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#1 Call Me Robin

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Posted 05 September 2005 - 07:55 PM

Well, Babs Bush (Dubya's mother, not his daughter) paid a visit to the NOLA evacuees.  Here, she shares some uplifting words about them.

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In a segment at the top of the show on the surge of evacuees to the Texas city, Barbara Bush said: "Almost everyone Iíve talked to says we're going to move to Houston."

Then she added: "What Iím hearing is they all want to stay in Texas. Everyone is so overwhelmed by the hospitality.

"And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway, so this--this (she chuckles slightly) is working very well for them."

:blink:  :blink:

Wow.  What a lovely person.

This is it.  Now I know where Dubya's spite and insensitivity come from.  A pox on the whole Bush dynasty.   :angry:  :angry:

Edited by Call Me Robin, 05 September 2005 - 07:56 PM.

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Posted 05 September 2005 - 08:00 PM

I hate her as much as I hate her stupid, incompetent son.  :angry:  :angry:  :angry:  

"Working very well for them" my Aunt Fanny!  :angry:  :angry:  :angry:  :angry:  :angry:

Stupid, insensitive, rich cow.  :glare:

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Posted 05 September 2005 - 08:02 PM

These are the kinds of stories that we need to keep front and center.  The Bush family should NEVER be able to live them down.  NEVER.
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Posted 05 September 2005 - 08:09 PM

I had to fight for my life when the first Bush was president.  I was in desperate health with no health care, because the law had not yet been passed barring the VAMCs from turning women veterans away, and just because I'm receiving excellent (mostly) health care now doesn't mean that I've stopped caring about all the rest of the desperate poor, elderly and disabled people in this country.  I knew that she and Nancy and George and Ronnie didn't give a g*dd*mn about us, but that she could say words like these about the most desperate of the desperate in this country today just takes my breath away.  She is a horrible old hag.  

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#5 waterpanther

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Posted 05 September 2005 - 08:09 PM

Everybody says GW takes after his mother.  Apparently they're right.
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#6 Bad Wolf

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Posted 05 September 2005 - 08:34 PM

Poor taste at a minimum.

*sigh*

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Posted 05 September 2005 - 08:46 PM

Ugh. That old b*tch is such a... well... b*tch.

I hate it when the Bush family condescends to the poor. Bar just did it, and GW has done it a few times when talking about reforming social security.

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Posted 05 September 2005 - 08:58 PM

And she breeds true.
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Posted 05 September 2005 - 09:10 PM

She always struck me as a nice motherly (and grandmotherly) type.

This is making me reconsider that view.

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Posted 05 September 2005 - 09:17 PM

This is the time for me to tell what I heard on the radio from a refugee here in the DFW area.

A young man who worked for McDonalds in the N.O. area went to find a job here in the DFW area at one of the local McDonalds.  He told them he was a refugee who had worked at a McDonalds in N.O.-they said since he wasn't planning on staying then no they couldn't hire him.

So...some are saying they want to stay in Texas.

Eh-that's one of those constants that comes from a situation like this.  Eventually when N.O. starts rebuilding these people will go back.
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#11 Anarch

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Posted 05 September 2005 - 09:58 PM

I can only pop in briefly, but it's worse than you think.

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Update: Itís even worse. Michael Froomkin has a link to an NPR segment recording her comments. She actually said, ďWhat Iím hearing which is sort of scary is that they want to stayĒ

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Posted 05 September 2005 - 11:48 PM

She's always considered herself to be royalty. She's quite the precious princess of her little dynasty. I've never been impressed by royalty; though I'm a huge Anglophile, I always thought that a major reason that America gained independence from Britain was to free itself from royalty and not set up its own, please, thanks very much.
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Posted 06 September 2005 - 08:03 AM

I know, they should work in the rich people's houses and sleep in the field.  That should make her more comfortable.
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Posted 06 September 2005 - 08:05 AM

I hate to see Babs wasting her beautiful mind on such things.  I've always thought she was a wonderful person, and have always had nice feelings for her ever since the first time I saw her picture on a box of Quaker oatmeal.

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Posted 06 September 2005 - 08:33 AM

If I'd have seen the interview myself, I'd believe it.  But I've seen the press skewer quotes completely out of context to make things sound the way they want them to sound, and I'm just not buying it.

