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Bush – A Photo Farewell

The 8 years of the George W. Bush administration is finally at an end. I thought about compiling a photo retrospective of Bush along with tragic events occurring simultaneously. For example: The picture of Bush reading My Pet Goat while we were under attack and Bush playing guitar and Bush sharing a cake with John McCain while New Orleans endured the disaster from Hurricane Katrina have not been included.

I have also resisted including Photoshopped pictures. A compilation of these could stand in a post by themselves.

There are 8 years of gems and I know I have missed plenty.

Happy Inauguration Day! We’ve made it.

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Pretty much sums up the entire 8 years. Is this the classic 'deer in headlights' look?

Check out Bush's back

Check out Bush's back

Does Bush know where his heart is?

Does Bush know where his heart is?

HillBots = Bushies?

A question I still can't answer

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He's been giving us the finger for 8 years.

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How presidential

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What class - talking with his mouth full

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"Awesome speech, your holiness."

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Bush showing some love . . .

Bush massages Merkel

Bush massages Merkel

McBush loves Bush

McCain loves Bush

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How sweet.

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How about a kiss?

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"Who says I didn't reach across the aisle?"

Bush likes a good party . . .

GERMANY G8 SUMMIT

Bush drinking non-alcohol beer - you decide

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This non-alcohol beer really packs a wallop!

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Is W seeing Putin's soul here?

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Bush at the Beijing Olympics

Beijing Olympics Basketball Women

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Mitt Romney and Bill Gates know the truth

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Upside down? Really?

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"Good luck cleaning up my mess. Salute."

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Bush 41 discusses President Jeb and 43

At the 2006 dinner celebrating Jeb Bush’s conclusion of 2 terms as Florida Governor, George HW Bush (41) broke down during his comments as he realized the likelihood of Jeb reaching the oval office was severely diminished thanks to George W, the older brother (43).

41 appeared on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace over the weekend where he said he hopes Jeb pursues Florida’s open Senate seat (Mel Martinez has opted not to run for reelection). After which, 41 hopes that Jeb will become 45.

“I’d like to see him run for president some day,” said 41. 

That’s all we need.  The good thing is that at 85, the former president realizes that his name doesn’t sit well with many Americans.

“Right now is probably a bad time because maybe we’ve had enough Bushes in there.”

You think?

If you read some of the words the former president says about Jeb, it is obvious Jeb is suffering from Tom Smothers syndrome –  ‘Mother (and Father) always loved you best’

“I think if Jeb wants to run for the Senate from Florida, he ought to do it. And he’d be an outstanding senator. Here’s a guy that really has a feel for people, the issues in Florida and nationally, and his political days ought not to be over, says his old father.

“Now, if he decides they should be over, I’m all for that, too. He’s — need to make a living, support his wife and family, and — but he’s a good man, Chris. He’s a very good, strong man.”

Jeb has a feel for people – unlike that no good other son of his.

Bush continued to discuss Jeb’s qualifications as a potential Senator from Florida:

And I think he’s as qualified and able as anyone I know on the political scene. Now, you’ve got to discount that. He’s my son. He’s my son that I love.”

And his brother, George, is the son that I don’t.  (Let’s not even discuss Neil.)

Of course Bush 41 while speaking with Wallace already knew what we found out yesterday – the Jeb has opted not to run for the opening Senate seat in 2010.  (I’ll have more on Jeb and the Mel Martinez Senate seat in a later post.)

Chris Wallace:  “Would you really want, after all you’ve gone through yourself and your son, to have another son go through the White…”

Bush 41:   “Absolutely. Absolutely. It’s a question of — it’s about service, service to the greatest country on the face of the earth, and the honor that goes with it, but not just to be president, to be something, but to earn it and to do something that makes you worthy. And I think — I think Jeb fits that description.”

 

Wallace  asked Bush 41 about his son Bush 43:

He’ll come home with his head high, having ran a clean operation, having kept this country strong and free after an unprecedented-in- history attack, 9/11, and he’ll have a lot to be proud of, and he can start by his mother and father being very proud of him, and we always will be.”

Did he really say that 43 ran a clean operation?   Where has 41 been for 8 years?  

I agree that Bush 43 has a lot to be proud of.   Look at everything he did in his 8 years and he never had to face impeachment hearings.  Let’s see how quickly Republicans start whining that Obama must be impeached.

Chris Wallace asked Bush 41 about the ‘unfair attacks’ on 43:

Wallace: “How tough has that been on him? How tough has it been on you?”

Bush 41: “Well, I don’t know about him, but it’s been tough on his father and his mother. We’re not very good sports about sitting around and hearing him get hammered, I think unfairly.

“Now, there’s some things that clearly he deserves criticism for, but I think — I think the idea that everything that’s a problem in this country should be put on his shoulders — I don’t think that’s fair.”

Wallace: “You said earlier there are some things he could fairly be criticized for. Are you willing to tell me any of those?”

Bush 41: “No, I don’t need to go into that. You can go back to your — what do you call it? — your Google and you figure out all that.”

“Your Google?”  Like ‘the Google?”  The apple surely doesn’t fall far from the tree.

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We need Obama Sworn in NOW!

