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Posted on Jan 15, 2009
Bush farewell address
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George W. Bush gave his last presidential speech to the American public in a farewell address Thursday night that offered him a platform to have the (first) last word on his time in office. True to form, Bush stayed the course, giving little if any ground when it came to defending even the most contested aspects of his legacy.

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By ThnkUBush, January 20, 2009 at 4:37 am Link to this comment

7 1/2 years without an attack. Thank you President Bush. Thank you Vice President Cheney. NOBODY thought it possible but, you did it!

The leaders and operatives responsible for 9/11 have been decimated. Thank you.

The global shadow narco-banking system that fed our enemies has been dealt a devastating blow. The cost of doing business in the system has risen ten fold. Thank you.

Better relations with China. Better relations with India. Better relations with Pakistan, Afghanistan, Poland and Germany. The closest relationship with the French government the U.S. has had in decades. Thank you.

The number of democracies in the world has risen in 8 years. NATO has been expanded. Thank you.

In the Millennium Challenge several million lives have been saved. Yes, the number of human lives saved totals in the MILLIONS. Thank you.

Tens of millions of woman in Afghanistan can now show their faces. Woman can now hold jobs. Woman are, on this day, working in the government. Thank you so very much.

Tens of millions of little girls are now attending school. Schools teaching math and science has risen over 1000%. No single accomplishment will do a better job of lifting a society out of horrendous poverty. Thank you. Thank you so very much!

Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, the UAE, and Egypt have all seen expanded elections at the urging of the U.S. Government. Thank you.

7 1/2 years without an attack. Nobody thought it possible. How many American lives were saved? Hundreds? Thousands? Tens of thousands?

Thank you President Bush. Thank you Vice President Cheney. Thanks to all the men and woman who worked in your administration. You are all heroes.

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By KDelphi, January 19, 2009 at 10:58 pm Link to this comment

The war crimes and atrocities of Dubya will live ‘with us” forever…especially if we do not prosecute!

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By Fadel Abdallah, January 19, 2009 at 10:27 pm Link to this comment

Today at 12:00 it would be:

The end of an era = the end of a grievous error!
Certainly a momentous relief though we don’t know for sure what the future will bring!

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By ThnkUBush, January 19, 2009 at 5:56 pm Link to this comment

Outraged,

“Are you a comedy writer?”

—-

Funny? This is funny to you?

I trust you’ll feel a deep and lasting shame for even commenting.

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By anon09, January 19, 2009 at 10:09 am Link to this comment
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The change in presidents is NOT a change of government. The only change is if you “individuals” get off your butts and change it to what it’s supposed to be.

Learn:
http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=lVsMUpPgdT0&feature=PlayList&p=09010AA5935064C2&index=9&playnext=2&playnext_from=PL

Watch the whole playlist too wink

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By Outraged, January 19, 2009 at 12:28 am Link to this comment

Re: Natturner

Your comment: “The NCLB-era of educational policy in the US is the evil spawn of the globalization of our economy. That process is at the very foundation of the business model for schools, charters, vouchers, data driven instruction, merit pay, standardized testing, and most perversely of all, paying students to consume the corporate version of knowledge. It was the reason the Business Roundtable, Bill Gates, and the Walton and Bush families were the driving forces behind these absurd and perverse educational policies. The CEO’s wanted a profit making private school system in their race with China and India to lowest possible wage for workers. In their new economy there would be Wal-Mart and plenty of security guard jobs or the military for the kids that used to go to public schools.

I give you an “A”.  Not a “charter school” “A”, a real “A”.  This IS Bush’s legacy.  The corruption of a generation by CORPORATE AMERICA in all it’s debased and fictious finery.  Thank you for pointing that out.

Re: ThnkUBush

Are you a comedy writer looking for “new” material…?

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By anon101, January 18, 2009 at 3:24 am Link to this comment
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You PPL have go to be kidding that he’s gone. Maybe gone out of White House but not off the face of this planet. And that’s a problem, a big one.

As his old man he’s apt to carry on behind the scenes worse than ever. Now THAT’S a bigger problem. Now he becomes a part of the hidden ruling elite that has taken your country like a thief in the night and is strangling it to death. The infowar has just begun on you as human beings.

I, as most of the world, sympathize with you for having done the right thing and got him out. The treachery is still there though. It’s called the Federal Reserve and it’s credit system. Those are the real criminals and tyrants of your system, and they pushed W’s buttons as well. Unless you get them out to never return again you will be the ultimate slaves.

Your task, should you accept it, is to oust them into never never land. Every last one of them wherever they may hide. Keep in mind their families stretch far and deep and span the globe. When every last one of them has been rooted out, thoroughly exposed and evicted [to wherever you choose] that’s when you will have respect and peace from the rest of this world. Until then I, many others and probably the rest of this world wish you fortitude and good will.

