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Year in Review: President Bush visits NC

Ohanian Comment: I have just read a stack of books on the lies leading up to the "war on terror," and I can tell you it's very fitting that Bush woud talk about it and NCLB in the same breath. More on this point later.

By: Stephanie Stilwell

GREENSBORO, N.C. – President Bush spent a lot of time in the Tar Heel State this year. He visited on three separate occasions promoting the War on Terror and his No Child Left Behind initiative.

This year was spent drumming up support for the War on Terror. It was and continues to be a very hot topic.

“Saddam Hussein had invaded a country,” President Bush said. “He has used weapons of mass destruction. He had the capability of making weapons of mass destruction. He was firing at our pilots. He was a state sponsor of terror. Removing Saddam was the right thing for world peace and the security of our country.”

The president stopped in Charlotte for an open forum in April. He talked about the invasion of Iraq and even though his approval ratings were declining, he remained confident in his decision.

President Bush visited on three separate occasions promoting the War on Terror and his No Child Left Behind initiative.

“So long as I think I'm doing the right thing and so long as I think I can win, I'm going to keep our kids there because it's necessary for the security of this country,” Bush continued. “If I didn't think we could win, I would pull them out. You just got to know that.”

Over the 4th of July holiday, Bush found himself once again in North Carolina, this time at the largest military base in the state, Fort Bragg.

"On this day when we give thanks to our freedom, we also give thanks to the men and women who make our freedom possible,” Bush continued.

The president said a pull-out date in Iraq is not an option and doing that would be disservice to the people of Iraq.

"I'm going to allow the sacrifices of 2,527 troops who died in Iraq to be in vain by pulling out when you job's no done.”

It wasn't the war but education that brought him to Greensboro in October but that didn't stop protestors from turning the conversation back to Iraq.

“We feel the direction the Bush regime is taking this country and the world is very dangerous and we want to speak for the people that feel that way,” said protestor Scott Trent.

Bush visited Faulkner Elementary, which he called an impressive example of what happens when No Child Left Behind is enforced.

“Making sure no child is left behind, I understand what it means for public schools to guess whether or not a child can read or write, add or subtract and I understand fully the consequences of a system that measures. And a system which measures and corrects problems is a system which will help make a great promise to this country.”

In a news conference earlier this week, President Bush said the U.S. will "ask more of our Iraqi partners" next year. But the president avoided questions asking whether he would order a surge of troops in Iraq as a first step toward gaining control there.

— Stephanie Stilwell
News 14 Carolina


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