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2005/8/1

Bush Makes Bolton Recess Appointment

@ 07:07 PM (109 months, 7 days ago)

It didn't come as a big shock to anyone that today, Bush made a recess appointment of John Bolton, to be U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.

What amazes me though, is Bush's ability to lie to the American people about a matter of state, and do it with a straight face.

In announcing Bolton's recess appointment, Emperor Bush said “because of partisan delaying tactics by a handful of senators, John was unfairly denied the up-or-down vote that he deserves.”

Sorry Mr. President, that's a lie!

Bush wants the American people to believe that a majority of Senators supported Bolton's nomination, and only a few partisan Dems were holding it up.  He doesn't want you to know that the Senate Foreign Relations Committee sent Bolton's nomination to the full Senate without an endorsement.  The Commitee could not endorse the nomination, due in part to Republican Senator George V. Voinovich, who made it clear he opposed Bolton.

He also won't tell you that Sen. Bill Frist, the Republican Majority Leader, voted with the Democrats in May to delay voting on John Bolton's nomination.

So now, we have as our representative to the U.N., the man who once said "there is no United Nations."  Thanks George W!

http://www.cnn.com/2005/POLITICS/08/01/bolton.appointment/index.html

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/8758621/

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/05/12/AR2005051201487.html

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/7991303/

And here's a wonderful history lesson on recess appointments:

http://www.senate.gov/reference/resources/pdf/RS21308.pdf

 

 

 

 

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