Now take a big bow for a job well done of step 1.

step 2: expose every corrupt official, banker administrator, officer and secret society and plaster their crimes on every telephone post, website, road sign and office building. Make sure even backwoods hermits see them.

have fun wink

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By ThnkUBush, January 17, 2009 at 2:36 pm Link to this comment

purplewolf,

Take a different tone with me and we’ll have things to discuss. Continue suggesting I don’t think for myself, simply due to my differing opinion, and I’ll simply say good luck and, move right on past you.

Tax cuts:
Cutting taxes most often raises revenue. Evidence of this can be found in the last 20 years. The numbers don’t lie.

Two successful battles:
Yes, two very successful large battles in the past 7 plus years. Our men and woman in uniform have performed in outstanding fashion.

Afghanistan:
The Taliban is no longer running Kabul. Woman are now able to work and young girls are attending school. Roads are being built in places never before in history. The current government is an allie to the West.

Usama bin Laden, Zawahiri and Mullah Omar are no longer in command control. Over 2/3 of the 9/11 operatives and brain trust have been killed or captured. As inconvenient as that is for some to lend credit, these are clear successes in every matrix imaginable.

Another strong indicator:
In Lebanon in 2003 a full 35% of respondents said it was acceptable to use suicide bombing against Westerners. Now that number is at 9%. We are seeing the same thing in Egypt, 28% to now 6%. Pakistan, 19% now 7% etc. etc. In every nation polled al Qaeda is losing it’s influence. Again, the numbers don’t lie.  Attitudes are changing and that, at least in the short term, is a success. We now need to build on that.

Iraq:
Saddam Hussein is now gone! Not a single person, in any government on the globe, will say that this is not a good thing. That is a fact and cannot be twisted to mean something other than it does.

Every government on the planet stated very clearly that Saddam Hussein held WMD over the mandate of the United Nation (Res. 1441). There was never a disagreement over that set of facts. The evidence is clear now that Hussein himself believed he held banned weapons and programs. The disagreement was never about WMD. It was about the tactics used.

The point is this. The Iraqi government is today the most representative electorate in the Middle East and a clear allie to the West. The U.S., Britain, Australia, Austria, Poland, et al, WON!

These battles in the war has been at terrific cost!. And it will continue to cost. But a overwhelming victories nonetheless. Saddam Hussein in gone. He is no longer threatening his neighbors. He is no longer starving his people. He is no longer paying homicide bombers around the globe. He is no longer assassinating American diplomats and no longer firing on U.S. servicemen daily. Iraq is no longer pursuing devastating weapons.

Every intelligence agency in the U.S. believes Usama bin Laden no longer holds the “operational control” he once had. Al Qaeda types have been unable to attack in other countries in any meaningful way for several years now. And nobody, absolutely nobobdy, thought that the United States would go this long without another attack. If anyone believes that is due to a lack of trying, on our enemies part, is not paying attention

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By KDelphi, January 17, 2009 at 12:22 pm Link to this comment

The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office states that the “Bush tax cuts” for the haves and have mores, is the main cause of the lack of revenue in DC,the main cause of deficits, along with the so-called “wars”. (tax cuts, 1/2, “security” 1/3)

http://www.cbpp.org/9-27-06tax.htm

Tax Cuts and Deficits

Congressional Budget Office data show that the tax cuts have been the single largest contributor to the reemergence of substantial budget deficits in recent years.  Legislation enacted since 2001 added about $3.0 trillion to deficits between 2001 and 2007, with nearly half of this deterioration in the budget due to the tax cuts (about a third was due to increases in security spending, and about a sixth to increases in domestic spending).  Yet the President and some Congressional leaders decline to acknowledge the tax cuts’ role in the nation’s budget problems, falling back instead on the discredited nostrum that tax cuts “pay for themselves.”


Since 2001, the Administration and Congress have enacted a wide array of tax cuts, including reductions in individual income tax rates, repeal of the estate tax, and reductions in capital gains and dividend taxes.  Nearly all of these tax cuts are scheduled to expire by the end of 2010.  Making them permanent would cost about $4.4 trillion over the next decade (when the cost of additional interest on the federal debt is included).  (http://www.cbpp.org/1-31-07tax.htm)

I also blame Congress. But, Bush made it very clear, early on in his “presidency”, who his constituents are—the “haves and the have mores”.

