The Bush Visit: A Great Day For Chattanooga - And Response

Wednesday, February 21, 2007 - by Wayne Cropp

As the chairman of the George W. Bush 2000 Campaign for Hamilton County, and chairman of the Hamilton County Republican Party during President Bush’s re-election campaign of 2004, I would like to commend and thank the citizens of Chattanooga and the surrounding area for their outstanding support for President George W. Bush during his visit to Chattanooga on Feb. 21, 2007.

This is the first presidential visit to Chattanooga in over 15 years. What a great day and great occasion for our fair city. I am proud of the community’s support and enthusiasm for our President. There was an obvious “connection” between our President and our community. It truly made me proud, once again, as always, of my home town.

This event demonstrated to me the effectiveness of the team of Sen. Bob Corker and Congressman Zach Wamp, as they work together for the good of Hamilton County. We are indeed blessed to have the leadership of such fine officials as Sen. Corker, Congressman Wamp, County Mayor Claude Ramsey and Mayor Ron Littlefield.

I thought that it was a class act for Gov. Phil Bredesen to attend the events in Hamilton County, and I was thankful that he was here.

The area’s support for our President and Commander-in Chief was outstanding. What a great city and region we live in. No matter what your political persuasion, it is wonderful to see such strong backing and encouragement for our national leadership.

J. Wayne Cropp

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Wednesday will go done in the history book as the day President Bush came for lunch. It was a day for Chattanooga to shine in the spotlight.

The news showed him visiting Erlanger, the Trade Center and then Porker's Bar-B-Que. The has wonderful pictures of Air Force 1 flying over the city and taking off from Lovell Field. The young lady who got an volunteer award was on the top of the list for the President. I hear that things went off without a hitch.

Granted President Bush has his downfalls, but so did former President Clinton. I do not remember former President Clinton taking time out to visit the Scenic City. He was busy lying about Monica and other things. I cannot think of a past president who did not lie about things while he was in office. One might not be crazy about Bush, but that's how I feel towards Clinton.

Most of the protesters looked too young to vote. I could be wrong, but they did. I know that does not have anything to do with protesting against the war. One of the protesters said that they will get back at Bush in 2008. I laughed so hard when I told myself that he will not be there.

I am a Bush supporter. I am glad that he cared enough to come to our fair city. We have a wonderful city that needs the attention and to shine in the spotlight.

Bush did not put this country in the toilet - it was going that way before he came into office.

I was glad that I did not work downtown today with the traffic jams and the roads that were closed down. What a headache. I felt for the people who had to brace for his visit. The employees at the airport, Erlanger and other places were in for a busy day.

Thanks, Mr President, for visiting our Scenic City.

Laura Crane
Tiktin Drive
Red Bank

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Wayne Cropp, former chairman of the Republican Party of Hamilton County, and an ardent George W. Bush supporter said the other day:

"The area's support for our President and Commander-in Chief was outstanding. What a great city and region we live in. No matter what your
political persuasion, it is wonderful to see such strong backing and
encouragement for our national leadership."

Mr. Cropp, we live in historic times where our national leadership is
misleading us and is guiding us down a path that is taking us not only
to financial ruin, but moral ruin. Until we as a nation have the courage
to stand up and debate our national leadership, calling into question
their misguided mission in both foreign and domestic relations, we will fail as a nation.

Yes, it was good for the President to come to Chattanooga because he
created an opportunity for all of us to participate in our greatest
right - free speech. If our President's handlers had allowed those who dissent with him to participate in his meetings, we all would have been better off.

If we live in a great city and region, then we must question our leadership, not blindly follow that leadership.

Stuart James

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