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Bush Arrives in Iraq on Surprise Farewell Visit (Update at #220)
Foxnews.com ^ | December 14, 2008 | AP

Posted on 12/14/2008 5:19:15 AM PST by GQuagmire

BAGHDAD -- President George W. Bush on Sunday made a farewell visit to Iraq, a place that defines his presidency, just 37 days before he hands the war off to a successor who has pledged to end it

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TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bush; bush43; bushlegacy; bushthesocialist; cic; farewelltour; iraq; military; oif; presidentbush; spartansixdelta; surprisevisit; term2; troops; wot
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1 posted on 12/14/2008 5:19:16 AM PST by GQuagmire
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To: GQuagmire

Good for President Bush!!! The troops will be happy to see him.


3 posted on 12/14/2008 5:22:32 AM PST by BlueAngel
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To: BlueAngel

A comparison of the 2003 photos and today’s President Bush will show what these years have meant to him. His face is really showing the strain of his job.

God bless him.


4 posted on 12/14/2008 5:37:16 AM PST by maica (Barack Obama is a Weathermen Project.)
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To: GQuagmire
When he gets back, the hubcaps will probably be missing on Limo_1.
5 posted on 12/14/2008 5:38:34 AM PST by BallyBill (Serial Hit-N-Run poster)
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To: GQuagmire

Let’s hope Bush the Socialist stays in Iraq, it’s the only place left on earth that likes him beside Africa, and thet only like him because he stole taxpayers money to give to them.


6 posted on 12/14/2008 5:43:39 AM PST by stockpirate (Rush, Sean, Laura, Mark, Ann, Malkin, Beck, - MIA re: COLB, Have lost ALL creds!)
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To: GQuagmire

Against ALL odds this president did the right thing!
He led the front on the War against Islamofascism and terrorism. He kept us safe for 8 years.

Thank you Mr. President! I for one am grateful.

Those that now want to post all the conservative Bush Derangement Syndrome go ahead. “Bush is a socialist” will just be a different version of “Bush Lied”.

God bless George Bush. a man of courage and character.


7 posted on 12/14/2008 5:45:09 AM PST by Recovering Ex-hippie (Obozo.....friend of dictators and wannabee revoluuuushionaries !)
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To: GQuagmire
God bless President Bush and our troops.

They've done a great job keeping us safe by forcing our enemies on defense.

8 posted on 12/14/2008 5:45:38 AM PST by kristinn
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To: stockpirate

You sure are in the Christmas spirit this beautiful Sunday morning. I hope your disposition improves as the day goes on.


9 posted on 12/14/2008 5:49:44 AM PST by Russ (Repeal the 17th amendment)
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To: stockpirate
“Let’s hope Bush the Socialist stays in Iraq, it’s the only place left on earth that likes him beside Africa, and thet only like him because he stole taxpayers money to give to them.”

Let's hope that your gonorrhea does'n't go away.

10 posted on 12/14/2008 5:51:34 AM PST by billhilly (Sayonara Detroit)
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To: GQuagmire
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Thank you President Bush! The victory in the war in Iraq has changed forever the Middle East and will help keep us safe for years to come.

They said that it could not be done, and you proved them wrong. Even though the nation did not have the will to prevail in Iraq, you did.

God bless you!

11 posted on 12/14/2008 5:51:52 AM PST by A.Hun (Common sense is no longer common.)
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To: stockpirate

In before I could post my comment.

Conservatives have no one to blame but ourselves. Too lazy to campaign and work for conservatives and really get a ground level movement running. Thus, all the anger is at “Daddy”. Its time to compete with the energy of the left which mounted an effective grassroots campaign and got Obama into the white house.

We can whine about how this all turned out, but the conservatives have become fat, lazy and now are shocked. Look to congress , the president can’t do much when conservatives have betrayed him time and again.


12 posted on 12/14/2008 5:54:42 AM PST by Recovering Ex-hippie (Obozo.....friend of dictators and wannabee revoluuuushionaries !)
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To: billhilly; Russ

You said it better than I could in my post #7. HA!


13 posted on 12/14/2008 5:56:46 AM PST by Recovering Ex-hippie (Obozo.....friend of dictators and wannabee revoluuuushionaries !)
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To: Recovering Ex-hippie

Amen.

