August 31st, 2008
11:16 AM ET
15 years ago

Bush, Cheney to skip convention

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Bush and Cheney are skipping the convention. Laura Bush will still attend."](CNN) - President Bush and Vice President Cheney will skip the Republican Presidential Convention due to Hurricane Gustav, White House Press Secretary Dana Perino announced Sunday.

First Lady Laura Bush is still slated to attend.

Bush and Cheney were supposed to address the convention Monday evening.

soundoff (140 Responses)
  1. Annie

    Why pretend now?

    August 31, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  2. April

    It is a great idea not to go. Stay where it is safe Mr. President. We want you to retire in one piece and continue to have a great life.

    August 31, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  3. cann

    Two points to be made :

    1. about a month ago, Stuart Shepard (Focus on Family spokesperson) called upon the nation to pray for rain of biblical proportions on the night that Barak Obama was to speak outside at Invesco Field. The weather was perfect.

    2. this week, a hurricane of biblical proportions now likely results in George Bush and Dick Cheney being excluded from the Republican National Convention.

    One recipient allowed to bring a message of hope, another to dodge a bullet. So one may surmise that God, unlike Bill O', truly is fair and balanced. .. and all's well that ends well.

    August 31, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  4. Joseph Claghorn

    Michael Moore thought this hurricane was proof of God's existence. Maybe the Republicans are starting to feel the same, as it will blow the two biggest pariahs in modern American politics right off their stage.

    August 31, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  5. dr. joe


    August 31, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  6. Jack Jodell, Minneapolis, MN

    GOOD! Here in Minnesota, we don't take kindly to liars and war criminals who don't know how to govern!

    August 31, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  7. Liam

    They would look for any excuse not to go.

    August 31, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  8. Ken

    No big loss there.

    August 31, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  9. Lune

    Picking Laura as his wife is the good choice Bush ever done, I just cannot say the same for Laura.

    August 31, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  10. Joe

    No one will miss them there. If Bush and Cheney are the best leaders this country can come up with, I'm moving.

    August 31, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  11. Desmond Sequeira

    Most impressive. But not even a hurricane which will devastate lives and people will cause people to choose a third Bush term.

    August 31, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  12. No Hillary = No Obama

    Good and while they're at it, why don't they skip the next 4 months too.

    August 31, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  13. WORD UP!

    Bush and Cheney are making a grave mistake by skipping the convention. McCain needs their support right now and their absence will hurt his influence in this historic election. I was looking forward to hearing them speak despite my loyal support for Obama. I hope the GOP convention is still worth the wait.

    August 31, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  14. Pat

    I heard one republican saying today God must be a democrat... 🙂

    So, I am glad I am voting with the right party.

    August 31, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  15. Motov8n

    "NOT THIS TIME"!!! Talk about Michael Moore? There was a Rep. about a month ago that quoted " I hope it rain at Ivesco Field so that Obama's speech was be cancelled". Why do these people think that God and time is on their side is beyond me. Evangelical Christians My A__!!!( ECMA) !!!! Gustav wiped away their fame as they tried to wipe away Obama's and Biden's!

    August 31, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
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