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Old 04-14-2004, 06:10 PM   #6
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Bush is a f@#$%^g idiot.
Welcome to Bush's World Wide

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Old 04-14-2004, 07:00 PM   #7
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Soooo very tired of hearing unsubstantiated criticism. Mind adding something intelligent to your posting, or do you insist on being a F@#$%g idiot?
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Old 04-14-2004, 07:35 PM   #8
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Let's see...

Why am I paying an average of $1,000 for the war in Iraq($160 billion(so far) divided by about 175 million taxpayers)? How come Bush is more focused on censorship than the economy? Why do Republicans criticize Kerry for being rich and not more of a common folk when Bush got over $180 million from companies, owns his large Texas ranch, and had his daddy's power to get him into Yale where he got a C average(which I'm sure had some help from his daddy)? Why does Bush think he has not made any mistakes? Why do people focus on the fact that Kerry decided to exercise his first amendment of the right to free speech to change the subject when it is stated that it is unknown over whether Bush even served his entire term, or that, thanks to his daddy, he did his time in the United States, and not in Vietnam like Kerry? If Bush believes in this war enough, he should send his daughters over there to fight. Why is Bush bringing the defecit to new heights while trying to cut taxes? Is there a response to the Newsweek cover article from a couple weeks back about how the taxes ARE aimed primarily towards the rich?

That should start off the debate dbutko01. Since you wanted to start this debate, I would love to see you answer ALL those questions with real answers. In turn, you can ask me whatever you want about Kerry, and I will answer all of them to the best of my knowledge.
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I was never in agreement behind the start of Iraq, but it's time to put those disagreements aside and pursue a resolution. What would you rather do, just leave? Think about the mess that currently exists in the Middle East. We are attempting to change the ideologies of a culture that has known nothing but to hate anyone who is non Muslim. It's time to come up with a solid plan and put it to work. Do you know how long it took to rebuild Germany and Japan after WWII? And these were countries that didn’t have groups from outside and within attempting to continue to cause chaos.

I have yet to hear any republicans criticize Kerry for his wealth. If you can show me some, I’d be very interested to read it.

I agree that Bush has made mistakes. But what’s the point in him admitting it and providing ammunition to his political opponents? I personally want a president who has some backbone and stands up for what he believes.

In case you haven’t figured it out, money is power. It would be hard not to point out a politician who has not taken advantage of this fact. If Kerry didn’t go to West Point, it’s most likely he’d be state side as well. Also, your linking National Guardsmen with people who avoided military service entirely is insulting to the millions of citizen soldiers who did serve their country. It's true that normal Guard units were rarely called up in that era. But Air Guard units often did go to Vietnam. Also, when Nixon was elected in 68, US troop presence began its decline.

The comment to send his daughters to Iraq is just foolish.

Tax breaks for the rich. Let’s see, richest 1% pays 34% of the tax burden. Don’t you think they deserve it?! Or are you one of those envious individuals who think people should be punished for being more successful than you are? How can someone who pays nothing (or next to nothing) get a tax break? On what?

Not a Bush advocate, not a Kerry basher, just tired of people hating Bush and not providing an argument as to why. I appreciate your opinions.
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Bush's 20 minute statement at the beginning of the press conference was great. The Q&A period could have been better, but Bush isn't very good at answering "Gotcha" questions. Almost every single question was one that was designed to make Bush look bad and he had to walk carefully in answering them. The Washington press corps is famous for this kind of adversarial questioning. At least he attempted to answer them, even if it didn't provide them with a headline they were looking for.

I figured out a long time ago that Bush isn't a great orator. I also figured out that he is a man of conviction and a man who's word means something. I will take the latter over the former if I only could pick one of the two attributes.
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What would you rather do, just leave? Think about the mess that currently exists in the Middle East. We are attempting to change the ideologies of a culture that has known nothing but to hate anyone who is non Muslim. It's time to come up with a solid plan and put it to work. Do you know how long it took to rebuild Germany and Japan after WWII? And these were countries that didn’t have groups from outside and within attempting to continue to cause chaos.
I rather would not have gone into Iraq in the first place. And you do not unite the middle east by 'liberating' it, against the wishes of almost every other country in the U.N. Bush lied about WMD, and now it will cost much more than he originally announced to get Iraq back on its feet.

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I have yet to hear any republicans criticize Kerry for his wealth. If you can show me some, I’d be very interested to read it.
dbutko01, mean TX WJ. TX, meet dbutko01. Look around, I believe he is the one who made the comment about Kerry's 'estates' here today.

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I agree that Bush has made mistakes. But what’s the point in him admitting it and providing ammunition to his political opponents? I personally want a president who has some backbone and stands up for what he believes.
He sure does stand up for what he believes in. IIRC, he believe's that we need more Christian judges:

"we need common-sense judges who understand that our rights were derived from God. And those are the kind of judges I intend to put on the bench."(http://foi.missouri.edu/civilliberties/bushpledge.html)


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In case you haven’t figured it out, money is power. It would be hard not to point out a politician who has not taken advantage of this fact.
Definitely agree on that point.

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If Kerry didn’t go to West Point, it’s most likely he’d be state side as well. Also, your linking National Guardsmen with people who avoided military service entirely is insulting to the millions of citizen soldiers who did serve their country.
I am not at all insulting the millions who have been in the National Guard. I am just saying that Bush served his time(if he actually served much of it at all) in a safe area where he would not have to be in the line of fire, then he talks about it like he was his father, and criticizes Kerry for protesting the war when Kerry is the only one of the two who fought it.(Yes, I know it is a run-on sentence)

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It's true that normal Guard units were rarely called up in that era. But Air Guard units often did go to Vietnam.
Bush's didn't.

[quote]The comment to send his daughters to Iraq is just foolish.[/quote[

No it is not. If Bush believes in this war, there should be some real risk he needs to take. I think it would look a lot better if his daughters went over there, or at least enlisted in the military reserve, as opposed to going out and drinking. Speaking of that, what was their punishment for getting caught at least twice for using fake ids to try and buy liquor?

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Tax breaks for the rich. Let’s see, richest 1% pays 34% of the tax burden. Don’t you think they deserve it?! Or are you one of those envious individuals who think people should be punished for being more successful than you are? How can someone who pays nothing (or next to nothing) get a tax break? On what?
It would be one thing if Bush admitted it. It is another when he tries to disguise it as a tax break for the lower-middle income families who make up the majority of the country. I know my father is rich enough to be in the top 5%, and he definitely does not like Bush, or the tax breaks even though they are in his favor. I am too young to be in the top bracket(yet), but I do pay taxes. Would I want them lower for ME? Not really. Should they be lower at all? What's the point when we are half a trillion in the hole for this year's budget?

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Not a Bush advocate, not a Kerry basher, just tired of people hating Bush and not providing an argument as to why.
I am the other way around with Kerry. Why do I hate Bush? I think Bush is a Fundamentalist Christian who feels that he should force that morality on everybody while making sure the fat cats get what they want so he gets more money for his next campaign.

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