Quote of the day

posted at 9:00 pm on November 28, 2008 by Allahpundit

“I would like to be a person remembered as a person who, first and foremost, did not sell his soul in order to accommodate the political process. I came to Washington with a set of values, and I’m leaving with the same set of values. And I darn sure wasn’t going to sacrifice those values.”

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“I would like to be a person remembered as a person who…

I love him, but he sure has a way with words.

jgapinoy on November 28, 2008 at 9:01 PM

a great orator he ain’t. but i will always give him his props for keeping my country safe and for doing what he thought was right for america even though it cost him dearly politically.

THANK YOU, GEORGE!

homesickamerican on November 28, 2008 at 9:03 PM

God bless President Bush. He protected and defended our country, and kicked some terrorist ass with our men and women in the military.

I am sick of the jerks on the left and sadly in our side of the aisle that mercilessly pound on our President to score political points.

Yes, we have our disagreements with the economy and his stance on illegals in our country. But no one can say he did not do his defend our nation and create civility in the presidential office.

jencab on November 28, 2008 at 9:08 PM

“I would like to be a person remembered as a person who, first and foremost, did not sell his soul in order to accommodate the political process slimy Mexican politicians.”

Fixed that for ya, George. But it’s wishful thinking.

I’ll give you a passing grade on the WOT (your choice of Middle-East buddyroos was, at best unwise), George, but Ramos and Compean, wide-open borders, a hugely bloated government and drunken-sailor spending will be your enduring legacies.

The best I can say is that you were better than the two alternatives in ’00 and ’04. That ain’t sayin’ much.

MrScribbler on November 28, 2008 at 9:09 PM

He will be respected for his resolve and his response for the second worst sneak attack in history. The islamic extremists has called it a holy “war” for decades, about time we fought back against it.

Hog Wild on November 28, 2008 at 9:10 PM

The one thing I always liked about him was his character, he kept to his convictions. And he loved his Military, The hundreds of untold stories of him meeting with the families of the fallen and his visits to the wounded. I doubt you will ever hear that from the MSM. God Bless you President Bush from one of your troops.

Sven on November 28, 2008 at 9:12 PM

Having well-considered, long-term values is necessary, but not sufficient for success.

President Bush kept me physically safe, but caused me to be left with a disintegrating economy, and a President Obama. I don’t feel particularly safe now.

JiangxiDad on November 28, 2008 at 9:13 PM

Sorry George, but – at best – you will be remembered as the most unpopular President in U.S. history.

benny shakar on November 28, 2008 at 9:13 PM

I’m sorry but GWB has been a disappointing failure.

What sense did it make to defend our country from terrorists in Afganistan & Iraq and leave our borders open for anyone and everyone to freely invade our country?

And then the economy. Oye. I just can’t make sense of his logic. So now we’re destroyed from within… but destroyed none the less.

Look, there are a lot of nice people but very very few should be President. I’m embarrased that I voted for him but our options were limited.

stenwin77 on November 28, 2008 at 9:18 PM

“We are now one of the largest Spanish-speaking nations in the world. We’re a major source of Latin music, journalism and culture.

Just go to Miami, or San Antonio, Los Angeles, Chicago or West New York, New Jersey … and close your eyes and listen. You could just as easily be in Santo Domingo or Santiago, or San Miguel de Allende.

For years our nation has debated this change — some have praised it and others have resented it. By nominating me, my party has made a choice to welcome the new America.”

– George W. Bush, Miami Aug. 25 2000

aengus on November 28, 2008 at 9:19 PM

I think history will remember him as the leader of the free world who, when the chips were down stood up to terrorism when not many others did. Eventually, everyone will have to do make that choice to defeat this evil enemy or give up their freedom. GWB and out military paid the price to give them the time to decide.

The rest of it….well some was good and some was not so good. Overall he was the right man st the right time. History will remember him kindly when he is seen through the prism of time.

kanda on November 28, 2008 at 9:20 PM

I ve had my differences with Dubya, but the more and more facts come out about how he has strained mightily to keep the country safe, you cannot help rooting for him. That and of course the way he persevered in Iraq – he could have rolled over easily- but he did’nt. That doesnt seem to be his style. Atleast not on matters of national security – on social security reform, he seemed to give up rather easily.

Millions of Iraqis will look back on his Presidency with admiration and gratitude years from now.

There was a time when he kept saying that history would be the best judge of his actions on Iraq. You know what ? He was RIGHT.

After seeing the attacks on Bombay, I kept thinking -Where is OUR George W Bush ? India desperately needs the style of leadership that doesnt give a rat’s ass to how “popular” the policy is, as opposed to how best it serves the national interest.

He was not a good communicator and sometimes this came off as him being arrogant enough that he didnt care to communicate. But i do like the way he treated the MSM – especially after watching it for the last 4 years – its a whole load of SH*T and Dubya treated it appropriately.

He is a fundamentally decent guy who got treated SHAMELESSLY by the left – the fringe, the “establishment left” and every other piece of garbage in between.

Mr.President, you did a great job under extraordinary circumstances – may be you should stand for elections in India – heck, you may win there in a landslide( and probably in Israel too.)

Thank you sir – India will always admire you and respect your vision on the civilian nuclear deal – no one has the balls to pull off what you did.

