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Jewish World Review Nov. 12, 2003 / l7 Mar-Chesvan, 5763

Robert L. Haught

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Spirit of Will Rogers returned to his old haunts at the U.S. Capitol and held a news conference


http://www.NewsAndOpinion.com | WASHINGTON — If you believe in ghost stories, you can imagine what it would be like if the spirit of Will Rogers returned to his old haunts at the U.S. Capitol and held a news conference. Here's how it might go, with the cowboy-philosopher's words of 70 years ago still holding true:

Q: Does it surprise you that President Bush's approval rating has slipped from a post 9/11 high of 82 percent to just above 50 percent?

A: No matter what a president does, he is wrong according to some people. But take all in all, it's a tough life. This thing of being president and trying to please everybody — well, not exactly everybody, but enough to re- elect.

Q: The president has had a hard time getting the House and Senate to approve some of his legislation and many of his appointees. Is he expecting too much of Congress?

A: Now, if I was a president and wanted something, I would claim I didn't want it. Congress has not given any president anything that he wanted in the last 10 years.

Q: What do you think about the Bush tax cuts?

A: I see a good deal of talk from Washington about lowering taxes. I hope they do get 'em lowered down enough so people can afford to pay 'em.

Q: What are your thoughts about the current field of Democrats with eyes on the White House?

A: The trouble with Democrats is that they all want to run for president. The Democrats can always furnish more candidates than the Republicans. A Democrat at heart ... just wants to be known as a politician. Now a Republican don't. He just wants politics to be known as a sideline.

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Q: Have you noticed in the Democratic debates the candidates spend most of the time attacking the president?

A: There is always plenty of things to denounce as long as there is a Republican administration. The Democrats are better denouncers than the Republicans, for there has been so much more time that they had practice at it.

Q: Will that strategy work and result in a Democrat in the White House after the next election?

A: You can't beat an administration by attacking it. You have to show some plan of improving it.

Q: Could you believe that California recall election?

A: Did you ever see the like of candidates everywhere? You can always tell a poor business year by the number of candidates.

Q: As a movie actor, do you think Arnold Schwarzenegger is qualified to be governor?

A: To get into politics in America, you need no qualifications. You know, they don't realize that us movie folks, our careers don't last very long. Naturally we are just in as long as our looks ...

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JWR contributor Robert L. Haught is a columnist for The Oklahoman. Comment by clicking here.

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