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Update: United States of America Presidential Election 2016: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

 

Written by Juliana Simone

The Good:

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Donald Trump. His speeches on policy, foreign and domestic, are factual and impressive, but, of course, the liberal media highlighted few clips from these addresses.

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Mike Pence. His running mate, the Governor of Indiana, has been a fine and articulate spokesman for Trump on the campaign trail, and clearly is a politician who serves Trump, his state and country well.

Trump supporters. Continued massive turnouts for any Trump rally or event throughout the nation, show the incredible devotion and enthusiasm to the candidate who wants to make America great again.

Trump’s children. All intelligent, polite, loyal, hard-working and professional, they continue to be an asset to Trump’s campaign and show how well-adjusted they are as young adults with Donald’s role as an attentive father. Additionally, Trump’s wife and ex-wives. Melania, Marla and Ivana all stand by Donald, support him, say good things about him and all agree what a good Dad he is to their children.

Conservative talk radio hosts. Each and every day they have divulged in great detail the crimes and misdemeanors Hillary Clinton is guilty of, where many legal experts agree she should be prosecuted and sentenced to time in jail.  They also observe her disinterest in America in terms of how our Forefathers fought to establish this country, as well as her genuine power-hungry zeal to establish the moniker of being the first female President, even though she could not be a worse choice for such a title. Clinton enthusiastically envisions what that role would bring her as long as it lasts, whether it’s more “celebrities” staying in the Lincoln bedroom, or more millions donated to the Clinton Foundation.

Conservative network television and radio hosts/columnists. Trump has gained the support of a number of influential political commentators: Rush Limbaugh, Michael Savage, Sean Hannity, Ann Coulter, Laura Ingraham, Larry Elder, Pat Buchanan, and David Limbaugh, albeit David noting his vote was for the lesser of two evils, to name but a few.

Ted Cruz. The Texas Senator has said he will vote for Trump despite differences during the primary contest that led to some negative exchanges. Cruz has stated publicly he will vote for the Republican nominee, noting how bad the alternative will be for the future of the Supreme Court among other vital issues he described in a list on his Facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/tedcruzpage/posts/10154476728267464

Republican legislators and advocates voting for Trump. Dr. Ben Carson, Newt Gingrich, Former New York Mayor and AG Rudy Giuliani, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, Former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum(R-PA), Former Alaska Governor and VP candidate Sarah Palin, George P. Bush, and RNC Chairman Reince Priebus.

Jerry Falwell, Jr.  The son of the long-serving Christian pastor and conservative activist who was well known for his televised sermons, and founded Liberty University in Lynchberg, VA, before his death in 2007.  Falwell, Jr., now President of the University, recognizes the difference between Trump and Clinton and how it would affect millions of Christians in America and throughout the world. Public morality and people who want to follow their faith would clearly suffer under four years of Clinton, who has vowed to uphold the policies of President Barack Obama.

Chris Wallace. Though presumably one of the ninety-plus percent of journalists who contributed to the Clinton campaign, Wallace did the most respectable job in the final and third debate between the two candidates. Even with his pressing, Clinton failed to answer three essential questions but maintained her mechanical smile.

The Bad:

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The Never-Trumpers. So-called Republicans who are on record for saying they will vote for establishment choice Hillary Clinton on Election Day, November 8th, rather than businessman Donald Trump, regardless of how much evidence points to why Hillary Clinton is perceivably the worst candidate nominated for America’s highest office. Though they continue in their opposition to their Party nominee, they agree Clinton would be bad for our nation if elected.

http://www.wnd.com/2016/09/hotter-than-hot-never-trumpers-skewered/

Here’s just some of them to record on this blog:

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell (R).  He voted for Obama, despite his weak record as a one-term U.S. Senator, background of community organizing and an often expressed disdain for America, regardless of the life of privilege he has lived here. Leaked emails from Powell show what he really feels about Hillary: “I would rather not have to vote for her, although she is a friend I respect,” the former secretary of state wrote Democratic donor Jeffrey Leeds on July 26, 2014. “A 70-year person with a long track record, unbridled ambition, greedy, not transformational, with a husband still d–kng bimbos at home (according to the NYP),” reads the explosive e-mail obtained by the Web site DCLeaks. (Hillary is actually 69) “Everything HRC touches she kind of screws up with hubris. I told you about the gig I lost at a University because she so overcharged them they came under heat and couldn’t [pay] any fees for awhile. I should send her a bill,” Powell griped. “Wanted to get away with it.” “Her instincts can be terrible.”

