teisipäev, mai 11, 2004

It's a Family Thing

When I first saw this, I thought, wow, that's pretty selfless of Bush.

Mr. Bush and his wife, Laura, said they did not want to subject other families to the disruptions of a presidential visit when Barbara Bush graduates from Yale University on May 24 in New Haven and Jenna Bush graduates from the University of Texas on May 22 in Austin.

He's willing to sacrifice seeing his daughters graduate to avoid inconveniencing others. That's very sweet. So I would assume he wouldn't be going to any graduations this year. I mean, if he isn't willing to disrupt a graduation to see his own daughters, he certainly wouldn't do it for strangers.



Mr. Bush turned down an invitation to speak at the Texas ceremony. But he will give a commencement address at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge and at Concordia University in Mequon, Wis.

Wrong. I'll give him the Air Force Academy. He's the Commander in Chief and it's the military, so that seems fair. But what do Wisconsin and Louisiana have in common?

They're battleground states.

Is it a coincidence Bush is appearing at ceremonies in two highly contested states at schools that he has no connection to? Doubtful. So what we're really seeing here is a president who is willing to speak at graduations for political purposes, but won't even attend them for his own family.

Nice. Very nice.

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