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Would you meet with President Bush?

By maxwell edison ·
A recent news story revealed that Jessica Simpson refused to meet with President Bush. I won't go into details, as it doesn't really matter, and you can look them up if you want. I have an opinion about it, but will refrain from sharing it, at least for now.

However, would YOU meet with President Bush if you had the chance?

For argument's sake, let's assume you have fifteen minutes, no more, no less. Let's further assume that it's a totally private meeting with no advisors present, no wife, no secret service, no distractions, just you and him, and you have his undivided attention. If so, what would say? What would you do? How would you act? What would you ask?

Of course, those who like and admire President Bush would undoubtedly say yes. But what about you folks who don't like him, those who openly call him a moron, a liar, incompetent, and so on? Would you talk TO him the same way you talk ABOUT him? Or would you pull a "Jessica Simpson", and snub him as a matter of "principle"? (And assume that your "snub" would make the news and/or make such a statement.)

So there you go. Would you meet with him?

And those who like him, agree with him, etc., please reply as well. My answer will follow at a later time.

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I have met with him

by amcol In reply to Would you meet with Presi ...

Not one on one, and not for fifteen minutes. In fact, in the interest of full disclosure, it wasn't precisely a meeting...I was attending a function in my capacity as CIO/CTO of a federal agency with numerous other colleages and he was there.

However, nit-picky details aside, he's actually quite an engaging man. Contrary to the picture painted in the media he's far from dumb, uniformed, and disengaged. He's deeply religious and makes that pretty obvious, and he's as much of a people person as Bill Clinton ever was.

I've spoken with people who have had private meetings with him and he's not much different in that situation than he is in public. Maybe a little more relaxed.

To answer your specific question...I would approach the meeting the same way I would any meeting with anyone in a position of power and authority. Respectfully, deferentially, and with a certain amount of curiosity as to the nature of the person with whom I'm meeting and the types of answers and reactions I'm going to get.

Regardless of your personal feeling about him, I quite frankly can't imagine anyone turning down a chance to meet with the President of the United States. What an opportunity, and what an honor. Why waste it?

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Met all of them since Eisenhower, except GWB.

by X-MarCap In reply to I have met with him

GWB I haven't met yet.

Eisenhower reminded me of my great grandpa. He seemed to be always laughing.

Family connections put this 4 year old, a deck of cards, and **** Nixon in the same room. My 50 cent allowance left after 2 hours of him teaching me to play poker, (and to never try to draw to an inside straight. ) He walked out with my money, but he gave my dad a dollar for me. Ford plays golf, I caddied... Carter I met, he was an Annapolis man who was a submariner (Think of the attitude. and don't turn your back...)

Reagan may have been the nicest man I ever met. I was sitting down after a funeral, Marines and he discussed the fact he could get my commission back for me... George's dad was there but said nothing. He was sympthetic to a grieving family.

Clinton, Whoo Boy! I was given a question to ask him at a rally. He shook my hand. I then counted my fingers to see if they were there. Anyone who tries to hug me without my permission should know I'll be very careful around them. Anyone who is immediately that intimate has a problem... I asked him a question he wasn't prepared for and his bodyguards let me know their displeasure.

Would I meet with GWB? Yes, because he seems a lot more real than all of the others except for Reagan. I don't like many of the things he is doing, but the things he does are not to hide his latest personal scandal...
I learned a lot about poker since, especially to quit when the cards are running bad.

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Okay, I'll say it

by maxwell edison In reply to Met all of them since Eis ...

I agree with many of the things you say, but, quite frankly, I think you're full of crap.

You're a Marine pilot AND a doctor AND you've met every president sinc Eisenhower AND everything else you've claimed, AND you post messages on TechRepublic.

Ooooooookay. whatever you say.

It's just getting too friggin' deep. Give me my boots.

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Boots for me too

by jardinier In reply to Okay, I'll say it

Those REALLY long ones that fishermen wear when they are standing in a river.

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Hey Max, maybe he's one of those PhD type of doctors you know..............

by sleepin'dawg In reply to Okay, I'll say it

Piled Higher and Deeper??? Never mind the boots; just get me a shovel so I can get the **** out of here. The stench is making my eyes water. You don't have to go all the way to Denmark to find someting rotten.

Dawg ]:)

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Yes

by Oz_Media In reply to Would you meet with Presi ...

Sure I'd like to meet him, actually I think it would be pretty cool. I would probably refrain from knocking him out, only because he is 'protected' so. But I most certainly would tell him I thought he had little credibility and despite his recent training on mannerisms and his awareness of his giveaway lies, he was still unbelievable.

I'd thank him for making th eworld a more volatile place, I would thank him for pulling troops out of Afghanistan so that more Canadians could die in Kandahar, I would thank him for misleading his country's people and then would politely say FU Very much and leave.

Would I shake his hand? Not in my lifetime.

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I dunno...tough question

by Mickster269 In reply to Would you meet with Presi ...

I'd first wonder why the President would want to talk to me. I don't have anything in common with him, except that we are both Male, and baby-boomers.

He's Texan, I grew up in Colorado and live in Kentucky. He's rich, I'm comfortable. He's Christian, I'm Buddhist. I don't think we share any of the same political beliefs.

So, there wouldn't be a lot to talk about. I could ask him how it felt to own a baseball team, and if he thinks the Cubs will EVER win the series again.

I'd be polite to him, though. Even if you don't agree with a man's beliefs, there's no need to be rude.

Now, if I got a chance to meet his Dad, I'd go in heartbeat.

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What is in the Dad that makes people...

by onbliss In reply to I dunno...tough question

...like him more than the son. I was always curious to know that.

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Have you ever looked at Dad's Resume?

by Mickster269 In reply to What is in the Dad that m ...

He had served as a U.S. congressman from Texas (1967?1971), ambassador to the United Nations (1971?1973), Republican National Committee chairman (1973?1974), Chief of the U.S. Liaison Office in the People's Republic of China (1974?1976), Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (1976?1977), Chairman of the First International Bank in Houston (1977?1980), and the 43rd Vice President of the United States under President Ronald Reagan (1981?1989).

Not to mention a WWII Fighter Pilot, and was shot down in the South Pacific.

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Very impressive...

by onbliss In reply to Have you ever looked at D ...

...got to say!!!

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