News and Document archive source
copyrighted material disclaimer at bottom of page

NewsMinecabal-elitew-administrationw-bush — Viewing Item

Bush unfamiliar with voting rights act

Original Source Link: (May no longer be active)

Posted: 01.31.05 @ 11:45 p.m.
Bush Tells CBC He's 'Unfamiliar' With Voting Rights Act

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – President George W. Bush met with the Congressional Black Caucus last week for the first time as a group in nearly four years, but what CBC members said stood out the most was the president's declaration that he was ''unfamiliar'' with the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant pieces of legislation passed in the history of the United States.

At the conclusion of the meeting, Bush - who attended along with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice - was asked by Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Illinois) whether he would support the re-authorization of a portion of the Voting Rights Act that must be approved every 25 years (It will come up for consideration next year).

''I don't know anything about the 1965 Voting Rights Act,'' Jackson recalled the president saying in an interview with the Chicago Defender.

He said that a hurried Bush went on to say that ''when the legislation comes before me, I'll take a look at it, but I don't know about it to comment any more than that, but we will look at it when it comes to us.''

''It was so unbelievable to me that as soon as I walked out, I got Frank (Watkins, Jackson's top legislative aide) on the telephone, put (Congresswomen) Maxine (Waters, D-Calif.) and Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), so that I could confirm what he just said is what I heard,'' Jackson said.

Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Illinois) said he recalled the president saying he was ''unfamiliar'' with the Voting Rights Act.

''I was surprised and astounded,'' Rush told the Defender.

White House spokesman Allen Abney did not specifically address Bush's statement of being unfamiliar with the Voting Rights Act, but said that ''there is a section of the Act that is up for re-authorization in 2006, and the president is firmly committed to protecting voting rights. He indicated today that he would be looking closely at the Act as it comes up for re-authorization and certainly take their concerns into consideration.''

According to the description on the Department of Justice's Web site, the Voting Rights Act is ''generally considered the most successful piece of civil rights legislation ever adopted by the United States Congress.''

The bill guaranteed that African Americans and any other group would not be denied the right to vote, and put in place provisions to ensure that voting rights would not be trampled on by local and state officials.

Representative Waters told the NNPA News Service: “I don’t think (the meeting) had enough specificity to it yet. It’s something. But we’ll wait and see what happens.”

Mel Watt (D-N.C.), the new chairman of the CBC, said: “We told the president that he will have three opportunities in the next few days and weeks to signal to us his willingness to work with us to achieve closing and eliminating (racial) disparities.”
In addition to public comments about the meeting, Watt said the Caucus is paying close attention to Bush’s State of the Union address on Wednesday and the budget he submits to Congress for fiscal 2006.

“The president appreciated the opportunity to meet with members of the Congressional Black Caucus to listen to issues that are important to them and discuss ways that we can work together on shared interests,” White House spokesperson Maria Tamburri told the NNPA News Service.

Bush's meeting with the CBC was the second of two days of meetings with Blacks. On Tuesday, he met with more than two dozen pastoral and business leaders, all supporters of the president's policies. A couple of weeks ago Bush sat down with Kweisi Mfume, who had recently announced his resignation as president and CEO of the NAACP.

Rush said Wednesday's meeting was different from the others because he has had a fractious relationship with the CBC, and was dealing with ''more knowledgeable people around the different issues that affect the African American community.''

''In that room you had 43 individuals whose whole life of activity and endeavor have been around trying to upgrade and uplift the life of Black America,'' Rush said. ''We are elected into the Congress and we know the ins and outs of it and we know the machinations that the administration and the Republicans engage in and so, yea, we weren't wild-eyed and in a state of ecstasy just to meet the president. We came to be about business.''

As for Bush's mood, Rush said the president was ''cordial'' but also ''as non-responsive today as he was four years ago to the overall agenda.''

''He did become animated around the issue of Darfur (Sudan),''Rush said.
As for Rice, Rush said the new secretary of state said ''absolutely nothing. She was just there. For what reason, I'm not sure.''

Jackson praised CBC Chairman Watt for focusing on the disparities facing African Americans in six categories, such as economics, social justice and international issues.
He said Bush mostly nodded his head and took notes, but he was adamant about his opposition to statehood for the District of Columbia, a point raised by Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton, who represents Washington, D.C. in Congress.

Jackson said Bush thought he was going to bring up the issue again and cut him off, saying, ''I'm against statehood. I'm consistent on that and have been consistent on that since I was governor'' (of Texas).

This story comes special to NNPA from The Chicago Defender. NNPA Washington Correspondent Hazel Trice Edney contributed to this report.

