Skip to comments.Dubya Opens Up (GWB: "That's just the way it goes! ")
Posted on 12/20/2008 11:31:23 AM PST by sickoflibs
President George W. Bush is leaving with one of the lowest approval ratings in the history of numbers. During his final months on the job, the controversial commander-in-chief has given several interviews that have revealed how he views his legacy. Here are some highlights...
Soul not for sale One of the president's most interesting sound bites came during his interview with FOX News. He said: "I didn't compromise my soul to be a popular guy." The quote is an acknowledgment that the president is well aware that he's about as popular as taxes and chicken pox. Bush went on to say that he would have liked to have been more popular, but he's proud that he didn't sacrifice his integrity. And that includes Detroit's bailout
What Bush regrets During a rather candid interview several weeks ago, folks heard something truly surprising from the presidentan admission that he was wrong. Bush said that his "biggest regret" was that he and his team got the intelligence wrong in Iraq.
What he'll be thinking on his last day Anyone who has ever changed jobs knows that the mix of emotions can be quite strong. It's no different for presidents. Chief among Bush's thoughts before entering what he jokingly referred to as "forced retirement" will be well wishes for President-elect Barack Obama. Said Mr. Bush: "I'll be wishing President-elect Obama all the best, genuinely be wishing him all the best."
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The Bush-bots here will say GWB is JUST being responsible by killing capitalism with bailouts, but when Obama finishes the job it will be Marxism, Problem is the rest of voters wont use their twisted logic, dooming republicans again. Then once again it will be all the media and the anti-Bush conservative turncoats fault again.
Few have worked as hard to earn it, the complete incompetent man!!
W did great damage to capitalism with his extremely poor economic leadership. The bailouts are his futile attempt to clean up the resulting mess.
The economic maneuvers over the past two months has effectively set the table for the incoming marxist regime. It is a most unfortunate development for us, and will only assist them in achieving their Marxist goals.
Nationalizing these various industries in 2008 also makes the opposition to “Socialism!” less of a battlecry against Odumbo and his thugs/henchmen. It’s already being put in place before he takes office.
>>>>The Bush-bots here will say GWB is JUST being responsible by....<<<<<
He kept the U.S. from being attacked again.
Liberals are supposed to be the ones that blame bush for everything. Get real, the RNC has been destroying itself for years now. Election after election after election of ‘The lessor of 2 evils’ all across the country destroyed the GOP.
“GWB what me worry?” ping!
RE “Liberals are supposed to be the ones that blame bush for everything.”
Yep and he repays them with backroom deals against republicans
I never believed in any man, including President Reagan. I believed and continue to believe in the ideas and the ideals the country was founded on. The men (and women) come and go, usually not soon enough.
Yes, he’s rivaling Jimmy Carter on the list of bad Presidents I’ve personally experienced, and Jimmy has had 24 extra yrs. to work on his image.
In politics, you lose. There are times when only Jesus could save you from disaster, and we didn’t have him.
There was no way in hell we would have won, even with Romney or Fred Thompson.
It still would have been a disaster.
You get over and move on.
Life continues. The sun is still out.
And frankly, there was really nothing Bush could have done to try to win the election for us. He did the right thing by sitting on the sidelines.
Jorge: shut up. Get out and join the Klinton and Karter Klan. You too could win a Nobel Peace Prize.
RE :”He kept the U.S. from being attacked again, Period.”
Looking back maybe we would have been better off without him selling socialism for democrats,even with some attacks. It’s a tough choice. But if there are no attacks under Obama, then your last thread to him is cut. Because then rats will tell public that Obama kept them safe. And you told them this is important, right??
And why didn't heads roll for the fake, trumped-up intel??
This clown and his co-conspiring neocon globalist elitist RINO clowns are FOS.
RE “There was no way in hell we would have won, even with Romney or Fred Thompson.”
