The Times, Trenton

'Bush Legacy Bus' Rolls Through Trenton

The Times of Trenton — Thursday, July 10, 2008

BY LINDA STEIN

TRENTON — A bit of political theater came to town yesterday in the form of a big, blue bus with an anti-Bush, anti-Republican message.

Dubbed the "Bush Legacy Bus," and run by Americans United for Change, the bus parked in front of the State House for several hours yesterday and offered exhibits about President Bush's policies on global warming, education, health care, the economy, high oil prices, the gap between the rich and the poor and the ongoing Iraq war.

The exhibits inside the bus, which has the feel of a museum, include a display on global warming highlighting Bush's failure to sign the Kyoto treaty on climate change and his plans for oil drilling in the Arctic.

A gas tank at the rear of the bus displays the logo "Bush & Cheney Oil" around a large "W."

Other displays include documentation of the income gap between the rich and the poor, a large photographic depiction of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and information about the war in Iraq, which includes the boots of a fallen soldier.

The Rev. Robert Moore, executive director of the Princeton-based Coalition for Peace Action, spoke to reporters, saying the bus is "an example of speaking truth to power."

Bush's policies "have been nothing but disastrous. He has neo-conned us into a war" that cost more than 4,000 American lives, an estimated 1.2 million Iraqi lives and billions of dollars, Moore said.

Moore, whose group has more than 3,000 members, also blamed the New Jersey Republicans in Congress for supporting Bush and approving funds for the war.

That was also the theme for Ladonna Blount, a spokesperson for New Jersey Citizen Action, a group that also sponsored the bus visit to the state.

Julie Blust, with Americans United for Change, which calls it self an "issue-advocacy group," said the bus, which is powered by bio- diesel, will visit 41 states over the next five months and has made stops in six states since hitting the road last month. The bus will ap pear at both the Democratic and Republican conventions and will go to Crawford, Texas, where Bush has a ranch.

Today it moves on to Philadelphia and Baltimore. It will also stop at the hometowns of Bush's congressional allies, Blust noted.

"We want to hold accountable those who helped Bush," she said. "We mustn't forget that Bush didn't do it alone."

Andrew Coleman, a state worker who lives in Spring Lake Heights, checked out bus yesterday.

"It's great," he said. "It's very much needed." Coleman blamed the media for ignoring a lot of Bush-related issues.

"While Democrats continue to engage in their blame-game agenda, the American people are still waiting for this Democrat-led Congress to start putting the priorities of working Americans first, especially when it comes to the sky rocketing cost of gasoline," said Ken Spain, the press secretary for the National Republican Congressional Committee, when asked to comment about the bus.

"After a year and a half of being in control of Congress, Democrats have nothing to show for it other than record-low approval ratings," he said.

For more information about the Bush Legacy Bus, go to www.americansunitedforchange.org.

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