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President Bush Answers Foreign Policy Questions at Elementary School

February 12, 2003

FURSTON, NJ — President Bush visited Blenker Elementary today to explain his politics to Ms. Hansen’s homeroom class of forty-five students, who had to make room for members of the press as well as the President’s twenty-three Secret Service bodyguards and a Plexiglas barricade, in their aluminum “T-shack” temporary building that serves as a classroom in this overcrowded New Jersey school. After a short speech — which consisted solely of the highlights of his life before his political career, and which lasted one minute and eleven seconds — he stood back, inviting the students to ask him questions.
3rd grader Bobby Neimeyer stood up and, after Mr. Bush stepped briefly from behind the protective barricade to shake hands with him, announced: “Mr. President, I got 3 questions:
  1. “How come, that although the count of votes was not in your favor, you still won the election?
  2. “Why do you want to attack Iraq without authority from the UN Security Council?
  3. “Don’t you also consider the bombing of Hiroshima the biggest terrorist attack of all times?”
Unfortunately, before the President could answer, the recess bell rang, and the children dutifully filed out of the room. Thirty minutes later, they were allowed to return to ask questions of the president again. This time, Joey Pasternak stood up and declared, “Mr. President, I got 5 questions:
  1. “How come, that although the count of votes was not in your favor, you still won the election?
  2. “Why do you want to attack Iraq without authority from the UN Security Council?
  3. “Don’t you also consider the bombing of Hiroshima the biggest terrorist attack of all times?
  4. “Why did the recess bell ring 20 minutes early?
  5. “Where’s Bobby?”
Bobby Neimeyer greets the President shortly before his mysterious disappearance.