Finally: George W. Bush takes the ALS Ice Bucket challenge

posted at 8:41 pm on August 20, 2014 by Allahpundit

I toyed with a “Bush gets waterboarded” headline but even my hackery has its limits, my friends.

I’ve gone from thinking the challenge is dumb to brilliant in the span of about a week. It’s dumb on its face: The gimmick is that you either submit to having a bucket of ice water dumped on you or you make a donation to ALS research, and then you challenge a few people you know to do the same. Which seems like an odd way to raise money. What kind of charity drive invites would-be donors to do something in lieu of donating, especially when that something is silly, fun, and tailor-made for viral video? But it’s working: They’ve raised more than $30 million so far. As the ice bucket videos draw in bigger and bigger names, it’s turned into a megawatt celebrity ad campaign for the charity. And of course not everyone who’s choosing the bucket is keeping their wallet in their pocket; the Bushes are a perfect example of a family that’s doing both. The only downside is that copycat charity drives are bound to follow. Does America need a “pie-in-the-face for cancer” movement? We’re going to find out.

Because nothing Bush does can escape criticism, including free publicity for a charity that aims to cure a fatal illness, The Week gently notes that his bucket of water appears to have contained no ice. I blame the neocons.


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Earlier in the year it was the water jump challenge, raising money for Wounded Warrior, if I recall correctly.

blatantblue on August 20, 2014 at 8:44 PM

“Bush gets waterboarded”

Go with your instincts, Allah.

We waterboard. ISIS beheads.

John the Libertarian on August 20, 2014 at 8:45 PM

Yo, Bush,

Relegion of Peace uh?

Man up when you dry off and go on TV and tell U.S. you too scrwed up.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on August 20, 2014 at 8:47 PM

W!

Miss that guy.

Judge_Dredd on August 20, 2014 at 8:47 PM

Hey, at least he did it, unlike the current lazy pants we have in the White House.

And whose challenge did Obama refuse? No less a personage than Ethel Kennedy, which is just, you know, despicable.

Jocon307 on August 20, 2014 at 8:48 PM

George and Laura Bush are such an attractive older couple.

terryannonline on August 20, 2014 at 8:48 PM

No we do NOT miss W.

coolrepublica on August 20, 2014 at 8:48 PM

coolrepublica on August 20, 2014 at 8:48 PM

He loves this country.

KCB on August 20, 2014 at 8:50 PM

No we do NOT miss W.

coolrepublica on August 20, 2014 at 8:48 PM

You certainly don’t speak for me, you abrasive twit.

Chuck Schick on August 20, 2014 at 8:51 PM

No we do NOT miss W.

coolrepublica on August 20, 2014 at 8:48 PM

Speak for yourself.

Jack_Burton on August 20, 2014 at 8:52 PM

No we do NOT miss W.
coolrepublica on August 20, 2014 at 8:48 PM

Pee. Off.

Newtie and the Beauty on August 20, 2014 at 8:52 PM

Because nothing Bush does can escape criticism, including free publicity for a charity that aims to cure a fatal illness, The Week gently notes that his bucket of water appears to have contained no ice. I blame the neocons.

At least he took a bucket of water on the head and gave to ALS. Where’s Obama doing either of those?

Bitter Clinger on August 20, 2014 at 8:54 PM

I can dig it. Gimmick or not, it’s a good cause.

No matter what you thought of Bush’s tenure, the man does charity.

Consistently.

wolly4321 on August 20, 2014 at 8:54 PM

No we do NOT miss W.

coolrepublica on August 20, 2014 at 8:48 PM

Who’s this “we”? Your people? Hell, they have streets and monuments named after W. in Africa. Not in Alabama strangely enough. You truly are a f**king twit.

Judge_Dredd on August 20, 2014 at 8:55 PM

Anyone who uses a story about Bush doing charity to criticize him for political points shows themselves to be obsessed losers.

thebrokenrattle on August 20, 2014 at 8:55 PM

I toyed with a “Bush gets waterboarded” headline but even my hackery has its limits, my friends.

You’re too late anyways Allah. Huffpost UK already used that Douche title.

