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This article is about the '''presidential campaign of George W. Bush,''' the incumbent [[President of the United States]] and winner of the [[U.S. presidential election, 2004|2004 Presidential Election]]. See '''[[George W. Bush]]''' for a detailed biography and information about his current presidency, and '''[[George W. Bush presidential campaign, 2000]]''' for a description of his first presidential campaign. See '''[[United States presidential election, 2004]]''' for general information on the 2004 election.
 
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This is a fully complete and authoritative account about the 2004 hunt for George W Bush's brain. Any alterations to this article will be viewed as a breach of section 2.6 of the Wikipedia rules. All guilty parties will be dismembered forthwith.
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George W. Bush's opponent was [[United States Senate|U.S. Sen.]] [[John Kerry|John F. Kerry]] ([[United States Democratic party|D]]-[[Massachusetts|Mass.]]), whose [[U.S. Democratic Party presidential nomination, 2004|primary campaign]] was successful in securing the majority of Democratic delegate votes. For his presidential campaign, see [[John Kerry presidential campaign, 2004]].
 
   
George W. Bush's chief political strategist was [[Karl Rove]], who had the title Senior Advisor to the President. He was later joined in [[August 2004]] by [[Karen Hughes]], a former Bush advisor who returned after some time away. His campaign manager was [[Ken Mehlman]].
 
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==The President's Brain Is Missing==
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Early on there were signs that something was wrong with Georgie Pordgie's brain. A top secret hunt began code-named "The president's Brain is Missing". The brain was eventually found in a cave in Afghanistan where it had engaged in some hanky-panky with Oompa-Loompa Laden.
   
==Issue stances==
 
====Abortion====
 
[[Image:Bush2004.gif|right]]
 
Bush expressed opinions in agreement with the "[[pro-life]]" movement.
 
   
====Community Aid====
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====The Aftermath====
Bush established the [[White House Office of Faith Based and Community Initiatives]], which allowed the federal government to fund community aid programs that were provided by a religious institution. He proposed a youth mentoring program for disadvantaged students and children of prisoners.
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Top surgeons tried to place the brain back in the Bush. They succeeded but - oh dear - what was this? The Bush was still acting somewhat off-the-handle (to put it mildly). All it could think about was sex and talk gibberish. Medical experts determined that the president had the cogitative faculties and antics of a highly-charged rabbit.
   
====Economy====
 
Bush supported making the [[tax cut]]s passed during his first term permanent; he maintained that the tax cuts made the recent recession shallower and shorter than it would otherwise have been.
 
   
====Health Care====
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====Yo Blair!====
Bush's proposals for expanding health care coverage were more modest than those advanced by Senator Kerry. <ref>ROBIN TONER , [http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9506EEDE1F3CF937A25756C0A9629C8B63 "THE 2004 CAMPAIGN: POLITICAL MEMO; Biggest Divide? Maybe It's Health Care,"] The New York Times, Tuesday, December 18, 2007</ref><ref>[http://www.nytimes.com/2004/10/03/opinion/03sun1.html "CAMPAIGN 2004: THE BIG ISSUES - Kerry vs. Bush on Health Care,"] The New York Times, October 3, 2004</ref><ref>Ceci Connolly, [http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A21929-2004Aug21.html "Bush Health Care Plan Seems to Fall Short,"] The Washington Post, August 22, 2004</ref> Several estimates were made comparing the cost and impact of the Bush and Kerry proposals. While the estimates varied, they all indicated that the increase in coverage and the funding requirements of the Bush plan would both be lower than those of the more comprehensive Kerry plan.<ref>John Sheils, [http://www.lewin.com/SpotlightPages/Bush+and+Kerry+Health+Plan+Analysis.htm "Lewin Presents an Independent Comparison of the Bush and Kerry Health Proposals,"] The [[Lewin Group]], September 21, 2004</ref><ref>Joseph Antos, Roland (Guy) King, Donald Muse, Tom Wildsmith and Judy Xanthopoulos, [http://www.aei.org/docLib/20040913_KerryBushHealthPlans.pdf "Analyzing the Kerry and Bush Health Proposals: Estimates of Cost and Impact,"] The [[American Enterprise Institute]], September 13, 2004</ref>
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Experts decided to let the Bush roam free - deciding to follow the old maxim 'a stick in the hand is worth two if it's in the bush'. A romance emerged between Georgie and Blair [pronounced Bleurrr-uucchhh]. They first met in June at a dating club. However the temperature really soared in August when the two met again at Hairy Horace's Striptease joint. George W was leaning back in his armchair smoking a kipper and admiring Hairy Horace gracefully removed his false teeth when suddenly Blair walked in. Georgie could not contain himself, "Yo Blair!" he called out in a falsetto, "come here my boy I want to thrash your backside".
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"Yes sir," said Blaair, "I'll do anything you want". Blair pulled down his trousers and positioned himself on George W's knee - oh my wasn't he a good little boy?
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"Tally ho sir, pray continue. Spank me, spank me!" he cried creaming his pants in anticipation.
   
