Saturday, October 11, 2003
GK: This country has never been so polarized as it is today, and that's why I've started the We're All Republicans Now campaign. I've been trying to be a Republican and ever since I've been happier, I've lost weight, I've been more productive, because I have an extra hour every day that I used to spend reading or listening to the news.
What is Republicanness but a simple acceptance that we want what is best for ourselves and keep what's mine and not give it to you. Why should I be taxed to pay for roads in Texas? I have no intention of driving on them. Public education should be the responsibility of those parents. Your child is not my problem. The Republican party understands this.
The FAA and Air Traffic Control, yes, National Weather Service, Coast Guard, military bands which I really like and parades and air shows, Amtrak, glad to pay for the things I use, the Smithsonian, and.the President and the White House, of course. Gotta have that. And I'm happy to pay for it.
TR (BUSH): Appreciate that. Hey---- I wrote some poems this week. You want to hear em?
GK: Yes, of course, Mr. President.
TR (BUSH): The First Lady went off to France and I had some extra time on my hands---- listen to this----
Roses are red, violets are blue.Pretty good, huh?
GK: Not bad, Mr. President.
TR (BUSH): I like your show a lot more now that you're not political. I think I'm like most Americans in that I really don't care about politics. I just want to do what's right. You know what I'm getting at?
GK: I do.
TR (BUSH): I come home from the office, politics is the last thing I want to be thinking about. I want to relax and watch a ballgame.
GK: It's exciting, isn't it ----- the Chicago Cubs and the Boston Red Sox in the running, two teams that haven't won a championship since back in the horse and buggy days----
TR (BUSH): Oh? Where' d you get that? The Texas Rangers are in the championship.
GK: But their season is over now.
TR (BUSH): I just saw em win last night.
GK: That must've been a rerun.
TR (BUSH): I don't know what you're talking about. They've been winning all year.
GK: The Texas Rangers?
TR (BUSH): Yep.
GK: I wonder if you're getting accurate information, Mr. President.
TR (BUSH): You know, I wonder if maybe you're still watching one of those far-left sports channels ---- the Texas Rangers are champions this year.
GK: Do you ever check the sports page? To verify this?
TR (BUSH): I don't see the need for it.
GK: You don't see a need to ask questions?
TR (BUSH): You know something? You're trying to be a Republican and you're not quite there yet. I'm the President. You're not. Don't ever forget it.
GK: Yes, sir.
TR (BUSH): Sing your song now.
We're all Republicans now
Lovingly selected from the earliest archives of A Prairie Home Companion, this heirloom collection represents the music from earliest years of the now legendary show: 1974–1976. With songs and tunes from jazz pianist Butch Thompson, mandolin maestro Peter Ostroushko, Dakota Dave Hull and the first house band, The Powdermilk Biscuit Band (Adam Granger, Bob Douglas and Mary DuShane).