No we do NOT miss W.

coolrepublica on August 20, 2014 at 8:48 PM

Who is we? I had my issues with Bush, and Lord knows WE can do better, but he is certainly a million times better than what WE have now, and he has more class in his pink than the current President.

melle1228 on August 20, 2014 at 8:55 PM

W…way more manly than Biebs

Newtie and the Beauty on August 20, 2014 at 8:55 PM

No we do NOT miss W.

coolrepublica on August 20, 2014 at 8:48 PM

I’d like to at least take a shot at missing Obama, but he won’t go away so how can I miss him?

Bitter Clinger on August 20, 2014 at 8:55 PM

You certainly don’t speak for me, you abrasive twit.

Chuck Schick on August 20, 2014 at 8:51 PM

You misspelled ‘twit’.

partsnlabor on August 20, 2014 at 8:56 PM

*pinky

melle1228 on August 20, 2014 at 8:56 PM

That orgnization(the ALS group) supports fetal stem cell research.
I will not be doing anything for/donating anything to them.
*And I DO miss W.*

annoyinglittletwerp on August 20, 2014 at 8:56 PM

coolrepublica on August 20, 2014 at 8:48 PM

Who is this WE you’re talking about?

Barred on August 20, 2014 at 8:56 PM

The ice bucket challenge is dumb.

LashRambo on August 20, 2014 at 8:57 PM

This has been an amazing phenomenon. Good for ALS and think of all the good it is going to do.

I love GWB. He challenged Clinton – wonder if he’ll do it.

gophergirl on August 20, 2014 at 8:57 PM

Any conservative who misses Dubya as president is an idiot.

Pincher Martin on August 20, 2014 at 8:58 PM

Laura Bush was a wonderful first lady. There are many things to miss about W too, his love for his country and its servicemen at the top of the list.

MT on August 20, 2014 at 8:58 PM

his love for his country and its servicemen at the top of the list.

MT on August 20, 2014 at 8:58 PM

Yep

gophergirl on August 20, 2014 at 8:59 PM

I love GWB. He challenged Clinton – wonder if he’ll do it.

gophergirl on August 20, 2014 at 8:57 PM

Are there any smart girls at this forum?

Pincher Martin on August 20, 2014 at 8:59 PM

Pincher Martin on August 20, 2014 at 8:58 PM

Will take him any day compared to what we have now. Warts and all.

Barred on August 20, 2014 at 9:00 PM

Laura Bush was a wonderful first lady. There are many things to miss about W too, his love for his country and its servicemen at the top of the list.

MT on August 20, 2014 at 8:58 PM

Secret service agents competed for her detail. She was always gracious.

partsnlabor on August 20, 2014 at 9:00 PM

gophergirl on August 20, 2014 at 8:57 PM

I would bet money on it.

cozmo on August 20, 2014 at 9:00 PM

Who is this WE you’re talking about?

Barred on August 20, 2014 at 8:56 PM

The people of Ferguson. They prefer the increased poverty and joblessness under Obama because at least he’s black. Like Baby Doc Duvallier.

Judge_Dredd on August 20, 2014 at 9:00 PM

Are there any smart girls at this forum?
Pincher Martin on August 20, 2014 at 8:59 PM

I’d much rather have GWB in office now than the current golfer-in-chief…

And yes, I AM a smart GUUUUUURRRRL!

Newtie and the Beauty on August 20, 2014 at 9:01 PM

Pincher Martin on August 20, 2014 at 8:59 PM

Wait for bluegills, petunia and lourdes. They are more your speed.

cozmo on August 20, 2014 at 9:02 PM

I toyed with a “Bush gets waterboarded” headline but even my hackery has its limits, my friends.

LOL I love this site.

Eviva on August 20, 2014 at 9:02 PM

Any conservative who misses Dubya as president is an idiot.

Pincher Martin on August 20, 2014 at 8:58 PM

Yep. Bcs Al Gore and Kerry would have been sooooo much better.

I love GWB. He challenged Clinton – wonder if he’ll do it.

gophergirl on August 20, 2014 at 8:57 PM

With Clinton’s heart I’d recommend against it.

Judge_Dredd on August 20, 2014 at 9:02 PM

Will take him any day compared to what we have now. Warts and all.