And we are stuck with fricking Obamabi now. Its going to be a loooong (hopefully) 4 years only.

nagee76 on November 28, 2008 at 9:20 PM

You weren’t the best, George, but you were better than was offered at the time. The left, aided by the liberal corrupt media, tried to bring you down for eight years. They finally succeeded. Have a good retirement, sir.

Travis1 on November 28, 2008 at 9:21 PM

I beg to differ benny shakar. Only our enemies will write their history with George W. Bush as a failure. Our own history, devoid of the liberal spin, will write that GW Bush protected the American people after 9/11, when those opposed to Bush believed we would be attacked many times. That is the number one job of the president. To protect the American people. Clinton failed miserably at the attempt.

afotia on November 28, 2008 at 9:22 PM

benny shakar on November 28, 2008 at 9:13 PM

I think history will be kinder to him than you seem to think. people have short memories, and media libtards come and go even faster, I think, than ever before. Mrs Thatcher, in the UK, has been rehabilitated amongst the population too young to remember her; the dried-up old hags in the liberal press are irrelevant now.

Fortunata on November 28, 2008 at 9:22 PM

Like all presidents, Bush’s legacy will be written after he has been long gone from office.

He will always be revered for keeping the country safe, but you know what? We EXPECTED that from him. He should be honored for it, but the rest of his legacy will have to wait for future events to take place. He may be shown to be visionary on many issues that he appears to be completely lost on without the context of the passing of time.

csdeven on November 28, 2008 at 9:22 PM

BTW, luvya Dubya! And Laura too.

Fortunata on November 28, 2008 at 9:24 PM

Boy, I’m at a loss as to where to start parsing…..

Immigration
Federal Spending
……
……

Starlink on November 28, 2008 at 9:05 PM

Campaign Finance Reform
Prescription Drugs
Usher of Socialist End of America

But no worry. You and your family can retire to Hyde Park TX while my kids are pay for your values.

casel21 on November 28, 2008 at 9:24 PM

I liked the Immigration bill: it was better than what we have now–de facto amnesty–, would have closed the borders and was a least a partial solution to the problem of dealing with illegals already here.
As for federal spending, I don’t mind as long as my taxes stay low and enough is used on the military and defense to protect me.
Ramos and Campeon? Not an issue for me, either. Sorry.
They shot an unarmed man in the back and that’s a crime.
And the economy? I’m still not convinced that the economy’s doing all that badly, but the sub-prime crisis and the gas prices were the result of Democrats in Congress.
So, all in all, I’m pleased as punch with what President Bush has done with his 2 terms despite being presented with huge, seemingly insurmountable problems like 9/11, Katrina and the sub-prime mess.

Jenfidel on November 28, 2008 at 9:26 PM

God bless President Bush. He protected and defended our country, and kicked some terrorist ass with our men and women in the military.

I am sick of the jerks on the left and sadly in our side of the aisle that mercilessly pound on our President to score political points.

Yes, we have our disagreements with the economy and his stance on illegals in our country. But no one can say he did not do his defend our nation and create civility in the presidential office.

jencab on November 28, 2008 at 9:08 PM

Yep ! ! Mega Dittos.

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And Benny, Piss off

Texyank on November 28, 2008 at 9:26 PM

He will be respected for his resolve and his response for the second worst sneak attack in history.

The two worst sneak attacks in history were the Trojan’s ruse to sneak to giant wooden horse behind Greek lines and the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

The attack on the WTC was conducted by 19 (mostly) Saudis who gained legal entry to America and took flying lessons before the fact. The CIA had files on the potential terrorists but couldn’t probe further because their guidelines prohibited them from discriminating against Arabs.

aengus on November 28, 2008 at 9:28 PM

Maybe, just maybe, after Bush retires, then he’ll start to defend his policies?
He’s been dumped on more than a birdhouse shingle, & he doesn’t seem to care.

jgapinoy on November 28, 2008 at 9:30 PM

The CIA had files on the potential terrorists but couldn’t probe further because their guidelines prohibited them from discriminating against Arabs.
aengus on November 28, 2008 at 9:28 PM

Incorrect!
It had nothing to do with “discriminating against Arabs.”
The CIA was forbidden to communicate with the FBI because of the Gorelick Wall, which was put in place to keep both agencies from uncovering the Clintons’ dealings with the ChiComs on missile secrets.

Jenfidel on November 28, 2008 at 9:33 PM

I liked the Immigration bill: it was better than what we have now–de facto amnesty–

Not really. Sure, they can find a job (a really, really crappy job the overwhelming majority of the time) but leaving outside the law also means they have no chance to really succeed.

Ramos and Campeon? Not an issue for me, either. Sorry.
They shot an unarmed man in the back and that’s a crime.
Jenfidel on November 28, 2008 at 9:26 PM

They shot a criminal who tried to run away in the back . If that’s illegal then it shouldn’t be. The real issue is the cover-up. That is and should be worth some jail time.

Darth Executor on November 28, 2008 at 9:33 PM

And Benny, Piss off

Texyank on November 28, 2008 at 9:26 PM

Yep. If you ever want to flush out lefty trolls posing as something else, just put up a post about President Bush and they’ll stand out like fluorescent orange under a black light. They can’t help themselves.

