July 29th, 2008
04:00 PM ET
15 years ago

Bush jokes D.C. full of hot air

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/07/29/art.bush.ap.jpg caption="President Bush was in Ohio Tuesday."](CNN) - President Bush has a unique suggestion for easing the energy crisis Tuesday: "They ought to have the biggest wind turbine farm in Washington, D.C., where there's not only a lot of wind there's a lot of hot air."

The president made the suggestion during a speech to workers at Lincoln Electric, a welding plant in Euclid, Ohio, near Cleveland.

The suggestion got a big laugh. The president then turned serious and once again called on Congress to increase U.S. energy supplies by allowing offshore drilling on the outer continental shelf and in part of the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve.

Bush’s visit to Ohio is also to raise money for Republican candidates.

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soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. Tom in CA

    ..., and in Crawford it's over 100.

    ...so, you're full of more hot air than anyone else?

    It's only natural when you're out there bushwacking scrub brush!

    July 29, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  2. Golden Girl

    If they placed that wind turbine where his microphone is, we could clear the deficit tomorrow morning!!

    July 29, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  3. Gorbashov - Long Beach, Ca.

    Some of the best criminals make good comedians....................some, not so much!

    July 29, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  4. Denise Groves

    and the wind is about to get knocked out of it for him

    July 29, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  5. not important

    Bush is full of hot air. Still Bush removed Saddam Hussein from power. Bill Clinton removed Slobodan Milošević from power and NATO bombed Kosovo. Then there was Bill Clinton and the war in Somalia. Lets not forget the Waco Siege.

    July 29, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  6. K Mansfield, NY, NY

    I really don't get it... why the hell do we bother to protect anything if we are going to change our minds every time the price of oil goes up. Offshore oil drilling, drilling in the ecologically sensitive arctic... there is more to this world than the price of gasoline... can we please start putting resources into developing alternatives to oil (and using food sources to produce ethanol fuel is just plain stupid... beyond stupid... ), start driving slower... or how about going back to the idea of community – live, work, play within a smaller range... stop the sprawl... the solution is not more oil, but less, cleaner energy sources, and lifestyle changes. The biggest impedence to energy independence is the unwillingness of the "leaders" to lead through the tough choices that must be made. So, start leading... or stand aside.

    July 29, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
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