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Bush on His Administration’s (Lack of) Accountability

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Posted on Aug 9, 2007
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Asked by NPR’s David Greene for clear examples of his “commitment” to accountability, President Bush first cites “Scooter” Libby as someone who has been held accountable (sure, before he got pardoned) and then flies into a tailspin over the presumptive innocence of Alberto “Al” Gonzales, dropping doozies like this along the way: “I haven’t seen Congress say he’s done anything wrong.”

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By mary, August 15, 2007 at 8:09 am Link to this comment

And most news people, pundits and reporters, find this man endearing, go figure - It blows my mind….  Do you really believe the poll nos.  that show 30% of the voters support this man and his administration?

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By Frank Cajon, August 13, 2007 at 9:35 pm Link to this comment

And this man was elected, by a majority of Americans, President at least once. There is a term used in psychiatry called ‘inappropriate affect’. Smiling in the face of a sad statement, making a joke of something horribly wrong, often in the chronically mentally ill it is a lack of emotion in one’s speech, facial expression, or body language at all, a ‘flattened’ affect. Bush shows signs of it in this clip. He has become more stonefaced and monotonal, less emotionally involved the last three years and his State of the Union message was like watching an undermedicated Schizophrenic ramble through a flight of illogical ideas, delusional systems and paranoia. This is a sick man. Reality for him is not the same as it is for most people not suffering from a paranoid personality disorder or even a potential psychosis. He sees enemies everywhere that are not there. He may feel the television and radio may be talking to him (this is complicated by his being a public figure and under press scrutiny). He hears voices, and these are commonly of religious figures or deceased relatives, or can be ‘command’ voices that intrude on his thoughts and tell him to do things, or that certain things are true). He has difficulty concentrating, will have difficulty putting complete thoughts together, and this should and does show in his public appearances when not reading prepared statements. His memory is impaired, he may not recall having said the same statement several times in a few minutes. He will jumble words together and make new words, sometimes repeatedly. The worst part is, he may have very little insight into the fact that he is indeed a sick man and in need of medical help. I don’t feel that this situation is an excuse for the things that he has been doing, but it helps, at least for me explain some of them. Now as far as Cheney, he appears lucid and is simply a closet Nazi.

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By don knutsen, August 13, 2007 at 2:39 pm Link to this comment
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To a fellow pathological liar ofcourse bu$h dosen’t see any problem with the re-occuring lies that spill from the attorney general to the congress. Unfortunately some in congress do see a problem with that, especially when they spew from the individual who is at the helm of our justice system. Lying has become the expected MO of the whole of this administration. Lying while they managed to gain control of all three branches of goverment until last Nov. is whats gotten us where we are today. Packing the supreme court with like minded conservatives is what they are banking on keeping them from ever being held accountable. Atleast until they can leave office and escape to a country that has no extradition treaty with america. They show their contempt every day for our constitution and our people in all they do. They get away with it because most of our so-called elected representitives care much more about continuing their professional political careers then bringing back our democracy. That goes for both sides of the isle unfortunately.

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By cyrena, August 13, 2007 at 3:42 am Link to this comment

Oh Dear…

Have you all seen the latest? This same dude that proclaimed the empire status..the Rovian? Well, check this out…WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Karl Rove, a political adviser to President George W. Bush and a lightning rod for anger among Democrats, will leave the White House at the end of this month, Rove told the Wall Street Journal.

“I just think it’s time,” Rove said in an interview with the newspaper published on Monday.
“There’s always something that can keep you here, and as much as I’d like to be here, I’ve got to do this for the sake of my family.”

Pasted from <http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/washington/politics-usa-politics-rove.html?_r=1&hp&oref;=slogin>

http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/washington/politics-usa-politics-rove.html?_r=1&hp&oref;=slogin

Don’t cha just LOVE it? He’s gotta do this for his family….

NO. He’s gotta get his ass out of dodge!!!

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By Bleeding Heart, August 12, 2007 at 6:05 am Link to this comment
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Aaron,

I suspect your president was hand picked by the global oligarchs, just as was Mexico’s, and quite possibly France’s.  I find it very difficult to believe that given that the people of these nations wholly oppose the policies of the current US administration, they somehow were inclined to elect leaders who share their political ideology.  The circumstances surrounding the Mexican election were almost an exact carbon copy of the the the ‘00 story here in the States.  And the man was the energy secretary no less.  And the people of Canada, to the best of my knoweledge, are quite a left-leaning people, but they elect a right-winger?