God Bless President Bush.

I may not have agreed with everything he did or didn’t do but he’ll forever have my respect for doing the job as he thought best for us regardless of his personal popularity.

Guardian on November 28, 2008 at 9:33 PM

“He will always be revered for keeping the country safe, but you know what? We EXPECTED that from him”
Yes you expect your C-in-C to protect and defend the nation. But that was so pre -9/11. What he has done to safeguard the country is extraordinary – and i say this as some one who rooted for Kerry in 04.

He has taken the blame for the “controversial” policies in prosecuting the war – in doing so he has actually made life easier for future Presidents – just take a look at Obama now – he is suddenly A-OK with FISA, has nt made any noises about Gitmo – he will now see the extreme difficulties that Bush was dealt post 9/11.

And all the shrill voices about Bush shredding the Constitution (that would be the 10year old girl named Andrew Shrillivan) would now be viewed in a new light – because the light worker is going to pretty much “shred” the constitution as well.

As far as i am concerned his two biggest disappointments were Social security reform and immigration. He seemed to be tone deaf on the open borders issue.

No one who is sane can blame him for the financial crisis – Barney Frank and the FNMA tit sucking morons from both parties (but mostly from the party of jackasses) were more responsible than any one else.

George W Bush – he did the best he could, given the terrible hand he was dealt with.

nagee76 on November 28, 2008 at 9:34 PM

Not really. Sure, they can find a job (a really, really crappy job the overwhelming majority of the time) but leaving outside the law also means they have no chance to really succeed.

Yes, really.
Aside from that, the rest of your comment makes no sense.

They shot a criminal who tried to run away in the back . If that’s illegal then it shouldn’t be. The real issue is the cover-up. That is and should be worth some jail time.

Darth Executor on November 28, 2008 at 9:33 PM

You can’t have a country that’s run by Rule of Law when your law enforcement officers ignore it.
Their attempt to cover it up did, in fact, lead to more prison time for them.

Jenfidel on November 28, 2008 at 9:36 PM

Incorrect!
It had nothing to do with “discriminating against Arabs.”
The CIA was forbidden to communicate with the FBI because of the Gorelick Wall, which was put in place to keep both agencies from uncovering the Clintons’ dealings with the ChiComs on missile secrets.

Jenfidel on November 28, 2008 at 9:33 PM

Well thats what I remember reading somwhere. In any case a massive systemic failure of government at all levels such as 9/11 does not rate with the all-time sneak attacks of history like the Trojan horse.

aengus on November 28, 2008 at 9:37 PM

Love the man , hate his policies. Cept the war on terror! We Americans are in for a long 4 years with Obama. Where has my crountry gone?

Alex Martinez on November 28, 2008 at 9:42 PM

Yes, really.
Aside from that, the rest of your comment makes no sense.

Actual amnesty would mean they no longer have to fear the law and can do whatever everybody else does. Right now they can’t.

Darth Executor on November 28, 2008 at 9:42 PM

country, sorry.

Alex Martinez on November 28, 2008 at 9:43 PM

Benny Shakar,

He won’t be considered the worst President in history, that may forever go to Harding, with Nixon a falling second (he actually DID some good!). You’re history horizon is woefully short – go back to school and learn a few things before trolling here.

JeffWeimer on November 28, 2008 at 9:44 PM

I’ll never forget ya, George.

MrC_5150 on November 28, 2008 at 9:45 PM

Bush’s decision to take the United States to war in Iraq is widely unpopular. A Quinnipiac University poll in early November found that 58 percent disagreed with decision.

58% is wildly?


One thing I admire about GW is his stalwartness in his mission. He believes in the liberation of Iraq and it’s future benefits to America, so I respect him for standing by the mission when the press called the war lost.

There is a lot to find fault with GW, but I suspect Obama will make us wish for him back.

Spirit of 1776 on November 28, 2008 at 9:46 PM

Republicans need to quit being sensitive about what the opposition thinks.

+1

Spirit of 1776 on November 28, 2008 at 9:47 PM

You can’t have a country that’s run by Rule of Law when your law enforcement officers ignore it.
Their attempt to cover it up did, in fact, lead to more prison time for them.

Jenfidel on November 28, 2008 at 9:36 PM

Having followed the Ramos/Compean case for a long time, I have to say Johnny Sutton — Bush’s pitbull — violated more laws in persecuting the two agents than they could have hoped to break in a lifetime.

The agents’ “attempt to cover up” was deserving of, at best, administrative punishment, as they were directed by a superior to do what they did.

What got them the long sentences was application of a firearms statute (by Sutton) meant to punish armed criminals, and never used against law-enforcement officers before.

You may bless Bush all you wish — for doing something a President must do (as FDR and Truman did) — but aside from the WOT, he was mediocre in many respects (Supreme Court Justice Harriet Meirs, anyone?) and pathetic in others (immigration, finance, being civil to the loons in Congress, etc).

Take away the R behind his name and many of you wouldn’t be so supportive.

