Bush in Texas: “I’m coming home with my head held high”

posted at 9:17 pm on January 20, 2009 by Allahpundit

A brave face on a tough day. The passion with which he emphasizes the words “50 million” speaks for itself; as for his claim to have tackled the tough issues instead of passing them on to other presidents, that’s true in some cases and … not so true in others.

If you want to say thanks, here’s your chance.

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Gonna be fun watching Dubya being circumspect and looking like the cat that swallowed the canary while Barry constantly flubs for the next few years.

Christien on January 20, 2009 at 10:59 PM

Esthier on January 20, 2009 at 10:58 PM

Jump in with two feet.

Or in this case, six ;)

blatantblue on January 20, 2009 at 11:00 PM

even if you are, i’ll help you unleash that inner-Bristol Palin!

Noneya on January 20, 2009 at 10:42 PM

Andrew Sullivan! Is that you?!

AUINSC on January 20, 2009 at 11:00 PM

Ah yes, the trolls come out to trash Bush again…what are they going to do to occupy their time the next four years…

You gotta just sit back and laugh…At least they are still safe and able to trash away all they want. Gee, I wonder why that is? It must really twist the soul into knots trashing those you keep you safe…oh, I forgot…no souls.

Whippet on January 20, 2009 at 11:08 PM

Jump in with two feet.

Or in this case, six ;)

blatantblue on January 20, 2009 at 11:00 PM

Good point. If it’s time to jump in, then sticking just a toe in won’t help.

Esthier on January 20, 2009 at 11:13 PM

Esthier on January 20, 2009 at 11:13 PM

no guts no glory

blatantblue on January 20, 2009 at 11:14 PM

Andrew Sullivan is already gloating over the coming prosecutions, noting that Bush did not pardon anyone associated with torture.

I hope President Obama does not go there, it would be a terrible mistake. I did not support the adhanced interrogation techniques of the Bush Administration and was absolutely against Rummy’s “taking off the gloves” policy at the DoD, but war crime prosecutions would be a disaster for this country.

Mr. Joe on January 20, 2009 at 11:15 PM

Clinton wasn’t in charge of protecting us on 9/11/01 was he? who was, again?

Noneya on January 20, 2009 at 10:15 PM

Good,I hope you apply that same level of responsibility to whatever happens on Obama watch,because whatever goes wrong in America and the World is going to be his fault.

Clinton wasn’t in charge on 9/11 after having the 2 years of planning happen right under his nose and financed by Osama who Clinton let walk no less than 8 times:

Are We Safer?
http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives2/2008/05/020600.php

Empirically, however, it seems beyond dispute that something has made us safer since 2001. Over the course of the Bush administration, successful attacks on the United States and its interests overseas have dwindled to virtually nothing.

1988
February: Marine Corps Lt. Colonel Higgens, Chief of the U.N. Truce Force, was kidnapped and murdered by Hezbollah.
December: Pan Am flight 103 from London to New York was blown up over Scotland, killing 270 people, including 35 from Syracuse University and a number of American military personnel.

1991
November: American University in Beirut bombed

.

1993
January: A Pakistani terrorist opened fire outside CIA headquarters, killing two agents and wounding three.
February: World Trade Center bombed, killing six and injuring more than 1,000.

1995
January: Operation Bojinka, Osama bin Laden’s plan to blow up 12 airliners over the Pacific Ocean, discovered.
November: Five Americans killed in attack on a U.S. Army office in Saudi Arabia.

1996
June: Truck bomb at Khobar Towers kills 19 American servicemen and injures 240.
June: Terrorist opens fire at top of Empire State Building, killing one.

1997
February: Palestinian opens fire at top of Empire State Building, killing one and wounding more than a dozen.
November: Terrorists murder four American oil company employees in Pakistan.

1998
January: U.S. Embassy in Peru bombed.
August: Simultaneous bomb attacks on U.S. Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania killed more than 300 people and injured over 5,000.

1999
October: Egypt Air flight 990 crashed off the coast of Massachusetts, killing 100 Americans among the more than 200 on board; the pilot yelled “Allahu Akbar!” as he steered the airplane into the ocean.

2000
October: A suicide boat exploded next to the U.S.S. Cole, killing 17 American sailors and injuring 39.

2001
September: Terrorists with four hijacked airplanes kill around 3,000 Americans in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania.
December: Richard Reid, the “shoe bomber,” tries to blow up a transatlantic flight, but is stopped by passengers.
The September 11 attack was a propaganda triumph for al Qaeda, celebrated by a dismaying number of Muslims around the world. Everyone expected that it would draw more Muslims to bin Laden’s cause and that more such attacks would follow. In fact, though, what happened was quite different: the pace of successful jihadist attacks against the United States slowed, decelerated further after the onset of the Iraq war, and has now dwindled to essentially zero. Here is the record:

2002
October: Diplomat Laurence Foley murdered in Jordan, in an operation planned, directed and financed by Zarqawi in Iraq, perhaps with the complicity of Saddam’s government.

