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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Just go, President Bush. Just disappear.

No advice. No appearances. No speeches.

You’ve hung your presidency on terrorism, but you forgot the nation.

You’ve given illegals a reason to fight but have taken away our ability to fight illegal immigration.

You’ve been the head of our party but destroyed it for years, if not decades to come.

Just go. Never come back.

madmonkphotog on November 29, 2008 at 7:40 AM

Thank you Mr. President, for your steadfast strength and honor. Thank you for protecting our families and supporting the families of those who died on 9/11 in the Towers, the Pentagon and in Pennsylvania. It saddens me to realize that in your lifetime and in ours, your great leadership will not be as recognized or appreciated as it will years from now. It will take non partisan historical writers to document one of the most dangerous eras in our history, and how fortunate we were as a nation, to have you at the helm. God speed to you and your wonderful family.

afotia on November 29, 2008 at 7:41 AM

Economy Brought Back From 9-11 and Katrina……………………………..check

…and more than returning back in the wrong direction in 2008…..check.

Put Two Countries On The Road To The 21st Century…….check

…at the cost of our own citizens (H1B policy)……check.

Failure in border control……………….check.
Failure to pardon the two Border Patrol Agents doing their job on the border…….check.
Bailing out finance, hassling Detroit on their requests, and calling both actions good for a “free market”…….check.
Allowing the sale of IBM PCD to Lenovo with little scrutiny, yet the Dubai attempt gets the full treatment……..check.
Continuing to sell out to China and India without regards to our own citizens……….check.
Continuing to allow China to grab more national secrets and not stopping them………check.

The only good thing to say is that gasoline prices are back to the pre-war levels.

sethstorm on November 29, 2008 at 7:56 AM

It will take non partisan historical writers to document one of the most dangerous eras in our history

If that means what you think it means, that means his faults get exposed as much as his good points.

sethstorm on November 29, 2008 at 8:00 AM

Well, those twins of his did raise awareness on the evils of underage drinking.

benny shakar on November 29, 2008 at 12:12 AM

And yet it didn’t sink in with you. Take a couple of aspirins and drink a lot of water before you pass out. You’ll thank me in the morning.

P.S. President Bush has been great on the war, the SCOTUS, and taxes. Those three are HUGE. But he was way too leftist (or wimpish) on so many other things. He was most definitely a mixed blessing.

Having said that, under the same circumstances we were in at the time, I still would have voted for him.

Squiggy on November 29, 2008 at 8:01 AM

Saving your ass…..
whether you like it or not.

GWB-2008.

Brian1972 on November 29, 2008 at 8:08 AM

We can only compare him to those who ran against him and for whatever faults W has can u say the country would have been better off withe either Gore or Kerry?

eaglewingz08 on November 29, 2008 at 8:22 AM

Bush is at 26%, Congress is at 12%. That should tell you something about how the public views all of our elected officials. Bush is doing better than twice as good a job as Congress based on the public’s perception. Given the challenges that he has had to face and a hostile media determined to undermine everything he has done, he did wonderful. I’d vote for him again.

JohnB on November 29, 2008 at 8:25 AM

Ya play the cards your dealt. Bush did what needed doing. To say he was a bad President is ridiculous. He didn’t ask for 9/11, he responded to 9/11, he bundled in pulling a tyrant out of leadership, and made the world a safer place for us. I thank Bin Laden’s ilk for screwing up our freedoms. I can’t fully sight Bush for that.

The real screwups are coming. Just wait and watch with the Dems working the peddles for Obama. Heh, I wonder who they’ll blame? Bush will be gone.

johnnyU on November 29, 2008 at 8:35 AM

W will be treated with much respect after we see how the next administration handles a terror attack.
He was tough and smart in the end about our safety.
If people expect perfect they are being unrealistic- Bush was hindered by his view that conservatism needed “compassion”, undercutting it and buying into big government which will be his biggest black mark.It also emboldened the RINO’s in congress to our electoral detriment.
But considering who we could have had in 2000 and 2004, he was best by a mile.

jjshaka on November 29, 2008 at 8:47 AM

Squiggy on November 29, 2008 at 8:01 AM

Why bother to feed the troll? Especially one that has nothing original to say.

Jamson64 on November 29, 2008 at 8:55 AM

I am mixed on “W”, while I thank God all the time that he was our commander and chief when 9/11 happened, and I am pretty happy with the supreme court appointments that he has made. I believe that he has caused irreparable damage to the conservative movement and has allowed us to lose our identity as a party. For the first time in my life I no longer consider myself a Republican. GWB did that. Oh sure, RINOS like McCain and others caused it too but Bush created the environment and blurred the lines between the parties that caused our current situation. Americans had a clearer choice in the past between Republican and Democrat, now they don’t see much difference. Bush is responsible for the bulk of that attitude.

conservnut on November 29, 2008 at 9:04 AM

Bush played the hand that was dealt him, but not as well as many others could have. He apparently refused to consider views contrary to his own, which might have stopped a few of the major misteps he made, and placed a huge premium on personal loyalty rather than intelligence. I think Kerry or Gore would have been better than Bush.

jim m on November 29, 2008 at 9:07 AM

Don’t expect any pictures of the chosen Emperor sharing the frame with a turkey. I’m sure Reuters will Photoshop in angels, sunrises, smiling children, and a new error of neo-Baroque propaganda shots will adorn all dispatches suitable for the masses.

George Bush is the end of an error of American presidents that loved this country as the nation the founding fathers intended. His faults were magnified and exaggerated far beyond what foreign enemies found true by our own agenda driven media, and obviously was lapped up over and over again like regurgitated vomit by the skin hounds that value the color of a man’s skin over the man underneath.

Hening on November 29, 2008 at 9:14 AM

“Kerry or Gore would have been better than Bush” Thank goodness we never got to test that theory.

jeanie on November 29, 2008 at 9:17 AM

I think Kerry or Gore would have been better than Bush.

jim m on November 29, 2008 at 9:07 AM

You have got to be kidding me!

conservnut on November 29, 2008 at 9:17 AM

OK he was a great leader on 9/11 but since then he hasn’t done one thing right.

