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  •  Yes. chilling passage. (none)
    Do read the piece, it's very.. um... motivating.

    That passage is very scary.

    Another one of note is when Bush, right before inauguration in 2001 meets with a bunch of pastors in Austin, TX to talk about how he can address poverty.  He asks them "How do I speak to the soul of the nation"?  

    They all confer on the subject for hours and Bush in a private conversation says, paraphrasing, "I don't know about poverty, I'm just a white, Republican guy, how do I learn about poverty?"  The pastor he's with says to him, "Well, you can listen to the poor and to the people who know and live among them."

    Bush calls over Michael Gerson, his speechwriter, who he apparently brought with him that day and says "Michael, I want you to hear this."

    A short time later, a nearly identical line shows up in his inaugural address.  

    The moral?  Bush never really gave a rat's ass about the poor and about learning about poverty.  He brought his speechwriter so he could learn how "to speak to the soul of the nation."


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