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2005-03-31 15:15:43 (UTC)

'Come down, President Bush'

Schiavo: 'Come down, President Bush'

By WILLIAM R. LEVESQUE, Times Staff Writer

PINELLAS PARK - Angered by the latest political
developments in Washington, Terry Schiavo's husband
Michael Schiavo said Saturday that it isn't just the
Florida governor who should visit his wife to learn about
the case.

Jeb Bush's brother, President Bush, should visit Terri
Schiavo, too, he said.

"Come down, President Bush," Schiavo said in a telephone
interview. "Come talk to me. Meet my wife. Talk to my wife
and see if you get an answer. Ask her to lift her arm to
shake your hand. She won't do it."

She won't, Schiavo said, because she can't.

He made a similar offer to the governor last week, saying
lawmakers interferring in his wife's life know nothing
about the case. So far, Gov. Bush hasn't responded to the

President Bush has indicated he will sign any federal
legislation to keep Terri Schiavo alive.

Weary after an emotional visit with his wife, Schiavo said
he is astonished that politicians want to interfere in
such a private matter.

"Instead of worrying about my wife, who was granted her
wishes by the state courts the past seven years, they
should worry about the pedophiles killing young girls,"
Schiavo said, referring to a local case. "Why doesn't
Congress worry about people not having health insurance?
Or the budget? Let's talk about all the children who don't
have homes."

He said U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, who is
leading a charge to extend Terri Schiavo's life, is
a "little slithering snake" pandering for votes.

"To make comments that Terri would want to live, how do
they know?" Schiavo said of the members of Congress who
want to keep his wife alive.

"Have they ever met her?" Schiavo said. "What color are
her eyes? What's her middle name? What's her favorite
color? They don't have any clue who Terri is. They should
all be ashamed of themselves."

Schiavo said he was going to stay at his wife's side
through the entire ordeal and said he wouldn't back down
in his fight to have her wishes carried out.

"Terri died 15 years ago," Schiavo said, referring to the
collapse and cardiac arrest that doctors say virtually
destroyed her brain. "It's time for her to be with the
Lord like she wanted to be."

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