Ramirez on leadership

posted at 11:36 am on November 16, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

I’m in the middle of reading Decision Points, the memoir by George W. Bush that covers his entire life but focuses mainly on his presidency.  I’m about a third of the way through the book and plan on writing a review when I finish, but at least at this point it’s clear that Bush wrote the book in large part to take responsibility for his choices and their consequences.  There hasn’t been any fingerpointing, neither at subordinates nor at predecessors, for the big decisions Bush makes and the results that followed.  He expresses frustration at the failures in office and poor execution in some cases, but at least thus far, Bush puts the onus on himself.

Michael Ramirez of Investors Business Daily puts his Pulitzer Prize-winning talent to work in pointing out the contrast between Bush and his successor in today’s editorial cartoon:

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Be sure to check it out; I’ll be adding it to my iPad momentarily.  Also, be sure to check out Ramirez’ terrific collection of his works: Everyone Has the Right to My Opinion, which covers the entire breadth of Ramirez’ career, and it gives fascinating look at political history.  Read my review here, and watch my interviews with Ramirez here and here.  And don’t forget to check out the entire Investors.com site, which has now incorporated all of the former IBD Editorials, while individual investors still exist.

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sandee on November 16, 2010 at 11:38 AM

My version

Not as original (I use two other political cartoons), but it’s the same “point”.

unclesmrgol on November 16, 2010 at 11:45 AM

Ramirez always does a great job with his cartoons. From what I have seen of President Bush on Fox shows, his book is one we need to buy. I do miss you President Bush and Laura.

letget on November 16, 2010 at 11:49 AM

Sometimes, a picture is worth MORE than a thousand words.

oldleprechaun on November 16, 2010 at 11:50 AM

speaking of IBD…..don’t look now but the market is crashing down 200 pts so far. This might be it. The double-dip is here I think. the holdiay spending will place the final nail in retail. However it’s starting in europe atm. The socialists have succeeded in destroying the free market. Hope it survives the coming depression….

unseen on November 16, 2010 at 11:50 AM

“They talk about me like a dog” -President English Pointer

Electrongod on November 16, 2010 at 11:53 AM

Whoa, a case where it is Bush’s fault – for showing up Teh Won.

Chip on November 16, 2010 at 11:54 AM

The two can’t be more stark and in contrast.
Obama looks and sound like a fool every time he blames Bush now.
I have to admit, it was frustrating as President Bush sat back and “did nothing” as we was attacked…but he proved why he was a strong leader. His “do nothing” was the ultimate attack on Obama, showing the country how petty Obama is and how insecure.
President Bush, you made mistakes, but you made them with honor and with the right heart…but more importantly you made them and you took ownership. You are a leader, and history will be kind to you as such.
Obama hopefully has learned a lesson, and I bet he stops blaming President Bush, or at least slows the insults and accusations down.
And BTW, it doesn’t hurt to have won the Oprah audience over…I know she was stopped dead in the tracks by your graciousness.

right2bright on November 16, 2010 at 11:55 AM

unseen on November 16, 2010 at 11:50 AM

The next few months of foreclosures will be unprecedented…it will be a blood bath.

right2bright on November 16, 2010 at 11:57 AM


turfmann on November 16, 2010 at 11:57 AM

right2bright on November 16, 2010 at 11:55 AM

I only wish Bush would have put those leadership traits to advance Reaganism isntead of the new world order. i’m not a big Bush supporter but i do admire his character and I agree with you he showed much class in office.

unseen on November 16, 2010 at 11:59 AM

Ramirez is brilliant and a treasure for these times.

India saw Obama for what he is, an incompetent weakling. They are now strengthening their alliance with China and Russia. Nice!

Schadenfreude on November 16, 2010 at 12:02 PM

The next few months of foreclosures will be unprecedented…it will be a blood bath.

right2bright on November 16, 2010 at 11:57 AM

really I’m not worried about the foreclosures those are worries for the elites. What I am worried about is the cost of gas, food, and energy. Those were what caused the first recession. The foreclosures, credit freeze etc were RESULTS of the $4.00/gal gas, increases in food prices, and increase in energy costs to heat and power your home. The fact that the elites have still not seen the real reason for the first recession gives me no faith in their ability to stop another one from happening.

unseen on November 16, 2010 at 12:02 PM

Michael is a dear friend of mine and a super guy. While we all laugh, his targets are saying,”Ouch!” We need more cowbell cartoons!!

cartooner on November 16, 2010 at 12:03 PM

The Decider vs. The Whiner.

I think it’s interesting that liberals/progressives snarkily relish ridiculing Bush and conservatives for everything they do when in positions of power, yet they take no responsibility for what they do when they’re running the show. Liberals and progressives are nothing but whining adolescents.

BuckeyeSam on November 16, 2010 at 12:23 PM

Obama hopefully has learned a lesson, and I bet he stops blaming President Bush, or at least slows the insults and accusations down.

right2bright on November 16, 2010 at 11:55 AM

Wishful thinking. Blaming W is all Obama has.

Kevin71 on November 16, 2010 at 12:24 PM

Wishful thinking. Blaming W is all Obama has.

Kevin71 on November 16, 2010 at 12:24 PM

not true. he also has the race card, the capitalism card, and the voters are stupid card…….
I’m sure we will see him shuffle and play each card as the next 2 years play out.

unseen on November 16, 2010 at 12:30 PM

The IOTUS will never take responsibility.

…it’s going to be another long 2 years boys and girls.


PappyD61 on November 16, 2010 at 12:31 PM

All Barry has done from Day One is whine and complain about how difficult his job is. Guess that’s because for the first time, he’s gotten no free ride. People actually expect results, not mere rhetoric from America’s “Greatest Orator Reader”.

GarandFan on November 16, 2010 at 12:32 PM

Also tired of the people who defended some really bad candidates as being the best and pushing them even though they knew of their flawed backgrounds.

George W. Bush could have been a great President if he had COMMUNICATED well to the American people during his second term. Since, by his own admission, he “didn’t read newspapers”, he was unaware of the sometimes unfair criticisms the lefty media were leveling at him, but which LOTS OF VOTERS were reading.

There were plenty of opportunities for rebuttal, but Bush never seized them, and he “assumed” that people would see through the spin. Since most of the public only saw the lefty spin in newspapers and on TV, and the deer-in-the-headlights stammering of Scott Duh McClellan who suddenly found his voice after he turned against Bush, they believed what they saw–a one-sided debate. If Tony Snow had been Press Secretary starting in early 2005, the 2006 elections probably would have been much different than they actually were.

Republican office-holders (not only Presidents, but also Congressional leaders) need to ALWAYS remember that THE MSM HATES THEM and will LIE to the people to destroy them. This is a fact of life, and Republicans in office need to CONSTANTLY speak directly to the people through the press, and tell them the truth, over and over until it sinks in. Right now, this means you, Speaker Boehner!

Steve Z on November 16, 2010 at 12:32 PM

Been very imnpressed with Bush’s interviews; very classy and restrained. History will judge him favorably.

And I can’t help but wonder: how would Al Gore (or Barry Obama) have responded if they were Commander-in-Chief on September 11, 2001?


VastRightWingConspirator on November 16, 2010 at 12:36 PM


Obama is such a petty little man.

tinkerthinker on November 16, 2010 at 12:47 PM

Looking forward to reading the book. History will be kind to President Bush.
Thank you for your patriotism Mr. President.

hawkman on November 16, 2010 at 12:55 PM

Obama is nothing but a hood ornament for the communist express

he doesn’t have an original thought

he is the Vince shlomo of politics

Sonosam on November 16, 2010 at 1:00 PM

Obama jumped in so far over his head he can’t believe it himself, he spent that that whole Asia trip begging people to like The US Him!

HAExpert on November 16, 2010 at 1:32 PM