I don't believe a woman of that kind of prominence and political awareness would make such a gaffing statement.  Context is everything - and the quote, as it stands, makes absolutely no sense, leading me to believe that there was something else that was said and left out of the article.

I'll join in the frowning and finger wagging as soon as someone provides an actual transcript of the interview and shows her intent to be as it was represented here.

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Posted 06 September 2005 - 09:31 AM

Can't listen to it myself (no speakers here) but the Drudge Report has a link to some audio... and I don't think a Bush shill like Drudge would post it if it misrepresented Babs.

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There's things I'd like to phrase some way
But I'm never talking to you again

I'm never talking to you again
I'm never talking to you
I'm tired of wasting all my time
Trying to talk to you

I'd put you down where you belong
But I'm never talking to you again
I'd show you everywhere you're wrong
But I'm never talking to you again

I'm never talking to you again
I'm never talking to you
I'm tired of wasting all my time
Trying to talk to you

I'm never talking to you again
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Trying to talk to you."
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#17 Spectacles

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Posted 06 September 2005 - 09:43 AM

The audio link on Drudge confirms it. Now, one might wonder why Drudge put this on his site., but it's pretty disturbing.

What bothers me most is that Barbara Bush's observation is likely to be shared by others who have lived their lives in relative isolation from the poor. The assumption seems to be that somehow these people are better off for having been flushed out of their homes, which weren't worth much anyway.  The insult is not intended, but it's sure as hell there.
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Posted 06 September 2005 - 09:44 AM

QueenTiye, on Sep 6 2005, 05:33 AM, said:

If I'd have seen the interview myself, I'd believe it.  But I've seen the press skewer quotes completely out of context to make things sound the way they want them to sound, and I'm just not buying it.

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Kinda hard to watch radio.  As explained in the article to which the original post in this thread linked, this happened on Marketplace.  

QueenTiye, on Sep 6 2005, 05:33 AM, said:

I don't believe a woman of that kind of prominence and political awareness would make such a gaffing statement.  Context is everything - and the quote, as it stands, makes absolutely no sense, leading me to believe that there was something else that was said and left out of the article.

<{POST_SNAPBACK}>

Check out what she said on Good Morning, America a couple years ago, quoted in the article linked in the post above yours.  Prominence, political awareness, and a cold, hard lack of concern for just about everybody outside her own, tight circle.

QueenTiye, on Sep 6 2005, 05:33 AM, said:

I'll join in the frowning and finger wagging as soon as someone provides an actual transcript of the interview and shows her intent to be as it was represented here.

<{POST_SNAPBACK}>

What frowning and finger wagging?  Can't speak for the rest of us, but I'm hating her and consigning her to the torments of a hell that I don't even believe in!  Calling our response to this woman's outrageous arrogance "frowning and finger wagging" is mighty Shirley Temple, don't you think?  

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#19 Nonny

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Posted 06 September 2005 - 09:50 AM

Spectacles, on Sep 6 2005, 06:43 AM, said:

What bothers me most is that Barbara Bush's observation is likely to be shared by others who have lived their lives in relative isolation from the poor. The assumption seems to be that somehow these people are better off for having been flushed out of their homes, which weren't worth much anyway.  The insult is not intended, but it's sure as hell there.

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As I said to one of my neighbors last night, if I had to choose between great heart and great wealth, I'd take heart.  What these people have lost is not so much worthless housing as it is community, family, friends, neighbors, familiar faces, beloved places, music and magic in the air and so much more that somebody like Bush, with a cash register for a heart, fails to recognize as each a pearl beyond price.  

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"Give a man a gun and he can rob a bank, give a man a bank and he can rob the world." Can anyone tell me who I am quoting?  I found this with no attribution.

Fatal miscarriages are forever.

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All things must be examined, debated, investigated without exception and without regard for anyone's feelings. Diderot

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Posted 06 September 2005 - 09:53 AM

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The audio link on Drudge confirms it. Now, one might wonder why Drudge put this on his site., but it's pretty disturbing.

Two possibilities here.

1. Sludge is either so far gone with Kool-Aid intoxication that he sees nothing wrong with the remarks; or

2.  The worm is turning.

Edited by waterpanther, 06 September 2005 - 10:00 AM.

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