Americans United for Change is part of the growing Democratic effort to tie Republican presidential candidate John McCain to President Bush with the launch of their national “Bush Legacy Bus Tour” next Tuesday in Washington, D.C.
The bus (view a slideshow of its construction here is a “museum on wheels dedicated to chronicling the disastrous legacy of President Bush and the conservative policies he and his allies have pursued.” The McCain tie-in is featured on the bus, where his picture is displayed in an exhibit on the war in Iraq.
The bus hits the road June 24, and is scheduled to make about 150 stops between now and Election Day, said Brad Woodhouse, the group’s president. The bus is scheduled to travel to some 41 states, and Woodhouse estimates that as many as half the stops will be parking the bus outside the house of Republican House and Senate members.
“This bus is not about bashing Bush, it is about holding him and everyone in Congress, including McCain, who voted for his agenda 90% of the time or more accountable for the war, the economy, the health care mess, etc.,” Woodhouse said.
House Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky can expect a bus visit shortly after the D.C. launch. It will also appear at the party conventions in late summer, as well as swings through New Orleans and Crawford, Texas.
Better late than never. George Bush has admitted he could have chosen his words more carefully and that he has come across as a "guy anxious for war" because of his gun-slinging rhetoric.
Bush, who is bowing out as one of America's most unpopular presidents, said he regretted the bitter divisions caused by the Iraq war and was troubled about how his country had been misunderstood. "I think in retrospect I could have used a different tone, a different rhetoric."
Wow! What an electrifying speaker! Barack gave his signature speech and then took questions for half an hour. Someone yelled, "I love you, Barack!" And, he yelled back, "I love you, too!"
Superdelegate Southfield Mayor Brenda Lawrence announced her Barack endorsement on stage just before Barack came on.
Swarms of Secret Service and we had to go through the metal detectors. It's amazing how everything worked with precision. All in all, it was an awesome meeting and I'm sure he made a lot of head way in Michigan.
How exciting to have seen Barack yesterday on the eve of him becoming the Democratic nominee for President of the United States!