MrScribbler on November 28, 2008 at 9:47 PM

Sorry George, but – at best – you will be remembered as the most unpopular President in U.S. history.

benny shakar on November 28, 2008 at 9:13 PM

“Most unpopular” probably isn’t as bad as “most impotent” or “most ineffectual” (Jimmy Carter) or “most problematic” (Clinton). I think Bush was a net minus as regards spending and the war in Iraq (didn’t agree with it from the first). He hurt the GOP, bottom line.

ddrintn on November 28, 2008 at 9:48 PM

Now that is the President G.Bush i know!

After 9/11,Bush did what had to be done,he took
control and went after the Jihady’s!

WMD,in Irag,their were artillary shells with traces on
them!

Irregardless of what the anti-war thinks,Saddam did not
honour the UN resolutions,the Brits and American Airforce
were keeping the Kurds alive by the northern and southern
no-fly zones!

The UN to this day would still be debating on a solution
for Iraq,and the Liberal party would still be voting NO
on any further consquences for Saddam!

And,after two years into the Bush Administration,the Liber
als decided not to cross the aisle,and buck Bush every step
of the way,while bullsh#ting to the American people that
they were ever so willing to work with the Republican Party!

The Lefty MSM,and the Liberals went after Bush a hundred
fold, compared to the debaucherous and lying ‘Slick Willy’!

canopfor on November 28, 2008 at 9:49 PM

^ I’ll clarify a little by saying that I didn’t agree with the war in Iraq, but once we were committed I was for seeing it through instead of cutting and running.

ddrintn on November 28, 2008 at 9:50 PM

Take away the R behind his name and many of you wouldn’t be so supportive.

MrScribbler on November 28, 2008 at 9:47 PM

This is where all conservatives find out what compassionate conservative is, open borders, reckless spending, yada yada yada……….

Alex Martinez on November 28, 2008 at 9:51 PM

George W Bush – he did the best he could, given the terrible hand he was dealt with.

Yes he did, and history will look upon him much differently than Code Pink or MSNBC. Morons are a dime a dozen, real leaders (who yes make mistakes) that hold true to their convictions are rare.

I was not happy with some of his decisions and policies (immigration, social security, increased spending) but there are some decisions and policies my wife has I don’r agree with either, and my dad, and my son, and my colleagues, and, oh shit, I hope you get the picture.

Nobody can or ever will be 100% of what I want in ANY relationship, be it political or personal.

Tim Zank on November 28, 2008 at 9:53 PM

There were many things about W that drove me up a wall and many of them have already been mentioned. As I sit here and look at the photo of him on the front page post waving, I am just so saddened that he will be gone…
I’m am actually in tears right now.
No man that I have witnessed endured such a vicious beating on a global scale on his character and still remained faithful and committed to his duty of POTUS.
I am saddened because I felt safe after 9/11. I still feel safe and we have all been able to go on with our lives in this great country and left all that up to him to direct and he did and we have thrived under his leadership. I thought 9/11 was the end. And because of his decisions and leadership, it wasn’t the end.
I am saddened because I will miss that feeling of not worrying about my country….
I see Obama and in less than 2 months I will not have the luxury of feeling so safe and free anymore.
I feel as though I am saying good bye to my country when I say good bye to W….
I grieve…

Good bye George W Bush. I will miss you terribly____

katy on November 28, 2008 at 9:54 PM

Love the man , hate his policies. Cept the war on terror!

And he cut taxes again & again.
And he was the most pro-life President ever.
And he restored honesty & dignity to the Oval Office.
And he appointed some awesome SC justices.
And he greatly enlarged faith-based/gov’t partnerships.
P.S. War on Islamofascism is a more accurate, less politically correct description.

jgapinoy on November 28, 2008 at 9:54 PM

Sorry George, but – at best – you will be remembered as the most unpopular President in U.S. history.

benny shakar on November 28, 2008 at 9:13 PM

You must have been born in the 80′s. Jimmy Carter was a terrible president…GWB at least kept America safe.

And Britney Spears was a ‘popular’ singer at one point…being popular with Americans isn’t a measure of quality.

Asher on November 28, 2008 at 9:54 PM

He was given a tough task as Sept 11, 2001 defined his next seven years.
No one knows where his Presidency would have tracked had the attack not occurred.

My only disappointment is his ineffective SEC Chairman Cox allowing the Wall Street elite thugs to run amuck.

His Treasury head Paulson looked the other way as his (Paulson’s) old market buddies ran wild with derivative swaps capitalizing on the sub prime loan market. This failure of government put us in this disastrous economic situation.

He may have the worst rating in Presidential history but how do we really know this?
There was no Rasmussen in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

I suspect one day they will name schools in Iraq after George Bush.

Lastly and maybe most important, no terror attack on our soil since Sept. 11, 2001!

FireBlogger on November 28, 2008 at 9:56 PM

The CIA was forbidden to communicate with the FBI because of the Gorelick Wall, which was put in place to keep both agencies from uncovering the Clintons’ dealings with the ChiComs on missile secrets.
Jenfidel on November 28, 2008 at 9:33 PM

There is no evidence of Bill Clinton smuggling missile secrets to the Chicoms. The stated reason for the Gorelick Wall was to prevent CIA/NSA from being accused of domestic surveillance. That is typical liberal garbage and further evidence of liberals’ inability to deal with difficult problems, but evidence of complicity with treason it is not.

