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cal04 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 08:23 AM
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Bush, Clinton: Haiti Response Not About Politics
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2010/01/17/us/politics/...

Former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton are rejecting any attempts to make the government's response to the Haiti earthquake about politics.

Bush tells NBC's ''Meet the Press'' that he doesn't know what critics are talking about when they claim President Barack Obama is trying to score political points with a broad response to Haiti's woes.

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Clinton says the political debate is healthy in normal times, but it would be wrong in a time of disaster to let politics get in the way of helping.



Jake Tapper
Bush: 'Ought To Be No Politicization' on Haiti
http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2010/01/bush-ou...

In my This Week interview with the former Presidents, I asked President Bush about the concerns of prominent conservatives like Rush Limbaugh who say that the U.S. has done so much for Haiti already and that throwing more money at the impoverished country isnt going to solve the problem because it is a corrupt government and the money never goes to the right people. Though I didnt mention Limbaugh by name, Mr. Bush said flatly , Weve got to deal with the desperation, and there ought to be no politicization of that.


Watch Video HERE:
http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2010/01/bush-ou...
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thunder rising Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 08:29 AM
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1. Bushs have killed as many or more than that earth quake...FUCK HIM. I will not give him this
opportunity to look like anything more than the cretin he is. He needs to be in jail, not given the opportunity to help the "well they are disadvantaged" class.

Fuck him. And, if Clinton and Obama want to provide him the same cover they gave Leiberman then screw them too.
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CanonRay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 08:39 AM
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2. Somebody should tell Rush
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Captain Hilts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 08:57 AM
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3. Bush smiled at all the WRONG times during the press conference. nt
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Tripper11 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 09:01 AM
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4. He always did.
It was a pretty straightforward interview.
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cal04 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 10:38 AM
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5. Bush, Clinton dismiss political statements stemming from quake
http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/76533-bush-c...


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Bush and Clinton were asked on CNN about the statements such as that of conservative talk-show host Rush Limbaugh, who said that Obama will see Haiti as an opportunity to boost his credibility with the "light-skinned and dark-skinned black community in this country," and who told listeners "you already give to Haitian relief; it's called the income tax." Host John King also brought up, without naming the MSNBC host, Keith Olbermann putting up a picture of the quake devastation and saying, "We are reminded of what healthcare reform really means."

The pair, who appeared on CNN, "Fox News Sunday," ABC's "This Week," NBC's "Meet the Press" and CBS' "Face the Nation," agreed that politics should be left out of the relief effort.

"When people see us together -- look, they know we have a lot of differences even though we're friends," Clinton said. "The only political thing I hope that comes out of this is that people keep their differences of conviction, but they treat their neighbors as friends.

"We don't want to contribute to this political debate right now."
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