Cheney Calls Former President Bush A Wuss

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Well, in so many words. Cheney's outspokenness since leaving office has not been reserved exclusively for President Obama or Democrats. He's now going after his own former boss as well.  The Washington Post reports: In his first few months after leaving office, former vice president Richard B. Cheney threw himself into public combat against the "far left" agenda of the new commander … Read More

Removing Three Bush-Era Policies In One Day

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(1)  Stem Cell Research — Executive Order of March 9, 2009: Sec. 1: . . . For the past 8 years, the authority of the Department of Health and Human Services, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to fund and conduct human embryonic stem cell research has been limited by Presidential actions. The purpose of this order is to remove … Read More

The Bush Legal Memos

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As much as possible, I've resisted Bush-bashing since he was ushered out of office.  He's gone, let's go forward I figure. But certain legal memos of the Bush Administration, released yesterday, really are truly frightening.  Michael Isikoff from Newsweek gives an example: In perhaps the most surprising assertion, the Oct. 23, 2001, memo suggested the president could even suspend press freedoms … Read More

Ex-President Bush Goes Back To School

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Pershing Elementary School in Preston Hollow, Texas: The Bushes [George and Laura] were scheduled to visit three classes, but they ended up popping in on any room with an audience. Ducking in one room, Bush asked, "Hey kids, do you know who I am?" Gasps all around, and then someone blurted, "George Washington!" O.K.  That didn't go well.  But a … Read More

Other Than That, Mrs. Lincoln….

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Prof. David Kopel, at Volokh Conspiracy: The poll also asked for an assessment of President Bush. The Left was unanimous in rating him "Terrible." Nobody on the Right rated him as "Great," and only 29% gave him "Good." The winning plurality was "Fair," with 41%. I voted "Good," since I graded on a curve, and thought him much better than Bill … Read More

Bush’s Farewell Address To The Nation

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You ever have a high school teacher who was intimidating, if only becuase you knew that he or she had some control over your grades, and therefore, your future? Then, did you ever come across that high school teacher long after you had left high school, and he/she seemed a little pathetic because of their powerlessness and inconsequentiality? That's what … Read More

One More For The Road

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I got some of Bush's last press conference yesterday, and found it a little bizarre.  He seemed to acknowledge a few mistakes (the "Mission Accomplished" banner), but he mostly phrased them as "disappointments" (abu Gharib). What he said about Katrina shows just how out-of-touch he still is, even in retropect: "I've thought long and hard about Katrina," Bush said. "Could … Read More

Who Is This Guy?

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A look at George Bush in 2000.  And get your anti-ironic tablets, because what he says here is 100% right.  Unfortunately, it has nothing to do with what he did as President.

The First Draft Of The Bush Presidency

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This Vanity Fair "oral history" is excellent.  It goes through key moments of the Bush Administration, and the story is not told through narrative, but rather, through the comments of Bush insiders. Here, for example, are some insider comments about the time when the Bush Administration confronted (well, failed to confront) Katrina: Dan Bartlett, White House communications director and later counselor to the … Read More

Gillespie Working Hard On Bush’s Legacy

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There's much to dispute with Ed Gillespie's article "Myths & Facts About The Real Bush Record", a deceptively written article which, while heavy on facts and numbers, also obfuscates many more important facts.  For example, Gillespie points out that, under the Bush Administration, we had 52 consecutive months of job growth.  What he ignores are the statistics that, under the … Read More

Questions That I Have For The Secret Service

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From 1. Shouldn’t you have jumped in front of that shoe?2. Shouldn’t you have jumped in front of that second shoe?3. Second shoe = the one thrown after being removed from foot after first shoe was thrown.4. Let’s say people had three feet. Would you have allowed a third shoe to fly unimpeded?5. While the shoe was in the air, … Read More

The Bush Legacy Project

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WSJ columnist Peggy Noonan is among the few and bold — those dedicated to creating a positive legacy for President Bush. She certainly gives the yeoman's effort today in her WSJ op-ed, but her headline belies the difficulty she faces in coming up with something positive to say about the Bush legacy: "At Least Bush Kept Us Safe". She talks … Read More

White House Gets Punked

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The White House Christmas tree is adorned with ornaments painted by invited local artists from all over the country.  Laura Bush sought the assistance of various Congresspersons to select these artists.  One artist who was invited to paint an ornament was Deborah Lawrence of Seattle.  At first, being no fan of Bush, she was appalled and intended to decline the invitation.  … Read More