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OfflineZahid
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President to wear fight suit at all public functions
    #1660194 - 06/25/03 02:02 AM (13 years, 5 months ago)



http://www.gwbush04.com/archives/000061.php

June 19, 2003


Washington ? President Bush made remarks at the annual Congressional Picnic on the South Lawn yesterday wearing the flight suit that he donned for his historic landing on the USS Lincoln in May. White House officials said that the President would wear the suit at every public function until election day in 2004.

Advisers said that the decision was made based on the success of Bush?s flight to the aircraft carrier and the lengthy discussion it spurred on how ?macho,? ?studly,? and ?hung? it made the President look.

?To be honest, the idea came to us because he was already wearing the flight suit around the residence and at all his meetings. There?s a rumor that he even sleeps in it,? a White House source said. ?So we knew it made him feel comfortable, and we knew the positive reaction it got with soccer-moms and homosexuals around the country.?

Meanwhile, pundits were busy praising the President and his aides? decision on cable television.

?Not only does he have every woman?s vote in the United States of America, but he has the envy of every man in the country. Size does count, and everyone at the annual Congressional Picnic got a real treat,? G. Gordon Liddy said on MSNBC?s Hardball. ?Oh mama, just look at his package! Put the children to bed!?






How about that uniform look...




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Re: President to wear fight suit at all public functions [Re: Zahid]
    #1660340 - 06/25/03 03:05 AM (13 years, 5 months ago)

Speaking of Bush wearing a military flight suit, the following article suggests that he is the only president ever to do that on a regular basis (our media used to criticize Sadam when he dressed in his military uniform, because we have a "civilian" commander in chief!) The following is kind of a long article, but it's one of the best summaries of Bush I've seen...

Edit: Good post, by the way! Interesting website too - I enjoyed its "Bush TV" video! (Quicktime 5 required, high speed connection recommended)

What Is Happening in America?
By Eliot Weinberger

This article, one of the best short analyses of the Bush administration's policies, was published by "Vorwarts," Germany.

First Published 08 June 2003

In the Western democracies in the last fifty years, we have grown accustomed to governments whose policies on specific issues may be good or bad, but which essentially institute incremental changes to the status quo. The major exceptions have been Thatcher and Reagan, but even their programs of dismantling systems of social welfare seem, in retrospect, mild compared to what is happening in the United States under George Bush-- or more exactly, the ruling junta that tells Bush what to do and say.

It is unquestionably the most radical government in modern American history, one whose ideology and actions have become so pervasive, and are so unquestionably mirrored by the mass media here, that the population seems to have forgotten what "normal" is.

George Bush is the first unelected President of the United States, installed by a right-wing Supreme Court in a kind of judicial coup d'etat. He is the first to actively subvert one of the pillars of American democracy: the separation of church and state. There are now daily prayer meetings and Bible study groups in every branch of the government, and religious organizations are being given funds to take over educational and welfare programs that have always been the domain of the state.

Bush is the first president to invoke the specific "Jesus Christ" rather than an ecumenical "God," and he has surrounded himself with evangelical Christians, including his Attorney General, who attends a church where he talks in tongues.

It is the first administration to openly declare a policy of unilateral aggression, a "Pax Americana" where the presence of allies (whether England or Bulgaria) is agreeable but unimportant; where international treaties no longer apply to the United States; and where-- for the first time in history-- this country reserves the right to non-defensive, "pre-emptive" strikes against any nation on earth, for whatever reason it declares.

It is the first-- since the internment of Japanese-Americans in World War II-- to enact special laws for a specific ethnic group. Non-citizen young Muslim men are now required to register and subject themselves to interrogation. Many hundreds have been arrested and held without trial or access to legal assistance-- a violation of another pillar of American democracy: habeas corpus. Many have been taken from their families and deported on minor technical immigration violations; the whereabouts of many others are still unknown. And, in Guantanamo Bay, where it is said that they are now preparing execution chambers, hundreds of foreign nationals -- including a 13-year-old and a man who claims to be 100-- have been kept for almost two years in a limbo that clearly contravenes the Geneva Convention.

Similar to the Reagan era, it is an administration openly devoted to helping the rich and ignoring the poor, one that has turned the surplus of the Clinton years into a massive deficit through its combination of enormous tax cuts for the wealthy (particularly those who earn more than a million dollars a year) and increases in defense spending. (And, although Republicans always campaign on "less government," it has created the largest new government bureaucracy in history: the Department of Homeland Security.) The Financial Times of England, hardly a hotbed of leftists, has categorized this economic policy as "the lunatics taking over the asylum."

But more than Reagan-- whose policies tended to benefit the rich in general-- most of Bush's legislation specifically enriches those in his lifelong inner circle from the oil, mining, logging, construction, and pharmaceutical industries. At the middle level of the bureaucracy, where laws may be issued without Congressional approval, hundreds of regulations have been changed to lower standards of pollution or safety in the workplace, to open up wilderness areas for exploitation, or to eliminate the testing of drugs.

