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Old 02-19-2005, 12:30 PM   #1
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Bush, Clinton Tour Tsunami-Ravaged Areas

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Bush, Clinton Tour Tsunami-Ravaged Areas

Former Presidents George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton Begin Tour of Region Hit by Devastating Tsunami

By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA Associated Press Writer
The Associated Press

BAN NAM KHEM, Thailand Feb 19, 2005 — Former President Bill Clinton's voice trembled with emotion as he and George H.W. Bush put aside their once-bitter political rivalry Saturday in the intense heat of a Thai fishing village where children gave the American politicians drawings of giant waves sweeping away their relatives.

School children in red caps and white shirts waving paper American flags were among hundreds who greeted the former leaders in the shattered village of Ban Nam Khem where Bush and Clinton saw the tsunami's devastation at the start of their relief mission to the hardest hit countries. About 2,000 people a third of those killed by the tsunami in Thailand, died in and around the village.

Clinton's eyes watered and his voice trembled as he spoke about the trauma suffered by children in the village after two who had lost relatives presented the visitors with framed pictures tied in ribbons, one showing a giant wave and a rescue helicopter and the other of floodwaters sweeping away people, cars and boats.

"I thought about all of our religious traditions and how they all teach us how we are not really in control - but we don't really believe it until something like this happens, and it reminds us all to be a little more humble and grateful for every day," Clinton said at a news conference after his visit to the village.

President Bush asked his father and Clinton to lead the U.S. effort to provide private aid to hundreds of thousands of victims of the Dec. 26 tsunami. They also plan to visit Indonesia, Sri Lanka and the Maldives.

"When it comes to helping people, politics is aside," Bush said. "I've enjoyed working with President Clinton. We were political adversaries. The current president and he don't always see eye to eye on issues. But that is not what's important here."

"I don't think there's ever been a tragedy that affected the heartbeat of the American people as much as this tsunami has done," said the senior Bush. "I don't think you can put a limit on it. It's so devastating. They're still finding wreckage, still actually some bodies being recovered."

The official tsunami death toll ranges from 169,070 to 178,118. The number of missing is believed to be as high as 128,426, with most presumed dead.

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In spite of all this devastation, it's nice to see two former political rivalries working together lately. I think both of them are equally capable of making a difference.
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Old 02-19-2005, 02:42 PM   #2
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Ahem... Thoughts, anybody?
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In spite of all this devastation, it's nice to see two former political rivalries working together lately. I think both of them are equally capable of making a difference. [/B][/quote]

I agree.
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It's only America, and then not all of America, who care about party affiliation. Anyone who can use their power or influence to help is doing a great thing.
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I like this quote

"and it reminds us all to be a little more humble and grateful for every day"
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I do too, I found it quite meaningful.
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