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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Presidents Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Jimmy Carter saluted the legacy of President George W. Bush Thursday, at the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, Texas.

All five living presidents were in attendance at the event, and largely shelved partisan politics to praise President Bush’s character and work to promote global health. The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), was repeatedly singled out for emphatic praise.

President Bush “increased his assistance to Africa until the time he went into office to more than $90 billion. That’s an increase of 640 percent,” Carter noted during his speech. “That is something that is dear to my heart and I know means a lot to millions of people in Africa. I am filled with admiration for you and deep gratitude for you.”

Clinton concurred, saying that no Democratic president could have passed PEPFAR through Congress, and Obama praised “the compassion that [Bush] showed by leading the global fight against HIV/AIDS and malaria, helping to save millions of lives.”

President Obama injected some domestic politics into his speech, praising the 43rd president for forming a bipartisan coalition in an ultimately unsuccessful attempt to reform America’s immigration system.

“Now seven years ago, President Bush restarted an important conversation by speaking with the American people about our history as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants,” Obama said. “And even though comprehensive immigration reform has taken a little longer than any of us expected, I am hopeful that this year, with the help of Speaker Boehner and some of the senators and members of Congress who are here today, that we bring it home for our families, and our economy, and our security, and for this incredible country that we love.”

“And if we do that,” he added, “it will be in large part thanks to all the hard work of President George W. Bush.”

With the exception of immigration reform, Obama mostly declined to offer judgement on Bush’s governing record. Instead, he praised Bush’s character, calling him “a good man.”

“Mr. President, for your service, for your courage, for your sense of humor and most of all for your love of country, thank you very much,” Obama said.

Clinton also praised Bush’s character, in a humor-laced speech that often resembled a roast more than a dedication. Clinton began by musing that the library is the “latest, grandest example of the eternal struggle of former presidents to rewrite history,” and went on to crack jokes about Bush’s paintings, his “disarmingly direct” nature, and the fact that Bush may have recorded some of their conversations about politics during his time in office.

“Dear God, I hope there’s no record of those conversations in this vast and beautiful building,” Clinton said to laughter.

  • This is a man who should be tried as a mass murdering war criminal, not honored in any way, shape, or form.

    • babybee27

      Agreed. But it’ll never happen. We’d have to indict congress, dems too, with him.

    • onedonewong

      Clinton was absolved by a democratic senate for his massacre of hundreds of women and children in Waco and the death of a woman and child at Ruby Ridge

  • Next week in Tallahassee Florida DWI Bush will be attending the naming ceremony of a line of Port-O-Potties for the homeless.
    The George Bush Memorial Dump Station. Has a nice ring to it.

    • onedonewong

      Yea tell that to the folks in Boston who were told al-Qaida is done and we are safe from terrorists

      • Independent1

        More dumb comments from the dumber than dumb.

      • onedumbwongs smalldingdong

        Hmm, Boston….Tea Party…..I’m there dude! Oh wait a minute, they are all a bunch of liberals! I’m not there! I bet they don’t even play Rush Limbaugh there.

  • charleo1

    Well, I think we can safely say, the G.W. Bush years brought to reality,
    many long held dreams. The rich finally got a tax break large enough
    as to threaten the solvency of Social Security. The Neocons finally got
    their invasion of Iraq. And a deregulated, Wall Street, was able to make
    billions of dollars, lose trillions, bankrupt the Country, and come out
    the other side, bigger, and richer than ever before.

    • RobertCHastings

      And really too big to fail, now.

    • MerryMarjie

      Thanks! That was a good, concise appraisal of the Worst-President-Ever-Years.

      • Independent1

        I used to think the same thing, that Bush jr. was the worst president ever; until I realized that he, like his father, were only following in the footprints of an even worst president – Ronald Reagan. It’s Ronald that brought us the trickle-down economics fantasy and the tax cuts and budget cuts will spur the economy fantasy, that Bush Sr and Bush Jr. emulated while they were in office. And both of them also picked up Ronny’s nonsense about keeping 25-50% of spending out of their budgets so the spending wasn’t easily tracked – this allowed them to run up huge deficits while they were in office: Reagan more than doubled the deficit while he was in office – from 800 billion to 2.3 trillion. Bush sr. almost doubled it from 2.3 trillion to 4.3 trillion. Despite Clinton’s efforts to bring spending down (he did govern with 3 years of surpluses), the deficit increased during his two terms because of interest charges to 4.9 trillionj, and then Bush Jr more than doubled it to 12.3 trillion with his last budget of 10/1/08 to 09/30/09; Which despite cutting the budget for 3 straigh years Obama couldn’t stop from going up because of the 1.6 trillion deficit spending Bush jr. passed him.

    • onedonewong

      and Barak and his minions managed to add $10 Trillion to the national debt in just 6 years

      • Independent1

        More lies from the dumber than dumb. Records show that the only deficit increase actually chargeable to Obama is less than 1 trillion for legislation that he actually signed; but then you don’t even know which way is up so I guess we have to forgive you for trying to shift some of the 10 trillion Bush actually did run up to Obama.