I know that proof is at a minimum, but when you connect the dots, it would seem to be the most likely answer.  Their paterns of behavior over the past six years certainly support the assertion.  As Karl Rove said, “We are an empire now”.

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By Aaron, August 12, 2007 at 1:35 am Link to this comment
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On the comments for the youtube.com page where this video is posted, some one says “I’m glad I live in Canada” and that put my heart at ease, then I read a response to that comment: “Really? How will you feel after the NAU?” Or something like that. That is an eye opener for me. I’m living in Toronto right now. Have been Canadian since birth. I’ve been paying close attention to what has been happening in the states for the last 6 years, but all the while, there was the voice in the back of my mind saying “It’s all right, you live in Canada”. If these corporate fascists succeed in raping America completely of it’s constitutional rights, it won’t be long before all of north america is sucked into the new fascist regime, after which, I can’t think of a single safe place to be. This could be it. If you run all the scenarios of what is likely to happen in the next 10 years, it’s going to set planet Earth up to be a very unlivable place for, potentially, 1000’s of years. That may seem like an exaggeration, but I am taking global warming, environmental degradation, and geopolitical conflict into account. On top of all that, I am atheist, so I can’t even placate myself with any kind of blind faith or false hope. Damn.

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By Pacrat, August 11, 2007 at 6:15 am Link to this comment
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Bush is out of touch with reality. What’s worse, he is out of touch with himself! Can’t anyone see that he desperately needs help - must he become a raving idiot before he gets the therapy he needs? Where are the white house doctors and psychiatrists - and why aren’t they doing their jobs?

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By minamoto no taira, August 10, 2007 at 9:08 pm Link to this comment

I would love to see this fool tried post-presidency, but i have a feeling that after this he will become a model citizen.  Of Paraguay.

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By purplewolf, August 10, 2007 at 11:39 am Link to this comment

# 93645 Carlito:
The idea of a dvd about “weed gone wild”,*, would only take 30 minutes and 10 seconds to fill up a 30 minute dvd of his blurps & bloopers”. The ten seconds is for setting up the cameras.

* better get Roundup, extra strength brush and shrub type

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By 127001, August 10, 2007 at 8:33 am Link to this comment

#93633 by cyrena

Cyrena and Chaseme….

We must be like minded, although I try to keep my spicier comments private:

#93561 by Chaseme on 8/09 at 5:23 pm

• I think my mind will explode if these lame ass Americans don’t turn off Oprah and face the fact that you are being fucked up the ass by a whale turd.

My personal favorite is how Americans are addicted to political masturbation while force feeding themselves with high fat diets and buying (or marketing) sideshow mirrors to make themselves look pretty.

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By Harold Strauss, August 10, 2007 at 7:54 am Link to this comment
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Bush is by far the worst president in American history. He is a spoiled brat, lier, mis-information artist, selfish, stupid man where running a country and dealing democratically with opposing views.Instead of winning friends, we’ve lost many we had, and making more by the day. If you want to know whats going on in the world, you surround yourself with experts in their relative fields. You process the information and you discuss problems with the people you appoint to specific tasks. Bush has brought into his cabinent all “yes” men, and if they don’t agree with him, they’re fired! Fire Bush “and” his cabinent and replace them with knowledgeable people in respective fields.We cannot tell others what they can do, if we did, I believe that would make us a dictatoral government, and we shouldn’t be supplying arms to other countries to kill each other. Problem with that is arms industries is big business in America, and is part of the problem.

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By kevin99999, August 10, 2007 at 7:33 am Link to this comment
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How does a man like Bush, who shouldn’t even in charge of a dog house, end up as the president? Ask the corporate media that acts as a front for the right wing.

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By Gandersen, August 10, 2007 at 7:09 am Link to this comment
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Well it is pretty @#$%^& hard to find out the truth or facts when the party in question,(Gonzalez) refuses to answer direct questions due to “Executive privilege”

Also, Libby held accountable? Holy Shit, what morns can agree with that statement???  What about college bound 18 year old black honor student who at a party got a BJ from a girl he thought was 18 who turned out to be 15.  This guy is looking at a minimum of 10 years in prison 20 if he gets a republican judge. His life is ruined, he has already spent a year or two incarcerated during his trial. He is being held accountable to a 30 year old law that during this case got re-written because it was out of date.

If he were a white politician, all he would have to do is say he has a drinking problem and agree to go to re-hab and all would be forgiven.

Wake up American.  We are like the humans in George Orwell’s “Time Machine” While the political elite have not yet started eating us for food, they are exploiting us and keeping us pacified while they do whatever the hell they want. And I mean what ever they want.

