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11-14-04 Humorous Response to Kerry Advocates

HUCKABY: …..“It is true that W was born in New England, but his family had the good sense to move him to Odessa, Texas, when he was 2. If Odessa, Texas, ain’t Southern, I’m a midget Russian astronaut. I’ve been to Odessa, Texas. They eat grits for breakfast and serve sweet tea at the Waffle House. They teach their children to say “ma’am” and “sir.”  ……

AVOC NOTE:  This is a humorous slant for the post election debate and analysis.  Most of it is very serious.

 

I, too, have met George Bush, in person.  He is a friendly, appealing person.  No wonder crowds respond to him, the Northeastern Elite Media notwithstanding!

 

Mr. Bush has definitely established himself as a Texan and Southerner. 

 

Wendell Dawson, Editor 11-13-04


 

The Gwinnett Daily Post

          http://www.gwinnettdailyonline.com/

 

November 13, 2004

 

Criticizing Bush is one thing; calling him a ‘Yankee’ something else

 

Darrell Huckaby

 

I guess when your name, photograph and opinions appear in a public forum on a regular basis, you have to expect a little criticism every now and then. After all, it would be a pretty scary world if everyone agreed with me. And trust me; I realize that when I present my opinions, I am not speaking for anyone but Darrell Huckaby. That is why my name and my picture are attached to my opinion. Duh!


I will even go so far as to say that some of the criticism directed my way is warranted, and when I find credence in a reader’s criticism, I try to respond in a gracious manner. Failing that, I at least try to ignore them. After all, responding would just encourage them.


Many folks who send me nasty letters or e-mails are well-meaning and some are truly ignorant of the issues, but others are downright nasty and just trying to pick a fight. I almost never respond to those. My mama always cautioned that I should never wrestle with a pig because we’d both get dirty and the pig would like it. But today, I have chosen to wrestle with a pig.


After last week’s column, in which I pointed out that the majority of voters across this great nation voted for George W. Bush for president, I received a plethora of correspondence from the great multitude of John Kerry supporters out there. Actually, I got two e-mails and one letter, and I think they were all from the same misguided soul, but I don’t know for sure because I didn’t read any of the correspondence, but my youngest child, Jenna, told me about it. The author — and I use that term loosely — of the correspondence seemed to resent that I mentioned the fact that Southerners actually have a voice in the political process in America these days. The writer also made several hateful accusations about George W. Bush’s character. I figured the poor, misguided person who wrote me the letter had been brainwashed by watching too many Michael Moore movies, and I was willing to let most of his charges slide, but in the last letter, he crossed the line.


He accused George W. Bush of being a Yankee because he was born in Connecticut and educated at Yale. I’m a patient and peaceful man, and have a great deal of compassion for my Northern brethren — unless they insist on coming down here and talking about how ignorant we poor, dumb Southerners are. But I won’t stand by and allow a good Texan like George W. Bush to be castigated by such venomous remarks. Yankee, indeed!


It is true that W was born in New England, but his family had the good sense to move him to Odessa, Texas, when he was 2. If Odessa, Texas, ain’t Southern, I’m a midget Russian astronaut. I’ve been to Odessa, Texas. They eat grits for breakfast and serve sweet tea at the Waffle House. They teach their children to say “ma’am” and “sir.” They don’t get in a hurry, and they still hold the door open for womenfolk at the post office and grocery store. They wear cowboy hats to work and cowboy boots to church on Sunday, and they never forget to remember the Alamo — or 9/11, either. Trust me. George and Barbara Bush got their boy naturalized!


Later, the Bush family moved to California, but soon relocated to Midland, Texas — which is just as Southern as Odessa, according to my sources. I realize that the president went to a fancy New England prep school and graduated from Yale, but he got back to Texas as soon as he could and chose to live there during virtually all of his adult life. And this is a key point, y’all. When he came back home to Texas, he embraced the people and the culture — and they, in return, embraced him. George Bush is as much a Texan as Sam Houston — who wasn’t born there, either.


And don’t be telling me that Texans aren’t Southerners. Houston ain’t Miami Beach, you know. Remember when we used to be able to sing “Dixie”? When you talk about the “land of cotton,” you are definitely talking about Texas. They lead the nation in cotton production, and cotton is their No. 1 crop. So there!


And besides all that, I have met George W. Bush and he said “y’all” and “fixin’ to” and was astute enough to identify a stain on my tie as barbecue sauce. Ain’t no Yankee ever been born that could identify a barbecue sauce stain on a red tie.
So let this be a warning. You can make fun of the fact that he doesn’t talk so good, and you can question his appointments and the wisdom of his tax cuts and even his motives for invading Iraq. But if you insist on calling George W. Bush a Yankee,  I’m going to have to call you on it.


But I’m a reasonable man. I am perfectly willing to concede that Hillary is now a true New Yorker. And I don’t think many folks in Arkansas will mind.


 
Darrell Huckaby is a Newton County native and the author of six books. He lives in Rockdale County where he teaches high school history.


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