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Friday, September 30, 2016

Like all such monuments that former presidents construct to edify the public, the George W. Bush Presidential Center – opened with great ceremony in Texas yesterday — is mounted from its subject’s point of view.

My own invitation to the festivities must have been lost in the mail, so I have yet to view the super-cool interactive exhibitions that reportedly allow visitors to become “the decider” on Iraq and other debacles. But the point seems to be that the 43rd president came under sustained pressure and, if he screwed up to an unprecedented degree, then he doesn’t think you or I would have done any better.

That pointless comparison would no doubt elicit Bush’s trademark smirk. He is said to feel well-satisifed with himself, no matter what the world thinks.

Still the overall tone of the remarks by President Obama, former President Clinton, and others who attended the library dedication was appropriately generous, as befits such a civic occasion in a democracy – even in honor of a man who ascended to office by trampling democratic values. Obama drew attention to the good works that Bush did to combat HIV/AIDS while in office, perhaps his single most important achievement, as did Clinton, who also generously praised Bush’s fitful effort to reform immigration and his work with Clinton in post-earthquake Haiti.

But does that mean Bush may now take for granted the verdict of historians, many of whom consider him America’s worst president? Not so fast, please: There are a few salient questions that Bush (or at least his library) ought to address before the rehabilitation begins.

Everything changed abruptly after September 11, 2001, as the Bush library depicts so dramatically – but what should have changed in the White House before that horrific day? Why did Bush and Cheney ignore the warnings about al Qaeda delivered by Bill Clinton, Richard Clarke, and other authoritative figures when he took office? What were they trying to conceal when the Bush White House first opposed and then tried to weaken the 9/11 Commission?

Why did he and Dick Cheney (barely mentioned in the Bush library, according to NBC’s David Gregory) permit Osama bin Laden and the Taliban’s Mullah Omar to escape from Tora Bora after allied forces invaded Afghanistan? Was it wise to neglect the Afghan conflict while launching an invasion of Iraq?

The library portrays Bush as a dauntless advocate for “freedom” around the world. But did the invasion and occupation of Iraq establish liberty in that country and if so, for whom? Why is the authoritarian Shiite government in Baghdad now among the closest allies of the theocratic dictatorship in Iran? (And wasn’t that a predictable outcome of Bush’s Iraq policies?)

Finally, do the library’s exhibits or archives mention anywhere the hundreds of thousands of people killed, crippled, wounded, and driven from their homes as a consequence of the Iraq invasion? Is any attention devoted to the total financial cost of the war, last estimated to be approaching three trillion dollars?

Those traumas will always haunt the Bush presidency, no matter how many coats of red-blue-and-whitewash are applied in Dallas during the years ahead. And that is why Barbara Bush, his acerbic mother, sounded so wise when she said of the potential presidential candidacy of his brother Jeb, “we’ve had enough Bushes.”

Photo credit: AP/David J. Phillip

  • Archie’s Boy

    Not only have we “had enough Bushes,” as verago Barbara Bush said, we had one too many.

    • Pi_Boson

      There is a historic cocaine room in the
      basement of the library, a relic from his White House, Governorship, and
      pre-baseball owner days. Also on display is the aborted fetus of his college
      girlfriend that George W and George H.W saved for posterity.

      • lana ward

        You’re a sick bastard. Not funny at all. Your little black boy in my WH is the one who does cocaine

        • Independent1

          Don’t tell me you weren’t aware that Georgie Boy was an enormous lush and drug user before thinking about running for president!! Lana you’re slipping!! I thought you knew everything!!

          • lana ward

            I used to be a lush years ago to, so what. Everyone has a past. Obama is still doing cocaine and he still loves murdering babies.He’s a morbid ghool. He beheaded his classmate Darsano Rahardjo, when he was in Indonesia!! No wonder he loves murdering babies. Gets him excided

    • sunmusing

      Great avatar…that was how I always imagined Georgie contemplating whether or not to play golf or bomb Iraq….

      • Archie’s Boy

        It’s more fun than contemplating one’s navel, and more useful too…
        ;-D

    • Sand_Cat

      Make that two, with possibly another to go.

      • plc97477

        We can hope not.

    • plc97477

      If not 2 too many.

  • The problem for George W. Bush and his supporters has little to do with the effectiveness of his presidential library to project an illusion of Nirvana or the efforts being made by his supporters to paint the most pathetic president in moder history into a victim of circumstances and a “war hero”, the real problem is his misdeeds and the fact that people do have a tendency to remember.
    In any case, the only bushes I want to see are the ones I trim.

    • RobertCHastings

      Historically, at least in recent history, Americans have notoriously SHORT memories, unless you are trashing the other guy’s choice for president, and then just brief periods of intervening time seems to effect historical accuracy.

    • plc97477

      I make one small exception for Elizabeth Colbert Busch and that is only cus she spells if differently.

