Have you seen all those article and pictures of Bush "at home on the
ranch" in Crawford - the ones that imply that he is "just an ole
ranch hand" more comfortable on the family homestead than in the "Big
City," be it Austin or D.C.? Well, if you bought this image, you've been
The Bush family homestead in Crawford is nothing more than an elaborate
set. The house, built in 2000, was designed to be ready for Bush to step into
- like a set awaiting an actor - during the 2000 presidential election.
Not only was the "ranch" created in 2000 - so, essentially,
was the "town" of Crawford!
Before then only about 400 people lived in the area. The Crawford Chamber of
Commerce and Agriculture were formed shortly after the ranch was finished.
The 1,600 acres on which the "ranch" sits was purchased in 1999 for
an undisclosed price, but it was a helluva lot less than the current
real estate agents' appraisal of $1.2 million. Yep, worth $1.2
million, but G.W. has a sweet deal at the tax appraiser's office,
where the property is valued at about $988,000.
Oh, and that "homey ole ranch house?"
It's actually a 10,000-square-foot single level mansion/compound that
won't even be 2 years old until this November!
The compound features a swimming pool for daughters Jenna
and Barbara, who apparently loudly demanded it - the Bushes call it the girls'
Btw - we hear Bush got a sweet deal on the house construction, (the cost, of
course remains undisclosed): the builders came from a religious community in
El Mott, Texas.
The original completion date of the house was November 7 - election
day 2000. In other words, the curtain went up on the set on schedule for "show
time." The very timing of this event indicates that Bush was absolutely
confident that the election would be successfully engineered in his favor.
The whole idea behind the ranch set, of course, was so that the
public could be treated to footage of Bush seeking a quiet "retreat"
at the family ranch. Americans would thus assume that the ranch was a
rooted family homestead or compound like the one Kennedy's had in
Martha's Vineyard or FDR had at Campobello. But when Bush retreated
into his "homestead" in November, 2000, he was merely walking onto
prepared set upon which the paint had barely dried, let alone even
the barest of roots put down! When we see photos of Bush bombing
around the ranch in his leather jacket in his "ole pickup,"
supposedly knowing every tree and bush - it's all pure fantasy!
If Bush knows every tree and bush after actually spending, all told, a
total of about 2 months on the ranch (if you put the odd days end to
end) since it was bought, then I''d like to know when he found time
to hold all those endless Crawford press conferences! Seems to me
he'd be way too busy introducing himself to trees and bushes.
Until Bush and handlers decided that a rural ranch would be a slick
bit of PR for the presidential campaign, Bush had no interest in a
"home on the range." Instead, his preferred weekend retreat was to
the Rainbo Club, an exclusive lakeside hunting club in Henderson
County, about an hour south of Dallas, much closer to the comforts of
When a Bush run for president began to look like a pretty good bet, the 1,600
acres were bought and the Bushes started making weekend trips to a 60-year-old
ranch house that existed on the property - not of course, before refurbishing
it! - so they could build the "lore" that would take in the American
public, hook, line and sinker.
In an interesting side note - while Bush is anti-conservation in his
presidential policies to please his corporate pals, in his OWN home, he has
installed several conservation/energy saving features, including solar panels
for heating water, rainwater collection for landscape irrigation, an air conditioning
system that uses groundwater and a gray water recycling system. The obvious
impression here is that Bush, being all PR show and no substance or real convictions,
wants to cover all the bases. Block conservation when it is expedient, but have
some conservation "stuff" to show off when that is expedient.
So, in short, we have a "president" who, ON THE SAME DAY
- November 7, 2000 - stole an election and had the last nail driven into a phony
But with a completely snuckered press corps, we also have had a completely
snuckered public. And a platoon of completely
snuckered world leaders, chief among them Blair and Putin, who have
been hosted at the "ole ranch" set and completely taken in. Alas,
Crawford ranch is a symbol of the utter corporate phoniness of this
administration. The whole scenario reminds me of those type of
sophisticated con artists (like the ones who recently convinced
several investors they could turn sand into gold! ) who blow into
town, rent an upscale office space just long enough to give them
enough credibility to hoodwink investors. Then, once they have
fleeced enough "marks," they disappear. What makes the Bush case
much, much worse is that I doubt he will disappear.
Additional Notes on "Rancho Boguso" from Bonafide Texans
Apparently Rancho Boguso has done time not just as a small-time cattle
ranch but was once a pig farm as well! And those horses you see in photos? Window
dressing only - Bush can't ride!!!
Read with interest your article at Democrats.com. Being from Waco I know
well what you say. Crawford first of all is closer to Waco than the Branch Davidian
Compound but this is never said.
For your information Bush was just given a saddle as a gift that is now
on tour around the state. This saddle is of NO use to him since he does't ride
horses. Ask Vincinte Fox - who wanted him to go riding on Bush's trip to Mexico.
[Wonder how Bush wormed his way out of THAT?]
Another fact is that he doesn't own any of the cattle on his "ranch".
They are the cattle of the previous owner, who helps run the "Movie Set".
He's a cowboy with more hat than cattle. -- W. G. Lacy
Enjoyed Cheryl Seal's story about the Crawford "ranch." But she
failed to mention that before Shrub bought it, it was a pig farm. And in Texas,
it is too small to be considered a ranch anyway -- go look up how many 100 thousand
acres LBJ had or how big the King Ranch is. -- William Duttweiler