Friday, July 21, 2006

Bush Gets His NAACP On

President Bush addressed the NAACP yesterday for the first time in his presidency. A transcript of the historic speech is below:

Thank you. Mr. (Bruce) Gordon. I appreciate this opportunity to address you and the good folks here at the Nationwide… Alliance… For Advancing Colored People.

Now, some of you are probably asking yourselves, why is the president doing this now after five years? (light laughter) He’s never visited the NAACP before. Well there’s a very simple answer to that. It’s because I’m the decider, and I decide when I’ll speak to the NAACP or any group. And I decided now was a good time. It’s just that simple.

Now, some people are running around saying, ‘Oh, the president, he doesn’t like blacks. He doesn’t care about blacks.’ Well, nothing could be farther from the truth. Let me tell ya, I don’t have anything at all against you people. In fact, I have many black friends. Just look at former and current members of my cabinet, Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice, for example. It’s true we golf at different country clubs, but that’s besides the point. The point is, you folks are A-OK with me. (light applause)

I don’t see you as any different than any other registered voters. No. You share the same concerns as all Americans. You worry, for example, about the threat to national security that Iraq has posed to us since September 11, 2001. You worry about Iran and South Korea (sic) gaining nucular (sic) capabilities. You worry about the ongoing Lebanese invasion of Israel. You worry that Social Security is broken and won't be there for you unless it undergoes a radical personalization.

As many concerns as we share, we also have our differences. Differences which we should not fear but encourage. (light applause) For instance, you folks excel in professional sports and the music industry. And I think that’s just wonderful. I don't have a problem with it at all. Your invaluable contributions make this country a better place to live and have fun every day.

But my key message here for you today is not one of differences, but one of unity. We Americans need to come together for the sake of our great nation. We need to speak with one voice. And that means a voice that doesn’t criticize our brave troops who're fighting overseas. One that doesn’t give aid and comfort to our enemies by revealing top secret but completely lawful surveillance programs within the United States. And one that believes that a human life is precious from the very start.

I am the decider, not a divider. No, for the dividers you need to look to the activist judges who rewrite laws against the will of the people. You need to look to the special interests that drive up the deficit with wasteful, unnecessary entitlement programs. You need to look to the Congress, who just this week rendered two morally unconscienceable (sic) decisions on very important issues. You also need to look to the people who use the media to spread hate. Especially the Internet. I’m talking about these bloggers. See, their message is often profane, unproductive and un-American.

Now, don't get me wrong. Heaven knows you people understand better than anyone how wrong it is to criticize an entire group for the actions of a few. But there are some of these bloggers who are dividing this country with what they do. Take this one fella, this Paul Boggs… Pete… Pete Bogs. He uses words like "consternative" and "Republicant" to describe my party’s constituents. Now that's just pure hate. That's just uncalled for, people. It'd be like me calling you folks the "N-word." Which I would never do, by the way. It’s people like this Bogs that help spread the hateful lies that are influencing a generation of young, impressionable Americans. And I think that’s just plain wrong, folks.

I don't like hate. I am a unitifier (sic), as I said. That's why I've asked Congress to renew the Voting Rights Act without delay. (enthusiastic applause) And, I'm happy to report, they seem to be just a short time away from doing so. This is good news, people. Never again will our legal system have a shortage of potential candidates for jury duty. I truly believe in equality in our justice system.

This vote is a further step towards equality, which I hope also means a further step towards unity, repairing relations between our races, and between all Americans. You know, relations are an important thing. America won’t survive without them. And I am sincerely looking forward to having relations with you folks now and in the future.

We’re making strides. In other words, we’re not there yet. But hey, we’re working on it. And you can take that to the corner liquor store and cash it. Thank you, and may God continue to bless the United States of America. (moderate applause)

22 comments:

Anonymous said...

Seeing how the Democratic party were the slave owners of the south you would think more blacks would vote Republican after all they did save them by winning the civil war.

Pete Bogs said...

Southerners were originally Democrats... it was racism that made them Republicants... you see, they split with the Democratic party over race issues... they became the Dixiecrats, then Republicants... interesting the type of people that party attracts...

Jack K. said...

You got that right, bogs. But, hey, some of my best friends are Republicans and some are Republicants. There may even be a Dixiecrat in there someplace, too.

If you want to get a new slant on a voting procedure see what FuzzieChad has to say on the matter.

CROAK said...

As I read this I started to cringe, slightly, hunching forward and lowering my head.
Must be just me.
Errkk..croak

Bird said...

bogs, please stop channeling bush. you're scaring people.

actually = the real writer in you had trouble with this. although you've done an excellent job of keeping yourself to compound sentences as shrub-boy does(i don't see any complex sentences and certainly, no modifying clauses of any kind - typical of bush - he can't handle much), the compound sentences you use are LONGER (got more words) than is the prez's (literate man that he be) normal sytle and you use more subordinators than coordinators than bush.

really bogs - trying to make bush look better than he is? you might have to turn over your liberal credentials. hahahaha!