2003
May: Suicide bombers killed 10 Americans, and killed and wounded many others, at housing compounds for westerners in Saudi Arabia.
October: More bombings of United States housing compounds in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia killed 26 and injured 160.

2004
There were no successful attacks inside the United States or against American interests abroad.

2005
There were no successful attacks inside the United States or against American interests abroad.

2006
There were no successful attacks inside the United States or against American interests abroad.

2007
There were no successful attacks inside the United States or against American interests abroad.

2008
So far, there have been no successful attacks inside the United States or against American interests abroad.

I know the only thing that is important to liberals like nonya is their talking points.
But to educated people who actually know what the he!! they are talking about facts matter.
The fact is that under liberal leadership,terrorism grew tremendously,striking American targets here and abroad.

Under Bush,50 million have been freed from some of the worst genocidal terrorist regimes the world has ever known.

Terrorist attacks have gone to completely zero against Americans and their interests abroad.

Terrorism is down over 40% world wide:

B.C. researchers find decline in global terrorism, question previous data
1 day ago
http://canadianpress.google.com/article/ALeqM5iJciaxCBODpiOZKXuLS73Q0gpaBA

VANCOUVER — A group of researchers from Simon Fraser University says global terrorism is on the decline, despite previous data and public perceptions that suggest otherwise.
The university’s Human Security Report Project says fatalities from terrorist attacks around the world have, in fact, decreased by 40 per cent since 2001.

But what do liberals care anyway.
They have told us “there is no terrorist threat”.
Iran is just a “tiny threat”.
The Iraq war is lost.
The surge would not work.

More ignorance from the “smart ones”.

Even back to super smart liberal Carter’s administration,the one that funded and created Al-Qaeda stated this idiotic drivel:

Carter’s National Security Advisor Brzezinski being questioned about arming and training the jihadist in Afghanistan:

Q: When the Soviets justified their intervention by asserting that they intended to fight
against a secret involvement of the United States in Afghanistan, people didn’t believe
them. However, there was a basis of truth. You don’t regret anything today?

Brzezinski: Regret what? That secret operation was an excellent idea. It had the effect of
drawing the Russians into the Afghan trap and you want me to regret it? The day that the
Soviets officially crossed the border, I wrote to President Carter: We now have the
opportunity of giving to the USSR its Vietnam war. Indeed, for almost 10 years, Moscow
had to carry on a war unsupportable by the government, a conflict that brought about the
demoralization and finally the breakup of the Soviet empire.

Q: And neither do you regret having supported the Islamic fundamentalists, having given
arms and advice to future terrorists?

Brzezinski: What is most important to the history of the world? The Taliban or the
collapse of the Soviet empire? Some stirred-up Moslems or the liberation of Central
Europe and the end of the cold war?

Q: Some stirred-up Moslems? But it has been said and repeated: Islamic fundamentalism
represents a world menace today.

Brzezinski: Nonsense! .

Yea!!!
Just another example of liberal idiocy that they call “smart power”.
Clinton and Carter did more to fund,support and allow the jihadist to kill tens of thousands of people around the world than anybody.Then they left it up to real strong leadership like Bush to clean it up.

This super smart liberal Brzezinski even supported Pol Pot:

“I encouraged the Chinese to support Pol Pot…. Pol Pot was an abomination. We could never support him, but China could.” [Blum, 1995; Z Magazine, 1997]

It’s a good thing that liberals like noneya keep telling each other how dam# smart they are because it sure does not show.

Even Mr. non-violence himself understands the success and leadership that Bush has shown:

Dalai Lama Stuns Audience… Admits: “I Love George Bush”
He loves him.

(Politiken)
The Dalai Lama admits, “I love George Bush.”

Beeqube and ROP reported:

The Dalai Lama, a lifelong champion of non-violence on Saturday candidly stated that terrorism cannot be tackled by applying the principle of ahimsa because the minds of terrorists are closed.

“It is difficult to deal with terrorism through non-violence,” the Tibetan spiritual leader said delivering the Madhavrao Scindia Memorial Lecture here.

He also termed terrorism as the worst kind of violence which is not carried by a few mad people but by those who are very brilliant and educated.

“They (terrorists) are very brilliant and educated…but a strong ill feeling is bred in them. Their minds are closed,” the Dalai Lama said.