That was true since Dec 2006 when GWB sayed in office and gave Pelosi the biggest gift of lifetime, two major victories.
note: I am not defending Bush's "destruction" of capitalism.
I think you are absolutely right. I also believe our Congressional losses would have been significantly worse had Sarah not been on the ticket. She brought out the base and saved seats that would have otherwise been lost to poor GOP turnout.
And make no mistake about it, a large part of the Bush-bashing that has been and will be is designed to shift focus from Jimmy Carter as THE worst president in US history. They are doing this so that people do not think immediately of Carter as Obammie the Commie, the boy wonder, affirmative-action president begins putting into place his stupid socialist/communist agenda.
At least Bush won two terms. Carter got blown out of the water after his first term. Approval numbers mean less than the bitch-slapping Reagan gave Carter and that Carter deserved.
So, though I won't defend Bush on the homefront, whenever anyone bashes him, my stock response is, “Carter is the worst president in US history BECAUSE of his socialistic, anti-American views. And Obama is just like Carter.”
Wrong - It is because the vast majority of those who wanted to attack us (and had the intelligence and capabilities / logistics) to put such an attack in place....have been hunted down and captured or killed....Under the leadership, the steadfast leadership of GWB!
This man's leadership in the WOT/Iraq will serve him very well in histories eyes.
As for the economy, he oversaw growth in 7 of the 8 years he was in office. We had low unemployment throughout, low interest rates, lower federal taxes (he never raised taxes once, nor went the cheap, a la, Reagan by raising FICA).
And yes, without question, it has been through his CinC leadership that we have been incredibly successful in this WOT and that includes Iraq. Iraq, for anyone who is/was willing to be intellectually honest understood Saddam had to be dealt with once we were serious about fighting this war.
God bless GWB and his family.
I think you are talking about compassionate conservativism: huge spending and government, cheap printed money, affordable housing, and yet it all only bought a few votes in 2004 but backfired 2006+2008.
Arguably, but at what cost? $2 trillion between the war in Iraq, domestic security, and a sizable loss of freedom and privacy?
Dubya and his minions of neocon-globalist elites have not only unnecessarily transformed America and all she stood for into a smoking crater of cynicism and doubt, but destroyed the Republican Party, and cratered the economy, the public's trust, the conservative movement, AND America's moral and military prestige and clout.
I hear that over and over again.
Is this because of "Fatherland Security"?
I prefer Fatherland over Homeland.
Homeland sounds so, well, homo.
Bush is and always will be a stinking New World Order Globalist, like his rotten old man.
He has sold this country out as surely as Gore or Kerry would have.
Too bad, the betrayal should have come through the democrats. They deserve the credit more.
Momma always said ‘Stoopid is as stoopid does’.
Uummm...How about just looking at the facts??
Dubya ran as a Conservative and reigned as a Democrat on Steroids. He's pretty much admitted his intel was BS, as are the reasons for the Iraq War.
Carter was the devil we knew; Bush was a stealth, Trojan horse RAT whose policies and decisions NOT to protect America's sovereignty and borders and usher in socialism (including the likes of Ubama) will not soon be forgotten; NOR will his policy to arrest and imprison Border Patrol agents who protect America from a Foreign Invasion, OR his appointment of Bubba Clinton as 'Ambassador' be forgotten.
I will never forgive Bush and his neocons.
After 9/11 Bush and the GOP could have done whatever they wanted. They could have abolished the welfare state, rolled back the Great Society, reformed the Judiciary, restored the constitution, closed the borders, and achieved the countless changes we want for our republic. The Democrats would not dare oppose them with the burning WTC still fresh in everyone conscientiousness, the GOP had a once in a century carte blanch to do whatever they wanted. The last time this happened was with Roosevelt after Pearl Harbor, and he made fundamental changes to our nation.
Instead of doing all the things conservatives dreamed off for many long decades, he wasted all the good will on the Iraq war and on expensive pet projects in GOP senators home states. The border was never closed, the welfare state prospered and grew under Bush (Clinton was more fiscally conservative), no fundamental changes or restorations were made to our republic.