====Education====
 
Bush signed the ''[[No Child Left Behind Act]]'', which requires mandatory standardized testing, forces schools that do not meet standards to provide alternate options for students, and stated the aim of closing the race and [[gender gap]] in schools. His [[Fiscal year|FY]] 2005 budget proposed a 49% increase in elementary and secondary education compared to the FY 2001 budget.
 
   
====Environment====
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====Present situation====
Bush's [[Clear Skies Act]] repealed or reduced [[air pollution]] controls, including environmental protections of the [[Clean Air Act]]. His FY 2005 budget provided $4.4 billion for conservation programs. He signed legislation pushing for the cleanup of abandoned industrial sites (also known as [[brownfields]]) and keeping forest fires at bay. He fell under criticism for rejecting the [[Kyoto Protocol]] which would commit the United States to reducing [[greenhouse gas]] emissions which are believed by much of the relevant science community to cause [[global warming]]. The Bush administration stated that this would cost the economy up to $.3.
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Blair and Bush are no longer in office but if you were to stroll into Hairy Horace's today you will see a rather cruffy and dirty Bush beating a rather delighted looking Bleurgh.
 
====Homeland security====
 
After the [[September 11, 2001 attacks|September 11th terrorist attacks]], Bush signed the [[USA PATRIOT Act]] and created the [[United States Department of Homeland Security|Department of Homeland Security]]. He also created the Terrorist Threat Integration Center (TTIC) and the [[Terrorist Screening Center]] (TSC). He then promoted the idea of an independent "Czar of Intelligence" outside of the White House in response to the [[9/11 Commission]]'s findings.
 
 
====Same-sex marriage and gay rights====
 
Bush has expressed support for "protecting the sanctity of marriage." He endorsed the [[Federal Marriage Amendment]], a proposed [[constitutional amendment]] that would define marriage for all of the states as strictly heterosexual. Late in the 2004 campaign, however, he said that the states should be allowed to "enable people to you know, be able to have rights, like others," though marriage would not be among them. [http://www.abcnews.go.com/Politics/story?id=193746&page=1] Activists on both sides of the issue took this comment as endorsing [[civil union]]s. [http://www.civilmarriage.org/article.php?story=20041026134115870]
 
 
=== National security and foreign policy ===
 
President Bush submitted his [[National Security Strategy of the United States]]; the "three pillars" of this are to:
 
* '''Defend the peace''' by working against [[terrorism|terrorists]] and terrorist-tolerating regimes.
 
* '''Preserve the peace''' by maintaining relations with allies and reaching out to nations to combat terrorism.
 
* '''Extend the peace''' by spreading democracy and human rights across the globe.
 
 
====Afghanistan====
 
Supported [[History of Afghanistan since 1992#U.S. invasion of Afghanistan|continued American involvement]] in Afghanistan. Believed President [[Hamid Karzai]] to be beneficial to Afghanistan's progress.
 
 
====Libya====
 
In a series of negotiations which involved Libya, Britain, and the United States, Libya turned over materials relevant to the production of nuclear weapons.
 
