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Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Our Kid

Please read yesterday's post if you haven't already.


On the day when 14 MARINES DIED IN IRAQ, "Our Kid" gets ready to do something special:

Vacationing Bush Poised to Set a Record

"With Long Sojourn at Ranch, President on His Way to Surpassing Reagan's Total"

Funny. The Ron reference made me smile.

There's something seriously wrong with me.
WACO, Tex., Aug. 2 -- President Bush is getting the kind of break most Americans can only dream of -- nearly FIVE WEEKS away from the office, loaded with vacation time.

The president departed Tuesday for his longest stretch yet away from the White House, arriving at his Crawford ranch in the evening for a stretch of clearing brush, visiting with family and friends, and tending to some outside-the-Beltway politics.


"That's a lot of brush clearin.'"

And how.
By historical standards, it is the longest presidential retreat in at least 36 years.

The August getaway is Bush's 49th trip to his cherished ranch since taking office and the 319th day that Bush has spent, entirely or partially, in Crawford -- nearly 20 percent of his presidency to date, according to Mark Knoller, a CBS Radio reporter known for keeping better records of the president's travel than the White House itself.
Wait. What?! 20% of his presidency?

"The 'struggle against extremism' is a stressful thing. Look at his hair."

Weekends and holidays at Camp David or at his parents' compound in Kennebunkport, Maine, bump up the proportion of Bush's time away from Washington even further.
To what? Over 30%? 40%?

"Add the time the president spends, jogging, biking, and concentrating on his rotisserie baseball team ("The Day Drinkers") and that number approaches 90."

You can rest easy tonight, sheeple. George W. Bush is on the job.



Back to the 14 Marines.

They were from the SAME BATTALION that lost SIX on Monday.

20 this week.
BROOK PARK, Ohio -- The 14 Marines killed in Iraq by a roadside bomb on Wednesday were all members of the same Ohio-based battalion that lost six Marines two days earlier, a Marine Corps spokesman said.

The Marines were members of the 3rd Battalion, 25th Marines based in this Cleveland suburb, according to Gunnery Sgt. Brad R. Lauer, public affairs chief with the unit.
More later...


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