Billions in government contracts have been awarded, without competition, to corporations formerly run by administration officials. In a country where the most significant social changes are enacted by court rulings, rather than by legislation, the Bush administration has been filling every level of the complex judicial system with ultra-right ideologues, especially those who have protected corporations from lawsuits by individuals or environmental groups, and those who are opposed to women's reproductive rights. It remains to be seen how far they can push their antipathy to contraception and abortion. They have already banned a rare form of late-term abortion that is only given when the health of the mother is endangered or the fetus is terribly deformed, and a large portion of Bush's heralded billions to Africa to fight AIDS will be devoted to so-called "abstinence" education.

Most of all, America doesn't feel like America any more. The climate of militarism and fear, similar to any totalitarian state, permeates everything. Bush is the first American president in memory to swagger around in a military uniform, though he himself-- like all of his most militant advisers-- evaded the Vietnam War. (Even Eisenhower, a general and a war hero, never wore his uniform while he was president).

In the airports of provincial cities, there are frequent announcements in that assuring, disembodied voice of science-fiction films: "The Department of Homeland Security advises that the Terror Alert is now . . . Code Orange." Every few weeks there is an announcement that another terrorist attack is imminent, and citizens are urged to take ludicrous measures, like sealing their windows, against biological and chemical attacks, and to report the suspicious activities of their neighbors.

The Pentagon institutes the "Total Information Awareness" program to collect data on the ordinary activities of ordinary citizens (credit card charges, library book withdrawals, university course enrollments) and when this is perceived as going too far, they change the name to "Terrorist Information Awareness" and continue to do the same things. Millions are listed in airport security computers as potential terrorists, including antiwar demonstrators and pacifists. Critics are warned to "watch what they say" and lists of "traitors" are posted on the internet.

The war in Iraq has been the most extreme manifestation of this new America, and almost a casebook study in totalitarian techniques.

First, an Enemy is created by blatant lies that are endlessly repeated until the population believes it: in this case, that Iraq was linked to the attack on the World Trade Center, and that it possesses vast "weapons of mass destruction" that threaten the world.

Then, a War of Liberation, entirely portrayed by the mass media in terms of our Heroic Troops, with little or no imagery of casualties and devastation, and with morale-inspiring, scripted "news" scenes-- such as the toppling of the Saddam statue and the heroic "rescue" of Private Lynch-- worthy of Soviet cinema.

Finally, as has happened with Afghanistan, very little news of the chaos that has followed the Great Victory. Instead, the propaganda machine moves on to a new Enemy-- this time, Iran.

It is very difficult to speak of what is happening in America without resorting to the hyperbolic cliches of anti-Americanism that have lost their meaning after so many decades, but that have now finally come true.

Perhaps one can only recite the facts, and I have mentioned only some of them here. This is, quite simply, the most frightening American administration in modern times, one that is appalling both to the left and to traditional conservatives. This junta is unabashed in its imperialist ambitions; it is enacting an Orwellian state of Perpetual War; it is dismantling, or attempting to dismantle, some of the most fundamental tenets of American democracy; it is acting without opposition within the government, and is operating so quickly on so many fronts that it has overwhelmed and exhausted any popular opposition.

Perhaps it cannot be stopped, but the first step toward slowing it down is the recognition that this is an American government unlike any other in this country's history, and one for whom democracy is an obstacle.


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Re: President to wear fight suit at all public functions [Re: Cornholio]
    #1660417 - 06/25/03 03:48 AM (13 years, 5 months ago)

What a great fucking article. Bravo. Now if only every american could turn off Fox news and read it, then we'd be getting somewhere. Even though I already knew everything in the article, it still shocks me to read it. I guess when you live through each part one at a time it doesn't seem as bad but when someone sums it all up in a few paragraphs, it's kind of alarming. I hope this doesn't turn into another "someone is talking shit about Bush again, lets talk shit about Clinton" thread.

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Re: President to wear fight suit at all public functions [Re: Cornholio]
    #1660459 - 06/25/03 04:10 AM (13 years, 5 months ago)

My neck hurts from tilting my head to read your article.






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Re: President to wear fight suit at all public functions [Re: Zahid]
    #1660464 - 06/25/03 04:13 AM (13 years, 5 months ago)

Nice post, made me laugh.

", and we knew the positive reaction it got with soccer-moms and homosexuals around the country. "



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Re: President to wear fight suit at all public functions [Re: Cornholio]
    #1660546 - 06/25/03 04:59 AM (13 years, 5 months ago)

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George Bush is the first unelected President of the United States, installed by a right-wing Supreme Court in a kind of judicial coup d'etat.



Any article which claims something as false as that isn't worth the time it would take to read.


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Re: President to wear fight suit at all public functions [Re: luvdemshrooms]
    #1660601 - 06/25/03 05:31 AM (13 years, 5 months ago)

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Any article which claims something as false as that isn't worth the time it would take to read.


