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Helen Thomas: "Speaking For The President" [WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES]
TheBostonChannel.com ^ | 1 Oct 09 | The only reporter to have interviewed all 44 US Presidents, HELEN THOMAS!!!

Posted on 10/01/2009 1:02:14 PM PDT by seanmerc

WASHINGTON -- It isn't easy to put words in the mouth of the president of the United States, but the White House stable of speechwriters does that almost every day.

The frustrations of such a prestigious post are painfully recalled by Matt Latimer, a former speechwriter for President George W. Bush, in his new book "Speech-Less." The subtitle of the book by the conservative speechwriter is "Tales of a White House Survivor."

Latimer's book divulges rich insights into the Bush White House. The rivalries, the egos, the fears and the trepidations of having written a prime time speech only to have it rejected by the president are hard to take. Too many aides have their own ideas about what the speech should say. But pleasing the president is the singular goal.

Only an insider like Latimer could provide an account of Bush's acid references to the 2008 Democratic presidential candidates.

After one of then-Sen. Barack Obama's speeches criticizing the Bush administration, Latimer wrote, "The president had a very human reaction: He was ticked off. He came in one day to rehearse a speech, fuming. 'This cat isn't remotely qualified to handle it. This guy has no clue, I promise you.'"

Bush also made a disparaging sexist crack about then-Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y. -- who he believed would be the Democratic nominee. "Wait till her fat bottom is sitting at this desk," Bush said, according to Latimer, who added that the president didn't actually say "bottom."

Not to leave anyone out, the author said Bush "'didn't think much of" then-Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., later to be elected vice president.

He quoted Bush as saying "if (expletive) was currency, Joe Biden would be a billionaire."

Latimer writes that Bush was uneasy with the Republican Party's selection of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., to be its 2008 presidential nominee; he seemed to prefer former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

"If the president was cool to McCain, the feeling was certainly mutual," Latimer writes. "McCain treated Bush like a dim-witted nephew he had to hide from the public."

Latimer also wrote: "The president talked about criticism he received. ‘I haven't watched the nightly news one night since I've been president,' he said, unbelievably. 'My mood is important -- and I can't go around all day being angry at everyone. I don't read editorials either."'

Latimer went on to quote Bush: "I have enough of my mother in me and enough of Texas in me to say that if the New York Times thinks it's lousy, it's probably great."

The author also claimed that Bush's speechwriters "articulated the concepts most associated with the Bush presidency, for better or for worse: ‘You are with us or you are with the terrorists,' 'axis of evil' and ... 'the war on terror."'

All modern presidents have had speechwriters. The late New York Times columnist William Safire was a speechwriter for President Richard M. Nixon and Vice President Spiro Agnew, coining for Agnew the description of his critics as "the nattering nabobs of negativism."

Theodore Sorensen gained fame writing speeches for President John F. Kennedy. President Lyndon B. Johnson also had a speechwriting team. One day Johnson asked for a speech to be prepared for delivery in a rural area.

A speechwriter brought him the first draft and Johnson took a quick look and noted that it cited a statement by Voltaire, the 18th century French philosopher. "Voltaire? Voltaire? The people I'm going to talk to don't know who Voltaire is!" the president exclaimed.

After which he grabbed a pen, scratched out 'Voltaire' and scribbled in, "As my dear old daddy used to say..."


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Editorial; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: barackobama; bho2009; bho44; bush; clintonistas; clintoon; georgebush; georgewbush; helenthomas; herroyalhighness; hillaryrodhamclinton; infobabe; liberalmeathead; obama; senileoldbat
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Thank you, Mr. President!
1 posted on 10/01/2009 1:02:17 PM PDT by seanmerc
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To: beckysueb; DirtyHarryY2K; holly go-rightly; Jet Jaguar; Lauren BaRecall; LucyT; machogirl; ...
Yoo-hoo, Helen Thomas ping list members! FReepmail me if you'd like to be added to the list.
2 posted on 10/01/2009 1:04:04 PM PDT by seanmerc
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3 posted on 10/01/2009 1:06:31 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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for your own safety please protect your eyes and wear one of these when viewing a 'helen thomas' thread

4 posted on 10/01/2009 1:06:49 PM PDT by kingattax (99 % of liberals give the rest a bad name)
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5 posted on 10/01/2009 1:08:10 PM PDT by seanmerc
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To: seanmerc

Talk about “lipstick on a pig”.