You want Bush’s legacy? I got five letters for you OBAMA. George Bush spent eight years preparing the nation to elect its first open socialist for President.
You hit the same nail on the head three times in a row, #15, #23 and #26!
Keep up the good work.
Some day, the greatness of President GW Bush will be acknowledged by all.
He prevented further terrorist attacks on the US homeland after 9/11. The attack of 9/11/2001 was Not His Fault, it was the fault of the Democrats who held the White House for 8 years before President Bush took power.
President Bush has given America almost uninterupted ecnomic prosperity. He helped overcome the Democrat caused recession of 2001, and gave us 7 years of uninterrupted job growth, until 2008. The current recession/depression is the fault of the Democrats who encouraged granting mortgages to unqualified borrowers.
All the other problems attributed to President Bush were caused by Democrats, including the New Orleans disaster, which was due to the incompetence of Democratic city and state governments in Louisiana.
President Bush is a Great President and will be recognized as one of America’s greatest presidents some day.
Carter got us the Iran we are now dealing with as a possible nuclear enemy. Bush took the fight to the Islamofascists.
I'm no great fan of Bush, but give me a break. Carter sucked exponentially worse than Bush. If you disagree, you may find more friends over at DU.
Sure, I can see that . . . I just find the lame-duck bashing humorous. Things are pretty effed-up out there, but blaming Bush for Pelosi is laughable.
And in the real world the Democrats, in an unprecedented fashion, sought to undermine the war effort from the very first minute. You think they would've allowed themselves to be pushed right over . . . LOL.
And Mussolini made the trains run on time, and Hitler built the Autobahns.
The implication is that only Dubya is responsible for no further terrorist attacks on US soil since 9/11, and he deserves credit as the President for that success.
His party had control of Congress for six years during his presidency, and accomplished little, if nothing, in the way of reform. In fact, out of control government spending emerged during this administration.
So many of his hand-picked Cabinet officers have shown an incredible lack of competency: Gonzalez, Brown @ FEMA, and now Paulson at Treasury.
And Dubya still thinks that Harriett Miers was a great choice for SCOTUS.
There's been way too much bad with the good from Dubya for the past few years.
And to his supporters, he basically called us racists for opposing him on immigration reform. His last message as he leaves the White House is: "That's just the way it goes!", or more simply, "FU!!!"
It seems you've forgotten the tenor of this site, it's a conservative forum, not a republican one. While there are no doubt many things to blame BJ Clinton and his cronies for, trying to tack on the actions of a group of suicidal thugs isn't one of them. 9/11 was caused by Al Qaeda, Bin Ladin, and the vicious ideology that leads them and their fellow Islamists to carry out terrorist attacks around the world on Christians, Jews, Secularists, and moderate Muslims alike.
You can choose to look at hings either as they are or through the tinted glasses of a partisan shill, you've chosen the later while I'll gladly choose the former. In many ways there was but little difference between the way Clinton governed and the way Bush has governed, and when it comes to the economy and foreign policy there indeed wasn't much difference - other than in their rhetoric. I could wish there was more of a distinction - at least on the economic front - but unfortunately there wasn't. Perhaps given the political realities of the day it's unrealistic to have expected anything better.
Sticking his head in the sand every single time the rats squeal,Not giving weekly Updates on TV, Not working on communication skills,Not Representing a Republican in any shape or form,the word I am looking for here is embarrassment..
If we're keeping score, Bush has FUBARed America faaar more as a Fox in the Henhouse.
"Carter got us the Iran we are now dealing with as a possible nuclear enemy. Bush took the fight to the Islamofascists."
Why are we comparing Apples and Oranges?
