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June 22, 2005

President Bush to speak at Blair on June 23

by Alex Mazerov, Page Editor and Grace Harter, Page Editor
President George W. Bush will be speaking at Blair tomorrow, June 23, at 9 a.m., in the auditorium. He will be hosting an event to discuss his plans for Social Security.

Several groups that oppose Bush's plan to add personal accounts to Social Security, such as Progressive Maryland, MoveOn and Americans United to Protect Social Security, will be holding a rally at the same time as Bush's event at Blair. The demonstration will be held at the Woodmoor Shopping Center, across the street from Blair, at 8:30 a.m.

At 11:30 a.m., local Democratic leaders, including Rep. Chris Van Hollen and County Executive Doug Duncan, will hold a press conference in the Blair parking lot to voice their opposition to Bush's Social Security privatization plan.

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  • blah on June 23, 2005 at 8:18 AM
    830 woodmoor, maryland democrats are providing rallying signs.
  • Armin Rosen on June 23, 2005 at 8:20 AM
    Say what you will about Bush. At least admit that the man has guts. This is the closest thing Bush could do to speaking at UC Berkeley, and is gutsier in some ways.

    Enjoy the circus everybody!
  • MoveOn Member on June 23, 2005 at 9:03 AM
    I'm a MoveOn member, and a Blair alumni, and I'm very upset that Bush is speaking at Blair today. On the other hand, knowing there will be plenty of protestors out there to voice just how we feel makes it bearable. I hope this is the last time Bush is allowed to speak at Blair- we don't want him here!
  • camorra on June 23, 2005 at 9:33 AM
    how did I know that Blair protesters would be there even before I read this article?
    I just remember when the Secretary of Education (or was it something else?) visited Blair in my freshmen year. We're such liberals...:P
    well i'd be there too but i'm at work :(
  • annoyed on June 23, 2005 at 11:31 AM
    Although it is their right to protest, those protesters made me EXTREMELY late for work!!!!!!!
  • Farrah Marie Farley (View Email) on June 23, 2005 at 12:31 PM
    I support all the progressive groups that demonstrated today and hope that they were effective in articulating their concerns regarding Bush's conservative Social Security plans. I hope that everyone who participated in the demonstration as well as in the audience continue being politically conscious and when necessary speaking out against this adminstrations home (and in my opinion foreign) policies. Regardless of one's political affiliation, I encourage all Blazers to challenge whichever Bush administartion policies in order to vocalize an often silenced perspective.
  • Chris Mulligan (View Email) on June 23, 2005 at 12:34 PM
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  • The Kiaser Chiefs on June 23, 2005 at 12:35 PM
    I predict a riot.
  • RU on June 23, 2005 at 12:56 PM
    Wow that's big...why at Blair, of all places? And who's attending?
  • Jane Hurst (View Email) on June 23, 2005 at 1:23 PM
    I was there this morning, and the kids are all right! It was a great protest, well worth doing. Bush did not "come to Blair" and talk to our students and our community, he staged an event with our school as the backdrop. It was all scripted so that his version of reality and truth is all that was supposed to be communicated. Community members and students were definitely not invited to be part of this.
    Congratulations to the students and former students who showed up and asked to be heard. The young folks made the event, with many of us veteran protesters following the youth. The tide has turned, I feel, and I'm honored to stand with such powerful people as the Blair students and graduates.
  • Jeremy Hoffman (View Email) on June 23, 2005 at 3:04 PM
    The Bush Administration loves using Blair as a promotional venue. Two years ago, Secretary of Homeland Defense Tom Ridge spoke here:

    And lol @ Kaiser Chiefs. I'll ignore the misspelling because "I Predict a Riot" is a great song, and because my friends and I have been fitting "I predict a X" and "every day I love Y less and less" into our conversations.

