President Bush has apparently heard enough. In a speech today in Philadelphia, the President implicitly rejected Trent Lott’s claim that he merely used a “poor choice of words” and intended to refer to issues other than segregation when he praised Strom Thurmond’s 1948 Presidential run. As reported in the Washington Post, Bush said: “Any suggestion that a segregated past was acceptable or positive is offensive and it is wrong.” Turning to Lott specifically, he said: “He [Lott] has apologized and rightly so. Every day our nation was segregated was a day that America was unfaithful to our founding ideals. And the founding ideals of our nation and in fact the founding ideals of the political party I represent was and remains today the equal dignity and equal rights of every American.” We hope this is the prelude to Lott being eased out as Senate Leader before the next Congress begins.
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