- a 5 year war in Iraq
- failing to kill Bin Laden and the AQ leadership
- nation building in Afghanistan
- amnesty
- medicare D
- highways bill, farm bill, 11 trillion deficit, selling the country to China, Japan and the Saudis
- complete wasted opportunity in 2002 with the GOP congress to allow drilling, cut government, get rid of entitlements, get rid of fannie and freddie

lodge on November 29, 2008 at 9:26 AM

not to mention handing over the entire economy to a Goldman Sachs insider and signing into law the No Bank Left Behind act of 2008. He should have fired Ben Bernanke also

lodge on November 29, 2008 at 9:27 AM

I agree with most of the faults his critics here have pointed out, but…
He cut taxes again & again.
He restored prosperity after the Clinton recession & after 9/11.
He was the most pro-life President ever.
He restored honesty & dignity to the Oval Office.
He appointed some awesome SC justices.
He greatly enlarged faith-based/gov’t partnerships.
He was GREAT fighting Islamofascism.

jgapinoy on November 29, 2008 at 9:32 AM

eh, I dunno. Its not easy being the worlds hitman. He’s taken out Saddam for violating the first gulf war cease fire conditions, and has taken out some pretty high ranking Al Quaeda’s. Count ‘em up. Plus, kids in Iraq are in newly built schools, people are walking the streets without too much fear like they had, they don’t have to appease a ruler for fear of having their hands or tongue cut off or eyes gouged out or family killed over things as stupid as whether you hung a picture of your leader facing the wrong direction or things equally as ridiculous. There’s lot of healing going on and a new life for those folks. CLinton didn’t dare touch it. He couldnt even go after those responsible for the Cole bombing, but Bush did, and got ‘em too. Having to do all that AND keep unemployment and interest rates down until late isnt too too bad. I guess the question to ask is could it be worse? yes. If this is where we are with a tough guy at the helm, imagine how bad the world must truely be. Tough job. I wouldnt want it. There’s a lot of plates to keep spinning in the air, first to spin them, then to keep ground under your feet so you can keep spinning them. Damned if ya do and damned if ya don’t. For all we know Osama is in 10,000 little pieces some place.

johnnyU on November 29, 2008 at 9:45 AM

“Kerry or Gore would have even been better than Bush Barrack Hussein Obama

Should be interesting to behold and compare next Thanksgiving season what President Bush was able to manage and avoid compared to what happens to this country when the feel good vote President, and the wealthy factions that wish to see this nation reduced to the lowest common denominator control the banks, military and creation of laws.

Hening on November 29, 2008 at 9:51 AM

We are damn lucky. If Gore had been at the helm on 9-11, by now we would be Britain, and if Kerry had been at the helm on 9-11, by now we would be Spain.

drunyan8315 on November 29, 2008 at 9:54 AM

- a 5 year war in Iraq

That we’re winning?

- failing to kill Bin Laden and the AQ leadership

Clinton failed to capture him when he had the opportunity.

- nation building in Afghanistan

What?

- amnesty

I think we can all agree that 80% of the politicians failed on this.

- medicare D

Don’t need socialized medicine.

- highways bill, farm bill, 11 trillion deficit, selling the country to China, Japan and the Saudis

I will thank the Democratic party for drastically increasing minimum wage. Honestly, who has worked a job that’s paid that lately? Ridiculous.

- complete wasted opportunity in 2002 with the GOP congress to allow drilling, cut government, get rid of entitlements, get rid of fannie and freddie

Republicans warned the Dems in charge about Fannie and Freddie. Don’t believe me? Go look at footage of them saying there was no issue. There wasn’t a gas shortage in 2002. I’ll agree on big government. I have no opinion on entitlements.

scrubbiedude on November 29, 2008 at 9:58 AM

I will thank the Democratic party for drastically increasing minimum wage. Honestly, who has worked a job that’s paid that lately? Ridiculous.

Clarifying the point I was making, by making it so companies pay workers ridiculous amount of money to employees why not ship jobs over seas to people that are happy to work for the wages.

scrubbiedude on November 29, 2008 at 10:01 AM

CLinton didn’t dare touch it.

Unless there was a cigar between it and his fingers.

Clinton turned out to be a despicable liar, with no honor or code of dignity. The military suffered under his and Gore’s budget cuts, which stripped the military, much like Barrack Hussein intends to exercise (or at least that is what he promised).

I love when some armchair general starts crying that Bin Laden might still be alive, when they are dumb enough to elect a president with a name that Ted Kennedy can’t even distinguish from the man and the culture they want dead. Clinton had multiple chances to stop Bin Laden before the attack on this country, but memories are very convieniant.

Hening on November 29, 2008 at 10:02 AM

One further strength Bush exuded during presidency. He did not respond to trolls…..talking head trolls, right and left wingnuts, talk-show gas bags, the list goes on and on. One of the best things he did, is his restoration of dignity to the office. That, in my estimation, is what gets the left so frothy. They lost the moral and ethical high ground with Clinton. President Bush re-elevated the the bully pulpit. Thank you for that President Bush.

Cold Steel on November 29, 2008 at 10:02 AM

There are a few points I have disagreed with Pres. Bush, the border and illegals, but I believe that he is an honest man who stood by his principles… I am fed up with the BDS, and the ilk that it has produced. I say to any Democrat who tells us we all need to get along and root for Pres ELECT Obama, I will treat him with the respect that you have treated Pres. Bush.

reshas1 on November 29, 2008 at 10:08 AM

One further strength Bush exuded during presidency. He did not respond to trolls…..talking head trolls, right and left wingnuts, talk-show gas bags, the list goes on and on.

