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by Tony Romano
At one of his many campaign stops last week, in Bay Shore,
New York (Thursday, March 11th), Bush was continuing to tout how much
his tax-cuts are helping ALL Americans. (Which, by the way, keep him
too busy to spend any meaningful time at a 9/11 Memorial event. See excuses
was reported on NPR's All Things Considered that Bush said,
to the U.S.A. Industries employees, "When somebody goes and buys
a car, because the extra money they got in their pocket, they might
part for that car right here from this shop."
Aside from the fact, the statement he made, really doesn't make any
sense, I was left with a question.
Just who was he talking about?
Who has enough EXTRA money in their POCKET to buy a CAR?
I just read the tax cuts are netting on average, an extra $90 per year
for the average tax payer.
The President's comments reveal the only type of person he is most concerned
about and familiar with, the richest 1 percent getting the bulk of the
should have been an insult to the cheering crowd at the event. Luckily
for Mr. Bush, the majority of the crowd couldn't understand English.
The clapping crowd was mostly immigrants being paid an average of $6
per hour to stand and cheer for the event. [Newsday]
Again, just who does he thinking considers the price of a new car as
pocket change? It sure isn't the typical American citizen.
to Scott McClellan the president didn't have time to talk at the
Nassau County 9/11 Memorial Ground Breaking because:
1) He had a previously scheduled a campaign op that couldn't be rescheduled.
After all, this had been planned since as far back as January.
2) He didn't know he was invited until late February. It didn't give
any time to prepare comments.
3) There might be protesters there.
attending -- yes, he's attending -- he's attending the ceremony."
MR. McCLELLAN: -snip- Just to give you a little bit of facts here. Nassau
County lost the second-highest number of residents in the nation on September
11th, 281. The Nassau County memorial will include a listing of the victim's
names and some remnants from the World Trade Center, including two pieces
of steel beam. And it's going to cover one acre in Eisenhower Park. The
President was invited by the county executive and Nassau County and the
board of the Nassau County 9/11 Memorial Foundation to attend this event.
They heard that he was going to be attending an event in the area, and
extended an invitation to him in mid-February to come and participate
in this event. And I think they worked to set the groundbreaking ceremony
around the schedule for the President that day.
Q The other events had already been set up, you say, the fundraiser
and the economic --
MR. McCLELLAN: They heard that the President was coming there for a
reception. And that had been scheduled back in -- had probably been in
the works before, but scheduled back in January. And in mid-February
the county executive and the board of the Nassau County Memorial Foundation
extended an invitation to the President to come and participate in this
Q When did you accept the invite to attend the ground breaking?
MR. McCLELLAN: In the latter part of February.
Q What is his participation going to be in the ground breaking ceremony
since he's not giving any remarks? He's just going to -- just watch?
MR. McCLELLAN: He's attending -- yes, he's attending -- he's attending
Q No remarks?
MR. McCLELLAN: No, he will not be making remarks.
Q Scott, the President has come under criticism from families of the
-- of 9/11 for not being as cooperative as he should with the commission
and for using images in his ad. Is this going to be a little awkward
for him to be there today?
MR. McCLELLAN: I think this is a day to pay tribute to those who tragically
lost their lives on September 11th. He is the -- the President is there
to pay tribute to those who lost their lives. September 11th is a day
that this President never forgets. And that's what this day is about.
It's about honoring and paying tribute to the victims of September the
11th. And this President believes one of the best ways to honor those
who tragically lost their lives is to make sure we do everything in our
power to prevent something like September 11th from ever happening again.
And I would like to just point out that there are many families that
have expressed a different view from what you brought up a minute ago.
Q There will be protestors there, and so it's become part of the political
debate right now. And does this make it, again, uncomfortable at this
point in time to go there with the visit -- has this become hard?
MR. McCLELLAN: We're talking about the President of the United States
paying tribute to those who lost their lives on September 11th. September
11th was a day that changed the world we live in. And September 11th
is the reason we are a nation at war. And this President will never forget
Q Who are these families who have expressed a different view? Have they
written letters? Who are you talking about?
MR. McCLELLAN: There are a number of comments I've seen in the press.
There's been a statement put out by a number of families.