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On not selling out

George W. Bush 40 9-11 airplane pic

“One of my proudest moments is I didn’t sell my soul for the sake of popularity.”

–George W. Bush

The story of the picture: This is one of my favorite photos of President George W. Bush. It was taken on Air Force One on September 11, 2001, as he flew from Florida to Washington D.C. The U.S. had been plunged into war by the terrorism acts of 9/11, making the president, who had been in office only nine months, a wartime president who vowed to protect the American people. He kept his promise through his two terms in office.

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George W. Bush arrives in South Carolina

By Lynn R. Mitchell

President George W. Bush arrived Monday afternoon with First Lady Laura Bush to campaign with Governor Jeb Bush in Charleston. The rally is scheduled for 6pm.

Then at 10pm the Bush brothers will be Sean Hannity’s show on Fox News. #AllinforJeb

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Hey Donald Trump — President George W. Bush kept America safe

George W. Bush bullhorn speechBy Lynn R. Mitchell

We will not waver; we will not tire; we will not falter, and we will not fail. Peace and freedom will prevail.
-President George W. Bush

When the tea party movement began in Augusta County in 2009, there was a big rally at Expoland in Fishersville. The venue was filled with fiscally conservative voters who were upset that Obamacare was being jammed down their throats. As I stood in the back of the packed room talking with friends, the speaker on stage turned what had begun as an anti-Obamacare rally into a 9/11 conspiracy theory rally.

My friends and I looked at each other. Did we really hear the speaker blame George W. Bush and the American government for the terrorism attacks of 9/11 that killed 3,000 innocent souls? It was the first I had heard of a subset of people who were spreading those lies, and it was as if a smoke bomb had gone off in the hall. On cue, several hundred people rose from their chairs and exited the building like a fire drill.

America did not believe those lies then. American does not believe those lies now.

But apparently Donald Trump does.

Listening to Trump’s out-of-control performance at last night’s Republican debate, it was difficult to believe a couple of things. First, he is running as a Republican. And second, while standing on stage at a Republican debate, Trump repeated Democratic talking points by blaming a Republican wartime president, George W. Bush, for the 9/11 terrorism attacks.

Unbelievable.

Please, South Carolina, please … stop this madness! Please be the state that soundly rejects Donald Trump.

Losing his cool last night, Trump used George W. Bush as a means to attack his brother, presidential candidate Jeb Bush, who was standing on stage. It was a cowardly attack — why not debate Jeb on his own merits? He is, after all, an accomplished eight-year governor of Florida with a proven record. But his record of leadership is so sound that Trump has had to resort to underhanded attacks, including the one on George W.

Trump’s attacks on the former president will probably not make an iota of difference to his followers who have closed their ears to anything he says and appear to be blindly backing an unknown, untested candidate with no record and no respect for anyone. Anyone. Before lashing out at President Bush last night, Trump had attacked the Pope earlier in the week. Is there no one he won’t insult?

Much of the nation knows the answer to that question.

It’s difficult but somewhat understandable that young people who were little kids when 9/11 hit don’t totally understand the tragedy of that event. However, it’s something entirely different when a 69-year-old man, who wants to be president of the United States and who lived in New York City when the Twin Towers came crashing down, doesn’t get it. He has no excuse. None.

Even after two hours of heated exchanges with Trump taunting and talking over not only Govenor Bush but others on the stage, Trump couldn’t let go. After the debate, when Jeb reached out to shake hands with the billionaire bully, Trump refused, and turned and walked away.

That is what his supporters want representing America to the world.

South Carolina, we are counting on you. Please save America by stopping Trump.

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‘The Race’ inspired George W … now it can inspire Jeb

Jeb Bush 37 w WBy Lynn R. Mitchell

In the summer of 1999, Texas Governor George W. Bush was in the beginning months of his candidacy for president. At the time, primaries and the election itself were months away and no one knew how it would turn out. Bush noted at the time that he carried a copy of the poem, “The Race,” as his inspiration for the long road ahead.

Now, sixteen years later, his younger brother Jeb is running for president. We are mere days away from the first primary in a year that has many Republican candidates vying for the position of Republican nominee, and a reality television personality named Donald Trump who has roused the angry crowds.

But through it all, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush has remained dignified and a statesman, respectful of others, a thinker who has policies on the very important issues facing our country. Not a flash showman like Trump, Jeb is steadfastly moving forward and building momentum as America gets to know him better and better as each day passes.