There are too many that bitch and moan and then have their coffee and feel good about being active.


14 posted on 12/14/2008 5:57:39 AM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . Save America......... put out lots of wafarin (it's working))
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To: stockpirate

Let’s hope Bush the Socialist stays in Iraq, it’s the only place left on earth that likes him beside Africa, and thet only like him because he stole taxpayers money to give to them


May the Spirit of the Christmas season continue to be with you and yours.


15 posted on 12/14/2008 5:57:47 AM PST by deport
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To: GQuagmire
God bless President Bush and the troops! Those that can't say anything good about him....so be it. In about a year you might be looking back and and remembering better days.
16 posted on 12/14/2008 5:57:57 AM PST by ladyvet (WOLVERINES!!!!!)
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To: stockpirate
Let’s hope Bush the Socialist stays in Iraq,

What an effing waste of money! How many millions will this Dubya boondoggle cost?

There are thousands of ways all the dollars could be better spent than for Dubya to take an ego lap around Baghdad.

I voted for the SOB twice. How could I and so many others have been so wrong?

Well, I hope I've learned a thing or two from the disaster that has been Dubya.

17 posted on 12/14/2008 5:58:24 AM PST by Rum Tum Tugger
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To: stockpirate

Pretty strong words from an admitted thief and scoundrel


18 posted on 12/14/2008 5:59:50 AM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . Save America......... put out lots of wafarin (it's working))
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To: stockpirate
You're getting predictable.

{YAWN}

19 posted on 12/14/2008 5:59:57 AM PST by Allegra
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To: stockpirate
I like him. Do I like all his policy decision's no. But I do not dislike him, nope not at all.
20 posted on 12/14/2008 6:01:21 AM PST by svcw (Great selection of Christmas gift baskets: http://baskettastic.com/)
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To: Allegra

HI Allegra,

Merry Christmas and god bless!

GOD BLESS PRESIDENT BUSH. WHEN 1/20/09 COMES WE WILL NEVER LOOK BACK AT THE BAD BUT WISH FOR HIM BELIEVE ME WE ARE IN BIG TROUBLE.


21 posted on 12/14/2008 6:03:34 AM PST by angcat ("When the strong man, fully armed, guards his own dwelling, his goods are safe".)
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To: Rum Tum Tugger
No. He is still the commander in chief, and has every right/responsibility to visit our warriors.
22 posted on 12/14/2008 6:04:01 AM PST by svcw (Great selection of Christmas gift baskets: http://baskettastic.com/)
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To: Rum Tum Tugger
There are thousands of ways all the dollars could be better spent than for Dubya to take an ego lap around Baghdad.

Perhaps some see it as a farewell visit from their Commander-in-Chief to troops who are serving their country far away from their loved ones at Christmas.

23 posted on 12/14/2008 6:05:09 AM PST by Allegra
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To: maica

Doesn’t everyone look a lot older after eight years.

Recent pictures of President Bush’s beautiful smile show that he’s content with himself and looking quite well.

I surely have a lot more gray hair than I did 8 years ago.


24 posted on 12/14/2008 6:08:44 AM PST by Carley (Prayers for Sgt. Eddie Ryan)
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To: angcat
Merry Christmas, angcat!

I'm afraid we have a few Obama trolls amongst us.

25 posted on 12/14/2008 6:09:12 AM PST by Allegra
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To: Russ

Sadly, there are some really really angry people here.

I pray for them.


26 posted on 12/14/2008 6:09:44 AM PST by Carley (Prayers for Sgt. Eddie Ryan)
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To: GQuagmire

God Bless President George W Bush! Liberator of over 50 million people, tyrant slayer, defender of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.


27 posted on 12/14/2008 6:09:54 AM PST by Wpin (I do not regret my admiration for W)
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To: Allegra

Good for the President. I think it’s great that he is saying farewell to the troops. I wish him well in his retirement.


28 posted on 12/14/2008 6:11:11 AM PST by patj
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To: stockpirate

You can’t have an economy or an America if Radical Islamic Terrorists are blowing up our kids in their School yards.

I for one am sure that this President Prioritized correctly.


29 posted on 12/14/2008 6:11:48 AM PST by tomnbeverly ("In the hour of darkness and peril and need, the people will waken to listen and hear.....)
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To: billhilly
Let's hope that your gonorrhea does'n't go away.