Freedom should be re-spelled as “Freedumb” We are free to be dumb and we are exercising this right daily as the politicians and their business contacts get richer and richer all the while screwing the American people.

If the good old USA keeps heading down this path all those “true heros” vets from WW1, WW2, will be rolling ober in their grave.

Sincerely,

Proud to be and American, but lately embarrassed.

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By carlito paquito, August 10, 2007 at 5:07 am Link to this comment

Someone shout put together a “Bush Gone Wild Blurps&Bloopers;” copywritecarlito paquito 2007. Joe Orton could not have written a better farce. Special Thanks to Mr. Robert Scheer. A 30 min DVD would be hilarious for generations to come.  I guarantee it.

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By cyrena, August 10, 2007 at 2:40 am Link to this comment

#93561 by Chaseme on 8/09 at 5:23 pm

•  I think my mind will explode if these lame ass Americans don’t turn off Oprah and face the fact that you are being fucked up the ass by a whale turd.

Chaseme,

You said you weren’t a professional writer, but this sounds pretty good to me!!
My sentiments – EXACTLY!!

And, that means that I understand the feeling of thinking that one’s mind will explode. Matter of fact, mine does indeed explode on occasion. One time I simply cut the cord on the TV, in order to get Oprah off of there, and unable to convey the normal fantasies. That was a number of years ago though, and the subsequent consequences probably weren’t worth it in the long run. (I’ll spare you the details).

Still, I know exactly how you feel, and I’d be more than willing to participate in a citizens’ arrest operation.

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By purplewolf, August 9, 2007 at 10:30 pm Link to this comment

Remember the this is the same guy who said “You’re doing a heck of a job Brownie”, when refering to the hurricane Katrina quagmire. The same deh-deh-deh also claimed he stood behind several of his other cronies who all of a sudden he distanced himself from when they took their fall from Mt.Olympus.What a trooper, your loyality speaks volumns.The truth shall set you free.

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By Don Stivers, August 9, 2007 at 9:19 pm Link to this comment

Can you believe the Republican Congress went along with this man and gave him what he wanted?  That says a lot about the Republican Congress for 6 years. 

And now the Democratic Congress.  They pasted a law authorizing eaves dropping without Judicial Review because this man wanted it?

Would you have voted for this man for Class President?

After watching Gonzalez before Congress, I cannot believe that ANYONE would think he is doing a good job.  The President supports him.  And Congress goes along.  Tells you a lot about our Representatives.

What a bunch of FOOLS.  Right under their noses.  They wouldn’t change a stinky diaper because they would be too stupid to know what is going on.  Or they choose to ignore it because that would mean the baby messed in its diaper and they would have to stick their hands in it to clean up.

There are not the words to explain my outrage with this administration and our Congressional Representatives.

Doesn’t this tell you what our Congress is like?

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By Leefeller, August 9, 2007 at 7:51 pm Link to this comment

I thought Bush said Congress was irrilvant or did he say that about the voters?

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By Louise, August 9, 2007 at 7:08 pm Link to this comment

“I haven’t seen Congress say he’s done anything wrong.”

OK so now we know, he doesn’t watch TV, cant lip-read and has something stuck in his ears.

So, what else is new?

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By Chaseme, August 9, 2007 at 6:23 pm Link to this comment
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“Lewis Libby was held accountable. He was, ahh declared GUILTY by a jury and he paid a high price for it.” WTF!!

Someone explain to me why every reporter in the audience didn’t jump to their feet to challenge this…this, what do you call someone who is lower than whale shit?

These reporters, if they were not whale shit eaters, should have jumped to their feet to enact their rights to place him under citizens’ arrest. I think my mind will explode if these lame ass Americans don’t turn off Oprah and face the fact that you are being fucked up the ass by a whale turd.

In the most crime ridden spot in the country, our nation’s capitol, District of Columbia Law 23- 582(b) reads as follows:

(b) A private person may arrest another -

(1) who he has probable cause to believe is committing in his presence -

(A) a felony, or

(B) an offense enumerated in section 23-581 (a)(2); or

(2) in aid of a law enforcement officer or special policeman, or other person authorized by law to make an arrest.

(c) Any person making an arrest pursuant to this section shall deliver the person arrested to a law enforcement officer without unreasonable delay. (July 29, 1970, 84 Stat. 630, Pub. L. 91-358, Title II, § 210(a); 1973 Ed., § 23-582; Apr. 30, 1988, D.C. Law 7-104, § 7(e), 35 DCR 147.)

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By Tom Patterson, August 9, 2007 at 5:58 pm Link to this comment
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Um…huh??

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