White House Changes


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HS/LD
February 4, 2003, 04:12 PM
I have not verified anthing about who wrote this, I just thought I would post it as is... HS/LD
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White House Changes

A lot has changed since George W. Bush became president-- executive orders that support a "culture of life," judicial appointees who respect the constitution and members of the Cabinet who are unapologetic about their faith. But perhaps nothing more clearly represents the new leadership we enjoy as a country than that place Mr. Bush now calls his temporary home - 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

The president is quick to point out that it is not his house but the American people's house. And, as such, he treats it and the people who work there with respect. From the Secret Service to the grounds crew, the folks who work at the White House rave about the First Family.

The president and first lady prefer to entertain family friends in their private quarters rather than ask the stewards and waiters to negotiate difficult formal dining rooms.

Harkening back to the days of Ronald Reagan, Bush will not allow any man to attend a meeting in the Oval Office without a jacket and tie. Gone are the days of blue jeans and pizza boxes.

One of the clearest ways to show respect for someone is to respect their time. Everyone who works with and around the president has noted his punctuality. Meetings begin and end on time. This stands in stark contrast to the previous occupant of the White House, who was notorious for keeping visitors and the media waiting.

And speaking of the former president, in his administration more than 500 staffers had access to the White House kitchen. One presidential aide said they turned it into a fast-food restaurant. These days, only 150 senior staff members have meal privileges.

Of course the Clinton years were known for worse things than that. US News &World Report reported recently that it was common for President Clinton to have violent and sex-laden R-rated films playing on Air Force One. Even seasoned reporters would blush at the images being played out before their eyes while trying to question the president on some issue of national importance. A Marine who worked at Camp David publicly stated that pornography was littered all over the retreat. In contrast, President Bush has said that even some of the new major motion-picture releases, which are routinely sent to the White House for viewing by the First Family, are too vulgar for him.

I've visited the White House twice since President Bush moved in. As anyone might be, I was awed by the history of the place. Oil portraits of past occupants reminded me that some presidents have understood the honor of living there and others have wantonly dishonored it. My visits with President Bush at the White House were an opportunity to witness firsthand how much this man respects the office to which he was elected. He arrived at our meetings promptly and took the time to greet every person in attendance.

He was warm and polite to each of us. His manner conveyed the message that he knew he was only a temporary resident and his job is to leave this august home in better shape than he found it. In one of my meetings, I made a point of speaking to a young man who is part of the military service assigned to the White House. His job is to escort guests and to help people find their way through the large hallways. His uniform was covered with ribbons and his shoes were perfectly polished. His face was emotionless and he drew no attention to himself, but for some reason he caught my eye.

"Thank you," I said, "for the work you do, You really represent us all in your service here. It must be wonderful work."

He paused and then allowed a big smile to cross his face. "Oh, yes, sir, NOW it truly is."

Yes, things certainly are different in Washington.

Courtesy of:
Rear Admiral
Steve Brachet, USN (Ret) &
Brigadier General
Bob Clements, USAF (Ret)

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Ebbtide
February 4, 2003, 04:22 PM
Thanks for the post.

I hear a lot of comparison and simularities between Reagan and Bush vs. Bush I (one) and Bush II these days, especially in the press.

I wonder if this is by design.

And on to another completly different subject:

I recently heard the speech Reagan gave after the Challenger disaster. WOW!!!! That fellow could give a speech (was supposed to be the State of the Union Address)!!!

Dave P
February 4, 2003, 04:31 PM
"Of course the Clinton years were known for worse things than that. US News &World Report reported recently that it was common for President Clinton to have violent and sex-laden R-rated films playing on Air Force One. Even seasoned reporters would blush at the images being played out before their eyes while trying to question the president on some issue of national importance. A Marine who worked at Camp David publicly stated that pornography was littered all over the retreat. "

That report is a little hard to swallow - I don't believe most of it.

Pendragon
February 4, 2003, 04:44 PM
You dont believe that Clinton was late, self absorbed, careless with the whitehouse and its resources, preoccupied with sex and sexual imagery?

You think he valued other peoples time, respected women and maintained an environment that was not sexually charged?

Perhaps you think he had a deep admiration for the military and the people who serve our country - or that he respected the working class people who kept up the grounds?

Clinton is a classic narcissist. In his eyes, the presidency, women, the whitehouse - it was all about him, it was all for him.

We can debate which of his policies were good, bad or indifferent, but the man acts like a spoiled frat boy.

Matthew Courtney
February 4, 2003, 04:58 PM
Clinton is a classic narcissist. In his eyes, the presidency, women, the whitehouse - it was all about him, it was all for him.

Sir,

Your statement is an insult to spoiled fratboys everywhere.


We can debate which of his policies were good, bad or indifferent, but the man acts like a spoiled frat boy.

moa
February 5, 2003, 02:52 PM
A couple of other things different about Bush.

1. He apparently has virtually stopped state dinners at the White House.

2. He apparently has ordered that "Hail To The Chief" be rarely played at any Presidental function.

PATH
February 5, 2003, 05:08 PM
Watch the Marines saluting the President. Watch how they hold their salutes. They didn't do it for Clinton!

Blackhawk
February 5, 2003, 11:10 PM
I like Bush and enjoyed reading this. :D

Ala Dan
February 5, 2003, 11:27 PM
Another George W. Bush supporter checking in!

Our current President is definitely a cut above the rest.

All President's have had to deal with unpleasant tasks,
and national tragedy's of some sort. But my fellow THR
member's, don't you think that President George W. Bush
has had his share of terrible happening's?

And guess what? He certainly has handled it with a great
sense of dignity, respect, and sorrow. And in the coming
day's, in the face of adversety; I'm sure he will make all
Americans very proud that he is our President!

May GOD Bless AMERICA and ALL AMERICANS.

Respectfully,
Ala Dan, N.R.A. Life Member

NewShooter78
February 5, 2003, 11:55 PM
So what will you say to Mr. Bush if he gives his seal of approval on the Homeland Defense Bill, and his acceptance of the Patriot Act? I don't know yet if I like the man. Everyone seems to not look to his past like they did of our last president. I'm not a fan of Klinton any more than most of you...but I'm also not a fan of Mr. Bush II either.

Matthew Courtney
February 6, 2003, 12:28 AM
The problems I have with the patriot act are not about my mistrust of the president. The problem is that he would give unprecedented, unchecked power to future presidents that I do not know, much less trust. I trust G.W. Bush, but the patriot act is more than bad law, it fails to pass constitutional muster.

JimP
February 6, 2003, 01:00 AM
I'm in the military and can speak for many of my brethren, it is a breath of fresh air to have Clinton and her husband out of the Whitehouse. Finally, someone we can salute. Someone who does not dishonor the public trust. :D

jmbg29
February 6, 2003, 02:20 AM
It is very reassuring to have a President and First Lady that haven't sublet their souls to Satan.

May GOD Bless AMERICA and ALL AMERICANS.

What Ala Dan said, bigtime!:cool: :D

Kahr carrier
February 6, 2003, 06:44 AM
Sounds like Bush is a Class act.:D

Coronach
February 6, 2003, 10:30 AM
I agree. Dubya seems to be a class act. I don't acgree with everything he has done (and thats to be expected), but he is a breath of fresh air after 8 yers of CLinton/Gore.

However, this is not firearms related. ;)

Mike

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