Barred on August 20, 2014 at 9:00 PM

You think it’s an accident Obama followed Bush? You got the two of them as a package. Bush’s malfeasance created the environment for Obama’s electoral success.

Pincher Martin on August 20, 2014 at 9:02 PM

Are there any smart girls at this forum?

Pincher Martin on August 20, 2014 at 8:59 PM

Aren’t you cute

gophergirl on August 20, 2014 at 9:03 PM

Say what you will about GWs policies, but he and his wife have always been compassionate, warm, friendly, generous, genuine, involved, and believable. I can’t really say that about the Obama’s. They seem aloof, detached, distant, arrogant, untrustworthy, and self centered.

scalleywag on August 20, 2014 at 9:03 PM

cozmo on August 20, 2014 at 9:02 PM

I don’t know about that, Cozmo…it would appear that this one is out of pincher’s league–those you mentioned are WAY out of his league…

Newtie and the Beauty on August 20, 2014 at 9:03 PM

Wait for bluegills, petunia and lourdes. They are more your speed.

cozmo on August 20, 2014 at 9:02 PM

Heh. Regular trollfest.

partsnlabor on August 20, 2014 at 9:04 PM

gophergirl on August 20, 2014 at 9:03 PM

I know you are in the market, but really?

cozmo on August 20, 2014 at 9:04 PM

With Clinton’s heart I’d recommend against it.

Judge_Dredd on August 20, 2014 at 9:02 PM

I never thought about that. YIKES yeah probably not a good idea.

Did you see Trey Gowdy’s challenge video – it was the best!

gophergirl on August 20, 2014 at 9:04 PM

Jug Ears takes himself far too seriously to ever consider doing something like this, even if it is for a good cause. It’s just one of the millions of reasons I miss Bush.

alchemist19 on August 20, 2014 at 9:04 PM

Newtie and the Beauty on August 20, 2014 at 9:01 PM

Pincher is a Paultard. Annoying Twerp would rip his dorsal fin off.

Judge_Dredd on August 20, 2014 at 9:04 PM

No we do NOT miss W.

coolrepublica on August 20, 2014 at 8:48 PM

Speak for yourself only fella.

rplat on August 20, 2014 at 9:04 PM

You think it’s an accident Obama followed Bush? You got the two of them as a package. Bush’s malfeasance created the environment for Obama’s electoral success.
Pincher Martin on August 20, 2014 at 9:02 PM

Clinton did much to bring about GWB’s success in 2000…

Poor Albore…

Newtie and the Beauty on August 20, 2014 at 9:05 PM

Pincher Martin on August 20, 2014 at 9:02 PM

Statement still stands….

Barred on August 20, 2014 at 9:05 PM

scalleywag on August 20, 2014 at 9:03 PM

And what kind of First Lady makes her biggest cause taking cupcakes away from school children?

scalleywag on August 20, 2014 at 9:05 PM

I know you are in the market, but really?

cozmo on August 20, 2014 at 9:04 PM

ICK no!

gophergirl on August 20, 2014 at 9:05 PM

I’d much rather have GWB in office now than the current golfer-in-chief…

And yes, I AM a smart GUUUUUURRRRL!

Newtie and the Beauty on August 20, 2014 at 9:01 PM

You’re smart, huh? And yet you still haven’t figured out that successful presidents have members of their own party succeed them. Unsuccessful presidents see there parties crushed.

Gee, smart girl, who followed Bush? What was his margin of victory?

Pincher Martin on August 20, 2014 at 9:06 PM

Judge_Dredd on August 20, 2014 at 9:04 PM

As flaccid as it is, would she even want to?

cozmo on August 20, 2014 at 9:06 PM

I sure do miss having Bush as president.

Eviva on August 20, 2014 at 9:06 PM

Did you see Trey Gowdy’s challenge video – it was the best!

gophergirl on August 20, 2014 at 9:04 PM

I did not. But I agree with Lash. These ridiculous “shows of solidarity” are stupid. But I understand why some politicians do them. Like kissing babies.

Judge_Dredd on August 20, 2014 at 9:06 PM

Pincher is a Paultard. Annoying Twerp would rip his dorsal fin off.

Judge_Dredd on August 20, 2014 at 9:04 PM

I wouldn’t vote for Paul if he promised me a bevy of supermodels for my harem.