But that also hurt him. He never really did master the art of the bully pulpit–of sidestepping a frequently hostile and disdainful media and getting his message directly out to the American people as Reagan did so masterfully. To a large extent, the generally and unfairly poor opinion held of his presidency is because of this failure to do a good job in communicating why he did what he did and why it was necessary. For the most part, he was poorly served by his press teams and media advisers as well as suffering from his own weaknesses in communication.

Much of his low popularity could have been averted by a much more effective public outreach–that–more than anything else is what has hurt him the most.

Matt Helm on November 29, 2008 at 10:15 AM

I take to heart Bush didn’t do things for political reasons. Heck, he got rid of Rumsfeld the week AFTER the 2006 elections. If he’d have done it the week before, who knows, maybe a dozen Repub seats could have been saved. He never whined, or complained. He told his press secretary not to defend attacks against him. He said we’ll know in 40 years if going into Iraq was the right thing to do. LBJ didn’t want to be the 1st prez to lose a war, so he escalated Vietnam. Bush, he’s one of the few presidents who cares little about his legacy, compared to doing what he thinks is right for the country. Bush was a very decent, principled man. Compare to Obama, whining and complaining. And what are Obama’s values, his principles? Does he ever have any? Oh, I’m just too stupid to know what they are. His pragmatism passed all understanding.

Paul-Cincy on November 29, 2008 at 10:15 AM

Matt Helm on November 29, 2008 at 10:15 AM
Much of his low popularity could have been averted by a much more effective public outreach–that–more than anything else is what has hurt him the most.

Agree 100%

Paul-Cincy on November 29, 2008 at 10:16 AM

The press has shown they can destroy you if you let them. See Sarah Palin.

Paul-Cincy on November 29, 2008 at 10:17 AM

How many regular people did you hear badmouthing President Bush in the past 8 years? Many upon many, proving not that he was a bad President, but that stupid people parrot whatever they are told, think whatever they are told to think.
Watch those same people mindlessly cheering Obama for the next 30 years, whether he does a good job or not.
Idiots let others do their thinking for them.

Doug on November 29, 2008 at 10:25 AM

I think Kerry or Gore would have been better than Bush.

jim m on November 29, 2008 at 9:07 AM

You’ve GOT to be kidding!! If either of those two had been in office, the world would STILL be waiting for our response to 9-11!!! There would be no Quwait, and Sadaam would be selling A-bombs all over the Mideast!!

There also might be no Taiwan, with the result that all electronic goods would be much more expensive and trade with China would be at a much lower level. Flat screens would still be a laboratory curiosity and much too expensive for consumers.

Either of these two would have been bad for us, bad for the Mideast, bad for China, bad for the world.

landlines on November 29, 2008 at 10:27 AM

not going to have a popular 2-Term GOP/Conservative POTUS without doing something about the MSM. Unless one gets office when suddenly there are no major national security threats and ‘big things’ that have to be confronted.

bush stayed at 50% popularity or higher until some point in 2005, the constant bad press then the lies spun out of Katrina was the nail in that coffin. Downhill from that point.

jp on November 29, 2008 at 10:33 AM

The press has shown they can destroy you if you let them. See Sarah Palin.

Paul-Cincy on November 29, 2008 at 10:17 AM

how do you stop them is the question?

jp on November 29, 2008 at 10:33 AM

I remain inordinately proud of my 2004 vote for George W. Bush, and immensely proud of the man himself. I have enormous affection and respect for the man.

And more to the point, I’m utterly secure in the knowledge that my respect and affection are well-placed. I had no ideological or partisan blinders on; he is the first Republican I voted for at the presidential level. And I recognize his failings, most notably in communicating his vision.

But I have exactly zero doubt that history will prove me – and President Bush – right. Even the most casual student of history can cite dozens of examples of great men (American and non-American alike) condemned in their time and later revered by history.

President Bush will be one of them. In fact, its already happening; I expected the current situation in Iraq to take at least another decade to develop.

Historians will get it right. No one else really matters.

Professor Blather on November 29, 2008 at 10:35 AM

Sorry, gotta disagree. Bush made some major mistakes and IMHO they happened primarily because he didn’t want to hear bad news and didn’t want to consider opposing viewpoints. I don’t know if that was because he was scared, because of his principles or because he just couldn’t belive he could be wrong. I think Kerry or Gore would have listened.

His failure to sell the Iraq war to the US public and the Wall Street collapse ultimately led to Obama’s election. On the Iraq war, he probably could have sold it if he hadn’t used the WMDs as the primary justification, and there were others he could have used.

jim m on November 29, 2008 at 10:37 AM

Saving your ass…..
whether you like it or not.

GWB-2008.

Brian1972 on November 29, 2008 at 8:08 AM

Doing the right thing is not always the popular thing to do. President Bush told us shortly after 9-11 this was not going to be an easy war, some of our soldiers would come home dead, but not forgotten. Democracy and freedom bear a price, which has been the burden of the United States wherever we can find it.
President Bush inherited this financial mess from the Clinton administration, as admitted recently by former president Clinton, who admitted that he was mostly to blame for Fannie/Freddie getting out of hand.Guess he too busy with that cigar thing to give a shit about the future of the United States.
Anyone care to think what kind of moonbat society we would have with Al Gore as POTUS?–well, hang on to ure asses because the american people have elected the new HMIC (head moonbat in charge)who will take us to even greater levels of stupidity than ever thought possible.

In the days and months ahead, the Republican Party needs a new start, a focused agenda which is more than “we aren’t them!” clearly stating objectives and giving us an obtainable goal through responsible legislation and leadership.

Sarah Palin has a huge opportunity to lead us out of the wilderness (no pun intended) and back into the mainstream, but we need a way to stop the moonbats from spreading their outright lies, and we need to stop them wherever they appear, from `joe the plumber filing massive lawsuits against the state of ohio, to thr republican party getting into the 21st century and being superior technologically than the moonbat party/and press. We really need to “take the gloves off” and smack these punks around a bit so they get a real taste of whats coming.
Thank You Mr President for not getting my ass blown up, poisoned, suitcased bombed, or otherwise fucked with so that I can enjoy my freedoms right here right now and enjoy my new granddaughter.

