(But the look on Vice President Cheney's face which suggested he wanted to invite Pelosi on his next dove hunting trip made me stay tuned!)
I'm glad I did...now don't get all nasty with me people but I really liked his speech tonight—I thought it was overall one of his best. He showed himself in his very best light: Warm, approachable, concerned and YES compassionate.
(P.S. as of print, 84% of FOX NEWS viewers called the speech "excellent" so there!)
The Fox News panel summoned to dissect the speech (and comprised almost entirely of those cranky sheep from the Weekly Standard) seem to be disagreeing with me. They think Bush should have said...well, I can't figure out what would make those cynics happy.
Here is my bone to pick from Bush's speech...and you know what's coming!
Text courtesy of Monsieur Drudge:
Extending hope and opportunity in our country requires an immigration system worthy of America – with laws that are fair and borders that are secure. When laws and borders are routinely violated, this harms the interests of our country. To secure our border, we are doubling the size of the Border Patrol – and funding new infrastructure and technology.
Yet even with all these steps, we cannot fully secure the border unless we take pressure off the border – and that requires a temporary worker program. We should establish a legal and orderly path for foreign workers to enter our country to work on a temporary basis. As a result, they won’t have to try to sneak in – and that will leave border agents free to chase down drug smugglers, and criminals, and terrorists. We will enforce our immigration laws at the worksite, and give employers the tools to verify the legal status of their workers – so there is no excuse left for violating the law. We need to uphold the great tradition of the melting pot that welcomes and assimilates new arrivals. And we need to resolve the status of the illegal immigrants who are already in our country – without animosity and without amnesty.
Bush ended his comments with this:
Convictions run deep in this Capitol when it comes to immigration. Let us have a serious, civil, and conclusive debate – so that you can pass, and I can sign, comprehensive immigration reform into law.
BB translation: Democrats will get everything they want, Bush II will sign it into law and we will cease to exist as a nation independent of Mexico within 10 years.
And by the way, Speaker Pelosi jumped to applaud so fast there must have been an eject button on the arm of her chair—she was just a tad too enthusiastic about a proposal from a man she supposedly despises...if you catch my drift.
And kudos to my man Congressman Tom Tancredo for not jumping up from his seat and launching a grenade at the podium before setting fire to the entire building. Instead, the Presidential hopeful maintained an amazingly calm demeanor.
(Ok, just for you nutjobs out there: I AM NOT SUGGESTING TANCREDO SHOULD HAVE DONE THAT, OK??)
Hmm...funny how Clinton, Biden and that Barak guy sat together...even the cabinet keeps one member out of the building just to be safe!
Now then, more than anything else that happened tonight what impressed me was Jim Webb—the Freshman Senator from Virginia and former Secretary of the Navy under President Reagan.
At first, I thought it odd the Democrats would pick such a "junior" guy to issue the response but then again, the Dems always have a plan.
First and foremost, the Dems wanted to shoot down the War in Iraq...of course they did...there are only about six people left in love with the war and four of them are not likely U.S. citizens.
But Lordy, Lordy! I was not prepared for Webb's response (ok, in truth I predicted some of it...I knew he would yank some sentimental chains in a big, big way) and I was right!
In seven minutes, Webb managed to mention that every member of his family fought in seemingly every war including his father, his brother and now his own son in Iraq. And yes, he even had photos...Webb probably made Dick Cheney weep!
And this is why: Because he was right and because he has earned the right to say that he is right! He is no John Kerry parading around podium after podium talking about a sailing trip he took back in the 70's. The men in Webb's family are the real deal—and as a Navy wife, I have to admit that I really appreciated his notice of the contribution we (the families of these soldiers) make to the war.
If Webb gets it together on immigration, he could be a serious (and by "serious" I mean "likely to win") Presidential candidate...tell him to call Congressman Tancredo and start merging ideas.
P.S. It must be said, VP Cheney sharing a stage with Speaker Pelosi for that long must have been a fate worse than death...for Cheney. I didn't know one could sit so close to her without catching on fire...at least.