03/24/05 Bush Addresses the Nation about Red Lake School Shooting
"My fellow Americans... the events two days ago at Red Lake High School in Red Lake Minnesota are indeed a tragedy for us all to bear. My heart goes out to both the victims and the survivors.
Oftentimes in a tragedy of this magnitude, we are left only with our faith in a divine order to all things, and many questions for which there are no good answers."
"It is at times like these that I am forced to bend a knee in prayer, and on this occasion, I can say that God has truly spoken to me.
There are many among us who would seek to ridicule me for this, but to them I say simply... hear me out.
The sixteen year old boy who is presumably responsible for this tragedy returned to the High School from which he dropped out... God has told me that he is not happy with No Child Left Behind.
His Grandparents, who were trying to raise him were still working to try to make ends meet because they had no retirement... God has told me that he is not happy with Social Security privatization.
The boy's parents, victims of suicide and head trauma were not able to raise him... God has told me that he is not happy with health care in America.
The boy never saw a ray of hope of betterment in life while living in the poverty of a reservation...God has told me that he is not happy with racism and greed.
The only solution this poor boy saw was to take up a gun and kill... God has told me that he is not happy with fear and War.
In the coming weeks you can expect drastic changes in America, for the good of us all. For those of you whom I once considered my enemies, hear me now, I am ready to admit my mistakes and I will welcome your thoughts and suggestions as to how we can together answer God's call. For tonight, remember your children, talk to them, love them, and give them a hug. Goodnight, and may we someday find God's blessings again."
03/25/05 Bush Addresses Grieving Red Lake Families
(APE) George Bush speaking at Chippewa tribe Council Hall
Bush Addresses Grieving Red Lake Families
By An Geredone
03/25/05 RED LAKE, MN (APE) - In a surprise pre-dawn move early this morning, the President flew onboard Air Force One to the Minneapolis St Paul International Airport. From there he journeyed by motorcade to the sleepy town of Red Lake, home of America's most recent mass killing, the worst of it's kind since Columbine, in April of 1999.
After arriving there, he participated in a smoke ceremony with the local Chippewa elders in remembrance of the victims.
"As many of you may already be aware," said Mr. Bush, "I spoke yesterday about how this tragedy has affected me personally. Seeing the faces here, of our Native American Brethren, I become aware of the work that is yet to be done. The youths of the Chippewa Nation, and for that matter, all of our youths must never face such a horrible fate again. Indeed, our beliefs in God, Allah, or Buddha… whatever you may choose to call our creator, must sustain us during these times of pain.”
“I invite all Americans to participate in my epiphany,” stated the President, “and this I will pledge to you on this Good Friday… there will be no more fear. No more fear of our families living and dying in pain, poverty, and destitution. No more fear that we will not be able to afford even adequate healthcare. No more fear that you or your family won’t know where your next meal might be coming from. No more fear that there will be nothing left for your old age or retirement. And finally, no more fear that a hand gun or assault rifle might be turned upon us in a fit of deadly anger or rage.”
“All of these things, God has told me, were weighing heavily, in the young mind of Jeff Weise, on that fateful day, three days ago”, said Mr. Bush.
The President went on later to explain, “For those in our government, who would seek to take advantage of the good faith of Native Americans and further reduce them to poverty, through bribery and kickbacks, I say to you, justice is on the way, with no delay. I have authorized Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to use extreme measures to render the hammer, if you will, and bring it to the anvil of justice that this administration so desperately clings to. He will also be meeting with Charleton Heston, the president of the National Rifle Association to come up with feasible measures for gun control in this country, to assure us all that the Red Lake tragedy will never occur again.”
Mr. Bush concluded, “I urge all Americans to anticipate the Easter Miracles yet to arrive over the coming months, as universal healthcare, respect for death with dignity, fortification of Social Security, and a true and expeditious timetable for the withdrawal of our brave sons and daughters from Iraq becomes a reality.”
Karl Rove, Mr. Bush’s Deputy Chief of Staff was noted to be wiping tears from his eyes during certain passages of the President’s speech, but made no public comment.