      • onedumbwongs smalldingdong

        Or maybe it’s $6 Trillion in just 10 years. Sean Hannity gives me a riser!

    • Yeah. Those were the wonder years for Bush. But for us, we don’t need to look too far for some fond memories. just look around you.

  • I see where Laura said, “This library is important because George was the first president of the twenty first century.” First should be “worst,” and twenty first should be “any.”

    • Sand_Cat

      There’s something ironic about a “library” dedicated to a lazy, ignorant rube who “preferred to have other people read books and tell him about them,” if I may use an approximate quote.

      • onedonewong

        as opposed to some one who was a quota admission and who’s only accomplishment at Harvard was playing the air guitar and selling dope

        • Independent1

          It’s pretty tough to graduate in the top 10% of your class Magna Cum Laude if all you did was play the air guitar – guess that’s what you think because the only thing between your ears is air.

          • exdemo55

            Didn’t Obama say we had 57 states?

        • As opposed to being a really fine cheerleader and mascot?

        • onedumbwongs smalldingdong

          My accomplishment at Harvard was not being accepted, but instead I got my political science degree by correspondence at Limbaugh city college of the farts.

  • Freedom is a gift from God? He must be a Republican, they are given it all. The rest of us have to fight for it.

    • Independent1

      I’m afraid God wouldn’t give anything to the largest anti-Christian organization in America – the GOP (aka the American Mafia). If the GOP has been given anything it was from the Devil for promoting his agenda.

  • Considering the fact that the poll that shows George W. Bush popularity rising was made by the same people who predicted Mitt Romney’s landslide victory, I’ll take its results with a grain of salt. I may disagree with most Republican policies and decisions, but I don’t think they are stupid.

    The only positive thing I learned about Bush’s post-presidential endeavors is that he has taken up painting, and completed a “masterpiece” that highlights his toes while taking a bath. Watch out Rembrandt, a misunderestimated artist is right on your toes.

    • onedonewong

      Yea and the same polls show that barak is competant

      • onedumbwongs smalldingdong

        I have the numbers to prove this. I’m the angry poll man.

  • The Bush “Library” is a Joke! The man can hardly say the WORD, let alone READ! Wasting hard earned money to build a memorial to this Cretin is just another mistake in his misbegotten tenure on this Planet. He STILL believes he has a “Legacy” and that his regime did nothing wrong! Reality Orientation is a thing devoutly to be wished for when it comes to Bush & Co. Let’s see, “Mission Accomplished”., “Good Job Brownie”, UNPAID for Pre-emptive War against TWO (2) Sovreign Nations that had NOT attacked us, TORTURE of enemy combatants, disappearance of MILLIONS in CASH from the Pallets they sent over there with NO oversight, murder and maiming of thousands of our Military Personnel as well as Tens of Thousands of Iraqi and Afghani Civilians. This man deserves no honor. He HAS no honor!

    • onedonewong

      Hmm and yet is College transcripts showed that he was smarter than both Kerry and Gore and twice as smart as Barak

      • Independent1

        I doubt seriously that Bush graduated Magna Cum Laude from a law school like Obama did – you’re dumber than dumb. Stick your head you know where.

      • Independent1

        Not only are you making dumb comments, you’re lying: Al Gore had considerably higher SAT scores than Bush and he had grades at Harvard in the As and Bs which is something Bush never had at Yale.

      • Thanks to mommy and daddy Bush, unless you’re talking about his high scores for being a damned good cheerleader and mascot.

  • DurdyDawg

    To me, all this indicates is that co-harts always stick together and our hidden master(bator)s play games according to their agenda. This is a slap on the ass to all knowledgeable Americans. So here’s yet another library that will obviously be linked to Orwell.. Right now it’s said that Dubya’s library can accommodate only one curiosity seeker at a time.. I wonder why? Maybe to convince us that he was actually misunderstood (or to give the impression that our citizens will always wait in long lines, even for certified losers).. I do know one thing.. People do have short term memories.

    • onedonewong

      The towel boy there will be barak as soon as his term of disaster is over

      • Independent1

        A disaster that has the stock market at it’s highest level in history; has the unemployment rate at the lowest level in 5 years which could be much lower if the GOP hadn’t sat on his jobs plan for more than 2 years; has America out of Iraq saving hundreds, maybe thousands of American soldier’s their lives; has the war in Afghanistan winding down, has the auto industry back humming again producing cars and hiring thousands of workers, with more jobs created in the past 3 months than Bush was ever able to create in a year; if Obama’s term has been a disaster than there are no words to describe the abysmal 8 years that George Bush was in office.

      • onedumbwongs smalldingdong

        I use towels if I run out of tissues after listening to Rush Limbaugh and Michael Savage back to back.

    • Wow. That’s a well built shit house. Most representative of it’s namesake.