Pincher Martin on August 20, 2014 at 9:07 PM

Pincher Martin on August 20, 2014 at 9:06 PM

Non-idiots know which “their” to use.

cozmo on August 20, 2014 at 9:07 PM

I miss Bush.

I disagreed with many of his major policies from a conservative or libertarian-leaning standpoint, but I truly miss him. I can’t and won’t speak for others, but I always had the feeling that Bush deeply cared deeply for the country and that he had his heart in the right place, even if I thought he was wrong about something.

Obama cares about Obama, golfing, and being loved.

Aizen on August 20, 2014 at 9:07 PM

I never thought about that. YIKES yeah probably not a good idea.
Did you see Trey Gowdy’s challenge video – it was the best!
gophergirl on August 20, 2014 at 9:04 PM

Don’t forget–GWB had a stent put in last year…

And here’s the Gowdy video… ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on August 20, 2014 at 9:08 PM

As flaccid as it is, would she even want to?

cozmo on August 20, 2014 at 9:06 PM

She hates Paultards.

Judge_Dredd on August 20, 2014 at 9:08 PM

but I always had the feeling that Bush deeply cared deeply for the country

Aizen on August 20, 2014 at 9:07 PM

Aizen on August 20, 2014 at 9:08 PM

Enough with the gentlemanly stuff. I wish Bush would criticize Obama like Cheney does.

bluegill on August 20, 2014 at 9:08 PM

this ice bucket challenge seems so weird to me but it’s working, so maybe it’s not as silly as it seems. good analysis, AP. =)

Say what you will about GWs policies, but he and his wife have always been compassionate, warm, friendly, generous, genuine, involved, and believable. I can’t really say that about the Obama’s. They seem aloof, detached, distant, arrogant, untrustworthy, and self centered.

scalleywag on August 20, 2014 at 9:03 PM

i agree!

Sachiko on August 20, 2014 at 9:09 PM

Aren’t you cute

gophergirl on August 20, 2014 at 9:03 PM

Not cute, but smart enough to see the obvious.

Pincher Martin on August 20, 2014 at 9:09 PM

And what kind of First Lady makes her biggest cause taking cupcakes away from school children?

scalleywag on August 20, 2014 at 9:05 PM

That would be my platform if I was running for office.

#FreeTheCupcakes

faraway on August 20, 2014 at 9:09 PM

I blame the neocons.

I blame global warming. Bush’s bucket is as ice-free as the Arctic Ocean, if not more so. But it’s still Bush’s fault.

notropis on August 20, 2014 at 9:09 PM

Pincher Martin on August 20, 2014 at 9:09 PM

Here ya’ go:

bluegill on August 20, 2014 at 9:08 PM

Go procreate.

cozmo on August 20, 2014 at 9:10 PM

You’re smart, huh? And yet you still haven’t figured out that successful presidents have members of their own party succeed them. Unsuccessful presidents see there parties crushed.

Gee, smart girl, who followed Bush? What was his margin of victory?

Pincher Martin on August 20, 2014 at 9:06 PM

So, by that standard, Reagan is the only successful president since Coolidge. FDR and JFK were succeeded by members of their own party only because they died and Nixon because he resigned in disgrace.

Bitter Clinger on August 20, 2014 at 9:10 PM

Our Bull Terrier, Dubya, watched it and now he wants us to throw a bucket of water on him. So cute when a namesake wants to imitate his model.

InTheBellyoftheBeast on August 20, 2014 at 9:10 PM

Pincher Martin on August 20, 2014 at 9:06 PM

W was elected presidient-twice-unlike your girlfriend the Herr Doktor…who got maybe 5-10% in the primaries.
*signed-a very smart girl*

annoyinglittletwerp on August 20, 2014 at 9:11 PM

Enough with the gentlemanly stuff. I wish Bush would criticize Obama like Cheney does.

bluegill on August 20, 2014 at 9:08 PM

Former presidents exhibit class when they don’t criticize their successors. It’s a thing called tradition.