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By purplewolf, January 17, 2009 at 11:43 am Link to this comment

ThnkUBush: Jan.17th. 3:51am. Funny, Bush was elected Nov.4 2000 and did not take office until Jan, 2001. If all those tax cuts for the rich had remained where they were before the cuts, we would have been in better shape than we are now. You cannot continue to squander money as G.W. has, all the while taking in less tax money in which to pay this expense. What 2 wars/battles did we win under Bush? Really, do not believe everything this administration fabricates for the sheeple.

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By troublesum, January 17, 2009 at 8:32 am Link to this comment

“Our free-enterprise system”: one department store, one hardware store, foreign car manufacturers, job outsorcing, government owned banks….

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By troublesum, January 17, 2009 at 8:17 am Link to this comment

ThnkUBush,
If Bush is a visionary, what is the vision?

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By hippy pam, January 17, 2009 at 7:58 am Link to this comment

WHO???????Oh yes..You must be talking about that IDIOT with the LARGE EGO-you know…THE LIAR-The one WHO KILLED ALL THOSE INNOCENT PEOPLE[and got away with it]...The man? WHO GUTTED A NATIONS TREASURY[bernie madoffs best buddie] and BROUGHT AN ECONOMY TO IT’S KNEES…The man? who would be cheerleader and-due to his illiteracy-mispronounces SIMPLE words in order to[I believe] MAKE America a LAUGHSTOCK in the eyes of tHE REST OF THE WORLD…

What IS “ole bullshits” best move during his presidency????

HIS MOVE OUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE!!!!!!

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By ThnkUBush, January 17, 2009 at 7:23 am Link to this comment

Most of you here are in a fascinating, albeit unenviable, position.

If in 20-30 years Iraqi’s are living under a stable representative government Bush will be seen as a brilliant, humanitarian, global thinker . He will go down in history as a man who accomplished great things. A visionary.

It’s fascinating, and truly ironic, that you all find yourselves in the position to hope Bush is seen as an American born accomplishment. To hope for anything less would clearly be demented and suicidal.

It’s almost funny to consider.

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By ThnkUBush, January 17, 2009 at 4:51 am Link to this comment

purplewolf,

It’s odd when people suggest the Bush administration didn’t inherit a recession. He came to office in Jan. 2000 and by March the economy displayed 2 months of receding growth (by definition that’s a recession). Obviously economic conditions were worsening just prior to Bush taking his oath. Nothing could be clearer.

Why is anyone surprised that the U.S. went from a surplus to a deficit after 9/11? The costs to the Treasury totaled in the hundreds of billions. Then, as if that were not enough, we witnessed the largest natural disaster the U.S. has ever seen in Hurricane Katrina. More hundreds of billions.

Add to that the fact that over the last eight years the Unites States has fought and won two major battles, and several smaller, in the war.

Blame Bush for many things. That’s natural and expected. But there’s no need (other than politics and emotional hatred) to blame the Bush administration for the entire economy.

P.S. Congress spends the money. Not the President.

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By Tim McFarland, January 17, 2009 at 1:49 am Link to this comment

Wasn’t it Ann Richards who said (of Bush 41), “Ol’ George, he was just born with a silver foot in his mouth”?

Too bad she ain’t here to hear W.

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By purplewolf, January 17, 2009 at 12:36 am Link to this comment

ThnkUBush: Bush lied yet again when he says he inherited a recession. He didn’t. When he came into office we had a surplus, which he managed to screw away and put this country in debt in no time at all.

Rogelio: Bush said he sleeps just fine after all the damage he has done, which just proves that he has NO CONSCIENCE OR SOUL. He also lacks compassion and empathy, but it was reported that as a youth, this psychopath tortured animals, often a sign of a serial killer in the making. To bad mom and dad were lacking in their parenting skills and seek “help” for this obviously defective piece of humanity(but really, there is nothing human about him but the body that houses this evil). As for dignity, this is something that G.W. never had and never will ever have.

dihey: do not underestimate that George’s God did not him. Maybe his God did help him in these atrocities, you only have to ask yourself just what God does G.W. refer to?

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By KDelphi, January 16, 2009 at 10:21 pm Link to this comment

ender is right. If you think he’s stupid—look what he has gotten away with…and what are the dems going to do about it? absolutely nothing

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By jerrypl, January 16, 2009 at 6:37 pm Link to this comment
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Bush is a psychopathic, delusional failure believing that he is able to make the tough decisions. He has spoken about this idea over and over again throughout his presidency. He wants the American people to believe that he is competent in his skills as a national leader, yet his unconscious insecurity has driven his brain to repeat out loud that yes, he CAN make the hard decisions when in reality he has NEVER been capable or skilled enough, or smart enough or competent enough to actually do so. So, his effort to try and bring forth a sense that HE is a successful Decider of Tough Decisions, which is occurring on an unconscious level, has to be reaffirmed and reflected back to himself by his over-inflated and damaged ego. It is not any different than the child who climbs up on the counter to get a cookie and through his “hard work” to obtain the actually cookie knocks over and breaks the cookie jar, but then tries to justify his disastrous tough decision to be independent says, “But I did it myself, Mommie!”