Here, then, is The Race, for a new Bush generation vying to become President of the United States. #AllinforJeb

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GWB: ‘If America shows uncertainty and weakness, the world will drift toward tragedy’

George W. Bush 40 9-11 airplane pic

“I believe the most solemn duty of the American president is to protect the American people. If America shows uncertainty and weakness in this decade, the world will drift toward tragedy. This will not happen on my watch.” –President George W. Bush

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Mentor Jeb Bush takes challenge by mentee Rubio in stride

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Jeb Bush talked with Alex Davis in Bristol, Va., in September.

By Lynn R. Mitchell

Jeb Bush has been described by the Wall Street Journal as “the most qualified candidate to be president. For all the ‘establishment’ criticism, any fair reading of his eight years in office shows it would be hard to design a more successful conservative governorship — lower taxes, limited spending, Medicaid reform, landmark school-choice initiatives. He left office in 2007 with a 60% approval rating.”

One thing he was known for while governor was personally responding to citizens’ emails, thus earning the title “eGovernor.”

After spending years building the Republican party in Florida, serving two terms as a  hands-on governor who responded to emails, and who took a young fledgling politician named Marco Rubio under his wing only to see him become an opponent in the 2016 presidential race, Bush continues on the campaign trail.

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15 years ago today: George W. Bush versus Al Gore election

George W. Bush 57By Lynn R. Mitchell

I remember like it was yesterday. My family had joined my sister in Austin for election night 2000 celebrations as we waited for the results of voting that day between Republican Texas Governor George W. Bush and Democrat Al Gore. What no one knew was that we would wait, and wait, and wait … for a total of 34 days. The election was not decided until December 12.

My Austin sister worked with Texas Governor Bush as his speech writer before joining his presidential campaign so my family drove from the Shenandoah Valley down through Tennessee, Arkansas, and Texas, arriving at her house in Austin on election eve. On election day, a cold front and rain passed through Austin as we gathered with thousands downtown with our special passes and our Bush caps and our two children who had worked the campaign with us in Augusta County.

When it became apparent no decision about the outcome was going to known that night, we reluctantly and disappointingly returned to my sister’s house to watch television coverage until the wee hours of the morning. We finished out our week in Texas and drove back to Virginia, still not knowing if the long hours, days, and months of work had panned out.

And it all took place 15 years ago tonight. Interestingly, the same thing would happen four years later when President Bush ran for reelection against John Kerry, with no results known election night. While the wait wasn’t as long — we knew the next day — the George W. election and reelection were both denied the fun and joy of celebrating a win on election night.

I hope we never go through that again….

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Not so fast on counting Jeb Bush out of 2016 – UPDATE: Jeb endorsed by Rubio’s former chief-of staff, newspaper doubles down

Jeb Bush 22By Lynn R. Mitchell

Not so fast on the calls for Governor Jeb Bush to step aside for 2016. He’s not going anywhere especially since many of those calls came after the former Florida governor had a whopping four minutes and fifty-eight seconds to present his case to voters during a dysfunctional, chaotic CNBC two-hour event that they tried to bill as a debate.

None of the candidates had much time to express anything serious; Governor Bush had the least:

Debate clock:
Rubio: 8:44
Fiorina: 8:37
Kasich: 8:06
Trump: 7:44
Cruz: 6:52
Christie: 6:30
Huckabee: 5:47
Carson: 5:28
Paul: 5:03
Bush: 4:56

One call for Jeb to drop out came from a young fellow blogger who bemoaned the fact that Jeb talked about “boring policy positions.” Interesting … because that’s what Washington is all about. Maybe that’s why the young blogger’s chosen candidate, Marco Rubio, doesn’t like being in the U.S. Senate. Too boring. After all, understanding policy discussions is perhaps what separates the adults from the children in D.C.

For a little perspective, Jeb’s brother faced similar doubts sixteen years ago, and then lost Iowa and New Hampshire. We all know how that turned out.

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George W. fundraises in D.C. with Jeb

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Photo by Anna Lee

The Bush brothers entertained the crowds Thursday night at a fundraiser for Jeb, with George W.’s wit on display and Jeb joining in on the familiar back-and-forth between siblings. Anna Lee was there and graciously shared this photo.

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Centrist House members flex muscle, pass Export-Import Bank reauthoriation

Export-Import Bank logoBy Lynn R. Mitchell

On Tuesday evening, centrist members of the U.S. House flexed some muscle and overwhelmingly cast a bipartisan vote of 313-118 to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank (see WSJ’s House votes to reauthorize U.S. Import-Export Bank). Its charter had lapsed on July 15, 2015, after tea party members had targeted it, calling it “corporate cronyism.”

