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The Joy of Bush
Weekly Standard ^ | Nov. 28, 2007 | Fred Barnes

Posted on 11/28/2007 3:24:46 PM PST by jdm

PRESIDENT BUSH SAYS the presidency is still "a joyous experience" for him. "People ask if I would do it again. I would." And one reason for his upbeat mood in talking to a dozen journalists Wednesday is progress in Iraq, including revenue sharing by the central government with the provinces. Another is the beginning of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, though Bush cautioned that the creation of a Palestinian state won't come any time soon.

Reconciliation between Shia and Sunni is occurring in Iraq, Bush said, but it's "bottom up reconciliation," not top down from the central government of Nouri a-Maliki. However, the Maliki government has now begun to take steps toward reconciliation on its own.

For one thing, it has increased the sending of revenue to the provinces, some of them Sunni dominated. Maliki's government is largely Shia. Bush said the revenue sharing amounts to the long-sought division of oil revenues, since most of the government's funds come from oil production. But it's being done without passage of a national law requiring sharing of these funds.

The president appeared to be heartened by polls showing Americans are taking a more positive view of how things are going in Iraq. But he suggested it will take "a long time" for the public's negative feelings about the intervention in Iraq to change completely.

Bush, interviewed the day after the Middle East summit in Annapolis on the Israeli-Palestinian struggle, said there's no possibility that a new Palestinian state created on the West Bank would turn into a Hamas-run terrorist state as Gaza has.

"The state won't exist until there's a structure in place to prevent that from happening," he said. For now, progress toward a Palestinian state is at the beginning stage of merely being "defined." Before a state can be created, the Palestinian government of Mahmoud Abbas must crack down on terrorist groups, something it's not done in the past.

There was a valuable lesson to be learned from the Hamas takeover in Gaza, Bush said. "In order to solve a problem, there has to be clarity," the president said. His point was that Gaza shows what happens when a violent Islamist group seizes power.

Bush said he's "feeling upbeat about life these days" as he nears the end of his seventh year in the White House. His optimistic mood is bound to irritate his critics, including those in the media. He spoke with great emphasis about the Middle East, but insisted on talking about some subjects off-the-record.

At the end of the session that lasted more than an hour, Bush ran down a list of the books he's reading or plans to. He said he just finished The Great Upheaval by Jay Winik, what he called "a great, great book." Now he's reading a novel, The Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole. Next he plans to read about the 1800 presidential election, A Magnificent Catastrophe by Edward J. Larson. And his now-departed aide Karl Rove has sent him the new book by historian Joseph Ellis, American Creation: Triumphs and Tragedies at the Founding.


TOPICS: Editorial; Government; News/Current Events; US: District of Columbia
KEYWORDS: bush; fredbarnes; joy; weeklystandard
Fred Barnes = Dirty Old Man. :O)
1 posted on 11/28/2007 3:24:48 PM PST by jdm
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To: jdm

I’ve always enjoyed it........


2 posted on 11/28/2007 3:26:55 PM PST by Red Badger ( We don't have science, but we do have consensus.......)
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To: jdm

With all those ladies getting Brazilians these days, it’s hard to have any joy...


3 posted on 11/28/2007 3:27:32 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~~~Jihad Fever -- Catch It !~~~ (Backup tag: "Live Fred or Die"))
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To: jdm
PRESIDENT BUSH SAYS the presidency is still "a joyous experience" for him.

As one of the millions of financial contributors for his election and re-election, I must say that his presidency has been a bitter disappointment to me!

4 posted on 11/28/2007 3:28:52 PM PST by fweingart (Life's a bitch. So why vote for one?)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

The imagination runs wild...


5 posted on 11/28/2007 3:32:53 PM PST by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: Red Badger

Moi aussi!


6 posted on 11/28/2007 3:35:43 PM PST by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: billorites

She probably has always enjoyed it, too!..............


7 posted on 11/28/2007 3:38:00 PM PST by Red Badger ( We don't have science, but we do have consensus.......)
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To: jdm
heh...heh...


8 posted on 11/28/2007 3:38:34 PM PST by ElkGroveDan (If Rudy's an influential conservative, then I'm an award winning concert pianist.)
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To: fweingart

So then you are saying that nothing done by the president is any good because some of the things he did were not to your liking?

Glass is either full or empty, interesting.


9 posted on 11/28/2007 3:41:50 PM PST by aroundabout
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To: ElkGroveDan

He has worked tirelessly these past 7 years and whether you agree with everything, something, or very little of what he’s accomplished, he HAS accomplished quite alot for 1 President. I am personally thankful we didn’t have to endure an Al Gore or John KErry Presidency and I am praying for the PResident in 2008 to be a PRO-American President. Not a democrat!


10 posted on 11/28/2007 3:43:45 PM PST by princess leah
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To: jdm

Bush is JOYFUL because he’s a devout CHRISTIAN!!


11 posted on 11/28/2007 3:55:42 PM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion: The Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: jdm

Glad to see Bush is reading “Confederacy of Dunces,” one of the funniest books I have ever read. Remember reading it while riding the bus in Washington many years ago and being unable to keep from laughing aloud. Very embarrassing.