6 posted on 10/01/2009 1:08:22 PM PDT by traderrob6
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To: seanmerc

She could stop a tsunami.


7 posted on 10/01/2009 1:09:06 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (It's a Girl!)
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To: seanmerc

Scared the crap out of me when I saw this picture! Could you make it any bigger!! LOL


8 posted on 10/01/2009 1:11:29 PM PDT by ropin71 (God Bless our Troops!)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Ooh, that’s a good one! I’m going to have to steal that.


9 posted on 10/01/2009 1:11:31 PM PDT by seanmerc
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To: ropin71

Helen has been known to inspire reverse peristalsis in people. :-)


10 posted on 10/01/2009 1:12:36 PM PDT by seanmerc
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To: seanmerc

11 posted on 10/01/2009 1:22:03 PM PDT by FromLori (FromLori)
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To: seanmerc

I put on my 3d glasses to help shade the eyes.


12 posted on 10/01/2009 1:27:29 PM PDT by machogirl
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To: seanmerc

What? No Nude pictures?


13 posted on 10/01/2009 1:34:59 PM PDT by dirtymac (Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country. Calling all Son's of Liberty)
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To: seanmerc

I have set the big picture as my screen saver


14 posted on 10/01/2009 1:35:51 PM PDT by dirtymac (Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country. Calling all Son's of Liberty)
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To: seanmerc
something_ugly_this_way_comes

pureugly

15 posted on 10/01/2009 1:37:43 PM PDT by Nateman (If liberals aren't screaming you're doing it wrong.)
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To: dirtymac

“Nude” and “Helen Thomas” should NEVER appear in the same thread.


16 posted on 10/01/2009 1:40:00 PM PDT by seanmerc
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17 posted on 10/01/2009 1:41:00 PM PDT by rlmorel (You cannot reap the benefits right now of the planning ahead you didn't do in the past.)
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To: seanmerc

You just have to wonder what she does at Halloween. I mean, when you go around every day with that, uh hum - look, how do you get yourself any spookier?


18 posted on 10/01/2009 1:44:12 PM PDT by billygoatgruff
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To: seanmerc

Actually, IF Bush really said those things...they are great comments! HA.


19 posted on 10/01/2009 1:48:28 PM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie (Pray for Israel! And Georgia ! And the Iranian people! and Honduras!)
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To: rlmorel

20 posted on 10/01/2009 1:48:42 PM PDT by seanmerc
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To: Nateman
LOL - the 'nam one is hilarious!


21 posted on 10/01/2009 1:54:00 PM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Hope....Change...Bullsh*t)
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To: reagan_fanatic

Now, what did Molly Ringwald ever do to you?


22 posted on 10/01/2009 1:58:13 PM PDT by seanmerc
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To: seanmerc

She turned down all 337 of my phone calls, that’s what!


23 posted on 10/01/2009 2:00:11 PM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Hope....Change...Bullsh*t)
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To: seanmerc

‘Bush also made a disparaging sexist crack about then-Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y. — who he believed would be the Democratic nominee. “Wait till her fat bottom is sitting at this desk,”’

Tell me, what is “sexist” about that?

Not very nice, yeah, but sexist?


24 posted on 10/01/2009 2:35:42 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: seanmerc

I know! But sometimes being really gross is a lot of fun.


25 posted on 10/01/2009 2:39:56 PM PDT by dirtymac (Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country. Calling all Son's of Liberty)
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To: dirtymac

You have definitely raised the bar on “gross”. :-)


26 posted on 10/01/2009 2:47:03 PM PDT by seanmerc
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To: seanmerc

thank you. Praise from my peers is always appreciated. Seeing the full screen picture of her, after the initial shock and revulsion, made me realized that I had an opportunity to do something really outstanding in the disgusting department.