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By ender, January 16, 2009 at 6:25 pm Link to this comment

Oh come on you rubes!  Shrub had an extremely successful eight yrs.  He successfully moved hundreds of billions of taxpayers $$$$$$ into the coffers of family and friends.  With Pappy as the frequent Chairman of the Board of the Carlisle group, those defense companies they control have made such outrageous profits, that the families oil holdings hardly even matter!  And of course by destabilizing Iraq and letting Enron determine our national energy policy, the profits from oil road a record wave.

The current economic crises, a recession on it’s way to depression, would not have even been a blip on the radar if our national debt were still $4trillion INSTEAD OF SWELLING TO $11TRILLION TO FUND AN ILLEGAL WAR!

How could anyone not admit that Shrub has been the MOST SUCCESSFUL CRIMINAL TO EVER HOLD THE OFFICE OF THE POTUS!

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By Ed Harges, January 16, 2009 at 2:55 pm Link to this comment

My God, look at him. He really is Alfred E. Newman. The man was called into existence by Mad Magazine.

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By dihey, January 16, 2009 at 2:53 pm Link to this comment

When he was sworn in in 2001 and 2005 Mr Bush exclaimed “So help me God”. Meanwhile it has become glaringly evident that his God did not help him but allowed him to fail miserably.

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By ZombieNation, January 16, 2009 at 2:18 pm Link to this comment
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The liar & war-criminal should be getting prosecuted, jailed & hanged for his crimes & stupid-incompetence - not leaving town a free man, with benefits.

FU dumbazz, wish you all the worst in life & after.

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By Rogelio, January 16, 2009 at 1:27 pm Link to this comment

I did not watch nor hear ‘w’ farewell speach. Why? To hear him repeat the same bs that he and his cronies shoved down our throats for the past eight years. He is nothing short of an embarassment and the consequences of his actions resulted in the catastrophic Republican defeat of November 2008.
He and his cronies deliberatley circumvented/broke the laws to push their agenda. This adminstration has to be the most dishonest ever.

Clinton may have lied under oath, but at least it did not lead us to an unnecessary war in Iraq and the death of thousands of innocent civilians.

My only question to the departed president would be; how can you live with yourself after what you have done? Have you no dignity!

The worst president in history? Undoubtedly!

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By Fadel Abdallah, January 16, 2009 at 12:35 pm Link to this comment

Good riddance and may he die a tragic terrible death like the one he brought to so many innocent children in Iraq, Afghanistan and Palestine!

My eagerness to see his ugly, chimpanzee-like face disappear from the political scene is only matched by my anger and disappointment that this ultimate criminal devil is going free without being brought to a court of justice for his horrible crimes against humanity. His will be a disgrace for the world’s sense of justice till the end of the world!

May the ghosts of his millions of victims continue to turn his sleep into horrible nightmares that practically cause his ultimate demise after years of suffering!

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By ThnkUBush, January 16, 2009 at 12:31 pm Link to this comment

It’s fair to state that this president has faced challenges that few who served have. When he took office in 2001, he inherited a recession. Then there were the exposure and prosecution of corporate greed and corruption by Enron, WorldCom, and others. And then there was the largest attack ever to our homeland, by al Qaeda on 9/11, which was followed by a well thought out and swift response.

It’s fair to say President Bush was well suited for the day and for the office.

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By Natturner, January 16, 2009 at 12:30 pm Link to this comment
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Our sad departing president, among the most incurious and anti-intellectual national leaders in US history, last night said farewell and hammered home yet again his central message to the American people. “Be afaid! Yes, be very afraid!” How far this country has come from, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself,” but Bush’s anti-FDR message served him well for eight excruciatingly long years and brought us full circle. We’re going to have Hoovervilles again and the Greatest Depression.

In his final days in office Bush hung on desperately to one delusion of grandeur. And what a grand delusion it was! Heaven help us, in his mind, and maybe in his mother’s “beautiful mind”, he was the education president.

No question, the Bush Administration has directed the public schools along a new path. They’re going to this place right behind all those Americans enjoying their new homes in Bush’s “ownership society” and right behind the flagships of the global economy like Lehman Brothers, AIG, and General Motors.