  • Eleanore Whitaker

    Prediction: US History will show that George W. Bush was not the president…Cheney was. And pray tell, why wasn’t Herr Cheney at this presidential library launch? We know why. That lunatic didn’t dare show his face at anything Bush these days. It would divulge the realities that Bush was set up to march to Herr Cheney’s tune.

    No American with any real intelligence can possibly see George Bush as anything but part of the Cheney war machine. It was a set up from the minute in 1994 that the GOP wouldn’t put Cheney out there for president. Cheney and Rumsfeld let’s not forget go back to their Nixon Administration days. Nixon? The man who took orders from no one? And had to resign in disgrace? A fact the genius bois of today’s GOP want erased from history? So the next GOP president’s were all going to be men who took their marching orders from the shadowy power machine of the GOP. The GOP knew Reagan was too old and possibly suffering from Alzheimers. So much the better to take over the White House. George H.W. Bush, was another GOP soldier who took marching orders without question and ended up with one term. His son fit right into the GOP Power machines need in 2001 for a president who already had 2 failures to his record, had a GOP dynastic name and all he had to do was to agree to put Cheney, Halliburton’s CEO in as VP and the rest is history. Cheney also fit into the GOP Power machine’s agenda…A tough as nails CEO who only knew how to give orders, pull off skankery behind the scenes and run the presidency from his back room office. Thanks to Cheney, Bush ’43 is our very own Pagliacci, the sad clown.

    So

    • newhopes

      Well said, but I would call it the “Cheney Money Machine.” His wars are waged to acquire power and money—his first loves!

    • CPAinNewYork

      Well written. Very eloquent. In fact, it’s too eloquent as a description of a total piece of garbage like Dubya Bush. Aside from Cheney, the neocons and the Philadelphia Flyers, I cannot think of anything that I hate more than George W. Bush.

      • LOL! I, too, share all of your hates, including the Flyers!

      • DirkVanden

        Cheney, maybe? Hating W is like hating Charlie McCarthy.

        • CPAinNewYork

          Hating “W” is legitimate, because he’s not the imbecilic idiot that everyone thinks he is. He possesses a certain “peasant cunning.” He’s dangerous.

          • DirkVanden

            I share your hatred, but to what end? We’ll never try him as a war criminal, which he is, in my opinion. But I blame it on his “Born Again Christianity.” Bush truly believed that he had been selected by God to fight & win Armageddon. Cheney, another war criminal, in my opinion, encouraged him in his delusion and used W as Edgar Bergan used Mortimer Snerd, pulling the strings & writing the scripts. Bush thought he was doing good and apparently still thinks so. Poor Barbara! imagine how it must feel to be the mother of one of the most despised politicians of all time. “No More Bushes! Please. It hurts too much!”

          • CPAinNewYork

            To what end? Good question. Must there be an “end” to justify hating someone or something?

            I don’t have an “end.” It’s just a visceral reaction to a group of knaves that have killed thousands of people to make millions of dollars in profit.

          • DirkVanden

            What does endless hatred accomplish? Ask a Muslim. I say to this end: Never Let It Happen Again! Lesson Learned.

          • Endless hatred means you won’t listen to a Republican bastard without being reminded as soon as their lips start flapping that NONE OF THEM can be trusted – they ALL are liars and will steal your hard-earned money to enrich the rich even richer.

            It’s you namby-pamby types that forgive (then forget) and let them do it ALL OVER AGAIN. Well screw you and the horse you rode in on.

          • Sorry, CPAinNewYork – make that BILLIONS. Haliburton alone was able to embezzle TENS OF BILLIONS of dollars that they never accounted for.

            That’s what they didn’t account for – just think how much they DID account for (fruadulently). Bet you it was in the trillions.

          • plc97477

            As he showed perfectly for 8 years.

      • Archie’s Boy

        What *he* said! ;-D

      • lana ward

        Alert!!–2 former Indiana Dem party officials have been convicted of voter fraud. Butch Morgan is looking at 22 years in prison and Dustin Blythe could face 75 years. Two co- defendents who plead guilty to felony counts are facing 11-14 years. Obama didn’t qualify to be on the ballot. These scum got him on it. I wondered why a piece of shit that was a nobody and came from nowhere could run for President. The article is at, The Daily Caller. Rahm Emmanual, the end justifies the means. Lowlife murdering thugs, everyone!!!!

        • Bush killed over 10,000 Americans and over 100,000 Iraqi women and children.

          How many did Obama kill?

          • exdemo55

            4 in Bengazi

          • lana ward

            Bill Clinton caused 9/11. He had 3 chances to get Bin Laden but Monica and his cock were more important to him than our National Security!!!

