posted on Mar, 26 2005 @ 07:51 PM
After drawing critisism from native American leaders accusing President Bush of ignoring the minnesota shool shootings, the president has released a
public comment on the issue decrying the massacre. The statement came just a day after President Bush called Floyd Jourdain, chairman of the Red Lake
Chippewa tribe to offer his condolences on the tragedy. White House spokeman Scott Mclellan earlier released a short statement on behalf of the
administration but President Bush has been silent on the issue which is in direct contrast on his immediate public statements made in the Terri Shiavo
CRAWFORD, Texas (Reuters) - President Bush broke his public silence on Saturday about the deadliest U.S. school shooting in six years, touting the
government's response "at this tragic time" after some American Indian leaders complained he paid little attention to the rampage.
Bush's delayed public reaction to the shooting stood in contrast to his swift and high-profile intervention earlier this week to try to prolong the
life of Terri Schiavo, a brain-damaged woman in Florida whose feeding tube was removed.
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George W Bush's popularity is at its lowest point in his presidency and Clyde Bellacourt, founder of the American indian Movement in Red lake has
said his comments come too late.
Bellacourt cited Bush breaking off his vacation to bring about legislation that would save Terry Shiavo's life but meanwhile ignoring the tragedy in
President Bush said in a radio adress that federal authorities were co-ordinating relief efforts with local and tribal law enforcement.
[edit on 26-3-2005 by Mayet]