He said that the only way to tackle terrorism is through prevention. The head of the Tibetan government-in-exile left the audience stunned when he said “I love President George W Bush.” He went on to add how he and the US President instantly struck a chord in their first meeting unlike politicians who take a while to develop close ties.

liberals like noneya are to ignorant and pathetic to let things like facts get in the way of there baseless drivel.

Baxter Greene on January 20, 2009 at 11:17 PM

I hope President Obama does not go there, it would be a terrible mistake. I did not support the adhanced interrogation techniques of the Bush Administration and was absolutely against Rummy’s “taking off the gloves” policy at the DoD, but war crime prosecutions would be a disaster for this country.

Mr. Joe on January 20, 2009 at 11:15 PM

Pelosi is already on record salivating over the upcoming circus, even though Barry has hinted he’s not looking for that fight.

Laura in Maryland on January 20, 2009 at 11:19 PM

Laura in Maryland on January 20, 2009 at 11:19 PM

Oops. Sorry, wrong thread.

Laura in Maryland on January 20, 2009 at 11:21 PM

no guts no glory

blatantblue on January 20, 2009 at 11:14 PM

:)

Esthier on January 20, 2009 at 11:22 PM

Oops. Sorry, wrong thread.

Laura in Maryland on January 20, 2009 at 11:21 PM

GOSH!

:p

blatantblue on January 20, 2009 at 11:24 PM

liberals like noneya are to ignorant and pathetic to let things like facts get in the way of there baseless drivel.

Baxter Greene on January 20, 2009 at 11:17 PM

She’s having a good time here. We should as well.

Esthier on January 20, 2009 at 11:30 PM

One evening’s sunset
Remember these words,
From those who understood
That you kept the oath
To keep us safe.
Some lesser men cowered in holes
While others in halls…

You never wavered and for that… I applaud you.

jerrytbg on January 20, 2009 at 11:33 PM

She’s having a good time here. We should as well.

Esthier on January 20, 2009 at 11:30 PM

Shes a she? I thought she was a he. Then again, I wasnt sure the whole time

blatantblue on January 20, 2009 at 11:33 PM

Shes a she? I thought she was a he. Then again, I wasnt sure the whole time

blatantblue on January 20, 2009 at 11:33 PM

Honestly, I wasn’t sure at first. It’s so hard to tell online and even harder when usernames are ambiguous, but there have been a few confirmations.

Esthier on January 20, 2009 at 11:43 PM

Andrew Sullivan is already gloating over the coming prosecutions, noting that Bush did not pardon anyone associated with torture.
Mr. Joe on January 20, 2009 at 11:15 PM

What!!
you mean he is taking time away from his crack investigation
of who is Trig’s real mother.

Yea,bring on all the “Bush tortured” investigations.
I am looking forward to all the democrats that started and approved these techniques to be paraded 24/7 in front of the television with the “Bush tricked us” defense:

What Did Leon Panetta Know About Rendition And When Did He Know It?

http://www.redstate.com/pejman_yousefzadeh/2009/01/10/what-did-leon-panetta-know-about-rendition-and-when-did-he-know-it/

What do I mean? Well, in her book, The Dark Side, Jane Mayer pointed out that rendition policies began not during the Bush Administration, but rather, during the Clinton Administration. As Mayer writes, in 1995, the Clinton Administration proposed to the government of Hosni Mubarak that Egypt be a rendition destination, a proposal that the Egyptians accepted (pp. 112-113). Eventually, renditions became routine and a “Rendition Branch” was added to the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center and President Clinton signed a directive that authorized “Apprehension, Extradition, Rendition and Prosecution” of terrorist suspects in 1998 (p. 114). Other countries, in addition to Egypt, were used as rendition destinations but Egypt remained the most popular destination.
Leon Panetta was Chief of Staff from 1994-1997,

No..it…it..it can’t be.
Bush is the evil one.
Bush is the EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEvil one.

Democrats were fully briefed and agreed to these methods just like the NSA wiretapping(that surprisingly is being dropped from the “impeachment”rants since Obama voted for it
and the courts have deemed it legal).

Hill Briefed on Waterboarding in 2002
In Meetings, Spy Panels’ Chiefs Did Not Protest, Officials Say

By Joby Warrick and Dan Eggen
Washington Post Staff Writers
Sunday, December 9, 2007; A01
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/12/08/AR2007120801664_pf.html

In September 2002, four members of Congress met in secret for a first look at a unique CIA program designed to wring vital information from reticent terrorism suspects in U.S. custody. For more than an hour, the bipartisan group, which included current House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), was given a virtual tour of the CIA’s overseas detention sites and the harsh techniques interrogators had devised to try to make their prisoners talk.

NO!!No!!No!!! Nancy,it can’t be.
How could you also be a crazy nazi torturer like the
EEEEEEEEEEEEEvil Bush.