 
====Iraq====
 
Supported [[2003 invasion of Iraq|the continuation of American military presence in Iraq]]. Promoted the goal of democratic elections by January 2005 as integral to the nation's democratic reform.
 
 
====Saudi Arabia====
 
Bush advocated pressure on the [[Saudi Royal Family]] to more directly combat [[terrorism]] and to seize the assets of [[terrorism|terrorists]] operating within their borders.
 
 
See [[neoconservatism]] for more on his foreign agenda.
 
 
==Campaign controversies==
 
===Military service controversy===
 
''See main article [[George W. Bush military service controversy]]''
 
 
In previous campaigns, Bush had been criticized for his military service record. He skipped over a long waiting list to receive a spot in the [[Air National Guard]]; once he was in the Guard, it has been alleged he did not complete all his required duties. These long-standing charges were given more attention in the 2004 campaign because of the contrast with Kerry's record as a decorated combat veteran of the [[Vietnam War]].
 
 
A group of Bush supporters countered with an advertising campaign arguing that some of Kerry's medals had been undeserved (see [[John Kerry military service controversy]]). The subject was further highlighted when [[CBS News]] released [[Killian documents|memos]] purportedly from Bush's commanding officer in the Guard. The memos added some unflattering details about Bush's Guard service. Almost immediately, however, widespread doubts were raised about their [[wiktionary:authenticity|authenticity]]. CBS News eventually concluded that it could not validate them and that it should not have used them. The incident may have ended up helping Bush by creating doubts about the legitimacy of his detractors.
 
 
==="Audiogate": the mystery bulge===
 
<!-- Deleted image removed: [[Image:DebateBulge1.jpg|right|thumb|300px|Frame grab from the 2004 presidential debate illustrating a mysterious bulge beneath George W. Bush's suit coat.]] -->
 
Citing an unexplained bulge [http://homepage.mac.com/c.shaw/BushBulges/PhotoAlbum15.html] in the back of his [[Suit (clothes)|suit jacket]], allegations in the media suggested that George W. Bush was wired with a hidden [[earpiece]] of sorts in order to receive [[coaching]] during the 2004 Presidential Debate. A number of blogs[http://www.bushwired.blogspot.com/] began following this matter, speculating that the "bulge" could have been anything from an audio [[transmitter]], medical device, or [[bulletproof vest]].
 
 
When [[Salon.com|Salon]] first broke the news of these allegations, Bush campaign officials initially downplayed the bulge and questioned the authenticity of the [[photographs]] stating that they were likely [[forgery|doctored]]. This statement was retracted after television footage showed the same feature. A seller of surveillance equipment who looked at the images concluded, "There's certainly something on his back, and it appears to be electronic."{{Who|date=July 2007}}
 
 
In response to persistent questioning about the bulge, Bush [[campaign manager]] Ken Mehlman replied "The president is an [[extraterrestrial life|alien]]. That's your quote of the day. He has been getting information from [[Mars (planet)|Mars]]." [http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A32527-2004Oct14.html]
 
 
The maker of the suit, [[Georges de Paris]], said that the bulge was simply a pucker in the [[cloth|fabric]] that became more visible when Bush crossed his arms and leaned forward. At least one doctor has concluded it was Bush's [[backbone]].
 
 
President Bush stated in an interview with [[Charles Gibson]] on [[American Broadcasting Company|ABC]]'s ''[[Good Morning America]]'' that the mystery bulge was "a poorly tailored shirt." He said there was no sound system or electrical signal. After the election, sources<!--Which sources?--> in the Bush Administration claimed to ''[[The Hill]]'' that the bulge was merely Bush's bulletproof vest, and that the information was not disclosed to avoid compromising his personal security.<ref>[http://politicalwire.com/archives/2004/11/05/last_word_on_bushs_bulge.html Last Word on Bush's Bulge - Political Wire<!-- Bot generated title -->]</ref>
 
