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November 28, 2008
By: Hilzoy

Annals Of Self-Deception

From the NYT:

"In an interview conducted earlier this month by his sister, Doro Bush Koch, Mr. Bush said he wanted to be remembered "as a person who, first and foremost, did not sell his soul in order to accommodate the political process.""

""I came to Washington with a set of values, and I'm leaving with the same set of values," Mr. Bush said. "And I darn sure wasn't going to sacrifice those values; that I was a President that had to make tough choices and was willing to make them. I surrounded myself with good people. I carefully considered the advice of smart, capable people and made tough decisions.""

"But he said he wanted to be known "as somebody who liberated 50 million people and helped achieve peace; that focused on individuals rather than process; that rallied people to serve their neighbor; that led an effort to help relieve HIV/AIDS and malaria on places like the continent of Africa; that helped elderly people get prescription drugs and Medicare as a part of the basic package; that came to Washington, D.C., with a set of political statements and worked as hard as I possibly could to do what I told the American people I would do.""

Well, I would like to be remembered as a defensive lineman for the Cincinnati Bengals. Whose wish is more unlikely, I wonder?

Hilzoy 11:59 PM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (43)

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surpisingly i think bush will get credit for the Malaria and Aids work he did. Also, i think he will be remembered for Medicare part D. Sadly for him those are the only positives he may be remembered for. Everything else was a total screw up from Iraq to Katrina to the Economy.

Posted by: TGP on November 29, 2008 at 12:11 AM | PERMALINK

Yeah, I'm sure Castro would have preferred being remembered for his fastball, too.

Posted by: Cash on November 29, 2008 at 12:38 AM | PERMALINK

"In an interview conducted earlier this month by his sister--"

Stop.

Please...

Posted by: Monty on November 29, 2008 at 12:44 AM | PERMALINK

The greatest achievement of the Bush administration was the passage of the Do Not Call list. 8 years and that is one positive compliment I can give to Bush.

Posted by: clone12 on November 29, 2008 at 12:46 AM | PERMALINK

I'm sorry, it has to be said:

The Bengals?

Posted by: Cap'n Phealy on November 29, 2008 at 12:55 AM | PERMALINK

The Cap'n beat me to it. Even the Bengals don't want to be remembered as Bengals.

Posted by: David on November 29, 2008 at 12:59 AM | PERMALINK

The Cap'n beat me to it. Even the Bengals don't want to be remembered as Bengals.

Posted by: David on November 29, 2008 at 1:01 AM | PERMALINK

Here is what I would put on his decrepit statue:

Everything he touched, he diminished. And he spent most of his time touching himself with the Constitution.

Posted by: Sparko on November 29, 2008 at 1:11 AM | PERMALINK

Well, I was looking for a name that would add to the general air of implausibility, and I couldn't think of anything better than 'Cincinnati Bengals'.

Posted by: hilzoy on November 29, 2008 at 1:13 AM | PERMALINK

Yes, I've got to applaud Hilzoy's comic intuition here. It's like when they evaluate words based on how inherently funny-sounding they are. Cincinnati Bengals just makes the punch line funnier, maybe because Cincinnati has so many syllables.

Naah, it's just because the Bengals are so bad that it's marginally more plausible than GWB's wish.

Posted by: Equal Opportunity Cynic on November 29, 2008 at 1:38 AM | PERMALINK

If he's lucky, Bush will be remembered for his incompetence, rather than his aggression, authoritarian impulses, and venality. How in the world did his sister get through this "interview" without breaking down in tears of shame and pity?

Posted by: HS on November 29, 2008 at 1:40 AM | PERMALINK

Adapted from Byron's epitaph for Castlereagh:

Posterity will ne'er decree
A nobler grave than this:
Here lie the bones of 43:
Stop, traveler, and piss.