Let’s look at Obama’s choice for Attorney General:


Eric Holder the Neo-con

Eric Holder (Barack Obama’s choice for Attorney General), on the question of whether unlawful combatants captured in the war on terror are entitled to prisoner-of-war status under the Geneva Convention. From an interview on CNN, January 2002:

One of the things we clearly want to do with these prisoners is to have an ability to interrogate them and find out what their future plans might be, where other cells are located; under the Geneva Convention that you are really limited in the amount of information that you can elicit from people.

It seems to me that given the way in which they have conducted themselves, however, that they are not, in fact, people entitled to the protection of the Geneva Convention. They are not prisoners of war. If, for instance, Mohamed Atta had survived the attack on the World Trade Center, would we now be calling him a prisoner of war? I think not. Should Zacarias Moussaoui be called a prisoner of war? Again, I think not.

All because liberals choose to lie and come down with their “selective amnesia”about how much they agreed with Bush and supported his policies doesn’t mean that when all the facts are laid out,they will not be exposed for their pathetic hypocrisy.

So please liberals,just like with pre-war intel,quit whining and making your empty threats about “prosecuting Bush”.
PUT UP OR SHUT UP!!
You have had the power for years to act out all your liberal
fantasies about frog marches and convictions and have come up with absolutely nothing.

democratic leaderships attempt to appease and distract their leftist base with these bogus threats are only attempts to distract from the fact that Obama is rolling back on all his promises and won’t be able to deliver “hope and change”.
democrats and their friends in the media have worked so hard over the last few years to totally negate any coverage of the democrats support for Iraq and the methods of the War on Terror.Done everything they can to frame the message of”big ol dumb Bush tricked all of us super smart liberals”.
But please,do this,lets rehash all the democrats that yelled and screamed about Saddam’s WMD/Nuclear programs,ties to Al-Qaeda and support for the Patriot act,NSA wiretapping,and terrorist interrogation techniques.

PUT UP OR SHUT UP!!

Baxter Greene on January 20, 2009 at 11:46 PM

Esthier on January 20, 2009 at 11:43 PM

If not a female… certainly effeminate.

jerrytbg on January 20, 2009 at 11:47 PM

Honestly, I wasn’t sure at first. It’s so hard to tell online and even harder when usernames are ambiguous, but there have been a few confirmations.

Esthier on January 20, 2009 at 11:43 PM

This is true. Takes a keen eye

blatantblue on January 20, 2009 at 11:47 PM

Baxter Greene on January 20, 2009 at 11:17 PM

Thank you for this info…

CCRWM on January 20, 2009 at 11:55 PM

Baxter Greene on January 20, 2009 at 11:17 PM

Thank you for this info…

CCRWM on January 20, 2009 at 11:55 PM

No problem
Just one of the many Republicans here tired of the same ol liberal lies and spin.

Baxter Greene on January 21, 2009 at 12:01 AM

This is true. Takes a keen eye

blatantblue on January 20, 2009 at 11:47 PM

Well, I’m not the most observant, but I’ve been informed by other posters that she’s identified herself. I was likely in one of those threads, but again, I’m not very observant.

If not a female… certainly effeminate.

jerrytbg on January 20, 2009 at 11:47 PM

That sounds like it’s supposed to be an insult, but I won’t take it that way.

Esthier on January 21, 2009 at 12:02 AM

I’ll say thanks, anyway.

chunderroad on January 21, 2009 at 12:04 AM

“We all offer our prayers for his success”.

Apparently George doesn’t read HA much.

alex342 on January 21, 2009 at 12:07 AM

Esthier on January 21, 2009 at 12:02 AM

HotAir registrations should have some M or F designators on them

anywho, its been a long day, and I am sure Obama’s face will pop up in a few dreams nightmares tonight.

I’m out! Night night.

Happy Obama day everyone!

blatantblue on January 21, 2009 at 12:08 AM

blatantblue on January 21, 2009 at 12:08 AM

Well, he seems to be popping up every where else, even Sports Center.

Night. Tomorrow will be a little easier.

Esthier on January 21, 2009 at 12:11 AM

Apparently George doesn’t read HA much.

alex342 on January 21, 2009 at 12:07 AM

Yeah, he probably doesn’t get on KOS or DU either. I doubt any president has been much for online forums.

Esthier on January 21, 2009 at 12:12 AM

Esthier on January 21, 2009 at 12:02 AM

Was not aimed at you…
Just an observation of our little friend…

jerrytbg on January 21, 2009 at 12:22 AM

Baxter Greene on January 21, 2009 at 12:01 AM

We have to have a plan…. someone please tell me we have a plan…

CCRWM on January 21, 2009 at 12:24 AM

“We all offer our prayers for his success”.

