Bush Calls Out GOPers Trying To End HIV Program + More News

Former President George W. Bush (photo: public domain)

Some news items you might have missed:

The Advocate: Former President George W. Bush (R) has made his case to preserve the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), credited with saving more than 25 million lives, after GOP lawmakers have attempted to cut the program because they say it promotes a “leftist” agenda. Continue reading “Bush Calls Out GOPers Trying To End HIV Program + More News”

Former Presidents & First Ladies Promote COVID Vaccinations

Former President George W. Bush urges Americans to get vaccinated against the coronavirus
Former President George W. Bush urges Americans to get vaccinated against the coronavirus
Former President George W. Bush

Former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter and former First Ladies Michelle Obama, Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton and Rosalynn Carter discuss the important role of COVID-19 vaccination in getting back to the moments we miss and love.

Let me see, something seems to be missing… Nope. I’m wrong.

To get the latest information on the COVID-19 vaccines, visit GetVaccineAnswers.org.

Obama, Bush & Clinton Come Together For Message Of Unity

Three previous presidents came together for a message of unity as Joe Biden became the 46th president
L-R Former Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama (screen capture)

Three past presidents – Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush – came together to celebrate the inauguration of Joe Biden and delivered a message of unity.

Via CNN:

“We have got to not just listen to folks we agree with, but listen to folks we don’t,” said Obama. “One of my fondest memories of the inauguration, was the grace and generosity that President Bush showed me, and Laura Bush showed Michelle.”

“I’m glad you’re there. And I wish you well,” Clinton said in his message to Biden. “You have spoken for us today. Now you will lead for us. And we’re ready to march with you. Good luck, God bless you.”

“I think the fact that the three of us are standing here talking about a peaceful transfer of power, speaks to the institutional integrity of our country,” Bush said during the taped message. “America’s a generous country, people of great hearts. All three of us were lucky to be the president of this country.”

Bush added: “Mr. President, I’m pulling for your success. Your success is our country’s success. God bless you.”

Sad to know that Donald Trump couldn’t bring himself to part of this message of unity. At several turns he could have chosen to take a high road. But he did not.

For years we’ve heard how Trump grew up in Queens wanting desperately to be accepted by the folks in Manhattan. Then he wanted to be accepted by Hollywood.

Had he accepted the true results of the election and honored tradition, he could have been a part of this very exclusive presidents club. Now? It will never happen.

George W. Bush Congratulates Biden, Says Trump Has Right To ‘Pursue Legal Challenges’

Former President George W. Bush (photo: public domain)

Former President George W. Bush issued this statement of congratulations today regarding President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris’s victory in the 2020 race.

Along the way, Bush thanked Biden for his “patriotic message” in his acceptance last night and noted Biden has “won his opportunity to lead and unify our country.”

Bush also tipped his hat to Donald Trump for his “hard-fought campaign” and acknowledged Trump “has the right to request recounts and pursue legal challenges, and any unresolved issues will be properly adjudicated.”

I just talked to the President-elect of the United States, Joe Biden. I extended my warm congratulations and thanked him for the patriotic message he delivered last night. I also called Kamala Harris to congratulate her on her historic election to the vice presidency.

Though we have political differences, I know Joe Biden to be a good man, who has won his opportunity to lead and unify our country. The President-elect reiterated that while he ran as a Democrat, he will govern for all Americans. I offered him the same thing I offered Presidents Trump and Obama: my prayers for his success, and my pledge to help in any way I can.

I want to congratulate President Trump and his supporters on a hard-fought campaign. He earned the votes of more than 70 million Americans – an extraordinary political achievement. They have spoken, and their voices will continue to be heard through elected Republicans at every level of government.

The fact that so many of our fellow citizens participated in this election is a positive sign of the health of our democracy and a reminder to the world of its strength.

No matter how you voted, your vote counted. President Trump has the right to request recounts and pursue legal challenges, and any unresolved issues will be properly adjudicated. The American people can have confidence that this election was fundamentally fair, its integrity will be upheld, and its outcome is clear.

A Reminder Of Presidential Empathy

Former President George W. Bush strikes a beautiful balance and tone of what the word ‘united’ can mean to the nation.

I especially was struck by his statement, “Let us remember that empathy and simple kindness are essential powerful tools of national recovery.”

Empathy. Kindness.

I don’t need to elaborate. You know what I would write next.

