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Real estate broker Harry Taylor told President Bush to his face how ashamed he was of the President last week at a community college in Charlotte, N.C. Excluding last year's Bush-Kerry debates, it may be the first time that's ever happened, and so the story made national news. His complete statement:

Taylor: You never stop talking about freedom, and I appreciate that. But while I listen to you talk about freedom, I see you assert your right to tap my telephone, to arrest me and hold me without charges, to try to preclude me from breathing clean air and drinking clean water and eating safe food. If I were a woman, you'd like to restrict my opportunity to make a choice and decision about whether I can abort a pregnancy on my own behalf. You are...

Bush: I'm not your favorite guy. Go ahead. Go on, what's your question?

Taylor: Okay, I don't have a question. What I wanted to say to you is that I -- in my lifetime, I have never felt more ashamed of, nor more frightened by my leadership in Washington, including the presidency, by the Senate, and

Audience Members: Booo!

Bush: No, wait a sec -- let him speak.

Taylor: And I would hope -- I feel like despite your rhetoric, that compassion and common sense have been left far behind during your administration, and I would hope from time to time that you have the humility and the grace to be ashamed of yourself inside yourself.

This is what democracy is about. It is sad that such an occurence is newsworthy and not the norm, but it is heartening that someone's words finally got through. Finally, cheers to Harry Taylor for speaking so eloquently on the spot.


Pam said...

... I do, however, doubt that he could really be feeling ashamed of himself, even inside himself. He truly has the power to do what he wants, no matter how much his advisors may advise, and that he continues on this path -- and has been continuing on this path for 6 years -- speaks persuasively against him feeling at all ashamed of his actions. However, I am impressed that he didn't allow the audience to shush Taylor; this is more open than perhaps I have come to expect the man whose White House has never had a leak to be.

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