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Bush's Horse-Thief Ancestor-Fiction!
This email claims that
Laura Bush, the wife of President George W. Bush, is into genealogy
and discovered a great-great uncle in the Bush family who was hanged
for stealing horses. When the president's image-makers were
finished with the story, however, they had made the history of the
great-great uncle sound like one about a terrific citizen and send
it to the Associated Press.
This is not true just like it was not true about Al Gore
Rodham Clinton. The essence of this story is from an old piece of
humorous writing that was designed to demonstrate how you can put
"spin" on a negative story to make it sound
positive. Someone altered the story to make it seem as though
it was talking about an ancestor of Al Gore. Then another
version got started saying it was about an ancestor of Bill
Clinton. Now this version is making the rounds saying it is
about George W. Bush. It also adds a new feature. The
alleged relative's name is "Chad" and is called the first
"hanging chad," a reference to the controversy over
ballots in Florida from the 2000 presidential election.
A real example of the story as it has been circulated:
Subject: Little bit of history
Laura Bush, the new First Lady, an amateur genealogical researcher,
discovered that her husband's great-great uncle, Chadsworth Bush, a
fellow lacking in character, was hanged for horse stealing and train
robbery in Texas in 1889.
The only known photograph of this rascal shows him standing on the
gallows. On the back of the picture is this inscription: "Chadsworth
Bush, horse thief, sent to Texas prison in 1885,escaped 1887,robbed
the Texas Flyer six times. Caught by Pinkerton detectives, convicted
and hanged in 1889."
After letting George W.Bush and his staff of professional image
consultants peruse the findings, they decided to crop Chadworth's picture, scan
it in an enlarged image, and edit it with image-processing software.
The following biographical sketch was sent to the Associated Press:
"Chadsworth Bush was a famous rancher in early Texas history. His
business empire grew to include acquisition of valuable equestrian assets, and
he was involved in intimate dealings with the Texas railroad. Beginning
in 1883,he devoted several years to service at a government
facility, finally taking leave to resume his dealings with the
railroad. In 1887, he was a key player in a vital investigation run
by the renowned Pinkerton Detective Agency. In 1889,Chadsworth Bush
passed away during an important civic function held in his honor
when the platform upon which he was standing
Thus passed the very first "hanging Chad."
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