6 years ago

George Bush always refused to leave D.C. until the day after Christmas; here’s why

President George W. Bush and Mrs. Bush take to the dance floor Dec. 3, 2001, during the Congressional Ball in the State Room of the White House. (Photo: Paul Morse, Courtesy of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum)
President George W. Bush and Mrs. Bush take to the dance floor Dec. 3, 2001, during the Congressional Ball in the State Room of the White House. (Photo: Paul Morse, Courtesy of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum)

Joseph Curl covered the White House for the Washington Times during the George W. Bush administration, and says he still thinks about the former president every Christmas season because Bush always gave him a “spectacular gift.”

Before revealing what that gift was, Curl said it is important to understand just how many people are involved in every moment of a President’s day. He explained that “hundreds and hundreds of people,” from Secret Service agents and local police officers to journalists and White House staffers, are on the move every time the President is — no matter what day of the week or time of year, including holidays.

“If he went to Charlotte, North Carolina, to give a 30-minute speech on an airport tarmac, we went,” Curl said in the Washington Times. “Up at 4 a.m., an hourlong commute to Andrews Air Force Base, in place on the ground hours before POTUS landed, and there for hours and hours after he left — sometimes right through the evening news so network reporters could file live from the site.”

Curl said they went with the President to Texas every summer — “often for a month” — and in the winter, too. But even though it is the President’s prerogative to go and come whenever he pleases, Curl said President Bush gave the “hundreds and hundreds of people” accompanying him everywhere a very special gift each Christmas he was in office.

“In December, we never left Washington, D.C., until the day after Christmas. Never,” he recalled. “Mr. Bush and his wife, Laura, would always depart the White House a few days before the holiday and hunker down at Camp David, the presidential retreat in Maryland. After a few years, I asked a low-level White House staffer why.

“I still remember what she said: ‘So all of us can be with our families on Christmas.’”

“For me, that one-day delay was huge,” Curl continued. “My kids were 6 and 8 years old when Mr. Bush took office. When he went home to Prairie Chapel that last time in 2009, my girl was driving, the boy was 6 foot 1. But in the meantime, I was home for eight Christmas mornings, playing Santa, stoking the fire, mixing up hot chocolates.”

As with pretty much everything else, Curl said the Christmas tradition ended when President Obama took office.

“This president would never delay his trip to his island getaway,” said Curl. “He’s off every year well before Christmas. Hundreds and hundreds head off with him, leaving family behind. No Christmas at home. Instead, the Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort. Nice, but not exactly home.”

38 mins ago

Guest opinion: ‘For the People Act’ was always a bad idea

For months, we have been inundated with stories of a federal proposal named by the Democrat Party as the “For the People Act.” Upon closer examination of this mammoth piece of legislation, it should be renamed the “From the People Act” because this legislation clearly seeks to take the election process out of the hands of the American people. As a former probate judge, I see this for what it is – a federal attempt to take over our elections in violation of the United States Constitution.

The number of things wrong with this “Act” could fill a novel, but the most troubling aspects of this historical attempt to alter our elections and change the fabric of our nation include:

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Automatic voter registration — The bill mandates that individuals who have interaction with certain government offices would be automatically registered to vote, but there is no mandate in the bill to only limit that registration to American citizens with the right to vote. Therefore, an individual who goes to the DMV for a driver’s license is automatically registered to vote, even if a felony has eliminated their right to vote or if they are not a citizen of the United States. The same holds true for those interacting with other government offices for assistance with a variety of services. Democrats argue that is not the intent of the provision but still refuse to establish any voter eligibility verification requirements in their proposal.

Funding of political campaigns — This act would divert money collected from fines of corporations from the nation’s general budget to a fund that would be specifically earmarked for the funding of political campaigns. This newly created “Freedom From Influence Fund” will serve as the exclusive source of funds for all federal public financing programs of political candidates. The idea that this bill increases funding for political campaigns from our government’s coffers is sickening. Our government has a gargantuan debt but this bill seeks to collect fines and, rather, than devote them to paying down that debt, diverts them to the accounts of political candidates. Absolutely mindboggling.

The list of problems with this proposal goes on and on and, although the proposal appears to be at a dead end now, it will rear its ugly head again. “We the People” must remain aware of attempts, such as these, to undermine our Democracy and we must oppose such measures at every turn.

Wes Allen currently represents Pike and Dale Counties in the State House of Representatives.

4 hours ago

Joia M. Johnson appointed to Regions board of directors

Regions has added Joia M. Johnson to its board of directors, according to a release from the company.

Johnson will serve on the boards of Regions Financial Corp. and its subsidiary, Regions Bank, beginning on July 20.

She arrives at her new responsibilities having recently retired as chief administrative officer, general counsel and corporate secretary for Hanesbrands Inc., a leading apparel manufacturer and marketer.

