Bush makes rare public campaign fundraising appearance

June 26, 2008

WASHINGTON – President George W. Bush, despite record low job approval ratings, made a rare public appearance on Wednesday to help Michigan Republicans raise money for the November campaign and he used it to mock the campaign themes of Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama.bush-michigan.jpg
Bush never mentioned Obama’s name but used the Republican presidential candidate John McCain’s name 11 times throughout his 22 minutes of remarks to about 300 supporters in Livonia, Mich.
Obama has repeatedly used the words “hope” and “change” as themes of his campaign and to bash the Bush administration in his bid capture the White House in November. But Bush tried to turn the tables on Obama using his own words against him.
“The other side talks a lot about ‘hope,’ and that sums up their Iraq policy pretty well: They want to retreat from Iraq and hope nothing bad happens,” Bush said. “But wishful thinking is no way to fight a war and to protect the American people.”
On change, Bush said Democrats once favored lower taxes, believed in “common sense American values” and that “America should pay any price and bear any burden in the defense of liberty — but they have changed.”
“This isn’t the kind of change the American people want,” Bush said. Americans want change that make their lives better, their country safer. That requires changing the party control of the Congress.”

Republicans face an uphill battle retaking control of the House of Representatives because numerous lawmakers are retiring or seeking another office, while in the Senate they must defend 23 seats and Democrats have only 12 seats to guard.

Bush has made numerous appearances on the campaign trail to help Republican candidates raise money, but almost all of them in the last few months have been behind closed doors (the White House says their policy is to keep fundraisers at private residences closed to the press). Last week Bush made a public appearance in Washington to help the Republican congressional and Senate campaign committees raise some $21.5 million.

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– Additional reporting by Matt Spetalnick in Livonia, Mich. 

– Photo credit: Jim Young (Bush speaking to supporters at a fundraiser in Michigan.)


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These are the last desperate attempts of the people who screwed up our country to hold on to power. God willing, these big money donors won’t be able to compete with the groundswell of Americans making small donations to the Obama campaign.

Bush’s comments on “hope” are rich. American’s do have to hope we can somehow overcome all of George W. Bush’s many screw-ups. But Barack Obama has a plan to deal with Iraq and all of the other messes George W. Bush will leave behind: www.barackobama.com/issues

Posted by Ed Lynch | Report as abusive

Maybe if Mussolini had showed up more cash would have been raised? 😉

And maybe this was Bush once more exhibiting the delusions he is oh so famous for?

Like he knows reality? :-O

Posted by The Truth Is… | Report as abusive

True, the other side does ‘hope’ a lot. Like in 2000, when we hoped Gore would win, and the Supreme Court, thanks to the help of Bush’s dad and ole’ “I don’t recall Reagan’s” friends on the supreme court choosing their favorite little failed oilman. Or the time in 2004, when we hoped America wouldn’t be so ignorant as to fall for this idiot in sheep’s clothing a second time. Yes, hope. For McCain to talk about “change”, when it’s his damn party that’s been ruining/running things for the past 7 years, is pretty much the stupidest thing- oh, wait, I forgot about Bush….

Posted by A. Garcia | Report as abusive

The only people who should pay any price, bear any burden in Bushworld are the have-nots; the haves and have-mores are already paying far too much, poor things. Oh, and he’s one to talk to Robert Mugabe about illegitimate elections.

Posted by jimbo | Report as abusive

McCain has a decent shot at Michigan. Obama has a lot of issues to clarify to US voters such as taxes, foreign policy and his past judgement on people he associated with.

McCain has been around a long time and voters know what he’s about. Obama is a newcomer and has to lay out more details of his political plans rather than using a slick tongue. That wont hold much water as November nears.

Posted by Marko | Report as abusive

Is this campaign fundraising appearance sort of like a pep rally for the “300 Spartans”, Mr. & Mrs. Reader?

The soon to be former president continues to talk to privileged class folks who admire both him and his domestic and foreign policies.

It’s easy to talk to privileged class folks whose top marginal income tax rate is half what it ought to be (i.e., half what it was before Mr. Reagan took office in 1981, that is, 35% instead of 70%).

It’s also easy to be liked by privileged class folks whose sons & daughters are not dying or sacrificing their limbs, sight, hearing and mental & physical health while conducting counterinsurgency operations on foreign battlefields that the soon to be former president himself declared were won by middle class & working class sons & daughters in 2003.

It’s fun to talk to privileged class folks who have nothing to fear but the consequences of self-indulgence.

I wonder what would happen, however, if the soon to be former president were to try and talk to all those middle class and working class folks who have been hurt (financially and otherwise) by his domestic and foreign policies.

Well, I guess if you’re one of the folks who works for a living and who believes that the president is a “good ole Texas working man with a mortgage and car payment” instead of a “good ole Connecticut & Massachusetts blue blood without a debt or financial worry to his name”…then you might feel comfortable as one of “the 300″.

Of course, if you’re one of the folks who works for a living and whose top marginal income tax rate is 3 times what it ought to be (i.e., 15% instead of 5%)…then you might not feel as comfortable as you think you would. And that goes double for middle class folks, whose top rate ought to be 15% instead of 25%.

And here’s another thing to think about folks. Back when the income tax system was initiated by republicans in congress and in the White House…(in today’s dollars) the first $60,000 was tax exempt for single filers, and the first $80,000 was exempt for married tax filers. Now wouldn’t that be nice to have again?

Well, it ain’t going to happen until the privileged class starts begrudgingly paying the lion’s share of the bills and debts of our great nation in the 21st Century…just as they begrudgingly did for roughly the first half of the 20th Century, through two world wars and the Great Depression.

OK Jack

Posted by OK Jack | Report as abusive

Marko: McCain has been around a long time and voters know what he’s about.

Is that supposed to be sarcastic?

McCain has flip-flopped on:

… torture
… Bush tax cuts
… the “easy” war in Iraq
… lobbyists in his campaign
… public campaign financing
… people like Falwell and agents of intolerance
… gay marriage
… immigration reform
… windfall-tax on oil company profits
… warrantless-wiretaping
… privatizing Social Security
… the estate tax
… indefinite detention of terrorist suspects
… retroactive telecom immunity

He flip-flopped just last week on off-shore drilling!

How can you possibly say voters know what John McCain is about?! Put “John McCain” and “flip flop” into Google and see what comes up.

What does John McCain stand for?

“Any damn thing you want me too — now gimmie $50.”

Posted by jvill | Report as abusive