A museum on wheels with several exhibits to demonstrate how “disastrous” President Bush’s policies have been since he took office in 2001 rolled into Oklahoma today.
The Bush Legacy Bus made a two-hour stop in a parking lot south of the state Capitol. The general theme is that the Bush administration is responsible for an economy in shambles, millions of Americans without health insurance, ignoring concerns about global warming and a growing number of Americans losing their jobs.
Americans United for Change, a group best known for leading efforts to beat back Bush’s effort to privatize Social Security in 2005, is a main sponsor of the bus, which has made stops in more than 40 states.
Locally, the Oklahoma state AFL-CIO helped bring in the bus.
Jimmy Curry, president of the state AFL-CIO, said it’s an attempt to bring issues to the voters instead of having them depend on “30-second sound bites on the TV.”
Videos were played outside and inside the bus. Visitors inside the bus could look at exhibits on Bush’s policies involving the Iraq war, the economy, health care, the environment and workers.
Julie Blust, who is with Americans United for Change and has been on the bus since it started its trek June 24 in the nation’s capital, said the bus does not have materials endorsing any of this year’s presidential candidates. But the bus has information linking those in Congress who supported Bush policies. Sens. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, and John McCain, R-Ariz., the Republican Party’s presidential nominee, are mentioned in materials provided by the group as having backed many of Bush’s policies.
The bus left the Capitol grounds this afternoon. It’s scheduled to arrive tomorrow in Wichita, Kan.
- Michael McNutt, Capitol Bureau