I know I am not alone in wishing that the Bush – Cheney administration would just end already and the Obama – Biden administration can begin.  That is why we are enthralled with the weekly president-elect’s radio addresses released on YouTube.

This past weekend the New York Times published multiple columns in the opinion section that pretty much said the same thing.

Bush needs to go – We need Obama to begin NOW!

Thomas Friedman and Gail Collins each penned op-eds that hit the nail on the head.

First, Friedman wrote ‘We Found the W.M.D.’

So, I have a confession and a suggestion. The confession: I go into restaurants these days, look around at the tables often still crowded with young people, and I have this urge to go from table to table and say: “You don’t know me, but I have to tell you that you shouldn’t be here. You should be saving your money. You should be home eating tuna fish. This financial crisis is so far from over. We are just at the end of the beginning. Please, wrap up that steak in a doggy bag and go home.”

Now you know why I don’t get invited out for dinner much these days. If I had my druthers right now we would convene a special session of Congress, amend the Constitution and move up the inauguration from Jan. 20 to Thanksgiving Day. Forget the inaugural balls; we can’t afford them. Forget the grandstands; we don’t need them. Just get me a Supreme Court justice and a Bible, and let’s swear in Barack Obama right now — by choice — with the same haste we did — by necessity — with L.B.J. in the back of Air Force One.

Unfortunately, it would take too long for a majority of states to ratify such an amendment. What we can do now, though, said the Congressional scholar Norman Ornstein, co-author of “The Broken Branch,” is ask President Bush to appoint Tim Geithner, Barack Obama’s proposed Treasury secretary, immediately.” Make him a Bush appointment and let him take over next week. This is not a knock on Hank Paulson. It’s simply that we can’t afford two months of transition where the markets don’t know who is in charge or where we’re going. At the same time, Congress should remain in permanent session to pass any needed legislation.

I really want to see Obama sitting in the Oval office today. Seeing the person mostly responsible for our predicament still in office – especially when he just doesn’t care – is infuriating. As long as Bush resides in the White House, our economic situation has no chance of recovering. Worse – it most likely will continue this negative trend.

I agree wholeheartedly that Geither should be appointed by Bush – TODAY!

While touching up this post before publishing it, I received another comment stating that Bush needs to leave office and Obama must take over.

To that end, Collins wrote an op-ed entitled ‘Time for Him to Go’ where she stresses the same need.

 

Thanksgiving is next week, and President Bush could make it a really special holiday by resigning.

Seriously. We have an economy that’s crashing and a vacuum at the top. Bush — who is currently on a trip to Peru to meet with Asian leaders who no longer care what he thinks — hasn’t got the clout, or possibly even the energy, to do anything useful. His most recent contribution to resolving the fiscal crisis was lecturing representatives of the world’s most important economies on the glories of free-market capitalism.

Putting Barack Obama in charge immediately isn’t impossible. Dick Cheney, obviously, would have to quit as well as Bush. In fact, just to be on the safe side, the vice president ought to turn in his resignation first. (We’re desperate, but not crazy.) Then House Speaker Nancy Pelosi would become president until Jan. 20. Obviously, she’d defer to her party’s incoming chief executive, and Barack Obama could begin governing.

Collins makes a great point. Internationally, no one even listens to Bush any longer. I’m sure everyone saw the video of the world leaders snubbing Bush by not shaking his hand. [Sensico has the video here]

Her plan would actually make House Speaker Nancy Pelosi the 44th President of the United States and the first woman to hold that office. Hillary Clinton and (dare I say) Sarah Palin would both still be in the running for first woman ELECTED to the White House.

The problem with this – my civics class for an example here – is that Pelosi would have to resign her House seat. And I’m not quite certain what the rules are off-hand as to filling her seat. Could they leave it empty and let her take it back on January 20th at 12:01 pm? If the power rests with the Republican Governator then this would actually cause more problems for the Democrats – losing a house seat and the Speaker. [Then why wouldn’t the Republicans do this?]

There is a way to accomplish this quickly and easily. Since I am living in Bizarro America – Dick Cheney resigns – since he is feeling guilty about screwing Americans for so long. Bush appoints Obama as vice president. The Senate quickly approves him followed quickly by a Bush resignation. The whole thing could be done in 2 days.

And if Traitor Joe Lieberman votes against the approval of Obama, you take away his gavel once and for all.

Collins is absolutely correct with the next statement:

A great many Americans have been counting the days all year on their 2008 George W. Bush Out of Office Countdown calendars

Friedman closes with:

Conventional wisdom says it’s good for a new president to start at the bottom. The only way to go is up. That’s true – unless that bottom falls out before he starts.

Anyway you look at it; we need to start fixing the problems right now but we still have 8 weeks before Obama is sworn in. So much can happen between now and then. Can it please be January 20th already?

“Can I see a show of hands? How many people want George W. out and Barack in?” – Collins

 

 

 

Bush regrets ‘Mission Accomplished’

Still president George Bush seems to have changed his personality slightly since the election.  He seems more reflective?  He said he regrets saying ‘dead or alive’.  His facial features seem almost emotional at times.

He said that ‘Mission Accomplished’ was a mistake.

Really?  He was talking about just the sailors on the ship.  Maybe his speech AND the banner should have been more Art-ful.  Sometimes 2 videos side-by-side tell you everything you need to know about a situation.