“I’ve been invaluable to the White House”

I previously noted the difference in reaction from Sinn Féin to the continuation of the ban on fundraising activities for the party’s president Gerry Adams during his trip to the US. The BBC report that the reaction has now emerged, it’s not the ultimatum previously issued, but there are some note-worthy quotes in the UTV report, including this somewhat strange line from Adams, given the ban, in effect, has been in place since March last year, “It’s quite remarkable, I don’t understand why this restriction is being put on me. I’ve been invaluable to the White House, and I don’t understand why I can’t walk around the corner and go into a restaurant. I’m surprised and bewildered as to the rationale and the purpose.”From the UTV report –

Mr Adams also attacked the British and Irish government`s handling of the peace process, describing Dublin`s role as “disappointing”.

He said: “Not only does this go against the principles of equality and inclusion that are at the heart of the peace process, it is being used by those opposed to the Good Friday Agreement.

“It’s quite remarkable, I don’t understand why this restriction is being put on me.

“I’ve been invaluable to the White House, and I don’t understand why I can’t walk around the corner and go into a restaurant.

“I’m surprised and bewildered as to the rationale and the purpose.

“The issue is that the administration has chosen to treat Sinn Féin differently than it treats the other parties, and the peace process is based upon equality, and based upon inclusivity.

“And I find it quite remarkable, given the huge advances that have been made by Irish Republicans in Ireland last year and the IRA putting its weapons beyond use.

“Many people, Irish Americans and friends of Sinn Féin, are angry,” Adams said of the continued ban, but added that he would shake President Bush’s hand if he encountered him at Friday’s White House event at which other Northern Ireland leaders will also be present.

The BBC report notes that

Friends of Sinn Fein have decided to proceed with their gathering involving Mr Adams, but have agreed to refund donations for the breakfast to meet Washington’s restrictions.

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  • fair_deal

    “I’ve been invaluable to the White House”

    Come in ego control! Come in ego control! We seem to have lost contact with ego control.

  • Occasional Commentator

    It’s time for a conspiracy theory. Perhaps the IRA knew in advance about the attacks on the WTC in September 2001 and tipped off Bush about it?

    OK. That’s silly, but can somebody work out what, if anything, Mr. Adams may have helped them with?

    Occasional Commentator

  • slug

    “I’ve been invaluable to the White House”

    LOL.

  • ID Lottery

    Ultonian Scottis American writes,

    Perhaps Gerry is taking credit for delivering the Irish Catholic vote in the US to Bush/Republican Party?

  • TL

    “…but added that he would shake President Bush’s hand if he encountered him at Friday’s White House event”
    The way the Bush administration feels about GA, that is a hand that Bush would quickly wash.
    TL

  • JTC



    Dream on,Gerry,dream on..

  • elfinto

    “I’ve been invaluable to the White House”

    And Downing St too, some would say.

    I think Paisley had it about right when he said he wasn’t going because he couln’t see the point.

    Hillary Clinton for President in 2008!

  • TL

    “Hillary Clinton for President in 2008!”
    AMEN

    TL

  • fair_deal

    McCAIN 2008

  • elfinto

    McCAIN 2008

    I believe he has been trying to bribe the electorate with free oven chips.

    fair_deal – so you are a republican after all.
    King George III must be spinning in his crazy grave!

  • slug

    Is this the old “pity me – I’m excluded” routine?

    If so does it still work?

  • fair_deal

    elfinto

    King George III learnt what happens when you annoy the Ulster-Scots 😉

  • pol

    It’s amazing how you can change the direction of a statement.

    By the deliberate selection of quotes.

    Not exactly a fair_deal.

  • woof mcdog

    King George III learnt what happens when you annoy the Ulster-Scots 😉
    Posted by fair_deal

    Was he shot in his taxi?

  • woof mcdog

    As for McCain in a recent republican poll I think he got 4% backing for the 2008 presidency – he had advised people to vote for the president who got something like 14%, which is amusing since not only is it a poor showing but he obviously cant run in 2008.

  • darth rumsfeld

    “I’ve been invaluable to the White House”

    Yes indeed- but never valuable

    Oh, and while we’re off topic
    Uncle Don in 2008. Oblivion in 2009!

  • fair_deal

    woof mcdog

    “he got 4% backing”

    That was a straw poll in Nashville.

    For the latest and national polls on McCain’s support try the links below. He is neck and neck with the other main republican contenders and he trounces Hilary pretty much every time.

    http://www.pollingreport.com/WH08rep.htm

    http://www.pollingreport.com/2008.htm#misc

    If the predicted defeat of the republicans occurs in 2006 then the strength of McCain’s broader appeal will be a positive boon.