The NCLB-era of educational policy in the US is the evil spawn of the globalization of our economy. That process is at the very foundation of the business model for schools, charters, vouchers, data driven instruction, merit pay, standardized testing, and most perversely of all, paying students to consume the corporate version of knowledge. It was the reason the Business Roundtable, Bill Gates, and the Walton and Bush families were the driving forces behind these absurd and perverse educational policies. The CEO’s wanted a profit making private school system in their race with China and India to lowest possible wage for workers. In their new economy there would be Wal-Mart and plenty of security guard jobs or the military for the kids that used to go to public schools.

These Milton Friedman-inspired Reagan revolutionaries will mark the Bush years as the zenith of their power. This era spit up characters like Rod Paige, Margaret Spellings, Armstrong Williams, Michael Bloomberg, Jack Welch, Jeb Bush, Ruby K. Payne, and more ominously for the future, Arne Duncan. It was certainly the time the attack on public education appeared ready to bear fruit. They had public school system wreckers like Michelle Rhee and Joel Klein in place, kids were dropping out in droves, and teachers were in full flight.

But just as they were breaking out that “Mission Accomplished” banner from the White House basement, just then their rationale for being, their precious global economy, crashed! In recent days they have had to do $326 billion CPR on Citigroup (still the bank will be broken up and the pieces sold off in three months), scrambled to rescue the Big Three, and printed billions in new money. Madoff has made off with about $50 billion and he’s just one of many ponzi schemers. Their pride and joy is on fire. It was supposed to be immutable. It was eternal! Now that attitude’s all gone. There’s only panic on Wall Street and investor flights to safety. Treasuries and negative returns are hot now. The financiers who are not killing themselves have both fingers crossed for President Obama.

Any talk of NCLB are prayers said over a corpse. Soon it will be every private school and charter school investor for himself. Private school students are being moved to the public schools by their debt ridden parents in significant numbers already. And from his Dallas retirement home (or his land in Paraguay if he should have to leave the country suddenly) George Bush will watch the last vestige of his legacy, including Arne Duncan if he holds to the old world, go up in smoke.

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By purplewolf, January 16, 2009 at 12:26 pm Link to this comment

Murdering the innocent to advance an ideology is wrong every time, everywhere. This nation must continue to speak out for justice and truth.

Who has murdered the innocent to advance their views of their own ideology?  G.W…Who told over 935 lies just to get America involved in the Iraq war? G.W.

Further in his speech, Bush claimed that we have given the Iraqi people freedom and they are our friends. Really?? They are our friends? They have more reasons not to be our friends. I question this, as he has destroyed the country and the lives of millions of people in Iraq and other places in the world with his testosterone induced high of trying to prove his masculinity to himself, something that is unattainable to such a sorry excuse of a person.

I feel badly for the people victimized by this self serving skank. I never voted for him and am sorry he was allowed to steal America and hold it hostage through illegal means for the last 8 years.

If the people G.W. has harmed never forgive America I can understand a that, I just wish it had never happened to begin with.

Also G.W. mentioned his “Clean Water Act” a success. In his first term has allowed for higher levels of arsenic in our drinking water, allowed big corps to increase their operation size without increasing the safeguards and machinery that limit the toxins put out by these into the environment. Some success story.

This speech of course was written by someone with an education and a thinking, viable brain, something that G.W. lacks. He has no real clue as to what he rattled off to the public. His real farewell will be when/if he finally leaves office, as he along with Cheney, are still undermining more policies, rules of law and regulations as of Thursday night, the same night of his latest in a long list of bye bye speeches.

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By Eric L. Prentis, January 16, 2009 at 11:21 am Link to this comment

President Bush, in his farewell address to the nation, proved, yet again, that he is a clueless, responsibility shirking, ignorant, lazy, out of touch, spoiled, arrogant, dangerous, neocon, warmongering, torturing, lying buffoon who foolishly thinks America cares about his own presidential assessment. Thankfully, judging Bush’s presidency is left to historians and the people. One popular vote for, “PRESIDENT BUSH IS THE WORST PRESIDENT, EVER.”

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By Fadel Abdallah, January 16, 2009 at 11:06 am Link to this comment

As we approach the countdown point of an evil era, unprecedented in modern human history, who I want to be in charge of the inevitable crash of America?!

“No bird soars too high but by the law of gravity must fall down to the ground.” This is an old Arabic proverb I would like to use as a metaphor, combined with another metaphor of yesterday’s incident of the US Airways soft crash in the Hudson river, to suggest a rescue plan for America from the crash we are experiencing with our way of life.

America resembles an old bird, with weakened wings, and disoriented vision that has been soaring too high. If it was to be rescued from a deadly crash, it must be brought down in a “miraculous” way through a soft crash.

