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November 2, 2008

BUSHIES THROW A PITY PARTY.... After failing in every imaginable way, with the worst approval ratings since the dawn of modern polling, and with a party that wants the president to be neither seen nor heard, the Bush White House is apparently feeling a little sorry for itself.

Others inside and outside the administration ... say the upbeat talk masks disappointment and frustration among many White House staffers, who believe Bush's reputation has been unfairly maligned for a series of calamities -- from the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks to the financial crisis -- that were beyond his control and that he handled well. GOP nominee John McCain's escalating attacks on Bush's tenure have added to the irritation, these people said.

"Everybody kind of wanted to spend the last 100-plus days doing some legacy things, and the financial crisis has thrown a wrench into that," said one prominent Republican who regularly talks with senior White House officials.

"You have a combination of no legacy stuff, a horrible economic mess and the likelihood that Obama is going to win," this person added. "There is a real sadness there."

The Bushies are sad? One wonders whether they can appreciate how the rest of us feel.

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do the words "you reap what you sew" mean anything to these people? Of course it doesn't. Once oblivious, always oblivious.

And Lord knows what types of hidden toxic little 'treasures' are left to be found by whoever inhabits the White House come January.

Posted by: peacefrogx on November 2, 2008 at 10:35 AM | PERMALINK

"Everybody kind of wanted to spend the last 100-plus days doing some legacy things

Like maybe issue executive orders eliminating a bunch of regulations? They're certainly not going to get a lot of help from Congress.

and the financial crisis has thrown a wrench into that,"

We can only hope, but it doesn't seem to be true.

Posted by: Danp on November 2, 2008 at 10:39 AM | PERMALINK

The Bushies are sad? The little surge of joy I felt over hearing that can't be healthy.

Posted by: Raenelle on November 2, 2008 at 10:39 AM | PERMALINK

There has never been a dumber or more incompetent leader than George Walker Bush the 43rd.

Why the hell is the 'W' team concerned about spinning legacy in the last 100 days anyway. The fact that his legacy has to be spun says it all. If Bush had done his job over the past 2,820 days up until now, the positive 'legacy' would have taken care of itself.

Posted by: Jim on November 2, 2008 at 10:40 AM | PERMALINK

sad?

They should be grateful that they're not in jail.

War criminals who got away with thier crimes.

A Pity Party - shows just how twisted their worldview really is.

Posted by: rick on November 2, 2008 at 10:41 AM | PERMALINK

Ditto. What goes around comes around. Karma's a bitch.

Posted by: Kuyper on November 2, 2008 at 10:41 AM | PERMALINK

If they feel like it's all about them, then they shouldn't let the door hit their sorry asses on the way out.

Posted by: low-tech cyclist on November 2, 2008 at 10:42 AM | PERMALINK

"Everybody kind of wanted to spend the last 100-plus days doing some legacy things, and the financial crisis has thrown a wrench into that," said one prominent Republican who regularly talks with senior White House officials.

I have as much sympathy for the people in the White House as I do for for the doctor who still practices blood-letting and is unhappy about his reputation for losing patients, but believes that he is just unlucky to have patients that don't get well. They are completely incapable of believing that they have done anything wrong.


Posted by: SteveT on November 2, 2008 at 10:46 AM | PERMALINK

Republicans don't live in reality. If Reagan can be said (laughingly) to have brought down the Soviet Union (which was collapsing regardless), then of course Bush can be the victim of forces outside his control.

As a footnote: don't forget that all of these people crossing the aisle to support Barack Obama were full-blown enablers of George W. Bush for eight solid years. They did not step up when it mattered, they did not try to wrestle control of the government away from him and his blackhearted VP, and they did nothing to prevent the crises we face today. If they are crossing the aisle as an implicit acknowledgement of their own personal failings that's fine, but these are not heroic acts. These are self-important acts of contrition, and should be viewed as such.

Posted by: The Phantom on November 2, 2008 at 10:47 AM | PERMALINK

Shrub and his crew already have a legacy, and I expect we'll be cleaning up after that legacy for decades.

Sorry the economic crisis has interfered with his staffers' last-ditch efforts to put lipstick on that particular pig, but it would have still been a pig, regardless.

Posted by: low-tech cyclist on November 2, 2008 at 10:48 AM | PERMALINK

Aw, don't feel sad, Bushies...with 80 days left to go, I'm sure your boy still has at least one more major fuck-up left in him!!!

Posted by: Jennifer on November 2, 2008 at 10:52 AM | PERMALINK

"the financial crisis has thrown a wrench into that,"

waaaah! The rich boy doesn't get his second "mission accomplished" moment. The people he fooled have finally seen the boy behind the curtain and those who were behind him are embarrassed at being caught. Who does that leave -- only those so hopelessly stupid and deluded it's a wonder they still know how to breathe.

Posted by: Donna on November 2, 2008 at 10:52 AM | PERMALINK

I think I misinterpreted the phrase "legacy things"
to mean putting a positive spin on Bush's failed 8 year reign.

Perhaps what they really meant by "legacy things" was to concentrate on last minute appointments and other nefarious last minute (and permanent) wrenches in a potential democratically controlled government.

Posted by: Jim on November 2, 2008 at 10:55 AM | PERMALINK

"These are self-important acts of contrition,"

I see it much more as rats doing all they can to save their phony baloney jobs. not to put rats in a bad light, mind you.

Posted by: Donna on November 2, 2008 at 10:57 AM | PERMALINK

"Regrets, there've been a few
but far too few to mention..."

I've always said, he was pelted with eggs on the way in and he'll be pelted with eggs on the way out.

Good riddence.

Posted by: Saint Zak on November 2, 2008 at 10:57 AM | PERMALINK

George W. Bush was the worst president we've ever had in American History. At least to my knowledge--in terms of damage he's done not only to our country, but to our standing in the world.

And it's all because God told him to run for office, and God told him there is evil out there, and God told him to not give damn about anything but ensuring his place on his perfect cloud as looks down and watches the rest of us heathens who did not join his fundamentalist cause burn in hell.
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

BTW, who are these huge 'Undecideds?' Nine percent in Pennsylvania? What are they undecided about? That's really alarming!

Posted by: on November 2, 2008 at 10:58 AM | PERMALINK

You're feeling triumphant but we'll see how it is Wednesday.

Posted by: Mike K on November 2, 2008 at 11:01 AM | PERMALINK

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Posted by: Ron on November 2, 2008 at 11:05 AM | PERMALINK

During his reign as the decider, Dumbya took almost 500 vacation days. While New Orleans was drowning, he was eating cake. Now he wants to cry about his legacy during his last 100 days.

F*ck you and the horse you rode in on. Do us all a favor and take the last 100 days of as well

Oh, I forgot, Mr. Texas by way of Connecticut is afraid of horses, make that the truck he clears brush in.

Posted by: WInkandanod on November 2, 2008 at 11:05 AM | PERMALINK

Good riddance to bad rubbish. I can think of a scene from Fargo that would pleasantly punctuate his departure.

Posted by: LJR on November 2, 2008 at 11:08 AM | PERMALINK

BTW, who are these huge 'Undecideds?' Nine percent in Pennsylvania? What are they undecided about?

To paraphrase David Sedaris: "To be undecided in this election is like being on a flight where the flight attendant is taking meal orders, and tells you the choices are chicken or shit mixed with ground-up glass. You hesitate for a moment and ask, "how is the chicken prepared?"

Posted by: Jennifer on November 2, 2008 at 11:09 AM | PERMALINK

Everybody kind of wanted to spend the last 100-plus days doing some legacy things, and the financial crisis has thrown a wrench into that,

News flash: the financial meltdown (and the huge mess it will leave behind) is Shrub's legacy. That and two failed wars, a destroyed conservative movement, and a couple hundred thousand dead bodies. Plus the fact that we wasted eight years when we might have been addressing the global climate emergency.

Wish I believed in Hell, as it would be a fitting place for all these bastards to end up.

Posted by: jimBOB on November 2, 2008 at 11:11 AM | PERMALINK

What I find most remarkable about the Bush/Cheney administration is that they handled every single calamity in the worst way possible:

The terrorist attacks: they could have united the country and dealt with our ongoing energy difficulties or they could have divided the nation, given huge gifts to the oil ocmpanies, and gone to war.

The Iraq War: they could have continued to undermine the despicable regime, isolating Saddam Hussein, limiting his access to weapons and weapon technology, and contained him, or they could have gone to war on trumped up cherry-picked intelligence. Once the decision to go to war was made, they could have used the extensive State Department planning for a post-Saddam Iraq, used the experience and knowledge of our military leaders, and (just possibly) chicken salad out of chicken shit, or they could have ignored the planning, ignored the need for more troops to control the occupation, and allowed a religio-civil war to start.

The list goes on (hell, I may blog about this tonight while watching the NFL). Every time a choice was available, this gang chose wrong. Even a random guess should approximate 50%. I actually have a hard time thinking of even one good decision to have come out of the last 8 years.

(((Billy))) The Atheist
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Posted by: (((Billy))) The Atheist on November 2, 2008 at 11:12 AM | PERMALINK

Bush's reputation has been unfairly maligned

By who? Democrats? The Constitution? Other Republicans? The Fool-in-Chief brought this all on himself. His family name will be a freaking joke for the next century; the Republican brand is about as healthy as a long-buried corpse, and will remain so for an indefinite time; the conservative punditry from Savage and Limbaugh on upwards/downwards/what-ever-wards now possesses the collective prowess of a saltpeter pudding.

And, there's no "rapture" in store for the Religious Right in all of this, either; God's going to make them stay put and wallow in their self-inflicted misery.

Posted by: Steve W. on November 2, 2008 at 11:12 AM | PERMALINK

It is an example of "reap what you sow." Those seeds you've planted are all the nourishment you get.

Posted by: jen f on November 2, 2008 at 11:14 AM | PERMALINK

According to Pew here:

Undecided voters are less educated, less affluent, and somewhat more likely to be female than the average voter. Nearly half of undecided voters (48%) say they attend religious services at least weekly, which is same as the proportion of McCain supporters.

Posted by: John Henry on November 2, 2008 at 11:16 AM | PERMALINK

Jennifer said: "Aw, don't feel sad, Bushies...with 80 days left to go, I'm sure your boy still has at least one more major fuck-up left in him!!!"

Two actually. One: he's going to change a slew of regulations to benefit corporations (and harm consumers and the environment). Two: he's calling a meeting of the G20 (developing nations and Europe) on November 15 for the purpose of restructuring international monitary policy, something that hasn't been done since 1944.

Both these efforts must be stopped. Everything Bush touches turns to sh*t.

Posted by: gotoL on November 2, 2008 at 11:17 AM | PERMALINK

Do you remember January 2001? Right after Bush and his staff moved into, and began "restoring dignity" to the White House, staffers complained to the press that the departing Clintonoids had pried off the "W" keys from the computer keyboards. They complained and complained and complained; the fuss over the insanely trivial issue of the missing "W" keys went on in the media for a solid week.

At that time, the unemployment rate was 3.9%, the Dow was at 10,600, the U.S. Army was currently fighting zero foreign wars, and the Federal budget had a surplus of approximately $100-billion.

If anybody has a right to complain, it will be President-elect Barack Obama, not that horrible f*ckup George W. Bush who has deliberately left him such an unspeakable mess to clean up. And even this late the Bush Administration is still sabotaging the future President; see, for example, this article about last week's incursion into Syria.

Now there's a nice "welcome" present for the new President: dead U.S. soldiers, killed by the weapons and fighters currently swarming across Syria's now unpatrolled border with Iraq. What was that about "Country First"? Oh yeah: hogwash!

It will take not eight years for America to recover from the malign idiocy of this Administration, but the next twenty years.

