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Bush’s visit to Charlotte

April 7, 2006

I knew he was gonna be in town, had my pink protest sign ready (that said “IMPEACH,” in case you were curious), a plan, I was ready! But, the bus didn’t pick up my kids this morning, so I had to take them to school which would have made me too late to make it, before they shut the roads off. Now I wish I coulda caught him on the way back to the airport. But, I hadn’t heard about the previous post’s revelation, yet…
I DID get to have a pink slip with Rove’s name on it, when last he came to the area. That visit was to reward Sue Myrick (R-N.C.) for voting on CAFTA, in my opinion. I was the only one there that didn’t support him, it was sad, but I think the “Pink Slip for Rove” went right past them. Who’s Rove???

With all the wacko, fundamentalist, kool-aid drinkers in NC, I was THRILLED to see about 60 protestors, for Bush’s visit on Thursday. And he took questions after the standard 9/11, Saddam, Al Qaida (sp) “we’ll get them over there, before they come over here” yada yada yada. One gentleman, Harry Taylor had a comment and question that I was cheering after I read it. And, I was pleased to see a “lick of sense” emerging from NC on the national scene (technorati) . I eliminated the stuff we’ve heard a million times in Dubyass’ response, and left the last line. This question is from the White House transcript.

Q You never stop talking about freedom, and I appreciate that. But while I listen to you talk about freedom, I see you assert your right to tap my telephone, to arrest me and hold me without charges, to try to preclude me from breathing clean air and drinking clean water and eating safe food. If I were a woman, you’d like to restrict my opportunity to make a choice and decision about whether I can abort a pregnancy on my own behalf. You are —

THE PRESIDENT: I’m not your favorite guy. Go ahead. (Laughter and applause.) Go on, what’s your question?

Q Okay, I don’t have a question. What I wanted to say to you is that I — in my lifetime, I have never felt more ashamed of, nor more frightened by my leadership in Washington, including the presidency, by the Senate, and —

AUDIENCE MEMBERS: Booo!

THE PRESIDENT: No, wait a sec — let him speak.

Q And I would hope — I feel like despite your rhetoric, that compassion and common sense have been left far behind during your administration, and I would hope from time to time that you have the humility and the grace to be ashamed of yourself inside yourself. And I also want to say I really appreciate the courtesy of allowing me to speak what I’m saying to you right now. That is part of what this country is about.

THE PRESIDENT: It is, yes. (Applause.)

Q And I know that this doesn’t come welcome to most of the people in this room, but I do appreciate that.

THE PRESIDENT: Appreciate —

Q I don’t have a question, but I just wanted to make that comment to you.

THE PRESIDENT: I appreciate it, thank you. Let me —

Q Can I ask a question?

THE PRESIDENT: I’m going to start off with what you first said, if you don’t mind, you said that I tap your phones — I think that’s what you said. You tapped your phone — I tapped your phones. Yes. No, that’s right. Yes, no, let me finish.

[snip]
Now, you and I have a different — of agreement on what is needed to be protected. But you said, would I apologize for that? The answer — answer is, absolutely not. (Applause.)

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3 Comments
  1. May 11, 2006 9:36 pm

    Actually some 400 people took part in the protest that day. For a full report, photos, and press coverage see http://www.geocities.com/nomorevictims/bushprotest.html.

  2. May 12, 2006 1:24 am

    Thank you so much for the article, nice write-up. I knew it was more than 60 but the tv channel I watched underreported the crowd. Seeing the protesters makes me so proud. Were you there?

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