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dc sports
01-23-2001, 02:02 PM
This could have been a clever pratical joke. But, the fact that most of the keys weren't just removed and hidden, but broken or damaged, is sad. This is pretty childish.

No matter who you voted for, you are now, as taxpayers, paying for dozens of broken keyboards, and the salaries of staffers who aren't able to do their work.

Thoughts?

http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/story.hts/front/804083

Houston Chronicle -- Jan. 23, 2001, 11:19AM
Hey, buddy, can you spare a W?
Reuters -- WASHINGTON -- Call it the strange case of the missing Ws.

President George W. Bush has lost his middle initial from many computer keyboards at the Old Executive Office Building in the White House complex. In an apparent prank carried out by departing Clinton administration staffers, Bush aides discovered that dozens of computer keyboards were missing the "W" key. Bush aides said today that the W was marked out in some cases but often the key had been removed -- and sometimes taped on top of doorways -- or damaged with the spring broken.

The new team was studying whether any of the keyboards could be salvaged, but it appeared in many cases they would simply have to be replaced. In the West Wing, the computers seemed not to have been vandalized. "I have my W," White House spokesman Ari Fleischer said.

Bush made a big deal out of his middle initial during campaign rallies, often holding up the middle three fingers of his hand to form a W. He is often popularly referred to as "Dubya." Bush's middle name is Walker. He would joke to crowds that if his Democratic presidential rival, Al Gore, was so smart, why did every Internet address start with a W. "And not just one W -- three Ws!" he would exult.

Bush aides were working to repair or replace the keys.

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RocketMan Tex
01-23-2001, 02:17 PM
Pretty damn silly. And, since we know doorknobs at the Pentagon cost something line 5 grand each, it looks like the country will be spending the entire "budget Surplus" at Best Buy on new freaking keyboards.

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SpaceCity
01-23-2001, 02:23 PM
What's up with Bush throwing out gang signs?!

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Rocketman95
01-23-2001, 02:24 PM
Looks like Bush supporters will still dig and dig for anything bad to say about Clinton. (I'm kidding dc sports, I'm referring to a different thread)

This is probably a tradition, outgoing staffers do some sort of practical joke, no big deal.

If asshole extraordinaire Ari Fleischer can joke about it, it's probably not that big a deal.

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Pole
01-23-2001, 02:32 PM
Actually, this is the first thing the Clinton administration has ever done that's brought a smile to my face.

Oh well....better late than never.

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Jeff
01-23-2001, 02:34 PM
The expense is not good but I couldn't help laughing out-loud over the joke. As a prank, it's a good one. From an economical standpoint, not so much.

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jamcracker
01-23-2001, 03:21 PM
The expense?

Shall I start a 'W' collection here at the office? How many W's do I need? (the article says 'many') I'd be happy to do my part to help the new Bush administration. Where should I send my bag of keys?

Does anybody actually use the 'Scroll Lock' key for anything useful? Just have the Bushies pop their scoll lock keys off use those. They're the same size.

Someone can draw a 'W' on them with a Magic Marker if necessary.

Don't whine about the cost and lost work hours please.

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mc mark
01-23-2001, 04:10 PM
"The new team was studying whether any of the keyboards could be salvaged, but it appeared in many cases they would simply have to be replaced."

Probably take at least 6 months and a couple of million dollars.

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heypartner
01-23-2001, 04:19 PM
lol jamcracker!!

Steve_Francis_rules
01-23-2001, 05:24 PM
Not a bad prank, but with the way the government wastes money, its going to cost a fortune to recover from this.

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stringthing
01-23-2001, 10:21 PM
<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by SpaceCity:
What's up with Bush throwing out gang signs?!

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gr8-1
01-24-2001, 01:44 AM
how much does a keyboard cost ?

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RocksMillenium
01-25-2001, 01:26 AM
HAHA to funny!

<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Bush made a big deal out of his middle initial during campaign rallies, often holding up the middle three fingers of his hand to form a W. He is often popularly referred to as "Dubya." Bush's middle name is Walker. He would joke to crowds that if his Democratic presidential rival, Al Gore, was so smart, why did every Internet address start with a W. "And not just one W -- three Ws!" he would exult.
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Hey Bush if you're so smart how come you don't have a 'W' on your keyboard! http://bbs.clutchcity.net/ubb/wink.gif http://bbs.clutchcity.net/ubb/smile.gif




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MadMax
01-25-2001, 11:29 AM
This is great!!! This is easily the best thing the Clinton administration has ever done!! Very funny!!

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JuanValdez
01-25-2001, 04:42 PM
I'm not too familiar with this news source, but here's a report I have not been able to find on CNN.

http://www.drudgereport.com/wh93a.htmXXXXX DRUDGE REPORT XXXXX WED JAN 24, 2001 18:51 ET XXXXX

WHITE HOUSE OFFICES LEFT 'TRASHED': PORN BOMBS, LEWD MESSAGES; LEGAL PROBE CONSIDERED

**Exclusive Details**

The Bush Administration has quietly launched an investigation into apparent acts of vandalism and destruction of federal property -- after incoming Bush staffers discover widespread sabotage of White House office equipment and lewd messages left behind by previous tenants!

Harriet Miers, 55, Assistant to President Bush and staff secretary will be investigating possible legal ramifications of the White House trashing and possible theft, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned.

"Miers is just beginning her investigation," a well-place source said late Wednesday from Washington. "The level of the trashing is very troubling, this is not just 'W' keys missing from keyboards."

The damage left by departing Clintonites goes "way beyond pranks, to vandalism", said a close Bush adviser.

White House employees aren't waiting to be interviewed by Miers. They are providing names of the worst malefactors, previous occupants of specific offices.