Apparently George doesn’t read HA much.

alex342 on January 21, 2009 at 12:07 AM

Failure means bad bad things…you do get that right?

CCRWM on January 21, 2009 at 12:26 AM

Part of me hopes the Dems try to prosecute the Bush Administration over what is essentially a policy dispute. The Clinton impeachment did not do good things to the GOP, and there was a much better case for Bill Clinton suborning Monica Lewinsky’s perjury than there is to all of the paranoid ravings of the left wing.

If Bush had pardoned his Administration over these issues, the libs would have simply dug deeper and found some time an Administration official ripped a tag off a mattress, or some other charge that would actually stick. But as long as it is free and clear to come at Bush for these policies, they won’t go looking at the mattresses.

And as long as there is talk of coming after Bush, this has got to make the collective anus of the Administration of a man who rose through dirty, dirty, dirty Chicago politics pucker. Because I am sure there’s more than a ripped-off mattress tag the GOP could come at him with. So ironically, it may be Obama keeping Pelosi and her minions at bay.

Sekhmet on January 21, 2009 at 12:44 AM

Baxter Greene on January 21, 2009 at 12:01 AM

We have to have a plan…. someone please tell me we have a plan…

CCRWM on January 21, 2009 at 12:24 AM

To be honest with you,this is something that has to start making it’s way to the top.

Calling Obama and his herd out on their hypocrisy and selective patriotism is fine and good,but we must come up with positive alternatives.

I do believe that once the dust settles on this election/swearing in,that more specifics about proposals will be brought to light.

Fiscal conservatism,less government intervention,cutting taxes,strong on National security,being more inclusive and showing diversity with the electorate,and fighting for our beliefs to name a few, will come up strong quickly.

Obama and the democratic party have expectations set beyond belief to a sane person.Obama is already rolling back on promise after promise and the “it’s Bush’s fault” crowd will
be reduced to the whiny sideline show that they deserve as Obama’s face is on TV day in and day out,making him responsible for events here and at home.

“Hope and Change” will lose as much credibility as the “Global Warming” politics of fear is losing now.

The people jumping up and down are not talking about working hard and making tough choices,they are happy Bush is gone and asking where there check is.It will take no time for this crowd to start walking around pissed,with their hands out wanting to know where their “hope and change” is.

Nancy and Reid are already talking up massive tax increases,massive spending,and bragging about trading kisses with lobbyist.This combined with the corruption of many democrats rolling across the TV screen is not going to be the hope and change that a lot of people were planning on.

The Republicans should start by calling OBama out on all the money he is taking in from big business that the tax payers are shelling out billions to bail out.

They should also expose this huge pork fest for what it is:

Biggest Boondoggle in American History
January 18, 2009 Posted by John at 10:47 AM
http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2009/01/022586.php

We are living in a historical moment that in some ways represents uncharted territory. In other respects, however, the current moment is a return to a simpler and clearer past, when the hallmark of conservatism was opposition to extravagant spending boondoggles proposed by liberals. For a variety of reasons the fiscal battle lines have been blurred in recent years, but these days we are back to the paradigm that held sway decades ago.

Yesterday, Minority Leader John Boehner sent out an email on the House Democrats’ ridiculous $825 billion “stimulus” bill. It is worth reproducing in its entirety:

1. The House Democrats’ bill will cost each and every household $6,700 additional debt, paid for by our children and grandchildren.

2. The total cost of this one piece of legislation is almost as much as the annual discretionary budget for the entire federal government.

3. President-elect Obama has said that his proposed stimulus legislation will create or save three million jobs. This means that this legislation will spend about $275,000 per job. The average household income in the U.S. is $50,000 a year.

7. Although the House Democrats’ proposal has been billed as a transportation and infrastructure investment package, in actuality only $30 billion of the bill – or three percent – is for road and highway spending. A recent study from the Congressional Budget Office said that only 25 percent of infrastructure dollars can be spent in the first year, making the one year total less than $7 billion for infrastructure.

11. Almost one-third of the so called tax relief in the House Democrats’ bill is spending in disguise, meaning that true tax relief makes up only 24 percent of the total package – not the 40 percent that President-elect Obama had requested.

Boehner calling this out is a start.

Combine this with Nancy making it clear that she is raising
taxes on Small and large business’s does not bode well for jump starting the economy.

Remember,the goal posts have been moved massively in regards to what the democrats consider “success”.
Instead of CREATING JOBS,the measure of success is now SAVING JOBS.
I would love to apply this to the Bush Administration considering the large amount of federal income, job creation,and business growth occurred due to the tax cuts.