Sore losers:

The Bush family. Though not all are on record for saying they’ll vote for the scandal riddled Mrs. Clinton, but some are, including Former President of the United States George H.W. Bush (R-41), his wife, former First Lady, Barbara Bush, and Former First Lady Laura Bush, daughter-in-law to George and Barbara, whom many held with great respect until she made this statement. Now her estimated character may be reconsidered. Former Florida Governor and 2016 candidate for the nomination for President 2016, Jeb Bush, has stated he will not vote for either Trump or Clinton. Jeb Bush, going into the first long-benched candidate debate in August of 2015, had raised a considerable treasure chest of donations in his bid. Apparently, money is not always enough to win the title one covets.

Ohio Governor John Kasich (R). With winning only his state of Ohio during the entire Republican primary, he somehow yet still perceived himself as the next President of the United States. He did not show professionalism in declining to attend the National Republican Convention in his own state this year, nor would he endorse nominee Trump. Kasich recently had another 30 seconds of fame by providing the liberal media with a sound bite media gladly used with his remarking he did not know if he could vote for Trump. He might be the biggest baby of all.

Former President of the United States Republican nominee and Massachusetts Governor, Mitt Romney, who actually spent and raised money to try and ensure that Trump both was not the nominee, and after failing this objective, could not win the election.

Romney’s former running mate, House Speaker Ryan, has also failed to support Trump from the beginning, briefly wavered, and now has run back to what he perceives as the safety of moderate Republicans, who think if they vote for Clinton, they can still keep their jobs and two-faced machinations of politics intact, with the establishment keeping Washington, D.C. the way it is now and has been for a very long time. Not for the voter, the taxpayer, the small businessman, veterans, women, seniors, college students, patriots, those born in debt today and those struggling with debt, true Republicans, Unaffiliated, moderate Democrats, and other ignored castoffs who are not in bed with this self-serving group on hand, but just for those in the government beltway.

{Editor:} Ryan has publicly stated he voted early and voted for Trump. If this is true, that is commendable and noted.

More-Conservative-Than-Though political commentators, writers, and editors. The Weekly Standard and EIC Bill Kristol, National Review, Glenn Beck, television host and political commentator, and Jonah Goldberg, syndicated political columnist and author, {former Congressman Chris Shays, the last standing Republican U.S. Representative to serve all of New England and who made a bid for the Connecticut U.S. Senate seat in 2014, and veteran columnist George Will,} to name but a few.

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Republican voters who had another candidate they wanted to become the nominee.  This group has never been able to get over their loss. Sour grapes rule the day for these people, and apparently it’s more important for them to have their day and revenge and see Trump lose, even if it means electing someone from the opposite party who plans to implement more bad and continued Obama policy, and seeing the Supreme Court filled with appointees that would disregard The Declaration of Independence and The Constitution of the United States.

The polls: Daily updated by the liberal media with an agenda to dishearten the people not voting for the candidate they are shilling for, in this election year, Clinton. The skewed polls are largely swayed by demographics and oversampling of callers who will provide them with the answer they want to count, as to who the candidate they will be voting for on Election Day, to bolster their results and allow them to continue to falsely inform the public on who is really ahead. The polls considered to be the most reputable, and correct post-Election Day are Rasmussen and the L.A. Times.

The Ugly:  

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The network and liberal media at large who threw away objective professional journalism decades ago. They have failed to cover any of the incredibly important news stories concerning Hillary Clinton that they would have broadcast day in day out if it were her Republican opponent. An embarrassing example of what used to be considered news, at best. Setting the bar low, they’ve had to dig into the lowest depths of extremely old hearsay to find anything negative to say about Trump, when they have mountains of solid evidence concerning Clinton’s serious illegal activities. The media’s desperate smear campaign against Donald’s alleged moves on women he claims to never even have met, pale against the more serious and credible negative situations President Bill Clinton carried out with women while Governor of Arkansas and in the White House.

{Editor:} Their blackout of any positive news on Donald Trump has been astounding, an amazing thing to bear witness to in this day and age. No mention of Trumps huge support which has never wavered right up until Election Day, can be shown in this photo which was only distributed through social media.

