Pickup Bush drove up for auc­tion

Austin American-Statesman - - COMMUNITY NEWS - Com­piled from wire re­ports

A pickup former Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush used on his ranch will be auc­tioned to ben­e­fit a pro­gram ded­i­cated to as­sist­ing mil­i­tary fam­i­lies.

The Bar­rett-Jack­son auc­tion house in Scotts­dale, Ariz., says the 2009 Ford F-150 King Ranch 4-by-4 Su­per­Crew will be of­fered Jan. 19, with all pro­ceeds go­ing to the Fisher House Foun­da­tion.

The truck’s right airbag panel is signed by Bush. voted for the pop­u­lar-vote win­ner in their states.

The most re­cent faith­less elec­tor was an uniden­ti­fied one who cast a se­cret and screwed-up writ­ten bal­lot in Min­nesota in 2004 when Demo­crat John Kerry car­ried that state.

One elec­tor voted for “John Ewards” for pres­i­dent, an ap­par­ent mis­spelled ref­er­ence to Kerry run­ning mate John Ed­wards. (Do-it-your­self joke in­gre­di­ents: Ed­wards and faith­less.)

In 2000, Washington, D.C., elec­tor Bar­bara Let­tSim­mons, as a protest of the district’s lack of vot­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tion in Congress, de­clined to cast a bal­lot. Not vot­ing seems to be a cu­ri­ous way of protest­ing not be­ing able to vote.

In 1988, then-Sen. Lloyd Bentsen, D-Texas, got one elec­toral vote for pres­i­dent when West Vir­ginia elec­tor Mar­garet Lynch voted for Bentsen, who was Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee Michael Dukakis’ run­ning mate. Lynch voted for Dukakis, who car­ried West Vir­ginia, for vice pres­i­dent.

I’m with Lynch. Bentsen would have been a bet­ter pres­i­dent than Dukakis.

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