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Posted on Jan 20, 2009
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President Barack Obama, his wife, Michelle, Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, say goodbye to former President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, who left the capital aboard a military helicopter.

Say it with us: former President Bush. After eight crazy years, George W. Bush is escaping to Texas, where he plans to work on his memoirs and, one imagines, clear some brush. He leaves a nation in despair. Perhaps his greatest achievement was scaring America into the arms of Barack Obama. Heckuva job, Bushie.

There is no shortage of postmortems on the Bush presidency. E.J. Dionne and Marie Cocco each have summarized his legacy well. Then there are the number charts, this one by ProPublica, for instance. Very disturbing stuff there. When all is said and done, the most comprehensive indictment of the Bush administration is probably Rep. Dennis Kucinich’s articles of impeachment. The man may have escaped the long arm of the law, but at least there is a record of his crimes.

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By otsidi, January 21, 2009 at 9:18 am Link to this comment
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look at biden saluting the psychopathic criminal….
what can you expect from an self admitted zionist…what a shame, this people look so proper,so elegant, so made up…however they have a gaping hole in their brains and souls.

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By Fadel Abdallah, January 21, 2009 at 7:40 am Link to this comment

It’s time for some humor! Below is the latest joke circulating the blog sphere; if you didn’t read it before, here it is below!
One Sunny Day in January, 2009,..

One sunny day in January, 2009 an old man approached the White House from across Pennsylvania Avenue, where he’d been sitting on a park bench. He spoke to the U.S. Marine standing guard and said, ‘I would like to go in and meet with President Bush.’

The Marine looked at the man and said, ‘Sir, Mr. Bush is no longer president and no longer resides here.’

The old man said, ‘Okay’, and walked away. 

The following day, the same man approached the White House and said to the same Marine, ‘I would like to go in and meet with President Bush.’

The Marine again told the man, ‘Sir, as I said yesterday, Mr. Bush is no longer president and no longer resides here.’

The man thanked him and, again, just walked away. 

The third day, the same man approached the White House and spoke to the very same U.S. Marine, saying ‘I would like to go in and meet with President Bush.’

The Marine, understandably agitated at this point, looked at the man and said, ‘Sir, this is the third day in a row you have been here asking to speak to Mr. Bush.  I’ve told you already that Mr. Bush is no longer the president and no longer resides here.  Don’t you understand?’

The old man looked at the Marine and said, ‘Oh, I understand OK.  I just love hearing it.’ 

The Marine snapped to attention, saluted, and said, ‘See you tomorrow, Sir.’

You see things; and you say ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say ‘Why not?’

-George Bernard Shaw

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By hippy pam, January 21, 2009 at 7:33 am Link to this comment

Maybe this TWO PARTY SYSTEM is the problem…..Dems on one side-repubs on the other-Which ever side has the majority is IN CONTROL and gets to MAKE THE RULES…Could it be better to have NO PARTY???Vote for the person BEST SUITED FOR THE JOB???FIRE THEM if they don’t deliver????Give them a home and food BUT NO UNNECESSARY PERKS….Make the running of this country a BUSINESS….

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By purplewolf, January 20, 2009 at 10:29 pm Link to this comment

Olbermanns show had it right tonight-ex-president and not former president.

Think that Bush will stay retired in Texas? What about that compound he had built in Paraquay?  Can’t let that got to waste. No extradition laws in Paraquay now are there?

He has left the biggest debt aside from Ronald Reagan. The country is a disaster and yet there are those who think G.W. did a fabulous job. There are none so blind as those who will not see. They are called republicans.

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By Patrick Lovell, January 20, 2009 at 9:45 pm Link to this comment
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Before Bush, I thought I was a political junkie, but after 8 years of watching them attack the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the poor, our forests and its wildlife, mountain top removal, the environment in general, torture, science, unnecessary wars, and the deaths of countless numbers of innocent people around the world, bringing the church into secular affairs, the disrepute they brought on our country, and the hundreds of letters and e-mails that I have sent to my representatives over these years, I have been given a new sense of responsibility for our democracy that our founding fathers would be glad to see. That is the awareness that democracy demands our participation and that we must never take it for granted. We must have our voices heard. Mr Obama will get no free pass from me, but likewise the Bush gang should be held accountable for breaking the law as no man is above it. If they are allowed to walk free we have then taken a step further down what must be a slippery slope to end of our great experiment.

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By Chris, January 20, 2009 at 8:51 pm Link to this comment
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The end of the Bush administration does not mean all of the country’s problems will be solved. I’m no fan of the Bush administration but after the Inaugural euphoria ends, Americans are going to want to see results (e.g. Producing viable jobs for the jobless, Serious health care reform). I think what disturbs me about the new administration is that the Goldman Sachs gang is in it (e.g. Geithner, Summers) and that Obama did receive money from some Wall Street institutions for his campaign. I think some of the Wall STreet banks also paid for the Inaugural Balls which I think are in really poor taste right now. I think Inaugural Balls should be done away with. If Balls must be held then do one that is low key and practical.

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By Ed Harges, January 20, 2009 at 5:36 pm Link to this comment

It’s truly astonishing how damaging was the presidency of George W. Bush. Just amazing.

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By don knutsen, January 20, 2009 at 4:55 pm Link to this comment
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Heck of a job Georgey, you managed to just about destroy everything that America once stood for in the eyes of the world. Your popularity nationwide was lower then any other president with a Veep barely in the double digits while you politicized every goverment agency including the justice department. On your watch our economy has tanked, unemployment is rocketing, and you’ve managed to become the recruiter’s posterboy for Al Queda. You’ve commited War Crimes in your attack on Iraq that posed no direct risk to the USA and you have tortured others in our name. Heck of a job Georgy, please accept my one-finger salute to you and all the republican lemmings that proudly goose-stepped behind you. May you eventually be held accountable for the damage you have done.

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By Reubenesque, January 20, 2009 at 4:25 pm Link to this comment

Thank God hubris has finally taken flight.  Would that our new young president lead us to responsible sophrosyne.  It, above all else, is what we and the world needs now.

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By Inherit The Wind, January 20, 2009 at 4:11 pm Link to this comment

I think Bush needs to make one more contribution:

He needs to be fitted for an orange jumpsuit and spend the rest of his life paying for his crimes.  He can have Cheney and Rummy and Wolfie and Turdblossom all for company in The Joint.

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By SteveL, January 20, 2009 at 2:38 pm Link to this comment

Became President twice under vary dubious circumstances and then messed up everything he touched.  Thankfully he is now gone.

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