Smithsonian OKs Tweak To Caption On Bush Portrait

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders has persuaded the Smithsonian Institution to change the caption on a new portrait of President George W. Bush.

The Vermont independent had objected to wording in the caption that said Bush's time in office was "marked by a series of catastrophic events" including "the attacks on September 11, 2001, that led to wars in Afghanistan and Iraq."

In a Jan. 7 letter to the director of the National Portrait Gallery, Sanders said the notion the terrorist attacks were linked to or led to the Iraq war has been widely debunked.

Gallery Director Martin Sullivan wrote back Monday to say the
label will be revised and will delete the words "led to."


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  • by Ank Location: Greenville on Jan 18, 2009 at 08:38 PM
    Rob speaks truth.
  • by new reader Location: nc on Jan 15, 2009 at 09:57 AM
    I want to put my 2 cents worth in this. I think that if anyone who THINKS they can do a better job at being President should run for the office. There is NO WAY ON THIS EARTH I would want to be in a presidents shoes. It's a job I could not handle. Bush way not have made all the right decisions, but you need to realize something: THE PRESIDENT DOES NOT RUN THE COUNTRY...CONGRESS DOES. He is only one man, the commander and chief.That's all. ANYTHING he wants to do has to approved by congress FIRST. So if you want to point fingers...make sure you are pointing them at the right people, notice I said people not person. I myself can honestly say Mr. Bush will be greatly missed...by everyone. Just wait and see how many promises are actually kept when Obama takes office. He's already said he wasn't sure if he's going to be able to fix the economy like he originally said.This just goes to show you that people will promise you anything to get your vote. TALK IS CHEAP!!!
  • by Rob Location: NC on Jan 15, 2009 at 06:38 AM
    Personally, I will always remember bush by this quote, which I have referenced many times on this page because it makes so much sense- “Naturally the common people don't want war; neither in Russia, nor in England, nor in America, nor in Germany. That is understood. But after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.” -Hermann Goering.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Company Location: Washington on Jan 15, 2009 at 05:55 AM
    Someone didn't do their homework; the curds were murdered by nerve gas by the thousands. Sadam had it done. You can learn more about it on the internet but don't go the koolaide sites, they are full of dissinformation.
  • by The Great Defender Location: USA on Jan 14, 2009 at 08:54 PM
    For all you nay-sayers, Iraq never used chemical or biological agents on any body did they?
  • by Barlow Location: Winterville on Jan 14, 2009 at 05:10 PM
    Lets see, who was President on 9/11/2001? George Bush! Lets give the man ALL the credit due him.
  • by thankful Location: enc on Jan 14, 2009 at 03:44 PM
    How about: "Founder of Homeland Security following terrorist attacks on US soil on 9/11/2001" I for one am thankful he was our president during that time and not the other one. Gore would have been worried about the enviroment while we were being attacked all over the place. I believe that this president will be looked upon with kind eyes years later on, especially after Obama gets done.
  • by Barlow Location: Winterville on Jan 14, 2009 at 01:59 PM
    How about "They misunderestimated me!" under neath his photo. LOL.
  • by Ted Location: Greenville on Jan 14, 2009 at 01:23 PM
    Rob, can you site your source for your claim about President Bush's remarks about the Constitution? I have to admit that I hadn't heard that, so I looked it up. I have only found references to "Anonymous Sources Say" and then only posted on left wing liberal websites. Could it be the same folk's Dan Rather was talking too just before his career ended?
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Jan 14, 2009 at 12:13 PM
    Chris, moderator, I know you have to ban some of the posting due to inaccuracy but some of this is simply factless expression. I am glad I don't have your job. I will continue a moderate composure but find it difficult with so much to work with. Thanks for doing a great job!
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