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Jacksonville, FL aerial view of Trump rally October 25th not shown anywhere in network news or national publications

 

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) considered to be both a nominee for President and V.P. choice for Clinton, best known for saying she was a descendant of the Cherokee Indians until fact-checking showed this to be barely true by a stretch, if at all. Her checking the American Indian heritage box, however, helped her get hired as a minority at Harvard. She is the perfect spokesperson and colleague for Mrs. Clinton, who has quite a long history of lies herself. Warren, going lower than low in her stump speeches this election year, spends her time insulting opponent Trump. The other day, in referencing Trump’s calling Clinton ‘a nasty woman’ in the third debate, after Clinton made a derogatory remark about Trump, she shrilly addressed voters and declared that nasty women vote, in calling these women to action to vote for Hillary.

Clinton running mate Tim Kaine. After watching the Vice President debate, and hearing any of his soundbites as he stumps for Clinton, the man has shown he couldn’t be a worse second-in-line to the President of the United States. With Clinton’s health being a topic, this is a notable concern voters should consider.

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{Editor:} President Barack Hussein Obama and his wife, Michelle Obama. Six days before the election, desperation is setting in among the liberal leadership. Today, Obama actually was reaching back into scare tactic pages of the Democrat Party play book, trying to frighten needy voters with the false narrative that if Trump is elected as President, on day one he will stop welfare checks, Medicare checks, and stop assistance for African American youth’s entry into college. Seriously? Playing the people as he did since 2008, if not earlier, like Hillary, he is simply lying. Stopping large Government programs like welfare, Medicare and Affirmative Action, are not decided by the President alone. It would be an enormous task to discontinue any of these entitlements, and they would never pass even if suggested by a sitting President. Despite this fact, Trump’s current policies as a candidate for our country’s highest office, as well as his record as a businessman who hires people from every background, make clear he wants to help people not hurt them. Michelle Obama, suddenly believes Hillary Clinton is the most divine person to ever run for office in our nation’s history, despite a litany of previous statements when Clinton was challenging Obama for the nomination in 2008.

A Hillary Clinton Presidency. For the first time in the history of the United States of America, someone could get elected to our country’s highest office as someone who should be serving in time for prison. Here is one list to review, from fine veteran and former Florida Congressman Allen West. http://www.allenbwest.com/matt-palumbo/need-know-fbis-report-hillary

A comment on West’s post includes this link: http://uscode.house.gov/view.xhtml?path=%2Fprelim%40title18%2Fpart1%2Fchapter101&edition=prelim

Even the New York Times is having to publish a smidgen of the multiple unethical or illegal activities Hillary Clinton has engaged in, however much they can polish it up.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/26/us/politics/wikileaks-hillary-clinton-emails.html?_r=0

The latest WikiLeaks shows what Democrat National Committee Chair Donna Brazile and Clinton both knew about people that were hired to disrupt Trump rallies and instigate fights with Trump supporters to make Trump voters look unhinged.  Two 16-minute videos recently released by Project Veritas’ James O’Keefe after a yearlong undercover investigation can be seen here: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/oct/18/undercover-video-shows-democrats-saying-they-hire-/ Trump who has had thousands of people show up at his rallies, compared to Clinton and running mate Kaine, who consistently produce much smaller crowds, needed to have some kind of negative attachment to this spectacular story of turnout and attendance. This is what the Democrat hire, now fired, was sent out to do.

We would also have to deal with potential complications her husband-in-name-only, William Jefferson Clinton (D-42) would bring, who was impeached as President of the United States, lost his law license as a result, and was not without scandal. His social behavior patterns potentially make him problematic if put in the White House again even as the spouse of Executive-In-Chief.

Hillary’s record as Secretary of State, is also a problem. There is considerable hard evidence that shows Clinton’s actions and failures while serving as SOTS, doomed the U.S. Ambassador to Libya, J. Christopher Stevens, to being brutally tortured and murdered, despite numerous appeals for help, at the hands of experienced Islamic soldiers, whom she claimed at the time were protestors who were enraged by an obscure video.

Her evident failures show her foreign policy would be a disaster, especially if her plan if elected is to continue as her predecessor, Barack Obama, she chooses to lead from behind, and continue to alienate the leaders of countries formerly on good terms with the United States. Rather than making amends with Russia’s President Putin, China or North Korea, perhaps Clinton could continue to give more millions to Iran to build nuclear weapons. The Iran Deal, struck by Obama, which involved bringing plane loads of cash secretly at night to Iran, could now easily be shared with terrorists like the Hamas by Islamic leaders. This deal, clearly a direct threat to Israel, is very likely unconstitutional, because it was a treaty and not a deal, that was never authorized by the United States Congress. http://www.nationalreview.com/article/438804/iran-ransom-payment-barack-obama-tried-be-sneaky

Obamacare, has gone further south in recent days, and the middle class are going to be punished with high rate increases to somehow work out now in their monthly budgets, whether they naively voted for Obama or not.

