Wednesday, 2 July 2003
|2038 - Take this, Bush bashers|
From a column in Thursday's Star-Tribune by Maureen Dowd:
Bush seems pretty unfazed by different orientations. At his recent Yale reunion, among the classmates he greeted at the White House was one Yalie who had changed from a man to a woman.
According to news reports, the president did not blink and warmly greeted the alum, saying: "Now you've come back as yourself."
Hardly the act of a bigot.
current mood: satisfied
Well, I've heard Bush be accused of being a liar, a hypocrite, an idiot, and a fool, but not a bigot. Unless you count the flak he's taken recently for aligning himself politically against gay marriage (though not yet enough so that he supports the constitutional amendment on the subject, at least).
Ironically, were that woman to want to marry a guy some day, it'd be illegal under Bush's policies because she was born a man and it'd technically be considered a gay marriage.
So if that's what you were referring to, I'd agree that he's not a bigot himself, only merely one who supports the legal policies of bigots; if there was some other aspect you were referring to regarding him and bigotry, I'm not sure what it was.
I don't think I would go as far as to call him a bigot either. But, I also wouldn't agree with the author of the article referenced and say that Bush is "pretty unfazed by different orientations".
I mean, in 5 minutes of research, I was able to find the following quotes by our current president:
"An openly known homosexual is somebody who probably wouldn't share my philosophy." (Deborah Orin, "Bush draws the line at hiring gays,"
New York Post, 2/18/2000)
"I am against gay marriage because I believe that marriage is for men and women." ("Meet the Press," NBC-TV, 11/21/1999)
"I don't support gay adoption either because I believe that society ought to aim for the ideal, and the ideal is for a man and a woman to adopt children." ("Meet the Press," NBC-TV, 11/21/1999)
Perhaps I am wrong, but I don't think these are the types of quotes one would hear from somebody who is "pretty unfazed by different orientations".