27 posted on 10/01/2009 4:14:59 PM PDT by dirtymac (Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country. Calling all Son's of Liberty)
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To: seanmerc
After one of then-Sen. Barack Obama's speeches criticizing the Bush administration, Latimer wrote, "The president had a very human reaction: He was ticked off. He came in one day to rehearse a speech, fuming. 'This cat isn't remotely qualified to handle it. This guy has no clue, I promise you.'"

Ok, If W didn't say "bottom", I wonder whether he said "cat".

Our gal Helen Bump. She is pictured here with JFK.


28 posted on 10/01/2009 4:49:54 PM PDT by MaggieCarta (We're all Detroiters now.)
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To: MaggieCarta

Dennis Miller is the last male that refers to another as a “cat”......bullsh*t alert.


29 posted on 10/01/2009 5:03:13 PM PDT by ErnBatavia (Mmm mmm mmm - Barack Hussein Obama (repeat endlessly))
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To: reagan_fanatic

I was thinking of putting that FACE on the weather ballon from "The Prisoner" but I could not find a good photo to start with.

30 posted on 10/01/2009 5:26:18 PM PDT by Nateman (If liberals aren't screaming you're doing it wrong.)
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To: the OlLine Rebel

Nope, the truth hurts liberals way more than any other political affiliates...


31 posted on 10/01/2009 5:51:09 PM PDT by stevie_d_64
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To: MaggieCarta

Dirn, she looked kinda scraggly back then too?!?!?!?

Eaaaacccckkkkk!!!


32 posted on 10/01/2009 5:53:06 PM PDT by stevie_d_64
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To: Nateman

HEY MAN Prisoner tv show going be remade by AMC TV maybe Helen Thomas would make apperaance on that show LOL!


33 posted on 10/01/2009 6:30:10 PM PDT by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us, resistence is futile")
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34 posted on 10/01/2009 6:47:04 PM PDT by Nateman (If liberals aren't screaming you're doing it wrong.)
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35 posted on 10/01/2009 7:05:18 PM PDT by Nateman (If liberals aren't screaming you're doing it wrong.)
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To: Nateman

36 posted on 10/01/2009 7:13:22 PM PDT by 50mm (AARP is a steaming pile)
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I knew I’d see you on this thread....


37 posted on 10/01/2009 7:20:33 PM PDT by Lizavetta (In Communism, everything is free. But there isn't any of it.)
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I see 50mm found me out too.


38 posted on 10/01/2009 7:25:39 PM PDT by Nateman (If liberals aren't screaming you're doing it wrong.)
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I see 50mm found me out too.

I found Helen, my true love!


39 posted on 10/01/2009 7:28:21 PM PDT by 50mm (AARP is a steaming pile)
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To: 50mm

Brilliant!


40 posted on 10/01/2009 7:32:34 PM PDT by Lizavetta (In Communism, everything is free. But there isn't any of it.)
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To: 50mm

41 posted on 10/01/2009 7:33:37 PM PDT by Nateman (If liberals aren't screaming you're doing it wrong.)
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To: 50mm

42 posted on 10/01/2009 7:35:37 PM PDT by Nateman (If liberals aren't screaming you're doing it wrong.)
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To: Lizavetta

43 posted on 10/01/2009 7:35:57 PM PDT by 50mm (AARP is a steaming pile)
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To: Nateman

LOL - excellent! Wish I’d thought of that!


44 posted on 10/01/2009 7:37:01 PM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Hope....Change...Bullsh*t)
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To: 50mm
I'm going to hit the abuse button.

5.56mm

45 posted on 10/01/2009 7:37:03 PM PDT by M Kehoe
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46 posted on 10/01/2009 7:37:19 PM PDT by 50mm (AARP is a steaming pile)
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To: seanmerc

LOL


47 posted on 10/01/2009 7:38:12 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (A mob of one.)
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To: 50mm

48 posted on 10/01/2009 7:38:45 PM PDT by Nateman (If liberals aren't screaming you're doing it wrong.)
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To: 50mm

My God, man! What are you trying to do - induce mass vomiting??


49 posted on 10/01/2009 7:39:17 PM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Hope....Change...Bullsh*t)
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To: M Kehoe
Go ahead, hit the abuse button!


50 posted on 10/01/2009 7:40:17 PM PDT by 50mm (AARP is a steaming pile)
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