Great with Children…

or not?

A question for President Bush on immigration rose up like a ghost from the grave this afternoon in Ohio.

Only the questioner was a 13-year old blonde-headed girl, Jessica Hackerd, from Brecksville, Ohio, who immediately broke into tears after making her inquiry.

“Mr. President, I know immigration has been a big problem in the U.S. And what is your next step with the immigration bill?” Jessica asked Mr. Bush, during a question and answer period after a speech Mr. Bush gave to a Cleveland business group.

Mr. Bush’s sarcastic reply — a wry “yeah, thanks” — drew laughter from the crowd of 400. But the attention caused young Jessica, who characterized herself in an interview afterward as very shy, to immediately tear up.

“No, it’s a great question. No, I appreciate that,” Mr. Bush said, as he saw Jessica’s reaction.

Bush talked for minutes about the issue, but Jessica kept crying. Bush, obviously feeling uncomfortable, tried to cheer her up, but it was to no avail.

At the very end, when all was said and done, an aide took Jessica and her family backstage where they met the President. He talked to them and told Jessica, in her own words: “He said it was really brave of me to do that and he said he probably wouldn’t have been able to do that… and he said it was the first time anybody had asked him about [immigration] since it happened.”

Whether you personally like Bush – or agree with his politics – or not, you have to admit: he handled this quite well (in the end).

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4 Responses to Great with Children…

  1. Ginny Cotts says:

    I will allow Bushie .01% of a brownie point here. 🙄

  2. ironxl84 says:

    Ha ha Ginny,

    “he handled this quite well”

    If you take “quite well” to mean that he didn’t totally 100% bass ackwards completely screw it up………

    That is a sad commentary on a US President.

    I wonder if he ties his own shoes.

    Tom

  3. Darrell Prows says:

    “and he said it was the first time anybody had asked him about [immigration] since it happened.”

    What kind of a bunker does this guy exist in to have no one asking him for his thoughts on controversial matters? Am I the only one old enough to remember when Presidents felt they had a responsibility to hold frequent press conferences? Reagan, who was also afflicted with the inability to express himself in complete sentences, got us conditioned to accept communicating with the head of our country only in the form of scripted performances. Even Slick Willy only brought us part of the way back on that one.

    I would like to see a candidate who is strong enough to go head to head with the press, and promise to do so often.

  4. When I was a kid, I was shy like that, too. I know EXACTLY what that kind of humiliation feels like, having a “huge” crowd of adults LAUGH at you. What’s worse, I imagine that while she was crying all the way through the speech, she was ashamed that she was crying, and desperately trying to become VERY VERY small. So …

    Score it -1000 for having cluelessly slammed a little kid (reflexively using his podium power, like he did with that BLIND reporter a few months back).

    And score it 10 for doing what EVERY other politician in the world, including Hitler, when he was chancellor, and possibly Joe Staling, would do when a crowd saw that the asshole on the podium had just CRUSHED a shy kid in front of that crowd — get her OUT OF SIGHT, and then say whatever it took to calm her down for the inevitable media grilling after she’d re-emerged (and the crowd had gone home).

    Why he even gave her her VERY OWN sound bite.

    What is that so far? -990?

    Oh, and add -10,000 for then using that same kid as a photo op, to make him look like a good guy.

    So, that would come out -10,990 Brownie points, which can be converted to 10,990 positive “Brownie You’re Doing A Good Job” points.

    No “My Pet Goat” points, however.