(CBS/AP) President Bush broke his public silence on the Tsunami disaster Wednesday, rejecting a U.N. official's claim that wealthy Western nations weren't doing enough for poor countries. Mr. Bush said the United States, India, Australia and Japan have formed an international coalition to coordinate worldwide relief and reconstruction efforts. 

Mr. Bush pledged a multifaceted response from the United States that goes far beyond the $35 million initially pledged, including U.S. military manpower and damage surveillance teams in the short term and long-term rebuilding assistance. He also called on Americans to donate cash to relief organizations to augment the response. The president's low profile in the Tsunami disaster had prompted criticism about his failure to say anything publicly about the calamity...

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Do you think President Bush is being stingy in the amount of aid he`s giving Southeast Asia?
(CBS/AP) President Bush broke his public silence on the Tsunami disaster Wednesday, rejecting a U.N. official`s claim that wealthy Western nations weren`t doing enough for poor countries. Mr. Bush said the United States, India, Australia and Japan have formed an international coalition to coordinate worldwide relief and reconstruction efforts.

Mr. Bush pledged a multifaceted response from the United States that goes far beyond the $35 million initially pledged, including U.S. military manpower and damage surveillance teams in the short term and long-term rebuilding assistance. He also called on Americans to donate cash to relief organizations to augment the response. The president`s low profile in the Tsunami disaster had prompted criticism about his failure to say anything publicly about the calamity...

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17 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Tuesday 1/11/05 - 11:05:41 PM EST (GMT-5)
17 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Tuesday 1/11/05 - 11:11:03 PM EST (GMT-5)
Stingy?

Hardly.

17 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Wednesday 1/12/05 - 4:06:18 PM EST (GMT-5)
How many forms of this question are we going to be subjected to?

Give it a f*cking rest!!!!!

17 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Saturday 1/15/05 - 9:12:44 PM EST (GMT-5)
No. I think its the right amount. And yeah I agree. I think I answered a question almost exactly like this yesterday.
17 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Saturday 1/15/05 - 9:45:34 PM EST (GMT-5)
Sure. I'll jump at any chance to say something negative about Bush.
17 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Sunday 1/16/05 - 10:02:32 AM EST (GMT-5)
Seriously, if the tsunami happened to the U.S., who would give us money?
17 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Sunday 1/16/05 - 2:04:05 PM EST (GMT-5)
I've seen this exact same question, sans the Bush part, at least two other times besides this question.
17 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Sunday 1/16/05 - 7:10:59 PM EST (GMT-5)
There is one asking if 'your government' is giving enough - that's different though, this one is specifically for Americans. That's for everyone else.
17 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Sunday 1/16/05 - 7:13:30 PM EST (GMT-5)
The Sunami is god's act. Bush shouldn't give anything. Jesus Rules.
17 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Sunday 1/16/05 - 7:28:56 PM EST (GMT-5)
^Lawyerbird, you need to come out right now and say that you are joking and apologize for acting that stupid.

If this had happened in America, and they did not come right out and say they didn't need help, there would be donations. If they actually stated that this was an emergency that they couldn't handle on their own, there would be more. I'm not saying they'd get as much as the Asian countries are getting, but seriously, anyone who thinks the rest of the world would just stand by and watch americans die by the thousands when they have asked for help either needs to have their head examined, or it will have been proven that my lingering faith in humanity is totally misplaced.

That having been said, America could've donated more, they are the worlds richest country, and are only 3rd or 4th on the list of biggest donors, but a gift is a gift, and it is incredibly lame to smack someone and say "Why don't you give more!" when he's giving away 350+ million dollars.

17 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Sunday 1/16/05 - 7:42:53 PM EST (GMT-5)
how much did anyone else offer the US when the towers went down. NObody did anything or offer any help or money. I am acompassionate person but when we do give anyone anything and they call us stingy then f*** em. WE are not the richest country in the world ya know. How many countries fly in aid to us when there is a landslide a hurricane or an earthquake. Zero.
17 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Sunday 1/16/05 - 7:44:05 PM EST (GMT-5)
^tru tru

except for the f em! lol, but right on

17 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Sunday 1/16/05 - 7:44:37 PM EST (GMT-5)
We are the nicest people. But there are limits. And no I dont retract my post Andres.
17 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Sunday 1/16/05 - 8:02:02 PM EST (GMT-5)
No really. This upsets me. I am fighting member of the worlds greatest navy. Who goes when someone asks for help? We do. Who Comes to us when we need help. There are over 1,000,000 homeless people in america and how many countries are sending them aid.
17 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Sunday 1/16/05 - 8:08:07 PM EST (GMT-5)
That kind of thing is usually considered more of a domestic issue. America chose to go the way of low taxes instead of great big welfare system like scandinavian countries did. They got their productivity and money, they got a problem with homeless people instead. It would be dumb to expect us to pick up the slack when this is strictly a choice issue. America could fix this problem, they simply choose not to.
17 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Sunday 1/16/05 - 8:10:42 PM EST (GMT-5)
Then why is nobody calling the United Arab Emirates stingy. That my friends is the richest country in the world.
17 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Sunday 1/16/05 - 8:11:08 PM EST (GMT-5)
Um...lets stay on topic andres. This thread isnt about taxes.
17 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Sunday 1/16/05 - 8:12:40 PM EST (GMT-5)
Someone said that there was a homeless crisis in America and the rest of the world isn't helping. I said that as long as the country could help it self and simply doesn't choose to, it's not something we should be doing for them.
17 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Sunday 1/16/05 - 8:15:02 PM EST (GMT-5)
Um...since when was there a homeless crisis? There have always been homeless poeple. They used to be called bums before this PC crap.
17 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Sunday 1/16/05 - 8:15:04 PM EST (GMT-5)
Andres you do not live in the US but I can appreciate anyones own opinion. Lets say for ex., You just won $10,000,000. Now, the guy down the street who you talk to once every blue moon gets seriously injured and you feel bad for him so you give him $25,000. He calls you stingy, when just a couple months ago you were struggling to pay rent, how do you feel now?
17 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Sunday 1/16/05 - 8:16:40 PM EST (GMT-5)
What's the point of this?

I already said that it was lame to call someone cheap for not giving "an even more gargantuan amount of money"

17 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Sunday 1/16/05 - 8:17:46 PM EST (GMT-5)
Andres you are outmatched here. lol
17 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Sunday 1/16/05 - 8:20:15 PM EST (GMT-5)
Thank you Lawyer. Andres I am just trying to give you insight on how One American thinks of the situation. Not saying I am right or wrong but everthing in the world today has caused me too be a little insensitive to other countries needs before my own.
17 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Sunday 1/16/05 - 8:20:28 PM EST (GMT-5)
Elaborate? How am I outmatched?

Lottery earnings don't compare to earnings, giving to a car crash victim only slightly compares to Tsunami victims. (how many Tsunamis occur regularly, how many carcrashes do?) And how in the world is this relevant to how a Tsunami disaster is different from a home grown homeless problem?

17 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Sunday 1/16/05 - 8:22:54 PM EST (GMT-5)
And why is it assumed that I'll run into trouble paying the rent in a few months? If I managed to spend all that money that fast and be in money trouble, keeping the extra 25k wouldn't have saved me, since I'm obviously terrible at holding on to cash anyway and would've simply spent it on something else.

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