As is obvious, the answer does not rest in an overrated election that is hoped to bring a miraculous rescue soft landing by replacing the birds white wings with a pair of black ones. It’s obvious that the more things change, the more they stay the same if we get miraculously lucky and they don’t get worse.

So my cynical rescue plan involves canceling the last useless election and, by consensus, appoint Captain Chesley Sullenburger, the skilled pilot of the US Airways plane that was softly-crashed in the Hudson river, to replace Barack Obama as our Commander-in-Chief, on the hope that he will use his skills and miraculous good luck to effect a soft crash instead of the inevitable hard one!

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By Louise, January 16, 2009 at 10:21 am Link to this comment

Following this “speech” someone said, “well at least he didn’t mention Israel.” To which I responded, “yes he did.” And here it is:

“The battles waged - are part of a broader struggle between two dramatically different systems. Under one, a small band of fanatics demands total obedience to an oppressive ideology, - and marks unbelievers for murder. The other system is based on the conviction that freedom is the universal gift of Almighty God, and that liberty and justice light the path to peace.”

“- we must continue to engage the world with confidence and clear purpose. In the face of threats from abroad, it can be tempting to seek comfort by turning inward. - In the 21st century, security and prosperity at home depend on the expansion of liberty abroad. If America does not lead the cause of freedom, that cause will not be led.”

“America must maintain our moral clarity. I’ve often spoken to you about good and evil, and this has made some uncomfortable. But good and evil are present in this world, and between the two of them there can be no compromise. Murdering the innocent to advance an ideology is wrong every time, everywhere. Freeing people from oppression and despair is eternally right. This nation must continue to speak out for justice and truth. We must always be willing to act in their defense—and to advance the cause of peace.”

So there you have it. Bush identifies the evil, and the hypocricy that is Israel, then calls for action to stand against it.

Oh, that’s not what he meant?

Probably right. I’m sure he didn’t write this speech, and I’m equally sure he didn’t understand the true implication of one single word he said. So I’m equally sure he didn’t mean anything!

Starting two wars, sending our troops into harms way, without a plan on how to get them out. Organizing a behemoth government agency that is so big, they cant even save a drowning man. Receiving and reading those briefings on the threats to our nation every morning after 9/11, when he never bothered reading them before 9/11. Good examples Bush.

Making tough decisions about an attack HE could have known was coming, had he paid attention. Two wars HE started, with absolutely NO plan. And creating a monster agency, wallowing in the mire of mismanagement, hardly qualifies him as a leader, let alone a responsible, tough decision maker. A reactionary perhaps, but a really slow one!

Maybe, as Big B says, “W was the president we deserved.” “And we have earned the tribulations that are now upon us.”

But for all the discomfort [or comfort] of bad memories, the on-going horror of Israels continued Gaza Genocide ... while we stand idly by ... is only going to guarantee, our slow sinking will soon become, a quick drop to the bottom!

Meanwhile our Congress, passionately motivated to do the right thing ... namely get re-elected ... will keep hiding our life-preservers.

So, while it’s very easy to blame a man who barely understands the English language, and is so impaired he cant even understand accountability, Bush has simply become the excuse so many use to justify doing nothing. It is well past time we send a clear message to Congress: Namely, we can’t focus any more on impeaching Bush, so our new focus has to be on IMPEACHING YOU!

At the very least, ALL of you who enabled Bush by your support and/or inaction!

However, there were a few statements made, that need endorsement:

“This is a tribute to those who toil night and day to keep us safe—and the men and women of the United States Armed Forces.—Our nation is blessed to have citizens who volunteer to defend us—selfless patriots and their families. And America owes you a debt of gratitude.”

And we do! But remember Mr. Bush. You can not piggy-back your way into a memorable legacy on the backs of the true heros. We will not allow that!

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By xyzaffair, January 16, 2009 at 9:51 am Link to this comment
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Hey, come on, 30,000 people were saved from rooftops by helicopter drivers during Hurricane Katrina!  So what if FEMA paid a private company to devise a disaster plan that was never implemented and private contractors were paid $150 a square foot to install roof tarps, and they paid their workers $2.50!

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By felicity, January 16, 2009 at 9:41 am Link to this comment

It is (painfully) obvious that Bush has always seen and will always reflect on his presidency as a huge success.

Within the inner confines of the Washington establishment, it was known that Bush’s appetite for extra-legal power was insatiable and his willingness to abuse the justice system was boundless. Allowed (by Congress, Justice and the American people) to reign accordingly, his presidency was a success.

His personna can best be depicted from an account of Xerxes, the ancient Persian ruler, described as a man of swaggering cruelty, alternating with childish petulance and sudden, sentimental paroxsms of tears.