LMAO!!!

30 posted on 12/14/2008 6:11:54 AM PST by Hot Tabasco (What size shot works best on 4 calling birds?)
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To: Allegra

The next Muslim President. I was just reading that article from the Asian Times. Frightening indeed. America has been fooled. I hope Michelle manages to control her hatred for American and also learn how to dress, she is complete low life worse than Hillary.


31 posted on 12/14/2008 6:11:56 AM PST by angcat ("When the strong man, fully armed, guards his own dwelling, his goods are safe".)
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To: GQuagmire
This is exactly the right thing for the President to do. During his two terms, I felt secure in accomplishing a great many things in my life, in the knowledge that an intelligent, knowledgeable, and caring President was at the helm. No retro-active taxes (as the Clintons did), no one witch-hunting me because I stood for policies they disagreed with, we had no "Waco's". I knew that criminals were being pursued. I knew he was no gun grabber. He wasn't going to take my job because I didn't claim a "minority" status. I knew he stood FOR policies which would encourage me to grow my assets. I knew that literacy was a major concern for this administration. The Bush years were a breakthrough of light amid the muggy cloud-storm of Chicago-style politics which surrounded the Clinton administration.

I saw conservatives and libertarians come out of the woodwork, safe in the knowledge they could speak their mind, knowing they wouldn't be prosecuted or "hunted" for their opinions and thoughts.

I'm going to miss this President.

32 posted on 12/14/2008 6:12:22 AM PST by Alia
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To: Allegra

Are you going to be able to attend one of the President’s functions in Iraq?! If so, I hope you get the opportunity to THANK THE PRESIDENT FOR HIS INCREDIBLE VISION AND COURAGE vis a vis Iraq and the broader War on Terrorism!!


33 posted on 12/14/2008 6:15:58 AM PST by DrDeb
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To: stockpirate

For all of President Bush’s shortcomings and failure,:real and perceived by the right and the left, documented and analyzed on Free Republic and elsewher;: above all else this much is true:

President Bush’s leadership and execution of the war against islamic terrorists has been exceptional, mistakes and all, by any rational standard. It will be studied, analyzed, and copied by military professionals for years to come.

President Bush loves the troops and they love him. While all of us are going to pay a steep price for an Obama administration, the men and women of our magnificent Armed Forces are going to bear the greatest burden of all All will give sone, many more than neccessary will have to give all.


34 posted on 12/14/2008 6:20:01 AM PST by Natty Bumppo@frontier.net (We are the dangerous ones, who stand between all we love and a more dangerous world.)
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To: DrDeb

No...I’m finishing up an R&R in the U.S. and head back to Iraq later this coming week.


35 posted on 12/14/2008 6:20:26 AM PST by Allegra
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To: GQuagmire

The hateful, hate filled people who are all too prevalent on any thread related to our President have really put a pall on this site.

I wish they could be sent to the same limbo that some Rudy supporters found themselves in last year.

And to think that some of them have the nerve to invoke the spirit of Christmas.

Appalling!


36 posted on 12/14/2008 6:20:45 AM PST by altura
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To: Allegra

God be with you Allegra, Merry Christmas.


37 posted on 12/14/2008 6:26:21 AM PST by squarebarb
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To: Natty Bumppo@frontier.net
the men and women of our magnificent Armed Forces are going to bear the greatest burden of all All will give sone, many more than neccessary will have to give all.

This hurts. Because it is true. I have two loved ones, yet active mil status, who will probably be mis-used and mis-directed by an administration which is clueless about so many things, that my loved ones may end up in another Somalia; horribly negotiated, horribly and misguidedly purposed by an Administration which has no pride in either country or military.

38 posted on 12/14/2008 6:28:50 AM PST by Alia
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To: Natty Bumppo@frontier.net

I pray our incoming president is a quick study. No matter what he said in the campaign, its a dangerous world and there are many who would like to see us knocked to our knees.


39 posted on 12/14/2008 6:30:23 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Rum Tum Tugger

“an ego lap”? I think it is your own cyber ego-tripping which is showing.


40 posted on 12/14/2008 6:30:31 AM PST by Alia
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To: altura
I'm so proud of our President. Had the opportunity to see him a couple of times and will always treasure the memories.

