Native Hawaiian Recognition and the President

Yesterday, one area of concern was raised several times during the President’s visit – the necessity of Hawaiian Federal recognition. Governor Lingle reportedly discussed the issue with President Bush in his limo, and Senator Ed Case handed a letter to White House Chief of Staff Andy Card.

The issue, as I’ve mentioned earlier, is a crucial one in Hawai’i’s future. Governor Lingle and Lt. Governor Aiona, and all four Congressional representatives, all support the bill. (Talk about bipartisan.)

Yet, despite all this urging, Mr. Bush made no effort to mention any of this during his campaign fundraiser. Yes, I know the speeches are canned, but I’m sure he has publicity people that hound him just as closely as the Secret Service does.

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