Posted by: W. Kiernan on November 2, 2008 at 11:19 AM | PERMALINK

Hey, cheer up. W has been the best misleader in our nation's history. Don't misunderestimate him. If it were not for the Administration's initial foreign policy focus, we would have been attacked by the former Soviet Union, instead of a gang of religious fundamentalist thugs; Rogue nations like Iraq, would have nuclear weapons; Our budget surplus would have been wasted on the misguided war on poverty. History will vindicate shrub.

Posted by: John Henry on November 2, 2008 at 11:26 AM | PERMALINK

That he handled well?

The assbag can't open a can of pretzels without screwing up.

Posted by: SteinL on November 2, 2008 at 11:26 AM | PERMALINK

"Everybody kind of wanted to spend the last 100-plus days doing some legacy things,..."

Are you freakin' kidding me! The last 100 days of eight years in the white house for "legacy things"! I have no words.

Posted by: tiredofgreed on November 2, 2008 at 11:27 AM | PERMALINK

The people he fooled have finally seen the boy behind the curtain and those who were behind him are embarrassed at being caught.

I was talking to one of my aunts this summer and she told me that in 2004, she got into a fight with one of her friends because her friend hated George W. Bush.

She said she has now apologized to that friend and admitted she was right all along. And she thinks John McCain is more of the same.

That's one of the reasons I've been confident all summer.

Posted by: Mnemosyne on November 2, 2008 at 11:29 AM | PERMALINK

Everybody kind of wanted to spend the last 100-plus days doing some legacy things

A legacy is something tangible that you did and left for others. It's not spin on the way out the door.

Bush bragged about his "political capital" in 2004. He blew it all on his Social Security fight in 2005 and he's been bankrupt ever since.

Part of his legacy is that after 9/11 he divided the country for political gain when the country was begging to be united. Part of his legacy is his cluelessness during and after Katrina. Part of his legacy is the financial mess we're in

Face it, Bushies, you built your legacy over the last 8 years, and that's what it's going to be for all of history.

Posted by: on November 2, 2008 at 11:30 AM | PERMALINK

In reality Bush should be treated just like Mussolini was ....... now that would not only accurately reflect 'his legacy', but also JUSTICE

Posted by: stormskies on November 2, 2008 at 11:38 AM | PERMALINK

Nine percent (undecided) in Pennsylvania?

Only Mason-Dixon/NBC thinks there are this many undecided voters anywhere. And this set of polls (all of which show lots of undecideds) seems to be conducted with the purpose of giving NBC something to talk about for the next two days.

Posted by: Danp on November 2, 2008 at 11:39 AM | PERMALINK

Doesn't "no legacy stuff" sound an awful lot like "the vision thing"?

When you completely ignore the national good in favor of whatever might yield you a short term political gain -- work to divide the country rther than bring it together-- and then get caught doing it and completely bone your party -- that is your legacy.

Posted by: Joe Bourgeois on November 2, 2008 at 11:41 AM | PERMALINK

During his reign as the decider, Dumbya took almost 500 vacation days. While New Orleans was drowning, he was eating cake. Now he wants to cry about his legacy during his last 100 days.
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and to be specific he was eating cake with John McCain.

Posted by: Artemesia on November 2, 2008 at 11:43 AM | PERMALINK

"If they are crossing the aisle as an implicit acknowledgement of their own personal failings that's fine, but these are not heroic acts. These are self-important acts of contrition, and should be viewed as such."

Contrition? Or pure politics? Most of these guys like their job and part of their job description is hedging the their bets and hopping on board with the winning team. These acts are not heroic or an act of contrition. I'm sure 95% of our statesmen stopped feeling remorse a long time ago. If our contemporary politicians had a conscience, America would be a much more responsible Super Power and global partner.

Posted by: Mick on November 2, 2008 at 11:44 AM | PERMALINK

"During his reign as the decider, Dumbya took almost 500 vacation days. While New Orleans was drowning, he was eating cake. Now he wants to cry about his legacy during his last 100 days.
---
and to be specific he was eating cake with John McCain."

To be fair, Bush and McCain did not show up to their staffer meeting which highlighted that eating cake when an American city is either: A) Burning B) Flooding C) Crumbling due to earthquake is not appropriate and could be reflected in opinion polls.

They certainly didn't get the memo either since they not only ate their cake, but posed with in front of lots and lots of photographers.

Posted by: Mick on November 2, 2008 at 11:51 AM | PERMALINK

dante had a special place
reserved
for for fools like these
and i am quite
certain
it is way way down
deep in those
lower bowgies

Posted by: estebanfolsom on November 2, 2008 at 11:52 AM | PERMALINK

Do you know how difficult it is to have the country go to hell on your watch? People automatically want to blame you for it.

Posted by: George Bush on November 2, 2008 at 11:55 AM | PERMALINK

Awww.

Poor W. He wants to be at the center of things again, doesn't he.

I have the perfect idea - let's give him an Impeachment! He can invite Dick Cheney, too. It'll be the perfect chance for both of them to lay out their legacy in all its glory.

Let's do it!

Posted by: xaxnar on November 2, 2008 at 12:01 PM | PERMALINK

Bush has already left his legacy. Hundreds of thousands dead in the middle east, an American city and our military headquarters attacked because he arrogantly waived off a warning in August 2001 (while on vacation), an American city left to drown and then rot from the water damage, habeas corpus mortally wounded, citizens now wiretapped without a warrant, White House staff who have no respect for the law and ignore subpoenas, a Vice President who holds secret public energy policy meetings and then coincidentally, the oil companies make record profits and receive big tax breaks during this administration, the Finance Industry is deregulated to the point of mass predatory mortgage lending with over-valued collateral and then an unfettered derivative fund market where these high risk loans were NOT given ratings commensurate with their true risk is created. Bush couldn't even keep his house of cards from collapsing before he was out of office.

Yeah, when you spend 8 years operating like this, you want to block out the last 100 days on the calendar to "do legacy things".

Jesus Fucking Christ.

Posted by: jcricket on November 2, 2008 at 12:01 PM | PERMALINK

"Only Mason-Dixon/NBC thinks there are this many undecided voters anywhere. And this set of polls (all of which show lots of undecideds) seems to be conducted with the purpose of giving NBC something to talk about for the next two days."

Great! Misinformation is a double-edged sword. Let McCain delude himself into thinking its a dead heat in PA.

Posted by: Johnb Henry on November 2, 2008 at 12:04 PM | PERMALINK

After Nixon left, er, resigned, you couldn't find anyone who had voted for the bastard. I can't tell if that makes them smarter than the fools who still think W. is sent from God Almighty. Me, I'm going to my local Obama headquarters to GOTV.

A black man and his family in the WHITE House. Not taking orders, but giving them. 'Scuse me, I have to check the water supply...

Posted by: pokeybob on November 2, 2008 at 12:17 PM | PERMALINK


"Doing some legacy things"? "No legacy stuff"? So, the Republican concept of leaving a legacy is what you do in the last three months -- not what you've done for the first 7 years. Interesting and informative. This is more of the "history begins today" mentality that Newt Gringrich and his merry class of '94 brought into Washington; it underpins all strains of radical thought and is antithetical to constitutional, law-based governance.

Posted by: karl on November 2, 2008 at 12:23 PM | PERMALINK

"You have a combination of no legacy stuff, a horrible economic mess and the likelihood that Obama is going to win," this person added. "There is a real sadness there."

LMAO

Cry me a river, you sanctimonious bitches. I hope every worker building the GWB library takes special care to spit on each brick laid.

Posted by: MissMudd on November 2, 2008 at 12:30 PM | PERMALINK

Here is a good pub song they can drink their cares away to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EaIQWJLbWPk

Posted by: Grainne in ME on November 2, 2008 at 12:35 PM | PERMALINK

The only sad people today are the Bush insiders; the rest of the country is jumping for joy at the thoughts of them finally getting the hell out of power. They certainly don't need to work on "legacy things" since the Bush legacy is already there - total incompetence and an unnecessary war that cost thousands of lives. Thanks to them we will spend years paying off an unnecessary debt and trying to repair our economy, not to mention our standing in the world. Thank God they are finally going.

Posted by: KSD on November 2, 2008 at 12:37 PM | PERMALINK

Waste NO sympathy for these people. None. These are the people who:

- lied us into war and called US terrorists for challenging their endless b.s.

- mishandled everything from the Katrina rescue to Walter Reade Hospital ... everything.

- altered the fabric of the Constitution itself by fiat & arrogance and subterfuge.

- made ZERO progress in 8 years on energy independence.

If they were smart they would be preparing for their Hague tribunals.

Posted by: eyeball on November 2, 2008 at 12:37 PM | PERMALINK

Mr Bush's legacy is that he sought to divide us. He manipulated public opinion into, "If you are not for us, then you are against us", and only those "for us" are patriotic. He devalued the entire notion of patriotism. He devalued God - as in "God has asked me to invade Iraq". He devalued common decency - since he appears quite decent, but pushed for vile policies. He devalued knowledge. He devalued science. He even devalued the people who served him - sent ill-equipped people in harm's way. He devalued life itself. That is his legacy in my mind.

Posted by: ChandraSF on November 2, 2008 at 12:39 PM | PERMALINK

(Q) What's worse than a bunch of Facists hijacking a democracy and enriching themselves and their cronies from the public treasury?

(A) When it's a bunch of Facists who can't even make the trains run on time.

Posted by: Mandy Cat on November 2, 2008 at 12:41 PM | PERMALINK

"Cry me a river, you sanctimonious bitches. I hope every worker building the GWB library takes special care to spit on each brick laid."

HAHHAHAHAHAHA GWB Library. Good one!

I suppose we'll be putting all the deleted White House e-mails on display there? Or how about the classified documents that won't be declassified for another three or four lifetimes. You can view the cover page of a report that says Topic Secret before you're prodded by security officers with pain sticks to "move along".

Posted by: Mick on November 2, 2008 at 12:43 PM | PERMALINK

"unfairly maligned"...are they kidding?

Posted by: Greg on November 2, 2008 at 12:45 PM | PERMALINK

"do the words "you reap what you sew" mean anything to these people? Of course it doesn't. Once oblivious, always oblivious."

Hey genius liberal, why don't you learn to spell I believe the phrase is "reap what you sow" (i.e. if you 'sow' (i.e. meaning plant) - weed seeds instead of corn kernels, you will reap (i.e. gather or harvest)a field of weeds instead of corn, although a field of weed is probably a plus for you. Hopefully Obama's plan to redistribute economic resources or provide economic equality (remember his interview calling the bill of rights 'negative rights'?) which our idiot founding fathers missed putting in the constitution, (amazing khow America in 230+ years has prospered like no other nation in the world with these principles)includes a redistribution or equality of intelligence for all (that would be a good government program). I'm sure you could benefit. I can't get the quote from the Obama supporter interviewed after a B.O. rally stating "she can't wait for B.O. to be elected so she won't have to worry about making her mortgage payments and paying for gas" that is an actual quote aired on the radio. I think America really ought to be thinking about what we will reap after sowing those votes for Obama on Tuesday.

Posted by: JR on November 2, 2008 at 12:46 PM | PERMALINK

Imagine the mass of tawdry pardons that will be coming around the holidays!

Posted by: John Hagman on November 2, 2008 at 12:49 PM | PERMALINK

I don't know how Bush and the rest of his Crooked Politicans can sleep at night. The last 8 Years has been one big party for them. They could care less about the AMERICAN PEOPLE. All they cared about was making as much money as they could not only for them but for all their Crooked Corporate Buddies. It all started with 911, Iraq, Pakistan, Gas & Oil going up, Deregulation, etc.
Bush and His Crooked Politicans are the biggest GANGSTERS of the World!!!!!!

Posted by: Denise on November 2, 2008 at 12:50 PM | PERMALINK

Like a dog that craps on the rug, Bush will slink off with his tail between his legs. It will be up to others to clean up the mess he has left behind.