UNREPENTANT CONSERVATIVE CAPITOLIST on November 29, 2008 at 10:44 AM

UNREPENTANT CONSERVATIVE CAPITOLIST on November 29, 2008 at 10:44 AM

Just wondering if you are a capitolist or a capitalist?

Jamson64 on November 29, 2008 at 10:47 AM

Ok, I will chime in when called upon. Worst President EVAR Hows that? Go back to Crawford and start drinking Jack Daniels again. OH and by the way, 9-11 happened on his watch when he was using the white paper on Al-Qaeda as a drink coaster. Go read “My Pet Goat” you useless loser and let a real man and real leader find and kill bin Laden. President-elect Barrack OBAMA! jim_collins on November 29, 2008 at 1:13 AM

I picked this quote ’cause it’s indicative of libtard comments everywhere.

Totally
Retarded
Obama
Lovin’
Libs

These ARE the good old days my friends. When the rookie radical takes over this ship’s gonna be heading in the wrong way.

Mojave Mark on November 29, 2008 at 10:53 AM

whatever makes me money

capitolist – 1 definition – One who believes one should make as much money as inhumanly possible by any means necessary. Commonly followed by “pig”…

UNREPENTANT CONSERVATIVE CAPITOLIST on November 29, 2008 at 10:54 AM

Which dictionary are you using?

http://www.yourdictionary.com/capitalist

Jamson64 on November 29, 2008 at 10:59 AM

If I were a capitolist I imagine I would be a big time support of Washington DC.

Jamson64 on November 29, 2008 at 11:00 AM

jim_collins on November 29, 2008 at 1:13 AM

you are a pathetic loser, you are cordially invited to preform cunnilingus on yourself.

UNREPENTANT CONSERVATIVE CAPITOLIST on November 29, 2008 at 11:03 AM

Republicans warned the Dems in charge about Fannie and Freddie. Don’t believe me? Go look at footage of them saying there was no issue.

They had a majority. They should have done something about it. Instead they cowed to the “you’re racist!” remarks from the Dems.

lodge on November 29, 2008 at 11:13 AM

sorry, i was busy redistributing somebody else’s wealth into my wallet

UNREPENTANT CONSERVATIVE CAPITOLIST on November 29, 2008 at 11:33 AM

As i was asking last night about what Kerry and Gore would have done about Iraq, the mystery still is out there on that subject. None here or myself seems to know what they would have done. Kerry never did explain what he would do but still had plenty of Monday morning quarterbacking on the subject. This alone I think helped Kerry lose back in 04. As for the Amnesty issue, I can’t think of any demo that put security before amnesty on the borders. There are not that many gop ones who are for that either. Bush was pretty stubborn on this issue alone. Now it looks like McCain and BO have identical opinions on the border issue.

garydt on November 29, 2008 at 11:35 AM

They had a majority. They should have done something about it. Instead they cowed to the “you’re racist!” remarks from the Dems.

Do they have enough majority to do anything about it? No probably not. But it’s kinda nice how Dems turned it around on Bush and blame him for it.

scrubbiedude on November 29, 2008 at 11:37 AM

Kerry who? Where is he and where the hell is the VP elect Biden hiding? Oh maybe at his favorite Home Depot having coffee with his buddies. Ya never see these guys anymore.

johnnyU on November 29, 2008 at 11:41 AM

I cant believe some of the posts on here. This article is truely articulating the beliefs of the commenters here. I thought this was a conservative site but its obvious that a good deal of the people on here are of the Peggy Noonan Kathleen Parker dredge. Whats the matter? Tired of coworkers calling you a repuke? Rethuglican? Have to refute President Bush on his way out the door? Do you feel better now?

Let me tell you something, Clinton stuck his finger in ther air made policy based on the current political winds. He is looked at as one of the finest presidents in history. Not for me. Bush came into office and governed with morals and values and swore that no American will be hurt again on American soil as long as I am president. If he asked me, I would grab a gun and stand a post because I know he would be asking me out of his belief that he would do it himself if he could.

His problem, he wouldnt go on tv and tell them American people why the media was wrong. He did what he thought was right and never apologized for it. I will run into battle with that type of character 3 times from Sunday.

Give it 10 years, lets see what happens with the history books when the Iraquis build a statue off President Bush in Baghdad. Until then, I will start standing in line now to buy his memoirs that will be coming out in the next few years.

broker1 on November 29, 2008 at 11:46 AM

Broker1: Well said!

conservative_in_texas on November 29, 2008 at 11:54 AM

Again well said Broker the only difference between Clinton and Kerry is that you knew what was coming down the pike with him. He would stick his finger to test the winds. Kerry was just not informing us on how he would do things. Lincoln and Truman never would do such things. They were of what was right for the nation instead of what is right for the party or Kerry himself.

garydt on November 29, 2008 at 12:06 PM

signing into law the No Bank Left Behind act of 2008.

lodge on November 29, 2008 at 9:27 AM

ROTFLAC (Rolling On The Floor Laughing And Crying)

platypus on November 29, 2008 at 12:08 PM

GWB has been the second best POTUS on my 53 year watch. I hope he and his family can return to the ranch and live in peace, and I wish him well, and thank him for his service to the citizens of this country, and for governing without going wobbly in the most trying of times.

AnotherRightWingConspirator on November 29, 2008 at 12:28 PM

As i was asking last night about what Kerry and Gore would have done about Iraq, the mystery still is out there on that subject

I think Gore would’ve taken down Saddam, and had he done it exactly the same way W did, the nation would be much better informed by the media over Saddam’s history and ties to terrorist. They would’ve made him out to be a national hero and rallyed the nation behind the Democrats and their “strong leadership” in the face of barbarians.

Go to Youtube and see the 1992 Gore video in which he criticized the first Bush for Allowing Saddam to stay in Power and cited all his terrorist ties.