 
Bob Fertik of Democrats.com claims that the President still secretly wears an earpiece, and that Karl Rove uses it to guide the President through public statements.[http://www.democrats.com/taxonomy/term/174] It has been noted that, while speaking publicly, Bush pauses irregularly in the midst of sentences, often while tilting his head to the right as if listening to something.<SUP>[http://play.rbn.com/?url=demnow/demnow/demand/2006/oct/video/dnB20061004a.rm&proto=rtsp (scroll to 2:40 for example)]</SUP>
 
 
===Television advertising: 9/11===
 
Bush's campaign launched its first major set of television commercials on [[March 3]], [[2004]]. Although these four spots (three in English and one in Spanish) contained no reference to Senator Kerry, two (one in English and the one in Spanish, both titled, "Safer, Stronger") generated controversy for their inclusion of four seconds of images drawn from the aftermath of the [[September 11, 2001 attacks]], including the wreckage of the [[World Trade Center]] site, images of [[New York City Fire Department|New York firefighters]] (the New York firefighters' union supported Kerry), and the image of a flag-draped [[coffin]] being carried out of the attack site.[http://www.georgewbush.com/tvads]
 
 
Some families of 9/11 victims accused the Bush campaign of being insensitive to the memory of those who died and of exploiting the tragedy for his personal political gain. Bush campaign advisor [[Karen Hughes]] defended the ads as "very tasteful" and noted that 9/11 was a defining event for Bush's presidency.
 
 
The main topic of this heated discussion is the use of actual images of the attack. The use of images from the attack, said [[Pennsylvania]] [[Governor]] [[Ed Rendell]], a Democrat, on [[Face the Nation]], implies support from New York firefighters. Rendell claims that a New York firefighters union head supports Kerry for President. But although the International Association of Firefighters was the first union to support Kerry, the Uniformed Firefighters Association of Greater New York endorsed the President for re-election in [[August 2004]].
 
 
Defenders of the Bush messages liken his messages to those of [[Franklin Delano Roosevelt|Franklin D. Roosevelt]]'s re-election campaign, which used images of the [[December 7]] attack by [[Japan]] on the United States and advised Americans to "Remember [[Pearl Harbor]]."
 
 
==Endorsements==
 
George Bush received endorsements from many [[United States Republican Party|Republicans]], [[United States Democratic Party|Democrat]] [[Senator]] [[Zell Miller]] of [[Georgia (U.S. state)|Georgia]] and former 12-year mayor of New York City [[Ed Koch]]. The [[Uniformed Firefighters Association of Greater New York]], representing 20,000 active and retired [[firefighter]]s, endorsed the President on [[August 31]], [[2004]].
 
 
==Slogan==
 
Bush's campaign never officially announced a campaign slogan. However, Bush's campaign made several bus tours bearing de facto slogans. These include the "Yes, America Can" Bus Tour [http://www.georgewbush.com/Compassion/PhotoAlbum.aspx?gallery=38] and the "Heart and Soul" Bus Tour [http://www.georgewbush.com/News/photoalbum.aspx?gallery=131], which used the slogan "Moving America Forward". The [[2004 Republican National Convention]] in [[New York City]] featured the slogan "A Safer World and More Hopeful America". Another slogan used was "steady leadership in times of change".
 
 
==Vice Presidential choices==
 
George W. Bush kept [[Dick Cheney]] as his [[running mate]], but there was continuing speculation during the summer of 2004 that he might have been replaced; notably, former [[New York]] [[United States Senate|Sen.]] [[Al D'Amato]] publicly stated that Bush should replace Cheney. Speculation about [[United States Vice President|vice presidential]] possibilities (besides Cheney) included:
 
 
* [[Rudy Giuliani]], former [[Mayor of New York]]
 
* [[Bill Owens]], [[Governor of Colorado]]
 
* [[Condoleezza Rice]], [[Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs]]
 
* [[Bill Frist]], [[Senate Majority Leader]]
 
* [[Colin Powell]], [[United States Secretary of State|Secretary of State]]
 
* [[John McCain]], U.S. Senator from [[Arizona]]
 
* [[Orrin Hatch]], U.S. Senator from [[Utah]]
 