Immediately after the vote, Representative Bob Goodlatte (R-VA 6th CD) posted on Facebook:

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Jeb Bush’s op-ed on Trump’s false 9/11 claims

By Lynn R. Mitchell

Donald Trump ran up against the Bush family, and Jeb isn’t backing down. With false accusations that President George W. Bush was responsible for the terrorism attacks of 9/11, Governor Bush has responded in an op-ed that was published today in National Review:

A Clear Choice on National Security

By Jeb Bush

In the latest episode of the reality show that is Donald Trump’s campaign, he has blamed my brother for the 9/11 terrorist attacks on our nation.

That Trump echoes the attacks of Michael Moore and the fringe Left against my brother is yet another example of his dangerous views on national-security issues.

This is a man who has previously stated he would prefer Hillary Clinton had led negotiations on the nuclear agreement with Iran. He has expressed a willingness to allow Vladimir Putin to dominate the Middle East by aligning with Iran and propping up the ruthless Syrian dictator, Bashar al-Assad — an action that would only worsen the existing refugee crisis and endanger our national-security interests and those of Israel. And he has been ignorant and dismissive of the world’s most dangerous terrorist organizations, saying that we shouldn’t have gone into Afghanistan to hunt al-Qaeda and end the safe haven for terror provided by the Taliban, only to retreat from that stance this week.
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Jeb Bush has Thursday fundraiser in Bristol for Virginia GOP senate candidates

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By Lynn R. Mitchell

Java With Jeb. Billed as coffee and conversation with Jeb Bush at Bristol’s Birthplace of Country Music Museum, it’s the kind of team effort from a top-tier presidential contender that is welcomed by Virginia Republicans.

The former Florida governor will headline a Thursday fundraiser for the Virginia Senate Republican Caucus. As Shaun Kenney noted at Bearing Drift, “[GOP 21st senate district candidate] Nancy Dye has to be pleased. More to the point, this is the sort of team rally that candidates ought to be doing, especially in states where early support matters.” Dr. Dye is in a three-way race with Democratic incumbent John Edwards and independent Don Caldwell.

Governor Bush is paying attention to Virginia and has ties that make those connections even more important in this battleground state that has gone blue the past two presidential elections. President Barack Obama won by 6.3 percent of the vote in 2008 only to see that margin shrink to 3.88 percent in 2012. A Republican could win in 2016.

Bush has friends in high places in the Commonwealth — former Lieutenant Governor John Hager whose son Henry is married to George W’s daughter Jenna, Ed Gillespie who was right-hand man to President George W. Bush and former chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia, Kay James who was a member of the George Allen and George W. Bush administrations, and Eric Cantor whose influence and connections run throughout not only Virginia but to the highest levels in D.C. and beyond.

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Jeb about W: ‘He kept us safe’

George W. Bush miss me yetBy Lynn R. Mitchell

The biggest applause and loudest cheers from Wednesday’s CNN Republican presidential debate came when Jeb Bush defended his brother against negative comments from Donald Trump (see Jeb Bush defends brother, says George W. Bush ‘kept us safe’):

Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush defended his brother, former President George W. Bush, against criticism from Donald Trump Wednesday night, saying “he kept us safe.”

“Your brother and your brother’s administration gave us Barack Obama,” Mr. Trump taunted the former Florida governor. “It was such a disaster those last three months [of George W. Bush’s administration] that Abraham Lincoln couldn’t have been elected.”

Jeb Bush retorted, “As it relates to my brother, there’s one thing I know for sure: he kept us safe.” The audience at the debate cheered.

“You remember the rubble [at the World Trade Center]?” Mr. Bush asked. “He sent a clear signal that the United States would be strong, and fight Islamic terrorism, and he did keep us safe.”

Mr. Trump replied, “You feel safe right now? I don’t feel so safe.”

Here’s a question for Mr. Trump: What part of “no bombs falling on your head” do you not understand? President Bush kept us safe. His leadership deserves thanks.

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NGC: ‘George W. Bush … The 9/11 Interview’

On the tenth anniversary of 9/11, National Geographic Channel aired this in-depth, first-person interview with President George W. Bush titled “The 9/11 Interview.” It is as relevant now as it was then.

Listening to the president’s own words, this documentary is a must-watch for those interested in yet another historical look at an historic day as we go behind the scenes to hear what the president was thinking as each event unfolded on that fateful day.

LynnRMitchell.com remembers 9/11 … may we never forget.

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