Posted by: Dave H D on November 2, 2008 at 12:51 PM | PERMALINK

I'm sorry this is pure spin for the MSM to eat up while Bush does in fact concentrate on "legacy things". Incursions innto Pakistan, Syria, embroiling the private military contractors under Bushco control deeper into a war that will be harder for Obama to extract from and a trillion dollar giveaway to his "base" on Wall St. Oh, and sweeping deregulation putting the health, welfare, and safety of millions more Americans at risk.

Posted by: grinning cat on November 2, 2008 at 12:51 PM | PERMALINK

Ronald Reagan said "the government is the problem"., so he ushered in the massive "deregulation era", which gave us the greatest financial crisis since 1929.

He gave us the "trickle-down" philosophy, and gave tax breaks to the rich, and through him and Bush I & Bush II we now have a $10 trillion federal deficit.

He is the spiritual father of not only Rush Limbaugh, Glen Beck, Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity, and Ann Coulter and the rest of the hate merchants, (by removing the Fairness Doctrine) but the dumbest president in our history, Dubya Bush.

It's all been downhill since Ronnie was elected in 1980.

Posted by: two7five7one on November 2, 2008 at 12:57 PM | PERMALINK

"Everybody kind of wanted to spend the last 100-plus days doing some legacy things, and the financial crisis has thrown a wrench into that."

The financial crisis, along with a $10 trillion, IS the legacy!

Posted by: Jordan on November 2, 2008 at 12:59 PM | PERMALINK

"Everybody kind of wanted to spend the last 100-plus days doing some legacy things, and the financial crisis has thrown a wrench into that."

The financial crisis, along with a $10 trillion debt, IS the legacy!

Posted by: Jordan on November 2, 2008 at 12:59 PM | PERMALINK

The Bushies are very hard at work on their legacy, and have been for some time. It's just that their legacy is the systematic destruction of good laws and essential government infrastructure. The problem is that's not the sexy stuff that historians and books can use to portray W in a heroic light.

It's a little late for Bushies to have a "come to Jesus" moment about their legacy -- they should have thought about this stuff a long time ago. History will not be kind to an administration that blew this nation's inheritance that other generations had worked so hard to bequeath to this nation. Bush will always be the trust fund president who blew political capital like a spoiled brat rather than investing it in the nation's future.

Posted by: petorado on November 2, 2008 at 1:01 PM | PERMALINK

JR: What do you find so objectionable about the phrase "negative rights"? How else would you characterize

#1: "Congress shall make no law..."

#2: "...the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

#3: "No soldier shall..."

#4: "The right of the people... shall not be infringed..."

#5. "No person shall..."

#8: "Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, norcruel and unusual punishments inflicted."

#9: "The enumeration... shall not be construed..."

And while you're answering that (not that you will answer anything, intellectual coward) why don't you also tell us what you find so objectionable about a voter desiring to not worry about being able to pay for her gasoline and mortgage payments? Why does the concept of economic security for ordinary Americans make you so upset and hostile? Do you think it would be a good thing for more Americans to be unable to pay their mortgage?

Posted by: W. Kiernan on November 2, 2008 at 1:01 PM | PERMALINK

They don't have to shut the lights off on their
way out! They have never been on.

Posted by: pantleg on November 2, 2008 at 1:01 PM | PERMALINK

Legacy things? Legacy stuff?

Looks like we can add violation of child labor laws to bAdmin's list of crimes.

Posted by: tAwO 4 That 1 on November 2, 2008 at 1:02 PM | PERMALINK

in 100 days, there is still time to build a rail on which these people could be run out of town. How can they be shamed for the squandering and havoc they have brought upon this country?

Posted by: bdbd on November 2, 2008 at 1:04 PM | PERMALINK

"Mr Bush's legacy is that he sought to divide us. He manipulated public opinion into, "If you are not for us, then you are against us", and only those "for us" are patriotic. He devalued the entire notion of patriotism. He devalued God - as in "God has asked me to invade Iraq". He devalued common decency - since he appears quite decent, but pushed for vile policies. He devalued knowledge. He devalued science. He even devalued the people who served him - sent ill-equipped people in harm's way. He devalued life itself. That is his legacy in my mind."

This is a very good analysis. Recently I read or heard about Republican ideology as the "deregulation of morality" this jives with what you said. It's important for me to keep in mind that Republicans have gotten things so wrong as it pertains to modern thought and consciousness. Besides being completely bankrupt of ideas and solutions that face America and the world they also are operating in a very restricted reality tunnel that is a retreat to early 20th century authoritarian nationalism.

There will be a real danger in the coming years that they fully embrace this, who am I kidding they already have and it was decades ago. It will take decades to rebuild American democracy.

JR's points are interesting in that they completely confrom to the personality disorder that has given rise to the modern Republican party. The more the truth stares them in the face the more they retreat into believing their version of reality.

There's no doubt it is a "reality" that the live in but it's no longer people want enforced on them.

Take it back to western Idaho and Eastern Washington and the Upper Peninsula, the rest of the country is tired of your bullshit.

Posted by: grinning cat on November 2, 2008 at 1:05 PM | PERMALINK

While it's great to see all the venting against the incompetency of this sorry-assed administration, I have a sincere feeling that many of you enabled said administration in prior votes.(and I hope I'm wrong in this assessment) We need to make sure that something like this never happens again...

Posted by: nyboy47 on November 2, 2008 at 1:06 PM | PERMALINK

NYBoy47:

I can't speak for anyone else here, but as for me YOU ARE TOTALLY AND COMPLETELY WRONG, AND YOU COULDN'T BE MORE WRONG NO MATTER HOW MUCH OF A SANCTIMONIOUS LEFTWING WACKO YOU ASPIRE TO BE.

Thank you.

Posted by: The Phantom on November 2, 2008 at 1:08 PM | PERMALINK

Gee. If only McCain had been all mavericky when he had the opportunity to prove himself as such. Now he can't get far enough away from g-dub, but we all know that when it counted, he was the administration's biggest supporter. And choosing Palin? Bob the Builder would have been a better choice.

Posted by: gazoscreek on November 2, 2008 at 1:10 PM | PERMALINK

So, Bush blew off warnings about terrorist attacks.

When the attack happened, he used it as an excuse to divide the country, advance his party, attack the constitution, and roll back American freedoms.

He started an optional and unnecessary pair of wars, neither of which he ran well after the initial invasion, because he had no plans for occupation and rebuilding. Both wars have cost us too far much in blood, money, and international goodwill, not to mention the suffering caused to Iraqi citizens.

He ignored longstanding reports that New Orleans levees were inadequate (although so did everyone else, because needed costs were $5-20 billion). The worst happened, and his administration proved completely incompetent in dealing with the aftermath, because he had appointed hacks and cronies to important offices.

His massive tax cuts for the wealthy killed the surplus, redistributed wealth upward, and defunded the government, and he accomplished this in the worst ways possible (unnecessary wars, and opening up the federal coffers to plunder by large businesses and wealthy Republicans).

Deregulation pushed by him and the Republicans led directly to the current fiscal crisis.

In fact, his all-too-successful attempts to impoverish and hamstring the government ("to the point where it can be drowned in a bathtub") has done damage whose ill-effects have barely begun to be apparent and which will take a decade or two to fix.

Bush is leaving immense legal mayhem in his wake that could be causing problems a century from now. The precedents set by Bush vs Gore are bad enough on their own, but damage done to and by the Supreme Court goes much much farther because of his rollback of so many areas of civil rights and legal standards. This includes warrantless wiretapping, indefinite imprisonment, legalizing torture, voter suppression, ignoring the Geneva conventions, unilaterally abrogating some treaties, and on down to atrocious precedents set with respect to unconstitutional 'signing statements' and laughable 'free speech zones'.

He's also pretty much done away with the concept of public accountability, and arguably worst of the lot is the general debasement of language and reality-based politics that he and his extremist Republicans have trumpeted. From Powell's lies to the UN and Cheney's lies to the American voters, they've created a culture where Republican politicians feel free to say anything, no matter how divergent from reality, with no shame at all, with the expectation that the press won't question it, the public won't expect anyone to be held responsible for it (or even to expect higher standards of behavior), and if anyone challenges it, they can be branded as traitorous.

Bush's toxic legacy will be serving us ill for generations.


Posted by: N.Wells on November 2, 2008 at 1:12 PM | PERMALINK

I think by 'legacy things' they meant trying to keep Bush from either being the worst President in American history, or being brought up on war crimes charges for torture. Or both.

Good luck with all that.

Posted by: Alex on November 2, 2008 at 1:12 PM | PERMALINK

Wow! What self-pitying ignoramuses! Feel sorry for the hundreds of thousands of innocent dead Iraqis and Afghanis or the millions displaced with lives ruined for generations to come. Feel sorry for failure in the Middle East peace process. Feel sorry for setting back our Constitutional democracy, putting off solutions to the global warming crisis, degradation of the environment, etc, etc. Bush's legacy is well deserved. He paid off his friends in Corporate American handsomely, paid off his neo-con policy jerks beyond their wildest imaginations, helped form a mercenary army made up of paramilitaries trained to kill in the School of the Americas. KARMA!

Posted by: nickesq on November 2, 2008 at 1:16 PM | PERMALINK

Wow! What self-pitying ignoramuses! Feel sorry for the hundreds of thousands of innocent dead Iraqis and Afghanis or the millions displaced with lives ruined for generations to come. Feel sorry for failure in the Middle East peace process. Feel sorry for setting back our Constitutional democracy, putting off solutions to the global warming crisis, degradation of the environment, etc, etc. Bush's legacy is well deserved. He paid off his friends in Corporate American handsomely, paid off his neo-con policy jerks beyond their wildest imaginations, helped form a mercenary army made up of paramilitaries trained to kill in the School of the Americas. KARMA!

Posted by: nickesq on November 2, 2008 at 1:16 PM | PERMALINK

and they can take all the dang w keys from the keyboards, _e _on't use them going for_ard!

Posted by: bdbd on November 2, 2008 at 1:17 PM | PERMALINK

George Waterboard Bush has the legacy he deserves.

Posted by: jon on November 2, 2008 at 1:17 PM | PERMALINK

I believe the correct expression is "reap what you sow", not "sew". Otherwise, I am in complete agreement.

Posted by: Nick Griego on November 2, 2008 at 1:17 PM | PERMALINK

I think he meant "rip what you sew".

Posted by: pb on November 2, 2008 at 1:20 PM | PERMALINK

@JR Obama's plan to let there be more opportunity and wealth for all Americans (what you right-wingers call redistribution of wealth) makes more sense than Old McCain's idea, which seems to be limiting the wealth and concentrating power in an elite minority.

I much prefer Obama's expansion of opportunity and wealth to more Americans. I'd like to hear why you oppose this, aside from the obvious more rich people means wealth doesn't seem so unique.

What you right-wingers mistakenly call socialism is good old-fashioned populism. Obama is a capitalist, he's just smart enough to see it works better when more people, not fewer people, benefit. This is why Old McCain just doesn't get it.

Posted by: neil on November 2, 2008 at 1:25 PM | PERMALINK

The echo of eternity hates your guts.

Posted by: The Whole of America on November 2, 2008 at 1:25 PM | PERMALINK

This just one in what I expect to be a series of ugly and remarkably disgusting "woe is me" sentiments coming from the White House over the next two months.

This man has ripped this country apart with his stupidity. His departure will be a welcome day in American history.

Posted by: Chris on November 2, 2008 at 1:26 PM | PERMALINK

This just one in what I expect to be a series of ugly and remarkably disgusting "woe is me" sentiments coming from the White House over the next two months.

This man has ripped this country apart with his stupidity. His departure will be a welcome day in American history.

Posted by: Chris on November 2, 2008 at 1:26 PM | PERMALINK

Geez! The Bush II administration isn't even history yet, yet they are taking a revisionist's pen to it!!

Forces beyond his control, my @$$!!

