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27201 clicks; posted to Main » and Politics » on 21 Feb 2004 at 8:46 PM (18 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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OBB
2004-02-21 4:02:51 PM  
I think it's cool that Bush would do something like talking with average people. I think it makes him out to be a good man, and I think more of our political leaders need to be good men, as opposed to guys you automatically think of as slimy (casually glances at Paul Martin).
 
2004-02-21 4:20:38 PM  
The love between a man and his dog is a beautiful thing.
 
2004-02-21 4:27:53 PM  
Rex Hammock is quite a name.
 
2004-02-21 4:33:51 PM  
That is quite a long article
 
2004-02-21 4:40:09 PM  
It is interesting to find out Bush speaks extemporaneously rather than from a scripted speech. It makes his linguistic excursions more understandable.
 
2004-02-21 5:06:21 PM  
If there's anything in the world that's easy to do, it's to make fun of someone stepping away from a script and attempting to talk in a high-pressure situation. Yar, why don't you get up there and address the planet?

(I would, if someone would turn on my microphone? Anyone?)
 
2004-02-21 5:08:48 PM  
Hurrah for linguistic excursions!
 
2004-02-21 5:18:19 PM  
Linguistic excursion...would that be like an SUV version of Kit or something?
 
2004-02-21 6:08:11 PM  
Was Rex wearing a blue dress from The Gap ?
 
2004-02-21 6:27:12 PM  
See, President Bush is just an ordinary guy like me. He likes sports, people, and makes a gracious host to guests. His other interests include class warfare, mocking retarded death row inmates begging for their lives, and codifying discrimination against gays and lesbians. He hates to read the papers, likes things that go fast, and dresses up as a military hero for TV. He's a war president. Just like all of us!

[oh, and /sarcasm, for the daft among us who may not catch it]
 
2004-02-21 6:35:27 PM  
edverb he also owns/drives a pickup truck...
 
2004-02-21 6:51:48 PM  
Although I'm critical of the current Bush administration, I have every reason to believe 'Dubya is a nice guy in person.
 
2004-02-21 7:20:49 PM  
edverb he also owns/drives a pickup truck...

...and a fighter jet! COOL!
 
2004-02-21 8:13:02 PM  
I'm quite certain that Dubya would be a cool guy to hang with. After all he was an all-star partyier in college. The dude can probably down a beer-bong with the best of 'em.

In fact, I know lots of "regular" guys like him who are fun to be around. I'm just not so sure I'd be interested in having them run the country.
 
2004-02-21 8:30:24 PM  
Something tells me that either this Rex guy is leaving out some bits about the meeting or that the people participating in the meeting were screened for their beliefs.

I find it very hard to believe that you could take a random group of small business owners, even with screening for security measures, and not find one person who's going to be seriously opposed to Bush's policies.

I'm not a small business owner, but if I were given the chance to tell Bush exactly what I though of his policies, the meeting probably wouldn't have that friednly, jovial atmosphere that Rex portrays. I can't see anyone not taking the oppportunity to tell the President exactly what they think.
 
2004-02-21 8:37:53 PM  
Wow. I just found out the President's dog died.

My previous comment was referring to his admirers as tail-wagging sycophant lap-dogs.

If I had said "The love between a man and his BDSM master is a beautiful thing," I wonder if Cheney would have croaked.
 
2004-02-21 8:51:10 PM  
Wow. I just found out the President's dog died.

I bet the dog is happy to be liberated finally...all those years of being the smart one, and all those years of having to take george for a walk so he would pee the plants anymore.
 
2004-02-21 8:52:17 PM  
SchlingFo: I am a small biz owner, and in the local SBO that I belong to, we all hate how Bush has screwed the working middle class (us). So that's the flip side, you'd have a hard time finding someone in the Real World that thinks Bush has done a good job at anything.
 
2004-02-21 8:58:04 PM  
my "meetings with bush" tend to only last about 5 minutes.

/lonely
 
2004-02-21 8:58:07 PM  
I had a private 25 minute meeting with Bush once. He's got incredible stamina.