Bitter Clinger on August 20, 2014 at 9:11 PM

Say what you will about GWs policies, but he and his wife have always been compassionate, warm, friendly, generous, genuine, involved, and believable. I can’t really say that about the Obama’s. They seem aloof, detached, distant, arrogant, untrustworthy, and self centered.

scalleywag on August 20, 2014 at 9:03 PM

We’re electing presidents, not prom kings. Who cares if a man’s detached, aloof, arrogant, etc., so long as he leads the country well.

Pincher Martin on August 20, 2014 at 9:12 PM

Say what you will about GWs policies, but he and his wife have always been compassionate, warm, friendly, generous, genuine, involved, and believable. I can’t really say that about the Obama’s. They seem aloof, detached, distant, arrogant, untrustworthy, and self centered.

scalleywag on August 20, 2014 at 9:03 PM

Absolutely. I felt that same way about the Romneys as the Bushes. Warm, kind people with sterling characters.

LashRambo on August 20, 2014 at 9:12 PM

Headline should be, “Finally: George W. Bush takes the ALS Ice Bucket challenge.”

“Bush” is singular, not plural. :)

Grammar Nazi out.

Aizen on August 20, 2014 at 9:13 PM

You’re smart, huh? And yet you still haven’t figured out that successful presidents have members of their own party succeed them. Unsuccessful presidents see there parties crushed.
Gee, smart girl, who followed Bush? What was his margin of victory?
Pincher Martin on August 20, 2014 at 9:06 PM

You mean like how Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Johnson (elected on the same ticket as Abraham Lincoln), Ulysses S Grant, Rutherford B Hayes, James Garfield and Chester Alan Arthur followed James Buchanan; or how about how William McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft followed Grover Cleveland? What about Warren Gamaliel Harding, Calvin Coolidge and Herbert Hoover following Woodrow Wilson?

Ronald Reagan and George H W Bush following Jimmy Carter?

Tell us, again, how successful presidents have members of their own party succeed them…

Newtie and the Beauty on August 20, 2014 at 9:13 PM

Pincher Martin on August 20, 2014 at 9:09 PM

Here ya’ go:

bluegill on August 20, 2014 at 9:08 PM

Go procreate.

cozmo on August 20, 2014 at 9:10 PM

Thread winner. Shut it down.

Judge_Dredd on August 20, 2014 at 9:14 PM

Who cares if a man’s detached, aloof, arrogant, etc., so long as he leads the country well.

Pincher Martin on August 20, 2014 at 9:12 PM

I think you made our point right there.

Barred on August 20, 2014 at 9:14 PM

We’re electing presidents, not prom kings. Who cares if a man’s detached, aloof, arrogant, etc., so long as he leads the country well.
Pincher Martin on August 20, 2014 at 9:12 PM

Do the people who elected 0bama realize yet that he’s a prom king rather than president?

Newtie and the Beauty on August 20, 2014 at 9:15 PM

W was elected presidient-twice-unlike your girlfriend the Herr Doktor…who got maybe 5-10% in the primaries.
*signed-a very smart girl*

annoyinglittletwerp on August 20, 2014 at 9:11 PM

If you’re so smart, why do you think I support Paul?

I have never voted for a Paul, and I never will. Neither the father nor the son.

Bush was a disaster for the Republican Party and, more importantly, for the nation. He gave us Obama. Dumping a bucket of cold ice on his own head for charity doesn’t change or excuse that fact.

Pincher Martin on August 20, 2014 at 9:15 PM

Miss him so much. :(

But, no, it’s not a proper ice bucket challenge without painful ice cubes almost drawing blood as it slams into your face(I’ve done it and it sucks). But, hey, virtually zero idiot liberal celebs have cheated too so…

I had a point but then I realized who I was comparing him to and stopped. Can’t.

Bee on August 20, 2014 at 9:17 PM

You mean like how Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Johnson (elected on the same ticket as Abraham Lincoln), Ulysses S Grant, Rutherford B Hayes, James Garfield and Chester Alan Arthur followed James Buchanan; or how about how William McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft followed Grover Cleveland? What about Warren Gamaliel Harding, Calvin Coolidge and Herbert Hoover following Woodrow Wilson?

Ronald Reagan and George H W Bush following Jimmy Carter?

Tell us, again, how successful presidents have members of their own party succeed them…

Newtie and the Beauty on August 20, 2014 at 9:13 PM

I’m not following your post. Carter clearly wasn’t successful and wasn’t succeeded by a member of his own party. Nor was Wilson or Buchanon succeeded by members of their own parties and neither were successful in my book.

