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Helen Thomas: Bush a Work in Progress
Drudgereport ^ | 27 Jan 02 | Jodie Fawl

Posted on 01/26/2002 8:27:21 PM PST by SkyPilot

White House reporter shares insights BY JODIE FAWL Lincoln Journal Star

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Skipping from civil liberties to Enron to presidential news coverage, longtime White House correspondent Helen Thomas regaled members of the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce Thursday with tales about the highest of the mighty.

"I've always felt privileged to cover the White House and to have that ringside seat to history," she said.

Thomas' career has spanned 60 years and nine presidents. She resigned from United Press International in May 2000 when it was sold to New World Communications, a company controlled by the Unification Church.

"We have all watched Helen on TV," said Gov. Mike Johanns as he introduced her to a chamber audience of about 700 at The Cornhusker. "I told her I feel like we know you so well I should have you over for dinner."

Thomas quickly accepted.

Although her speech was laced with one-liners, witticisms and funny asides, many of her topics were more serious.

For example: "What a difference a day makes," she said. After the Cold War "we thought we would live happily every after. There is no question, we're all playing it by ear. There is no road map for dealing with terrorism."

And she said she was struck by how easily Americans have given up some civil liberties in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks.

She understands the need for more airport security, Thomas said, but racial profiling, wiretapping and government intrusions on private property are too much.

"We cannot be ruled by fear - that's not us," she said.

As a gimlet-eyed observer of the nation's chief executive, Thomas has come to believe that presidents have the greatest honor: the trust of the American people.

"My feeling is, if they want to go into politics they should forgo their privacy. They should decide when they are five and live like Sunday school teachers."

The whole world - and news coverage of it - has changed since the 1960s, when she started on the presidential watch. Among the most written about: A sexual revolution and a cultural revolution.

She said the press corps followed a "golden rule that if it didn't affect the running of the country, they didn't need to report on it. We weren't protecting anybody."

As President Bill Clinton reached his last days in office, Thomas asked him what White House possession he would like to take with him.

His reply: the rock Neal Armstrong brought back from the moon. Whenever tension filled the Oval Office, Clinton said, he would point to the rock and tell those present to "chill out." The rock was 3.6 billion years old, he said; they needed perspective.

"I think the rock is still there, but I'm not sure," Thomas said.

She also shared with the group her impressions of the presidents she covered.

John F. Kennedy was "inspired," she said, and the current President Bush is "a work in progress."

Richard Nixon "always had two roads to go, and he always took the wrong road."

Thomas said that in the White House press room there is a photograph of Franklin D. Roosevelt. His signed inscription speaks to the uneasy truce between presidents and the grim crowd that records their every utterance: "To reporters - from their devoted victim."

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To: SkyPilot
Helen Thomas: Colon trappings ripe 'n ready for dropping.
21 posted on 01/26/2002 9:00:47 PM PST by Recovering_Democrat
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To: SkyPilot
Which is older,the moon rock,or Thomas?
22 posted on 01/26/2002 9:01:28 PM PST by mymanbush
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To: Bigg Red
Hey! You left off restoring honor and dignity to the White House...oh, yeah, and marrying Laura

Sorry--forgot about those two as well.

I have not been successful posting a picture. I wish someone would FreepMail me an address so I could send them one of GW Bush in his flight suit. It serves as stark contrast to people like Helen.

23 posted on 01/26/2002 9:03:43 PM PST by SkyPilot
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To: SkyPilot
What about the progress of Helen Thomas right out of the newsroom door?
24 posted on 01/26/2002 9:07:08 PM PST by Salvation
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To: Nix 2
But she wear a reaaal scary Halloween mask 365 days a year...
25 posted on 01/26/2002 9:08:46 PM PST by F16Fighter
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To: Lazamataz
Just finished watching the MRC Dishonor Awards on cspan .. FABULOUS!!! Catch it if you can, y'all. Helen was one of four nominees for the last award .. can't remember how they titled the category of most outrageous media comments. Hers was about Klintoon ... how much spirit he had .. how he was the man from Hope and how he gave "us" hope .. and "we miss him." I'm nauseous again just remembering it ... ICKY YUCKY EEWWWW!!!! What a shill for the RATS .. she should just hang up her corset.
26 posted on 01/26/2002 9:09:06 PM PST by STARWISE
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To: SkyPilot
Why is she so mean-spirited?

She really had to struggle to find a tiny bit of blue zone in Nebraska where the audience would listen to her bias and bigotry.

27 posted on 01/26/2002 9:10:14 PM PST by AmericanVictory
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To: Salvation
Helen Thomas' better side:

28 posted on 01/26/2002 9:11:32 PM PST by Silly
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To: F16Fighter
And talks. Don't forget talks. Would I love to see Ari's shoe take on a mind of its own and......
29 posted on 01/26/2002 9:12:41 PM PST by Nix 2
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To: Aric2000
Interesting how you were able to associate Helen Thomas and a broken clock! (As in her face is so ugly . . . . . - ;)
30 posted on 01/26/2002 9:14:04 PM PST by 3catsanadog
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To: SkyPilot
Bush, "Helen Thomsas, A bush in regress."
31 posted on 01/26/2002 9:18:14 PM PST by DoughtyOne
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To: Nix 2
How can we forget a poignant and provocative question or two from the "old broad" in front who always seem to ask nothing but inanities? 40 years later she's still fantasizing about JFK -- probably why she coddled Bubba so much. She wished him as Kennedy's heir apparant.

LOL - forget about Ari's shoe -- he should give the woman a broom and let it fly her away on auto-pilot.

32 posted on 01/26/2002 9:27:29 PM PST by F16Fighter
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To: SkyPilot
Wait I wonder what Helen Thomas asked of William McKinley when he was in office or better yet James Monroe.
34 posted on 01/26/2002 9:31:55 PM PST by Dengar01
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To: SkyPilot
There is no such person as Helen Thomas. "She" is merely John Goodman's greatest role.
35 posted on 01/26/2002 9:33:31 PM PST by Bernard Marx
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To: SkyPilot
Bush is a "work in progress," eh? Well, Helen Thomas is a "piece of work."
36 posted on 01/26/2002 9:34:03 PM PST by My2Cents
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To: GussiedUp;xcon;Duck Soup
Historical Reference...:)
37 posted on 01/26/2002 9:44:24 PM PST by JD86
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To: Bernard Marx; F16Fighter
"She" is merely John Goodman's greatest role.

But Goodman can sing. This witch can't even cackle correctly.

38 posted on 01/26/2002 9:52:42 PM PST by Nix 2
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To: SkyPilot
Helen Thomas is simply abominable. She is a Clinton-lover and Israel-hater. The Jewish Democrats should take notice
39 posted on 01/26/2002 9:58:40 PM PST by eclectic
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To: Van Delay Industries
Please explain your post.
40 posted on 01/26/2002 10:15:25 PM PST by Cinnamon Girl
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