What I think happened was Bush was hugely popular after 9/11, the GOP won an off-year election in 2002 and talk of “permanent GOP majority” set in. THe Dems/Media/Leftist could not allow such a thing to happen and had the power to Lie, Spin, Mislead, etc. about the war, or even Katrina for that matter and it gradually wore on the American people.

Had the Democrats not politicized everything, they would’ve lost the courts forever to conservative judges not to mention political power which they covet as their god. Its sick, if Obama is faced with a national crisis, criticizing him will not be tolerated in this culture by MSM and they’ll try to make him an FDR style war-hero and consolidate long-term political power from it.

jp on November 29, 2008 at 1:18 PM

If we all knew what Bush and Cheney know the conversation on this board and across America would be much different. Immigration and the other domestic issues would likely look like small potatoes.

I thank them both and God bless them.

UT Cowboy on November 29, 2008 at 1:33 PM

Man oh man…lots of people with lots to say. Much of it 20/20 .
MOST of it with one hand in their pants,and the other in a bag of cheato’s. With the occasional typed word every two minutes.

W will be remembered as a great president if Iraq and aphganistan succeed. Simple as that. Nothing else will matter. The risk of all risks.
The fannie freddie stuff wont matter. Especially since its going to hang on the dems. They own it from the non action that they took in 2002 and 2006 and they will own it during B.O.s tenure. It wont be pretty.

There isnt a single thing that W will be judged by other than 9-11 related issues.

Thats that.

The economy was fine (what did the market peek to? 14000 PLUS??) before the dems killed it with the credit crisis.

The immigration thing is just a non starter. We conservatives are killing ourselves on the handeling of this issue. And it appears that we are going to continue stepping on our well formed tushey’s on it. Too bad. I hate to see smart, informed people stepping in a bag of burning poo over and over and over again. Cuz it forces me to keep asking myself..”We are the smarter party, right?”

Nope….’W’ will be remembered for 9-11 handling. And for liberating Iraq and Afghanistan. And those are mighty big accomplishments. That and his court nominees were his tasks. And he hit it out of the park on those tasks.

God Bless ya “W”.
You are more president than half of this country deserves and sadly more president than some in the other half are smart enough to appreciate.

Handel on November 29, 2008 at 1:43 PM

The problem with Bush is he didn’t use his Bully Pulpit. He should have made fools out of the Democrats when they refused to buy in on regulating of Freddie and Fanny. But alas he never had the media on his side so that message never would have gotten out. He tried to tackle some dangerous issues. Not as big as “don’t ask don’t tell” but pretty big ones.
No student left behind, Medicare the immigration issue. I didn’t agree with him on immigration but he wasn’t afraid to try to solve it. The war I agreed with, yes! It was an imperfect plan, but no war plan has ever been perfect. If you listen to his speeches in the beginning of the war it went the way he said. Long and hard fought.

Bush never said we would walk in and finish the war in 2, 3 years time he said it could last generations. It probably will.

The problem with Bush is he isn’t a communicator and the communications industry wanted payback for Clinton’s impeachment. I always loved the Clinton Kool-Aid drinkers who said we wasted million on impeaching the President over sex.
Well the Dims wasted 10 X that trying to get President Bush.
And will continue long after he is gone.

Bush is a man of principal. His mind was never governed by polls.

Fandango on November 29, 2008 at 1:50 PM

Bush is a man of principal.

I wish he had some free-market principles.

lodge on November 29, 2008 at 1:54 PM

The problem with Bush is he didn’t use his Bully Pulpit.

I would have to say that thats pretty right on. the two things that I really wish he were better on was the communication.
Its needed. Really needed.
The other thing that I wish he were a little better on was the spending.

Other than that. thumbs up.
(With apologies to the thumbsuckers out there. Buck up! Your an embarrassment to conservationism with your ‘wah wah’ing’.)

Handel on November 29, 2008 at 2:00 PM

For all my disagreements on him (still REALLY hope he pardons Ramos and Campeon, free markets, and so on), George W. Bush is a kind man who really exposed the heart of the modern day left for the vicious, morally bankrupt attack machine that it is.

God bless you, Mr. President.

Hawkins1701 on November 29, 2008 at 2:09 PM

Ps 56:1 Be merciful to me, O God, for men hotly pursue me; all day long they press their attack.
Ps 56:2 My slanderers pursue me all day long; many are attacking me in their pride.

Ps 56:3 When I am afraid, I will trust in you.
Ps 56:4 In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me?

Ps 56:5 All day long they twist my words; they are always plotting to harm me.
Ps 56:6 They conspire, they lurk, they watch my steps, eager to take my life.

Ps 56:7 On no account let them escape; in your anger, O God, bring down the nations.
Ps 56:8 Record my lament; list my tears on your scroll — are they not in your record?

Ps 56:9 Then my enemies will turn back when I call for help. By this I will know that God is for me.
Ps 56:10 In God, whose word I praise, in the LORD, whose word I praise—
Ps 56:11 in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?

Ps 56:12 I am under vows to you, O God; I will present my thank offerings to you.
Ps 56:13 For you have delivered me 108 from death and my feet from stumbling, that I may walk before God in the light of life
Thank you Mr. President

thomasaur on November 29, 2008 at 2:28 PM

Thank you, Mr. President, for your steadfast and principled leadership, your honor and character. Thank you for not selling your soul to the political process. I didn’t agree with you on every issue and at times you dissapointed me but I always respected you and still do. Thank you for being an upright and respectable man though you stood for eight years among the worst America has to offer. Thank you.

t.ferg on November 29, 2008 at 2:28 PM

still REALLY hope he pardons Ramos and Campeon

kinda mixed on this one. IF they did something wrong,(which it appears that they have) then they deserve punishment for it.

BUT…

I do think that the punishment may have been extreme.

Handel on November 29, 2008 at 2:29 PM

Thank you for being an upright and respectable man though you stood for eight years among the worst America has to offer. Thank you.