          • rustacus21

            The problem w/many Americans is their misunderstanding w/the basic tenants of our Democracy & where its foundations are rooted. Constantly confusing public policy issues w/the personal, the dysfunction & psycopathy of ignorance & hate severely disable their ability to function in broad civic society, causing them to miss the purpose of WHY the Constitutions authors produced such a huge volume of materials so citizens such as the above, when confused, could reference the Declaration, the Constitution & Bill of Rights & the Federalist Papers, just in case – possibly, their misunderstandings, hate, racism or sheer ignorance could finally be set aside, for the sake of putting nation before SELF!!! The reality is outside the Bush Jr. library. It takes WORK to find IT & the truth. But accepting reality is the primary requisite for establishing truth… Any 1 still unable to “SEE” 2001-2009 for what it ACTUALLY was has problems greater than worries over voter fraud, affairs w/interns or a 2-bit criminal, conflated into super-criminal status by a family friend in hi-public office – whether inadvertent or not!

    • RobertCHastings

      Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz declared war on Irag during the mid 80’s. Their plan for invasion and subjugation was hashed out early on, before Papa Bush even became president, while W was still embroiled with Arbusto.

      • idamag

        They had actually tried to bet Bush, the elder, to stay in the gulf until Hussein had been taken out. Papa Bush had a higher IQ and was not as easily manipulated.

    • Archie’s Boy

      Bush was the ventriloquist’s dummy for that whole cadre of neocons behind him.

    • lana ward

      Bush is more decent than any one part of your little black boy

      • Independent1

        Decent huh!! Is that why he purposely let 3,000 Americans be killed in an al Qaeda attach he refued to let the CIA try to stop?? Because he was so decent? Is that why he let 4,400 plus more Americans die in a war that he perpetrated based on lies and distortions? Because he was so decent? Is that why he passed two unfunded tax cuts knowing that the country couldn’t afford them when it was at war, resulting in him constantly to have to cut Federal subsidies to the states for programs that those really in need depended on?? Because he was so decent? What a crock!! George Bush is one of the two most useless human beings on the planet!! The other one is Mitt Romney!!!

        • lana ward

          Bush is more decent than any Dem. If you can’t tell, then you’re not decent either

          • Independent1

            Coming from a lover of America’s biggest anti-Christian organization the GOP aka the American Mafia. Sorry. you’re making all these nasty comments from a very low position – lover of the Devil’s party.

          • lana ward

            You’re of the Devils party. Satan your leader loves death. The more babies murdered and the bigger the baby, your party drools with excitement

          • It’s a mortal sin to bear false witness, Iana. You’ll burn in hell, you know, right after you die of that breast cancer that’s eating away at you right now.

            Sure hope it hurts really bad before you die.

          • lana ward

            Dems=the party of baby killers!!!

        • idamag

          And you haven’t even begun to touch on the deregulation for the rich corporations. After he pushed us over the edge, let’s hope we can get a finger hold to pull ourselves back up.

        • exdemo55

          Your comments are so hate filled and biased they have ceased to have any credibility.

  • gahoof

    I understand that the Bush Library has a whole section devoted to Weapons of Mass Destruction – but nobody can find it.

    • Pi_Boson

      That is magnificent! The only other thing missing from the new Bush library is non-fiction material.

    • CPAinNewYork

      Beautiful.

    • lana ward

      Bush was right . Iraqs weapons were moved to Syria. Really funny huh. You’re stupid!!

      • JDavidS

        What color is the sky in your world, lana?

        • Independent1

          Lana can’t see the sky. It’s a brainless worm!!

      • YOU’RE the stupid one. If the WMD were such a threat, then why didn’t Bush invade Syria then? You mean to tell me that WAY back in 2003, he knew the WMD had been moved but didn’t lift a finger to get them – but insisted we stay in Iraq even though they weren’t there?

        See, lying doesn’t get you anywhere, Iana, because then you have to explain the OTHER stupidity that you invented. And if you worm your way out of that, ANOTHER one will pop up.

        Face it, Iana – you’re dumber than Bush is to believe him – and remember he’s so stupid he can’t even chew up a pretzel and swallow without choking, passing out and almost (but unfortunately NOT) killing himself.

        • lana ward

          What’s wrong with you?? We didn’t know then that the weapons had been moved–we know now. You’re an idiot!!

  • David Turrentine

    And no answers the Michael Moore’s “allegations” about Bush’s close relations with the Saudis and the bin Laden family.

    • CPAinNewYork

      The close relationship between the Bushes and the bin Ladens explains why Dubya wouldn’t let the Army and Air Force kill Osama when he was in their sights.

      • idamag

        Actually, it was because going after Bin Laden was not one of his goals at the beginning of his presidency. He didn’t take his eye off his original plan the attack went off as planned. It was like he was pulling one of his cute little faces, with a look of confusion on his face, and saying, “Osama Bin who?”

        • CPAinNewYork

          Going after bin Laden was never one of Dubya’s goals.

          • exdemo55

            Baloney!

      • exdemo55

        You have lost your mind!

