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The President visits Michigan - Part 2

I always thought it would be cool to go to a political rally and I was right. The rally started around 11:00am. Local politicians made their speeches in support of the president till about 12:45. We were then treated to the Bellamy Brothers who played a 20 minute set to show their support just before Bush showed up. Once He arrived and was greeted heartly, he spoke for about 40 minutes giving his stump speech which hits most of the basic platform points. If you’re interested, you can read the transcript here, or you can just read some of the highlights below.

Highlights - The President speaks about:


” The national unemployment rate is 5.4 percent. That is lower than the average rate of the 1970s, the 1980s and the 1990s. Listen, there are some areas of our country that are still lagging behind, but we'll continue to promote a pro-growth, pro-small business policy, pro-entrepreneur policy for the next four years so people can find a good job here in America.”


“We have a changing world. And, yet, the fundamental systems haven't changed: the tax code, health coverage, pension plans, worker training were created for the world of yesterday, not tomorrow. So over the next four years we're going to transform these systems so that all citizens are equipped, prepared and, thus, truly free to be able to make their own choices and to be able to realize the great promise of this country.”

The complicated tax code.

“Let me tell you something else we've got to do about this tax code: we've got to change it. It's a complicated mess. It's full of special-interest loopholes. In a new term I'm going to bring the Republicans and Democrats together to simplify the tax code, to make the tax code more fair. We want more people working than spending time -- than the time they have to spend on filling out all these forms. Do you realize Americans spend about 6 billion hours a year on federal taxes. That's one complicated code that needs to be fixed and will be fixed.”

Social Security.

“if you're on Social Security today, nothing is going to change. I do not care what the D.C. politicians will tell you. Nobody is going to take away your benefits. And if you're a baby boomer, you're in pretty good shape when it comes to Social Security.”

Iraq and the War on terror.

“Despite ongoing acts of violence, Iraq now has a strong Prime Minister, a national council, and national elections are scheduled in January. We're standing with the people in those countries, because when America gives its word, America must keep its word.

And by standing with them, we're also serving a vital and historic cause that will make our country safer. See, free societies in the Middle East will be hopeful societies, which no longer feed resentments or breed violence for export. Free governments in the Middle East will fight terrorists, instead of harboring them, and that helps us keep us safe.

So our mission in Afghanistan and Iraq is clear: We will help the new leaders train their police and their armies, so the people of Afghanistan and Iraq can do the hard work of defending freedom. We will help them -- we will help them move toward elections, we'll get them on the path of stability and democracy as quickly as possible, and then our troops will come home with the honor they have earned.”

Kerry’s new flip/flop.

“Here's the latest wrinkle. Here's the latest wrinkle -- I'm trying to figure out what he believes. He said: we're spending too much money in Iraq -- even though he earlier criticized me for not spending enough. One thing about his position is clear, if he had had his way, Saddam Hussein would still be in power and would be a threat to our security and peace in the world.”

American Sovereignty.

Listen, I want to thank our friends and neighbors -- friends and allies for their contributions. I've spent a lot of time doing that. I appreciate the fact -- we've got nearly 40 nations involved in Afghanistan, some 30 nations involved in Iraq helping us to spread freedom and peace. But I will never -- as I build coalitions over the next four years, as I continue to work with friends and neighbors I will never turn over America's national security decisions to leaders of other countries.

In conclusion.

“Four years ago -- four years ago, as I traveled this great country and your wonderful state asking for the vote, I made a pledge. I said that if you gave me a chance to serve, I would uphold the dignity and the honor of the office to which I had been elected. With your help, with your hard work, I will do so for four more years.

God bless. Thank you all for coming. Thank you all.”

We were standing pretty far away.



Me and my boy Eli

My wife Deb and Eli

This is us leaving. The kid with the light blue shirt in the foreground was a protestor that I confronted. His sign read: Who would Jesus bomb? I asked him why he didn't like Bush and he told me it was because he didn't have a job. I told him to go get one, and that if he really needed help I could direct him to the many help wanted signs I saw on the way to the Fair Grounds. He backed off that line and instead proceeded to give me the "war for oil" puke with a side of "We shouldn't be in Iraq" tripe, to which I reminded him that Saddam was part of the war on terror and that Iraq was a country that sponsered terrorism and blah blah blah blah blah blah... long story short, he's still young and stupid. Nothing I said to him was going to change the latter, so I just walked away.

Update: Dan over at Wat Dan Ook also has his pics up of the event.

Update: Janna over at De "Nederlandse Prinses" Openbaarde... The "Dutch Princess" Revealed... has put together a collection of some great photos of the event.

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