HERE HERE! (Raising my cups of egg nog and wine)

Handel on November 29, 2008 at 2:33 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.
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conservative_in_texas on November 28, 2008 at 10:23 PM

Me too.

Bush inherited some problems, and was confronted by tragedy and did his best to deal with these issues. And as many have remarked, we haven’t been attacked since 2001. And that is to his credit.

I will always believe that the war in Iraq was the lesser of two evils. Do it now, on our terms when we have some chance of controlling and minimizing causalities, American and Iraqi, or wait till later when an unprepared administration will be forced to react to a situation far worse with the consequence of millions of lives lost. It’s difficult to believe that Saddam Hussein, who shot his way into power in Iraq, would sit peacefully and calmly and watch Al Qaeda take the First place prize among Islamic terrorists for inflicting the worst damage in recent history on the US.

The war in Iraq obviously cost the US a great deal of money. But our economic situation was mostly generated by greed and the abandonment of capitalistic principles and ideology by people in the market – investors, bankers, brokers, and consumers. It’s idiocy to solely blame Bush for the state of the economy.

Bush has a strong character. Some people are just threatened and put off by that.

God bless Bush and his family. I wish him well.

tartan on November 29, 2008 at 2:55 PM

As a Texas resident the best I can say is that you were better than the two alternatives.

try again later on November 29, 2008 at 3:28 PM

I think Kerry or Gore would have been better than Bush.
jim m on November 29, 2008 at 9:07 AM

Seriously, I have a geranium that would have been a more effective President.

benny shakar on November 29, 2008 at 3:43 PM

jp on November 29, 2008 at 1:18 PM

It’s hard to conquer someone when you’re on your knees…
and we dont have any “green”tanks or fighter jets

UNREPENTANT CONSERVATIVE CAPITOLIST on November 29, 2008 at 3:46 PM

Broker1: Well said!

conservative_in_texas on November 29, 2008 at 11:54 AM

dittos from the socialist state of Illinois

UNREPENTANT CONSERVATIVE CAPITOLIST on November 29, 2008 at 3:48 PM

How do you know Kerry would have done better when he kept his solutions “top secret”????” AS for Benny he still doesn’t answer better then a Geranium, what quality is that? Its a simple question, benny what were Kerrys solutions except having his female relatives wearing burkas? As you know Lincoln and Truman were pretty well hated by their contemporaries. Pull the Geranium out and answer this seriously.

garydt on November 29, 2008 at 3:49 PM

No new gun control laws . . . .Check
Assault weapons ban expired . . .Check

I’m happy about those two check marks.

Pelayo on November 29, 2008 at 4:55 PM

Secret Service agents have had a first hand look at all the candidates over the last 8 years. I know they feel the right man was elected at the right time. “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.” I hope and pray we did the right thing this time.

illinidriller on November 29, 2008 at 4:59 PM

jp on November 29, 2008 at 1:18 PM
It’s hard to conquer someone when you’re on your knees…
and we dont have any “green”tanks or fighter jets

UNREPENTANT CONSERVATIVE CAPITOLIST on November 29, 2008 at 3:46 PM

Hey dirtbag, we don’t conquer anyone (although, one could argue Hawaii).

And if you have to yell (by typing in all caps) your name, could you at least spell it correctly?

Sheesh!

anuts on November 29, 2008 at 5:33 PM

You know, every effort that President Bush made to reach across the aisle and work to assure bipartisan agreement, for example with No Child Left Behind and Medicare Part D, was a concession to heal the breach with the Dems. Yet they sniped and snarled and downright lied when their own partisanship proved more important to them. Conservatives were not happy with Bush’s compromises, but just as Reagan did, W chose his own battles.

Multiple issues around the world beyond Iraq and Afghanistan faced this president, and he handled them with grace under pressure. His decisions were made with our nation’s interests in security and economic stability at heart. He was not motivated by courting public opinion, for it is fickle.

Gore, Kerry, and now Obama are so subsumed in their own grandiose egos that it is difficult to fathom any of them making a decision and having the courage and humility to stand by what they deemed right, knowing what was known at the time.

Obama seems to have sobered up and backed away from his high-flying rhetoric, having been privy to national security information.

The Dems’ all-purpose empty promise to “negotiate” as a panacea to conflicts ignores the reality that negotiations at the international level are taking place all of the time. Successful negotiations are arbitrated when both sides see a possibility for a face-saving win/win and when both sides rely on carrots and sticks. Gore, Kerry, and Obama have given the impression that negotiation means that we are willing to secure “peace in our time” by making all of the concessions.

It is part of the BIG LIE that President Bush did not listen to contrary opinions when making decisions. The ones who perpetrated that narrative were partisan opponents buried in career positions. They leaked security information to the media and created the “bubble” template. From the beginning, the media were adversarial (unlike the uncritical, uninquisitive treatment afforded Obama).

Similarly, the charge that he surrounded himself with cronies has to be laughed at with abandon when one objectively looks at the Clinton staffing and the Obama staffing of Clinton-redux.

And speaking of laughter, Bush able to laugh at himself and joke about his personal foibles. I have yet to hear a Democrat politician laugh at himself and not at a vicious slur against a member of the opposing party.

onlineanalyst on November 29, 2008 at 5:49 PM

Gore, Kerry, and Obama are all pompous, smooth-talking ditherers.

I’ll take men like Bush and Cheney any day over that trio of beta males.

onlineanalyst on November 29, 2008 at 5:55 PM

Personally I like, no LOVE President G. W. Bush. In my opinion he only did two things wrong while president.
1. Supported Shamnesty legislation.
2. The BIG one. He didn’t keep the American people informed on the entire Iraq War. He should have been on the airwaves as often as the Dems, telling the Ameican people what was going on, and calling for the prosecution of every one of those Libtard morons for TREASON!

hamer500 on November 29, 2008 at 6:16 PM

I still see the bush haters what Kerry or gore’s alternatives to be in regard to keeping Saddam in check. If they negotiate like they did to Bush’s overtures to them then their negotiating skills with our enemies would be about as fruitless. I guess I will have to wait another four years to find out what Kerry’s plan was.

garydt on November 29, 2008 at 7:49 PM

I wish I could have served under him but oh well, I’ll always respect the man

reagant on November 29, 2008 at 11:17 PM

Sorry, gotta disagree. Bush made some major mistakes and IMHO they happened primarily because he didn’t want to hear bad news and didn’t want to consider opposing viewpoints. I don’t know if that was because he was scared, because of his principles or because he just couldn’t belive he could be wrong. I think Kerry or Gore would have listened.