Posted by: Henry on November 29, 2008 at 1:46 AM | PERMALINK

Speaking of inept football franchises, I can say (as someone who grew up in the Detroit area) without hesitation that William Clay Ford Sr., owner of the Detroit Lions, is the perfect sports analogue to George W. Bush. Both Ford and Bush are alcoholic incompetents who gained their respective positions only through family connections, and both have predictably and spectacularly mismanaged their offices. Both have relied on a cadre of loyal hacks and sycophants rather than capable, qualified professionals, and both men are as adept at self-delusion as they are at conning others into believing in them. Thank God Bush won't be President as long as Ford has been the Lions owner.

Posted by: bluestatedon on November 29, 2008 at 1:48 AM | PERMALINK

hey, did y'all know that Hilzoy was a star defensive lineman for the Cincinnati Bengals? Some people seem to have forgotten that, but I won't.

I'll always remember Hilzoy as a defensive lineman for the Cincinnati Bengals. It is the least we can do to ensure her legacy. :D

Posted by: Will McKenna on November 29, 2008 at 1:49 AM | PERMALINK

The Bengals? Really?

It's really remarkable that one can't point to a single positive accomplishment. The comment on the top, referring to Medicare Part D was refuted, oh, today, in the Times story that on patent blood pressure drugs are being subscribed, despite overwhelming clinical evidence that off-patent diuretics and beta blockers are more effective.

Never mind negotiating prices.

On AIDS in Africa, the "no condoms" thing will be what is remembered.

On malaria, the need for private sector efforts like the Gates and Clinton foundations among others is what will be remembered, in a stunning indictment of world governments, especially the US ignoring "low hanging fruit" as Gates has put it, while big Pharma pursued newer and faster acting impotence drugs.

Nothing. Not a single positive achievement.

Posted by: jayackroyd on November 29, 2008 at 1:56 AM | PERMALINK

Hilzoy...you wore number 79, right? The Bengals is a good choice, not too many would know one way or the other!

Posted by: TBone on November 29, 2008 at 2:07 AM | PERMALINK

Bush will be remembered as an irresponsible twelve year old who stole the keys to the car and completely wrecked it, killing a number of bystanders and destroying substantial propery on his rampage. He is now walking away from the wreck, not a worry on his mind, due to his privileged background.

Posted by: SteinL on November 29, 2008 at 2:50 AM | PERMALINK

"helped elderly people get prescription drugs" ... and it also helped his friends in Big Pharma and this complex and very expensive program had a lot of the incidence of the subsidy go to suppliers and not to these elderly folks. And who will be paying for this subsidy given Bush's tax "cuts" (say deferrals)? Future taxpayers of course. On this one - Bush showed he was a coward not a leader. Pathetic.

Posted by: pgl on November 29, 2008 at 5:02 AM | PERMALINK

"In an interview conducted earlier this month by his sister, Doro Bush Koch, Mr. Bush said he wanted to be remembered "as a person who, first and foremost, did not sell his soul in order to accommodate reality.""

Fixed it. :-)

Posted by: low-tech cyclist on November 29, 2008 at 5:42 AM | PERMALINK

The only thing Bush Boy liberated was tens of thousands of Iraquis from their lives.

Posted by: iris on November 29, 2008 at 5:52 AM | PERMALINK

Maybe everyone has their favorite, but THIS one was my favorite:

"...that focused on individuals rather than process;..."

I'd like him to think on that one and ask himself whether that was a good thing.

I think it may be an important key to the construct of his abysmal failure.

When a decision came down to process or individuals. He favored individuals. Processes sacrificed for favored individuals is a fairly comprehensive categorization of his mistakes.

Rumsfeld, Libby, Cheney, Gonzales, Brown...

Adhering to process might have produced an unremarkable, acceptable presidential term. He chose individuals and let the decay fester until process forced itself upon him.

Posted by: toowearyforoutrage on November 29, 2008 at 7:42 AM | PERMALINK

his sister???? Nobody else would do it!!! An abysmal failure his whole life! He freed the Iraquies???? He destroyed their country, stole their oil and murdered countless men, women and children and thousands of our men and women!!! Please somebody, put this man out of his misery!He is responsible for the economy that is in total shambles, nobody wants his library, nobody wants to be seen with him, he is the lowest of low humans, he is a sociopath and one useless pile of dung!!