They shot a criminal who tried to run away in the back . If that’s illegal then it shouldn’t be. The real issue is the cover-up. That is and should be worth some jail time.
Darth Executor on November 28, 2008 at 9:33 PM

The Supreme Court case of TN v. Garner held that it is unconstitutional for a police officer to use deadly force to stop a fleeing felon, where the felon was not posing an imminent risk to life (i.e. where the guy is running with a gun drawn, indiscriminately firing, or some such). The Garner case involved a cop who shot a kid to death who was trying to climb a fence. I don’t remember the Ramos case so I can’t speak to whether they shot a guy in the back or not, but assuming they did, that is an absolute no-no.

Outlander on November 28, 2008 at 9:57 PM

Here’s a sample of the earth’ ‘humane’ excrement:

You gotta be kidding right? Liberated 50 million people? He is the worst villian on this planet since Adolf Hitler. His mislead America into going to war and in the process destroying and sacrificing countless lives. For those who have not read this book, please read Vincent Bugliosi’s book on Bush titled “The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder” …it will certainly open your eyes.

- Posted by Clement

Remember, we are part of the same ‘civilization’.

Limerick, I spit on the sidewalk with you.

Entelechy on November 28, 2008 at 9:57 PM

F all that, I’d like to go mountain biking with GWB, I could show him some mountain trails in S. Az that would choke a mule. I’m glad I voted for him twice-Gore? Kerry? F that, those guys were closet homos, no thanks.

GlocknRoll on November 28, 2008 at 9:58 PM

Alex Martinez on November 28, 2008 at 9:51 PM

I voted for the man — twice — and don’t regret it.

But I swiftly came to the conclusion that he was the worst President since Bill Clinton. He may be (and probably is) a decent, honorable man, but as President he made a very good small-town mayor. Out of his depth. Way out.

I don’t think he’ll ever make the “worst” list. Certainly won’t be in the bottom 10. Osama Obama should make that group before Year One is over.

MrScribbler on November 28, 2008 at 9:58 PM

As a democrat, I’m very grateful for the Bush presidency. A huge congressional majority, the election of Obama, all wouldn’t be possible without the enormous screw-up’s of George Bush. As an american, though, I wish he was never elected. America is in bad shape. Hopefully Obama can undue the massive damage that Bush and the republican party have dealt this nation.

Ric on November 28, 2008 at 9:58 PM

What I will always be thankful to Bush for, is his recapturing of the weight of the office of the Presidency. After Clinton turned it into a blue dress mess, Bush, for all his faults, did his best to reestablish and maintain the seriousness and gravity of the office. I will always be grateful for that. He also set the bar high for what should be expected from a president when all is against you. If ever a president complains or whines about tough questions or bad press or difficult circumstances or subversion within other departments or political sabotage within his own party or any of the like, I will simply chuckle.

Weight of Glory on November 28, 2008 at 10:00 PM

America is in bad shape. Hopefully Obama can undue the massive damage that Bush and the republican party have dealt this nation.

Ric on November 28, 2008 at 9:58 PM

How Bawney Fwank of you.

MrC_5150 on November 28, 2008 at 10:01 PM

Hopefully Obama can undue the massive damage that Bush and the republican party have dealt this nation.

Ric on November 28, 2008 at 9:58 PM

Yeah. Obama should be able to build upon what Pelosi and Reid have accomplished since they took the majority two years. Yuck Yuck.

Weight of Glory on November 28, 2008 at 10:03 PM

Those of you harping at my comment about Bush’s historically low approval rating are missing the point… I said that’s the best legacy he can hope for. The reality will likely be far worse.

Oh, and President William Jefferson Clinton left office with a 65% approval rating. Just sayin’.

benny shakar on November 28, 2008 at 10:03 PM

And he cut taxes again & again.
And he was the most pro-life President ever.
And he restored honesty & dignity to the Oval Office.
And he appointed some awesome SC justices.
And he greatly enlarged faith-based/gov’t partnerships.
P.S. War on Islamofascism is a more accurate, less politically correct description.

jgapinoy on November 28, 2008 at 9:54 PM

All conservative Republicans known and understand these views are what keep America strong and vibrant. When the rule of law came to our borders, and doling monies to reckless causes he was in line. Granted he’s no RWR., But He kept America saft under his tenure and God bless him. He will surley be missed as compared to what we have for the 4 years.

Alex Martinez on November 28, 2008 at 10:03 PM

Oh, and President William Jefferson Clinton left office with a 65% approval rating. Just sayin’.

benny shakar on November 28, 2008 at 10:03 PM

So popularity ratings would make Reagan great in your eyes? Just askin’.

ddrintn on November 28, 2008 at 10:05 PM

President Bush,
Thank you for keeping our country safe since 9/11. Thank you for your resolve in never corrupting your values. Thank you for the legacy of spreading freedom and democracy to all of the world. Thank you for holding United States to a higher standard than the rest when the rest was crumbling under extremist pressures. Thank you for freeing the people of Iraq from a genocidal maniac. Thank you for hunting down those SOB’s responsible for American deaths. Your legacy will one day be vindicated. I have never cared what the opposition thought of you. You hold your head up high when you leave office knowing you never lost an election or lost to Obama. You served America proudly and many of us respect you for all that you were able to accomplish in the atmosphere of hatred that greeted you daily by the MSM and the left. God Bless you President Bush.