His failure to sell the Iraq war to the US public and the Wall Street collapse ultimately led to Obama’s election. On the Iraq war, he probably could have sold it if he hadn’t used the WMDs as the primary justification, and there were others he could have used.

jim m on November 29, 2008 at 10:37 AM

You’re making what you think is a reasonable point, but it’s all based on media misinformation. There’s utterly no evidence that Bush refused to hear bad news or opposing viewpoints. That’s a drive-by media smear.

And it was not Bush who fixated on the WMD’s in Iraq. The msm got very frustrated with the Bush administration for giving multiple reasons to go into Iraq, rather than just one. They kept insisting there could only be one reason. It was the msm that basically decided that WMD’s were that reason.

For the past eight years, the media have shown a hostility to President Bush that could only be compared to their hatred and loathing of Reagan. They smeared him repeatedly for “botching” Katrina, when it was really botched by the local government, specifically Mayor Ray Nagin in New Orleans and Governor Kathleen Blanco in Louisiana. The state of Mississippi had no such problems, even though Katrina actually touched down on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi, not in New Orleans.

I can virtually guarantee that if Katrina had been handled exactly the same, but the president had been a Democrat, no one would be talking about how Katrina was botched.

The media gets it wrong, as always. The real problems with the Bush administration stemmed from his attempts to be a “uniter, not a divider.” He didn’t hold the line on spending, because he was trying to get a Democratic congress to work with him. He tried to give them the spending they craved while structuring it to give more power to the people rather than the government.

But it’s plain to see it was a waste of time. His approach worked in Texas, where even the Texas Democrats had tremendous respect for their Republican governor. But in the nation’s capitol, it’s a Total War situation. And the infamy will be seen in the number of people who mock him as a “divider, not a uniter.” Sadly, you can’t be nice to Democrats in the federal government. They’ll only take advantage of the opportunity to smear you.

So why is the federal government a different ball game? Probably because the media largely ignore state governments, and focus all their attention on the federal government. And the war against President Bush was fought in the media, specifically.

theregoestheneighborhood on November 30, 2008 at 12:21 AM

Thank you, Mr. President.

unclesmrgol on November 30, 2008 at 1:18 AM

Hey dirtbag, we don’t conquer anyone (although, one could argue Hawaii).

anuts on November 29, 2008 at 5:33 PM

And Texas. And Oklahoma.

unclesmrgol on November 30, 2008 at 1:19 AM

Care to provide some examples of Bush’s lawlessness.

The border between Mexico and America, the actions of the INS, the persecution of Border Agents who try to control the law breaking

the head of Homeland Security threatening that he might soon have to start enforcing the law on border control (and still retaining his job under Bush)

The pretense of the construction of the Fence at the border

The diversion of funds to build the fence to slow the construction

The dog and pony show of prosecution of a few select businesses for employing illegals, during which prosecutions, the illegal employees are released to continue being ‘illegals’

I can find a bunch of illegal and improper acts by the Clintons, from the misuse of FBI files, to improper campaign comtributions, to lying under oath about an affair, and a whole bunch of legal but despicable acts by the Clintons, like allowing intercontinental ballistic technology to be transferred to China etc

However, nothing can match the blatant interference with law and order at the border by Bush and his blatant encouragment of hiring illegals in all businesses, and his games played with dog and pony fines and raids to pretend to the public he was enforcing the law, when his own deputy admitted on his behalf that they were not enforcing the many many laws on this issue.

Bush did something that exceeded the petty and personal corruptions of the Clinton administration, and exceeded IMHO the dangerous mistakes of the Clinton administration in handing out technology to equalize the world balance.

Bush decided that our border was not to be protected, despite his Presidential oath to the contrary. He blatantly had his agents restrict enforcement. He made a decision to ignore and defeat an entire body of law because he did not like it. He acted through his agents to punish government employees who tried to uphold the law.

Bush could have wirked to legally end the border control laws. However the laws stand because the public wants these laws. So Bush and like minded politicians made a decision to keep the laws but ignore them preferentially.

This is something Bush can take credit for and it is as bad as can be for our nation.

If Clinton started a trend that ‘oral sex’ is not really ‘sex’

Bush has begun the trend that a President must ignore and thwart the enforcement of laws he disagrees with

This makes the friendly Bush the more dangerous man to hold the national trust

entagor on November 30, 2008 at 3:01 AM

Care to provide some examples of Bush’s lawlessness.

I mean, the demorats have been trying desperately for 8 years to pin anything on Bush. They even held mock impeachment hearings.
Kini on November 29, 2008 at 2:06 AM

The DEMS would hardly impeach Bush for aiding them politically and demographically by selectively enforcing border and immigration law. Bush’s open border policy fed the motor voter demographic that helps DEMs. Even if Bush’s moves were no longer needed, the DEMs would still not impeach him on this issue, because it would insult the new demographic that proved so useful in the recent election, and that they are counting on for the next.

Ultimately the buck stopped at the chief executive. Impeached or not he set the most dangerous precendent, deciding the Executor of the law has the right to select which laws he will enforce

There is no question he had decided it was for a higher good

Bush is indeed our highest elected Vigilante

what a shame

entagor on November 30, 2008 at 3:38 AM

And Texas. And Oklahoma.

unclesmrgol on November 30, 2008 at 1:19 AM

Interesting. As a life long resident of Texas (with an American History background from college, no less), this is the first time I’ve seen this suggested. What is it that you know that the rest of us Texans’ don’t?

