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Why Bush Didn’t Mention Canada After 9/11 | FrumForum

Why Bush Didn’t Mention Canada After 9/11 | FrumForum

In the days after 9/11 George W. Bush gave a speech where he thanked a wide range of countries from Israel to Iran but Dubya made no mention of Canada which had taken 30,000 American travelers when all of the American airspace had been emptied. Why was there no mention of Canada? I’ll let former Dubya adviser David Frum explain. Read the entire passage.

[Bush Speech writer Michael] Gerson shuffled in embarrassment. “We just … forgot.”
We have to fix this, I pleaded.
It’s too late, he answered. The president has signed off on the text. Evidently the president had forgotten too.
Let’s reopen the text, I urged. Futile. Bush was adamant in his demand for an orderly and conclusive speech process, unlike the endless rewrites of the Clinton White House. Once a speech was deemed closed — it was closed.
I returned home that night depressed and demoralized. As my wife and I prepared to watch the speech, I gloomily predicted to her that the Canadian reaction would be savage — and that I’d get the blame.
She countered: “If that happens, why not just tell them truth?”
To this day, she quotes the reply I gave her all those years ago: “Is the truth really better?”

You really can’t make this stuff up.
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Iftar at the White House tonight

Expect the bigots to be out in full force today.

Continuing what has become an annual tradition over the course of the last decade Barack Obama will host an Iftar at the White House tonight. Surely there are bound to be a bunch of “Obama is a secret Muslim” posts around the internet today.

As Barack Obama mentioned in his speech last year the first Iftar at the White House dates back to 1805 when Thomas Jefferson hosted one. Earlier this month President Obama did release a statement marking the start of Ramadan. The President did use the dinner last year to make some news when he announced support for the construction of the so called “Ground Zero Mosque.” Of course he did so on a Friday evening with no TV coverage to protect himself against bigots but it was still a step in the right direction. Will he make news this year?

Here is the press release with the guest list.

Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release                                                           August 13, 2010

Expected Attendees at the White House Iftar Dinner
This evening, the President will continue a White House tradition of hosting an Iftar celebrating Ramadan in the State Dining Room.  This is the third Iftar hosted by the President.  The Iftar is the meal that breaks the day of fasting, when Muslim families and communities eat together after sunset.
Below is a list of some of the expected attendees at tonight’s White House dinner celebrating Ramadan:
The Honorable Andre Carson, United States Representative
The Honorable John Conyers, United States Representative
The Honorable Keith Ellison, United States Representative
The Honorable Donald Payne, United States Representative
Her Excellency Amina Salum Ali, Ambassador, African Union Mission
His Excellency Abdallah Baali, Ambassador, People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria
His Excellency Yashar Aliyev, Ambassador of the Republic of Azerbaijan
Her Excellency Huda Ezra Nonoo, Ambassador of Bahrain
His Excellency Akramul Qader, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh
His Excellency Bienvenu Joseph Charles Foe-Atangana, Ambassador of Cameroon
His Excellency Adam Bechir Mahamoud, Ambassador of the Republic of Chad
His Excellency Roble Olhaye, Ambassador of the Republic of Djibouti
His Excellency Sameh Hassan Shoukry, Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt
His Excellency Mory Karamoko Kaba, Ambassador of Guinea
His Excellency Bayney Ram Karran, Ambassador of Guyana
His Excellency Dino Patti Djalal, Ambassador of Indonesia
His Excellency Samir Shakir Mahmood Sumaida’ie, Ambassador of the Republic of Iraq
His Excellency Micahel Scott Oren, Ambassador of Israel
His Excellency Aziz Mekour, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco
Her Excellency Aminata Maiga Djibrilla, Ambassador of Niger
Her Excellency Hunaina Sultan Ahmed Al Mughairy, Ambassador of the Sultanate of Oman
His Excellency Husain Haqqani, Ambassador of Pakistan
His Excellency Mr. Maen Areikat, Ambassador, PLO Mission
His Excellency Ali Bin Fahad Faleh Al-Hajri, Ambassador of the State of Qatar
His Excellency Sergey Ivanovich Kislyak, Ambassador of the Russian Federation
His Excellency Adel A.M. Al-Jubeir, Ambassador of Saudi Arabia
Her Excellency Fatou Danielle Diagne, Ambassador of Senegal
His Excellency Bockari Kortu Stevens, Ambassador of Sierra Leone
His Excellency Subhas Chandra Mungra, Ambassador of the Republic of Suriname
His Excellency Mwanaidi Sinare Maajar, Ambassador of Tanzania
His Excellency Edawe Limbiye Kadangha Bariki, Ambassador, Togo
His Excellency Namik Tan, Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey
His Excellency Yousif Mana Saeed Alotaiba, Ambassador, United Arab Emirates
His Excellency Ilhomjon Tuychievich Nematov, Ambassador of the Republic of Uzbekistan
His Excellency Abdulwahab A. Al Hajjri, Ambassador of the Republic Yemen
His Excellency Ufuk Gokcen, Ambassador and Permanent Observer, Organization of the Islamic Conference
The Honorable Damir Dzanko, Chargé d’Affaires at Interim of Bosnia
The Honorable Sufyan Salman Qudah, Chargé d’Affaires at Interim of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
The Honorable Jetish Jashari, Chargé d’Affaires at Embassy of Republic of Kosovo
The Honorable Tarek Ben Youssef, Chargé d’Affaires at Interim of Tunisia
Mr. Hamza Abdullah, Arizona Cardinals
Mr. Husain Abdullah, Minnesota Vikings
Ms. Dina Amer
Mrs. Durriya Badani, Brookings Institute
Ms. Faiza Arain, Los Angeles Police Department
Dr. Mahmoud Eboo, Aga Khan
Mr. Mohamed Ali Malouche, Tunisian American Young Professionals
Mr. Akram Syed, National Association of Indian Muslims
Mrs. Mansura Shajahan
Mr. Yusuf Shajahan
Dr. Manzoor Tariq, Association of Pakistani Physicians of North America

It remains a goal of mine to be on that list one of these years. Here are the guest lists from 2009 and 2010.