  • charleo1

    Tomorrow George Walker Bush will recede from the headlines, much to
    the chagrin of Democrats, and Progressives. Who would love to spend
    perhaps another week cussing, and discussing, the various foibles, and
    fiascos Many of them, like the Iraq War, will continue to affect the state
    of the Country, and indeed, the world, years into the future. But, I think
    the most remarkable thing about the Bush Presidency, because of the
    terrorist attacks, on 9/11, perhaps no Administration’s agenda, certainly
    since FDR, has been able to enact it’s policies with such an exactness.
    An opportunity rare for a President. To say I shall do this, and Congress
    quickly moves, in a time of peril, to support their President. It is for this
    reason, that President Bush himself, must accept the lion’s share of
    responsibility, for leaving the Country so much less than, how he found it.

  • onedonewong

    Gee no complements from the #1 and #2 worst presidents ever….barak and jimmy shocked shocked I am. W’s library was built with private donations, Clinton on the other hand used parole and pardons to finance his.
    Barak has already found land in Kenya to build his

    • Independent1

      Sorry but Reagan and Bush top the list of worst presidents ever – no president has so disasterously impacted America like President Disaster himself Ronald Reagan. His trickle down economics fantasy, his tax cuts and budget cuts will spur the economy fantasy and his keeping 25-50% of his spending out of his budgets has created the economic problems that America faces today. The Reagan presidency was the biggest disaster to hit America in its history – and that is followed very closely by the Bush jr. debacle that not only ended up unnecessarily killing almost 10,000 American soldiers but also in adding another 10 trillion to the almost 5 trillion that Reagan and Bush Sr. added to our debt.

    • onedumbwongs smalldingdong

      I have the numbers to prove this. I always have numbers.

  • It’s amazing how many supporters there are of GW. He may be a well intentioned individual but how can they turn a blind eye to his disastrous policies? And isn’t there a point in time where you can separate the individual’s intentions and connect them to his actions? The problem with the Bush year’s is that he was given a free pass and not challenged by Republicans and Conservatives, at least until his economic policies revealed themselves to be calamitous. Then fiscal Conservatives left but that wasn’t enough. There is no way rewriting his White House years can be turned into a success. And his remarks reveal a simplistic mind. “I believe that freedom is a gift from God and the hope of every human heart,” the former president said. You can’t transition from a military dictatorship (Saddam) to democratic freedom instantly. With no foundations or institutions every instance of this led to chaos and the replacement of one despotic government by another. Take any example, the French Revolution brought chaos and Napoleon. The Russian Revolution brought Marxism and Communism. The Cuban Revolution brought Castro and his repressive regime. The Iranian Revolution brought us Khomeni’s theocratic tyranny. Where were the historians, the people who read and take the lessons of history and learn from them? Even the ‘Arab Spring’ has brought about nothing but another despotic government, this time Mubarak was replaced by the Muslim Brotherhood. Democracy and freedom can’t be wished into existence.

    • Independent1

      I wish I could give George Bush the benefit of the doubt about being a “well intentioned individual”, but sadly I cannot not. No one does all the deliberately nefarious things that George did with Dick Cheney and be ‘well intentioned’. George tried to play the game like he was well intentioned (at least in the minds of millions of American citizens who really pay little attentioned to world happenings that don’t directly affect them or their pocketbook).
      But no well intentioned president, focuses only on the intelligence information he’s given that fits his agenda – a desire to attack another country – in this case Iraq; and in my mind for two reasons: to fulfill a vedetta he has because the leader of that country tried to kill his father (at the end of the Gulf War); and in an effort to channel monies to industries which he and his vice president have close ties with.
      And no well intentioned president, deliberately ignores 7 warnings from the CIA that an imminent attack is coming to the homeland by al Qaeda; refusing to grant them permission to focus their attention on preventing that attack, probably because he doesn’t want to detract them from the last mission he’s given them: find me

  • The only reason democracy worked in America was that Great Britain had democratic institutions and laws and the colonists, either from England or in America, benefited from the tradition of those laws and that history. Had Great Britain imparted greater autonomy and not tried to suck the American colonies teat dry, America would have remained a loyal colony for many more years, until westward expansion proved the necessity for a break from Great Britain. American foreign policy in the 1940s and 1950s didn’t believe democracy to be the best form of government in South America because the poverty of under-educated masses would inevitably be driven to either socialism or Communism.

    • charleo1

      Great Britain treated all it’s colonies like they were meant to be
      plundered for the Crown. And, a lot of the way America thought
      about South America, had to do with corporations like United Fruit.
      Which accounted for both the lack of education, and the poverty.
      The Socialism, and Communism, were the result of the U.S.
      setting up dictatorships, and funding the armies, of hand picked
      strongmen. Often, after we had ousted the democratically elected
      leaders.

  • The only reason democracy worked in America was that Great Britain had democratic institutions and laws and the colonists, either from England or in America, benefited from the tradition of those laws and that history. Had Great Britain imparted greater autonomy and not tried to suck the American colonies teat dry, America would have remained a loyal colony for many more years, until westward expansion proved the necessity for a break from Great Britain. American foreign policy in the 1940s and 1950s didn’t believe democracy to be the best form of government in South America because the poverty of under-educated masses would inevitably be driven to either socialism or Communism.

  • AlfredSonny

    Will there be a picture of Alfred Neuman in the Baby Bush shrine?

  • “Damn, it smells like sulphur in here!”