canditaylor68 on November 28, 2008 at 10:05 PM

He protected us against AlGore, John Kerry, and Al Queda

He was more William Howard Taft than Ronald Wilson Reagan, but he was more of a POTUS than Clinton and Carter combined

Unfortunately, he was neither a conservative or a leader, but being a Capable Steward is not bad at all–and much better than the alternatives

Janos Hunyadi on November 28, 2008 at 10:08 PM

Oh, and President William Jefferson Clinton left office with a 65% approval rating. Just sayin’.

benny shakar on November 28, 2008 at 10:03 PM

It’s easy to be popular when you never have to take a stand.

katy on November 28, 2008 at 10:08 PM

I voted for the man — twice — and don’t regret it.

But I swiftly came to the conclusion that he was the worst President since Bill Clinton. He may be (and probably is) a decent, honorable man, but as President he made a very good small-town mayor. Out of his depth. Way out.

I don’t think he’ll ever make the “worst” list. Certainly won’t be in the bottom 10. Osama Obama should make that group before Year One is over.

MrScribbler on November 28, 2008 at 9:58 PM

So did I, as a conservative whom else could we choose from.

Alex Martinez on November 28, 2008 at 10:09 PM

Sorry George,but….

benny shaker on Nov 29,2008 at 9:53PM.

benny shaker:You must stop drinking your bootleg Kool-Aid!

Lets see,Jimmy Carter sent a team into Iran to
rescue the hostages in a sand storm,and the
Iranians knew they were coming,yet Carter still
went ahead and condemned US Military personell
to their deaths,

now,what was that about President Bush!

canopfor on November 28, 2008 at 10:10 PM

That cover pic reminds me just much a toll the office takes on a man. Wonder what BO will look like 8 years from now. God speed and God bless…

abobo on November 28, 2008 at 10:11 PM

That cover pic reminds me just much a toll the office takes on a man. Wonder what BO will look like 8 years from now. God speed and God bless…

abobo on November 28, 2008 at 10:11 PM

My mother-in-law lol

Alex Martinez on November 28, 2008 at 10:13 PM

Well, William Jefferson Clinton also gave us the first Republican Congress in decades (would they had made better use of their tenure). As well as Somalia, Monica, a bungled monstrosity of a health care plan, doubling down on the disastrous subprime mess…

ddrintn on November 28, 2008 at 10:13 PM

Wonder what BO will look like 8 years from now. God speed and God bless…

abobo on November 28, 2008 at 10:11 PM

uh…. make that 4 years.

katy on November 28, 2008 at 10:13 PM

benny shakar on November 28, 2008 at 10:03 PM

troll, Demo-pimp, and Clinton Whore: you score the Trifecta, ‘shakar’.

Janos Hunyadi on November 28, 2008 at 10:15 PM

So popularity ratings would make Reagan great in your eyes? Just askin’.
ddrintn on November 28, 2008 at 10:05 PM

My opinion doesn’t really matter when one compares Reagan’s 55% approval rating when he left office to Clinton’s 65%.
Just informin’.

benny shakar on November 28, 2008 at 10:15 PM

My opinion doesn’t really matter when one compares Reagan’s 55% approval rating when he left office to Clinton’s 65%.
Just informin’.

benny shakar on November 28, 2008 at 10:15 PM

And Reagan in his dotage could have beaten Clinton in ’96. Just sayin’.

ddrintn on November 28, 2008 at 10:17 PM

And I darn sure wasn’t going to sacrifice those values.
Bush mostly was true to himself throughout his Presidency. He never was a small-government conservative, so that’s why you saw all the spending.

Bush’s greatest failure as President, I think, was in his poor Cabinet appointments. Powell was an awful SECSTATE who failed to get any serious number of foreign troops involved in Iraq. That failure helped extend the war by not giving us enough troops to clamp down on the insurgency early on. Rumsfeld was NOT a wartime SECDEF and should have been replaced much sooner. AlGon was a bad White House Counsel (whose bright idea was GTMO?(*)) and finally, Michael Brown was a bad FEMA guy. I think those advisers let Bush down in very significant ways.

(*) The idea behind GTMO was that Guantanamo was under US control but was not owned by the US; thus, it was a legal “black hole” where US courts could not exercise jurisdiction. As a practical matter, was there any way the Supreme Court was going to let them get away with that?

Outlander on November 28, 2008 at 10:19 PM

Clinton’s 65%.
Just informin’.

benny shakar on November 28, 2008 at 10:15 PM

Um that was 65% of Americans were glad Clinton was finally leaving the White House, mind you with the dishes and the W keys to the typewriters. LOL

Alex Martinez on November 28, 2008 at 10:19 PM

Sorry George, but – at best – you will be remembered as the most unpopular President in U.S. history.

benny shakar on November 28, 2008 at 9:13 PM

Hey Salt Shaker … how did Harry Truman go out?

joey24007 on November 28, 2008 at 10:22 PM

In the lifetime of every American, we will have many presidents. For each of us, though, we will each come to love and respect one president more than any others. For me, George W. Bush is that president.

