February 29th, 2008at 06:44pm Posted by Eli
Ken Herman writes for Cox News Service:
President Bush, declining to say if he would disclose which donors will give millions of dollars to build his library in Dallas, said Thursday the facility will probably be funded in part by foreign money.
Addressing the topic publicly for the first time since last week’s formal announcement of the selection of Southern Methodist University for the library, Bush didn’t directly answer questions about how much it will cost and whether Americans should know who’s paying for it.
Brendan McKenna writes in the Dallas Morning News:
Mr. Bush said at a news conference that some people ‘like to give and don’t particularly want their names disclosed . . . and so we’ll take that into consideration. . . .
Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., who authored a bill to require disclosure of donations to presidential library foundations, said the prospect of secret donors poses a problem.
“When you have foreign governments and foreign business people and corporations giving huge amounts of money when the president is sitting there able to do favors for them, we ought to have it disclosed,” he said. “I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt that maybe he hadn’t thought it through. … I hope he’ll become more sensitive to it.”
Bush tried to explain his non-answers about the library by saying: “We just announced the deal, and I, frankly, have been focused elsewhere, like on gasoline prices and, you know, my trip to Africa.”
Taking ginormous undocumented contributions from foreign nationals is hard. It’s hard work.
Anyway, it’s not like anyone made a big deal about foreigners giving money to Clinton, right? Right?