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Bush on freedom of the press

I’ve been in Boston all day, on the road since 6am, so I’m going to use executive privilege and post an email from associate editor Scott Eldridge:

Direct quote from a speech President Bush gave Wednesday: “And freedom of the press is a valuable freedom here, and it’s just something that we’ve all got to live with and value it for what it is.” Somewhere in the oath of office surely there should be a line about protecting the rights guaranteed by the constitution … or at least making a half-hearted effort at tolerating them.

It’s serendipity that I took a photo this afternoon at a rest stop on the Mass Pike of a government car parked across two handicapped spaces. The state trooper inside looked unhappy about my photography, and when he got out of the car I thought I might have to have a chat with him about freedom of the press. But I dashed to the ladies’ room – not in the mood for a public row. I was afraid I would say something like, “And you can drop dead if you think I’m going to delete the photos.” That could be construed as a threat, right? I will post the photo tomorrow; I can’t find the cord (of course I can find 12 other USB connector cables).

Here’s the photo showing a state trooper parked across two handicapped spaces. Our tax dollars at work. I am only hoping that the person he was driving was not the new governor!

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