Thursday, November 8, 2007

Another First for Bush

For the first time in his seven year presidency, the Senate overrode President Bush's veto today.

The president vetoed a Water bill that, according to the New York Times, "funds hundreds of Army Corps of Engineers projects, such as dams, sewage plants and beach restoration, that are important to local communities and their representatives. It also includes money for the hurricane-hit Gulf Coast and for Florida Everglades restoration efforts."

The president called the $23B bill too expensive, and "his supporters have noted that the Army Corps has a backlog of $58 billion worth of projects and an annual budget of about $2 billion to address them."

The Senate's 79-14 vote completed the veto the House started Tuesday with its 361-54 vote. This is the first override since November 1997.

So, now that this is in the history books, let's take a look at other "firsts" for President Bush and his Administration:

- December 28, 2000: President- elect Bush is in late- night meetings discussing his choices for his cabinet. First time working past 7pm.

- February 18, 2001: President Bush has to travel to Europe for a G8 summit, not realizing that German TV doesn't carry the cable network USA. First time missing WWE Monday Night Raw.

- January 14, 2003: While watching football, President Bush chokes on a pretzel and loses consciousness. First time almost dying from a snack food. (That one is true.)

- May 20, 2005: President Bush addresses the nation about the struggle in Iraq. First time the word "freedom" is used as a noun, verb, adjective and adverb in the same sentence ("Freedom-lovers love freedom, their freedom-filled country, and the free people working to freedomly freedom that country. It's hard work!")

- October 1, 2006: President Bush hands his wife, Laura, sugar when she was actually pointing to half-and-half, apologizes. First time admitting a mistake.

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