Posted by: Kevinabox on November 2, 2008 at 1:34 PM | PERMALINK

So, how long is it going to take before somebody finds the word 'nigger' scrawled on the bottom of a desk drawer, or under a chair?

You know they're going to do some classy stuff before they give up the White House. Then blame Obama for whatever they did.

I hate those people like I hate ebola.

Posted by: Ax on November 2, 2008 at 1:38 PM | PERMALINK

I hate those people like I hate ebola.

Except ebola has killed WAY fewer people than the Bush administration did.

Posted by: tom.a on November 2, 2008 at 1:42 PM | PERMALINK

Instead of Legacy stuff they will be working on the long list of Blanket Presidential Pardons that Bush plans on giving out as he exits the White House.

Posted by: Arliss on November 2, 2008 at 1:43 PM | PERMALINK

My one year of German in college was 47 years ago, but I still remember how to spell SCHADENFREUDE.

Posted by: MizLiz on November 2, 2008 at 1:43 PM | PERMALINK

Go back to Texas, keep drinking and clearing the brush. That is all that is left for baby w. No one will ever care what he has to say on the lecture circuit just as no one cares what he says now. I hope the rumors are true and Laura has come to her senses.

Posted by: mid-western on November 2, 2008 at 1:47 PM | PERMALINK

Let's all get to work on the Bush Legacy. Impeach him now, before he does any more damage on his way out the door.

Impeachment: It's never too late.

Posted by: Angela Quattrano on November 2, 2008 at 1:49 PM | PERMALINK

Oh booo hooooo. Poor babies. No legacy stuff. Yawn.

Posted by: Marie on November 2, 2008 at 1:52 PM | PERMALINK

Uhhh, Bush HAS done some legacy things and the American people are very well aware of them. He should never have been elected in 2000 and it will take the next 20-30 years to recover from the damage nthat he has done.

Posted by: Lee on November 2, 2008 at 1:55 PM | PERMALINK

They feel sorry for themselves? Really? For all the incompetence,ignorance, arrogance, lies, blunders, failures, divisiveness, and last but not least, sheer and utter stupidity?

Even if they try to spin GWB's legacy, nobody will buy it. His legacy is already etched in the history books as by far the worst president in the history of this country.

Posted by: NeedToVent on November 2, 2008 at 2:00 PM | PERMALINK

The Bush Administration sad maybe like Hitler in the Berlin Bunker in the final days. The eve before January 20, 2009 will be celebrated around the world like never before. Like the bringing down of the Berlin wall, Saddam statue or VE/VJ days. This monsterous administration will be peacefully vanquished. Maybe later a special prosecutor could be appointed to investigate the war crimes against humanity they commited.

Posted by: Joe 6pack on November 2, 2008 at 2:03 PM | PERMALINK

Bush has a legacy - the death of the Republican Party.

We should all thank him for that one.

Posted by: tjhannink on November 2, 2008 at 2:04 PM | PERMALINK

well, the people of san francisco are about to vote on an initiative to slap his name on a sewage plant for 8 years of hard-earned legacy!
presidentialmemorial.org

Posted by: patriot on November 2, 2008 at 2:07 PM | PERMALINK

This has been the cruelest, most murderous and corrupt administration since our inception. They lied us into war, destroyed a sovereign nation for oil cronies, attacked every aspect of the Constitution that they could think of.

Now they regret that there's not more they can inflict in their last 100 days. Although, by the way, he is still undoing environmental protections as a parting shot.

The House of Bush may have undone us for the century. Curse them.

Posted by: zuzuzpetals on November 2, 2008 at 2:13 PM | PERMALINK

There is a fantastic account of why we haven't caught Bin Laden @:

rovitoreview.blogspot.com

Posted by: M on November 2, 2008 at 2:16 PM | PERMALINK

Bwhahahahah! Sucks to be you! I only hope it gets worse for you because, god knows, you deserve it.

Posted by: senigma on November 2, 2008 at 2:16 PM | PERMALINK

I'm guessing they've burned out a *lot* of shredders and will continue until January 20th.

Posted by: ChrisinCA on November 2, 2008 at 2:16 PM | PERMALINK

Bush's reputation had been unfairly maligned?

Are they kidding? Have they been asleep for the past 8 years?

Posted by: Nuria on November 2, 2008 at 2:17 PM | PERMALINK

The Bushies already HAVE a legacy. A legacy of monumental incompetence, corruption and criminality.

I, for one, am supremely happy that they feel there is no longer an opportunity to add to that legacy.

Please, George. Just let the time run out quietly. We don't need any more of your g-normous fuckups, err, I mean "legacies".

Posted by: jugganaut on November 2, 2008 at 2:18 PM | PERMALINK

Don't let the White House door hit you on your glutes on the way out. Good riddance! You can be the 2 of clubs in my deck of presidents.

Posted by: ceoink on November 2, 2008 at 2:21 PM | PERMALINK

I hear Palin has a lot of cheese hanging around up in Alaska.

Maybe she could could send some of it to the white house !!

Posted by: drew on November 2, 2008 at 2:23 PM | PERMALINK

Cheer up, George. The news isn't all bad.

At least the City of San Francisco is voting to rename its sewage treatment facilities in your honor.

For real.

Posted by: jugganaut on November 2, 2008 at 2:24 PM | PERMALINK

The wheels of justice turn slowly, but they grind exceedingly fine. When President Obama takes office and Bush attempts to leave, You will hear the voice of justice saying, "Not so fast, Buster!"

Posted by: Phil on November 2, 2008 at 2:27 PM | PERMALINK

And after reviewing McCain's website, and seeing that WILL DEFINITELY continue Bush's legacy...and how some Americans are sadly falling for it, scares the crap out of me. May whomever you pray to be with us, because we're gonna need a prayer. McCain is definitely Bush's third term. Sad people can't see that, nor list stark differences that prove otherwise. All they can do is yell that Obama is some kind of socialist. Gee, a non tax paying "plumber" calls Obama a socialist and the rabid right wingers hop on it like it's canned bread. What a bunch of idiots.

Posted by: loveitall on November 2, 2008 at 2:29 PM | PERMALINK

SAD, they don't know the meaning of sad,
they are nothing but a bunch of greedy pathetic dumb shits...
the all need to be in jail...

Posted by: Keepyourheaddown on November 2, 2008 at 2:33 PM | PERMALINK

Boo fricking hoo - we can't work out on legacy, the darn financial mess got in the way... We've ruined the country's reputation and financial security, muchless given Osama bin Laden a free ride and 4,000+ additional lives of our soldiers...and for what?

George W. Bush was always a media-created candidate and to 49% of Americans, he NEVER deserved the honor of the Presidency of the United States. He has been an embarrassment and his administration, a corrupt, destructive, arrogant disaster. Good riddance.

Posted by: Michele on November 2, 2008 at 2:34 PM | PERMALINK

BUSH + SHIT = BUSHIT.

Posted by: Joe Gee on November 2, 2008 at 2:37 PM | PERMALINK

If he wants to leave a legacy, Bush should sign the Mental Health Parity Act that has passed Congress

Posted by: yale on November 2, 2008 at 2:39 PM | PERMALINK

George Bush and his whole gang have never given a monkey's toss about how anybody else feels at any time. Not in the past, not now, not ever. The idea that they might do anything that was not for their and their buddies benefit and to advance a rather faulty ideology has never crossed their minds.

And I for one am not in the mood to let these criminals walk free.

Posted by: notthere on November 2, 2008 at 2:40 PM | PERMALINK

It is so re-assuring to see that so many others here and in our country(in the world!)have realized what reprehensible people(Bush?Cheney)we have had in our White House for almost the last eight years.

I was disgusted with Bush soon after he took office mostly for the way he intended to dismantle 30 years of environmental protections and consevation,but soon I realized that almost everything he and Cheney touched was to do something either with a ulterior or deceitful motive.

Another thing was his hubris and delusion that whatever he did was decreed by God and that he was so full of himself, he could not even admit to making mistakes(oh how could he if he had a direct line to God's wishes!)

The anti-scientific,anti-rational Bush years are my view are what happens when we let religious fundamentalism take over our minds and our society. Such ludicrous beliefs belong to the archaic past which we should have left behind us long ago.

Posted by: A reader on November 2, 2008 at 2:41 PM | PERMALINK

The only ones needing a Pity Party are the American People. What this loser and that sorry SOB, "W" has for a VP needs, is a Necktie Party

Posted by: Jeronimo Dan on November 2, 2008 at 2:43 PM | PERMALINK

I can't help feeling a little...no, a lot of schadenfreude at hearing this.

Thank God, at least for a few days, maybe even a few weeks they will come to have a taste of the pain they have inflicted on our nation and the world.

Posted by: RoxiMama on November 2, 2008 at 2:45 PM | PERMALINK

A man's character is his destiny....

This applies to Bush and Nixon.

Posted by: jaleh on November 2, 2008 at 2:51 PM | PERMALINK

Maybe W could spend a few reflective minutes thinking about all the unnecessary deaths of solders he is responsible & the devastation of many american families, but probably way too narcissistic for that....good riddance!!!!

Posted by: zanegrey on November 2, 2008 at 2:58 PM | PERMALINK

The first 100 days of Obama presidency: Get the country back on track and simultaneously and vigorously pursue investigation and indictment of Bush administration flunkies for their myriad crimes. Certainly Dick Cheney should feel the heat for the remainder of his miserable life. The feds ought to sieze most of the $60 million plus he personally made on the Iraq war. That money is drenched in the blood of over 7,000 Americans (if you include dead contractors) and over 1,200,000 Iraqi civilians. Monster.

Posted by: Steve Bonser on November 2, 2008 at 3:01 PM | PERMALINK

Legacy? One thing is for sure, George W Bush will be well know for a very, very long time to come. I expect it will take two or more generations to clean up the mess he created in 8 short years.

At least Presidents Buchannan and Filmore will have someone looking up at him for a change.

Posted by: Paul, CA on November 2, 2008 at 3:09 PM | PERMALINK

that "little surge of joy" is called schadenfreude. can't be helped, especially when it's earned.

Posted by: Alice on November 2, 2008 at 3:25 PM | PERMALINK

I watched "Taxi to the Dark Side" last night and I am sad too. For these criminals in the White House who murdered and maimed people around the world without due process of law in the name of fighting terror.

History will not treat the Bush Administration nor the American people kindly for allowing these atrocities to occur.

Posted by: Karen on November 2, 2008 at 3:27 PM | PERMALINK

"Everybody kind of wanted to spend the last 100-plus days doing some legacy things"

Swinging on a rope instead would be nice!

Posted by: Russell on November 2, 2008 at 3:29 PM | PERMALINK

My God, you would think, from the way these people talk, that all of this stuff just happened, the financial crisis, the low approval ratings, even the Obama win. These folks helped Bush author all of it. Not feeling too sad for them.

Posted by: Kathy in St. Louis on November 2, 2008 at 3:36 PM | PERMALINK
Cheer up, George. The news isn't all bad.
At least the City of San Francisco is voting to rename its sewage treatment facilities in your honor.

If you're like me and having trouble believing this at first, here's an article on Proposition R from the San Francisco Chronicle.

Posted by: cmdicely on November 2, 2008 at 3:39 PM | PERMALINK

Bush has been awful. But we'd learned that he was awful by 2004. Yet enough people in this country got wrapped up in abortion, guns and other less important issues to re-elect him. Yes, it's okay to criticize Bush; he deserves it. But I think we all need to take a look at ourselves to see how we choose presidents. Vision matters. Competence matters. Bi-partisanship matters. Diplomacy matters. Focus and discipline matter. Lots of things matter. Bush brought this country to the brink of destruction and it happened quickly. The electorate needs to take its own share of the responsibility with this mess when they re-elected this guy.

