- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 15, 2001

ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, Colo. — President Bush yesterday wielded a shovel and a saw — along with the bully pulpit — as he cleared brush on a nature trail and delivered a message to children at a YMCA family church camp: "Listen to your mother."
Kicking off the "Home to the Heartland" portion of his monthlong working vacation, the president left 100-degree temperatures at his Crawford, Texas, ranch for the cooler clime of the Rocky Mountains.
At an altitude of 9,000 feet, Mr. Bush donned gloves and protective eyewear and grabbed a saw to help eliminate forest-fire fuel by cutting low-hanging branches and clearing brush with volunteers and eight fire-crew members."Through good management, we can avoid forest fires," he said.
Mr. Bush, living up to his Secret Service code name, "Trailblazer," then dug a trench to lay rough-hewn logs across a mountain trail. Sixth-grader Carl Kramer helped Mr. Bush position the logs before National Park Service rangers started filling the ditch with rocks and dirt.
"Some kind of work, huh Carl? You dig the hole and you fill it back up," he said, drawing laughter.
After the work, Mr. Bush talked about character at a family picnic.
"We can teach our children values that will make an enormous difference for our country as a whole, the values of respect: Respect the land; respect somebody with whom you may not agree; respect your neighbor, regardless of where they were raised or where they were born; respect somebody elses religious views; be willing to listen," Mr. Bush said.
"Its an important value to make our country so different and so unique — a country thats been able to absorb people from all walks of life under the great umbrella of freedom and opportunity."
Recounting an event in Fredericksburg, Texas, years ago, Mr. Bush told the families about a speech he gave in which he said his mother still ordered him around.
"And a guy in a big cowboy hat steps out in the middle of Main Street, Fredericksburg, and screams, 'You better listen to her, too, boy," Mr. Bush said, drawing laughter.
"So to the campers here, my advice is, listen to your mother. In my case, I dont have any choice."Mr. Bush attended a fund-raiser last night for the re-election efforts of two fellow Republicans, Colorado Gov. Bill Owens and Sen. Wayne Allard, and then attended a baseball game between the Atlanta Braves and the Colorado Rockies.
The Denver fund-raiser, at the Adams Mark Hotel, drew criticism from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. The group claims that Adams Mark discriminates against blacks, a charge the hotel chain denies.
NAACP demonstrators picketed the hotel where Mr. Bush spoke last night and vowed to veto any "budget-busting" spending bills from Congress but the president never saw the protesters, as his entourage entered the hotel through an underground garage.
Today, Mr. Bush will travel to New Mexico to talk about his faith-based charity and education plans. In Albuquerque, N.M., Mr. Bush is to speak at a school and visit a job center run by the Albuquerque Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.Mr. Bush also is scheduled to attend a fund-raiser on behalf of Sen. Pete V. Domenici, New Mexico Republican, a $1,000-a-plate event.

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