/didn't RTFA
 
2004-02-21 8:58:36 PM  
I'm sure he's a swell guy. I know plenty of nice guys who shouldn't be running the country.

And just for the hell of it:
[image from pollingreport.com too old to be available]
 
2004-02-21 8:58:40 PM  
The fact that this guy thinks that Bush could convince everyone to vote by being charming is really weird.

The most charming person I know is also a con man, for god's sake.

He doesn't even cite any policies of Bush's that he agrees with. He says Bush knows his stuff, economically, but doesn't give any examples.

No real meat here. Just one guy who likes Bush. Doubt it'll change anyone's vote.
 
YMW
2004-02-21 9:00:08 PM  
re: we all hate how Bush has screwed the working middle class (us)

what do you mean by that? I'm working middle/upper and have done pretty well regardless of administration (starting with Ronnie)
 
2004-02-21 9:00:41 PM  
Aw, c'mon!

NOBODY has commented yet about the "25-minute meeting with Bush"?

No "It must have been his first time"?

Or, "I haven't lasted that long since college"?

Or, "And he still couldn't figure out where to put it!"???

Have we all grown up so fast?
 
2004-02-21 9:01:17 PM  
I'm vehemntly agreeing with SchlingFo as evidenced by the rapid nodding of my head. The filtering here must have been more dramatic than on the Cleveland River Tap.
 
2004-02-21 9:01:23 PM  
dude, scroll up

;)
 
2004-02-21 9:02:04 PM  
here's a mirror as that server gets ripped apart.
http://www-student.cse.buffalo.edu/~rtconner/rexblog/
 
2004-02-21 9:03:00 PM  
thought the link went to new erotica/porn site

/disappointed
 
2004-02-21 9:03:04 PM  
muti,

I'm vehemntly agreeing with SchlingFo as evidenced by the rapid nodding of my head.

Is this the seventh vial that's being opened?
 
2004-02-21 9:03:05 PM  

He doesn't even cite any policies of Bush's that he agrees with. He says Bush knows his stuff, economically, but doesn't give any examples.


he doesnt need to cite any examples. Bush said he has sound policy right, well thats good enough for me. I mean it isnt like he would ever lie to us or anything, he said so, so that mean its true.....

poor poor Rex. He's falling into the same trap as the Mormons
 
2004-02-21 9:03:14 PM  
Blast!
 
2004-02-21 9:05:17 PM  
Bottom line: If George W. Bush could spend 25 minutes chatting with everybody in America like he did with me and five other folks today, he would win any election by a landslide. Despite the formality of the setting, he immediately put us all at ease with grace and hospitality.
Any uber-powerful politician like the Pres that can't invite someone for a chat and make them feel special is a shiatty politician. Still a cool story though.
 
2004-02-21 9:07:40 PM  
lovehate, i agree, i've heard the same type of talk used in regard to clinton to. people say that about every president.
 
2004-02-21 9:07:56 PM  
The fact that this guy thinks that Bush could convince everyone to vote by being charming is really weird.

The most charming person I know is also a con man, for god's sake.

He doesn't even cite any policies of Bush's that he agrees with. He says Bush knows his stuff, economically, but doesn't give any examples.


Well said....Bush takes lying for a living to new heights. I also like this little quote from the news item:

He describes Bush's attentive style of engaging people.

I smell some Karl Rove in that....contradicting earlier reports that Bush is dumb as a stump.
 
2004-02-21 9:13:05 PM  
SchlingFo

I find it very hard to believe that you could take a random group of small business owners, even with screening for security measures, and not find one person who's going to be seriously opposed to Bush's policies.

I think that most democrats would not go on the attack if they were given a private audience with the leader of the free world, partly out of respect and the fact that the situation makes them feel special.

This guy sounds like a total sheep.
 
2004-02-21 9:14:27 PM  
Next week on my blog: A 25 minute meeting with the Bush Twins.

/actually I can probably get it done in 2.5 minutes
 
2004-02-21 9:19:32 PM  
thornhill,

I think that most democrats would not go on the attack if they were given a private audience with the leader of the free world, partly out of respect and the fact that the situation makes them feel special.