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By dick, January 16, 2009 at 9:15 am Link to this comment
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Bush is the arrogant, ignorant, fool voted into office twice, by an apathetic, infantile electorate.

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By elpapa, January 16, 2009 at 8:54 am Link to this comment
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It’s sad to think we live in a generation where our parents are the ones that uphold the legacy of their children, and not the children upholding the legacy of their parents.

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By Fadel Abdallah, January 16, 2009 at 8:33 am Link to this comment

This Evil-in-Chief took us to Iraq to meet a fabricated artificial enemy, and yet we learned that the enemy is us, misled and misguided by our Enemy-in-Chief!

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By RickinSF, January 16, 2009 at 7:35 am Link to this comment
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He has the expression of a person who knows some practical joke is being planned for us.

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By KDelphi, January 16, 2009 at 6:17 am Link to this comment

PLEASE let there be the kind of god Bush believes in, and, please let him dole out justice…

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By Bobar, January 16, 2009 at 5:19 am Link to this comment
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Only one word for Bush/Cheney…...KARMA!!!!!!!!

What a relief to get the axis of evil out of DC.

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By ThnkUBush, January 16, 2009 at 5:08 am Link to this comment

As-Sahab, al Qaeda’s media arm, released an audio recording of Osama bin Laden on Jan. 14. The message is the first from bin Laden since May 2008. However, even if the tape were recorded recently (and there is not conclusive evidence that it was), the threats and warnings issued by bin Laden are neither new nor particularly threatening. Issuing messages appears to be all bin Laden can do lately — hardly indicative of the level of capability needed to maintain recruiting efforts and ensure al Qaeda’s position as the vanguard of the militant Islamic movement.

Bin Laden and the core al Qaeda leadership (known as al Qaeda prime) do not matter much anymore, beyond their symbolic power. The continual release of statements without attacks means that these tapes are falling on deaf ears. Al Qaeda prime has failed to pull off an operation since the London bombings in 2005 — and even that attack appears to have involved only a tangential link to the grassroots jihadist network behind the plot. Even in South Asia, where al Qaeda is active, it relies heavily on local and regional allies for cover. Bin Laden has become an old revolutionary who refuses to retire though his time has passed.

Bin Laden (and other al Qadea prime talking heads) will continue to make these tapes and, given that the al Qaeda leader has orchestrated successful attacks in the past, some will continue to listen to him. But without a major action to back up his threats, bin Laden’s influence over the militant Islamist movement will fade. However, this does not mean the militant Islamist movement itself will fade. As the actions of groups like Hamas and Hezbollah (and Hezbollah’s patron, Iran) show, plenty of people are prepared to become the world’s top Islamist militant.

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By ThnkUBush, January 16, 2009 at 4:11 am Link to this comment

Thank you

Thank you President Bush for your part in capturing or killing over 2/3 of the men and woman responsible for planning and carry out the Sept. 11 attacks. Thank you for forcing Usama bin Laden, Dr. Zawahiri and Mullah Omar into a state of effectual disconnect from operational control. Thank you most of all for any part you played in preventing another such attack.

Thank you for your part in severing numerous global terrorist network banking and financing venues.

Thank you for focusing as you did on global narco-terrorism which had proven to be one of the most effective vehicles in acquiring moniess to train Ansar Al-Islam, Asbat al -Ansar and the Ansar al-Sunnah Army.

Thank you for your unabashed and unapologetic belief that ridding the world of Saddam Hussein was of the highest priority after 9/11. Taking in the lessons of what’s possible for a relatively small number of people to accomplish when murder is the goal was solid reasoning on your part. You displayed in short order that you understood some of our most ardent and dangerous enemies.

Thank you for signing the Patriot Act after it’s passing overwhelmingly in the House and Senate. Thank you for continually following the Patriot Act after the democratically controled Congress re-autherized the Act in 2006 and again in 2007. Thank you for informing party leaders on government progress every step of the way. You helped to display that it was a group effort amongst almost 100 Senators and several hundred House Members.

Thank you for being one of a handful of world leaders who say what they mean and mean what they say.  I didn’t always agree with you but, it seems a rare quality at times.

Thank you for being the most forceful voice amongst a small number who kept the pressure on the United Nations when it came to Sudan. You were the very first to respond with humanitarian aid and never hesitated to engage other African nations to get invloved. Your White House has been a true leader in the area.

Thank you for the Millennium Challenge Mr. President. You, and the many good men and woman around you, have quit literally saved millions of lives.

Thanks to all the men and woman who have worked in your administration. You are all heroes.

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By Shift, January 16, 2009 at 4:01 am Link to this comment

His Lunacy will be remembered for his lies, deceit,  theft, mass murder, and a stupid smile.