Were I Bush, I would read a passage or two every time I had to go before the press, then remember the words of Jonathan Swift (from which the title of the book is taken): “When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him.”


12 posted on 11/28/2007 3:57:52 PM PST by lapster
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To: billorites

Huma, Huma.


13 posted on 11/28/2007 4:08:41 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~~~Jihad Fever -- Catch It !~~~ (Backup tag: "Live Fred or Die"))
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To: Red Badger; jdm

Okay, false advertising!


14 posted on 11/28/2007 4:09:42 PM PST by Larry Lucido (Hunter 2008)
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To: princess leah

What YOU said!!!!

It takes a man with nerves of steel to be President, especially a Republican, with all the beatings they take, not only from the left, but from some in their own party.

For the record, I do not always agree with President Bush, but I greatly admire him.


15 posted on 11/28/2007 4:30:58 PM PST by Theresawithanh (FRED!)
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To: Ann Archy; princess leah

Right on!


16 posted on 11/28/2007 7:06:42 PM PST by BARLF
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To: jdm

The headline made me think this was a piece about either of the Clintons...both like bush.


17 posted on 11/29/2007 5:45:57 AM PST by astounded (The Democrat Party is a Clear and Present Danger to the USA)
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To: jdm

Damn.... Sorry. I thought this was about.... Oh, nevermind.


18 posted on 11/29/2007 5:46:59 AM PST by FishTale
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To: billorites

whisker biscuit!


19 posted on 11/29/2007 5:57:33 AM PST by tumblindice
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To: Theresawithanh

For the record, I do not always agree with President Bush, but I greatly admire him.

BTTT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


20 posted on 11/29/2007 6:08:58 AM PST by buck61
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To: jdm

It’s always brought me joy too.


21 posted on 11/29/2007 6:14:41 AM PST by NeoCaveman ("On illegal immigration, Huckabee makes George Bush sound like Tom Tancredo." - Ann Coulter)
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To: aroundabout
Unfortunately for us the appalling things he has done far outnumber anything good that's been accomplished on his watch!

I've often wondered why it took so damned long to launch any kind of an attack on suspect muslim nations after 9/11. If there was a nation to be attacked it should have been the one that donated the islamic killers that flew planes full of innocents into buildings full of innocents.

Instead of biting the bullet and bombing Saudi oil fields we began a protracted campaign in Iraq.

Instead of using the bully pulpit and shouting for more drilling and more refineries in our nation we aquiesced and cozied up to the idiots of global warming and ethanol.

Instead of recognizing that 'countries' south of the border were dumping their scum into our melting pot, the administration ignored the problem and called for amnesty.

Instead of admitting that ALL muslims want to kill us, our administration invited them to several White House dinner parties where they were careful not to offend their delicate dining rules.

I could go on and on. I could point out that our government is deliberately enticing foreigners to come over and join the military after which they'll be granted citizenship. This amounts to what the British did during our revolutionary war by utilizing the Hessians. This also is an example of a program that's being pursued by our administration that never makes it to the MSM.

22 posted on 11/29/2007 7:20:24 AM PST by fweingart (Life's a bitch. So why vote for one?)
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To: fweingart
Have no idea where you get your info from but much of it is wrong. It didn’t take long to go after the enemy after 9-11. Going to war is a huge task and takes a lot of preparation. We didn’t go after Iraq post 9-11 we went after Afghanistan and the taliban. This gov’t is not a dictatorship and the president cannot simply decree we drill for oil min Alaska or off the coast or anywhere. It takes the Congress to authorize that and the votes to break a liberal filibuster where not there. How would bombing Saudi oil fields helped in the war on terror? Destroying a major chunk of the worlds oil production would be exactly, EXACTLY what the savages would do themselves if they could.

Some things I agree with but others you are off base.

23 posted on 11/29/2007 7:47:54 AM PST by aroundabout
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To: jdm

I thought this was another Hillary thread.


24 posted on 11/29/2007 7:49:21 AM PST by reagan_fanatic (Ron Paul put the cuckoo in my Cocoa Puffs)
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To: aroundabout
This gov’t is not a dictatorship and the president cannot simply decree we drill for oil min Alaska...

He (and Cheney) could have at LEAST taken the argument for drilling to the American people, ala Ronaldus Maximus. Instead he did nothing.

He's chatting now about signing the worthless Kyoto treaty with friend Algore and too damned busy entertaining the Islamists with White House dinners.

It did take an agonizingly long time to go after muslims after 9/11. It seemed to take so long we thought he had forgotten about it.

25 posted on 11/30/2007 4:56:49 AM PST by fweingart (Life's a bitch. So why vote for one?)
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To: fweingart

The time it took to go to war was in your eyes to long, maybe mine also but it takes a long time to set up a ground war. I think you are not understanding what is involved.

The rest I agree with.


26 posted on 11/30/2007 9:16:46 AM PST by aroundabout
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To: fweingart

Nonsense.


27 posted on 11/30/2007 9:22:08 AM PST by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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