Posted by: A Nuffer on November 29, 2008 at 7:54 AM | PERMALINK

I surrounded myself with good people.

And a heckuva group it was.

Posted by: Danp on November 29, 2008 at 8:01 AM | PERMALINK

The bush presidency was a perfect storm of arrogance, ignorance, and incompetence.

America got what it paid for. I hope this is the last time we look for presidential candidates in the bargain basement bin marked "seconds".

In retrospect, the havoc unleashed by the 9/11 terrorists went far, far beyond the immediate damage inflicted that day. They opened the door of panic and fear that froze the collective reasonong power of the American public. Fool us once - shame on bush. Fool us twice shame on America.

Posted by: rick on November 29, 2008 at 8:19 AM | PERMALINK

Iraqis have freedom from plumbing, from electricity, from sanitation, from basic police protection, and from self government. However, I notice that the other day Maliki proudly declared that Iraq has now achieved sovereignty because their parliament finally managed to agree on terms for the American departure. Not bad, considering we officially gave them their "sovereignty" three or four years ago. Bush, you will also be remembered for constantly declaring "Mission Accomplished" when it wasn't, and not just when you were prancing around in your fly-boy costume, either.

Posted by: T-Rex on November 29, 2008 at 8:39 AM | PERMALINK

Dry drunk.

Posted by: Roger on November 29, 2008 at 8:46 AM | PERMALINK


Did you mean to title this "Animals of Self-Deception"?

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Posted by: iris on November 29, 2008 at 8:52 AM | PERMALINK

Bush's statements are so patently false as to defy belief

fucking clueless ... to the end!

Posted by: sjw on November 29, 2008 at 9:16 AM | PERMALINK

>>>"I worked as hard as I possibly could"

i can think of lots of adjectives to describe w., but "hard-working" isn't one of them......

Posted by: dj spellchecka on November 29, 2008 at 9:53 AM | PERMALINK

Bush. You. Are. An. Embarrassment. A comical buffoon at best. At your worst.....
An Economy Wrecker
A Climate Destroyer
A War Criminal
A Constitution Shredder
And an Opportunist taking advantage of peoples' most base fears.

I look forward to pissing on your grave.


Posted by: Palinoscopy on November 29, 2008 at 10:06 AM | PERMALINK

hilzoy,
I hope you've been jogging and staying in shape. The injury riddled Cincinnati Bengals are changing personnel and strategies more often than Paulson with his economic responses.
You may have just put yourself on the Bengals speed dial.
Be careful what you ask for.

Posted by: carsick on November 29, 2008 at 10:10 AM | PERMALINK

Cognitive dissonance is a powerful thing that gets very little credit. He is the poster child.

Posted by: Sam on November 29, 2008 at 10:33 AM | PERMALINK

The Bush legacy is and always will be more than a dark cloud in American history. George Bush has forged the family legacy and its way to accomplish cultural self improvement, through swindling and profiteering as no other family did in America that more than diminishes the Constitution, but openly with arrogance and self indulgence moves ahead according to that spirit “you with me or against me”.

That short phrase “you with me or against me “express a singular motivation with exponential incredible consequences that can be described as foreseen. Or, better put, that’s the way the Bush’s are. No, not just self deception, just common ordinary “Don’t care what ya think, am gona do what ah want, and make money on it”.

There a few persons who address the Bush arrogance and criminal actions, they are my hero’s which I would like to nominate for CNN’s new show. That is Keith Olberman for his continued daily actions to address the Bush atrocities that cry out for justice. Also, authors Dave Lindorff and Barbara Olshansky for their patriotic effort to expose George Bush in their book “The case for impeachment” for me impeachment is not good enough, George Bush and company should be indicted for crimes. In their book they express explicitly the crimes International and domestic deeply and penetrating that was created with open knowledge and direct intent, severe abuse, and out right damming of the citizens rights in our Constitution.

