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Thursday, April 3, 2008
Kessler Back to Bush-Fluffing
Topic: Newsmax

In an April 2 Newsmax column, Ronald Kessler takes a break from bashing Barack Obama and returns to his Bush-fluffing roots, lovingly portraying how Laura Bush "bridged a segregated past" through a high school reunion.

To the dismay of many who think it would improve their image, the Bushes refuse to use such personal events and friendships for political advantage. Thus, the press was never told the details of the reunion and how it bridged a segregated past.

By the same token, when Bush held his 35th Yale University reunion at the White House, friends he invited to stay overnight at the White House included Donald Etra, an orthodox Jew; Lois Betts, a black woman; and Muhammed Saleh, a Muslim born in Jordan.

The Clinton White House would have held a press conference to highlight the diversity of the president’s friends. Reflecting Midland values, Bush never told the press.

But he did tell Kessler, didn't he?

Kessler also serves up updates on Jenna Bush's wedding plans, as well as  how President Bush is "is loved by Africans largely because his AIDS initiative has resulted in a significant decline in infections and deaths from those public health threats." But the Washington Post reports:

But in the worst-hit areas, clustered mainly on Africa's southern tip, the tide has decidedly not turned. The epidemic continues to spread at a torrid pace that shows little sign of easing, with people contracting HIV much faster than sick ones can be put on crucial antiretroviral drugs, research shows.

Posted by Terry K. at 2:12 PM EDT

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