Americans now doubt bush ethical standards
April 2004 [jpg]
Arab waiter barred from bush dinner { December 12 2003 }
Author fortunate son murdered { July 21 2001 }
Baghdad thanksgiving with selected soldiers { December 12 2003 }
Behind bush
Blair defends george bush london visit { November 17 2003 }
Bush 2000 against nation building and poor nation debt { October 11 2000 }
Bush 2004 strategy { April 22 2003 }
Bush acts crazy and paranoid says aides
Bush and bono have lunch { September 2005 } [jpg]
Bush arrested cocaine 1972
Bush asks condi to go poddy [jpg]
Bush asks condi to go poddy { September 14 2005 }
Bush asks condi to poddy [jpg]
Bush asks court nominees about excercise { July 21 2005 }
Bush aug 2005 approval plummeting
Bush austin powers { July 23 2002 }
Bush biographer murdered { July 20 2001 }
Bush blackhawks wreck queens garden
Bush calls french chirac good cowboy
Bush calls whitehouse the peoples house
Bush campaign criticize imf { October 13 2000 }
Bush campaign wants troops home { October 12 2000 }
Bush carrier speech explanation { May 7 2003 }
Bush compares troops america to nfl { September 4 2003 }
Bush defeated in 1978 as carpetbagger { March 29 1999 }
Bush defends islam
Bush defends outsourcing in heartland
Bush demands more police powers against terror
Bush denies torture while defending cia torture
Bush expands intel chief power over fbi { June 30 2005 }
Bush falls mountain biking again { July 26 2004 }
Bush falls off mountain bike { May 23 2004 }
Bush fell off bike 2004 [jpg]
Bush fell pretzel [jpg]
Bush flashes bird [jpg]
Bush gesture interpreted as salute to satan
Bush goes on vacation again
Bush heil reuters june 14 2005 [jpg]
Bush insists on overtime reform { October 2 2003 }
Bush job approval hits 29 precent { May 11 2006 }
Bush jokes about circumventing elections { October 2007 }
Bush jokes about skull and bones
Bush keeping secrets away from public
Bush left behind [jpg]
Bush loses congress election 1978 texas
Bush lowest popularity in presidency { September 6 2003 }
Bush lunches press pre speech { January 28 2003 }
Bush makes international law scoff comment
Bush meets with nato leaders { February 22 2005 }
Bush mount rushmore [jpg]
Bush painted as wealthy outsider from east
Bush press conferences staged
Bush quotes koran in speech defending iraq war { November 11 2005 }
Bush ratings lowest level november 2005
Bush reagan revolution { February 4 2003 }
Bush requests not be embarrassed by protests
Bush resume
Bush savaged by former treasury chief { January 9 2004 }
Bush says climate change is man made { July 5 2005 }
Bush says free trade will give americans jobs { October 13 2007 }
Bush says hes thinking of new ways to harm our people
Bush says isolation bad and clinton is close friend
Bush says patriot act doesnt erode liberties
Bush says they hate us for being arrogant { October 11 2000 }
Bush scares aides with obscene tirades
Bush sedated { June 28 2002 }
Bush signing statement bypass torture law { January 11 2006 }
Bush spends 40 percent time out of office { April 12 2004 }
Bush strangles [jpg]
Bush supporters more biased against blacks { January 30 2006 }
Bush throws baseball apr04 [jpg]
Bush took cocaine at camp david
Bush under 50perc 2004
Bush unfamiliar with voting rights act
Bush upset with media for reporting bank mining { June 27 2006 }
Bush uses 911 link in iraq speech { September 11 2001 }
Bush w clames to be a texan { January 20 2005 }
Bush wants domestic intelligence like britain { April 13 2004 }
Bush wants more power against terrorism
Bush wants pentagon to lead in disasters
Bush with baby [jpg]
Bushlizard [jpg]
Community work 1973 for community service for drug charges
Critics slam bush india nuclear deal { March 2 2006 }
First lady bush [jpg]
Hair cut afghan
House report blames bush on katrina
Increasing mental lapses worry bush aides { October 2005 }
Keepers bush image { May 16 2003 }
Learn meaning american justice { May 14 2003 }
Letterman shows bored boy during bush speech { April 1 2004 }
March 2005 approval rating lowest of bush presidency
President bush pardons cocaine dealer { December 21 2005 }
Prevpres buttout
Pro bush supporter drives over american flags
Reunion yale frayed ties { April 21 2003 }
Sister in law denies bush cocaine use { September 9 2004 }
Some dispute bush account of 73 charity work
Study of conservatism psyche { August 13 2003 }
Support strong yet tax cut doubts { May 14 2003 }
Taped conversations reveal w bush marijuana use { February 20 2005 }
Turkey trip to baghdad { December 4 2003 }
War is peace

Files Listed: 105


CIA FOIA Archive

National Security
Support one-state solution for Israel and Palestine Tea Party bumper stickers JFK for Dummies, The Assassination made simple