  • exdemo55

    Donna Brazile, a CNN contributor and a Democratic strategist, is vice chairwoman for voter registration and participation at the Democratic National Committee. She is a nationally syndicated columnist, an adjunct professor at Georgetown University and author of “Cooking with Grease: Stirring the Pot in America.” She was manager for the Gore-Lieberman presidential campaign in 2000.
    (CNN) — Despite the many differences I had with former President George W. Bush on a range of public policy issues, or as he called them, “decision points,” I found common ground with him in one area, simply because we decided to put aside partisanship and do something good.
    Hurricane Katrina’s devastation and the bungled rescue efforts are seared in the national memory. Bush’s “heckuva job” remark turned into a byword for government incompetence and public distrust. The shallowness of it coming at such a terrible and low point left deep wounds that are still healing. That was what it was.

    But rather than rehash all that went wrong, I want to share what I believe to have been President Bush’s determination to follow up on commitments, and the intense, personal, dedicated efforts he made to revive and restore people’s futures. I know what I’m talking about.
    Bush 43: ‘History will ultimately judge’
    Kathleen Blanco, Louisiana’s governor in 2005, asked me to serve on the state’s commission overseeing the long-term recovery from the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina. I’ve kept a close watch over the last eight years.
    Become a fan of CNNOpinionStay up to date on the latest opinion, analysis and conversations through social media. Join us at Facebook/CNNOpinion and follow us @CNNOpinion on Twitter. We welcome your ideas and comments.
    Hurricane Katrina wasn’t one natural disaster: It was a triple whammy of water, winds and lawlessness. An Army Corps engineer on CBS talked this week about Midwest flooding: “Water is the perfect instrument of destruction,” he said. He is so right: Katrina’s waters laid waste to an area the size of Great Britain. Its winds reached 174 mph and, together, they took 1,833 lives.
    Every member of my family was displaced by Katrina. Last year, I lost both my father and sister. But I had them with me that much longer because they were rescued from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. My father, Lionel, left New Orleans only two times in his life. The first was to serve his country in Korea. The second was when FEMA evacuated him to San Antonio, Texas.
    How will history remember George W. Bush?
    My older sister, Sheila — people sometimes thought we were twins, we looked so much alike — was in an assisted care home. Sheila developed a brain tumor in childhood. Brain surgery left her needing help, although she still managed to finish high school and college. When FEMA officials told me it might be weeks before we found Sheila, I was furious.
    Bitterness can corrode the soul. A grudge is like the chains on Marley’s ghost.
    Donna Brazile
    CNN’s Wolf Blitzer made a public plea for nearby citizens to see if the residents had survived. Eddie Rodriguez of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, and our cousin, Keith, a cop, rescued her from the building’s rooftop. Most other residents had left before her. Sheila wouldn’t leave until she saw someone she knew. Like so many others, she was relocated to Baton Rouge.
    My 92-year-old great uncle Henry, a WWII vet, was plucked from another rooftop and transported to Roswell, Georgia, only to suffer a heart attack. All seven of my remaining siblings, my father, uncle, aunts, and other relatives, lost everything in Katrina. I was upset — mad as hell — and disappointed But, I made a decision not to act out — act against Bush — but rather to turn to his administration for help, and to offer my help.
    “Mr. President,” I said, “how can I help you?”
    “Civility,” he said.
    Opinion: Jury is still out on Bush
    Bitterness can corrode the soul. A grudge is like the chains on Marley’s ghost. We can carry these chains in life and they weigh us down. President Obama and former President Bush have been working for eight years to change the atmosphere in Washington, to get Congress to move beyond pride and party.
    Bush understood the need for civility. I joined him despite my frustration because the need was too great for finger-pointing and blame-making.
    Donna Brazile
    So far, not even disasters or tragedies that have united the American people — Hurricane Sandy, Sandy Hook, and Boston — have moved the politicians. Not enough, anyway.
    Bush understood the need for civility. I joined him despite my frustration because the need was too great for finger-pointing and blame-making. He flew to New Orleans and addressed the nation: “Tonight I also offer this pledge to the American people: Throughout the area hit by the hurricane, we will do what it takes. We will stay as long as it takes to help citizens rebuild their communities and their lives.”
    Glimpse at a White House before everything changed
    George W. Bush was good as his word. He visited the Gulf states 17 times; went 13 times to New Orleans. Laura Bush made 24 trips. Bush saw that $126 billion in aid was sent to the Gulf’s residents, as some members of his own party in Congress balked.
    Bush put a special emphasis on rebuilding schools and universities. He didn’t forget African-Americans: Bush provided $400 million to the historically black colleges, now integrated, that remain a pride, and magnet for African-American students. Laura Bush, a librarian, saw to it that thousands of books ruined by the floods were replaced. To this day, there are many local libraries with tributes devoted to her efforts.
    It was a team effort. I’m glad to report the commission I served on went out-of-business in 2010. I’m also grateful and proud to report that President Bush was one of the leaders, and a very important member, of that team. Our recovery can be credited to the civility and tireless efforts of President Bush and other Americans, who united and worked together to help rebuild the Gulf and the place of my birth, New Orleans.