Baxter Greene on January 21, 2009 at 1:08 AM

While there was a lot of celebrating and cheering because now there will be peace on earth and nobody will have to pay their mortgage or gas bill again,reality was happening in the background:

Eye of the beholder
Confirmation hearings sometimes confirm only who’s in power, not who should be

January 19, 2009
http://www.dailypress.com/news/opinion/dp-ed_holder_edit_0119jan19,0,5427090.story

Have you noticed how the sins decried by the party out of power become minor technicalities once that party is in power? And how those in favor with the powerful are pardoned offenses that land lesser men and women in jail?

In honor of our new Democratic president and our Democratic Congressional majority, then, let us single out several recent examples:

U.S. Stocks Slide in Dow Average’s Worst Inauguration Day Drop
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=aOYw.awwsNSg&refer=worldwide

By Elizabeth Stanton

Jan. 20 (Bloomberg) —

U.S. stocks sank, sending the Dow Jones Industrial Average to its worst Inauguration Day decline, as speculation banks must raise more capital sent financial shares to an almost 14-year low.

There will be a lot of spinning with “this is just a distraction” routine but there is no hiding that “hope and change” is not being felt where it is needed the most.

Butt kissing by the press and pretty speeches are not going to hide the failure of socialist policies to fix these problems and appeasement policies to deal with terrorist and the leaders that support them.

There will be plenty of room for Republican values to stand tall these next few years if we and our elected officials on the hill fight for them.

Baxter Greene on January 21, 2009 at 1:28 AM

The last great American President. Um. Until 2012.

long_cat on January 21, 2009 at 1:33 AM

The last great American President. Um. Until 2012.

long_cat on January 21, 2009 at 1:33 AM

Would love to see GW at a Palin inauguration!!

Thanks GW…..There are millions who know you are a great

President!!!

dec5 on January 21, 2009 at 4:13 AM

Did anyone notice Bill Clinton’s expressions when Bush 43 walked by? Bill Clinton gave him a look of respect if you can believe it. Someone go back and re-watch that as 43 gets to the front seats before the swearing at oops I mean ‘in’.

johnnyU on January 21, 2009 at 4:53 AM

Thank you, George W. Bush, for many things, but especially for not “cutting and running” from Iraq.

CarolynM on January 21, 2009 at 7:03 AM

I’m proud of President Bush and thankful for his years of service.

Obama is going to cave to opinion polls and demonstrations like crazy. When he gets pressed he buckles. This is another reason the right should start protesting. Be visible and vocal. Keep the pressure on him and he will crack.

McCain or anyone who works with him is playing him completely wrong.

Mr Purple on January 21, 2009 at 8:21 AM

Obama is going to cave to opinion polls and demonstrations like crazy. When he gets pressed he buckles.
Mr Purple on January 21, 2009 at 8:21 AM

I’m more concerned he’ll cave to the likes of Pelosi and Reid. This country will be lucky to survive til the next election if those two are calling the shots.

Doughboy on January 21, 2009 at 8:28 AM

So that massive debt he gave us….that wasn’t an example of him leaving something for future Presidents and future generations?

DeathToMediaHacks on January 21, 2009 at 8:51 AM

Brzezinski: Regret what? That secret operation was an excellent idea. It had the effect of
drawing the Russians into the Afghan trap and you want me to regret it? The day that the
Soviets officially crossed the border, I wrote to President Carter: We now have the
opportunity of giving to the USSR its Vietnam war. Indeed, for almost 10 years, Moscow
had to carry on a war unsupportable by the government, a conflict that brought about the
demoralization and finally the breakup of the Soviet empire.

Baxter Greene on January 20, 2009 at 11:17 PM

That is hilarious. What mental gyrations are necessary for Brzezinski to believe that Carter won the cold war, instead of creating the world’s worst terrorist regime?

Vashta.Nerada on January 21, 2009 at 9:51 AM

.that wasn’t an example of him leaving something for future Presidents and future generations?

DeathToMediaHacks on January 21, 2009 at 8:51 AM

Certainly it was, just as it will be when Obama does the same as he’s already promised to do.

Was not aimed at you…

jerrytbg on January 21, 2009 at 12:22 AM

I didn’t think it was. I was just kidding, really.

Esthier on January 21, 2009 at 9:58 AM

So that massive debt he gave us….that wasn’t an example of him leaving something for future Presidents and future generations?