    Basically, I support two causes: opposing the policies of the Bush Administration, and promoting the usage of terms from the Kaiser Chiefs,, etc. in every conversation.
  • yeaa on June 23, 2005 at 3:47 PM
    yea, i was wondering what all the buses in the teacher's parking lot were doing...
  • blazer (View Email) on June 23, 2005 at 4:01 PM
    bush should be able to speak his mind wherever he wants, plus social does need reform. Why do people protest, no one else actually cares, adn they hold up traffic
  • Ersatz Pundit (View Email) on June 23, 2005 at 4:05 PM
    haha, you all act as if Bush's standpoint is the only standpoint that anyone ever sees: "often silenced perspective"?? I think the media shows what he believes, and several criticisms of his beliefs and policies.
  • Andrew Tourtellot '04 on June 23, 2005 at 5:21 PM
    I just wish I had known about this earlier so I could come by. I could swear I checked this site yesterday afternoon and saw nothing about this event until I saw this article checking SCO just now.
  • liz on June 23, 2005 at 5:50 PM
    yeah this seems like it was really hush hush. i didn't know about it til late last night.

    i wish i could have gone to the protest this morning.
  • Kevin L. '03 (View Email) on June 23, 2005 at 7:01 PM
    Besides the ineptitude of the Bush plan to reform Social Security, there is one other thing worth protesting associated with events like this - there is no opposition present at the event. The advance team selects members of the audience who support President Bush's plan and pull them up on stage, while the dissenters are mysteriously never heard from. Last time I checked, Bush's constituency included those that disagreed with him.
  • Ravi Umarji on June 23, 2005 at 8:18 PM
    Jeremy, I've got to say, what you said is most disturbing to me: "Basically, I support two causes: opposing the policies of the Bush Administration..."

    That kind of close-minded comment is dangerous.
    I sincerely hope you were joking.
  • ??? on June 23, 2005 at 9:52 PM
    Why on earth did Bush pick Blair? Was there a specific reason or is it just because Blair is big?
  • eed on June 23, 2005 at 10:11 PM
    Bush should realize that he would appear stronger and more confident of his reform if his strategists invited the opposition just as he did his supporters. It would show he is ready to defend it against serious, keener cricism rather than the flimsier, pre-washed questions he probably fields from his supporters.
  • Will on June 23, 2005 at 10:48 PM
    Hey Ravi,
    First of all, its closed-minded. Close-minded doesn't really make any sense. Second of all, with this President, the only way it would be dangerous is if the Terrorist watch got a hold of that comment. Third of all, please point to one policy of the Bush Administration we shouldn't be against. I'm sure Jeremy would then edit his stance, but there's simply no reason to at this point. Standing for moderation for its sake alone is just as dangerous. Moreover, you clearly would rather talk about how Jeremy phrased his opposition to Bush's policies and get caught up in a stupid side argument then talk about the policies themselves. That too is dangerous.
  • Greg on June 24, 2005 at 12:01 AM
    99% of high schools in America would be overwhelmed with pride at having the President show up, no matter what the occasion.
  • Andrew Tourtellot '04 on June 24, 2005 at 12:49 AM
    Yes but combine our living in the washington area and thus taking the whole capital-of-the-nation thing for granted with the overwhelmingly liberal attitude in the school, and this is what you get. Although I'm not sure another really liberal school in say, CA, wouldn't be staging a protest as well, so I doubt 99% is really the number you're looking for.
  • to will on June 24, 2005 at 9:13 AM
  • Omarion on June 24, 2005 at 2:24 PM
    Looks like you just got served, will.
  • Ravi on June 24, 2005 at 6:04 PM
    Will, it is far more dangerous to close your mind to ideas completely than it is to consider them for the sake of considering them. Think about what you're're advocating intolerance, basically. This is not support of "moderation for moderation's sake"; I'm not saying that Jeremy should accept a few of Bush's policies. I'm saying he should not write them off immediately.

    Concerning your second point, I think that comes down to ideological differences, but again, that's no reason to say, "Everything that comes out of his mouth is trash."

    I'd like to point out that this is not the stupid side of the is of great concern if people reject ideas out of voluntary ignorance.
  • jk (View Email) on June 25, 2005 at 12:42 AM
    I personally think private accounts are a load of garbage, but having the leader of the free world come to our school is pretty sweet. we absolutely take the nations capital thing for granted.
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