Clinton wants to bring into the United States a million Syrian Refugees. Even if one percent of these are ISIS soldiers, perceivably thousands of deaths could occur from assaults in schools to shopping malls, to airlines and skyscrapers.

http://www.usapoliticstoday.com/hillary-vows-allow-million-muslim-refugees-united-states-first-term/

The U.S. Military, gutted by Obama down to mere fractions of what it was under President Ronald Reagan, would continue to be weak under Clinton, who holds the same feelings as Obama about our armed forces and their role as international protectors throughout the world. Obama and Clinton also share the same general disdain for the police forces.

With this in mind, American citizens should be concerned about Second Amendment rights. The Democrat Party is obsessed with anti-gun legislation and regardless of what they say on camera when asked, they would be more than happy to see all guns taken away from countrymen who keep them to protect their homes against invasion, while they as elected officials, all have 24 hour security surrounding them and their families to ensure their safety. The hypocrisy never ends with Democrats.

As for the First Amendment, consider that gone, as well, if Clinton is elected. Conservative talk radio, newspapers, magazines, and blogs will all be stamped out like a mere spark in damp ground, whether through administrative decree or by the newly appointed Supreme Court justices who would now have a strong progressive majority. For those who direct films, produce television shows, record music, or write books whose message is deemed deplorable, this material will not be safe from Presidential intervention. For those whose message fits the liberal democrat agenda, this material will get the green light, and the privileged lifestyle of being driven around in limousines, flying around in private jets – using that horrible fossil fuel ostracized by the left – and living a life the majority of Americans and the rest of the world will never know.  The press releases and public appearances that preach on the surface concern for those not as fortunate, will really just provide a fake exterior to the true interiors that hold a true dismissal of the have-nots who won’t ever get an invitation to spend the night in the Lincoln bedroom under a Clinton administration.

These final two weeks before Election Day, still show Trump talking to his large crowds about the issues and Clinton avoiding any of the issues or addressing the many scandals that surround her. She instead continues to go low and just insult her opponent Donald Trump at every appearance. Trump, with endless amounts of energy, continues to easily make four different campaign stops a day. Clinton, needed to take a week off before the third and final debate to prepare. Maybe she just doesn’t have the energy or the good bill of health only her own personal doctor has declared. Or, maybe she thinks she already has it in the bag, and is already disinterested in mingling with the general public.

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George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum: The Dedication Ceremony

 

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United States of America President George W. Bush (43) with former First Lady and wife, Laura Bush at the opening of their library.

 

Written by Juliana Simone

April 25, 2013

Dallas, TX – The four former United States of America Presidents, plus the country’s current Commander-In-Chief, attended this morning’s ceremony on the campus of Southern Methodist University.

Presidents Jimmy Carter, George Herbert Walker Bush, Bill Clinton and the honoree George W. Bush were in attendance, as well as, President Barack Obama.

An estimated crowd of ten thousand came to witness the ceremony. What is probably the most intense security in our country’s history, was positioned to protect all of the notables on hand from possible terrorism.

Some of the many guests included former Bush Administration members like Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Vice President Dick Cheney and Colin Powell, former world leaders like England’s Prime Minister Tony Blair and Italy’s Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and sports figures like former Dallas Cowboy quarterback Troy Aiken. Rice, a close friend to the former President, also spoke at the event.

All five wives of the Presidents were on hand including Hillary Clinton who is not seen very often in public with her husband Bill. If pundits are correct, and Mrs. Clinton, currently 65, is seeking the Democrat Party’s nomination for a second time in 2016 when Obama’s second term ends, the shrewd former First Lady would not make the error to miss this feel-good publicity moment among peers and voters.  The five Presidents spouses appeared lively and well.

With the namesake of the library and museum speaking last, the other four men were to speak in chronological order starting with Jimmy Carter and leading up to our current sitting President Obama. George W.’s father, who preceded him in holding the title of President of the United States, spoke after Carter and before Bill Clinton.