Bitter Clinger on August 20, 2014 at 9:17 PM

I toyed with a “Bush gets waterboarded” headline but even my hackery has its limits, my friends.
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Think Shrinkage ALLAHP,..(sarc)

The Best of Seinfeld – The Shrinkage
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DoARSlv-HU

canopfor on August 20, 2014 at 9:17 PM

Bee on August 20, 2014 at 9:17 PM

Its summer in Crawford. Ice don’t last long outdoors.

cozmo on August 20, 2014 at 9:18 PM

I’m not following your post. Carter clearly wasn’t successful and wasn’t succeeded by a member of his own party. Nor was Wilson or Buchanon succeeded by members of their own parties and neither were successful in my book.

Bitter Clinger on August 20, 2014 at 9:17 PM

You followed my post PERFECTLY! :-D

Newtie and the Beauty on August 20, 2014 at 9:20 PM

Pincher Martin on August 20, 2014 at 9:15 PM

I called you a Paultard bcs that’s the natural progression if you hate Obama as well. Phony libertarian bullcrap that would not change under Paul anymore than it did under W.

Judge_Dredd on August 20, 2014 at 9:21 PM

Former presidents exhibit class when they don’t criticize their successors. It’s a thing called tradition.

Bitter Clinger on August 20, 2014 at 9:11 PM

Please inform Clinton and carter.

faraway on August 20, 2014 at 9:21 PM

Oh Noes a Dubya controversy. But still cute as hell. It is funny that George W. and Billy Jeff are good friends but I welcome Billy Jeff’s inevitable ice bucket. And I think that most famous people who are generating ice buckets are also writing checks. The whole idea is to raise awareness and when an ex President does it it raises awareness.

Illinidiva on August 20, 2014 at 9:22 PM

Dubya has always been a stand-up guy.

No we do NOT miss W.

coolrepublica on August 20, 2014 at 8:48 PM

What’s this “we”, you’re not that much of an American.

formwiz on August 20, 2014 at 9:22 PM

faraway on August 20, 2014 at 9:21 PM

Since when have either of those exhibited class.

Just think of what 0bama will be like.

cozmo on August 20, 2014 at 9:23 PM

Please inform Clinton and carter.

faraway on August 20, 2014 at 9:21 PM

Ford as well. He lost it in his final days. If only these idiots would just shut the hell up.

Judge_Dredd on August 20, 2014 at 9:23 PM

Bush was a disaster for the Republican Party and, more importantly, for the nation. He gave us Obama. Dumping a bucket of cold ice on his own head for charity doesn’t change or excuse that fact.

Pincher Martin on August 20, 2014 at 9:15 PM

Okay, so what’s your issue?

Bush is still a pretty cool guy?

Was he the greatest President? No.. Would I ever in a million years vote for someone with the last name Bush? NO! But hindsight is 20/20, and he was better than what we have now.

A.. LOT of things gave us Obama. Mike Ditka gave us Obama.. Jack Ryan’s weird sex life gave us Obama. The press gave us Obama. The lukewarm Republicans we ran gave us Obama. Nicole Wallace gave us Obama.

melle1228 on August 20, 2014 at 9:23 PM

I toyed with a “Bush gets waterboarded” headline but even my hackery has its limits, my friends.

Apparently HuffPo UK doens’t share your restraint.

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Cindy Munford on August 20, 2014 at 9:23 PM

Did Ethel send the challenge to family members?

You would think the men in the Kennedy clan would be all over this..patriarch Teddy was king of the ice water challenge.

HumpBot Salvation on August 20, 2014 at 9:23 PM

You know, you anti-Bush people, even those on the right, need to come up for air occasionally. This thread has nothing to do with politics. It has everything to do with raising money for a worthy cause, and our former president (who was not perfect in all aspects) is gracious and humorous to play along.

Can you people stop with your ridiculous outbursts just once? I expect this from imbeciles like coolrepublica or even ned.

And I find it’s always easy to play armchair quarterback, especially when you’ve got nothing in the game. Many of you supported people who received less votes than coolrepublica and ned have in combined IQ points. It appears that many of your fellow americans, many of whom are conservatives, did not follow suit. Does that make them as evil as “Bush” in your eyes???

