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08-15-2005, 11:38 AM
Bush defends ignoring protest


Monday, August 15, 2005

CRAWFORD, Texas – President Bush, noting that lots of people want to talk to the president and "it's also important for me to go on with my life," on Saturday defended his decision not to meet with the grieving mom of a soldier killed in Iraq.

Bush said he is aware of the anti-war sentiments of Cindy Sheehan and others who have joined her protest near the Bush ranch.

"But whether it be here or in Washington or anywhere else, there's somebody who has got something to say to the president, that's part of the job," Bush said on the ranch. "And I think it's important for me to be thoughtful and sensitive to those who have got something to say."

"But," he added, "I think it's also important for me to go on with my life, to keep a balanced life."

The comments came prior to a bike ride on the ranch with journalists and aides. It also came as the crowd of protesters grew in support of Sheehan, the California mother who came here Aug. 6 demanding to talk to Bush about the death of her son Casey. Sheehan arrived earlier in the week with about a half dozen supporters. As of yesterday (Saturday) there were about 300 anti-war protestors and approximately 100 people supporting the Bush Administration.

Sheehan is seeking a justification for the war, as well as her son's death.

"I don't want comfort from him," she said Friday. ""I want answers. I want the truth."

Bush on Saturday said, "I've heard their complaints about my policy. I think it would be a big mistake to withdraw immediately from Iraq, which is what they're suggesting we do."

In addition to the two-hour bike ride, Bush's Saturday schedule included an evening Little League Baseball playoff game, a lunch meeting with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, a nap, some fishing and some reading.

"I think the people want the president to be in a position to make good, crisp decisions and to stay healthy," he said when asked about bike riding while a grieving mom wanted to speak with him. "And part of my being is to be outside exercising."

"So I'm mindful of what goes on around me," Bush added. "On the other hand, I'm also mindful that I've got a life to live and will do so."

On Friday, Bush's motorcade drove by the protest site en route to a Republican fund-raising event at a nearby ranch. As Bush rolled by, Sheehan held a sign that said, "Why do you make time for donors and not for me?"

Later Friday, more than 100 supporters of Bush led by Mike Gallagher, a radio talk show host, showed up at the protest site to show their support for his Iraq policy. On Saturday, authorities kept the two groups separated.

Bush on Saturday also defended his Iraq policy in his weekly radio address, saying the war is going well.

"Iraqis are taking control of their country, building a free nation that can govern itself, sustain itself and defense itself," he said. "And we're helping Iraqis succeed."

08-15-2005, 12:11 PM
the president to be in a position to make good, crisp decisions

Hahaha, like fixing facts to justify war? That was a good, crisp decision.

08-15-2005, 12:14 PM
"I think it's also important for me to go on with my life, to keep a balanced life."

What a fucking scumbag... It's important for him to go on with his life, but what about those parents who can't now that their son or daughter is dead because of his decision to go to war.... fucking scumbag.

08-15-2005, 12:18 PM
After all the death and miser this prick has caused he feels he has the right to gon with his life???? Fuck him, he made this mess, he better work 24 hours a day to resolve it.