The Democrat Presidents put politics aside and noted accomplishments of Bush’s they admired under his two terms, such as his unwavering response to terrorism after 911, when over three thousand people died when the World Trade Center’s two towers fell to the ground after Islamist terrorists hijacked American commercial jets, and flew them into the buildings without warning.

Jimmy Carter, delivering his words in sunglasses, told George W. Bush, “I am filled of admiration for you and your contributions to the most needy people on Earth.” This was in regards to Bush’s influence on Congress to give funding for AIDS relief for Africa among other humanitarian deeds.

The senior Bush, escorted out by a military usher, told viewers and onlookers in a brief speech, “It’s a great pleasure to be here to honor our oldest son. Thank you all for coming.”  He received a standing ovation. He jested about his speech to his son after leaving the lectern, “too long?” They laughed. Later he said modestly “We are happy to be here. God Bless America.”

His wife, Barbara, was at his side to join in the event of the library and museum dedicated to her son. Some of her comments to the press and guests showed she has lost little of her wit and spunk that made her a favorite First Lady.

An interview between George and Laura Bush, and veteran reporter Diane Sawyer, the night before the library’s dedication on ABC, showed many Americans for the first time President Bush was a painter among many other things. President Ronald Reagan was known for his doodles, and collectors spent good sums for them. Bush takes his artwork up a step. Sawyer’s interview revealed some of his paintings that show the forty-third President is quite talented.

Noting this, former President number two on the list, Bill Clinton, remarked on his colleague’s artistry, and used the wit and smile that made America forgive him time and time again through each scandal to win over the crowd. After expressing his opinions of Bush’s artwork and referring to self-portraits of a personal nature where Bush is bathing, Clinton, a Democrat, said he considered asking Bush to do a similar painting of him, but then thought better of it. “Those bathroom sketches are great, but at my age, I think I should keep on my suit,” he mused. (laughter)

Clinton, though a member of the opposing party, became close to George W.’s father, Bush 41, when they worked on different humanitarian projects together. Clinton and Bush even appeared side by side in commercials together promoting their cause that mixed humor and urgency. They are both Yale University graduates.

Sitting Democrat President Barack Hussein Obama, opened with some kind and thoughtful words where he expounded on recollection, “The last time we all got together was just before I took office.  And I needed that.  Because as each of these leaders will tell you, no matter how much you may think you’re ready to assume the office of the presidency, it’s impossible to truly understand the nature of the job until it’s yours, until you’re sitting at that desk.

And that’s why every President gains a greater appreciation for all those who served before him; for the leaders from both parties who have taken on the momentous challenges and felt the enormous weight of a nation on their shoulders.  And for me, that appreciation very much extends to President Bush.

The first thing I found in that desk the day I took office was a letter from George, and one that demonstrated his compassion and generosity.  For he knew that I would come to learn what he had learned — that being President, above all, is a humbling job.  There are moments where you make mistakes.  There are times where you wish you could turn back the clock.  And what I know is true about President Bush, and I hope my successor will say about me, is that we love this country and we do our best.”

He continued, “…we know President Bush the man.  And what President Clinton said is absolutely true — to know the man is to like the man, because he’s comfortable in his own skin.  He knows who he is.  He doesn’t put on any pretenses.  He takes his job seriously, but he doesn’t take himself too seriously.  He is a good man.

But we also know something about George Bush the leader.  As we walk through this library, obviously we’re reminded of the incredible strength and resolve that came through that bullhorn as he stood amid the rubble and the ruins of Ground Zero, promising to deliver justice to those who had sought to destroy our way of life.

We remember the compassion that he showed by leading the global fight against HIV/AIDS and malaria, helping to save millions of lives and reminding people in some of the poorest corners of the globe that America cares and that we’re here to help.

We remember his commitment to reaching across the aisle to unlikely allies like Ted Kennedy, because he believed that we had to reform our schools in ways that help every child learn, not just some; that we have to repair a broken immigration system; and that this progress is only possible when we do it together…”

But later he seemed to politicize the event and use the occasion to lobby for current legislation under his party’s proposal that is not very popular with Republicans and even among some immigrants. Many commentators agreed post-ceremony this was not the occasion to talk about D.C. agenda. Obama, who has been notorious throughout his Presidency among critics for “blaming Bush” (Bush 43) for all of his woes as the current Commander-in-Chief even years later into his second term, seemed today to do so one more time in an indirect way.

