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sabra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-11-08 11:06 AM
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Bush Riles U.S. Asparagus Growers
Source: WSJ

His father caused a fuss by turning up his nose at broccoli. Now, George W. Bush's affection for German asparagus has American growers spearheading a bid for the presidential taste buds.

It started with a visit to Germany last month, when Mr. Bush raved about the local asparagus after a dinner with Chancellor Angela Merkel. "The German asparagus are fabulous," he declared to foreign reporters.

Late spring in Germany is marked by the spargelzeit, or asparagus time, when a thick, white variety of the vegetable appears on market stands and restaurant menus, stoking a national obsession. But to some American asparagus growers and their advocates, Mr. Bush's enthusiasm seems misplaced.

"Anyone who enjoys asparagus is missing out if they haven't tried the asparagus we grow in Washington," said Rep. Doc Hastings, a Republican. To make sure the president wasn't missing out, he and Democratic Sen. Patty Murray shipped 10 pounds of domestic asparagus to the White House.

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Mr. Bush got the message about U.S. asparagus. "I know it is some of the best in the world, and I appreciate your thinking of me," he wrote Sen. Murray in a July 1 note.

Read more: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB121573154148844075.html...
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Solly Mack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-11-08 11:08 AM
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1. Oooh...casting asparagus on ..uh..well....asparagus
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JustABozoOnThisBus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-11-08 12:35 PM
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10. Only on DU would asparagus have more meaning
Imagine if Bush had praised Brazilian Asparagus!
:rofl:
:hi:
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dipsydoodle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-11-08 11:09 AM
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2. I simply refuse to believe
he knew that the plural of aspagarus is asparagus.
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dbonds Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-11-08 11:12 AM
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4. Well you know he probably had a translator, it was in a fer-on land after all.
So when he goes to other countries he has at least a bush to english translator with him.
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CoffeeCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-11-08 11:09 AM
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3. Ummm...
"The German asparagus are fabulous," said Bush????

ARE?

So, reporters aren't even trying to clean up the Chimpster's grammar anymore?

How embarrassing.

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Buzz Clik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-11-08 11:22 AM
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5. McCain is so fucked. No way he can distance himself from that.
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Bonobo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-11-08 11:23 AM
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Western Mass asparagus kicks ass!
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DavidDvorkin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-11-08 11:23 AM
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6. German white asparagus really is great
With butter and wonderful German ham.

But of course, since Bush is multilingual, he meant to say that the asparagi are wonderful.
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kestrel91316 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-11-08 11:24 AM
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7. Washington asparagus from the Columbia River Valley
is FABULOUS. I ate as much as I could when I lived up there. Bought it from the roadside stand right on the edge of the big farm along the highway to Walla Walla.
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KansDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-11-08 11:26 AM
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8. "...and I appreciate your thinking of me."--arrogant ass.
It's always about W.

Yeah, Georgie, I think about you, too. Then I flush the toilet...
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Prisoner_Number_Six Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-11-08 11:29 AM
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9. Asparagus. Spear(heading). I love it.
I wonder how many others saw that... :rofl:
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