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Old 19 July 2007, 07:22 PM
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Default But now you're you - George W. Bush

I can't find the original article, but I wanted to put this up to see if anyone had any thoughts about it.

I don't know if the quote is actually in question (though I could imagine it being something generated for political purposes) but perhaps the intention is.

From a 2004 Issue of the New York Times (I can't access the original article at the moment):

"Last spring, during a class of 1968 Yale reunion that he held at the White House, Mr. Bush had a particularly striking encounter with Petra Leilani Akwai, who in 2002 had a sex-change operation. At Yale, Ms. Akwai was known as Peter Clarence Akwai.
"I was in the receiving line, I was dressed in an evening dress, and I was being escorted by a male friend from the Yale class of 1986," Ms. Akwai said in a telephone interview this weekend from Germany, where she lives. "And I said, `Hello, George.' And in order for him not to be confused, in case he hadn't been briefed, because our class was all male, I said, `I guess the last time we spoke, I was still living as a man.' "

"And he said," Ms. Akwai recounted, " `But now you're you.' "

Ms. Akwai said the president seemed completely comfortable. "He leaned forward and gave me a little sort of smile," she said. "I thought it was a sincere thing, and it was very charming.""

So what do you think, sincere feelings of acceptance to a long forgotten aquaintance? False words to prevent a scene at the white house? Or manufactured tale to either make the president look wise of foolish depending on your point of view?
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Old 19 July 2007, 07:51 PM
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He was probably sincere. After all, he supposedly likes Mary Cheney and her partner. Republicans like to hate groups of people but usually accept individuals. For example, Nancy and Ronald Reagan had a lot of gay friends, however they didn't do anything to stop HIV/AIDS when many gay people were dying in the 1980s.
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Old 19 July 2007, 09:46 PM
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Originally Posted by RBCal View Post
Republicans like to hate groups of people but usually accept individuals.
Which is, of course, a common human trait not limited to Republicans. I'm sure you know plenty of Republicans, though you may not be too fond of them as a political party.
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