    • whodatbob

      Donna Brazile, the brightest Demodratic stragest, puts a different light on W. I still think he was a bad Ptrsident. Thank you, Donna.

      • plc97477

        He did very few things right but did do some things right.

    • Independent1

      Sorry, I’m not buying your comment about ” President Bush’s determination to follow up on commitments, and the intense, personal, dedicated efforts he made to revive and restore people’s futures.” George Bush never cared about anyone but George Bush. Whatever he did wasn’t to “restore people’s future”. Had he cared about people’s future, he wouldn’t have ignored 7 warnings from the CIA that an attack on the homeland was imminent from al Qaeda which ended up killing more than 3,000 Americans – where are these people’s future? Nor would he have deliberately started a war with Iraq based on lies and distortions of the facts – where are the futures of the more than 4,400 American soldiers who lost their lives in that debacle and the more than 100,000 Iraqis? And for you to stand up for this man because as you say he preached ‘civilitiy’ is just not going to sell it – exactly what would you have expected a president to do in his second term, knowing that he had created one disaster after another for the country in his first term? I know I’m making some terrible decision but don’t get riled up about it!! Wow!! What crass!! George Bush was in a panic trying to save some sense of his legacy and in doing so he made numerous trips to an area that his administration had adminttedly done a terrible job protecting – wow!! Big Deal!!! Guess who paid for all those trips and the work that was done?? You me and every other taxpayer!!!

    • Sand_Cat

      Good luck peddling that horseshit.

    • plc97477

      Some one should tell Donna that he also had people telling him for some time that the area needed work in order to survive a storm like katrina. If the maintenance had been taken care of the damage would have much less.

    • idamag

      If Dubya was your neighbor or friend and you needed his help, I have no doubt he would help you and make sure you got the help you needed. The big problem was that he was not smart enough to be president.

  • David Turrentine

    I was never impressed with either bush presidency, and I live in Texas. While Dumbya may be the worst President in History, HW isn’t far behind.

  • montanabill

    I gather that Conason still thinks that life under Saddam was a good thing for the Iraqi people, who, by the way, had a majority vote for the government they have now.
    I also gather that Conason also had a direct message from bin Laden confirming that he was actually in Tora Bora and had not already escaped into Pakistan. You know Pakistan, that is a place where Obama violated their national security to get bin Laden, which, had it been done by Bush would have been a matter of angst to the Left.

    • idamag

      When the Kurds rebelled, Hussien put them down and 150 lives were lost. At that time, the atrocities that were and are still happening in Darfur and Sudan are far worse than that. Attacking a country under false pretenses and finding those pretenses to be just that and then finding another excuse for the debaucle does not fly. If you go back to HW’s time, Cheney and Rumsfeld wanted the elder Bush to take out Hussien. The elder Bush was intelligent enough to realize we could get into a never ending conflict and a great cost to the nation. He said “no.” His son was not that smart and he was manipulated into the Iraq war by the evil trio, Cheney, Rumsfeld and Rove. It has cost this country a great deal in loss of life, limb, and money.

      • montanabill

        Just so you will not be guilty of underestimating Saddam again,

        en dot wikipedia dot org/wiki Human_rights_in_Saddam_Hussein%27s_Iraq

        • Sand_Cat

          So Bill, when have you ever been concerned about anyone’s rights other than your own? I can just imagine your reaction if Obama or Bill Clinton said we should attack some country because its leaders abused human rights.

          And if indeed some “fraud” put Obama on the ballot in Indiana – help me here, but my guess is Obama lost there anyway – George W. Bush and friends stole the 2000 election outright, and I’m told there’s good evidence that they also stole it in 2004 through massive voter fraud in Ohio (not the kind likely to be prevented by all the Republican “true the vote” efforts), though I’ve not inspected it myself. And according to your analysis about the Boston bomber, since both Bush and Cheney lied egregiously when they took their oaths of office to uphold the Constitution and the laws (even the ones they didn’t like or that didn’t enrich them personally), neither of them was really in office. I guess we had no executive branch for 8 years (and now you want to make that 12 or 16, I gather).

          On top of all that, you (yes YOU, this time) and your friends are trying to steal all future elections by disenfranchising opposing voters.

          • montanabill

            Your made up world is a pretty miserable place.

          • idamag

            You cannot see things objectively. Everything is filtered through your ideology. Several people, from Florida, insisted on a hearing because their right to vote was violated. I watched the hearing on C-span. They presented their evidence. In the end they were told that the supreme court had the final say.
            So tell me, would you protect Democrats right to vote? Br honest and search your soul before you make a decision.

          • montanabill

            The issue has never been about any citizen’s right to vote. It has been about illegals voting, dead voting and people voting multiple times. Plenty of evidence available.