Take a pill. He’s doing charity work, which he’s always done. He’s got a very big heart and if you can’t support that, you’ve got some serious ills you need to deal with.

USNCVN on August 20, 2014 at 9:24 PM

Please inform Clinton and carter.

faraway on August 20, 2014 at 9:21 PM

Carter exhibited until W came along. I suppose we could chalk that up to senility.

Clinton and a lack of class is pretty self-evident.

Bitter Clinger on August 20, 2014 at 9:25 PM

gently notes that his bucket of water appears to have contained no ice.

It’s hot in Texas, how long do they think the ice would last?

Cindy Munford on August 20, 2014 at 9:26 PM

A.. LOT of things gave us Obama. Mike Ditka gave us Obama.. Jack Ryan’s weird sex life gave us Obama. The press gave us Obama. The lukewarm Republicans we ran gave us Obama. Nicole Wallace gave us Obama.

melle1228 on August 20, 2014 at 9:23 PM

I always used to say that if not for Seven of Nine, Obama would never have been president.

Judge_Dredd on August 20, 2014 at 9:27 PM

A.. LOT of things gave us Obama. Mike Ditka gave us Obama.. Jack Ryan’s weird sex life gave us Obama. The press gave us Obama. The lukewarm Republicans we ran gave us Obama. Nicole Wallace gave us Obama.

melle1228 on August 20, 2014 at 9:23 PM

Let’s put the blame where it really belongs.

Stanley Ann Dunham gave us Obama.

Bitter Clinger on August 20, 2014 at 9:29 PM

You mean like how Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Johnson (elected on the same ticket as Abraham Lincoln), Ulysses S Grant, Rutherford B Hayes, James Garfield and Chester Alan Arthur followed James Buchanan; or how about how William McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft followed Grover Cleveland? What about Warren Gamaliel Harding, Calvin Coolidge and Herbert Hoover following Woodrow Wilson?

Ronald Reagan and George H W Bush following Jimmy Carter?

Tell us, again, how successful presidents have members of their own party succeed them…

Newtie and the Beauty on August 20, 2014 at 9:13 PM

I said *successful* presidents are followed by members of their own party in subsequent elections. Reagan was followed by Bush 1. FDR was followed by Truman. TR was followed by Taft. Lincoln by Grant.

Carter, Hoover, Bush 1, Bush 2, Nixon, LBJ, etc., were obviously not successful presidents, and they were all followed by presidents from the opposition party.

The only successful presidents in modern times to have been succeeded by a president from the other political party was Eisenhower, who was not a good party leader. An argument can also be made for Clinton. But both the 1960 and 2000 elections were razor close.

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I also think you need to review your history, dearie.

Lincoln was succeeded at the polls by Grant. Who cares about Lincoln’s McCain/Lieberman arrangement with Andrew Johnson to show bipartisan solidarity during the Cvil War? It didn’t reflect the popular support for his party that was created by his successful waging of the war. Grant’s election in 1868, however, did demonstrate that.

(And Johnson was not on the ticket in 1860, sweetheart.)

*****

By this standard, Bush was a failure. His party was routed in 2008. His only solace will be to look at someone like Harry Truman or Woodrow Wilson’s example, and hope he is the beneficiary of a similar historical rehabilitation.

Pincher Martin on August 20, 2014 at 9:32 PM

I called you a Paultard bcs that’s the natural progression if you hate Obama as well. Phony libertarian bullcrap that would not change under Paul anymore than it did under W.

Judge_Dredd on August 20, 2014 at 9:21 PM

That seems like your own personal problem.

It doesn’t take a leap of Paulesque thinking to say that Bush and Obama were both dreadful presidents, and the country has suffered over the last fourteen years for their incompetent leadership.

Pincher Martin on August 20, 2014 at 9:35 PM

No we do NOT miss W.

coolrepublica on August 20, 2014 at 8:48 PM

Your military does. More soldiers have died under obama than Bush in Afghanistan because of his idiotic ROE that was designed to favor the enemy.

Well done Sir.

hawkdriver on August 20, 2014 at 9:36 PM

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