That said, I surely do wish he would go ahead and pardon or commute Ramos and Compeon, border guards protecting us from a drug dealer who is now serving less time than are they!

41 posted on 12/14/2008 6:33:35 AM PST by YepYep
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To: Recovering Ex-hippie

A-men my brotha’


42 posted on 12/14/2008 6:36:23 AM PST by capydick ("History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid".)
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To: GQuagmire

U.S. President Bush walks with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani past Iraqi troops in Baghdad Sunday.

43 posted on 12/14/2008 6:38:29 AM PST by AmericanMade1776 ( Obama Happens! Not my Fault!)
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Carley wrote: Doesn’t everyone look a lot older after eight years. Recent pictures of President Bush’s beautiful smile show that he’s content with himself and looking quite well. I surely have a lot more gray hair than I did 8 years ago.

Where did the time go? It went so fast. For 8 years , with President Bush in the White House, I could rest peacefully at night, knowing that someone responsible, honest, brave, and American was in the Oval Office. We are sure going to miss him. By the way... hair color works well for gray hair.

44 posted on 12/14/2008 6:41:11 AM PST by AmericanMade1776 ( Obama Happens! Not my Fault!)
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To: Allegra

Hi there allegra!

as always, you got right to the point...YAWN...LOL!

We need another word than Drama Queen for these characters..ha. How about WHINO QUEEN???


45 posted on 12/14/2008 6:42:58 AM PST by Recovering Ex-hippie (Obozo.....friend of dictators and wannabee revoluuuushionaries !)
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To: GQuagmire

Exactly what a CiC should do. I hope he lands on a carrier again too. That would really piss off the libs.


46 posted on 12/14/2008 6:43:28 AM PST by pfflier
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To: Recovering Ex-hippie
Conservatives have no one to blame but ourselves. Too lazy to campaign and work for conservatives and really get a ground level movement running. Thus, all the anger is at “Daddy”. Its time to compete with the energy of the left which mounted an effective grassroots campaign and got Obama into the white house.

We can whine about how this all turned out, but the conservatives have become fat, lazy and now are shocked. Look to congress , the president can’t do much when conservatives have betrayed him time and again..

Really. So we are all at fault for Bush's massive spending bills. For his kissing Ted Kennedy's fat ass on the education bill; for his stupidity of thinking he could "reach across the isle" when the left has absolutely NO want or reason to do so and WE as you call us, all know that. YOU may have failed. YOU may have sat on your fat ass and DID NOTHING, but a lot of us not only used our voices here, but did it also with emails, calls and personal visits to our congress reps. MAYBE YOU sat on your ass and failed Bush, but BUSH FAILED US. Take out the war effort. He failed badly. He FAILED to close the borders. He SPENT like a drunk needing another beer. He FAILED all these things, and YOU may have failed him by not kissing up, but I DID NOT. Don't blame me, or anyone else FOR YOUR FAILURES. Don't drag me into YOUR failures. HE FAILED conservatives time and time and time and time and time again. I did not fail him. I VOTED for him twice. I HAD HOPE that he was going to clean up our country after eight years of the Klinton Gestapo. I thought he would be a leader on all fronts. He was not. What I DID DO, was lose confidence in him to lead. While he did well on the war effort, he failed badly on other efforts.

47 posted on 12/14/2008 6:49:31 AM PST by RetiredArmy (My home is protected by the 2d Amendment!! Locked and loaded.)
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To: Allegra
Well said Allegra "I'm afraid we have a few Obama trolls amongst us." Looks as tho some have been luring here for years
48 posted on 12/14/2008 6:51:03 AM PST by piroque
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To: AmericanMade1776

Speaking of hair color. We know bubba used something to make himself gray.

Can’t you just see our President on O’s inauguration day coming out with lovely dark brown hair. tee hee.


49 posted on 12/14/2008 6:52:12 AM PST by Carley (Prayers for Sgt. Eddie Ryan)
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To: GQuagmire

Do I agree with many of his policies? No.
Does he infuriate me with some of his decisions, many of which are the antithesis of conservatism? Yes.

But do I like Bush the man, the person, and wish him and his family all the best? YES.

Have a safe trip, Mr. Bush. Merry Christmas.


50 posted on 12/14/2008 6:53:26 AM PST by RepublitarianRoger2
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