          • idamag

            No, Bill, those people who appeared at the hearing were not illegals. They were not even Hispanic. They were franchised voters. Many of them were veterans. When Choice point was confronted with these violations of voter rights, they said a margin of error of 15% was acceptable.

          • montanabill

            Then you have chosen not pay any attention to the numerous stories out of Ohio, Illinois and Florida that point another direction. Or is this simply another case of only getting selective news reported in your area.

          • idamag

            I did research. First I read all the Republican blogs about the nun and then I read all the Democrat blogs. It is funny that some of this stuff does not reach ABC, CBS, CNN, etc. Yes, I do remember during the election the Ohio AG decided to close early voting in districts that voted heavily Democrat. I do remember another election where they found some Diebold voting machines registering one candidate’s votes only. This does not make it right to use measures to restrict voting. Every person’s right to vote is sacred. If they have a hard time handling the number of votes on election day, then they should have more days and more places to vote. If they insist on photo ID then they should see that it is readily, affordable and easy to obtain. If a disabled person finds it difficult to get to a place to purchase ID, then the ID should come to them. To me, who is not anti-government, every person’s right to vote should never be interfered with.
            I wouI

          • idamag

            The victim’s families, in Iraq, 100,000 of them, did they think they were better off after we attacked their country?

        • idamag

          The Bush Administration did not send troops to Iraq to take out Hussien because he was a bad actor. They sent them in because “there were weapons of mass destruction.” There were also supposed to be chemical weapons and they were also supposed to be buying yellow cake uranium from Libya. All were lies and when the lies came to light, they had to pick another reason for going into Iraq. Millions have been killed in the ethnic cleansing in Sudan and Darfur. If we were going into a country to prevent abuse, wouldn’t you think it would be the country with the most abuse? Hussein was an afterthought and a rationalization. Teacher: You hit Johnny and he didn’t hit you.” Yahbut: Well he pulled a face at me..”.

      • plc97477

        And a big cost to our reputation with the rest of the world.

        • idamag

          You are right. We are not trusted in the Mideast.

  • Riobound

    10,000 copies of “My Pet Goat”?

    • idamag

      There would be three volumes, but he is not through reading that third comic book yet.

  • One thing missing was the symbolic pile of dog shit which is what he left US with when leaving office.
    The nation is such a pile of dog shit no respectable people want to step foot in it.

  • montanabill

    Flash: News you won’t get reading National Memo:

    A jury in South Bend, Indiana has found that fraud put President Obama
    and Hillary Clinton on the presidential primary ballot in Indiana in the
    2008 election. Two Democratic political operatives were convicted
    Thursday night in the illegal scheme after only three hours of
    deliberations in South Bend. They were found guilty on all counts.

    • Independent1

      This wouldn’t be an excerpt from the case you’re talking about would it?
      From a Huffington Post article:

      A jury from Hamilton County, just north of Indianapolis, deliberated for 13 hours before convicting Republican Secretary of State Charlie White on six felony charges. Among other things, White was accused of lying about his address on voter registration forms.

      Indiana law does not allow felons to hold statewide office, and Daniels quickly appointed White’s chief deputy, Jerry Bonnet, as interim secretary of state. But the governor said he was holding off on naming a permanent replacement because a judge could reduce the charge to a misdemeanor, allowing White to regain the office.

    • Independent1

      I also see FoxNews is reporting something about 4 Dems being convicted but since Fox is the only news outlet reporting this supposed conviction – you don’t really expect me to believe it happened yet do you?? If some other news outlet reports it I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt.

    • idamag

      So why aren’t the independent and local stations carrying this story? It would be big, I think.

      • montanabill

        In case you haven’t noticed, very little detrimental to Obama is reported. e.g. Benghazi

  • Desert Rose

    Iraq was a strategic attack: Cheney and his cronies wanted control over the oil and all those “security contracts” he got for Halliburton and associates…America was bilked by these GREEDY creatures and by that caused death and maim to our soldiers…What a disgrace…Cheney and associates should be tried for their misdeeds!!

  • Lynda Groom

    Books?

  • Reverie

    Reading the comments here reminds me why I miss old W. and his buddies. Anyone that can piss off as many mindless Democrat zombies as they did deserves our admiration. Just look at the primitive musings of the class destined to be known by our children as “idiots” and “short sighted”, not to mention “really, really bad at math”! Just remember, blind allegiance to either side is dangerous. We have serious, systemic problems brought on by both sides and you spend your time making snarky comments for the amusement of like-minded zealots adds nothing to the discussion. The National Memo is the FoxNews of the Left.

    • adriancrutch

      At least you get to comment on here! Right wing media had to shutdown most of their pages! The outrageous lies wrecked their servers and blew their hardrives!

