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Your Pre-Thanksgiving Fluff from the Crew at F&F: Voodoo Hex on Bush Worked, Papa Bush Defends Baby Bush, Ripa vs O'Donnell and (Say It Isn't So!) the War on Christmas

Reported by Marie Therese - November 22, 2006 -

On this morning's FOX & Friends First hosts Steve Doocy, Kiran Chetry and Brian Kilmeade did segments on the series of mini-disasters that befell the President's recent trip, Daddy Bush's tearful defense of his son, the dust-up between Kelly Ripa and Rosie O'Donnell and that tired old chestnut, the "War on Christmas". Steve Doocy started things off by saying "There's a whole bunch of news and let's go back to about - what was it? - last Friday. Remember the story about the guy in Indonesia who was trying to put a hex on the President's travel plans? Well, just put it all together."

STEVE DOOCY: "First of all, we've got what Brian mentioned - the problem in Hawaii, and we'll get to that. Also there's a picture of Barbara Bush, the President's daughter. What happened to her? Well, she was down in Argentina, Buenos Aires, Argentina, in a restaurant under the supervision of the Secret Service and what happens? Somebody came in and stole her purse."

KIRAN CHETRY: "And her cell phone."

STEVE DOOCY: "And it had a bunch of stuff in there. How does that happen if there's a Secret Service guy standin' right there? They can't explain."

CHETRY: "Yeah, and then to add to that, there was also that motorcycle accident, right? A couple members of his [the President's] motorcade in a crash, so you have a Secret Service guy getting beaten up. Here's the video right now. This was the Presidential motorcade ..."

DOOCY: "Yeah."

CHETRY: "... and for some reason a few of them spun out - I think it was three different motorcycles."

BRIAN KILMEADE: "Two of them in serious condition."

DOOCY: "From the Honolulu police department: They were escorting the President to Hickam Air Force Base. Two are in serious condition this morning at Queens Medical Center. It happened about - let's see - ten minutes after seven a.m. yesterday morning. You can tell there's rain in the area and apparently the rain-slicked highways contributed to it. But they did have some down time and while the President was stayin' at a secure location, the balance of his team was staying at the Hilton Hawaiian Village and, Brian, that's where that Travel Office guy was stayin' before trouble struck."

KILMEADE: "Yeah. He's the Acting Director, jumped by three guys. He was beaten from pillar to post on the Waikiki beach and that happened on Tuesday as he was leaving that club. Meanwhile, as you mentioned Barbara Bush was robbed. Also, we find out that one of the guards was beaten up in Argentina as well by a guy, so he got the worst of that altercation...."

COMMENT: The implication of this entire segment was that the voodoo hex actually worked and that the President's trip was marred, not by human incompetence and unplanned coincidence, but by the intervention of the devil himself!

The trio then went on to proudly report that Bush 41 defended his son, our current President, during a Q&A session in the United Arab Emirates. ( N. B. The Bush family has deep, long-standing connections to the UAE. Remember the infamous Dubai Ports deal?).

BRIAN KILMEADE: "The President's dad ... had a chance to speak at the United Arab Emirates and when it came to question and answer, after he'd already explained how much it hurts him when people criticize his sons, whether it's Jeb or whether it's W or anybody else ... And he says that people are critical of the President and it hurts him deeply ... And one of the questions was from a college student and he says, oh by the way, America only is interested in these wars (reading) 'cause they want to open up different markets to this country and he says - uh - he basically says - uh - criticized his son.The President came back and said somethin' really interesting."

STEVE DOOCY: "He said 'I think that's weird and it's nuts to suggest that everything we do is because we're hungry for money. I think that's crazy, I think you, young man, need to go back to school.' So that's what George Herbert Walker - President 41 - Bush had to say in the UAE."

The trio then went on to trash any idea that the United States should hold talks with Syria or Iran, which is a concept that many feel will be suggested by the Baker-Hamilton Commission when it releases its report.

A little later on the FOXy friends got down to the real tabloid meat of the day - the face-off between Kelly "Regis and Kelly" Ripa and Rosie "The View" O'Donnell. Here are a series of videos that explain better than I can what transpired in the past few days.

FRIDAY, 11-17-06: SINGER CLAY AIKEN PUTS HIS HAND OVER KELLY RIPA'S MOUTH. SHE RESPONDS NEGATIVELY & FOLLOWS UP WITH REGIS ON MONDAY, 11-20-06

During her talk with Regis, she makes this comment: "And when you're a certain person and you're in the public eye, you have to be respectful of other people and I don't think that he was respectful in any way. And, you know, I will - and if that upsets his fans,I'm sorry to hear that. But, you know, you don't put your hand over the face of someone when they're conducting an interview, even if it's for a laugh."

ROSIE O'DONNELL REACTS, OUTING CLAY AIKEN IN THE PROCESS

TUESDAY, 11-21-06: KELLY RIPA CALLS ROSIE O'DONNELL ON "THE VIEW" TO SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT

Kelly calls Rosie

ORDINARY AMERICAN EXPOSES RIPA'S "HYGIENIC" HYPOCRISY

WEDNESDAY, 11-22-06: FOX & FRIENDS' BRIAN KILMEADE CHIMES IN WITH HIS TWO CENTS WORTH

KILMEADE: "{Rosie O'Donnell] is a professional lesbian. That's what she is now. All she cares about is being a lesbian. To me, that's why the check clears."

Last but not least, FOX News is deep into its annual "War on Christmas" Whinefest. This morning, the F&F trio interviewed Richard Thompson, president of the Thomas More Center, about a lawsuit that may be heard by the Supreme Court in which a New York woman claims that she, as a Christian, is being discriminated against by the New York City schools because they will not allow a nativity scene to be displayed in public schools, while they do permit menorahs (Chanukkah) and the star and crescent (Ramadan). Not once in the discussion did anyone point out that the menorah and the star and crescent are THINGS and a nativity is made up of PEOPLE. To my way of thinking it looks like the New York City Schools are allowing religious objects to be displayed but not depictions of human participants in those religious events.

At the end of the segment Thompson made an unabashed pitch for more business for his law center, saying "We have several dozen cases right now. In fact, we've began (sic) the good old football adage 'the best defense is a good offence' and we're asking Christians across the country to petition their local governments and petition their schools to allow nativity scenes and, if they have any problem at all, they can go to our website ... and make a complaint and we'll have attorneys assist them."

Ka-ching!!