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Bush calls Clinton 'brother'
« on: May 30, 2009, 09:59:31 am »

Bush, Clinton appear on stage together in Canada

TORONTO – Former President George W. Bush called ex-President Bill Clinton "his brother" and the two rarely disagreed in their first-ever appearance together on stage.

The Republican and Democratic ex-presidents defended each other at a Toronto forum on Friday, disappointing some in the crowd of 6,000 who expected a more heated debate.

Bush said that he never liked it when previous administration officials criticized his government but said Clinton was respectful and never did.

Bush declined to criticize the Obama administration, in contrast to former Vice President Dick Cheney, who has been a vocal critic of Obama. Bush, who wasn't asked about Cheney, said there are "plenty of critics in America."

Bush and Clinton did differ on Iraq. Clinton said U.N. inspectors should have been given more time to conduct the search for weapons of mass destruction and Bush should have concentrated on Afghanistan. Bush disagreed.

"I don't buy the premise that our attention was diverted," Bush said.

Bush joked about how much time his father, former President George H.W. Bush, and Clinton spend together. He said his mother, Barbara Bush, "said President Clinton and Father share the stage so much, he's like a son to her."

He said, "So brother, it's good to see you."

Clinton and the elder Bush have worked together to lead fundraising after disasters such as the southeast Asian tsunami, Hurricane Katrina and last summer's Hurricane Ike.

While both Bush and Clinton received polite applause from the audience at Toronto's convention center, a couple of hundred protesters demonstrated outside. The organizers declined to say how much the men were paid for the event, called "A conversation with Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton." Ticket prices ranged from C$200 (US$180) to C$2,500 (US$2,250).

Bush joked about the speaking fees, which are normally lucrative for former presidents.

"President Clinton and I used to believe in free speech," Bush said before pausing. "So thanks very much for coming — we are glad you're here."

The unusual joint appearance found its way into the last monologue performed by comedian Jay Leno in his final night hosting "The Tonight Show."

After noting the presidents would appear together that night, Leno remarked wistfully: "I wish I had one more day."

The two made speeches before taking questions from moderator Frank McKenna, Canada's former ambassador to the United States.

Asked why he didn't stop the killing in the Rwanda genocide when he was president in 1994, Clinton said he had no excuse or defense.

"It's one of the two or three greatest regrets of my presidency," Clinton said.

Clinton said the U.S. could have saved 250,000 or 400,000 of the 800,000 people who died had he sent about 20,000 troops. Bush defended Clinton, saying 20,000 troops could not have been mobilized quickly.

Clinton praised Bush for his AIDS initiatives and also hailed the racial and ethnic diversity of his cabinet choices.

Christian Darbyshire and Andy McCreath, partners in tinePublic Inc, organized the event. They hosted Bush for his first speech since leaving office in March and have also hosted others like former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan.
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Re: Bush calls Clinton 'brother'
« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2009, 10:29:57 am »
"And I love the guy [George H.W. Bush]. I'm sorry for all the diehard Democrats in the audience, I just do."

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Re: Bush calls Clinton 'brother'
« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2009, 10:30:33 am »
What did cute little Barbara Bush (you know, the woman who once said "Why do we hear about bodybags and death? It's not relevant - so why should I waste my beautiful little mind worrying about it?") say about Clinton once? I'll link to one of the most recent articles:
said mother Barbara Bush has suggested that, "President Clinton and father share the stage so much, he's like a son to her."

Billie Clinton, Bush senior's lapdog in the early '80s smuggling coke out of Arkansas, is like  a son to Barbara Bush. And the MSM is still playing up this illusion that they are 'at odds politically'. Oh, is that why Bill Clinton and Bush senior 'stole' all the Tsunami relief money through their foundation? Is that why they vacation together?
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Re: Bush calls Clinton 'brother'
« Reply #3 on: May 30, 2009, 12:59:51 pm »
Their lawyers and them are probably enjoying Columbia's finest right now.  And they aren't worried.  They have these things called lies
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Re: Bush calls Clinton 'brother'
« Reply #4 on: May 30, 2009, 01:10:09 pm »
Clinton is the best son George and Barbara ever had.  He made the family millions Billions!  I am surprised they haven't changed the name of Mena Airport to the Bush/Clinton International Drug Depot.
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Re: Bush calls Clinton 'brother'
« Reply #5 on: May 30, 2009, 02:34:52 pm »

What gets to me,irks the FK out of me is when these guys insult the PIZZ  them and the SM's sit ther clapping and think its funny.

I getting to the point I beleive they could flip the bird to the audience and get laugh.

Is insanity contaguous????????????

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Re: Bush calls Clinton 'brother'
« Reply #6 on: May 30, 2009, 02:57:45 pm »
I getting to the point I beleive they could flip the bird to the audience and get laugh.

Is insanity contaguous????????????

The public are so ffing dumb. These people can destroy anyone but themselves. Like you said, they could say anything, and everyone still would be on there side.

Look at prince philip, saying about coming back as virus. I bet loads who read that on net, still goto the showing of royal affection in london etc...

Bloody joke.

They know most of us are useless eaters, and they keep throwing it into peoples faces. joke or what, but people really are just so bloody ignorant to the reality we live in.