August 2nd, 2007
05:21 PM ET
10 years ago

President, Mrs. Bush to visit bridge collapse site

WASHINGTON (CNN) – President Bush will go to the scene of the deadly interstate bridge collapse in Minneapolis on Saturday, and First Lady Laura Bush will visit the site Friday, the White House has announced.

No details of the President’s stop have yet been disclosed.

Mrs. Bush was already scheduled to visit the Twin Cities, where she is to appear at the Republican National Committee Summer Meeting in Minneapolis, and the America’s Youth Fourth Regional Conference in St. Paul.

The White House says the First Lady will go to the Interstate 35W bridge collapse overlook, and then visit the command post to see volunteers and first responders.

White House Press Secretary Tony Snow said the President and Mrs. Bush learned of the collapse while having dinner Thursday. She was notified by members of the advance team already in Minneapolis, and told the President.

 

–CNN's Steve Brusk


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soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. Dalton, Detroit, MI

    With all due respect what the hell good does it do to send the first lady to the site of the collapsed bridge. How about sending in the national guard to help with the recovery mission. Oh yeah, they are all in Iraq fighting curious George's stupid, unnecessary and costly war

    August 2, 2007 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  2. Mark, Sacramento, CA

    they need to keep that JERK as far away from there as possible. his assinine administration and policy are breaking down this country, just like the bridge itself.

    August 2, 2007 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  3. kyle sulphur,la

    I just watched CCN and I have never heard such anti-Bush people in my life.The bridge was found to be faulty and sub-standard in 1991 or 1992.Who was running congress then? Who was President for 8 years and did nothing at all for the bridges? Do I really need to answer this. Bill and the Dems. Also the repubs and Bush had almost 8 years at it alsoand did nothing.There is plenty of blame for all of the people we have put in office that dont listen to us and think we are to stupid to know what is good for us. I agree with the lady that said if they are in office now dont vote for them.

    August 2, 2007 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  4. KN, Plano, TX

    Do you mean Wednesday night vs. Thursday night.

    August 2, 2007 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  5. nogibbons.blogspot.com

    The tragedy happened on Wednesday and Bush can't get there any sooner than Saturday. Classic Bush. Maybe he has guitar lessons he can't cancel....

    August 2, 2007 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  6. Mrs. America

    I'm sure the people of Minneapolis will be comforted to know that Pres Bush is looking after them.

    August 2, 2007 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  7. Patrick, Denver Colorado

    Anybody who criticizes the President for trying to visit and offer his condolences to those who have lost their loved ones need to reevaluate their priorities. Do you really hate our president so much you are unable to just accept that sometimes he's doing something because he cares about our country and wants to help. This isn't a policy decision, take a chill pill.

    August 2, 2007 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  8. Carl, Dallas, TX

    So take another shot... if it makes you feel so good keep swinging....

    Can't wait for these exact same people above me call complaining when the next president does the same thing...

    August 2, 2007 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  9. bprosserme

    Do you read your own comments here? Take a long look at these comments, hatred. Every comment is filled with hate, hate, hate. Now, do you think you are mentally healthy or sick? Yeah, right!

    August 2, 2007 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  10. Steven, Weston, West Virginia

    Maybe if we didn't spend all that money we are in Iraq we might be able to upgrade and build some new bridges over here in the U.S. Who knows??

    August 2, 2007 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  11. MCD, San Francisco, CA

    Kyle – I heard on the radio that the Dem controlled congress in Minn. just recently passed a beefed up infrastructure bill and... the Republican governor vetoed it.

    August 3, 2007 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  12. Mark

    We won't be comforted at all. Having our tragedy be the latest stage prop provides no comfort

    August 3, 2007 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  13. Carl, Dallas, TX

    This just in a massive explosion was in downtown Dallas the other day... shutting down the Freeway system for about a day and causing brief panic...

    So the fact that the president never showed up I should ridicule him?

    Please... spare me... stick to valid reasons for not liking the man instead of attacking every single thing this man does...

    August 3, 2007 01:36 am at 1:36 am |
  14. Martin, Rochester, MN

    As a Minnesotan I don't want or need Bush anywhere near our state. He's just going there to get a few pictures taken and will probably get in the way of the recovery operations. How about bringing our national guard back home so that they can actually help?

    August 3, 2007 02:26 am at 2:26 am |
  15. Myron, Honolulu, HI

    Seriously, does any one really think that the bridge collapsed because of George Bush? America collapsed under Bush, but not this bridge.
    But what is really beyond reason is the Republican defensiveness of blaming Clinton for the bridge collapse; that is like, when you get in a car accident you blame the prior owner that drove the car 6 years ago.
    That wasn’t even rational for 9-11 how could these Republicans still hold on to such lies and deceptions?

