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Woman calls Bush 'bastard,' Hillary Clinton smiles
by Glenn Thrush
BRIDGETON, Mo. -- An elderly lady in the audience at Hillary Clinton's town hall outside of St. Louis prefaced a question about a rumored U.S.-Mexico-Canada economic union this morning by saying "Bush the bastard..."
Hillary smiled, head bobbing slightly, and didn't say a word in dissent. The crowd roared in approval.
The woman, speaking during a question-and-answer session focused on trade competition and pocketbook issues, asked about a widely-circulated conspiracy theory that President Bush was pushing for the creation of a North American "Amero" currency that would replace the greenback dollar.
"He has this all planned for 2010," the questioner said of Bush.
"Let me say that I've heard that story and there's not a lot of truth to it," Clinton responded, adding that if it was real she would kill it in a "bird-dog minute."
The Amero idea was first floated 1999 by Canadian economist Herbert G. Grubel to emulate the euro and is a favorite topic of conspiracy theorists.
Clinton, her voice raspy and ragged from a cold and ceaseless campaigning, seemed exhausted -- answering a question about gays in the military with a long dissertation on No Child Left Behind and education policy.
from a cold and ceaseless campaigning