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This is truly rich.  Bush is getting mory savvy about the "Internets" every day.  

At first, Bush learned about "The Google:"

And then his buddy McCain bested him by learning about "A Google:"

But now Bush is learning about ("a/the") YouTube.  He was recently in Arizona during one of his closed to the press fundraisers:

State Senate President Tim Bee hosted President Bush's fundraiser Friday but Sen. John McCain, symbolically, shared the stage.

Bush came to Tucson to raise money for Bee's Republican congressional challenge to U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and had the larger picture for the fall on his mind.

"Symbolically" = McCain is nowhere to be seen in his homestate around Mr. 28%, but I digress.

The funniest comments are these during this private fundraiser:

So sensitive were Republicans about information getting out about the goings-on at the Tucson fundraiser hosted by President Bush Friday morning, even W. himself made sure to ask the 400 or so people at the event to turn off any recording devices.

"I don't know a lot about technology," the president said, according to one insider, "but I do know about YouTube."

Hey George, I have a newsflash for you:  The world knows you're a major fuck-up every time you hit the public airways, so we don't need to see you taped privately to come to that conclusion.

But what did Bush say that was so secretive?

At what is best described as a cocktail party-style brunch (without the cocktail), those inside say Bush stressed "progress" in the war on terror and defended the government's warrantless-wiretapping program. Oh, and his tax cuts — let's make those permanent, he said.

And what does $10,000 exactly buy you with Bush while the rest of us are "whining" about day to day expenses?  

For 10,000 bucks you got more than mini-quiche, though. Big spenders met the president and took photos.

Did Cindy bring the beer?

As for freshman Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords--she appears to be in good shape this election cycle:

Giffords, a freshman Democrat, had $2.1 million in the bank at the end of June while Bee had $687,000.

And polls have her up anywhere from 7 to 25 points over Bee currently.

Giffords is also calling in her secret weapon, Arizona's Democratic governor and prominent Obama supporter, Janet Napolitano:

Not to be outdone, Bee's Democratic opponent, U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, announced her own fundraiser late in the week.
On Monday, Gov. Janet Napolitano will collect some bucks for Giffords at a slightly less spectacular local event.

This private get-together costs $25 — not $1,000 minimum like Bee's.
It's the first time Napolitano has helped out Giffords in the cash department. While she's gotten involved in the Arizona Democratic primary race in another congressional district this year, Napolitano stayed out of Giffords' primary back in 2006.

"It's difficult times in the state right now, but she's been a really terrific governor," Giffords said.

While the event won't rake in Bush-level bucks, there's always this:

The president's Arizona approval rating is 35 percent.
Napolitano's? 76 percent.

Originally posted to Gramarye on Mon Jul 21, 2008 at 05:17 PM PDT.

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