Charles McCrary, chairman of the Regions Financial Corp. and Regions Bank Boards, believes Johnson’s experience will be a valuable addition to the board.

“Joia’s leadership experience, both at the corporate level and in various board roles, will add greater depth and insights to the Regions Board of Directors as we advance policies and strategies to benefit our customers, associates, communities, and shareholders,” McCrary explained.

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Johnson added that she sees that experience as an asset in assisting the company achieve its vision for growth.

“I believe the breadth of my corporate experience and civic engagement will complement the additional experience and skills reflected throughout Regions’ current directors,” she stated. “As the company focuses not just on continuous improvement but also on long-term, sustainable growth, I am thrilled to become a part of building on Regions’ history of success – while also defining a very bright future for the organization and the people and communities we serve.”

McCrary also noted the alignment between Johnson’s unique skill set and the company’s mission.

“The Regions mission is to make life better for the people we serve, and we accomplish that mission by creating shared value for all of our stakeholders,” he remarked. “With her passion for strong governance and strategic community engagement, Joia will help us build on our progress and reach new heights in the years to come.”

After receiving an undergraduate degree from Duke University, Johnson earned a Master of Business Administration from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law.

Johnson’s financial services experience includes on the board of Global Payments Inc., a Fortune 500 payments technology company and eight years as a board member for Crawford & Company, which specializes in insurance claims administration.

Upon her installment, Johnson will serve on Regions’ 13-member board which will consist of 12 independent outside directors.

Tim Howe is an owner of Yellowhammer Multimedia

5 hours ago

State Rep. Oliver: Combatting Critical Race Theory in Alabama is ‘the way we stand up to woke-ism’

Republicans have made taking on so-called Critical Race Theory a priority in recent weeks claiming such philosophies are an effort to undermine cultural norms and indoctrinate in a way that benefits the Democratic Party.

Florida, Arkansas, Idaho and Oklahoma have banned the theory from their public school classrooms. Many would like to see Alabama follow suit, and there have been bills filed for the legislature’s 2022 regular session to do as much. One of those bills is being brought by State Rep. Ed Oliver (R-Dadeville), who takes it beyond the classroom and applies restrictions throughout state government.

Oliver discussed the bill during Tuesday’s broadcast of “The Jeff Poor Show” on Mobile radio’s FM Talk 106.5.

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“[I]’ve got a bill that’s fairly unique, and we expect it to go through the state government committee,” he said. “My bill actually covers any state agency, its contractors and subcontractors, to include schools. We felt like it was important to address this issue with a holistic approach.”

“The first thing is deciding what you don’t want taught,” Oliver continued. “That’s the most important piece. And I would like to say, this bill, it absolutely describes what we don’t want taught — it doesn’t mean that you can’t teach inclusion or diversity. It means you can’t teach some things as fact and then we’re not going to teach our kids that one sex or race is better than another. And in a nutshell, that is the crux of it.”

The Tallapoosa County lawmaker said his effort could serve as a bulwark against a creeping effort to indoctrinate.

“[I]t’s the way we stand up to woke-ism,” Oliver declared. “If we’re ever going to draw a line in the sand, Critical Race Theory is it. I say that not because I’m the smartest guy in the world or this is something I’ve thought all my life, but I’ve got a child that goes to a major university in the state. And I am absolutely appalled by what I’ve witnessed there the last three years with my child. If you don’t think universities are indoctrinating your kids, everybody needs to wake up.”

@Jeff_Poor is a graduate of Auburn University and the University of South Alabama, the editor of Breitbart TV, a columnist for Mobile’s Lagniappe Weekly, and host of Mobile’s “The Jeff Poor Show” from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. on FM Talk 106.5.

5 hours ago

Manufacture Alabama backs Ainsworth for reelection

As Alabama maintains its status among the top states in the nation for manufacturing, the industry’s dedicated trade association has made its choice for lieutenant governor.

Manufacture Alabama has given its full support to Will Ainsworth in his bid for reelection to the office, according to a release from the group.

George Clark, president of Manufacture Alabama, cited Ainsworth’s background in manufacturing and knowledge of its key issues in announcing the endorsement.

“Manufacture Alabama is endorsing Lieutenant Governor Will Ainsworth for reelection due to his commitment to maintaining a business-friendly environment in Alabama,” Clark said. “Lieutenant Governor Ainsworth grew up in the manufacturing industry and understands firsthand that our members are the backbone of the state and nation’s economy. He is a friend to our association and a tireless advocate for manufacturers across Alabama. In his leadership role, it is clear that he is dedicated to serving his home state with enthusiasm and integrity. We are proud to give him our full endorsement for the reelection of Lieutenant Governor.”

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Ainsworth, who has now picked up a string of endorsements from trade associations, believes the state’s successes in manufacturing are something that can continue.

