Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Elisabeth Bumiller of The New York Times is so obviously trying to get the job of ghostwriting Bush's post-presidential memoir:

...Mr. Bush first met Mexican immigrants at public school in Midland, Tex., where Hispanics made up 25 percent of the population. Later, when he owned a small, unsuccessful oil company, he employed Mexican immigrants in the fields. When he was the managing partner of the Texas Rangers, he reveled in going into the dugout and joking with the players, many of them Hispanic, in fractured Spanglish.

...The Sept. 11 attacks suspended the push on the issue until late in the first term, but in a speech in January 2004 Mr. Bush threw himself into the subject with personal passion.

"As a Texan, I have known many immigrant families, mainly from Mexico, and I have seen what they add to our country," Mr. Bush told hundreds of wildly cheering Hispanics at a gathering in the East Room of the White House. "They bring to America the values of faith in God, love of family, hard work and self-reliance, the values that made us a great nation to begin with."

Every generation of immigrants, he added, "has reaffirmed the wisdom of remaining open to the talents and dreams of the world." ...

All she has to do is search for "he" and "Mr. Bush" and replace them with "I" and the immigration chapter is already half done.

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