Posted by: Lila on November 2, 2008 at 3:42 PM | PERMALINK

The fake sadness just covers their glee as they complete the final big raid on the U.S. Treasury, stealing billions for themselves and their buddies through the "Bailout", and all the while Blackwater, Halburton and the other no-bidders continue to milk the system until Obama turns off the money tap.
Their crocodile tears are sooooo phony.

Posted by: R Iverson on November 2, 2008 at 3:56 PM | PERMALINK

Fu*k him. I don't give a sh*t if he's sad, happy, indifferent just as long as he keeps his promise and gets the hell out of D.C. by Jan. 20th and never comes back and never to be seen or heard from again. That goes for him and anyone else w/ the last name of Bush.

Posted by: Don Jackson on November 2, 2008 at 4:00 PM | PERMALINK

The fact that the Bush Administration had and has complicit foreknowledge and knowledge about the how's, the why's and the wherefore's of 9/11 and chose to make some 3,000 American citizens have to make awful decisions as to whether to jump or roast eats me up everyday. That Americans don't have the drive to peal the fat layer of lies away upsets me no end.

Posted by: Aristobulus on November 2, 2008 at 4:01 PM | PERMALINK

The fury I feel whenever I think about these parasites knows no bounds. They should have been impeached and imprisoned. They are scum.

Posted by: tovangar2 on November 2, 2008 at 4:05 PM | PERMALINK


Gee....that's rough.....personally, I'd prefer the bastards spent their "sad" time in PRISON!

Posted by: johnMc on November 2, 2008 at 4:07 PM | PERMALINK

Generations from now will wonder if the term "Bush league" is based on the absolute failure of this presidency to play the game at any level of competency.

Posted by: BD on November 2, 2008 at 4:08 PM | PERMALINK

W is the Worst President of all time. I will be thrilled to see his sorry ass leave 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue along with all his neocon misfits. Good riddance!! Take all the hatemongers from shout radio and faux news: Limbaugh/O'Reilly/ Hannity/Coultergeist and go back to the cave you all came from.
Won't it be wonderful to have someone who speaks English correctly, thinks before talking, seeks advice from others and is calm and intelligent to lead this country out of the abyss that W and his cronies put us in?????

Posted by: Vicki on November 2, 2008 at 4:11 PM | PERMALINK

Their salty/sweet tears are like ambrosia!

Posted by: Blissful Ignoramus on November 2, 2008 at 4:11 PM | PERMALINK

Poor George. Born on third base, thinks he hit a triple, but can't figure which way to run.

He deserves all the shame he has wrought.

Posted by: Richard Nicolls on November 2, 2008 at 4:12 PM | PERMALINK

Some Republicans have appointed themselves the determiners of real America and real Americans. Yet, throughout the last century and up until the present, the Republican Party has consistently visited damage on the United States, our Constitution and our Bill of Rights. Below is a partial list of the damage. Please peruse the list and ask yourselves whether a real American would allow their party to inflict these blows on a country he or she loves.

1. McCarthyism with its witch hunts.

2. The First Great Depression.

3. Watergate and Dirty Tricks.

4. The only President to resign in disgrace (Nixon).

5. Agnew, Nixon's Vice President, went to jail, along with Watergate Burglar and McCain friend, G. Gordon Liddy.

6. Iran Contra.

7. The Marines who died in Beirut because they were not armed to protect the gate to the American Embassy.

8. Ignored warnings about Bin Laden's Threat. Bush was too busy vacationing to heed them. This was the first of many Bush vacations, more than any other President has ever taken.

9. The worst terrorist attack to hit America. Bush ignored the warnings. 9/11 happened on his watch.

10. Permitting members of the Bin Laden family to leave America, post 9/11, when no other American was allowed to fly.

11. False information that brought us into the war in Iraq.

12. "Mission Accomplished."

13. The vitriolic verbal rhetoric from the likes of Karl Rove and Rush Limbaugh.

14. Bin Laden is still on the lam.

15. Hurricanes Katrina/Rita and their aftermath. "Heck of a job, Brownie!"

16. Following Katrina, McCain could have put his Presidential ambitions where his mouth is and gone to the Gulf Coast, showing leadership, interest and compassion for the victims. Instead, he birthday-partied with his former staunch political adversary, George W. Bush.

17. The present economic crisis.

18. The tarnishing of our reputation abroad.

The Republican base has degenerated into smirks and sound bites that are devoid of real solutions to the harsh problems our country faces today. A good parent offers constructive criticism to an erring child. A patriotic American does the same to an erring party or country. Enough is enough!

Rita

Posted by: Mireille Grovier on November 2, 2008 at 4:15 PM | PERMALINK

Actually they accomplished just about everything they really wanted. Tax breaks for their "have mores", started a war in Iraq, eliminated habeas corpus, signed hundreds of signing statements that told the rest of us to fu**off...Now they are whining about us not being appreciative???
People have been hung and burned at the stake for lesser infractions. The biggest crime committed was that we refused to impeach bush and cheney to hold them accountable.

Posted by: Bikerdude on November 2, 2008 at 4:21 PM | PERMALINK

Reap what you sew???
I thought the phrase referred to picking what you planted...In which case the term would be reap what you sow...

Posted by: Bikerdude on November 2, 2008 at 4:23 PM | PERMALINK

Thanks to this "MORON" George W. Bush Jr. our country has been set back ahundred years in medical research and cures for multiple kinds of diseases of all kinds, mainly because he vetoed the bill for Stem Cell Research, in which has signed the death warrants for thousands of children,and adults,as well. He has set America back a hundred years, in research of finding cures fo major health diseases.. Right now, I have a 16 year old grandson stricken and dying with Duchennes Muscular Dystrophy, and Moron Bush never even gave this young man a dying chance.
Bush's arrogance, and courting the various religeous right orgs., and the pro lifer groups, is all a damned lie to all America , when Bush says he cares about America. "Pro life hell!" , with over 4,000 dead military personell, and possibly 40,000 more wounded in his phoney war in Iraq, should be proof to any dumb ass, that he gives a crap less.. This is one sorry excuse as a resident, (Yes resident without a 'P',as this Moron was appointed by our supreme court not elected in the first place). One day, I hope and pray to "GOD", that all America see's him and his VP Dickless Cheney arrested and paraded back and forth in leg irons down in front of the Capitol steps, on national TV, in Washington D.C. for the terrible crimes he and his henchman Cheney have committed against our America. Yes these Bastards have the blood of every single life of every one of these American hero's on their hands, and that is fact friends, not fiction.....

Posted by: James D. Derrick on November 2, 2008 at 4:24 PM | PERMALINK

The Bushies are sad. They feel put upon. I wonder if they have any sympathy for the mother's of our "noble sacrifices" or the families that are now going on without a beloved husband or father or sister. How about the people who left limbs over on that battlefield or a good part of their brains or personalities? And they feel sad? Well they can comfort rhemselves with the fact that every other American that is still alive and able to feel also feels "sad".

They say that of all the deadly sins the worst is pride. This is probably why the Bushies are so worried now about "legacy". It's as if their behavior has taught nothing them nothing.

We do know though that they are still hard at work. If legacy is their concern I'm sure they are busy destroying documents and fabricating others. This will of course not be noticed until a new administration has to deal with the lagacy issues.

I'm sure the overriding concern of most bushies consists of getting their name where it will do them the most good - not in the history books detailing the noble deeds undertaken in the service of their country - but on that long miserable pardons list that will be the crowning achievement of George W. Bush's service to the United States of America.

Does anyone think that this list will be anything other than the longest list of accomplishments the American people will see? I'll bet Not!

JVH

Posted by: John Vander Horck on November 2, 2008 at 4:27 PM | PERMALINK

The reason Bush wants a legacy? To keep his library/think tank from being a complete embarrassment. Well, it won't be finished for at least half a decade, or his successor's first term, so maybe people will forget his incompetence by that time.

Posted by: DC on November 2, 2008 at 4:41 PM | PERMALINK

I read a lot of anger in these comments. I am also angry about the events of the past eight years. However, let's not forget that Americans elected this President, George W. Bush (or at least allowed him to take office). We must take responsibility for the errors of the past eight years.

How could we allow such an incompetent, and obviously so, take office? How could we return him to his post after four years? How could we ignore his blatant lies and blunders for so long?

Americans need to wake up, get smart, and become involved in, or at least informed about, the political process in this country.

It continues even now. John McCain calls Barak Obama's tax plan a plan to "spread the wealth". Wake up people. The wealth has been spread in only one direction lately: up. Who believes that any CEO is worth millions, even billions of dollars? Where does that money come from? I can think of only one credible answer: The backs of American workers.

Who are the productive members of society? Working people. Why is it a controvertial idea that these people should see some of the benefits of their labor (and I don't mean in multimillion dollar bonuses to their CEOs).

If we can get that sorted out, then let's tackle another issue: We are one people. It seems to me that politicians are the ones who want us to believe that we are two, or ten, or a hundred different groups of people. Or a country peopled by individuals.

I look greatly forward to a time when we can get past the identification of Democrat and Republican, liberal and conservative, and the many other labets we use to divide ourselfs. I look forward to the time when we can recognize that we all seek the same thing (presumably): a strong, healthy, productive nation where we can raise our children with pride and die feeling that we have done well.

Posted by: Daniel Budge on November 2, 2008 at 4:46 PM | PERMALINK

Mark my words: the day Bush leaves office will be the greatest day in American history. We should all throw parties and parades. The reign of George the boy king will finally be over. We'll be free of his horrific tyranny. I cannot wait for his pathetic administration to go and leave us in sweet peace.

Posted by: Pierre on November 2, 2008 at 4:49 PM | PERMALINK

There are parents of young soldiers who are mourning the loss of their children who died in Iraq for a lie. There are parents of kids who came back from Iraq who committed suicide..... who would have been alive except for a lie. There are parents of young soldiers who were permanently maimed in Iraq for a lie and who now must support their disbled kids with little help from the VA. There are perhaps more than 100,000 dead, innocent, citizens of Iraq..... and the permanently disabled..... And so many of them had to flee. There are people in America who have lost jobs.... and their homes..... and those who went bankrupt because of being ill. And the White House is having a pity party? Don't get me started on the issue of torture. War crimes certainly.... Will the world demand a trial? I do. We all should. Those in who were in power should surely be held accountable.

Posted by: Leslie Hormats Newman on November 2, 2008 at 4:51 PM | PERMALINK

Waddya mean no legacy?Worst president ever not a legacy?I would add if he were trying to destroy the country "mission accomplished"!

Posted by: truthynesslover on November 2, 2008 at 4:55 PM | PERMALINK

Good bye and good riddance to W and his henchmen and their dreams of permanent political dominance and global hegemony. These last eight years will be looked at as the lost years, when so much that needed doing was ignored and so much was lost in an unnecessary war and financial malfeasance.

We are lucky however W didn't start some "end of times Armageddon" event that many of his followers believed was coming soon.

As much as I would like to have the the Bushies investigated for criminal behavior, let's learn from the Bush years, but try not wallow in them. The best revenge for the Dems would be to hustle and to show America and the world what an intelligently run government that is working for the benefit of all, especially the politically marginalized, is capable of. The first hundred days and the first year will be critical to the public's perception of the success of the Dem's alternative to the Repubs.

Good bye W. Only the comedians, the oil industry, bond salemen, and defense industries will miss you.

Posted by: John Sutter on November 2, 2008 at 4:55 PM | PERMALINK

I don't care what this administration wants in its last 100 days. They've done enough damage. I want them out and I want an apology made to all of the American people for the debt they created, the loss of lives in two wars, our economic collapse, and...................................

Posted by: Joanne Ginger on November 2, 2008 at 4:57 PM | PERMALINK

Yeah, they're breaking my heart too.