Photographic and audio evidence is being collected -- as the full scope of the damage becomes clear.

Bush's staff has been cautioned not to go public with the extent of the damage and the worst is being closely held among very top staffers for fear of leaks. But, according to sources, so far Bush officials have found:

*Phone lines were cut, rendering them inoperable.

*Voice mail messages were changed to obscene, scatological greetings. One Bush staffer had his grandmother call from the Midwest. She was horrified by what she heard on the other end of the line.

*Many phone lines misdirected to other government offices.

*Desks found turned completely upside down and trash deliberately left everywhere.

*Computer printers that were filled with blank paper but interspersed with pornographic pictures and obscene slogans that would be revealed only as items were run off the computer.

*'W' keys weren't just pried off more than 40 keyboards, some were glued on with Superglue; some were turned upside down and glued on.

*Filing cabinets glued shut.

*VP Office space in the Old Executive Office Building found in complete shambles. Mrs. Gore had to phone Mrs. Cheney to apologize, first reported by Rich Galen's Mullings.

*Lewd MagicMarker graffiti found on one office hallway.

Separately, the WASHINGTON TIMES reported that Air Force One was "stripped bare" during the former president's "official" farewell flight to New York on Inaugural Day.

All the plane's porcelain china, silverware, salt and pepper shakers, blankets and pillow cases most of it bearing the presidential seal -- were taken by Clinton staff, a military steward told the paper.

Developing...



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Rocketman95
01-25-2001, 04:44 PM
Good ole Matt Drudge. He's a source of unbiased reporting if I've ever heard of one.

JuanValdez
01-25-2001, 05:12 PM
RM95, knowing the person who referred me to this article, I don't doubt that he's biased. However, unless he's out-and-out lying about what's happened (is he? I don't know), that's a bit over the top.

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Achebe
01-25-2001, 05:19 PM
Wasn't Drudge the fetching idiot that claimed Alec Baldwin was going to move out of the US if W won? Baldwin had actually made that comment 8 or 9 years ago, but for Bush Sr..

Maybe this all happened during the Bush Sr./Cinton rollover. Hmmmm... http://bbs.clutchcity.net/ubb/smile.gif

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SamCassell
01-25-2001, 05:25 PM
JV, I'm surprised you haven't heard of Drudge. He and his website have been infamous for years for their reporting "style", which basically involves repeating anything he hears regardless of source, without checking the source first. That is, when he doesn't make the stuff up himself.

Come to think of it, he's the bskball.com of the political arena.

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Mango
01-25-2001, 05:30 PM
http://www.washtimes.com/national/inbeltway.htm

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JuanValdez
01-25-2001, 05:54 PM
Cassell, no I wasn't specifically aware of his reputation though his website does look suspicious. Mango had a nice catch there with the Washington Times (reputable enough for ya?). I looked for that myself, but quickly gave up when I was distracted by something. The source (Drudge, that is) may not be reliable, but is the story true?

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Mango
01-25-2001, 06:02 PM
JuanValdez,

Where did everybody go?
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The Washington Post quoted the Drudge Report also. Would two Washington papers mention this story without doing some legwork themselves?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A45389-2001Jan25.html

About 2/3 of the way down the web page.

Just waiting for IA to post in this thread.


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Mango
01-26-2001, 12:47 PM
Here ia a link with updated info.

http://abcnews.go.com/sections/politics/DailyNews/whitehouse_010125.html

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Rocketman95
01-26-2001, 12:55 PM
I stand very much corrected and I've subscribed to the Drudge Report.

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Mango
01-26-2001, 12:59 PM
LOL


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MoonDogg
01-26-2001, 02:03 PM
What a bunch of losers.....as is anyone that actually supports this kind of immature crap.

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mc mark
01-26-2001, 02:05 PM
...so why don't you kill me.

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RocketMan Tex
01-26-2001, 03:03 PM
<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by Ty_Webb:
What utter pieces of garbage. thank god these dirt bags are gone.

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jamcracker
01-26-2001, 03:05 PM
snopes has put up a page about this (http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/outrage/vandal.htm)

[This message has been edited by jamcracker (edited January 26, 2001).]

Vengeance
01-26-2001, 03:10 PM
In Matt Drudge's defense though, he has broken LOTS of stories way before anyone else -- Jesse Jackson, Clinton/Lewinsky, Clinton Pardons, etc.

But I wouldn't necessarily trust him as a reliable source until it's in the Washington Post or something like that.

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TraJ
01-26-2001, 04:00 PM
Good point Vengeance. Guys like that do serve a purpose (whether ultra liberal or ultra conservative), but it's not a real good idea to buy into what they say until others have had the opportunity of looking into it. They do, however, often serve to bring that about. Sometimes they're right, and other times they're not.

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MoonDogg
01-26-2001, 05:59 PM
<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by mc mark:
...so why don't you kill me.
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Ummm..nice thought, but that would drop me down to your level... http://bbs.clutchcity.net/ubb/wink.gif

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ROCKETBOOSTER
01-26-2001, 07:06 PM
Clinton should not have left soiled cigars under Bushes pillow. That was very immature.

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MadMax
01-26-2001, 07:47 PM
Ok..this now goes WAY beyond what I thought was funny!!! I just can't believe anyone would defend this! Are you guys seriously defending this?? Please tell me you're not! I would like to think if this were a Republican administration that I would not try to defend it. This is just downright stupid!

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Ty_Webb
01-27-2001, 01:26 AM
What utter pieces of garbage. thank god these dirt bags are gone.

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Mango
01-27-2001, 01:43 AM
Ty,

Seems that we have gotten things back to neutral. Please don't push it.

Thank you
Mango

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