DeathToMediaHacks on January 21, 2009 at 8:51 AM

And HOW much is our new president asking to spend already? How many billions was that again? Oh yea, it was 825 and counting. In his first month.

scalleywag on January 21, 2009 at 10:00 AM

DeathToMediaHacks on January 21, 2009 at 8:51 AM

Yea right genius.This comment makes sense if the democrats were on Mars the last 8 years but that isn’t the case is it.
They voted for 2 wars and protected their corrupt buddies at Fannie/Freddie with everything they had.Not 1 piece of legislation produced by democrats to rein in the corruption
at Fannie/Freddie that started this sub-prime induced economic meltdown.
Unlike Republicans who tried many times to prevent this from happening:

<strong Whose policies led to the credit crisis?
posted at 9:40 am on September 16, 2008 by Ed Morrissey
http://hotair.com/archives/2008/09/16/whose-policies-led-to-the-credit-crisis/

The New York Times reported this five years ago:

The Bush administration today recommended the most significant regulatory overhaul in the housing finance industry since the savings and loan crisis a decade ago.
Under the plan, disclosed at a Congressional hearing today, a new agency would be created within the Treasury Department to assume supervision of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the government-sponsored companies that are the two largest players in the mortgage lending industry.

Who blocked it,the democrats in full force to line their pockets with Fannie money and keep pushing loan practices for people who don’t pay their bills.

The “smart ones” were as ignorant about this as they have been about Iraq:

”These two entities — Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac — are not facing any kind of financial crisis,” said Representative Barney Frank of Massachusetts, the ranking Democrat on the Financial Services Committee. ”The more people exaggerate these problems, the more pressure there is on these companies, the less we will see in terms of affordable housing.”

Representative Melvin L. Watt, Democrat of North Carolina, agreed.
”I don’t see much other than a shell game going on here, moving something from one agency to another and in the process weakening the bargaining power of poorer families and their ability to get affordable housing,” Mr. Watt said.

. And Sen. Christopher Dodd, the Democratic chairman of the Senate banking committee,
(who took boatloads of money from Fannie/Freddie blocked any type of regulation,did not offer one bit of oversight and regulation)

We will save the senator some trouble. Here is what we saw firsthand at the White House from late 2002 through 2007: Starting in 2002, White House and Treasury Department economic policy staffers, with support from then-Chief of Staff Andy Card, began to press for meaningful reforms of Fannie, Freddie and other government-sponsored enterprises, known GSEs.

How did Fannie and Freddie counter such efforts? They flooded Washington with lobbying dollars, doled out tens of thousands in political contributions and put offices in key congressional districts. Not surprisingly, these efforts worked. Leaders in Congress did not just balk at proposals to rein in Fannie and Freddie. They mocked the proposals as unserious and unnecessary.

As recently as last summer, when housing prices had clearly peaked and the mortgage market had started to seize up, Dodd called on Bush to “immediately reconsider his ill-advised” reform proposals. Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, said that the president’s suggestion for a strong, independent regulator of Fannie and Freddie was “inane.”

That’s a real smart position there,block any reform of an industry that is capable of ruining our economy with massive dept across the country,then blame it on Bush.
Probably works with the sheep in the democratic party,but not with the people in touch with reality that know how much the democrats are involved in this mess.

McCain specifically nailed this problem down only to be told he didn’t care about the “little” people and “minorities”
by the “smart ones” in the democratic party:

I join as a cosponsor of the Federal Housing Enterprise Regulatory Reform Act of 2005, S. 190, to underscore my support for quick passage of GSE regulatory reform legislation. If Congress does not act, American taxpayers will continue to be exposed to the enormous risk that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac pose to the housing market, the overall financial system, and the economy as a whole.
I urge my colleagues to support swift action on this GSE reform legislation.

Democrats opposed this straight across the board.Yet again
not offering any oversight or regulation on this impending
economic disaster.Continuing to tell us nothing was wrong,this is just a distraction,nothing to see here.

Bush tried to address this no less than 17 times,meeting nothing but resistance from the democrats:

Just the Facts: The Administration’s Unheeded Warnings About the Systemic Risk Posed by the GSEs
http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2008/09/print/20080919-15.html

For many years the President and his Administration have not only warned of the systemic consequences of financial turmoil at a housing government-sponsored enterprise (GSE) but also put forward thoughtful plans to reduce the risk that either Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac would encounter such difficulties. President Bush publicly called for GSE reform 17 times in 2008 alone before Congress acted. Unfortunately, these warnings went unheeded, as the President’s repeated attempts to reform the supervision of these entities were thwarted by the legislative maneuvering of those who emphatically denied there were problems.

Should they have tried harder,yes.
But the democrats not only didn’t try to do anything,they insisted there was no problem and blocked any attempts to address the problem.

Now Obama has started off his Presidency with 100’s of fat cats coming in on their carbon loving private jets,fattening
Obama’s pockets while our tax dollars bail them out.
Harry Reid is up on the hill smooching up lobbyist with a smile on his face and telling the world that Obama will be doing the same,and idiot democrats will be sitting on the sidelines still whining about Bush and saying
“Yes we Can”.

If your so concerned about the debt in this country,your liberal heroes that you voted for are just as responsible as anybody.