Hey, I've got a suggestion: why don'tn they hand over the keys to the White House to Obama Tuesday and leave early.

ricland

Posted by: ricland on November 2, 2008 at 5:00 PM | PERMALINK

Bill Maher said it best--back in September 2005, on the "New Rules" segment of his
Real Time HBO comedy show, regarding George Bush:

"Yeah, listen to your mom. The cupboard's bare, the credit card's maxed out, and no one is speaking to you: mission accomplished! Now it's time to do what you've always done best: lose interest and walk away. Like you did with your military service. And the oil company. And the baseball team. It's time. Time to move on and try the next fantasy job. How about cowboy, or spaceman!?"

Posted by: consider wisely always on November 2, 2008 at 5:02 PM | PERMALINK

And if life were fair, there should also be sadness about the time that Geo and Dick were miss with their families and loved ones while serving time.

Posted by: Ken Ireland on November 2, 2008 at 5:03 PM | PERMALINK

Mr Derrick-bless you-indeed our sorry excuse for a President has delayed or destroyed possible cures from stem cell research. All because the Decider decides everything- his personal beliefs thrust on all of us (this is democracy?) We will never know the answer to "what if" when he had the chance to extend federal funding to embryonic stem cell research over 7years ago. How he sleeps at night is beyond my comprehension.

Posted by: Vicki Ellefson on November 2, 2008 at 5:08 PM | PERMALINK

do we ever get an apology for anything from any of these bozos?

Posted by: AnneK on November 2, 2008 at 5:11 PM | PERMALINK

Legacy stuff? The Bust administration has all sorts of "legacy stuff," none of it good. He'll be remembered for everything that was under his control, but that he blew, either because he was too impetuous to seek solid counsel, too stupid to know good from bad ideas, or too venal to question his own inane certitude. Bush's administration is what happens when stupidity, incompetence, vacuity, greed, and a lust for naked power are mixed in equal measures and set loose. Bush will have a legacy that will be written about in the same terms that Czar Nicholas is portrayed vis a vis Russian history. He started a lot of things that it will take a much bigger, wiser man to finish.

Posted by: Clyde Platt on November 2, 2008 at 5:18 PM | PERMALINK

Legacy stuff? The Bust administration has all sorts of "legacy stuff," none of it good. He'll be remembered for everything that was under his control, but that he blew, either because he was too impetuous to seek solid counsel, too stupid to know good from bad ideas, or too venal to question his own inane certitude. Bush's administration is what happens when stupidity, incompetence, vacuity, greed, and a lust for naked power are mixed in equal measures and set loose. Bush will have a legacy that will be written about in the same terms that Czar Nicholas is portrayed vis a vis Russian history. He started a lot of things that it will take a much bigger, wiser man to finish.

Posted by: Clyde Platt on November 2, 2008 at 5:18 PM | PERMALINK

"Tuesday, November 2nd, 2004 was a day that surprised the 59,439,413
of us who did NOT vote for George W. Bush.
Together we can minimize the damage of this administration
and ensure that a positive change begins on Bush's Last Day, January 20, 2009"

bushslastday.com

Posted by: take heart, my friends on November 2, 2008 at 5:18 PM | PERMALINK

Are you kidding...Bush is incapable of feeling anything like remorse. When people were dying bny the thousands he was dancing and bragging about how well he slept when he wasn't our fund raising. He's a true sociopath and these fundies, these so called Christians who thought Bush was being directed by God now have to face that they don't know God very well as Bush was never a Godly type person. All their praying for the good of the country has brought us Barack Obama to help restore our fractured by Bush democracy.

Hell, Bush is hanging out in Texas, getting drunk and doing some of the best coke around. He's so relieved he doesn't have to be president anymore he's become hysterically happy. He will do as much damage as required by his handlers and cronies as he can possibly get away with before he leaves. His only sadness is not being cheered as a Caesar like his ego demands on his way out.

He and his WH should be in prison and hopefully will be shunned for the remainder of their years on earth. Thousands of dead and disabled demand it.

Posted by: joey on November 2, 2008 at 5:19 PM | PERMALINK

George Bush will pardon everyone in his administration for any crimes they may have committed.

Then he will step down and hand the reins over to Cheney.

Who will then pardon Bush.

That will be Bush's last joke on the American people.

Bush is the worst president in US history.

Posted by: Tucker on November 2, 2008 at 5:23 PM | PERMALINK

You know, things are a "little sad" in OUR house, too.

1) Our retirement accounts, accrued over thirty frugal years, are worth half what they were two months ago.

2) My husband's business is at a complete standstill. No one is buying anything.

3) We are paying five hundred dollars a month for a $15k deductible health insurance plan, even though we are both healthy.

4) I've applied for the few jobs in my field that are open in this area (very few here period). The last one, which would have given us benefits and for which I was extremely well qualified, was instead given to a 24 year old who did not meet the basic qualifications but was related to someone on the staff.

In short, George, Bite Me.

Posted by: Unbelievable on November 2, 2008 at 5:23 PM | PERMALINK

I never for once after studying American history understood that the Republican party rules by deception and fabricated stories. This elections 2008 have exposed them guilty of election engineering and fear mongering.
This attitude of win by all cost keeps sending shocking waves across the entire World. This attitude has forced Americans of good will to rethink the Florida episode of 2001 that saw cheating and fraud in American elections.
I was pissed up and scandalized by this third world mentality gradually entering American politics. A mentality that acknowledges fraud and intimidation of voters in favour of a particular political party.
Bushism have shattered the American dream and families are forced to tighten their belts. Thinking of a prolongation of Bushism by John MCcain and Serah Palin will be another bitter pill on the thoat of Americans.

Posted by: Ndim Bernard Ngouche on November 2, 2008 at 5:28 PM | PERMALINK

Boo hoo hoo Boo hoo hoo Boo hoo hoo Boo hoo hoo Boo hoo hoo Boo hoo hoo Boo hoo hoo Boo hoo hoo Boo hoo hoo Boo hoo hoo Boo hoo hoo Boo hoo hoo Boo hoo hoo
Give me a break! They totally walked all over the Constitution, did illegal things left and right, strong armed and threatened people, lied through their teeth, could care less about the American people in an effort to pilfer and rape this nationfor their own and their cronies' gains, and now they feel sorry that no one wants to be around their stench? Pul-eez!

Posted by: Jennifer on November 2, 2008 at 5:31 PM | PERMALINK

WE ARE HIS KARMA...if we don't act he gets away.

Posted by: bjobotts on November 2, 2008 at 5:32 PM | PERMALINK

Butcha are living your legacy, W; ya' _are_! And this is only the beginning. It only goes downhill from here. If you're among those who expected anything closely resembling a positive legacy for this administration, you're suffering from delusion. Here's some kool-aid; drink up!!

Posted by: Bruno Kravitz on November 2, 2008 at 5:34 PM | PERMALINK

Sad? He should be ecstatic that he's not going to be spending the rest of his life in prison like he deserves.

Posted by: Mavrik on November 2, 2008 at 5:40 PM | PERMALINK

They are sad? The rest of us are scared and full of rage. They have nearly destroyed the United States.

Impeachment is too good for this lot.

Posted by: kat on November 2, 2008 at 5:47 PM | PERMALINK

Aww, gee. The financial crisis has thrown a wrench into the legacy stuff. Thoughtless Americans, losing their jobs and their houses and having to choose between gasoline and food, just at the time when W and his buddies wanted to be spending their time putting together a scrapbook of all their wonderful memories.

Posted by: peteycat on November 2, 2008 at 5:53 PM | PERMALINK

Bush isn't that sad. He's very busy signing off on deregulation and Iraqi deals troops contracts that the next President will be able to negate or undo. No sadness there. Just last minute maneuvering and morally bankrupt.

Posted by: PleaseChange on November 2, 2008 at 5:57 PM | PERMALINK

They may be sad, but I have already bought a bottle of Champagne. Free at last!

Now lets never let those idiots of those "failed policies" get back into power.

Posted by: Miranda on November 2, 2008 at 5:59 PM | PERMALINK

What worries me is not knowing what the current administration is doing behind the scene like destroying all evidence that they have been hiding the last 8 years. Dick Cheney in his evil ways I'm sure is destroying all traces of even being in the White House. Pity party? Are you kidding, this administration has damaged the reputation of the US beyond anyone's wildest dreams. It will take another 8 years just to clean up and work on repairing the trust that our county has lost from around the globe. I don't feel sorry for this administration one bit.

Posted by: Bob on November 2, 2008 at 5:59 PM | PERMALINK

Recall Bush saying he was "a little envious" of the "romantic" life on solders on the front lines of Afghanistan....

and when he said "Wait, what did you just say? You're predicting $4 a gallon gasoline? That's interesting. I hadn't heard that."

Posted by: Put in office by single vote of supreme court on November 2, 2008 at 6:07 PM | PERMALINK

The thing that hurt me the most about the W administration was its philistine character and constant cultural pandering to the teeth-sucking yahoos that provided them with the .1 percent above fifty they needed to get it all done. America was founded by and produced some of the greatest, most erudite, and most articulate statesmen (and women....) that ever lived. Jefferson, Lincoln, Roosevelt, Kennedy.....comparing them with what we have had for eight years makes me puke in my mouth.

Posted by: TommyD on November 2, 2008 at 6:12 PM | PERMALINK

Is this supposed to evoke some sort of sympathy? Let me add my name to the millions of Americans who wish nothing but the worst possible outcomes for George Bush and Dick Cheney as they live out the rest of their years. If there is truly a God, he would force these miserable failures to live long lives so they can see just how harshly history will judge them. We have not even begun to see the consequences of these immoral and corrupt men.

Mr. Bush, your legacy was set in stone the minute you chose partisan advantage instead of national unity after 9/11. I look forward to watching you fade away as a weakened and sad little man. Good riddance to you and your evil vice president. I hope your life is filled with the misery that you inflicted on this nation and this world. You deserve nothing less, you supreme asshole.

Posted by: Leo on November 2, 2008 at 6:13 PM | PERMALINK

It breaks my heart. If they are reflective, remorseful, or even sorry for what they've done to this country, it doesn't show anywhere!! As far as I'm concerned, Bush is getting his "pay back" for 8 years of insanity and greed. Good Riddance!

Posted by: Jim S. on November 2, 2008 at 6:14 PM | PERMALINK

There are a lot of sad mothers and fathers tonight around this country which Bush and Cheney sent to their deaths in the WRONG PLACE. It was to outdo "poppy" and for pride and oil. It was never about freedom and our young kids have paid the price. The whole gang should be impeached and prosecuted and sent to jail.

Posted by: J Scott on November 2, 2008 at 6:17 PM | PERMALINK

To Daniel Budge...I understand the concept of "taking responsibility," in that you are right. But in 2000, the election was stolen from Al Gore by a bunch of shady tricks in Florida and the Supreme Court.

In 2004, it was Ohio...but by then, the party in power made sure they stayed that way by another bunch of dirty tricks and voter fraud in Ohio.

So you're right, we're really really angry.

But we're also really really motivated. This time, we won't go down easily, that is for damned sure.

Posted by: A thought on November 2, 2008 at 6:21 PM | PERMALINK

Aww gee the Bushies are sad. I wonder how sad the 4200 families of soldiers in their grave are. I wonder how many families of people who died in Katrina are sad. I wonder how many Iraqis are sad that Bush was even born. I wonder how many are sad that they lost their jobs and their homes. I wonder how many will be sad when they get cancer from Bush's late night deregulation executive orders. I wonder how many are sad because they were tortured for no reason, because they are in jail for no reason without a trial. I wonder how many are sad that Bush dropped the ball on 9/11.

Posted by: Natalie Rosen on November 2, 2008 at 6:23 PM | PERMALINK

"Recall Bush saying he was a little envious of the romantic life on solders on the front lines of Afghanistan...."

Let's not forget the time that he was talking about an amputee from the Iraq war. Bush commented on a meeting with the veteran, who had lost both legs. Citing his conversation with the veteran, Bush said, "He's a good man, we're gonna get him some new legs." It seems never to have occurred to Bush that the solider might have been quite happy with his original set of legs. Like his evil mother, W seems to have been born without the empathy segment of his brain! A true sociopath...

