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Bush will "go on with life"


Defends refusal to meet protester
Sunday, August 14, 2005
KEN HERMAN
Cox News Service

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 protesters and approximately 100 people supporting the Bush Administration. 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."

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?"

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Give this women a shoulder to lean on, give her something to make her feel you care.

He cannot give what he does not have. If he cared, he would have thought before hand, and realized that war means that people will die and suffer misery.

Compassionte Conservative only has some meanings when there's some money involved. That's why Bush would rather attend a fund-raising BBQ than spending a couple of minutes talking with a mother of a slain soldier. Bush is clearly afraid of Cindy and wish his bike ride would chase away the haunting conscience.

She also is very knowledgeable and articulate and succinct about the lies.
He totally lacks empathy about the grieving.

Well, thank goodness our fearless leader has found a way to go on with his life. Wasn't it Imelda Marcos, with her thousands of pairs of shoes, that insisted that the people of the Philipines wanted her to look beautiful? That must be Georgie's line of thinking...

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