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Thursday, August 16, 2007

Vermont Gets Noticed...Again

Posted By on Thu, Aug 16, 2007 at 10:22 AM

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“Maybe President Bush doesn't like Birkenstocks, or antiquing, or socialists,” writes Joe Curl, the chief White House correspondent for the conservative Washington Times. “It could simply be that the health-conscious president just doesn't dig Ben & Jerry's high-fat ice cream.”

Sure, Joe. With the Bush Administration crumbling in disgrace, denial and dementia, it's time to get the focus outside of Washington, eh?

“Whatever the reason, Mr. Bush has not visited the state of Vermont. He has been to 49 other states and stopped off in more than 60 countries, including Albania, Uganda, Qatar — even Mongolia — but still no trip to Vermont.”

I know, you thought this was old news, right? But the Bush-friendly daily founded and funded by the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, father of the Unification Church, put it on its story list Tuesday, the day after Karl Rove's resignation went public in the conservative Wall Street Journal.

Yours truly had a voice-message on our machine when we got home from Seven Days Tuesday evening. I confess, I'm not a regular Washington Times reader, but I returned the call.

Unlike the president's first-ever visit to Rhode Island in June — when he made an appearance at the Naval War College in Newport that both of the state's U.S. senators skipped — Democratic Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, a vocal administration critic, yesterday made a solemn pledge to be a hospitable host.

"The whole delegation would be there — all three of us. How many other states can you get every single member of the delegation out there?" the senator said with a laugh yesterday.

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Mr. Leahy said there are no hard feelings about the profanity Vice President Dick Cheney spewed at him on the Senate floor in 2004, and offered a simple reason why Mr. Bush has not dropped by: "I think he's saving the best for last."

Curl also discussed the matter with Independent U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders:

"If the president came, we'd get the largest facility we possibly could,I would be delighted to moderate it, and he would be treated with therespect as is becoming the president of the United States," he said.

And Curl did get former Bush mouthpiece Ari Fleischer in the piece. Always liked Ari, didn't you?

"Vermont is the opposite of George W. Bush: It's granola, it's crunchy,it's liberal, and it's socialist," said former White House presssecretary Ari Fleischer, who attended Middlebury College in Vermont andstill vacations there.

And Mr. Fleischer knows firsthand what the president faces: When hewent back to his alma mater — a school of about 2,000 students — toreceive an award, "about 1,000 protesters showed up." No place is safein the state, Mr. Fleischer said: "Even the tallest mountain peak,they'll backpack their way up there to protest the president."

But Ol' Joe didn't return our call-back. Bummer!

Read the whole article here.

What do you think?  Will our president visit our state before he leaves office?

As Ari put it, "He sure saved a doozy for last."

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Peter Freyne

Peter Freyne

Peter Freyne, 1949-2009, wrote the weekly political column "Inside Track," which originated in the Vanguard Press in the mid 1980s; he brought it to Seven Days in 1995. He retired it shortly before his death in January, 2009. We all miss him.

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