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September 03, 2004

Do Bush Supporters Want Bill Clinton to die?

By Byron LaMasters

Republicans went on the attack when Trent Lott and others were booed at the Paul Wellstone memorial service in 2002. I would expect the media to give those who booed President Bush's call for ''best wishes for a swift and speedy recovery" for Bill Clinton the same treatment:

President Bush on Friday wished Bill Clinton ''best wishes for a swift and speedy recovery.''

''He's is in our thoughts and prayers,'' Bush said at a campaign rally.

Bush's audience of thousands in West Allis, Wis., booed. Bush did nothing to stop them.

Bush offered his wishes while campaigning one day after accepting the presidential nomination at the Republican National Convention in New York. Clinton was hospitalized in New York after complaining of mild chest pain and shortness of breath.

Bush recently praised Clinton when the former president went to the White House for the unveiling of his official portrait. He lauded Clinton for his knowledge, compassion and ''the forward-looking spirit that Americans like in a president.''

And it's not just people at a rally, U.S. Rep. Vito Fossella (R-NY) had this to say about Clinton:

"Who knows? It could be the result of a successful Republican convention"

Now, that's respectful.

In case you want to send Bill Clinton a card, here's the address:

The William J. Clinton Foundation
55 West 125th St.
New York, NY 10027

Although, as Trapper John (Kos) points out, the best thing that people can do for Bill Clinton is to donate to the Democrat of your choice, or to the Clinton Presidential Center to support President Clinton's work on HIV/AIDS and many other issues.

Update: This is quite bizarre, but the story on the Boston Globe site has been retracted and the AP article on the AZ Central site entitled "Some at rally boo after Bush mentions Clinton" on Google is renamed "Bush offers best wishes to Clinton" on the AZ Central site. Very odd. Either no one was booing, but the reporter said there was. Or there were only a few boos and editors didn't think the article was appropriate. Or there were a lot of boos, and Karl Rove made a threatening call. I don't know. It would be interesting to hear from someone who was actually there.

Posted by Byron LaMasters at September 3, 2004 02:55 PM | TrackBack


Clinton's illness is diverting attention away from Dubya's GOP convention speech.
And next week, reports on the progress of Clinton's recovery will mean a little less air time devoted to the Flightsuit-in-Chief's attempts to hijack the third anniversary of 9/11 for his own political purposes.

Posted by: Tim Z. at September 3, 2004 03:51 PM

Tim is right. With the hurricane, the school hostage crisis in Russia and Clinton's heart trouble, Dubya's bounce may not be grand.

Posted by: Mike in Austin at September 3, 2004 04:09 PM

Clinton's illness is diverting attention away from Dubya's GOP convention speech.
And next week, reports on the progress of Clinton's recovery will mean a little less air time devoted to the Flightsuit-in-Chief's attempts to hijack the third anniversary of 9/11 for his own political purposes.

Posted by: Tim Z. at September 3, 2004 04:09 PM

I hit the Post button and then went to take a shower. When I got back there was a window saying that attempts to access burntorangereport.com have failed. My comments were still in the comment window, so I hit Post again, thinking the message didn't go through the first time.

Posted by: Tim Z. at September 3, 2004 04:17 PM

Guys look again. AP has a retraction on that story. People did NOT boo.

Look at TIME poll 52 to 41 to 3 favoring the President. Not too high is it? Was 46 to 46 before.

See ya in the rear view mirror falling back.

Posted by: peter at September 3, 2004 04:35 PM

Pls see www.jsonline.com for reporting on President's anouncement on Bill Clinton.

Posted by: peter at September 3, 2004 04:52 PM

Thanks for the note on the retraction. I put it in an update. As for the TIME poll, as far as I'm concerned, it's an outlier until more polls back it up.

Posted by: Byron L at September 3, 2004 05:09 PM

For all who are interested, here is the Audio of the President's remarks and the crowd's reaction: http://homepage.mac.com/mkoldys/bush.mp3

That doesn't sound much like booing. It sounds a lot more like enthusiastic applause, but you can decide for yourself.

Also, I tend to agree about Time being an outlier, at least for now. Rasmussen only has Bush up 4, and Zogby up 2, though Zogby's polls consistently had Bush down more than almost any other poll. Still we'll see as more polling comes out. It is worth noting that polls taken over labor day weekend are probably not very informative, since with so many people out on vacation you don't get a random sample.

Posted by: Aladextra at September 3, 2004 05:57 PM

I don't believe the Time poll at all until other ones come out. I'll be happy if Bush is up by 10 with a day to go, but until then, this race is tied up and the one who wins the debates will win the election, period. Also most Republicans thought the speech was great. I thought the it had great content and delivery, but my oh my, the spending proposals were out of control.

Posted by: Allan Bartlett at September 3, 2004 06:13 PM

Go see Business Wire for a SurveyUSA poll of many cities(where Dems hav their strenght) indicating a much bigger bounce than Time does,


hope the above link helps

Posted by: peter at September 4, 2004 08:15 AM

Hey guys, Newsweek's poll is out!

Bush/Cheney Leads Kerry/Edwards 54 to 43

In a 3 way race its the President by 11 points.

A 13 point bounce from the Aug 5 - 10 poll.

Objects in the rear view mirror appear larger than they are.

Posted by: peter at September 4, 2004 11:53 AM

Air America played that clip on the air. There were boos. I heard them. They are edited out on the televised clip, but they boooooooed. There was no comment from the pResident to show any respect.

Posted by: Vicki at September 4, 2004 09:49 PM
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