Is he perfect? No.

Did he make mistakes during his tenure? Yes.

Did he govern with integrity? Most definitely, yes.

I will forever be grateful to President Bush for keeping my family safe and for his dedication to the incredible men and women serving in our military. During one of the most difficult times in American history, he put his own welfare aside and put the American people first. For eight, long years, he’s born the weight of the media’s often unfair criticism and the cowardly political onslaught from the Left. Few people could have performed as courageously as he.

Quite simply, he is a good man. He is my president. And I am very grateful to him for the past eight years.

conservative_in_texas on November 28, 2008 at 10:23 PM

uh…. make that 4 years.

katy on November 28, 2008 at 10:13 PM

Even one term puts more stress on a man than you or I will face in our combined life times. Take care.

abobo on November 28, 2008 at 10:25 PM

Quite simply, he is a good man. He is my president. And I am very grateful to him for the past eight years.

conservative_in_texas on November 28, 2008 at 10:23 PM

How very true c_i_t and God Bless America!

Alex Martinez on November 28, 2008 at 10:25 PM

Wonder what BO will look like 8 years from now. God speed and God bless…

abobo on November 28, 2008 at 10:11 PM

uh…. make that 4 years.

katy on November 28, 2008 at 10:13 PM

I think people like HRC and Tim Geithner will look older since they will be the ones probably taking the heat (assuming Hillary is SOS). Obama will probably come out looking much like he did when he went in.

ddrintn on November 28, 2008 at 10:29 PM

Clinton was popular because of widespread ignorance.
Here’s the real story of the 1990s economy.

jgapinoy on November 28, 2008 at 10:30 PM

Clinton was popular because of widespread ignorance.

jgapinoy on November 28, 2008 at 10:30 PM

Exactly. He was popular with the “I can’t tell you what party controls Congress” crowd. Not a mark of distinction.

ddrintn on November 28, 2008 at 10:33 PM

Those of you harping at my comment about Bush’s historically low approval rating are missing the point… I said that’s the best legacy he can hope for. The reality will likely be far worse.

Oh, and President William Jefferson Clinton left office with a 65% approval rating. Just sayin’.

benny shakar on November 28, 2008 at 10:03 PM

Hey asswipe, I really do appreciate the fact that anyone can post an opinion here at H/A, so your’s is as welcome as all the rest. All I ask is that we archive these posts, so after we are attacked again, your paycheck (big assumption you get one you work for) is gone, your savings is wiped out (assuming you have any, I doubt it), and you are subsisting (still, like tooday) on the government cheese trough, we’ll be able to look back and say, jesus weren’t you a flaming idiot.

Of course we all already knew that, you are the only one in the “dark”…

Tim Zank on November 28, 2008 at 10:36 PM

Was Bush really a good man, or just a nice guy? The road to hell is paved with good intentions, so I’m not really fond of the ‘good man’ moniker. Sure, he gave millions to Africa to fight AIDs, he sent millions south of the border to help Mexico defend ITS southern border, he spent tax dollars like Ted Kennedy at a bachelor party, and he outright refused to budge on his open borders stance. As a Texas resident I am very pissed off and directly impacted by that.

I won’t miss him. And I don’t like Obama. Once again, I’m screwed politically.

cannonball on November 28, 2008 at 10:38 PM

Sorry George, but – at best – you will be remembered as the most unpopular President in U.S. history.

benny shakar on November 28, 2008 at 9:13 PM

benny, you are a disrespectful arrogant arshole who lives on our dole.

Dust mites are indignant, and get more respect.

Entelechy on November 28, 2008 at 10:40 PM

Going forward history will be very kind to Bush. His common decency will be considered one of his strongest qualities.

While faulted for budgetary failures his rightful preoccupation with the war on terror and steadfastness will rank him high in the presidential lists.

He had his priorities right while he quietly cleaned up the DNA in the White House. His best stories are yet to surface much like Reagan before him.

patrick neid on November 28, 2008 at 10:44 PM

I like President Bush because HE MAKES MOONBAT HEADS EXPLODE!

Blake on November 28, 2008 at 10:47 PM

The most refreshing thing about George was his lack of need for the spotlight. Unlike most politicians today, he had humility and integrity. That is what he will be remembered for also.

katy on November 28, 2008 at 10:48 PM

The most refreshing thing about George was his lack of need for the spotlight. Unlike most politicians today, he had humility and integrity.
katy on November 28, 2008 at 10:48 P

Humility and integrity.

benny shakar on November 28, 2008 at 10:51 PM

He is the worst villian on this planet since Adolf Hitler. His mislead America into going to war and in the process destroying and sacrificing countless lives.