Read Chapter 1 of Michael Moore's "Stupid White Men". You may not like Michael Moore, or enjoy his writing style, but even people who hate him have praised the job he's done in chapter 1 explaining in detail how the election was rigged.


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Re: President to wear fight suit at all public functions [Re: Cornholio]
    #1660610 - 06/25/03 05:35 AM (13 years, 5 months ago)

You can't mention that book or bowling for columbine here because they were scattered with lies, half-truths and other stuff. Although I don't know exactly which parts were and weren't true about both.


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Re: President to wear fight suit at all public functions [Re: Cornholio]
    #1660652 - 06/25/03 06:02 AM (13 years, 5 months ago)

There are probably as many who find that book to be bullshit as there are who find it good.

Even that bloated bag of wind Moore has admitted to it's faults.

You and many others may not like Bush and often repeat that foolish claim but yet no-one can show how.

Get over it. Bush was elected by all the rules and laws in place at the time of the election


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You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity. What one person receives without working for another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for that my dear friend is the beginning of the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it. ~ Adrian Rogers


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Re: President to wear fight suit at all public functions [Re: ]
    #1660680 - 06/25/03 06:18 AM (13 years, 5 months ago)

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You can't mention that book or bowling for columbine here because they were scattered with lies, half-truths and other stuff. Although I don't know exactly which parts were and weren't true about both.


Admittedly, there WERE a lot of half-truths in ?Bowling for Columbine? (where he wasn?t telling the full story, or showed things out of context). But I haven't seen nearly as much criticism of Stupid White Men. So far there are two "lies" in the book ?Stupid White Men? I have seen "exposed".

The first is that 2/3 of the money raised by President Bush during the Presidential campaign came from just over 700 individuals. The truth is that just over 700 people donated two-thirds of the Republican?s "soft" money (unregulated money that supports the entire Republican party rather than a specific candidate). However, since Bush was the only serious Republican candidate, this money WAS essentially being given to him.

The 2nd ?lie? is that the US is number one in budget deficit as a percentage of GDP. Obviously, this was no longer the case under Clinton, who enjoyed a large budget surplus. So that was an obvious error. Based on those two facts, and the half-truths in Bowling for Columbine, critics call the book ?a bunch of lies and half truths?.

I have yet to hear anyone claim any facts in Chapter 1 of Stupid White Men contained any misinformation. In fact I have read many reviews that essentially said ?read chapter 1, then throw the book away.? It is very informative.


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    #1660759 - 06/25/03 07:39 AM (13 years, 5 months ago)

Yeah the first chapter was the best part. And another thing, right wingers hate Michael Moore like they hate getting gonorrhea and it's unlikely that they would bother to read his book. In fact, if someone still likes Bush at this point in the administration, I doubt anything will sway their opinion of him.


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Re: President to wear fight suit at all public functions [Re: Zahid]
    #1661086 - 06/25/03 01:04 PM (13 years, 5 months ago)

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Zahid said:
?Not only does he have every woman?s vote in the United States of America, but he has the envy of every man in the country. Size does count, and everyone at the annual Congressional Picnic got a real treat,? G. Gordon Liddy said on MSNBC?s Hardball. ?Oh mama, just look at his package! Put the children to bed!?






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Re: President to wear fight suit at all public functions [Re: Zahid]
    #1661231 - 06/25/03 01:58 PM (13 years, 5 months ago)

Bush... Blah!

I swear he is just trying to look all heroic and scam people into thinking he's actually brave.

The fucker sent thousands of troops into Iraq, but, yeah sure he never went anywhere close to them. Wasn't he the one who bailed out of 'Nam?

I still ask this question over and over, and I have not really gotten any good answers. What has he done good for this country?

How could every woman in the US want this scumbag to be the president again? He's a blood thirsty texas oil man. I don't envy him at all. He's an ugly short prick.


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Re: President to wear fight suit at all public functions [Re: angryshroom]
    #1661267 - 06/25/03 02:10 PM (13 years, 5 months ago)

Someones just a little jealous. :smirk:


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    #1661419 - 06/25/03 02:59 PM (13 years, 5 months ago)

he did bail out of 'nam. his daddy got him a spot in the texas air national guard so he wouldn't have to go off to fight in vietnam. while 'serving', his performance was abysmal; he was grounded for refusing medical exams and disciplined for going AWOL.

i'd think he'd stay as far away from an airman's uniform as he could, lest he conjure up reminders of his past.


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Re: President to wear fight suit at all public functions [Re: ]
    #1661438 - 06/25/03 03:03 PM (13 years, 5 months ago)

Quote:

babytripster said:
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But I am!  :grin: 


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Re: President to wear fight suit at all public functions [Re: MOTH]
    #1661489 - 06/25/03 03:21 PM (13 years, 5 months ago)

Sorry Canada is already full of escaping American refugees...try Mexico.  :wink:


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