It's true: Bush declares 'National Character Counts Week'
To paraphrase Forrest Gump, going to the White House web site is like a box of chocolatesÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ you never know what you're gonna get. It may be some hilarious prevarication by press secretary Tony Snow or it may be the usual verbal bumbling or outright lies by George W. Bush in one of his speeches. But one place that's always sure to give you a you-can't-make-this-stuff-up moment, is going to the section giving Bush's presidential proclamations.
In 2006 alone, we've seen hypocritical celebrations that included the irony of Child Health Day -- from an administration that's done nothing to make American children healthier -- to a warmonger like Bush lauding Prayer for Peace day and the grotesque spectacle of Gold Star Mother's Day being heralded by a man who is responsible for creating so many new Gold Star Mothers.
We have another one to add to that collection because, whether you realize it or not, we're smack-dab in the middle of what Bush has officially proclaimed National Character Counts Week. It runs October 15 through October 21 and is intended, according to Bush, to "renew our commitment to instilling values in our young people and to encouraging all Americans to remember the importance of good character."
"As individuals, we all have an obligation to help our children become responsible citizens and realize their full potential," reads the Bush proclamation. "By demonstrating values such as integrity, courage, honesty, and patriotism, all Americans can help our children develop strength and character."
Fortunately, in our household, we have a child who truly is being taught these values and we hold up this president and his lying, corrupt administration as examples of everything our little boy does not want to be.