I wasn’t a fan of George W. Bush. Not his politics or policy. I’m sure some readers will be surprised I post this.

But despite my disagreements with much of his administration, I am able to recognize that in this message, I find comfort.

Moments like this (or Barack Obama’s a capella rendition of “Amazing Grace” at a funeral service for victims of a mass shooting) remind me of an important, vital role our leaders can play at times of turmoil.

Just watch. It’s not about GWB but having an uplifting minute or two to remind us who we are.

Ellen Defends Sharing A Laugh With George W. Bush

People got upset on Sunday when a photo of Ellen DeGeneres surfaced sharing some laughs with former President George W. Bush at this weekend’s Dallas Cowboys/Green Bay Packers football game.

DeGeneres addressed criticisms that appeared on social media during the opening segment of her talk show on Tuesday.

“Here’s the thing: I’m friends with George Bush,” she began, using the controversy to push for openness across social and political divides. “In fact, I’m friends with a lot of people who don’t share the same beliefs that I have. We’re all different and I think we’ve forgotten that that’s OK that we’re all different.”

Here’s Ellen’s full statement:

President George W. Bush On Trump: “We’ve Seen Nationalism Distorted Into Nativism”

Speaking in New York City today, former President George W. Bush took a not-too-veiled slap at Donald Trump’s extreme nationalist policy positions.

Just a few excerpts:

“Argument too easily turns into animosity. Disagreement escalates into dehumanization.”

“We’ve seen nationalism distorted into nativism. We need to recall and recover our own identity.”

“Bigotry seems emboldened. Our politics seems more vulnerable to conspiracy theories and outright fabrication.”

“It means that bigotry and white supremacy in any form is blasphemy against the American creed, and it means the very identity of our nation depends on passing along civic ideals.”

“Bullying and prejudice in our public life … provides permission for cruelty and bigotry.”

“The only way to pass along civic values is to live up to them.”

There’s a lot more packed into even just this one minute clip below.

Podcast: Tyson Beckford, Will & Grace, The Amazing Race And More

Who wants to hear me talk on this week’s headlines?

• NBC, having already given the green light to the Will & Grace reboot, wants even more
• I’ve got a favorite on this season’s The Amazing Race, and I bet you will, too
• New Mexico says “no” to so-called ex-gay therapy
• Nebraska finally scrubs it’s anti-LGBT adoption stance
• International supermodel and actor Tyson Beckford talks with me about his residency in Las Vegas as the Celebrity Guest Host for the world famous Chippendales.

All that and more on this episode of The Randy Report. Hit the play button below 🙂

President George W. Bush Pens Public Appeal To Trump: Leave HIV/AIDS Program Budget Intact

President George W. Bush

President George W. Bush pens public appeal to the Trump administration to leave the budget for the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) intact.

Last month, Trump proposed cutting $300 million from Bush’s extremely successful program that battles HIV/AIDS in Africa.

Here’s just an excerpt from Bush’s op-ed published by the Washington Post:

As the executive and legislative branches review the federal budget, they will have vigorous debates about how best to spend taxpayers’ money — and they should. Some will argue that we have enough problems at home and shouldn’t spend money overseas. I argue that we shouldn’t spend money on programs that don’t work, whether at home or abroad.

But they should fully fund programs that have proven to be efficient, effective and results-oriented. Saving nearly 12 million lives is proof that PEPFAR works, and I urge our government to fully fund it. We are on the verge of an AIDS-free generation, but the people of Africa still need our help. The American people deserve credit for this tremendous success and should keep going until the job is done.

President Bush On US Under Trump: I Don’t Like The Racism And Name-Calling

During President Obama’s years in the White House, former President George W. Bush refused (wisely) to criticize his successor saying he didn’t want to make a difficult job that much harder.

A month into President Trump’s administration, though, Bush has voiced some artfully phrased comments about the new Commander-In-Chief.

Via PEOPLE.com:

“I don’t like the racism and I don’t like the name-calling and I don’t like the people feeling alienated,” Bush, 70, tells PEOPLE in an interview for the new issue of the magazine on newsstands Friday.

“Nobody likes that.”

A spokesman for Bush previously told PEOPLE that neither he nor the former first lady voted for Trump – or for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton – in November. Both of the Bushes, who had campaigned for Bush’s younger brother Jeb in the 2016 Republican primaries, cast write-in votes on Election Day for a candidate they did not reveal.