Randy Inman, another to nominate wrote an interesting piece you will not find in Wikipedia:

“Prescott was also helping the rising Nazi Party in Germany. He was on the board of directors for UBC (Union Banking Corporation) which was seized by the United States Government on October 20th 1942 because it was German banking. George Herbert Walker, Prescott’s father in law was the president of that bank. The bank had bought and shipped millions of dollars of gold, fuel, steel, coal and US treasury bonds to Germany, both feeding and financing Hitler's build-up to war in the 1930’s.”

One more author would be Gerald Posner in his book “Secrets of the Kingdom”. Illustrating in depth how from the beginning essential this Bush administration held the door open for 911. Shows the inadequate 911 commission formed to investigate, yet deliberately covered up an insane plot by nineteen Arabs and one Egyptian that eventually leads to our box cutter economy. Incredible of all exposed the Bush family in military arms deals and profiteering that would likely resemble world war two banking crimes and treason. Posner also exposed the tight connection and long time family friendship with the Bin Ladens the primer Arab family that is known but little talked about in the cover up media for financing fundemental terrorist. Including the favorite son Osama Bin Laden master mind of 911.

For me, these past years have exposed a Mainstream Media the past few days showing the reign of terror America and what the world have to deal with. Seems after eight years in a war in Iraq and Afghanistan no one is safe anywhere.

If Obama does not address these crimes he will not get my vote next time. Because, America can turn a new page in history, although one must be able to look back and learn by mistakes and address, indict, investigate, and convict deliberate crimes, or the new pages of history will be more of the same.

Then what reverend Write said was true God blessed us with damnation, he gave us the Bush family.

Posted by: Megalomania on November 29, 2008 at 10:34 AM | PERMALINK

As usual, Bush hasn't learned anything from his screwups. His core values have remained the same, he says: rigidity, stuborness, narcissism, self-deception and a phenomenal lack of curiosity.. That's how he arrived, and that's how he leaves. A man who spent eight years as president in an isolating bubble, surrounded by a claque too afraid to expose the emperor's invisible clothes.

Even Nixon knew he screwed up. The Decider-in-Chief doesn't. That's what a 'C' average gets you.

Posted by: rich on November 29, 2008 at 10:48 AM | PERMALINK

and worked as hard as I possibly could to do what I told the American people I would do.""

I knew a slew of potheads in college that worked harder than this jackass.

Posted by: Gandalf on November 29, 2008 at 10:57 AM | PERMALINK

His fuck-ups will overshadow any good is administration did. That's the way it works. Boo hoo for him.

He just continue to live in his own little world where ever it is he settles I just want him to go away and shut up. The next time I want to hear about him is in a few decades when he dies.

Posted by: ET on November 29, 2008 at 11:36 AM | PERMALINK

Bush will go to his grave with a consistent record - of bankrupting any business he was associated with.

Posted by: jen f on November 29, 2008 at 12:06 PM | PERMALINK

What??? Africa's a continent?

Posted by: Mark on November 29, 2008 at 12:44 PM | PERMALINK

If Bush is serious about wanting to be remembered with any kind of esteem (at least after death), he could donate his brain to science to help find a cure for mental illness.

Posted by: Karen on November 29, 2008 at 2:46 PM | PERMALINK

just wanted to note this: "I carefully considered the advice of smart, capable people..."

first, i suspect the "baseline" for "smart" and "capable" was HIMSELF...that's why things never worked out...

second i think the sentence SHOULD read...."I carefully considered the advice of people who told me what i wanted to hear..."

Posted by: dj spellchecka on November 29, 2008 at 4:29 PM | PERMALINK

Hey, it could be worse ~ he could have said he wanted to be remembered as a linebacker for the Detroit Lions. . .

Posted by: FastJack on November 29, 2008 at 7:39 PM | PERMALINK

Okay, if you'll allow me to indulge my inner 12-year-old, how great is it that Bush has a sister with the hyphenated last name of Bush-Koch. *giggle*

Posted by: kidcharles on November 29, 2008 at 11:11 PM | PERMALINK

He has a soul?

Posted by: Brit Zane on November 30, 2008 at 1:32 PM | PERMALINK




 

 

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