Saturday, May 9, 2009
George Bush on Christian fundamentalists: 'those whackos'
Isn't it funny how so many on the left, quite convinced as to their own cleverness, manage to believe things that were obviously wrong from the beginning?
By Damien Thompson of The Daily Telegraph
I've always suspected that George W Bush wasn't really a big fan of Christian fundamentalists: he's an evangelical with Catholic leanings, not a Bible-basher. Now my suspicions have been confirmed by a new book about the worldwide religious revival called God is Back by the Economist's John Mickelthwait and Adrian Wooldridge.
What did Bush really think of Bible-bashers?
In the 2000 campaign, they report, Bush was visiting the Boeing Plant in Washington State when he was asked whether his enthusiasm for free trade with China might cost him the Christian vote. The reporter who asked him the question was from a hotbed of fundamentalism in Texas.
Bush: "You only think that because you live around those whackos."
Those whackos, eh? It's a good job the Democrats didn't broadcast that quote in Florida, where if a few hundred whackos has stayed at home we would have been landed with President Gore.