July 19, 2006

President Bush Opens His Mouth!

This week President George W. Bush has a lot to say!

To begin, the USATODAY reports on what has liberals everywhere in a rage this week:
President Bush personally blocked a Justice Department ethics probe of the government's warrantless anti-terror eavesdropping program, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales disclosed to Congress on Tuesday.... Although Bush barred Justice Department ethics investigators from looking into how the program was developed and implemented, other department officials received clearance to track down leaks that led to the revelation of the program by The New York Times in December.... Since the revelation of the eavesdropping program, which bypasses court approval for monitoring calls, Congress and the White House have argued over the president's authority to start it without lawmakers' authorization. (here)
What an intense power struggle! President Bush says he is protecting America while many feel personally attacked by his secret policies. Yet, some policies should stay secret perhaps, if their becoming public gives the enemy an advantage.

Next up, President Bush has strong intentions to veto a bill passed by a majority of Congress that would expand stem-cell research. The veto is expected to come by Wednesday. The President, who is morally against stem-cell research, has "vowed to veto the measure as morally indefensible," Reuters reported here. The veto would be Bush's first use of the power.

Yikes! Perhaps the boldest speech came out of President Bush's mouth when he wasn't even expecting it. At the G-8 Summit after the President left on his microphone, he was recorded when he did not know it. The LA TIMES reports that the President made such statements as:
"I'm not gonna talk too damn long like the rest of 'em."
and
"What they need to do is get Syria to get Hezbollah to stop doing this shit, and it's over."
Oh boy. I feel like we need a President who never goes off the record-- so we know who we vote for and who we support.

Lastly, President George W. Bush will speak to the NAACP (the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) after taking months of criticisms over Hurricane Katrina. He will speak on July 20. MSNBC reports:
After rebuffing the NAACP for five years, President Bush will speak at the annual convention of the oldest U.S. civil rights organization for the first time since taking office because he sees "a moment of opportunity," the White House said Tuesday. Bush was the first sitting president in decades not to address the NAACP. (here)

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