Fresh Paint
Friday, July 23, 2004
Bush Eats
Daily Herald: Suburban Chicago's Information Source
Before delivering his speech, Bush, Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge and Congressman Mark Kirk watched a mock disaster drill. A public safety team responded to a hijacked Pace bus that crashed into a chemical tanker. As smoke filled the air, a SWAT team pulled the mock terrorist off the bus and subdued him, then a hazardous materials team took readings and rescuers cut off the side of the bus and pulled out seven dummies.

Ironically, even as Bush touted his message of emergency preparedness, the city of Chicago's 911 emergency phone system temporarily went down Thursday afternoon due to stormy weather.

Earlier in the day, Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin criticized Bush for slashing funding for police and fire disaster response equipment by more than $1 billion.
Then on to the real purpose of the visit:
The president departed to attend a $25,000-a-plate fund-raiser at the Winnetka home of Aon Corp. CEO Pat Ryan [ed. that name again], Bush's Illinois finance chairman. But the event was closed, allowing Bush to sidestep questions about the Illinois GOP's lack of a U.S. Senate candidate.
Jeff Schoenberg, our Democratic Illinois state senator for this district, dropped by the Kerry meetup last night and told us that to his surprise, he had actually been invited to the event.

Perhaps they thought he might run against Obama as a Republican, since he'd gone with the state's choice, Dan Hynes, in the primary.

Yes, they're that desperate.

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