Thanks.

anuts on November 30, 2008 at 4:49 AM

A faux conservative monkey boy if ever there was one.

He has no values at all – he simply does what he is told.. He expanded government spending beyond all sense, started the Iraq war which has proven to be a monumental waste of life and treasure, and given succour to illegal immigrants. And those are just his headline ‘achievements’.

Bush has been a monstrous disappointment.

Ares on November 30, 2008 at 5:21 AM

A faux conservative monkey boy if ever there was one.

Charming take, Ares.

He has no values at all – he simply does what he is told..

Told by whom?

He expanded government spending beyond all sense,

What does this mean, exactly?

started the Iraq war which has proven to be a monumental waste of life and treasure,

Again, disagree–the Iraq front of the war has been highly successful and has involved a minimal amount of both blood and treasure.

and given succour to illegal immigrants.

Illegal immigration was a problem long before Bush: you’re conveniently forgetting that President Reagan (even though we love and honor him) gave over 3 million outright amnesty and many more took advantage of it.

And those are just his headline ‘achievements’.

Bush has been a monstrous disappointment.

Ares on November 30, 2008 at 5:21 AM

President Bush has served well in the past 8 years and History and real Americans who aren’t filled with bitter and unreasonable hate will agree.

Jenfidel on November 30, 2008 at 6:00 AM

You guys who make a long list of Dubya’s “failures,” remember this: he fulfilled his duty under the Constitution to keep your sorry asses safe from attacks within and without. You miserable SOBs pilloried him for it. If you don’t have life, none of the rest of the dumb lists matter! As for party, screw the GOP! Who the heck wants a party that doesn’t defend its own?

SilentWatcher on November 30, 2008 at 6:32 AM

Professor Blather on November 29, 2008 at 10:35 AM

Once again, the good Professor digs in his cleats, and knocks it out of the park.

Thank you Professor Blather for your wise words, and thank you President Bush for staying true to yourself despite the putrid pundits and fair-weather friends.

Godspeed, sir.

hillbillyjim on November 30, 2008 at 8:13 AM

As soon as Barack Obama’s election was announced, Russia began rattling its sabre, threatening missiles in the Baltic and claiming Alaska for its own. Al Qaeda launched a major attack in Mumbai. We’ll see more of the some, certainly; Joe Biden (incredibly) was not wrong about this.

What it demonstrates is that the world’s leaders, and especially the world’s bad guys, respect George W. Bush. They did not do these things on his watch, because they’d learned the hard way that his responses had teeth. We’ll know some measure of what we were spared during his administration by the incidents that will follow in the coming months — and if Obama responds weakly, then we’ll learn the full measure of what we were spared, the hard way.

George W. Bush did plenty that deserves criticism: spending out of control, well-intentioned but wrong-headed education policy, expanding the federal medical bureaucracy, a poor approach to immigration, and the failure to use the veto pen over such abberations as McCain-Feingold. His worst failure was his complete inability to sell his agenda to the American people; he was entirely the hockey puck of the leftist media.

However, historians will note his success at protecting the nation during a particularly dangerous era; and if my expectations about Obama turn out to be correct, we’ll get a very, very clear picture of how well Bush protected us from the negative image of how poorly Obama will.

philwynk on November 30, 2008 at 8:30 AM

For the past eight years, the media have shown a hostility to President Bush that could only be compared to their hatred and loathing of Reagan

Consider that those who have experienced the (economic)wrath of Reagan have pushed for a prompt end to his ideology. They have nearly all of that in their hands. For their efforts, they have been rewarded.

sethstorm on November 30, 2008 at 8:33 AM

I think all of America will appreciate W after a few months of The One…..

BiasedGirl on November 30, 2008 at 9:59 AM

You didn’t sell your soul? Of course you didn’t Mr. President given that you have no soul. From your first day in office, you’ve been a tool and played like a cheap church organ. Keep reading your bible Georgie…ignorance is bliss.

dk on November 30, 2008 at 12:05 PM

Tired of coworkers calling you a repuke? Rethuglican? Have to refute President Bush on his way out the door? Do you feel better now?

broker1 on November 29, 2008 at 11:46 AM

That has a lot to with why Bush and other elected Republicans went left. Bush’s entire second term was geared towards gaining love from the perverts at the NYT and WaPo.

Buddahpundit on November 30, 2008 at 12:56 PM

Illegal immigration was a problem long before Bush: you’re conveniently forgetting that President Reagan (even though we love and honor him) gave over 3 million outright amnesty and many more took advantage of it.

Jenfidel on November 30, 2008 at 6:00 AM

It’s a worse problem now though. A scapegoated racial majority is about to be replaced and soon to become a scapegoated racial minority.

Buddahpundit on November 30, 2008 at 1:01 PM

One of those values that our President likes to be so smug and self-righteous about was that of allowing our Sovereign southern border to be seriously breeched with the resulting chaos. Especially along the border states. As a Nation we may never recover. George Bush and his fellow GOP “transnationalists” are pushing the eventual global governance by organizations outside of our Nation. ( LINK ) George Bush was not the “Cowboy” that we elected but a product of Ivy League universities. A globalist/elitist. He did a few good things but all good was canceled out. Some of the values that the President carries are flawed and wrong. We had a chance to become a strong sovereign Nation again under GOP governance. They sold us out. Darvin Dowdy

Darvin Dowdy on November 30, 2008 at 2:53 PM

Luv ya Dubya!!
Thank you for your service.
Thank you for keeping our country safe from terrorism.
Thank you for empowering my children after 9/11, when the world made no sense to us anymore. My children heard you when you spoke to all American children, and asked everyone to reach out to the Afghan children through the America’s Fund For Afghan Children.
Thank you for leading in a troubled time.
God Bless you and your family.

right wing chicky on November 30, 2008 at 5:14 PM

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