Baxter Greene on January 21, 2009 at 10:03 AM

Baxter Greene on January 21, 2009 at 10:03 AM

Do you type at mach speed? :)

scalleywag on January 21, 2009 at 10:13 AM

That is hilarious. What mental gyrations are necessary for Brzezinski to believe that Carter won the cold war, instead of creating the world’s worst terrorist regime?

Vashta.Nerada on January 21, 2009 at 9:51 AM

He’s a liberal.
The only thing they have is to rewrite history because their policies continuously produce nothing but failure.

Look at the democrats now.
They yelled and screamed for more than a decade about Saddam being a threat to the US and the World,then voted for war.

When the war got tough and they saw a political opportunity by being “anti-war” all of a sudden(just like in Vietnam)they produced bogus conspiracy theories and yelled for immediate withdrawl.
They continuously stated that Iraq was lost even pronouncing it on the senate floor while our troops were still on the battlefield.
They said the surge would not work and still demanded immediate withdrawl.

Now the surge has worked and Iraq is a success.

Democrats now say that they knew all along the surge would stop the violence and it was there yelling for withdrawl that really won the war.

So according to the “smart ones”.”Smart Power” consists of yelling surrender as soon as possible if you want to defeat your enemy.
No wonder they want drugs legalized so much,because you would have to be high as a kite to buy this ignorant bullsh!t.

Baxter Greene on January 21, 2009 at 10:15 AM

Baxter Greene on January 21, 2009 at 10:03 AM

Do you type at mach speed? :)

scalleywag on January 21, 2009 at 10:13 AM

NO,but I do get a lot of speeding tickets.

Baxter Greene on January 21, 2009 at 10:17 AM

NO,but I do get a lot of speeding tickets.

Baxter Greene on January 21, 2009 at 10:17 AM

Well stay out of Virginia then…they’re quite costly here.

scalleywag on January 21, 2009 at 10:24 AM

Baxter Greene on January 21, 2009 at 10:03 AM
Do you type at mach speed? :)

scalleywag on January 21, 2009 at 10:13 AM

This allows me to ask the same question…..or….does anyone use voice recognition and just dictate?

jerrytbg on January 21, 2009 at 10:40 AM

NO,but I do get a lot of speeding tickets.

Baxter Greene on January 21, 2009 at 10:17 AM

Well stay out of Virginia then…they’re quite costly here.

scalleywag on January 21, 2009 at 10:24 AM

Love the state of Virginia and have already learned my lesson there.They put a lot of effort and money into regulation of their Highways.
I remember a sign that read “speed enforced from the sky”(helicopters/airplanes) or something like that.
Serious business indeed.

Baxter Greene on January 21, 2009 at 10:51 AM

B

axter Greene on January 21, 2009 at 10:03 AM
Do you type at mach speed? :)

scalleywag on January 21, 2009 at 10:13 AM

This allows me to ask the same question…..or….does anyone use voice recognition and just dictate?

jerrytbg on January 21, 2009 at 10:40 AM

Above my pay grade but I am willing to learn.

They are doing some amazing things with that technology,especially with the handicapped.

Baxter Greene on January 21, 2009 at 10:54 AM

Baxter Greene on January 21, 2009

Thanks for your posts BG – its good to see someone carrying on the fight!

JonPrichard on January 21, 2009 at 11:24 AM

Baxter Greene on January 21, 2009

Thanks for your posts BG – its good to see someone carrying on the fight!

JonPrichard on January 21, 2009 at 11:24 AM

And thank you,we are all in this together.

Baxter Greene on January 21, 2009 at 11:45 AM

Good stuff there Baxter.

RedbonePro on January 21, 2009 at 12:11 PM

Good stuff there Baxter.

RedbonePro on January 21, 2009 at 12:11 PM

Thank you.

Baxter Greene on January 21, 2009 at 4:54 PM

Bush lost the conservative base when he supported comprehensive immigration and became identified with McCain. I heard that because Bush once had a Spanish nanny that he developed a sympathy for Hispanics and thus bent over backwards to make America ‘a more welcoming environment’. Of course as President he should have been more concerned about enforcing the law and building the fence and defending the USA from illegal immigrants. Wouldn’t it be amazing that the USA became a permanent socialist morass because of Bush’s nanny? Thus what I blame Bush for most is not following or enforcing the laws as related to illegal immigration. Because of that many conservatives deserted the GOP and either voted for Barr or for Obama.

technopeasant on January 21, 2009 at 5:42 PM

Thank you Mr. President. You made the tough decisions based on the facts presented, and initiated change based on your personal sound value system and confirmed by those you placed your trust in to fill in unknown variables. The results, a safer America despite the efforts of our domestic enemies to undermine our country.

MSGTAS on January 22, 2009 at 9:31 AM