WASHINGTON (AP) -- While honoring civil rights hero Rosa Parks, President Bush on Thursday delighted modern-day black leaders by calling on Congress to renew the provisions of the landmark 1965 Voting Rights Act that are set to expire.
On the 50th anniversary of Parks' refusal to give up to a white man her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, Bush signed into law a bill directing that a statue of Parks go up in the Capitol's Statuary Hall.
Bush credited Parks for helping to "set in motion a national movement for equality and freedom."
"Eventually the civil rights movement would succeed in persuading Congress to pass more sweeping legislation that dealt with voting rights and discrimination in public places, and school segregation," said the president. "And the United States Congress should renew the Voting Rights Act of 1965."
That declaration surprised many of the civil rights leaders, Parks relatives and politicians who had gathered at the White House for the signing ceremony. They erupted in applause and rose to give Bush a standing ovation.
The Rev. Jesse Jackson lavishly praised Bush for committing to seeing the expiring portions of the Voting Rights Act extended. He called the president's public urging "a significant breakthrough" since he had previously declined even in private to support the renewal.
"That was kind of a double victory for civil rights today," Jackson said.
Now considering how much George W. Bush supposedly doesn't care about us Black folk (yunno, making up lies to start wars, creating hurricanes and planting bombs in levees, etc.), this little bit of news certainly comes as a major surprise. Any wonder that the conspiracy-theorist wing of the Left hasn't said much about it?
Of course, if you're reading this and happen to know Kanye West, please make sure he's notified about it as soon as possible.