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By j joel, January 16, 2009 at 3:14 am Link to this comment
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‘Murdering the innocent to advance an ideology is wrong every time’ - Therefore Israel is wrong every time it murders a child. And yes, America aids and abets these crimes. It also is wrong every time. But Mr George Bush is right when he says there is good and evil in the world. The great pity was he lacked the intelligence to differentiate between one and the other. Maybe he got it right 50% of the time?

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By JimBob, January 16, 2009 at 1:52 am Link to this comment

Really.  Did you watch it?  I sure didn’t.  I haven’t been able to listen to his scratchy little corn-pone voice for years, now.  Guess I’ll have to wait ‘til his book comes out. 

Not.

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By Chapeau, January 16, 2009 at 12:04 am Link to this comment
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espaz - my sentiments exactly!

That’s why I no longer even watch clips of O’LIElly, Hannity, really just Fox in general, Ann Coulter—but you get the gist ... good riddance to bad rubbish.

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By simonhhh, January 15, 2009 at 11:34 pm Link to this comment
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This disgusting little dry drunk, pre senile dimentia, pychopathic wretch [along with all the usual suspect cronies] visited evil on America and the rest of the world for eight long insufferable and disturbing years…

I agree, “W was a shadowy reflection of us” for lacking the gumption to do anything about it…

It really, really sucks….

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By Kito, January 15, 2009 at 10:05 pm Link to this comment
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Was it just me or for the whole 13 minutes did he look like he wanted to burst out laughing because he knows the load of crap coming out of his mouth is so unbelievable yet so many people are too ignorant to know any better.The only extremist terrorism that is really going on is by America and Israel…funny that everyone else can see it, and they can’t!

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By Fadel Abdallah, January 15, 2009 at 9:41 pm Link to this comment

Nothing ever made me sick like seeing the face of this devil-in-chief or listening to his serial lies. The experience has always made me feel like throwing up, and actually in few instances I did threw up and fell sick. However, I forced myself to listen to his final official words because I hope to write a book on the atrocities and crimes he committed by way of trial in a court of intellectual court since, thanks to the travesty of justice this country’s injustice system has become, this criminal will never face a real trial in a court of justice.

And the most disturbing thing I came out of this last testing experience is more and wondering and doubts about the contradictions of the entity and system that gave this low creature the opportunity to rule this country like a little evil emperor for eight long years.

Then I narrow the focus of my wondering on the fact that this evil one started his evil career by swearing on a Bible and invoking the name of God, and his last formal speech ended with a statement invoking again the name of God. And between his first invocation of God and his last one, this shadow of a man spent his career in the service of great Satan!

I end my post with a question directed to those who believe that this country is built on the idea of the separation of state and religion, why is it so that the most important political theatrics start with the invocation of God and religion and end with it?! And why this will continue even more pronounced under Obama, the supposedly liberal and more secular would be president, who had actually invited two religious personalities to preside over religious invocations as he starts his presidency?!

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By Big B, January 15, 2009 at 8:55 pm Link to this comment

W was the president we deserved.

When we were a powerful, prosperous, nation the rest of the world looked upon us as those gun toting, bible thumping cowboys, with a can do attitude and a spirit that infected the rest of the world. Now the rest of the world looks at us as a violent, backward land filled with fat, drunk gun toting bible thumping cowboys. Other nations no longer want to emulate us. They now treat us like a crazy old relative that lives on the second floor, muttering about how great things were, all the while sitting in a wheelchair, shitting our pants. Our friends in Europe and Canada and Japan are looking forward to the challenges of the 21st century, while we look back, trying to recapture the glory of days gone by.

And we have earned the tribulations that are now upon us.

We stood idley by and watched our businesses and our government march us hand in hand to the edge of the abyss. Did we complain, did we protest? Heck no! We were too worried about our credit ratings and what hollywood stars ate for breakfast, all the while we tortured people, starved people, blew them up.

We are a pathetic lot. And we deserved the last eight years. Just like rehab, only by hitting bottom and admitting our faults can we ever hope to turn our once great nation around. But we are americans, what are the odds that we will admit to our transgressions and deal with them?

W was a shadowy reflection of us.

Sucks, huh?

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By espaz, January 15, 2009 at 7:49 pm Link to this comment
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i’m sitting here eating my dinner looking at the link of W’s fairwell address and i’m asking myself, “do i really want to watch this?”  frankly, the answere is no.  god it’s been a difficult eight years and i can’t really bear to hear this person speak.  it’s actually been quite a while since i’ve sat through any of his press conferences or other addresses.  i just end up getting angry every time i listen to the guy. as cheap trick says in one of their songs, “syanora seniorita fairwell bye bye”

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