“I am proud to have the endorsement of Manufacture Alabama,” he stated. “Our tremendous manufacturers are sources of good-paying 21st century jobs for hardworking Alabamians, and the goods and materials they produce are integral across a broad range of sectors. Alabama is open for business, and I’m firmly committed to making our state the workforce engine of the Southeast so we can continue to grow jobs through expansion and recruitment. Working together, I am confident we will build an even stronger Alabama for our children and our children’s children.”

The manufacturing industry employs more than 250,000 people in Alabama, a figure which makes up a double-digit percentage of the state’s workforce.

Ainsworth announced his reelection campaign earlier this month.

Since that time, he has received the endorsement of the Alabama Forestry Association, the Petroleum and Convenience Marketers Association and U.S. Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-AL).

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Tim Howe is an owner of Yellowhammer Multimedia

6 hours ago

7 Things: ‘For the People Act’ goes down, Trump Jr. coming to Alabama, America won’t hit vaccination goal and more …

7. Critical Race Theory debate rages on

  • The American media and their Democrats are caught in an odd space on Critical Race Theory where they are attempting to defend it while also pretending that those that have a problem with it are creating a problem where there is none.
  • In Loudon County, Virginia, a school board meeting erupted into chaos when 200+ people showed up to speak against the issue and the school board voted to end the public comment section of the evening. Parents proceeded to sing “The Star-Spangled Banner,” refused to leave, police declared the event an unlawful assembly, and two people we arrested after a scuffle with police.

6. Coal miners on strike go to Wall Street

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  • Some of the coal miners that have been on strike in Alabama traveled up to Wall Street to continue their protest. This protest is planned to continue as contract negotiations have stalled, according to the United Mine Workers of America president Cecil Roberts.
  • The protests will take place outside of BlackRock Fund Advisors, State Street Global Advisors and Renaissance Technologies. When this strike started, it involved over 1,100 workers at Warrior Met Coal. It has continued since April 1.

5. Ivey is visiting East Brewton after Claudette

  • Tropical Storm Claudette left behind significant damage in East Brewton, and Governor Kay Ivey is visiting the area today to see the damage for herself. Some of her visits will include W.S. Neal High School, Virginia Street and a mobile home park.
  • Ivey is expected to hold a press briefing at the Escambia County Fire and Rescue during her visit. Brewton Mayor Yank Lovelace and East Brewton Mayor Terry Clark will meet with the governor, as well. There were 14 people killed due to the storm and at least 20 people injured.

4. Marshall: End federal funding for abortions

  • In a letter to Congress, Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall has urged lawmakers to prevent taxpayer dollars from being used to fund abortions, mentioning that those who disagree with abortions being forced to still pay for them is “unconscionable.”
  • Advocating for the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits taxpayer-funded abortions, Marshall said “it has saved the lives of millions of unborn children—saving 2.13 million lives in its first forty years alone, and saving over 60,000 lives per year today.” Marshall also said that the Biden administration’s “decision here is merely the most recent illustration of its having lost all sense of accountability to the taxpayer.”

3. Nearly 70% of adults vaccinated

  • President Joe Biden previously set a goal of having 70% of adults at least partially vaccinated against the coronavirus by July 4, 2021, and now, recent data shows that 70% of people 30-years and older have received at least their first dose of the vaccine.
  • Overall, the goal of 70% of all adults partially vaccinated by July 4 will be missed, with projections showing that those 27-years and older won’t reach that percentage until after the holiday. The White House has said this is due to a reporting delay. Currently, 150 million people have been fully vaccinated.

2. Donald Trump, Jr. is coming to Huntsville

  • In July, Donald Trump, Jr. will make an appearance in Huntsville as he headlines the Tennessee Valley Hunting & Fishing Expo. He is expected to take part in two Q&A sessions. Lieutenant Governor Will Ainsworth will be moderating one session.
  • Former Trump administration official Cliff Sims will moderate the other Q&A session. Most of the discussion will be about Trump’s hunting experience, but he is expected to also discuss Second Amendment rights.

1. Democratic federal takeover of election bill fails

  • The media and their Democrats are licking their wounds after their “ambitious” voting rights legislation failed to overcome the 60-vote threshold to move the bill forward. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) exposed the Democrats’ ploy to repackage their bill as common-sense proposals to be as disingenuous as the name of the bill, the “For the People Act.” McConnell also ripped into his colleagues, saying, “These same rotten proposals have sometimes been called a massive overhaul for a broken democracy, sometimes just a modest package of tweaks for a democracy that’s working perfectly and sometimes a response to state actions, which this bill actually predates by many years but whatever label Democrats slap on the bill, the substance remains the same.”
  • Democrats knew this was doomed from the get-go, and they set this vote up to pressure U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Krysten Sinema (D-AZ) to blow up the filibuster so they can pass other radical leftist legislation.