Posted by: peteycat on November 2, 2008 at 6:25 PM | PERMALINK

Not even history will be kind to him. He has soiled our country, destroyed our international image, killed hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraquis, 4,000 plus Americans have died in an illegal war, has sent millions of Americans into the ranks of the poor, hundreds of thousands have lost their homes and life's savings and just plain has the reverse Midas touch (everything he touches turns to s--t).

He is sad??!! Really??!! If he really wants to leave a good legacy I have a suggestion for him: Tell McCain to concede and declare Obama the best candidate to clean up this rubble pile he has left us with.

Posted by: TAIsabel on November 2, 2008 at 6:26 PM | PERMALINK

Wonder what mental condition this thinking describes?
Where do you go next when you are so out of touch your view or your reality is somewhere between 10 years ago and nowhere at all?

Posted by: Johnsnottoodistracted on November 2, 2008 at 6:32 PM | PERMALINK

You know, I feel not one drop of sympathy for
Bush or Cheney. The sooner they are gone, the better. They never cared a bit about the middle class or the poor, so good riddance.

Posted by: kym on November 2, 2008 at 6:34 PM | PERMALINK

They should also feel guilty for the death and unhappiness they've caused for the past 8 years. They deserve the way they feel.

Posted by: chuck on November 2, 2008 at 6:36 PM | PERMALINK

Please interview as many of these Bushies as possible on Tuesday night.

I want it compiled into a DVD collection.

It will tide me over until these people are prosecuted.

Posted by: Carl Nyberg on November 2, 2008 at 6:37 PM | PERMALINK

Just wait for the Pardons, then Bush's numbers will nose dive even further.

Posted by: James on November 2, 2008 at 6:42 PM | PERMALINK

Oh Bush is creating a legacy of more deregulation. I hear the lobbyists are hitting each other on the way into the White House. More attacks on our forest, drinking water, air quality , etc.

Bush is a busy, busy boy. He's throwing everything in the way to block change.

It will take taxpayer $$ to investigate and remove these things and a lot of legislative time.

I also hear that it may take YEARS to do the forensic legal work to ferret out all the illegal laws he has passed without legislation.

I would imagine they are all feeling a significant amount of satisfaction thinking about the mess they are leaving. We're going to have to fumigate that place.

Posted by: southvalley on November 2, 2008 at 6:42 PM | PERMALINK


Where is BIN LADEN? Under George's desk all this time? Will be Celebrating when insane Bush is out!

Posted by: Merry on November 2, 2008 at 6:43 PM | PERMALINK

The President will insure his place in history by pardoning his cronies "crimes" with the stroke of a pen on January 20. Crawl back to Crawford, Texas while the new President begins to repair the damage done to our country.

Posted by: Enehoa on November 2, 2008 at 6:51 PM | PERMALINK
You have a combination of no legacy stuff, a horrible economic mess and the likelihood that Obama is going to win," this person added. "There is a real sadness there.
I should have guessed! Dayum! The "legacy stuff" in the Bush administration was all saved up for the last 100 days! I wish I had known, I would have been all a-tingle for the first seven years plus a period of gestation -- and I would have been disappointed too, missing out on the thrill of these final hours and everything. But the opportunity has been missed, so I suppose I shall just have to find some way to live without a capstone to these memorable ruins.

Posted by: Jassalasca Jape on November 2, 2008 at 6:58 PM | PERMALINK

The Bush Administration has established it's "legacy" during the past eight years and what a terrible, shameful legacy it is. Most of these people ought to behind bars.

Posted by: Robin Ewart on November 2, 2008 at 7:07 PM | PERMALINK

"Poor George. Born on third base, thinks he hit a triple, but can't figure which way to run."

Gov Strickland of OH said it similarly and with even more poignancy: With Cheney's urging, W was able to Steal Second!

Posted by: Sheila S on November 2, 2008 at 7:10 PM | PERMALINK

Lifelong democrat voting for Obama. Respect Bush tremendously. Do not admire Clinton. Clinton was screaming to go into Iraq to stop the all the problems but begged off just like Rwanda. He wanted to defer decision to Bush and that was before 9/11. (This is the memo Sandy Berger stole from the Archives.) Look at the history of UN Resolution 1441 including the problem of Iraq firing on our soldiers protecting the "no fly" zone
and Saddam paying suicide bombers in Israel.

Economic meltdown is due to BIPARTISAN failure to regulate poorly leveraged financial instruments including mortages.

Posted by: Anne Hewitt on November 2, 2008 at 7:11 PM | PERMALINK

The political cartoon symbolizing the Bush Legacy:

An unfazed W standing all alone (Loss of US credibility/Isolationism)in a vast rubble cluttered mudflat (Katrina) with blood dripping from his hands (9/11 & Iraq) and empty pokets turned inside out (Economic crisis) and the US Constitution burning alongside him. And his final words: "What, me worry?"

Posted by: rick on November 2, 2008 at 7:15 PM | PERMALINK

Too bad they couldn't do anything along those legacy lines, so instead, they'll try to pass a bunch of slimy rules which will take months if not years to reverse. There is the true measure of the man, if ever there was one. He is sad the McCain is going to lose, because he is going to spend the rest of his life in court defending the thousands of abuses of power, both large and small, that truly defined this presidency. Good luck getting a pardon, too, it's not going to be easy!

Posted by: barry on November 2, 2008 at 7:21 PM | PERMALINK

Too bad they couldn't do anything along those legacy lines, so instead, they'll try to pass a bunch of slimy rules which will take months if not years to reverse. There is the true measure of the man, if ever there was one. He is sad the McCain is going to lose, because he is going to spend the rest of his life in court defending the thousands of abuses of power, both large and small, that truly defined this presidency. Good luck getting a pardon, too, it's not going to be easy!

Posted by: barry on November 2, 2008 at 7:21 PM | PERMALINK

Too bad they couldn't do anything along those legacy lines, so instead, they'll try to pass a bunch of slimy rules which will take months if not years to reverse. There is the true measure of the man, if ever there was one. He is sad the McCain is going to lose, because he is going to spend the rest of his life in court defending the thousands of abuses of power, both large and small, that truly defined this presidency. Good luck getting a pardon, too, it's not going to be easy!

Posted by: barry on November 2, 2008 at 7:21 PM | PERMALINK

one more reason to vote for Obama...

Bush: impeach, convict and execute.

Thanks to the heroic acts or Rep. Kucinich
some months ago against odds ...

Posted by: JIMMY S on November 2, 2008 at 7:39 PM | PERMALINK

It is good to blow off some steam at this time but please save your energy for the things that we have to work on to fix the mess. One cannot expend energy in both ways so concentrate on the good and allow God to handle his business. There is nothing like his judgment when it comes to evil. Hating only affects the person with the hatred, so do not fall into that trap! I was reminded of the need to rejoice regarding new beginnings today, so I wanted t oshare that with everyone. God will certainly put a pox on the lot of them or worse. I do believe that we need to push for impeachment before they leave office though. We must do what we can to at least give them some of the grief that we have endured.

Posted by: plwood01 on November 2, 2008 at 7:48 PM | PERMALINK

Another reason to vote for Obama:

Do you want to see your childen or your
grandchildren perish in
another needless war?

Posted by: JIMMY S on November 2, 2008 at 7:50 PM | PERMALINK

All this Bush bashing!!? The man was an absolute 100% success. He set out, and I'm not joking, with one goal and that was to make the rich richer. Did he acomplish his goal or not?

Posted by: Douglas on November 2, 2008 at 8:00 PM | PERMALINK

Bush and his fellow-travellers have done more damage to this country that any terrorist could have even imagined. George Bush has been Osama bin Ladin's dream come true.

Posted by: James Bullock on November 2, 2008 at 8:14 PM | PERMALINK

How different would history be if the Bush Administration had worried about a positive legacy on day 1 instead of when they only have 100 days left?

Posted by: journeygirl on November 2, 2008 at 8:15 PM | PERMALINK

AS THE COINED PHRASE STATES: "STUPID IS AS STUPID DOES"!!! GEORGE BUSH WAS NOT ONLY STUPID, BUT STUBBORN!!! HIS EFFORT TO OUT-DO HIS FATHER, TO CREATE ENEMIES WHERE THERE WERE NONE, TO DO THE MOST AUDACIOUS ACTS: FLYING OSAMA BIN LADEN'S FAMILY MEMBERS OUT OF THE U.S. IN A PRIVATE PLANE RIGHT AFTER 9/11, TAKING HIS EYE OFF OF AFGHANISTAN AND OSAMA BIN LADEN (BUSH 41 BIG FRIENDS OF THE BIN LADIN FAMILY), PREEMPTIVE WAR AGAINST IRAQ AND SADDAM HUSSEIN (WORSE LEADERS ARE STILL IN POWER).

CHENEY'S HALLIBURTON VIOLATING SANCTIONS AND SIGNING BIG CONTRACTS IN IRAN AND ALSO GENERAL ELECTRIC, CHENEY RUNNING THINGS BEHIND THE SCENES...THE OZ EFFECT. THE WHOLE WAR AGAINST IRAQ WAS FOR THEIR OIL WITH 200,000 GALLONS MISSING EACH WEEK! THEN CHENEY TRYING TO INSTIGATE A WAR IN IRAN BECAUSE THEY ALREADY HAD CONTROL OF OIL WITH CONTRACTS...EASY TO TAKE OVER COUNTRY...SO THEY THOUGHT! BUSHIES COULDN'T CONVINCE I.A.E.A. THAT IRAN WAS AS DANGEROUS AS THEY WERE MAKING OUT!

ADDITIONALLY, THIS ADMINISTRATION STEALING OVER $5.3 TRILLION FROM ALL OF THE TRUST FUNDS INCLUDING OVER $1.4 TRILLION DOLLARS FROM SOCIAL SECURITY TRUST, AND OTHERS SUCH AS: MILITARY RETIREMENT TRUST, FEDERAL EMPLOYEE RETIREMENT TRUST, RAILROAD RETIREMENT TRUST, ALL OF THE AMERICAN INDIAN TRUSTS (ROBBING THEM BLIND)!

ALSO, BORROWING TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS FROM 12 FOREIGN COUNTRIES, ALL OF THE LOANS BACKED BY HARD AMERICAN ASSETS LIKE U.S. TREASURY BONDS, BUT NO PLAN NOR ANY WAY TO PAY THE TRUST FUNDS BACK FOR THE AMERICAN CITIZENS WHO WORKED HARD FOR THAT MONEY!

UNDER-CUTTING THE POWERS OF THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT, CONTROLLING JUDGES BEYOND JUST PARTY LINES, CUTTING OUT DISCRIMINATION CASES TOTALLY!!!

DEREGULATING ALL FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS, INSURANCE COMPANIES, PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES, CHEMICAL COMPANIES...GIVING TAX INCENTIVES IN 2000 FOR CORPORATIONS TO GO ABROAD AND "GLOBALIZE" TAKING MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF JOBS AND SHIPPING THEM TO CHINA, INDIA, AND ELSEWHERE!

CONTROLLING THE FDA, ALLOWING ANTI-TRUST LAWS TO BE VIOLATED WITH TV, RADIO, NEWSPAPER MONOPOLIES TO EXIST AGAIN (BIG REPUBLICAN CORPORATE DONORS!!!) WHERE DO I STOP...WHERE DOES IT END! THEY BUSHIES ALL DRANK "THE COOLAID" AND NOW THINK THAT HIS YOU-KNOW-WHAT STILL DOESN'T STINK!

YES...BEING VULGAR COUNTS NOW BECAUSE THEY HAVE BEEN HORRIBLE TO THE MIDDLE AND LOWER CLASSES! ANYONE THAT HAS A JOB IS JUST LUCKY...THEN PUSHING THESE SUB-PRIME MORTGAGES...ALLOWING SO MANY TO BE FOOLED INTO THINKING THEY COULD HAVE THE AMERICAN DREAM! BIG BUCKS FOR LENDING INSTITUTIONS ONLY!!! THERE'S MORE!!!