Pete Bogs said...

jack - I have many consternative and Republicant friends... seriously... and we have just learned to stay off those controversial areas, or to just talk about them in a joking manner... we actually have a good bit in common, when we look deeper...

croak - it's not pretty, is it?

bird - you're shooting the messenger here... this is just a transcript of the president's speech, which he no doubt had help preparing... that explains some of the intelligent parts... and even though they spelled certain words phonetically in there for him (noo-clee-urr, etc.), he still managed to mess them up...

Bird said...

oh dear bogs - i didn't mean to shoot the messenger - rather to complement him!

come by for mint julep (or shots of jack if you prefer).

Pete Bogs said...

bird - ;-)

K9 said...

/bark!

no. the demon-cratic party lost its ideals. its the KOZby show now. thats why the dems LOSE elections to shrubs.

it aint JFK like anymore...oh wait, those were the PUKES who wiretapped MLK and tried to prevent, and did, some of his marches.
how about senator byrd: KKK grand wizard: demon-crat

ALbert Gore Sr. organized and opposed the 1964 civil rights act along with Fullbright and 19 other demoncrats.

Al "loot the jews" sharpton: demoncrat and afficiando of jeri curls and bouffants and bad suits


jesse jackson: its too much to tackle in a short post

FDR: internment king

see, theres more. howard deans famous niggas in the hotel must be staff was meant to dig on repubs but in fact illuminated his own elitist attitude.

grrr!

good men trashed out for being conservative:

Lynn Swan
Herman Cain
Michael Steele
Alan Keyes
Colin Powell
Wallace Jefferson

and many more

when they broke ranks a reign of fire came down.

/grrrrr!

Pete Bogs said...

Colin Powell actually had my respect, until he admitted his lies about Iraq's weapons... he knew what he was saying was untrue... too bad, he would have made a great president one day, even as a Republicant... instead, he bows out with that on his record...

k9, the fact is the South left the party over desegregation, which they wanted no part of... the Dixiecrats then somehow found the Elephant party closest to their own ideals... interesting...

Byrd is a Republicant-lite, as is Lieberman, as is my own Senator, Bill Nelson... I will not defend them or their kind...

Ben said...

Well, Pete, no politics from me today. I just had a lot of fun reading this.

K9 said...

/bark bark bark

all i am saying is that the dems seem to pander to weakness which is annoying. do they have a platform? what is it? it is hate bush....okay. but then what? bogs we've been over this...there is too much focus on the prez when its congress that gets up there. gets their little heads inflated and the taxpayers get shafted.

how 'bout cynthia mckinney! i am in her district!!! can you sympathize? anybody? anybody? she does not even show up last week to vote!! thats just one of MANY no shows. she's a slack ass....doesnt bother to show up for one debate in georgia...and she represents the dems.

sorry for turning this into a mckinney rant but can you appreciate the frustration?????

Pete Bogs said...

ben - nice to see you again...

k9 - yes, and I am frustrated too... there was no excuse for her incident at the Capitol, and playing the race card only made it worse... I think I wrote a blog where I compared that to "crying wolf"

sadly, I don't know a lot about her apart from this!

Congress has power, but Bush is setting the tone... and his veto this week is an example of where you can't argue about the power of the prez over the Congress...

Jack K. said...

bird, did you mean complement or compliment?

CROAK said...

Did you see Bush rubbing the shoulders of the Chancellor of Germany? How embarrassing was that!!!!
Was it purely because she was a woman? Would he have done it to Khol when he was in the seat?
Oh cringe-making stuff, you poor things!

Anonymous said...

Dems of old Dems of new they still represent the same ideas..I know whats best for you..do as I say not as I do..give me more tax dollars..the party with plenty of critism of whats wrong..no fresh ideas to any problem except give us more cash..we hate war but get in there and help Lebenon god forbid an innocent gets killed,like the 100k+ that Sadam murdered is justified somehow all boils down to the party of HIPOCRISY

Pete Bogs said...

anon - allegedly the war on terror is to protect us from our enemies... Hussein killing his own people did not pose a danger to us... I am not opposed to helping people, I just know that Iraq and our invasion of it had nothing to do with 9/11... it was a distraction from the war on terror that actuallt rallied the terror elements...

if you haven't noticed, while Saddam killed many of his people, they continue to die right now under our watch... hmmm... they had power and running water before we arrived... and yet, I get the "Whose side are you on?" when I point these things out...

"getting in there" for Lebanon doesn't mean military support, it means leaning on both parties for a solution to this...

Frosty Snowbro said...

You would think this president would quit while he was ahead? And I am glad you guys can still see the fun in politics. I lost that ability since Reagan-enomics.

liberalbanana said...

Nice speech, Dubya. ;)

Pete Bogs said...

frosty - if you can't make fun of foolish politicians, who can you make fun of?

banana - he's somethin' ain't he?

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