 
==Convention and nomination==
 
Bush gave many promises during his acceptance speech to the [[2004 Republican National Convention]]. At the end of his speech, he encouraged listeners to view his [http://www.georgewbush.com/agenda/ website] in order to learn more about his agenda if he wins his next presidential term. His speech promises include the following which his campaign is called "A Plan for A Safer World & More Hopeful America":
 
 
*Rewrite and simplification of Tax Code
 
*Creation of "Opportunity zones" to encourage companies to move into areas where companies closed
 
*Allowing and encouraging small businesses to join together to negotiate for health care
 
*Establishment of health centers in every poor or rural county in the country that does not have one
 
*Promoting flexible schedules to make companies family friendly
 
*More funding for local and [[community college]]s
 
*Creating personal social security account options to allow social security to be self managed for younger workers
 
 
As a result of Bush's speech in NYC, the incumbent President was able to do something his opponent [[John Kerry]] was unable to do much of...get a significant bounce in the polls. The day after the convention was finished, the polls showed a double-digit lead over Kerry, although when the poll asked about the economy both candidates were still in a dead heat.
 
 
==Debates==
 
On [[September 20]]th, the Bush campaign and the [[John Kerry presidential campaign, 2004|Kerry campaign]] jointly released [[United States presidential debates MOU, 2004|a memorandum of understanding]] between the two campaigns. The 32-page MOU covered in minute detail many aspects of the staging and format for the [[United States presidential election debates, 2004|presidential and vice-presidential debates]].
 
 
On [[September 30]]th, Bush debated Kerry at [[University of Miami]] in [[Coral Gables, Florida]] in the [[United States presidential election debates, 2004#First presidential debate &mdash; September 30|first]] of three scheduled debates. [[Opinion poll|Polls]] conducted immediately following the debate suggests that a majority of undecided voters believe that, while neither candidate committed any serious gaffes, Kerry fared better than Bush did.
 
 
A [[United States presidential election debates, 2004#Second presidential debate &mdash; October 8|second debate]], in "town hall" format, was held on [[October 8]] at [[Washington University in St. Louis]] with [[Charles Gibson]] moderating. Bush later attempted to deflect criticism of what was described as his scowling demeanor during the first debate, joking at one point about one of Kerry's remarks, "That answer made me want to scowl." [http://www.suntimes.com/output/news/cst-nws-deb09.html]
 
 
The [[United States presidential election debates, 2004#Third presidential debate &mdash; October 13|final debate]] occurred on [[October 13]] at [[Arizona State University]] and was moderated by [[Bob Schieffer]] of [[CBS News]].
 
 
The [[United States presidential election debates, 2004#Vice-presidential debate &mdash; October 5|only vice presidential debate]] between [[Vice President]] [[Dick Cheney]] and [[Senator]] [[John Edwards]] happened on [[October 5]] at [[Case Western Reserve University]]. It was moderated by [[Gwen Ifill]] of the [[Public Broadcasting Service]].
 
 
==Features of the campaign==
 
The foundation of Bush's campaign for re-election was ideological [[conservatism]]. Members of the campaign team believe there are clear ideological differences between George W. Bush and [[John Kerry]], and believe this contrasts with the [[United States presidential election, 2000|2000 Presidential election]], in which both candidates attempted to portray themselves as "[[centrists]]". [http://washingtontimes.com/national/20040601-122125-2987r.htm] Critics have argued that the crux of Bush's campaign was the suggestion that John Kerry would be soft on terrorism in comparison to George Bush, and to present Bush as a "war President". They also claim that the Bush campaign is concerned mainly with personalities rather than tackling ideological issues. [http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/5625195/site/newsweek/]
 
 
Much of the opposition to the Bush campaign (and vis-a-vis support to the Kerry campaign) took the form of "[[Anybody but Bush]]" - voters who would vote for anyone instead of [[George W. Bush]].
 
 
==Campaign visits==
 
Not since the 1972 presidential election had Minnesota been an important Battleground Swing State as it was in 2004. As a result President George W. Bush made 8 unprecedented campaign visits to Minnesota. On April 26, 2004 he made a first time presidential campaign visit to Edina, Minnesota during which Congressmen Jim Ramstad presented The President with the book “Lest We Forget” by John C. Martin, a U.S. Civil War veteran and Department Commander of the G.A.R. The National Daughters of the Grand Army first presented the book to President Coolidge on August 3, 1928.
 
