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Getting On With His Life

August 15, 2005

President Bush, noting that lots of people want to talk to the president and “it’s also important for me to go on with my life,” on Saturday defended his decision not to meet with the grieving mom of a soldier killed in Iraq. Bush said he is aware of the anti-war sentiments of Cindy Sheehan (video message) and others who have joined her protest near the Bush ranch.

“But whether it be here or in Washington or anywhere else, there’s somebody who has got something to say (NYC Rally, Union Square, August 15, 2005 at 5:00 PM) to the president, that’s part of the job,” Bush said on the ranch. “And I think it’s important for me to be thoughtful and sensitive to those who have got something to say.” “But,” he added, “I think it’s also important for me to go on with my life, to keep a balanced life.”

The comments came prior to a bike ride on the ranch with journalists and aides. It also came as the crowd of protesters grew in support of Sheehan, the California mother who came here Aug. 6 demanding to talk to Bush about the death of her son Casey. Sheehan arrived earlier in the week with about a half dozen supporters. As of yesterday (Saturday) there were about 300 anti-war protesters and approximately 100 people supporting the Bush Administration.

In addition to the two-hour bike ride, Bush’s Saturday schedule included an evening Little League Baseball playoff game, a lunch meeting with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, a nap, some fishing and some reading. “I think the people want the president to be in a position to make good, crisp decisions and to stay healthy,” he said when asked about bike riding while a grieving mom wanted to speak with him. “And part of my being is to be outside exercising.”

On Friday, Bush’s motorcade drove by the protest site en route to a Republican fund-raising event at a nearby ranch. As Bush rolled by, Sheehan held a sign that said, “Why do you make time for donors and not for me?

~ Sunday, August 14, 2005, KEN HERMAN, Cox News Service ~

On October 16, 2005 1:37 PM, weewill said:

The following information should sound an alert to all Americans but especially to the senior citizen population and to those of us on limited or lowwer incomes.

The booklet every Medicare recipient received fom the federal government is so complicated and cumbersome as to be impossible for any resonably bright and educated person to understand. It’s printed by the Health and Human Services department of the federal government to “explain” changes being made to Medicare and Medicaid for 2006. It indicates that every person on Medicare of Medicaid MUST read it and make a decision so their coverage will be understood. It’s a joke. No one can understand the contents and will need professional help to know what’s being done!

A “benefit” for the poor is being ended this year. Those Americans wthl qualifying limited incomes - (approx. $14,000 per year) will no longer have their medicare or medicaid payments paid for by the federal government. They will have to pay for those benefits out of that limited income. Yet the government will continue to pay for Viagra and other erectile dystunction medication.!

We can only hope those people ffalling into this category will have it explained to them. Of course, iit’s been in the newspapers but I’m not sure these folks can afford the price of a newspaper on their limited incomes. We can be absolutely certain they can’t afford Viagra or other erectile dysfunction medications! .


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