From the Austin Statesman:
AUSTIN — Former Texas Gov. Ann Richards, the witty and flamboyant Democrat who went from homemaker to national political celebrity, died Wednesday night at her home surrounded by her family after a battle with cancer, a family spokeswoman said. She was 73.
Richards was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in March and underwent chemotherapy treatments.
Her four adult children spent the day with her, said Cathy Bonner, a longtime family friend and family spokeswoman.
“They’re a strong group of people but they’re broken-hearted, of course,” Bonner said.
Political leaders remembered Richards Wednesday night for her leadership.
“We’ve lost a little bit of that mystique and that wonderfulness that so captivates the rest of this country about Texas,” former Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk said. “She was a wonderful spirit, a great fighter and humanitarian, and a political leader of enormous courage and compassion and a wonderful inspiration to so many Texans for so many reasons.”
Gov. Rick Perry described Richards as “the epitome of Texas politics: a figure larger than life who had a gift for captivating the public with her great wit.” more
I never met Governor Richards. I always admired her. She pushed for a progressive agenda before the word was popular. She will be missed.
From the WhiteHouse Web site:
President Bush said: “So I don’t know where he is. You know, I just don’t spend that much time on him, Kelly, to be honest with you.” He went on to say, “Well, as I say, we haven’t heard much from him. And I wouldn’t necessarily say he’s at the center of any command structure. And, again, I don’t know where he is. I — I’ll repeat what I said. I truly am not that concerned about him.”
I guess from his speeches over the past week, he has changed his mind. He’s now worried again.
This is a classic video of George W. Bush, being, well, George W. Bush. He is smug, he is arrogant. This is the video in which President Bush states that he doesn’t know where Osama bin Laden is and doesn’t spend much time thinking about it.
President Bush’s Oval Office speech last night was the culmination of two weeks of efforts to rally the nation behind his policies and presidency by summoning the memory of Sept. 11, 2001. Five years after that indelible day, however, this president’s capacity to move the public is severely diminished.
There were echoes of the language and logic Bush invoked five years ago when he united a stricken nation looking to him for both comfort and leadership. But he was speaking to a different nation last night.
Setbacks in Iraq have soured a majority of Americans on that mission. Falsely optimistic predictions of progress have undermined the administration’s credibility. A majority of Americans question fundamental elements of the president’s argument, including his contention that Iraq is the central front in the campaign against terrorism.
Cumulatively, it leaves decidedly uncertain whether this week’s flood of rhetoric and remembrance can alter Bush’s perilous circumstances — at a critical moment for the future of the Iraq mission and the president’s own domestic standing 56 days before the midterm elections. more
The problem with the Bush administration is very simple. For three years, they’ve been saying trust us, we’re doing the right thing. For three years, they have been saying don’t believe your eyes, believe what we’re telling you. During that time, Americans have seen the violence in Iraq escalate. We seen deaths of American soldiers, UN diplomats, allies and Iraqi civilians. We were told that this war would pay for itself. This would be a quick war. We would be greeted as liberators. The happy talk, just doesn’t seem to be working anymore. I fully expect that the next speech that President Bush will give will be entitled — Are you going to believe me or your lying eyes?