September 2nd, 2008
10:09 PM ET
6 years ago

Schneider: What you did and did not hear from Laura Bush

ST. PAUL, Minnesota (CNN) – President Bush’s commitment to AIDS relief, particularly in Africa, may be the one achievement that is widely respected around the world and across the political spectrum

You’ll probably hear one word from Laura Bush’s speech again and again this convention: Safe. We’ve kept you safe. It’s a major theme of the GOP convention.

What she didn’t talk about are the kind of achievements that two-term president Bill Clinton talked about in 2000, when he walked into the arena and his accomplishments scrolled across the stage: economics, economics, economics. You didn’t hear any of that from her, and probably won’t hear much from anyone else.

soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. Bulldog

    What's up with all of the cowboy hats. Are all the big oil guys from Texas at this convention or what? Maybe they have some time of there hands since they had to shut down operations for a couple of days.

    September 2, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  2. bridgette

    The Republican convention is just sad. It is terrible. They are trying to bunch all of those people together to make it look like there are a lot of people there. I have never seen anything like this before.

    September 2, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  3. THE O

    Same old crap from the last 8 years.

    September 2, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  4. vince

    More scare tactics from Dubya, the Joker and the rest of the GOP.

    September 2, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  5. gene

    Kept us safe?! We're closer to being on the brink of WW3 than ever! The world today is in more turmoil than it's been in years... and we've got our noses in every one of these conflicts.

    If someone were to attack us today.. we would hardly have a military to defend ourselves right now! And McCain... I can truly see him trying to start a war with Russia.. because that would be good judgment.

    September 2, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  6. Gary from Madison, WI

    Safe. Really. Then where is Osama bin Laden?

    September 2, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  7. Livia

    Of course not 'cause we're in such an economic quagmire that our children will be cursing Bush for years to come.

    September 2, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  8. Willa PA

    Bush and Co. ran the country into the ground is what you're not hearing.

    September 2, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  9. PJ

    SO here we go....the early stages of fear tactics. This is so republican.

    September 2, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  10. Marc

    Oh so very true! Do some of these republicans think that the rest of us are blind??

    September 2, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  11. Mindy Baker

    Exactly. This convention, and campaign, is ripe with linguistic tricks. I like to hope, and believe, that the American public is intelligent enough to see through McCain's tactics. Obama is not perfect either, but the choice is clear. We must vote for change or we have no right to feel sorry for ourselves when we don't get it.

    September 2, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  12. Wendy

    I lost my house and my job, can't afford gas or much food. He kept me safe from terrorist though I must admit.

    September 2, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  13. Barbara

    But what about the current American people with no jobs and their kids are hungry?

    We won't hear about that either, I guess.

    Go Ahead Schneider – Censor this one out too

    September 2, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  14. voter

    safe? 911 happened under the repbulican watch. why hasn't bin laden been captured?

    September 2, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  15. Andrea E-Atlanta

    Yeah because in the so called process of keeping us safe, they have bankrupt US. America is becoming a third world country. We are robbing Peter to pay Paul. We are paying nearly $5 for gas, we have the highest unemployment rate in history and the foreclosure rate is unprecedented. So thanks, First Lady. Thanks for keeping us safe!?

    September 2, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  16. Republican

    WHAT DO YOU PEOPLE WANT? A FREE RIDE TO EVERYTHING. I THINK YOU ARE THE MOST CRITICAL PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY. SHE DID A FANTASTIC JOB WITH HER SPEECH. SHE WAS NOT THERE TO CRITIZE ANYONE. SHE JUST TOLD THE FACTS ABOUT WHAT HER HUSBAND THE PRESIDENT HAS DONE AND IS DOING FOR THE USA AND HELPING ALLTHE OTHER COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD. WHAT DID YOU EXPECT HER TO SAY? SHE IS DOING THE SAME THING THAT THE DEMOCRATS DID AT THEIR CONVENTIONS. SHE IS TELLING FACTS. READ YOUR HISTORY. LOOK IT UP ON YOUR COMPUTERS. CAN'T YOU BELIEVE ANYTHING?

    September 2, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  17. Jenn

    I felt that her speech was dry and unenthusiastic. I also felt it was a farse that he was not there yet his wife, mother, and father were there. Look around the convention hall, people are yawning and look bored. Lots of times people aren't even clapping. Compare to the DNC when it was wild almost the whole time lots of talking and excitement always when the camera panned the crowds. The convention hall doesn't even look full. No excitement there. Dry, old, more of the same. Where is Cindy McCain's hot pink cast she only had on for two days just in time to take the limelight off the pregnant daughter of Palin; its miraculously gone now.

    Fred Thompson just told us she can field dress a moose. Well thank God. Lets vote her in right now. I've always known we've been missing that one quality in the leaders of our country. Field dressing a moose. I feel better and safer already.

    September 2, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  18. Seventhwonder

    People are being murdered and starving, and she talks about mosquito nets,,,which by the way the Bush administration had nothing to do with,,,,I feel sorry for her, having to stand up there for such a sorry excuse for an American president,,,,Our schools are underfunded and our children are uninspired,,,,,,NO NO NO NO NO Mccain

    September 2, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  19. Sherry, Atlanta

    1- SAFE WITH THE BOARDER'S
    2- SAFE WITH IMPORTS FROM CHINA AND MEXICO
    3- SAFE WITH ALIGINATIING OUR FOREIGN ALLIES

    AMERICA LIKE'S THE REPUBLICAN SAFETY MEASURES!

    September 2, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  20. jason, tx

    Keep us safe? Where were they on 9/11? Give me a break. This is a completely failed administration.

    September 2, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  21. Susans pics

    Kept us safe? Did we not have the worst terrorist attack on our nation's soil in his presidency? When he's receiving memos that Osama Bin Laden will attack in the United States, using airplanes? Putzing around in two never ending extremest building wars has made us safe? Will anyone call this out? Please?

    September 2, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |