Video: President George H.W. Bush honored at White House for public service promotion

posted at 10:01 pm on July 15, 2013 by Mary Katharine Ham

Former President George H.W. Bush was at the White House today, as he and President Obama awarded the 5,000th daily Thousand Points of Light Award for public service. Bush began awarding the distinction, based on a famous line from his 1988 nomination acceptance speech, 24 years ago:

Alongside President Obama, Mr. Bush commemorated this milestone award, an honor for volunteers who represent “a thousand points of light,” a phrase Mr. Bush first used in his 1988 speech accepting the Republican nomination for president and repeated in his 1989 inaugural speech.

“Volunteerism has gone from something that some people do some of the time to something that lots of people do as a regular part of their lives,” Mr. Obama said in the East Room.

The 5,000th award recipients, Floyd Hammer and Kathy Hamilton, created the nonprofit Outreach to deliver free meals to hungry children in the U.S. and 14 other countries. Mr. Obama thanked his predecessor who “illuminated the path for so many others” to volunteer.

“I’m not sure everybody fully appreciates how much this man has done to strengthen our nation of service,” Mr. Obama said of Mr. Bush. “On behalf of all of us, we are surely a kinder and gentler nation because of you and we can’t thank you enough.”

“A thousand points of light” has gotten a bit of a silly rap because of Dana Carvey’s popular H.W. impression, but I’ve always thought it was a beautiful phrase and sentiment.

41, of course, rocked the socks:

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LOL I love the socks!!!

NerwenAldarion on July 15, 2013 at 10:03 PM

Ahhhh Bishop!!! I win!

NerwenAldarion on July 15, 2013 at 10:03 PM

Oz

bazil9 on July 15, 2013 at 10:04 PM

Socks is odd looking eh innit!

Scrumpy on July 15, 2013 at 10:06 PM

Obama, who is busying ginning-up race hatred should choke of the words “kinder, gentler”.

Choke, liar.

profitsbeard on July 15, 2013 at 10:07 PM

Love the socks!

gophergirl on July 15, 2013 at 10:07 PM

“Volunteerism has gone from something that some people do some of the time to something that lots of people do as a regular part of their lives,” Mr. Obama said in the East Room.

We noticed.

faraway on July 15, 2013 at 10:07 PM

Not bad considering he fathered our modern day Hitler.

Bishop on July 15, 2013 at 10:07 PM

Why the funky socks? His way of HT ing 0?

Bmore on July 15, 2013 at 10:08 PM

No new taxes, Bill Clinton’s buddy, down on the tea party… but hey – his socks are just adorable, you betcha. Celebrate good times!

beatcanvas on July 15, 2013 at 10:09 PM

If Dorothy sees those socks, she’s gonna drop a ‘Housenado’ on him.

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on July 15, 2013 at 10:12 PM

******************* Excellent ***********************!!

canopfor on July 15, 2013 at 10:15 PM

Seriously though, whats up with the socks. Anyone have a clue?

Bmore on July 15, 2013 at 10:17 PM

…who dressed him?

KOOLAID2 on July 15, 2013 at 10:17 PM

If Dorothy sees those socks, she’s gonna drop a ‘Housenado’ on him.

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on July 15, 2013 at 10:12 PM

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha:

Could be worse,or,worse’er,

like BerkenSharkaNadoSocks!:)
(sarc)

canopfor on July 15, 2013 at 10:18 PM

Why the funky socks? His way of HT ing 0?

Bmore on July 15, 2013 at 10:08 PM

I guess that’s his way of seducing people into thinking he was a good president and all round great guy. Doesn’t work with me.

rickv404 on July 15, 2013 at 10:19 PM

Seriously though, whats up with the socks. Anyone have a clue?

Bmore on July 15, 2013 at 10:17 PM

It’s his thing – he’s been doing it for awhile.

Not sure why these don’t match though.

gophergirl on July 15, 2013 at 10:19 PM

I guess that’s his way of seducing people into thinking he was a good president and all round great guy. Doesn’t work with me.

rickv404 on July 15, 2013 at 10:19 PM

It’s a woman thing, I think. It’s twice as cute when he has a puppy with him.

beatcanvas on July 15, 2013 at 10:21 PM

“I’m not sure everybody fully appreciates how much this man has done to strengthen our nation of service,” Mr. Obama said of Mr. Bush. “On behalf of all of us, we are surely a kinder and gentler nation because of you and we can’t thank you enough.”

…huh?…JugEars used a sentence without the word “selfish” in it?

KOOLAID2 on July 15, 2013 at 10:21 PM

That was very gracious.

dpduq on July 15, 2013 at 10:21 PM

gophergirl on July 15, 2013 at 10:19 PM

Why does he do this? Fancy compression socks or something? Really odd. MKH, do you know anything about the socks?

Bmore on July 15, 2013 at 10:21 PM

Really? Ex-centric or kooky?

Bmore on July 15, 2013 at 10:23 PM

I guess that’s his way of seducing people into thinking he was a good president and all round great guy. Doesn’t work with me.

rickv404 on July 15, 2013 at 10:19 PM

Right. It especially doesn’t work if you grew up in New England among the landed gentry. The socks are too familiar — another badge of the eccentricity that descends on old yankees. They love the funny bow ties, odd socks and other sartorial oddities as they age. The old guy is just doing what his Dad and Dad’s Dad etc. have done down through the ages.

rrpjr on July 15, 2013 at 10:25 PM

Sorry, spell checker. Eccentric.

Bmore on July 15, 2013 at 10:25 PM

The Bush Family sure loves doing photo-ops with Barry, don’t they?

Congressional Republicans go out of their way to highlight this administration’s criminality, and then there’s Poppy Bush — weirdo socks and all — lending his aura as an ex-POTUS to Barry to remind us all that, Hey, this guy ain’t so bad.

Woo! Jeb Bush 2016! :-D

Punchenko on July 15, 2013 at 10:25 PM

like BerkenSharkaNadoSocks!:)
(sarc)

canopfor on July 15, 2013 at 10:18 PM

Shhh! I still own a pair of Birkenstocks.

;)

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on July 15, 2013 at 10:26 PM

gophergirl on July 15, 2013 at 10:19 PM
Mismatched socks are the ‘in’ thing now. I tend to wear mismatched socks as well. I’m a free-spirit. That’s how I roll. LoL

annoyinglittletwerp on July 15, 2013 at 10:26 PM

No new taxes, Bill Clinton’s buddy, down on the tea party… but hey – his socks are just adorable, you betcha. Celebrate good times!

beatcanvas on July 15, 2013 at 10:09 PM

Fifth Asiana pilot—Wi soh Fukd.

arnold ziffel on July 15, 2013 at 10:26 PM

Why does he do this? Fancy compression socks or something? Really odd. MKH, do you know anything about the socks?

Bmore on July 15, 2013 at 10:21 PM

Don’t you know people who have a “thing” when it comes to clothing? I had a teacher that always wore bow ties, some people always wear red. I have a coworker who is known for only wearing sky high heels.

Here is an interview he gave. I don’t think there is a real big meaning to them – he just likes them.

http://thehill.com/video/administration/232211-george-hw-bush-jokes-about-his-love-of-socks-the-bieber

gophergirl on July 15, 2013 at 10:27 PM

Punchenko on July 15, 2013 at 10:25 PM

Are you serious? The guy was being honored. He wasn’t giving a campaign contribution.

Geez sometimes this board can be a bit over the top.

gophergirl on July 15, 2013 at 10:28 PM

Maybe they are magical socks.

Bmore on July 15, 2013 at 10:29 PM

Those socks: Illuminati symbol.

SouthernGent on July 15, 2013 at 10:37 PM

canopfor on July 15, 2013 at 10:18 PM

Shhh! I still own a pair of Birkenstocks.

;)

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on July 15, 2013 at 10:26 PM

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha:Lol,

from your Double-Spy days no doubt,haha!:)

canopfor on July 15, 2013 at 10:37 PM

Maybe they are magical socks.

Bmore on July 15, 2013 at 10:29 PM

There’s no place like Yale… there’s no place like Yale…

beatcanvas on July 15, 2013 at 10:37 PM

Those socks: Illuminati symbol.

SouthernGent on July 15, 2013 at 10:37 PM

SouthernGent:——:O

I’m still,mesmerized,what……..

canopfor on July 15, 2013 at 10:38 PM

Where dwells the man, late in his time of living, who doth not wish just once to don Clown Shoes? Hasn’t he the fortitude? Hasn’t he the will, the boldness???

…oh hell, just wear the socks.

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on July 15, 2013 at 10:39 PM

Punchenko on July 15, 2013 at 10:25 PM

Are you serious? The guy was being honored. He wasn’t giving a campaign contribution.

Geez sometimes this board can be a bit over the top.

gophergirl on July 15, 2013 at 10:28 PM

I’m totally serious.

I guess the US Constitution and the rule of law is more important to me than, say, zany socks and bipartisan feel-good Bush-Barry photo-ops that make Barry look like a nice guy — oh, while he continues to undermine the US Constitution and the rule of law, mind you.

Principles and all of that, you see. :-)

Punchenko on July 15, 2013 at 10:41 PM

from your Double-Spy days no doubt,haha!:)

canopfor on July 15, 2013 at 10:37 PM

;)

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on July 15, 2013 at 10:41 PM

Obama, who is busying ginning-up race hatred should choke of the words “kinder, gentler”.

Choke, liar.

profitsbeard on July 15, 2013 at 10:07 PM

I can think of one Obama-voting Democratic Floridian who’s learned the perils of community involvement.

ebrown2 on July 15, 2013 at 10:42 PM

…Dr. Suess…the Fox in Socks!

KOOLAID2 on July 15, 2013 at 10:43 PM

Feds admit improper scrutiny of candidate, donor tax records, Justice declines to prosecute

Resist We Much on July 15, 2013 at 10:38 PM

Nothing to see here but socks appeal.

Drained Brain on July 15, 2013 at 10:43 PM

Are you serious? The guy was being honored. He wasn’t giving a campaign contribution.

Geez sometimes this board can be a bit over the top.

gophergirl on July 15, 2013 at 10:28 PM

Being “honored” by the present administration is rapidly becoming as morally acceptable as singing happy birthday to Turkmenistan dictator Gurbanguli Berdymukhamedov.

ebrown2 on July 15, 2013 at 10:45 PM

Magical socks it is then! ; )

Bmore on July 15, 2013 at 10:55 PM

Are you serious? The guy was being honored. He wasn’t giving a campaign contribution.

Geez sometimes this board can be a bit over the top.

gophergirl on July 15, 2013 at 10:28 PM

Being “honored” by the present administration is rapidly becoming as morally acceptable as singing happy birthday to Turkmenistan dictator Gurbanguli Berdymukhamedov.

ebrown2 on July 15, 2013 at 10:45 PM

Oh, we’re just a bunch of partisan hacks bitterly clinging while others love the wacky socks and reasoned, measured, and moderate bipartisanship of the Royal Bush Family.

Punchenko on July 15, 2013 at 10:55 PM

beatcanvas on July 15, 2013 at 10:37 PM

Okay, fine, magical Yale socks! ; )

Bmore on July 15, 2013 at 11:00 PM

George H.W. Bush was physically active his entire life. He parachuted out of a plane at age 20, and again for his 85th birthday. Recently, health problems have severely reduced his activities, and in fact confined him to a wheelchair for most of the time. Where his socks are always visible.

I would be willing to bet that Bush 41 made a decision to begin wearing flashy socks as an act of defiance against the vicissitudes of the inevitable effects of the aging process.

War hero. Loyal Vice President. Ran the CIA and the RNC in times of crisis. Panama. Gulf War I. S&L Crisis. You knee-jerk cranks who criticize him because the Democrats (who controlled both houses of Congress) stonewalled and blackmailed him into one budget deal that involved a tax increase have no sense of the big picture, and are missing the forest for one tree.

By your absolutist standards, Reagan was actually a less accomplished and much “squishier” president (he signed tax increases and an amnesty, signed an abortion law while Governor of California, and as for Grenada vs. Gulf War I, please), yet you always pop up to disrespect Bush 41 while giving RR a pass.

Me, I’m happy to say that I like them both, and wish Bush 41 all the best in his sunset years. Long may they last.

HTL on July 15, 2013 at 11:01 PM

Me, I’m happy to say that I like them both, and wish Bush 41 all the best in his sunset years. Long may they last.

HTL on July 15, 2013 at 11:01 PM

*clap-clap-clap*

:)

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on July 15, 2013 at 11:12 PM

Feds admit improper scrutiny of candidate, donor tax records, Justice declines to prosecute

Resist We Much on July 15, 2013 at 10:38 PM

I love you baby, you always tell the truth but now both you and mrs. ziffel nut kick me.

Sometimes I would rather be just be fat dumb and unhappy—not PO’d.

arnold ziffel on July 15, 2013 at 11:14 PM

You knee-jerk cranks who criticize him because the Democrats (who controlled both houses of Congress) stonewalled and blackmailed him into one budget deal that involved a tax increase have no sense of the big picture, and are missing the forest for one tree.

HTL on July 15, 2013 at 11:01 PM

The forest is the man is a dolt who dreams of his clan becoming the Medici of America.

Punchenko on July 15, 2013 at 11:25 PM

The Bush Family sure loves doing photo-ops with Barry, don’t they?

Woo! Jeb Bush 2016! :-D

Punchenko on July 15, 2013 at 10:25 PM

And you can be sure they’re doing it as a favor to Obama. The Bushes reinforced and continue to reinforce the adage that there’s not a dime’s difference between a R and D.

rickv404 on July 15, 2013 at 11:53 PM

I guess that’s his way of seducing people into thinking he was a good president and all round great guy. Doesn’t work with me.

rickv404 on July 15, 2013 at 10:19 PM

Give it a rest. Bush the elder is, among other things, a war hero, a former CIA Director, a former Vice President, and a former President. He is also, by all accounts, a genuinely decent, honorable, kind, and highly intelligent man. And as it happens, one of his cousins is a well-respected local guy, a man who lives in my Indiana hometown (and whose last name isn’t Bush and who isn’t rich). According to him, George H. W. Bush is who and what he appears to be. Nothing phony about him. Another friend of mine, an old-school blacksmith who makes custom fireplace accessories and the like in his forge by hand, met then-recently former President Bush years ago, made some pieces for him, and attested to the same thing regarding his (very friendly and approachable) manner and character.

George H. W. Bush merits respect, although one might disagree with various decisions he made during his presidency. Your petty sniping is uncalled-for.

troyriser_gopftw on July 15, 2013 at 11:57 PM

Punchenko on July 15, 2013 at 11:25 PM

Bitter, party of one, your table’s ready.

HTL on July 16, 2013 at 12:48 AM

I marvel that Obama made it through all that gratuitous humanizing of George H.W. Bush, after years of totally unprofessional, deeply personal, largely unwarranted (esp. in light of NSA revelations) trashing of him and his son, to worm his way into the White House at the expense of their reputations.

He didn’t look comfortable or particularly passionate but he somehow managed to say good things about Bush, only referring to himself a relatively few dozen times.

bobcalco on July 16, 2013 at 12:50 AM

Ex-Presidents are the tiniest exclusive club in America. Despite obvious “mad ons” from dyspeptic loner Jimmy Carter, ex-Presidents have gladly taken opportunities to be honored by current Presidents as almost a professional courtesy. ‘Noblesse-o-MOST-POWERFUL-MAN-IN-THE-WORLD-AND-I-WAS-TOOism’, if you will.

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on July 16, 2013 at 1:12 AM

gophergirl on July 15, 2013 at 10:28 PM

It’s the usual suspects; they cannot, just can NOT, have either of the President Bushes honored in anyway, ever. And they must, MUST, post on Bush threads, every time.

thebrokenrattle on July 16, 2013 at 1:23 AM

Must have been one of those daily point of darkness to have to have been “honored” by the moron.

Cleombrotus on July 16, 2013 at 6:45 AM

Can do without having to listen to that droning cadence.

Cleombrotus on July 16, 2013 at 6:46 AM

Bush 41……..a classy ex-President……and Reagan’s biggest mistake.

A Ruling Class Progressive that was in no way Conservative. He set the stage for the horrible “land for peace” philosophy with Israel. He also helped neuter the gop and set the stage for 25 years and counting of Progressive big gov loving control of the republican Party.

That 1,000 points of light stuff also set the stage for the Federal government to become a rule making teat for these organizations to suck off. Just what we need MORE dependence on the Federal government. This time charities!!!!

“I’m here from the government, and I’m here to help”…..Ronald Reagan said those are the most feared eight words in the English language.

PappyD61 on July 16, 2013 at 7:10 AM

I personally love the whole crazy sock thing.

PappyD61 on July 16, 2013 at 7:11 AM

It’s the usual suspects; they cannot, just can NOT, have either of the President Bushes honored in anyway, ever. And they must, MUST, post on Bush threads, every time.

thebrokenrattle on July 16, 2013 at 1:23 AM

The original BDSers.

whatcat on July 16, 2013 at 7:21 AM

The original BDSers.

whatcat on July 16, 2013 at 7:21 AM

Bow down before your would-be dynasty.

Bush 41……..a classy ex-President……and Reagan’s biggest mistake.

A Ruling Class Progressive that was in no way Conservative. He set the stage for the horrible “land for peace” philosophy with Israel. He also helped neuter the gop and set the stage for 25 years and counting of Progressive big gov loving control of the republican Party.

That 1,000 points of light stuff also set the stage for the Federal government to become a rule making teat for these organizations to suck off. Just what we need MORE dependence on the Federal government. This time charities!!!!

“I’m here from the government, and I’m here to help”…..Ronald Reagan said those are the most feared eight words in the English language.

PappyD61 on July 16, 2013 at 7:10 AM

-This.- It’s one thing to not openly criticize your fascistic successor, quite another to give them a totally unjustified photo op.

ebrown2 on July 16, 2013 at 7:53 AM

whatcat on July 16, 2013 at 7:21 AM

Count me among them. The Bushes’ worst quality, in my opinion, was to demonstrate a complete obliviousness to their enemies and their intentions.

That is just as bad as aiding and abetting them. Reagan, at least, appeared to know what he was up against. The Bushes seem to think that if you speak nice to your enemy, he’ll be nice back.

Cleombrotus on July 16, 2013 at 7:56 AM

And just to top off my morning bitterness, I can do without the Marine Corps ad at the top, with a woman pilot.

Please.

Cleombrotus on July 16, 2013 at 7:58 AM

Punchenko on July 15, 2013 at 11:25 PM

Bitter, party of one, your table’s ready.

HTL on July 16, 2013 at 12:48 AM

No, I’m not bitter. I just think both Bush I and Bush II were lousy leaders who both gave us eight years of Clinton and now Obama because they were such lousy leaders. Oh, and now they do feel-good photo-ops with both Clinton and Obama while some Congressional Republicans fight the agenda both Clinton and Obama are trying to force down our throats.

It’s the usual suspects; they cannot, just can NOT, have either of the President Bushes honored in anyway, ever. And they must, MUST, post on Bush threads, every time.

thebrokenrattle on July 16, 2013 at 1:23 AM

Why lend your so-called “classy” aura to Obama? Why be honored by a man who is using the IRS as a political tool; is still unaccountable for Benghazi; forced an unpopular healthcare law on the nation; Fast & Furious; refuses to enforce the laws of the land; etc. etc. etc. ad nauseum?

Oh, I know why: Because it is about the Bush Family image and not so much about you, me, or the country. That’s not classy nor is it honorable.

If I were an ex-POTUS, and the current POTUS was shredding the constitution and the rule of law, I would speak up about it. I would say he is dishonoring the office, the country, and the American people. I sure as hell wouldn’t let him ride on my good name or give him a political photo-op for him to exploit.

The original BDSers.

whatcat on July 16, 2013 at 7:21 AM

Beats being an unprincipled hack. I’m sure you already have your “Jeb in ’16!” bumper sticker plastered to your Volvo and are still cutting checks to the Stupid Party. :-)

Punchenko on July 16, 2013 at 8:08 AM

Give it a rest. Bush the elder is, among other things, a war hero, a former CIA Director, a former Vice President, and a former President. He is also, by all accounts, a genuinely decent, honorable, kind, and highly intelligent man.

George H. W. Bush merits respect, although one might disagree with various decisions he made during his presidency. Your petty sniping is uncalled-for.

troyriser_gopftw on July 15, 2013 at 11:57 PM

Ah, no, I will not give it a rest. The Bushes were and are a scourge. They’ve tried to bend people to their conception of what the Republican party should be, which is a party hardly distinguishable from the Democratic party. Being nice doesn’t make an admirable person. The Bushes equate compassion with authoritarianism. People like you are the dupes that fall for it and keep such RINOs in power.

rickv404 on July 16, 2013 at 8:14 AM

If I were an ex-POTUS, and the current POTUS was shredding the constitution and the rule of law, I would speak up about it. I would say he is dishonoring the office, the country, and the American people. I sure as hell wouldn’t let him ride on my good name or give him a political photo-op for him to exploit.

Punchenko on July 16, 2013 at 8:08 AM

Hear, hear!

Cleombrotus on July 16, 2013 at 8:17 AM

Relax, “he didn’t build” those socks by himself….

Don L on July 16, 2013 at 8:35 AM

I sure as hell wouldn’t let him ride on my good name or give him a political photo-op for him to exploit.

Punchenko on July 16, 2013 at 8:08 AM

Election coming up…got borders to open…race cards to play…

Don L on July 16, 2013 at 8:37 AM

The original BDSers.

whatcat on July 16, 2013 at 7:21 AM

Bow down before your would-be dynasty.
ebrown2 on July 16, 2013 at 7:53 AM

I hope when I’m almost 90 years that just the mere mention of my name also reduces some to near-psychotic, deranged bizarre raging and frothing.

whatcat on July 16, 2013 at 8:39 AM

Sitting at my bitter table for one, I noticed the New York Times has a nice big photo of Poppy Bush and Barry on the front page this morning:

http://www.nytimes.com/images/2013/07/16/nytfrontpage/scan.pdf

Kind of hard to paint Barry as a radical socialist idiot who is corrupt to the core when, you know, Mr. Classy Republican himself is being photographed alongside him.

See, the New York Times gets it. They know how to play the game. Some of you are just hopeless.

Punchenko on July 16, 2013 at 9:01 AM

I hope when I’m almost 90 years that just the mere mention of my name also reduces some to near-psychotic, deranged bizarre raging and frothing.

whatcat on July 16, 2013 at 8:39 AM

Just your immediate family.

ebrown2 on July 16, 2013 at 9:02 AM

Sitting at my bitter table for one, I noticed the New York Times has a nice big photo of Poppy Bush and Barry on the front page this morning:

http://www.nytimes.com/images/2013/07/16/nytfrontpage/scan.pdf

Kind of hard to paint Barry as a radical socialist idiot who is corrupt to the core when, you know, Mr. Classy Republican himself is being photographed alongside him.

See, the New York Times gets it. They know how to play the game. Some of you are just hopeless.

Punchenko on July 16, 2013 at 9:01 AM

The Bushes have been -nothing- but enablers for the type of policies that Obama espouses. Jeb, the “nest-in-line,” blenches in horror at the very thought of having to tell the electorate TANSTAAFL and having to court the declasse’ Tea Partiers.

ebrown2 on July 16, 2013 at 9:06 AM

See, the New York Times gets it. They know how to play the game. Some of you are just hopeless.

Punchenko on July 16, 2013 at 9:01 AM

Indeed. They are hopeless thinking these Bushes are worthy of respect.

rickv404 on July 16, 2013 at 9:06 AM

See, the New York Times gets it. They know how to play the game. Some of you are just hopeless.

Punchenko on July 16, 2013 at 9:01 AM

Indeed. They are hopeless thinking these Bushes are worthy of respect.

rickv404 on July 16, 2013 at 9:06 AM

Indeed, the Bushes have no desire to fight back against statism because they LOVE it.

ebrown2 on July 16, 2013 at 9:11 AM

Indeed, the Bushes have no desire to fight back against statism because they LOVE it.

ebrown2 on July 16, 2013 at 9:11 AM

Sure they do — the more power the better since they have King Jeb Bush I and King George P. Bush III waiting in the wings.

Hell, they are probably giving Barry tips on how to expand executive power.

Punchenko on July 16, 2013 at 9:21 AM

Reagan’s biggest two mistakes.

1. Trusting the Democrats at their word
2. Making George Bush his VP.

LoganSix on July 16, 2013 at 9:37 AM

Sure they do — the more power the better since they have King Jeb Bush I and King George P. Bush III waiting in the wings.

Hell, they are probably giving Barry tips on how to expand executive power.

Punchenko on July 16, 2013 at 9:21 AM

Yep, hence their “compassionate” conservatism bibble-babble, which was merely a code word for “jacking up FedGov deficits to buy votes” while simultaneously subtly agreeing with the Dems that limited government conservatism was “uncompassionate,” if not openly “evil.” (cf. Jeb’s ranting against the Tea Party)

ebrown2 on July 16, 2013 at 9:40 AM

My day is complete. I FINALLY found Waldo.

BubbaCluck on July 16, 2013 at 9:42 AM

He didn’t look comfortable or particularly passionate but he somehow managed to say good things about Bush, only referring to himself a relatively few dozen times.

bobcalco on July 16, 2013 at

He didn’t have good things to say, he read good things from his notes. Note his cadence and tone in the last part. He’s just reading text. There’s nothing meaningful in it and he made no effort to make it genuine.

For all of those complaining about Bush appearing with Obama-if he didn’t, what do you think the headlines in the morning papers would be? “Obama awards 5000th Points of Light award.” Or “Obama awards 5000th Points of Light award, Bush refuses to attend?”

hopeful on July 16, 2013 at 9:44 AM

He didn’t have good things to say, he read good things from his notes. Note his cadence and tone in the last part. He’s just reading text. There’s nothing meaningful in it and he made no effort to make it genuine.

For all of those complaining about Bush appearing with Obama-if he didn’t, what do you think the headlines in the morning papers would be? “Obama awards 5000th Points of Light award.” Or “Obama awards 5000th Points of Light award, Bush refuses to attend?”

hopeful on July 16, 2013 at 9:44 AM

So much for -moral- (as opposed to -physical-) courage.

ebrown2 on July 16, 2013 at 9:48 AM

“Not gonna do it, not gonna do it. Wouldn’t be prudent at this juncture.” I don’t really care about him showing up with Obumbles for his award show but as I’ve gotten older and learned more about what he did, HW has gone down in respectability.

As for the socks, dude can wear what ever he wants.

oryguncon on July 16, 2013 at 9:53 AM

Yes, he is and was too liberal, but I like the man anyway. I have plenty of people available to dislike before I could get down on a man like GHWB.

Those socks bother me only because his lower legs look very swollen, possibly an indicator of congestive heart failure.

Meremortal on July 16, 2013 at 11:15 AM