    August 3, 2007 03:33 am at 3:33 am |
  16. David, Fort Lauderdale, FL

    Our president needs to let this city deal with a tragedy like this in their own way...He can watch on CNN like the rest of us. Another photo op won't help his approval ratings, so better to stay away.

    August 3, 2007 06:52 am at 6:52 am |
  17. John Ohlson, New Caney, Tx.

    We spend 147 billion dollars on our military budget which a lot of that is going to Iraq yet we can't spend any money on our own infastructure. what makes me so mad is we got a lying President in office I'm sad to say and he is going to talk about how sad he is that this bridge fell yet he is part of the problem. I really wish you news reporters would put more heat on this president,when that happens you'll be surprised how many American will back you up and cheer you and support you.

    August 3, 2007 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  18. Concerned- Vergas, MN

    I'm getting more upset daily when I read the deplorable conditions our infrastructure is in, the deplorable conditions some of citizens are living in, the fact that we have homeless with no help, our schools are being underfunded, etc. and our federal funds are being reduced constantly. Then I look up all the money we send to other countries yearly for aid and many of these countries are verbally anit-American. Why don't we take care of our own before helping our enemies? Our government is in serious trouble and we citizens have to unite and get it back on track.

    August 3, 2007 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  19. Jeff, Houston, Texas

    Bush is visiting the bridge site? Must be white people suffering there, ones with money. New Orleans is still waiting folks...still waiting.

    And yes, I do hate him that much, for what he has done to our nation and the years it will take to recover. As much as i hate him, that is how much i care for this country.

    Is that a healthy attitude? No. But it is better than blidnly accepting anything this man and his followers have to say.

    August 3, 2007 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  20. Tom, Dedham, Mass

    So now you morons are blaming Bush for the 40 year old bridge falling down without knowing all the facts?

    The political BS, beaurocracy and nepotism that hangs over our local, state and federal government causes a lot of this stuff to happen.

    I am ashamed that I live in the Land of the "Big dig" where a supposed state of the art roadway improvement project (1 freakin extra lane and a greenway named after shockingly, a do nothing Kennedy) came in years late, 7 to 8 times the initial budget and it leaks, had the ceiling collapse killing a wonderful woman, still has NO SIGNAGE and the only time a poltical bigwig that supported this boondoggle shows up (Kerry or yes, Kennedy) is when it was time to cut another ribbon. Neither of these two have uttered a negative word on the lateness, cost,shoddy design or even the workmanship where people were caught on film sleeping in bulldozers and enjoying "liquid lunches" during the week.

    The Station fire in Providence a few years back was inspected prior to the show and was given a clean bill, but the inspector never did any time nor did he face ANY charges. He was connected.

    I got my electrical upgraded 3 years ago and just this past year did they take 5 minutes to come in and sign off on it. The town inspector is connected shockingly.

    August 3, 2007 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  21. Anonymous

    "Seriously, does any one really think that the bridge collapsed because of George Bush? America collapsed under Bush, but not this bridge.
    But what is really beyond reason is the Republican defensiveness of blaming Clinton for the bridge collapse; that is like, when you get in a car accident you blame the prior owner that drove the car 6 years ago.
    That wasn’t even rational for 9-11 how could these Republicans still hold on to such lies and deceptions?"

    As opposed to Democrats complaining about the republican congress and their spending?

    August 3, 2007 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  22. mindlessdem

    “We chose the inspection route,” said Minneapolis state's top bridge engineer. “We thought we had done everything we could. Obviously, something went terribly wrong.”

    Blame it on Bush anyway..!!

    August 3, 2007 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  23. Carl, Dallas, TX

    “We chose the inspection route,” said Minneapolis state’s top bridge engineer. “We thought we had done everything we could. Obviously, something went terribly wrong.”

    Blame it on Bush anyway..!!

    Posted By mindlessdem : August 3, 2007 11:49 am

    Comments like the one above me is the reason why people laugh at our country. You cannot blame one man or one entity. It is everyone's fault or no ones... OK!!!

    You can call this an act of God.

    You can also say that everyone from the government down to the taxpayers that complain about less taxes but want more... well guess what... this is what you get with less.

    August 3, 2007 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  24. Chris, South Bend, IN

    Wow, it took him over a week to show up in New Orleans, and he even flew right over it the day after the storm from a vacation at the ranch back to DC. Guess he was too busy to stop in. Not to diminish the tragedy in Minneapolis, but I guess if 4 of us white folks die it demands his attention. His next visit should be the crash site of those news choppers last week. 4 deaths there too.

    August 3, 2007 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  25. Tricia M Charlottetown PEI

    Laura should have stayed home with her pathethic husband. I'm sure the last thing anyone in Minneapolis would want to see is the face of a Bush!

    IS she wants to console, console all the families who have sons, daughters and grandchildren they will never see again thanks to her pathethic husband's lack of leadership.

    August 4, 2007 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
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