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Thor_MN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 06:35 PM
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What the president reads
http://www.cnn.com/2005/ALLPOLITICS/01/10/bush.readingl...

George Bush's critics think of his reading list as a spindly thing -- the Bible, the box scores and The Very Hungry Caterpillar, his favorite choice to read to school kids.

So there will be chuckles of disbelief when his detractors hear that one of his latest passions is Natan Sharansky's The Case for Democracy and that when it comes to approval from the intelligentsia, the President is more needy than he lets on. Written by an Israeli Cabinet minister and former Soviet dissident, the book argues that true security in the Middle East and the world can come only with ballot boxes. The President has pressed it on his top advisers and is even proselytizing outside his inner circle.
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Bush liked the work so much that he invited Sharansky into the Oval Office in early November for an hourlong discussion of the book and how it applies to the war on terrorism.


Does this remind anyone else of Rodney Dangerfield paying Kurt Vonnegut to help with a term paper in Back to School?
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Dave Reynolds Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 06:39 PM
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1. Wow
Edited on Tue Jan-11-05 06:42 PM by Dave Reynolds
I am not familiar with that book, but it must have really awsome pictures.
:P
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madison2000 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 06:41 PM
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2. Yeah, he read the book jacket and a couple of reviews
I wouldn't think he's capable of reading something longer than The Hungry Caterpillar.
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Ian David Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 06:41 PM
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3. At the next press conference, they should give him a pop quiz
Edited on Tue Jan-11-05 06:42 PM by IanDB1
Obviously, not The Case for Democracy, since he's already had it read to him by the author.

But the next time Bush claims to have read a book, someone should ask him for details about it.

"Mr. President, can you tell us about Holden Caufield's dream, and how it relates to the title, 'Catcher in the Rye?"'"
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nashville_brook Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 06:42 PM
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4. no chuckles of disbelief vis a vis his needing proof of intelligence
the smartypants vs. the jock subtext of the Gore/Bush race was a low point of human civilization. we've sunk so low since then i have to check to make sure i'm not dreaming.
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Straight Shooter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 06:42 PM
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5. Little Boots decides what catastrophe he wants to implement,
Then he finds a book to bolster his case.

Can anyone recommend a book to him which might inspire him to advocate fair and transparent elections in the United States? It would go a long way to setting a good example if he wants to impress his idealogy on other nations at the point of a gun.
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Paul Dlugokencky Donating Member (409 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 06:45 PM
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8. "...recommend a book"?
How about if he read the Constitution?
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priller Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 06:56 PM
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14. Exactly right, he's simply looking to bolster his own views
"But if Bush is gathering information, it often seems to be sustenance for his pre-existing views."

The key sentence of the article. I'm sure he skims over the stuff he doesn't agree with and hangs on to the little bit that appears to support him.

Probably reads the Bible much the same way.
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UpInArms Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 06:42 PM
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6. is that a "book on tape"? ........... eom
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madison2000 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 06:45 PM
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7. It will be more interesting to see what this president writes
when he's out of office.
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HuckleB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 06:52 PM
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12. I think Dick works on that when he's in hiding.
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Jazzgirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 06:53 PM
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13. You are kidding...aren't you??!!??
n/t
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madison2000 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 07:54 PM
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19. Of course. I don't think he's capable of either putting together
a coherent argument or writing a decent paragraph. Both form and content would have to come from somewhere else... But ex-presidents do write books, so I'm sure something will come out under his name.
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AlCzervik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 06:46 PM
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9. it must come in "Pop-up" for idiot presidents.
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Malva Zebrina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 06:47 PM
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10. must be a coloring book nt
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rzemanfl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 06:47 PM
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11. Didn't he pull this stunt before with a book about
"Supreme Command" or somesuch, just before I conned us into the Iraq War? Read the book, can't remember the title. It was a historical thing about politicians and Generals.
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Just Me Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 07:02 PM
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15. Written by an individual who has evolved into worse than a Nazi.
The man has no respect for human rights, degrades the human race to a rat race and embraces "whatever it takes" to usurp power.

Birds of a freakin' feather flock together,...yes?

On the other hand, maybe the author is a horribly SICK human being that never sought the treatment or got the treatment he deserved.

All I can say is,...he is NOT an advocate for human peace. He's a radical who has sold his soul for personal power.
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Algomas Donating Member (576 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 07:10 PM
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16. I thought he only read the entrails of poor people.
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NashVegas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 07:12 PM
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17. Moving The Thread
Puff pieces on * have no business in Late Breaking News.
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peterh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 07:29 PM
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18. No wonder the twit was able to get through it.
But I still think he needed help

Loved the critique..


http://www.townhall.com/columnists/GuestColumns/Glick20...

In his column in Yediot Ahronot last Friday, Nahum Barnea, who is considered Israel's journalistic supremo and proud socialist, wrote scathingly of Mr. Bush's attachment to the notions of democracy and morality. Speaking of Mr. Bush's recent reading of Minister-without-Portfolio Natan Sharansky's book, The Case for Democracy, which argues that peaceful relations are contingent on individual freedom and democracy, Barnea sneered, "The book publisher can now advertise it as 'the only book the president has read in the last 10 years.'" He then went on to witheringly criticize Sharansky's book, describing it as "clear, easily digestible, unburdened by doubt, moralistic, very positive and totally simplistic."

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jmowreader Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 12:48 AM
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20. We're talking the guy who likes one-page summaries of the PDB
Bush is a known skimmer. No wonder he had to bring Sharansky into the Oval Office.
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BBradley Donating Member (645 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 12:54 AM
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21. I've read some books too, doesn't mean I'm qualified to run the country.
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