    • Sand_Cat

      If you can watch Fox, we can read this. That’s not to say this is the only place we get news. Hell, even zombies need some laughs sometime. No one thinks this is an unbiased source, unlike millions of Fox viewers. If someone actually did an honest and objective study about who fabricated and promoted the most outright lies and complete fantasies as “news,” Fox and other right-wing outlets would all beat the poor old National Memo by a mile!

      And speaking of “blind allegiance” and needing working on both sides, making “snarky comments for the amusement of” your fellow trolls and right-wing zealots helps a lot, too. Since you seem to think we should be working with you to address these “problems” (the coming UN invasion, and the fact that we have a Fascist, Socialist, Communist, Nazi, Muslim Kenyan as president, perhaps?), maybe you should be a bit more civil yourself. I suspect few of us waste time writing nasty comments on your favorite neo-Nazi blog.

      • plc97477

        The studies have been done and found exactly that.

    • midway54

      W and his buddies did a pretty good job on their own in terms of upsetting their disciples…obviously excluding you…because they were nowhere to be found during the Republican Convention and have hardly been mentioned since then.

      • idamag

        Reverie might need a reminder that Bush’s approval rating was 22 and Cheney’s was 5.

    • Reverie

      Based on your replies I hit my mark. You are so sensitive to any criticism you entirely failed to notice by my writing I’m not a Republican. I’m not even a conservative by the modern interpretation. What I am is a critical thinker, voracious reader, debater, cynic and a bit of a Libertarian. Now that I have that out of the way… I have never encountered a problem with posting on right-wing zealot web sites. I have encountered a lot of problems posting to sites owned by Cox Communications. They seem to be pretty sensitive to comment and they are really liberal, left-wing biased. Really, you guys are missing the point that to engage in real solutions we have to drop the snarky, hate filled rhetoric, the blind belief that all things are perfect and right on “my” side and actually be willing to reach a compromise. Instead, we get crap like FoxNews, CNN, MSNBC, National Memo, Rush, Hannity, and others. More balanced and thoughtful commentary is destroyed and run off by this crap and we never solve a damn thing. If you feel put upon by my comments or my thoughts, you are as guilty as all the other bastards out there. I’m not threatened by these comments, just saddened that this just evidences that our decline is permanent.

    • plc97477

      No one calls it “fair and balanced” here, at least.

  • Guest

    The mistake wasn’t necessarily Bush’s choice of Vice President. If you recall, Chaney headed a committee to FIND Bush a running mate and after an exhaustive, if but brief, search, CHANEY FOUND HIMSELF. The mistakes were sort of a domino effect. LOL.

    • midway54

      It seems that the “search” was pure window-dressing. I suspect that Daddy Bush knew well that someone had to be there to guide and prop up Junior and who better than Cheney to do it.

      • idamag

        I don’t think Daddy Bush liked Cheney.

        • midway54

          Even if that be the case, Daddy’s concern about Junior’s presidency would have, in my opinion, trumped his feeling toward Cheney.

  • elw

    There is no way Bush 2 will ever be able to sugar coat the fact that he was a lousy President who took us into two unpaid for wars, enacted an unpaid for entitlement, and merrily lead us into the biggest financial disaster since the great depression, He did it all with a smirk on his face and “Dark Vader” Cheney at his side.

  • The W legacy is simple. It was co-opted by the Neo-Cons. Sad for us. He wasn’t educated at Harvard where he never read books. He was educated by the book readers he surrounded himself with after he was elected. He needed a crash course and the syllabus was assembled by the Dean Dick Cheney and his like minded “intellectuals.” Seems he may have realized too late, that he probably should have had a more comprehensive history of learning at Harvard. When he had the desire to “know,” which usually predates the desire to go to college, he was left with the narrow advice of Neo-Cons in the White House. This group, only one of whom saw any military service, (Rumsfeld) took us to war and created a doozie of a deficit. Chose the programs we funded and set us on the path to fanatical patriotism with no money in the bank. His projects are still not paid for. This is his legacy. (But he’s a real nice guy.)

    • RobertCHastings

      Wasn’t Bush’s career at Harvard made into a movie starring Rodney Dangerfield? I think it was called “Back to School”.

      • Independent1

        Robert, I don’t think George was smart enough to go to Harvard, he only managed to get C grades at Yale (I believe he had a 77 average). It was Gore and Obama who graduated from Harvard; I was surprised that Gore actually got some fairly good grades there (a few Cs but mostly Bs and As) and Obama graduated Harvard law Magna Cum Laude.

        • exdemo55

          Obama never allowed the grades to be released. He has admitted he was a poor student. He only got through because of affirmative action. He said he had visited all 57 states and when he speaks he can’t stay out of trouble without a teleprompter.

  • Sand_Cat

    Why did he permit Osama bin Laden and Omar to escape? Because they were his greatest benefactors, appropriately enough. All he had to do was mention their names to get a few more cowardly Democrats to scramble to support – or at least mute their criticism of – his latest outrage. The country was stupid enough to go for the invasion of Iraq to allow Bush to be a “war president” and strut around in a pathetic attempt to look like the conquering hero after 9/11, but were they really stupid enough to go along without 9/11? I wish I could say “NO” with absolute confidence. Osama certainly made it easier for him.

