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Tom Delay gets a Ride on Air Force One

Reported by Donna - April 26, 2005

Under the auspices of the president's social security plan, Fox took the opportunity to photo op Tom Delay on Studio B with Shepard Smith today.

In a story reported by Mike Emanuel, who was in Galveston, Texas for the last leg of the President's 60 day 'sell' on his social security plan, Emanuel pointed out that some people in Galveston have an option plan on their social security. He stated that they could have some of their money put into private accounts and that is why the president was finishing up his tour there.

Although Emanuel reported that 2/3 of American people do not support the president's plan, he said the president chose to look at a poll that said that 60% of Americans think that Congress is moving too slow regarding social security.

But the real bonus was when Fox showed Tom Delay standing up in the audience to rip roaring applause. Emanuel said that the president's aides said that the president "appreciates Delay's leadership in the House and supports him as strongly as ever." Emanuel then stated that Delay was in Galveston and the president was going to give him a ride back to Washington on Air Force One.

Shepard Smith seemed a bit taken back with this revelation and said that this was quite a show of support, how did this happen? Emanuel was from the area even though this was not his district, but when he was introduced to the crowd, they went pretty nuts for him. (He didn't answer Smith's question)

Smith answered, "Yes, I noticed that."

Comment: What was supposed to be a wrap up on the president's 60 day tour of trying to push his social security plan turned into a photo op of Tom Delay to the rip roaring applause of the crowd in Galveston and sealed with enthusiastic approval from the president.

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