- Posted by Clement

That’s not a nice thing to say about John Kerry.
Without question, we need to disarm Saddam Hussein. He is a brutal, murderous dictator, leading an oppressive regime. He presents a particularly grievous threat because he is so consistently prone to miscalculation. And now he is miscalculating America’s response to his continued deceit and his consistent grasp for weapons of mass destruction. So the threat of Saddam Hussein with weapons of mass destruction is real.
- Sen. John F. Kerry

I mean that’s not a nice thing to say about Bill Clinton.
If Saddam rejects peace and we have to use force, our purpose is clear. We want to seriously diminish the threat posed by Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction program.”
- President Bill Clinton

I mean that’s not a nice thing to say about Nancy Pelosi.
Saddam Hussein has been engaged in the development of weapons of mass destruction technology which is a threat to countries in the region and he has made a mockery of the weapons inspection process.”
- Rep. Nancy Pelosi

I mean that’s not a nice thing to say about Al Gore.
We know that he has stored secret supplies of biological and chemical weapons throughout his country.
Iraq’s search for weapons of mass destruction has proven impossible to deter and we should assume that it will continue for as long as Saddam is in power.
- Al Gore

I mean that’s not a nice thing to say about Hillary Clinton.
In the four years since the inspectors left, intelligence reports show that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical and biological weapons stock, his missile delivery capability, and his nuclear program. He has also given aid, comfort, and sanctuary to terrorists, including al Qaeda members. It is clear, however, that if left unchecked, Saddam Hussein will continue to increase his capacity to wage biological and chemical warfare, and will keep trying to develop nuclear weapons.
– Sen. Hillary Clinton

OK, I give up, which one of those 5 was that commenter talking about anyway?

MB4 on November 28, 2008 at 10:52 PM

benny shakar on November 28, 2008 at 10:51 PM

Benny honey, mommy’s getting tired of all the silly stuff tonight. Say good night and don’t forget to brush your teeth,ok? nighty night!

katy on November 28, 2008 at 11:00 PM

MB4 on November 28, 2008 at 10:52 PM

Good post, but where is this “clemet” poster your talking about?

allrsn on November 28, 2008 at 11:03 PM

Humility and integrity.

benny shakar on November 28, 2008 at 10:51 PM

Hey you cork soggin’ icehole,
That banner was hung by the crew of the ship because their mission had been accomplished, it wasn’t put up by his ad-team. He was asked if it should be removed and he told them no that they had accomplished their mission. Contact crewmembers and see what they say. The president never made an issue of it because it was a petty issue.

thomasaur on November 28, 2008 at 11:05 PM

Anytime I’m in a fight or need a friend on whom I can depend, I’d be honored to have GW Bush standing by my side,

rplat on November 28, 2008 at 11:06 PM

A great man, a decent president, during a terrible time.

History will be kind–though depending on the next few years “worse president ever” will be tagged at the end of every mention of his name in an effort to make us forget Jimmy Carter. (who really was in our lifetime)

John The Baptist on November 28, 2008 at 11:08 PM

Good post, but where is this “clemet” poster your talking about?

allrsn on November 28, 2008 at 11:03 PM

In the comments of the article.

Entelechy on November 28, 2008 at 11:08 PM

conservative_in_texas on November 28, 2008 at 10:23 PM

Absolutely!

President and Mrs. Bush, thank you, and I wish you and your daughters a peaceful and happy life.

TeeDee on November 28, 2008 at 11:10 PM

Absolutely, MB4.

George Bush inherited the worst mess it has been my displeasure to see since the ’70s. The unspeakable Bill Clinton and his cohort of vicious children did more to denigrate the economy, the safety, and the world image of our country than any administration in my lifetime, while taking credit for every bit of blind luck that fell their way. The Dems had the good fortune to be in office while Americans created the modern world via the internet, which most fortunately distracted the civilized world’s attention from a level of criminality not seen since the administrations of Huey Long, and never on such a global scale.

George Bush’s presidency was stained from the beginning by the whining petulance of Al Gore, ably abetted by the embryonic KosKids of the Clinton White House. In the midst of this our country was attacked in a manner rivaled only by Pearl Harbor (and never mind that Trojan horse crap), and he withstood the deafening snivel of the left by ignoring it. His diplomacy via Dr. Rice has resulted in India joining the 21st century as a staunch ally of the US in Asia.

The porosity of our borders, along with the virtually irredeemable mess in the housing market, was bequeathed to him, along with an absolutely stupefied and infantilized national press and electorate. Nonetheless, he has comported himself with dignity and composure in the face of a choir of baboons, and won the first great victory over the forces of Islam in 1000 years.

I don’t care if he “talks funny.” For that matter, those of you who come from New York sound ludicrous to me when you’re discussing anything of adult importance.

Thank you, Mr. President.

warbaby on November 28, 2008 at 11:20 PM

Why do y’all feed Benny? He adds so little.

Jamson64 on November 28, 2008 at 11:23 PM

Oh, and President William Jefferson Clinton left office with a 65% approval rating. Just sayin’.

That’s nothing. You should have seen his approval ratings with Al Qaeda!! They were outta sight!

drunyan8315 on November 28, 2008 at 11:23 PM

thomasaur on November 28, 2008 at 11:05 PM

I’m sorry my friend, but Dumbya himself said he regretted the Mission Accomplished banner just last week, saying, “It conveyed the wrong message.”

benny shakar on November 28, 2008 at 11:23 PM

Why do y’all feed Benny? He adds so little.

Jamson64 on November 28, 2008 at 11:23 PM

It’s funny to watch someone with indefensible ideas struggle to create their own relevance by trying to smear. Moonbats are always entertaining.

ddrintn on November 28, 2008 at 11:28 PM

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