I think they'd be remiss in their duties as citizens if they didn't take the opportunity to tell the President what they think of his policies.

It would be a chance to get their views past all of the filters that his advisors have built around them.

Would I be in awe at being in the presence of the President and the Secret Service? Yes. Would I let that stop me from telling him what I think about his performance as my employee? No.
 
2004-02-21 9:20:42 PM  
bush is gonna win, and if he has too cheney will bow out for health reasons and it will be bush/powell. every black person in the us will vote for powell as vp
 
2004-02-21 9:24:30 PM  
Looks like Karl Rove is trying some unorthodox propaganda this time around.

Fake blogs....Fake events....Fake WMD evidence...

The Repigs are getting desperate.

Unelected WarMonkey is TOAST!
 
2004-02-21 9:26:28 PM  
New Headline: Regular Guy's Site is Farked.
 
2004-02-21 9:26:49 PM  
MMmm, I love Dubya. I love the smell of biggots in the morning.
 
2004-02-21 9:27:55 PM  
well funny thing here that old Rex is a big time republican. GIS here some regular guy. Results 1 - 10 of about 532. Search took 0.27 seconds
 
2004-02-21 9:28:32 PM  
SchlingFo- I don't agree with most of the policies of this administration, but what's the point in telling the President off if you get to meet him? Why not instead try to talk to him as an equal and maybe see if you can show him what it's like in your world? Going off on a rant to the Prez may boost your ego and give you a story to talk about to your circle of friends but it wouldn't get anything done. Talking to him on a rational level about issues you feel are important may have a chance of effecting positive change, and if he listened and thought you had a good idea (or at least said that to make you feel better), that too would boost your ego and give you a story to talk about, but you'd come away with more. I mean, that's the way I see it. Even if you don't like somebody it's still better to talk to them and try to work something out. I could be wrong, though.
 
2004-02-21 9:28:38 PM  
spin359,
I seriously doubt that Rove would let Powell be VP. Just too much ideological difference. That also seems like quite a bold statement on behalf of all black voters.
 
2004-02-21 9:31:37 PM  
Luluwa
In addition, if you start screaming at the President, "Why don't you just make an SUV that runs on the blood of Iraqi children!" you'll probably get arrested and anal probed by the Secret Service.
 
2004-02-21 9:31:48 PM  
spin359 - There are so many things wrong with your post, I don't know where to begin.

"bush is gonna win" - Under what conditions are you comfortable proclaiming this?

"...it will be bush/powell." - No way in hell. Powell's been a tool for the last 4 years, and he's had it. Not only would he not take a VP position, most experts agree that he won't be around as Secretary of State if Bush wins again.

"every black person in the us will vote for powell as vp" - That's just the silliest thing I've heard all day.
 
2004-02-21 9:34:07 PM  
Robson
Didn't Powell say he was leaving after 4 years? I'm not saying for certain he did, but I remember reading that he promised the President 4 years and said it was too hard on his family, so he was going to finish his 4 years and then resign.
 
2004-02-21 9:36:21 PM  
lovehate:

Powell did indeed say "no second term". I even asked him about it during a chance meeting three months ago... his response? "that's the plan"
 
2004-02-21 9:37:58 PM  
Yeah, a "normal guy." Who got nominated "to the White House staff by my friends at NFIB, who knew I was in D.C. for a few days. It turned out that an NFIB alumni was the White House policy person with whom I communicated most in working out the logistics." Oh, and carefully screened, too: "I didnt know I was going to particpate until 48 hours before and most of the conversations I had with White House staff regarded logistics and background."

Thanks, but no thanks. I'm not interested in Bush explaining his polices to believers. That's called "preaching to the choir." I'd like to see what happens when you lock Bush in a room with David Kay, Gregory Manikw, and a few other people that haven't been filtered, and see how he does. Or maybe just a rabid tree-hugger.
 
2004-02-21 9:38:17 PM  
A 25 meeting with Bush?

I bet he was wet with anticipation, to be able to penetrate such an exclusive previledge. He seems to have handed it pretty well.

/been a while...
 
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