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Bronstein at Large: You got your parting shots - now leave Bush alone
San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com ^ | January 23 2009 at 02:25 PM | Phil Bronstein

Posted on 01/23/2009 7:48:09 PM PST by thecodont

The political postscript to all the hugs, kisses, personal Oval Office desk drawer notes and backslaps between POTUS 43 and POTUS 44 isn't exactly a warm, Pete Seeger, sing-along scene.

I went to high school with Pete's Daughter, Mika; he was a great icon and true believer in harmony back then and still is, at a spry 90, leading a million-plus citizens in song last Sunday in DC.

But partisans from former and current administrations are striking a very different tone. The smell of fresh upholstery hasn't even worn off the new, improved White House website yet and already there's been ugly griping, whining, dissing, and rancor that almost makes the Caroline Kennedy whack-a-mole rumor fiasco seem tame.

On the not-Air Force One plane ride back to Texas Jan. 20th, some loyal George W. Bush aides cut loose over the clear smack Mr. Obama took at his predecessor throughout the inaugural speech.

"There were a few sharp elbows that really rankled and...(the incoming Prez was) not as magnanimous as the occasion called for," said whip smart down-home Texas W gal Karen Hughes, throwing her own elbow. President Obama "really missed an opportunity to be as big as the occasion." But she was just winding up. Some parts of the speech, she went on to say, were "fundamentally unfair and dishonest."

Mr. Bush's chief White House speechwriter said, "It was an ungracious inaugural."

(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bush; inaugural; legacy; obama

1 posted on 01/23/2009 7:48:11 PM PST by thecodont
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To: thecodont

“Mr. Bush’s chief White House speechwriter said, “It was an ungracious inaugural.””

And a boring and unmemorable one as well. Even liberal MSM types like David Gergen were calling it a dud.


2 posted on 01/23/2009 7:53:45 PM PST by Chet 99
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To: thecodont

“Mr. Obama’s Doberman, Rahm Emanuel, no stranger to unpadded fists himself, responded that his boss was just “turning the page.” Then he threw this hard left: “If they (the Bush folks) didn’t know that was the judgment of people, then their subscription to the newspapers was canceled over the last three years.”

Were these people (ALL of Obama’s adminsistration, INCLUDING OBAMA HIMSELF with his “I won” snark today) under the impression that they won with 100% of the vote?

I’m telling you, I’m really dissapointed we lost, but I’m praying to God at this point for karma to be real. Not just because I want what I think is best for this country, but because I want God to SMACK THESE PEOPLE DOWN.

The ego’s running this country are going to get us all killed.

Now I must go pray for the hatred in my heart for these men.


3 posted on 01/23/2009 7:55:27 PM PST by autumnraine
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To: thecodont

Phil Bronstein is a jack@$$ but he got part of his column correct...proud to say I canceled my SF Cron subscription a long time ago.


4 posted on 01/23/2009 7:57:23 PM PST by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: thecodont

Obama was completely classless as was his supportes. I hope most people in the middle saw that and are as disgusted as I still am. Then the racist prayer should’ve really sent a chill over the white community in this country.


5 posted on 01/23/2009 7:59:55 PM PST by chris_bdba
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To: Chet 99

“And a boring and unmemorable one as well. Even liberal MSM types like David Gergen were calling it a dud.”

That’s because it wasn’t written to lift up the nation, it was written as a symbol of a kid sticking their tongue out to Bush and the rest of the Republicans.

Where is the picture of Rahm nose wagging someone like a 4 year old. That was the maturity level of the entire government and their supporters that day.

We have spoiled temper tantrum prone children running this damn country. Forgive my profanity.


6 posted on 01/23/2009 8:00:59 PM PST by autumnraine
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To: Chet 99
And a boring and unmemorable one as well. Even liberal MSM types like David Gergen were calling it a dud.

I have many impressions of it (which I'll put in another post).

The speech was a disaster, and the audience didn't respond to it (rightly so). I think the audience was expecting the Free Stuff that he'd promised them and was growing bored and impatient.

7 posted on 01/23/2009 8:01:33 PM PST by thecodont
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To: thecodont

I thought I despised Obama. That was until I just read those comments on that article.

No wonder this country has gone to hell in a handbasket.


8 posted on 01/23/2009 8:03:16 PM PST by autumnraine
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To: chris_bdba

“Then the racist prayer should’ve really sent a chill over the white community in this country.”

I have to tell you, as a 36 year old person, I don’t remember segregation. I have never experienced, nor have I ever been a part of it. The thought of black racists turning the racism around towards whites was always a “white racist paranoid delusion”, or so I’ve been told all my life. To assume that would happen when a black person got in power was racist in itself to think!

I now realize that isn’t so much of a stretch and I feel silly for actually believing and living Martin Luther King Jr’s “I have a dream speech”.


9 posted on 01/23/2009 8:06:07 PM PST by autumnraine
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To: autumnraine

10 posted on 01/23/2009 8:08:06 PM PST by LibFreeOrDie (Obama promised a gold mine, but he will give us the shaft.)
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To: autumnraine
What was Senator Barbara Boxer's 'slip-of-the-tongue' as she introduced the Chief Justice? Anyone else catch that?Pure mean-spiritedness. "It was an ungracious inaugural." Grace is not part of the Democrat persona.
11 posted on 01/23/2009 8:15:13 PM PST by ArmyTeach (You have a Republic, Madam, if you can keep it...)
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To: LibFreeOrDie

Just the kind of maturity we need in high positions in the White House.


12 posted on 01/23/2009 8:18:05 PM PST by ArmyTeach (You have a Republic, Madam, if you can keep it...)
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To: autumnraine
"The ego’s running this country are going to get us all killed."