  • Justin Napolitano

    How about one book?

  • Archie’s Boy

    “Yes, Bush was a terrible president, and no, he was not smart:” http://nym.ag/YVqdwP

    • exdemo55

      He’s smart enough to fly a jet, all by himself. And he knows we only have 50 states, not 57. And he didn’t have to have a teleprompter everywhere he went.

  • exdemo55

    The dedication in Dallas on Thursday of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum has triggered a lot of talk about the legacy of America’s 43rd chief executive, and of the issues that arose between 2001 and 2009. But it should also be a time to reflect on the character of the man who occupied the Oval Office during this century’s first eight years.

    I’m obligated to state the obvious, which is that George W. Bush is hardly flawless. But those who want to focus on his flaws best turn elsewhere, his flaws are greatly overshadowed by his virtues, starting with his moral clarity.

    It was this trait that led him to use all the energy of his office to keep America safe after 9/11. It drove his response to the AIDS pandemic in Africa, where American leadership has saved millions of lives. On issues from immigration to education to stem-cell research, Mr. Bush drew on his understanding of America’s deepest moral commitments. Even his use of phrases like “the axis of evil,” which drove critics batty, was grounded in a true understanding of the North Korean, Iranian and Saddam Hussein-ruled Iraqi regimes.

    But moral clarity without courage is worth little in a political leader, and President Bush possessed courage in abundance. I saw it many times, such as when he touched the “third rail” of American politics, calling for Social Security reform in two presidential elections.

    The most obvious example of his courage as a leader is the Iraq surge of 2007, a policy opposed by nearly every Democrat, many Republicans, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and some members of his own cabinet. The Iraq war was then deeply unpopular with the public. Success was by no means assured. Yet Mr. Bush persevered, put a counterinsurgency plan in place and turned around a war on the edge of being lost. In many respects, this was his finest moment.

    Mr. Bush once said, “Some folks look at me and see a certain swagger, which in Texas is called ‘walking.’ ” Critics saw arrogance, but those around him experienced something different: a man with enough self-confidence to encourage people to say what they believed, especially when their opinions differed from his. But they had to be prepared, since Mr. Bush, an insatiable information collector, did his homework and expected others to have done the same.

    Where Mr. Bush and I differed was in how to treat those who directed political abuse his way. For example, Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid would phone the White House after he had insulted the president—such as in 2005, when he called Mr. Bush “a liar” and “a loser.” He said he didn’t know that his speechwriters had slipped “loser” into his remarks until he delivered them, so he wanted to apologize for using that word (but not for calling the president a “liar”). Mr. Bush didn’t take umbrage. I did. The president felt he had better things to do, starting with handling threats foreign and domestic.

    So Mr. Bush pressed forward on issues from reforming entitlements and the tax code, improving education, reining in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac before they imploded, fixing immigration, strengthening the role of faith-based institutions, modernizing the military, and overhauling our counterterrorism systems. He sometimes made progress and sometimes was stalled.

    But even where he failed, I am confident that solutions he offered—on matters from reforming immigration to injecting choice and competition into entitlement programs—will eventually be embraced by policy makers because they are so sensible.

    Mr. Bush ran in 2000 promising to restore honor and dignity to the presidency. He took seriously the example of John Adams, whose words to his wife Abigail are etched over the fireplace in the State Dining Room in the White House: “I pray heaven to bestow the best of blessing on this house, and on all that shall hereafter inhabit it. May none but honest and wise men ever rule under this roof!”

    In his biography of Harry Truman, David McCullough wrote that CBS newscaster Eric Sevareid “would say nearly forty years later of Truman, ‘I am not sure he was right about the atomic bomb, or even Korea. But remembering him reminds people what a man in that office ought to be like. It’s character, just character. He stands like a rock in memory now.’ ”

    Character is what is being celebrated in Dallas this week.

    • browninghipower

      Is the above a parody or are you really out of your fucking mind?

      • exdemo55

        Every word of the post is the truth. Your hatred and bias prevent you from accepting he is a good man.

        • browninghipower

          Yup…you really a fucking idiot. Please don’t say anymore or you will prove beyond a doubt that you are, indeed, a fucking idiot. On second thought, please continue.

          • exdemo55

            You seem to be a lost soul. Your hatred will only destroy you.

  • JDavidS

    “We’ve had enough Bushes”. No, we’ve had one too many…

  • This Lana person needs facts not fiction, she is really off the Fox News end, brain wash,who can be this ignorant to anything only Bush lover’s, because they have the same stupid ideas & this library was built on LIES””, whats missing in the library 1.THE BIBLE, 2.THE TRUTH””””.

  • “What Might Be Missing From Bush’s Presidential Library”

    His severed head on a platter.