Carter was a feckless, incompetent boob who at least thought he was demonstrating principle; Bush was/is also a feckless, incompetent boob who perpetrated lies to weasel his way into the war in Iraq and wasted time, money, lives, and American prestige to prove WHAT AGAIN?? "Fight Islamofascism"? NEWSFLASH: We'll be "fighting Islamofascism" and Dubya's Saudi partners till doomsday.
Question: Why has his neocon administration allowed thousand upon thousands of Muslim Saudis to infest America since 9/11? Why'd Bush refer to Islam as the "Religion of Peace"? Why wouldn't he shut down the border if indeed we're "fighting a War-on-Terror"?
"I'm no great fan of Bush, but give me a break. Carter sucked exponentially worse than Bush. If you disagree, you may find more friends over at DU."
Carter sucked, but not NEARLY to the degree of Bush's making a shambles his own Party, conservative principles, and our country; At least a Reagan was able to clean up Carter's mess. Now who will clean up Bush's?? Ubama??
Bush's neocon New World Order agenda has in eight short years transformed America into a broken down, bankrupt, invaded, paranoid police state while paving the way for a MUSLIM-Marxist to be sworn in as President. THAT shall be Dubya's 'Legacy.'
Oh - one more thing - do you Bush Worshippers EVER tire of defending the indefensible while equating non-Koolade Drinkers with DU denizen? (yawn)
Great point.....really he wasted all his political capital on Iraq...and for what? No more Saddam, who had no nuclear weapons? That’s really doing a lot for us over here...(sarcasm)
Thanks for the encouragement.
“W did great damage to capitalism with his extremely poor economic leadership.”
Give me some specifics. Just what did Bush do to tank capitalism? He can’t legitimately be blamed for the collapse of the market in the Fall of 2008.
and yes....right again....Clinton was more fiscally conservative....
it’s funny how things go....I wonder what it would have been like had Gore won...he probably would have had a weak response to 9/11 and we would have gotten somebody different in 04....probably Mccain...no win in any situation
He claimed to be the reincarnation of Ronald Reagan, but in the end proved to be another big government, big spender. He lacked strong communication and leadership skills, which are essential to the job. In many ways, he tried to be too many things to too many people and, in the end, nobody really knew what he stood for anymore.
When you lack a strong compass, it's easy to lose yourself in the stormy seas.
For this crew the idea that Bush acted alone to destoy anything is what they are living for .BDS is alive and ticking and as far as Im concerned the right is even sicker than the left
For starters he's wasted $1 trillion on a war in Iraq that even he now admits was based on weaselly intel and intent; He's kissed the ring (and arse) of Teddy Kennedy and the socialist left and spent the taxpayers' money like a drunken Democrat...
He'd personally touted the use (and waste) of $440 billion dollars for the ridiculous CRA (ACORN wanted it) towards deadbeats so they could buy (yet not afford) housing, thereby helping create the calamitous housing market collapse...
George w. Bush and his NWO-globalist puppeteers have caused tremendous damage to our economy.
If Bush went on a podium after 9/11 and said “we need to close the nations borders immediately.” The borders would be closed, it would be a fight, but a winnable one in the post 9/11 world. If he said “we can no longer rely on the state to feed and cloth us, we must sacrifice and rely on ourselves”, he could at least try to roll back the Great Society.
You can’t win if you don’t try.
HUH!! I wonder exactly where the EO to allow drilling when Oil was like $150.00 a Barrel and allow coal conversion and subsidize Oil shale but we got food into Alcohol anyway I guess the drunk understood that one!
You're ascribing way too much credit to any President's ability to move our economy. He deserves credit for cutting taxes, just as he deserves scorn for forgetting the whereabouts of his veto pen.
There was plenty of uninterrupted job growth in government, no doubt about that.
The current recession is due to "Washingtonians", the forbears of the Morlocks. They have many subspecies: Republicans, Democrats, lobbyists, unionists, progressives, conservatives, journalists, politicians. They live off the sweat of the productive citizens of our society. Washingtonians control every lever of power in the country, and survive by giving favors to those who allow them to rein.