A 43 year old school bus driver was fired for reportedly making an obscene gesture at President Bush. The bus driver has now filed a union grievance in an attempt to get her job back. While Republican Rep. Dave Reichert did not see the gesture, that did not stop him from calling Issaquah superintendent Janet Barry. It appears that the driver was already fired before Reichert made that call, if you can believe that one. It is worthy to note that if the driver did in fact give the president the very same greeting that he has given America since he got into office, she should be punished for doing it in front of children. But to lose her job over it, and before any proof could be shown?
The claim that it was not “politically motivated” has of course been used. The only one that claimed to have see it at the time, Dubya Bush, is a known pathological liar and madman. So much for innocent till proven guilty.
Fired Over Finger, Driver Wants Job Back
Seattle School Bus Driver Fired After Obscene Gesture at President Bush Wants Job Back
By GENE JOHNSON
SEATTLE Nov 2, 2006 (AP)— A school bus driver fired after she reportedly made an obscene gesture at President Bush has filed a union grievance in an attempt to get her job back.
The 43-year-old driver, whose name was not released, was driving middle school children back to school after a zoo visit on June 16 when the president and Republican Rep. Dave Reichert drove slowly by in a motorcade.
From the bus, the children waved; with the windows down in their car, Bush and Reichert waved back.
That’s when the driver gave the president the finger, according to Reichert and Issaquah superintendent Janet Barry.
“The congressman hadn’t seen it, but the president turned to him and said, ‘That one’s not a fan,'” said Reichert spokeswoman Kimberly Cadena.
Niegowski said the firing was not politically motivated.
“The bus driver was not terminated for making an obscene gesture at the president. The bus driver was terminated for making an obscene gesture in view of the students,” Niegowski said. “That’s not the role modeling we need for our students.”
More from the Seattle Post Intelligencer:
The 43-year-old driver, whose name has not been released by the Issaquah School District, was shepherding a busload of middle-school children back from the Seattle zoo on June 16 when the president and Rep. Dave Reichert, R-Wash., drove slowly by in a motorcade along Interstate 5. From the bus, stopped on an onramp, the children waved; with the windows down in their car, Bush and Reichert waved back.
That’s when the driver extended the old one-finger salute, according to Reichert and Issaquah Superintendent Janet Barry.
Cadena said the gesture was in poor taste.
“You respect the office, even if you can’t respect the man,” she said.
So where have we heard that from before? We know which type of people use that saying don’t we? Sure it wasn’t politically motivated!
Cross posted from The Katrinacrat Blog