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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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Sure why not??? Like him or not, breaking bread with the..................

by sleepin'dawg In reply to Would you meet with Presi ...

most powerful man in the world would have to be a real experience, especially if it was in a small group; it wouldn't have to be one on one but I would like more than fifteen minutes. I'd like to meet his dad and **** Cheney as well. Agree with him or disagree with him, it would be an opportunity not to be missed. From everything I've been hearing lately, GWB may not be too good under pressure in front of groups but one on one in an informal situation he is supposed to be an excellent conversationalist and raconteur. You don't graduate from Yale or Harvard with only mush between your ears.

Dawg ]:)

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Vindication of my observation

by jardinier In reply to Sure why not??? Like him ...

that a politician may appear quite different in an informal situation to what he/she may appear under pressure such as at a press conference or public speech.

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Absolutely Not

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

I would absolutely not meet with GWB.

I also don't think I would jump at a chance to meet with Bill Clinton either.

Now, if I had a chance to meet with George H. W. Bush, I would jump at the opportunity.

Heck Max, despite our political differences, I would jump at the opportunity to meet you in person. In fact, if given the choice to meet with you or GWB, I would choose to meet with you.

The primary reason reason I would not meet with GWB is that the meeting would be a waste of time for both of us. Nothing I would say would have any impact on GWB or the remainder of his Presidency. I would fully expect GWB to respond to my concerns with some whimsical folksy comment, and believe that he had addressed my concerns.

Meeting with a President you have no respect for, would only show the limitations of ones personal convictions. If one is strongly at odds with the actions and policies of any leader, showing up for what amounts to a photo-op with them would show a lack of commitment to their own beliefs and causes.

What is a true "snub" to the President is the growing number of Republican candidates who do not want to be scene with GWB lest it loose them votes this fall.

Fair weather political allies like fair weather sports fans are the ones who do the real snubbing.


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On Further Thought

by TheChas In reply to Absolutely Not

After thinking some more about this, if I were offered the opportunity to meet with GWB, I would do my best to get the invitation changed from me to my father.

My dad would enjoy and get a lot of benefit from a visit with GWB.

I would make my dad happy in a number of ways, and get a lot of points with him.


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Mr. W

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

Yes I would love to meet him! But I would be shot in the first few seconds after that. I would bring all the people who have lost jobs, homes, land, and family to the president and his staff. We have lost jobs, land to imamate domain, family because it gives more to a family with no father and it gives a great deal to people with money.
Ask a republican how to get ahead and they say will invest in oil. And ask how if you only make $20.000 a year and they say invest what you can.
We need to get back to our country and invest in it.
Look at what is spent on the war in what ever and look at what our country needs. I think we need to spend all of our money here first and the help others.

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Well, what can I possibly say to that?

by maxwell edison In reply to Mr. W

You just leave me speechless.

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He does have a point

by OnTheRopes In reply to Well, what can I possibly ...

I don't know what it is but I'm sure he's got one.

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I do know that it would be pointless. . . . . .

by maxwell edison In reply to He does have a point say anything.

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He is still the President

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

and the position is more than the man. So regardless of my personal feeling of his policies, I would feel honored to meet with him.

As for the questions I would ask, I am not sure. I would have to think long and hard. It would be an appropriate and respectful question, again remebering the position he is filling.

Jessica Simpson is a bimbo and an idiot.

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Here is my small breath of life to this topic

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

I?ve given this a little thought.

I?m hardly in support of many of the current Administrations policies but I would meet with him under the conditions you outlined. I find it odd to somehow believe that a meeting like that would be possible. The President may be one of the most powerful and influential people on the planet but he is still a man. As a human he is subject to all of the human frailties just like me, and you, I might add. Perhaps grandiose thinking is one of those frailties.

I believe I would be as respectful towards him as I try to be when meeting anyone for the first time. I feel that deep-down inside we are all created as equals. I?d meet with him on even ground, so to speak, and look him in the eye. I could go on about that but I won?t trouble you or anyone else to follow my thinking processes. There it is anybody, the easy shot. Ouch?

Would I be nervous? If he were to come here and met me on my turf I?ll say no. If we met in the Oval Office or his other official trappings of power, yes. Being out of my element is uncomfortable but I do know how to deal with discomfort successfully.

I would ask George questions about the events of 9/11/2001 and after. It may only take one question to start a dialogue. I?d listen carefully to his answers and study him closely to decide whether or not I believed him. If I had any problems with his answers I like to believe that I?d be able to form adequate follow-up questions and comments to explain my viewpoint clearly. Fifteen minutes is not a lot of time for me depending upon the circumstances I?m in. Sometimes fifteen minutes feels like eternity.

I?d hope to be able to confidently shake his hand when we were through talking. If I believed his answers to my questions I would shake his hand and invite him to go fishing and have a few beers sometime. If I didn?t believe him, I wouldn?t shake his hand and I?d tell him why not if he was puzzled.

For what it?s worth here?s my opinion regarding Jessica Simpson?s snub. I don?t care what she does or doesn?t do. That only reflects on her. I don?t know her and don?t particularly care to know her. I haven?t seen too much of anything to cause me to be impressed by anyone with the last name of Simpson. Nick might be a decent bloke, as the Aussies say, but that?s it.

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