Bringing up the issue of immigration reform, he surmised if this is passed it’s because of Bush who was the first United States President to seek some solution to this major task. “…If we do that, it will be in large part thanks to the hard work of President George W. Bush…”

The major difference is George W. Bush sought answers to this populace out of compassion. Obama, and his equally minded democrat strategists, press to pass this law to increase their numbers at the polls on Election Day and assure the locking in of their party’s majority in Washington for generations to come.

The forty-third President of the United States and the man whose history as our country’s elected two term leader is the namesake of this library and museum was the final speaker.

He presented a memorable speech that melded traditional self-deprecating humor with poignancy. He joked briefly about a library being named after him when it was the last place you would have found him as a youth.

“One of the things about democracies is people are free to disagree. It’s fair to say I gave people plenty of opportunities to exercise that right,” Bush said with a chuckle.

On a more serious note, he told the thousands on hand and millions of viewers that in accessing his own legacy he believed future generations would see “we stayed true to our convictions…and it wasn’t easy…”

Bush said in regards to his father in an understandably emotional delivery, “Dad taught me how to be President. Before that, he showed me how to be a man.”  The second member of the Bush family to swear to preserve, protect and defend the constitution told his father the forty-first President, “it is awesome you’re here today” for this dedication.

After his speech, he held up his three-fingered W sign with his right hand to the people alongside his smiling wife Laura. A procession of military guard carried flags off of the stage and the five Presidents with their wives followed them as the ceremony came to an end.

George H.W. Walker had recent serious health issues with a bronchial infection that made his presence on stage at the age of eighty-eight especially meaningful for his son. He also suffers from Parkinson’s disease. The veteran hero and navy pilot who America fell in love with when watching the footage of his being rescued at sea after bailing out of his jet airplane after being shot down, chose to parachute out of a plane on his 75th birthday. He continued this fete for five years and resumed the event on his 85th birthday after hip replacement surgery. It was the seventh jump for the father of six.

As for future politics, the Bush family which is a true picture postcard of real family values, seemed split about the idea of George W.’s brother Jeb, the former Governor of Florida who was also on hand, running for President. His brother supported him whole heartedly saying, “He would be a marvelous candidate.”  His mother discouraged the notion saying in her view, as a Bush through marriage, there have been enough Bush’s now. Even if Jeb decides to pass on a run for the highest office, there are many younger generations of Bush’s who could someday make history by becoming the third member of a family to hold the title of United States President.

On a final excerpt of the Diane Sawyer interview shown this evening on ABC Nightly News, Laura Bush is shown giving a tour to Diane of the new museum and shows her a tube of “hanging chads.” (they laugh) {Editor: “hanging chads” was a paper ballot ‘condition’ which included “dimpled chads” which was conceived by the Gore campaign after losing the 2000 Presidential election to George W. Bush by an electoral vote count. Gore contested the win and it came down to which candidate won the state of Florida. Gore’s attorneys hoped if enough ballots thrown out because the vote cast was not discernible, after being combed over a second time for any “hanging” or “dimpled” chad, he would overturn the outcome and be declared President. The most rabid Gore supporters and mainstream media reporters could not come up with the missing numbers to overturn the election.}

The admirable former First Lady also reminded Sawyer about her husband’s “No Child Left Behind” work for education reform. While working on this, 9-1-1 suddenly happened and everything changed, she said. She shows Sawyer a big piece of metal on display in the museum that is from the point of impact in the second tower. They mention how President Bush’s relief saved millions of lives in Africa from malaria and AIDS. The tour concludes with Laura showing Diane an exact replica of the Oval Office while her husband occupied it, including the desk that became famous during President John Kennedy’s term while being photographed with his son John Jr. hiding underneath and peering at the photographer as a young boy. An excerpt of the last address of George W. Bush as President is broadcast where he tells American citizens, “I will now carry the title that means more to me than any other – citizen.”

There are twenty-one Presidential libraries throughout the country which in addition to Bush 43 are dedicated to Clinton, Nixon, Bush 41, Reagan, Ford, Carter, Johnson, Kennedy, Eisenhower, Truman, Roosevelt, Hoover, Coolidge, Wilson, McKinley, Hayes, Grant, Lincoln, John Quincy Adams and our Founding Father George Washington. Thirteen are maintained by the Office of Presidential Libraries which is part of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and eight are maintained by states or private organizations. The cost of the new library and museum was two hundred and fifty million, the most to date of any other Presidential library, but the expense was all paid for by private funds and donations.