Update from our Leader
In the NYT today, there was an interesting article where our president addressed several issues. Click here to read the entire article.
But here are just a few highlights and my comments. The first part of the story is about international affairs, and I'm just nto going to comment because I'm still not completely sure how I feel. But I know how I feel about the domestic issues.
On domestic policy, Mr. Bush sidestepped a question on whether he agreed with a Florida law barring gay men and women from adopting children, saying he was not aware of it. But he said that while "children can receive love from gay couples," he believed that "studies have shown that the ideal is where a child is raised in a married family with a man and a woman."
So being the product of a 'non-traditional' family, and having turned out pretty well adjusted, at least in my oppinion a married family isn't always the best situation. And for many different reasons, for many families, whether the parents are gay, strait, transgendered, or anything else that just isn't reality of this country or society. That's not even getting into the whole discrimination against someone because of their sexuality.
He also suggested, three days after telling a March for Life rally that he could see the "glimmerings" of a nation in which every child is "welcomed in life and protected in law," that he was resigned for now to the continued availability of abortion and that his role would be to show moral leadership rather than advance specific anti-abortion initiatives.
This was actually encouraging to me. This is the best statement from him that I could hope for. I can only hope that it continues in this way for the rest of his term.
"He brushed aside questions about his relationship with the Congressional Black Caucus, which he met with on Wednesday and invited to the White House once in his first term. Asked why the group, now composed of 43 Democratic African-American members of Congress, had received only the single first-term invitation, he responded, "That's just the way it worked out."
For comments on this, I refer you to this entry of Chris Wheat's blog to say it all.
He laughed when asked about his admission on Wednesday, during a news conference, that he had not read the article in the periodical Foreign Affairs written in 2000 by Condoleezza Rice, his new secretary of state, laying out his foreign policy.
"I don't know what you think the world is like, but a lot of people don't just sit around reading Foreign Affairs," he said, chuckling. "I know this is shocking to you."
Maybe he shouldn't have to sit around reading Foreign Affairs, but perhaps he should know about articles his secretary of state has published.
Then there was more discussion about Iraq, and discussion about stem cell research, etc. But these were just some of the highlights.
All of the included quotes come from the NYT article:
Bush Says Iraqi Leaders Will Want U.S. Forces to Stay to Help
By ELISABETH BUMILLER, DAVID E. SANGER and RICHARD W. STEVENSON Published: January 28, 2005