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White House Correspondents Dinner

As a result of the double knockouts from Barack Obama and Seth Meyers at the White House Correspondents Dinner last night I just wanted to take a minute and post 3 of my favorite WHCD (or Nerd Prom if you’re on Twitter) moments. Enjoy.

Bill Clinton at the dinner in 2000.

George W. Bush and Stephen Colbert at the dinner in 2006.

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Barack Obama and Flip Flops

Some conservatives have been up in arms the last couple of days because Barack Obama was spotted wearing flip flops….while in Hawaii……on vacation. How dare he! Surely that is offense worthy of impeachment. right?

Photo courtesy of Reuters

Conveniently articles on Fox and the NY Daily News websites somehow forget to mention this picture of Dubya wearing Crocs.

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Jon Stewart wants to talk to George W. Bush

Last night I posted a video a video of Rachel Maddow making her case for a chance to interview George W. Bush about his new book “Decision Points.”

She’s not the only one who want to talk to Dubya though. Jon Stewart has also made his case for a chance to interview Bush 43.

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
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George W. Bush Book Tour

You may have heard that Dubya has a book out. He’s been all over the place (actually just places where he was likely to receive softball questions) promoting it.

Did anyone else catch George W. Bush’s interview with Matt Lauer? He looked really uncomfortable sitting there and sounded just as clueless as ever. Most of his answers showed just how out of touch with reality he actually was and continues to be.

It’s a shame he will never answer REAL questions about his “Decision Points“. Rachel Maddow summed it up perfectly on her show tonight.

George W. Bush in his own recent history, in just the last few years, has admitted that weapons of mass destruction were not why we went to Iraq. Except in his new book, he regresses — despite admitting it over and over and over again before, despite changing his rationales for war to account for the fact that he couldn’t talk about weapons anymore. Now we’re back to weapons again, Now we’re back to pre-Iraq war Bush again saying that “removing Saddam from power was the right decision….[F]or all the difficulties that followed, America is safer without a homicidal dictator pursuing WMD.”

Saddam wasn’t pursuing WMD. We know it. George Bush admitted it before — but he’s back to making that case again, in the book now. That’s in the book that came out today. That’s why Bush feels good about the invasion despite every thing else that happened.

I know he’s the past President. I know this is a book tour. I know that I’m never going to get to ask him this directly. And I know that we’re a different country now.

But — we’re a different county now.

Are we supposed to fall for this again?

P.S: I’m fired up for Thursday night when Rachel Maddow interviews Jon Stewart.

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Real John McCain quote is eerily similar to Fake “The Onion” quote

Fake Onion story matches real story later in the day?

It was bound to happen sooner or later right? By now you’ve heard of Obama withdrawing “US Combat Troops” from Iraq. John McCain felt this was a good time to praise George W. Bush. Why? I have no idea but for some reason he thought it was a good idea. He sent out this tweet:

Last American combat troops leave Iraq. I think President George W. Bush deserves some credit for victory.

Apparently John McCain was living in an alternate universe during the Bush Presidency. Does he not remember that it was because of lies that the Bush administration told the American people that those soldiers ended up in Iraq in the first place? Does he not remember that Dubya ignorantly claimed victory years ago?

That’s another blog post for another time but what makes that McCain quote even funnier is a fake McCain quote that appeared in The Onion earlier today:

“President Obama deserves zero praise for this borderline accomplishment,” Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) told reporters. “After all, if it weren’t for President Bush ordering the initial invasion of Iraq and making it his central foreign policy initiative, we wouldn’t be here right now awkwardly celebrating the muddled outcome of whatever the hell it is we’ve been doing over there for the past seven years.”

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Creepy Dubya Billboard

A creepy billboard of George W. Bush has popped up (picture on the left courtesy of the NPR website) in tiny Wyoming, Minnesota. The sign has a picture of Dubya alongside the words, “Miss me yet?”. My answer to that question? “HELL NO!” Agree with the coffee shop worker in this CNN video. I want to know who put this billboard up. I can understand why the group wants to remain anonymous though. I mean, how dumb do you have to be to still publicly support Dubya at this point?

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Former FEMA Director “Brownie” makes a Super Bowl Pick

I know everyone and their mother likes to make a Super Bowl prediction but former FEMA Director Michael “Brownie” Brown should have probably kept his pick to himself. Yes folks, the man who was widely criticized for his horrible mismanagement of FEMA in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina has picked the Indianapolis Colts to win this year’s Super Bowl. In the immortal of words of George W. Bush….”Hecukva job Brownie!As @dukestjournal mentioned on twitter Michael Brown did work with Colts in his old gig!

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