 
==Election and victory==
 
[[Image:BUSHLAURA.jpg|thumb|320px|right|President [[George W. Bush]] dances with [[First Lady]] [[Laura Bush]] during the celebrations of winning re-election. This event was in [[Washington, D.C.]] and the theme centered around the [[Commander-In-Chief]].]]
 
 
The election took place on November 2, 2004 and ended with Bush gaining 286 [[Electoral College|electoral votes]] and Kerry garnering 251 electoral votes. Ironically, one vote went to Kerry's running mate and former presidential candidate, [[John Edwards]], when one of the electors (pledged to Kerry) voted for John Edwards by mistake. This was the first time in U.S. history that an elector had voted the same person for president and vice-president. As President Bush's running mate, Vice President Dick Cheney received 286 votes and John Edwards received 252.
 
 
The key state that both candidates needed was [[Ohio]]. Ohio has 20 electoral votes, enough for both candidates to surpass the necessary 270. Ohio was reporting its results, but had not counted provisional ballots. In Ohio, Kerry trailed by 136,000 votes (not including provisional ballots). The chances of Kerry gaining the necessary votes through provisional ballots was slim.
 
 
Around 2:00 p.m. EST on November 3, 2004, John Kerry made a speech at [[Faneuil Hall]], [[Boston]]. In this speech, he announced that he "cannot win this election." One hour later, George W. Bush declared that "America has spoken" and they had made a "historic victory." He said to Kerry supporters, "To make this nation stronger and better, I will need your support, and I will work to earn it."
 
 
With 286 electoral votes, President George W. Bush won the 2004 Presidential Election.
 
 
==References==
 
{{reflist}}
 
 
==See also==
 
* [[George W. Bush's first term as President of the United States]]
 
* [[U.S. presidential election, 2004]]
 
 
{{2004 U.S. presidential election}}
 
 
[[Category:Republican Party (United States) campaigns|2004 George W. Bush]]
 
[[Category:United States presidential election, 2004]]
 
[[Category:George W. Bush]]
 

Revision as of 12:59, 27 November 2008

This is a fully complete and authoritative account about the 2004 hunt for George W Bush's brain. Any alterations to this article will be viewed as a breach of section 2.6 of the Wikipedia rules. All guilty parties will be dismembered forthwith.


The President's Brain Is Missing

Early on there were signs that something was wrong with Georgie Pordgie's brain. A top secret hunt began code-named "The president's Brain is Missing". The brain was eventually found in a cave in Afghanistan where it had engaged in some hanky-panky with Oompa-Loompa Laden.


The Aftermath

Top surgeons tried to place the brain back in the Bush. They succeeded but - oh dear - what was this? The Bush was still acting somewhat off-the-handle (to put it mildly). All it could think about was sex and talk gibberish. Medical experts determined that the president had the cogitative faculties and antics of a highly-charged rabbit.


Yo Blair!

Experts decided to let the Bush roam free - deciding to follow the old maxim 'a stick in the hand is worth two if it's in the bush'. A romance emerged between Georgie and Blair [pronounced Bleurrr-uucchhh]. They first met in June at a dating club. However the temperature really soared in August when the two met again at Hairy Horace's Striptease joint. George W was leaning back in his armchair smoking a kipper and admiring Hairy Horace gracefully removed his false teeth when suddenly Blair walked in. Georgie could not contain himself, "Yo Blair!" he called out in a falsetto, "come here my boy I want to thrash your backside". "Yes sir," said Blaair, "I'll do anything you want". Blair pulled down his trousers and positioned himself on George W's knee - oh my wasn't he a good little boy? "Tally ho sir, pray continue. Spank me, spank me!" he cried creaming his pants in anticipation.


Present situation

Blair and Bush are no longer in office but if you were to stroll into Hairy Horace's today you will see a rather cruffy and dirty Bush beating a rather delighted looking Bleurgh.