July 25, 2004
Bush to Armstrong: 'You're awesome'
Bush "congratulated him on behalf of the nation, and told him his country was proud of him and that he was an outstanding athlete," said White House spokeswoman Claire Buchan.
I note that Bush apparently couldn't be bothered to watch the live coverage, but instead spent the morning clearing brush, and "watched TV coverage after the race's finish."
Bush must have the brushiest ranch in Texas.
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i'm no fan of the guy, don't plan to vote for him, BUT I live in Texas and know that the morning is the time to get outdoor work done. I AM a big Lance fan, but I went out for a bike ride this morning instead of watching the celebratory last stage live.
Posted by: laura at Jul 25, 2004 5:03:38 PM
I do live in central Texas; and you have to get up early to work outside.
Funny; I was also cutting Cedar that morning :)
Go Lance Go.
Remember the Alamo
Remember Perl Harbor
Remember; "surrender" is a French word.
Posted by: Elvis at Jul 26, 2004 12:16:25 PM
Well said Elvis. But the whole phrase for the French is "cheese eating, wine swilling surrender monkeys"
Posted by: Steve at Jul 27, 2004 2:12:04 PM
For those who insist on French-bashing, a little history lesson:
WWI Total Casualties:
United States 364,800
WWII Military and Civilian Deaths:
Posted by: Larry at Jul 27, 2004 3:00:34 PM
For Larry the historian. And amendment to his history lesson:
WWI: Number of countries invading France - 1
Number of countries invading the US - 0
Reason for war (France) - national defense and a long history of bloodlust and war with central Europe.
Reason for War (US) - coming to the aid of its ally England and by prooxy France in response to German attacks on said aid.
Number of casualties the US could have had as a result of staying out of the war and ceasing aid to France - 0
Number incurred by fighting a war that gave France 35% more territory and hastened a second more atrocious war as a result of a malicious French-sponsered treaty - 364,000 (your figure) and then a subsequent 406,000 in World War 2.
The resulting power vacuum as well as technologies stolen by the Soviets from the Germans allowed for Eastern Europe to fall under an iron curtain and the result was a 45 year Cold War and a boost to the morale of Asian communists who still maintain power today.
Finally number of countries that France is protected by to this day from invasion, natural disasters, and large Muslim takeovers - 2
England and France.
Yet apparently, these countries are to be sneered at and brought down a peg or two whenever possible. Don't make specious argument using unrelated facts to back up your pro-French/anti-American agenda. It like chastising Brazil for incurring no casualties in our war with Korea. Try to make a little more sense.
Posted by: Carlos at Jul 6, 2005 5:26:39 PM
Allow me to correct the 2 countries protecting France. I meant to write England and the US. France spends so little of its budget on defense because like Canada it can exist under the umbrella of US protection.
Posted by: Carlos at Jul 6, 2005 5:31:43 PM
Hey Carlos isnt't this supposed to be about cycling rather than a nationalistic rant about how wonderful your do-no-wrong country is. I can assure you Canada does not exist under the umbrella of US "protection" (is this the same type of "protection" offered to niegbourhood shops by the mafia?)...don't forget what happened the last time our boys met at the White House. Nation bashing aside...Lance is The Man - another cocky ego driven Texan...but still The Man.
Posted by: the eibs at Jul 6, 2005 9:29:34 PM