IT GOES ON AND ON...SO NO...GEORGE W. BUSH, I DON'T FEEL ONE BIT SORRY FOR YOU OR YOUR COHORTS!!! YOU DROVE AMERICA INTO THE GROUND AND DISTORTED AND DESTROYED EVERYTHING THAT OUR FOREFATHERS CREATED TO PROTECT US FOR YOUR GREEDY PURPOSES!!!

HERBERT HOOVER SAID, "THE ONLY THING WRONG WITH CAPITALISM ARE THE CAPITALISTS!!! THEY'RE TOO DAMN GREEDY!!!

THEY WERE TALKING ABOUT THIS ENTIRE REPUBLICAN PARTY AND THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION!!! FROM A SURPLUS AND A THRIVING ECONOMY TO THE DEPTHS OF HELL!!!

Posted by: BL on November 2, 2008 at 8:37 PM | PERMALINK

TO REITERATE:

HERBERT HOOVER SAID, "THE ONLY THING WRONG WITH CAPITALISM ARE THE CAPITALISTS!!! THEY'RE TOO DAMN GREEDY!!!

BUSH ADMINISTRATION IN A NUTSHELL..."NUT" BEING THE FUNCTIONAL WORD HERE!!!

Posted by: bl on November 2, 2008 at 8:41 PM | PERMALINK

In the end, Bush will look back on these last eight years much as he does his time in the cockpit of his trainer, out in the oil fields, partly owning a baseball team, vacationing (oooops I mean, governing) in Texas - another whoop dee doo hobby in an otherwise silver -spoon- in- mouth life. THANKX @SSH0LE

Posted by: leevntheus on November 2, 2008 at 8:43 PM | PERMALINK

Thank you all so much for your great,insightful, witty,and wise(ass)comments,this has been one of the most honest and delightful comments sections on the Bush legacy that I've read in the past 8 years. To think that years ago,on the eve of the Iraqi invasion I couldn't even find a single peace web site to commune with like minded anti-warriors. Here's to a greener,more peaceful, transparent and bright future. Here's to every American who loves our country, the planet, and the human race. Here's to all of you for knowing and caring, and here's to Obama to help us lead the way and create a better world.

Posted by: mollyp on November 2, 2008 at 9:03 PM | PERMALINK

These folks still don't get it. This is what happens when someone like Karl Rove gets his hands on someone like Sarah Palin (hockey Mom being the femaleequivalent to beer-drinking buddy) and believes he or she is suitable for high office. And now we have McCain celebrating Joe the Plumber who even had Shephard Smith shaking his head in disbelief.

As for the financial crisis we're now all paying for, Bush one said his favorite economist was Grover Norquist. Norquist is not an economist; he's an ideologue. The GOP has betrayed the spirit of Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt. Lincoln believed in the primacy of labor. Roosevelt promoted government regulation and decried "swollen fortunes." And now we have the Bush administration hell bent on putting more deregulation measures in place before it leaves office at the expense of the consumers and the environment.

Posted by: Sally on November 2, 2008 at 9:35 PM | PERMALINK

George B was brilliant. He screwed the poor and middle class but took care of his friends, Cheny etc. The rich got richer and Georgy boy will be well taken care of in his old age "legacy". Are you going to donate to his library? His rich friends will!

Posted by: Roy on November 2, 2008 at 9:48 PM | PERMALINK

Bush shouldn't worry... the man will definitely have a legacy but it won't be the kind of legacy he's hoping for or that he believes he deserves. One is tempted to compare Bush to Hoover but that's being unfair to Hoover. Hoover, a victim of circumstances that he didn't create, was guilty of doing nothing to prevent the country from falling apart economically. In the inverse is the case with Bush: He helped create the present mess with his free market policies and under regulation using cronies of the businesses being regulated. As bad as things appear to be, I fear that when Obama gets to the Oval Office, he's going to find a much bigger mess than what's been publicized. Granted, Bush didn't sit on his butt as the economy crashed and he should be commended for trying to help the situation but that's the extent of my praise and that's being generous because we shouldn't be in the present situation. Bush's legacy (and that of his evil twin Alan Greenspan) will be as one of the most corrupt and inept administrations in the nations 230-year history. He can live out his life at Crawford and think about that for the rest of his life and good riddance to the man.

Posted by: Roger H. Werner on November 2, 2008 at 9:52 PM | PERMALINK

George W. Bush - the American Nero.

Posted by: The Conservative Deflator on November 2, 2008 at 10:03 PM | PERMALINK

Most of these Bush Republicans are probably "sad" because they know that with a new president there will probably be a new Attorney General, one who might take the "rule of law" seriously (as well as their solemn oath as Attorney General to uphold and defend the U.S. Constitution against both foreign and domestic enemies) which just may mean that next year many of these Bush Republicans will begin doing jail time, probably having to establish their own prison Republican gang (or at least being assimilated into the Neo-Nazi Skin-head gang). Now, that should make any criminal Bush Republican mighty "sad," while uplifting the Spirit of all other American citizens.

Posted by: The Oracle on November 2, 2008 at 10:32 PM | PERMALINK

I almost (almost) feel sorry for Papa Bush.
His unfavorite son killed America.

Posted by: RJII on November 2, 2008 at 10:41 PM | PERMALINK

A courageous and ethical leader would never have assumed office after the travesty of the 2000 elections. Hist brother's state "decided" the election. He could not assume the presidency in such an illegitimate way. A good man would have stepped aside and said we'll try this again in 2004. Instead, they brought on the goon squads and the echo chamber, and we have been pummeled as a nation ever since. Bush has no ethical compass and no legitimacy. Who else would have hired Rove and allowed him to destroy what was great about this country. Look at the number of posts here! McCain's lesson from the Bush years was "the ends justisfy the means." Well I am here to say, if by some terrible chance that McCain wins, he will inherit an ungovernable country. When you incite hatred and divide voters, you recreate 1861. So, make no mistake--McCain hasn't learned a damned thing from Bush either. The Pity party ends tomorrow.

Posted by: Sparko on November 2, 2008 at 11:20 PM | PERMALINK

DON'T BE SO HARD ON POOR GEORGIE YOU KNOW IT TAKES HIM AT LEAST 100 DAYS TO SPELL FAILURE.

Posted by: Darryl on November 2, 2008 at 11:46 PM | PERMALINK

The Bush legacy is-
- A 8+ year war based on lies (at $2 BILLION per week)
- Tens of thousands dead or crippled Americans
- Hundreds and Hundreds of billions of dollars wasted, lost, stolen, much if it going directly to Halliburton
- Untold numbers, uncounted, un-named, tens of thousands of Iraqi civilians killed
- A damaged constitution and a bold disrespect for American citizen's civil liberties
- Torture performed in the name of America
- Cheney's oil policy developed in secret with a secret committee in secret meetings, which Cheney still to this day refuses to disclose (Bin Laden family was a participant)
- Bush's policy to resist all FOIA requests
- Disgraceful, incompetent reaction to Katrina
- Disrespect for the rule of law and a disregard for the lawful role of the executive branch of government
- Exposing an American CIA agent, in order to hurt the family of a political opponent, then lying about it
- Rolling back or circumventing countless environmental protections and goal levels, moving out country backwards.


At this very moment, Bush and his team are busy pushing through last minute orders to reduce our drinking water and clean air standards. He is using the last days in office to make our air and water, LESS clean.

THAT is the Bush legacy. He's not sad about it. I doubt he has the capacity to even understand all the damage he has done and the people he has hurt. If he has the ability to understand what he has done,and yet still did it, that's even a more frightening thought. Bush is sad because his days of power are over, that's all.

Posted by: chris on November 3, 2008 at 12:53 AM | PERMALINK

I'm not sure the country can survive another 100 days of murderous, torturous, deceitful, monkey ass leadership of G. W. Bush.

This is just enough time for him to finish raiding the treasury for his friends, and declare yet another war.

We need to evict Bush administration from the White House Nov. 5th. And let the newly elected President take over ASAP.

For the record, I never voted for this moron and knew he would ruin us w/ Iraq--but I never thought to this unfathomable degree.

Posted by: RJII on November 3, 2008 at 12:57 AM | PERMALINK

Yes, some "legacy things" like pardoning Scooter Libby and continuing the wanton destruction of peoples and the planet.

The nazis will miss the Whitehouse and their private "pity" parties. bush thinks he is misunderstood and unappreciated. He is either too stupid to see the evil he has perpetuated or delights in viewing the horrid destruction.

Cheney was barely able to stand on his shakey legs while finally "endorsing" mccain at the last possible minute. He looked like crap. He looked as if he was wheeled to the podium and had to be propped up for the photo op.

So many people around the world revile these two ghouls. They'd better find some deep holes to hide in. Oh, Saddam already tried that.

Posted by: Sam23 on November 3, 2008 at 1:14 AM | PERMALINK

Sad? Eat Shit and Fucking Die.

Posted by: Lon Cheney on November 3, 2008 at 2:08 AM | PERMALINK

kill all the republicans and execute with extreme prejudice, theocratic constitutional officers.

Posted by: alogicbit on November 3, 2008 at 2:19 AM | PERMALINK

I have been outraged since BEFORE this moron was elected governor of Texas and wish Ann Richards were alive to see this day.

You wouldn't think invading a sovereign nation that was no threat to the security of the United States would bring us down so far, but there you have it. It was never a war. It was an invasion. And that's just for starters.

Abominable, loathsome, beyond the limits of greed and ignorance previously thought imaginatively possible even by Shakespeare and Dickens.

The American people have spoken. Send them all swords. Rove gets the first one.

Posted by: steve carlson on November 3, 2008 at 7:21 AM | PERMALINK

For those advocating violence- take a chill. We have a system in place and it seems to be working. Bush's legacy? What legacy? The only legacy he gets is a knock on the door as he gets subpoenaed.

Posted by: rememberNovember on November 3, 2008 at 8:41 AM | PERMALINK

And it's about to get worse. It's gonna be ending up at the International Crimes Tribunal.

Posted by: aiyer-a-aiyer on November 3, 2008 at 8:57 AM | PERMALINK

There goes the fuck up. ' After you, Ronald Reagan. '

Posted by: aiyer-a-aiyer on November 3, 2008 at 9:00 AM | PERMALINK

Good article on the Bush legacy in UK Guardian newspaper, by Simon Schama (historian), suggests GWB has been faithful disciple of the politics of G Herbert W Bush and that only a historian of the stature of Gibbon could do justice to GWBs legacy.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2008/nov/03/george-bush-legacy-dubya

Posted by: deranger on November 3, 2008 at 9:15 AM | PERMALINK

Stomp them out of existence.

Posted by: quicklime on November 3, 2008 at 10:35 AM | PERMALINK

wait! hasn't georgie said all along that history will prove him right? well, there's his legacy. that and his impeachmeant and subsequent indictment, imprisonment, and hopefully rendition.

drop dead, cheney, you evil motherfucker.

Posted by: tim mcveigh jrBOO! on November 3, 2008 at 11:57 AM | PERMALINK

SteveT: They are completely incapable of believing that they have done anything wrong.

Your problem is that narcissists don't perceive the world in terms of Right and Wrong, Good or Evil, or even Shades of Grey. Rather, they perceive the world as revolving around them and what they can get from it.

When you expect any kind of contrition from these kinds of people, you set yourself up for disappointment.

Posted by: Marko on November 3, 2008 at 12:19 PM | PERMALINK

Bush sealed his legacy a long time ago. Worst President Ever. If anyone in the administration thought otherwise, that is their problem. And to be associated with this is administration should forever be their albatross.

Posted by: Ricardo on November 3, 2008 at 12:33 PM | PERMALINK




 

 

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