Thursday, October 20, 2005




Sorry. Get a load of this:

LOS ANGELES - President Bush flew cross-country to help dedicate a new Air Force One exhibit at the Ronald Reagan presidential library, but his appearance at a GOP fundraiser while he was here irked top California Republicans. They said Bush's appearance Thursday night at a $1 million Republican National Committee fundraiser was poorly timed because of the upcoming Nov. 8 special gubernatorial election.

"Unless President Bush is coming to California to hand over a check from the federal government to help us with the financial challenges we face, the visit seems ill-timed," said Karen Hanretty, a spokeswoman for the state Republican Party.

Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is trying to court independents and Democrats — two voter blocs that typically haven't supported Bush.The governor's campaign expressed disappointment that Bush would travel to the state to raise money just two and a half weeks before the special election.

During a campaign stop Wednesday in Anaheim, Schwarzenegger addressed why he was passing on the opportunity to sit with Bush.

"Ve're in high gear right now for our campaign," he said. "So of course, right now, it's all about paying attention to dat. So dis is vy I couldn't really accept de invitation to be part of de ceremony at de Reagan Library out dere."

But he also said he was not happy that the president was coming to California so close to the November election to raise money for the Republican National Committee. To date, Schwarzenegger has yet to reach his $50 million fundraising goal to promote his ballot initiatives.

"I've met with the president several times in de past. Ve've worked togedder, and ve have a good vorking relationship," Schwarzenegger said, adding, "... Ve vould have appreciated it if he had done his fundraising after Nov. 8."

Pardon my unseemly laughter, but . . . HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!


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