Those who follow the Mayan calendar supposedly believe the world ends in 2012. Do you think we'll last that long? At this rate, I have some doubts.

13 posted on 01/23/2009 8:18:14 PM PST by GBA
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To: autumnraine

I’m 12 years older than you so don’t remember it either but heaing some of the things I’ve heard in he past week I am truely stunned.


14 posted on 01/23/2009 8:27:23 PM PST by chris_bdba
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To: autumnraine

I believe in omens. When Pres Ford fell down while exiting a helicopter during his election run, I said I think he is going to lose. Hilary Clinton had a row of flags on a stage fall on her as she went on stage during her primary run. Prior to her stage appearance, technicians were traversing along the flags all morning and none of the flags fell. It fell when she traveled the same pathway to the podium. When that happened I said she will not be POTUS. Surely enough BO beat her in the primaries. BO begins his innaugral with a flubbed oath of office as he and SCJ Roberts fumbled over each other verbally. My instant reaction is BO will be a one term Prez. Time will tell.


15 posted on 01/23/2009 8:30:54 PM PST by Fee
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To: thecodont

Good honest article by Bronstein who probably won’t be invited to any Nob Hill cocktail parties ever again. On a side note, I read the piece and then made the horrible mistake of reading the comments. My eyes, heart and head hurt.


16 posted on 01/23/2009 8:32:45 PM PST by Wonderama Mama (Socialism is great until you run out of someone elses money - Margaret Thatcher)
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To: Wonderama Mama

I did too. I don’t think there was one comment that did not call for the immediate arrest of Bush/Cheney or did not openly mock them. I must be incredibly naive — I was shocked by the level of vitriol and hatred.


17 posted on 01/23/2009 8:38:03 PM PST by BelleAl
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To: LibFreeOrDie

Who was he directing this to?


18 posted on 01/23/2009 8:58:52 PM PST by mckenzie7 ( ANNA THE RETIREE)
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To: ArmyTeach

I didn’t catch that. What did Barbara Boxer say?


19 posted on 01/23/2009 9:00:18 PM PST by mckenzie7 ( ANNA THE RETIREE)
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To: thecodont

Note to the Obama and Clinton and Carter folks who are taking those shots, and to filth like the SFGate commenters: When a guy who edited both the San Francisco Examiner and the San Francisco Chronicle and used to be married to Sharon Stone basically tells you you’re being ungracious asshats toward Dubya, when even a guy like that can’t make excuses for you, you should probably take it seriously.


20 posted on 01/23/2009 9:15:22 PM PST by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: Wonderama Mama

I made the mistake of reading the comments after the article too. Now I know what the word “libtards” really means....


21 posted on 01/23/2009 9:23:18 PM PST by Fu-fu2
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To: thecodont
Obama is a fascist. People do not yet understand. I hope we wake up as a nation before it is too late.

Fascists generally act "ungraciously." America is about to discover the horror it has just elected.

Then people will start dyin'.

22 posted on 01/23/2009 9:25:06 PM PST by Candor7 (Fascism? All it takes is for good men to say nothing, ( member NRA)
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To: Candor7
To the 40 and under fascists,communist,Nazi, are just words that mean nothing. In fact, they prolly think it's quite cool to be a fascist or Communist. The 40 and under don't realize we are in a fight of good vs evil, a fight for our lives and for our Republic.
23 posted on 01/23/2009 9:39:57 PM PST by timestax ( CNNLIES)
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To: thecodont
The speech was historical in the fact that it was easily the worst inauguration speech in history. Absolute drivel.

Pray for America, Our Troops and Ohbummer’s Guidance

24 posted on 01/23/2009 9:40:04 PM PST by bray (Gov Palin isn't ready for the District of Corruption)
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To: mckenzie7

cqpolitics.com:

“When incoming White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, a former congressman from Illinois, arrived, he was razzed by his former colleagues. That prompted Emanuel, known for his colorful language, to put his thumb to his nose, waggle his fingers and stick his tongue out.”


25 posted on 01/23/2009 9:40:31 PM PST by LibFreeOrDie (Obama promised a gold mine, but he will give us the shaft.)
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To: LibFreeOrDie

Putting childish things aside.....NOT.


26 posted on 01/23/2009 9:44:41 PM PST by originalbuckeye
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To: BelleAl

I was shocked by the comments too but had to laugh when some brought up the whole Blair House “snub”. Get over it. Seriously.


27 posted on 01/23/2009 10:32:17 PM PST by sadiebella
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To: autumnraine
Now I must go pray for the hatred in my heart for these men.

I'll simply pray for God's JUSTICE for them.

28 posted on 01/23/2009 11:11:57 PM PST by SuziQ
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To: autumnraine
That was until I just read those comments on that article.

Well it IS San Francisco, the liberal mecca of Northern CA.

29 posted on 01/23/2009 11:14:29 PM PST by SuziQ
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To: SuziQ
Well it IS San Francisco, the liberal mecca of Northern CA.

The place is an infected toilet. Come on, earthquake.

30 posted on 01/23/2009 11:28:16 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: thecodont

The Obamunists never stopped being Saul Alinsky street thugs. It’s who they are.


31 posted on 01/24/2009 12:52:47 AM PST by MilesVeritatis (War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things...." - John Stuart Mill)
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To: Lancey Howard

SF is not “a liberal mecca of North Cal”. North Cal is as conservative as they come. SF is in central CA and has no relation to North Cals politics at all. You should have said the liberal mecca of central cal. Northern Californians own firearms, can get carry permits in most counties and many do have them, including me. We do not acknowledge Sacramento as being northern Cal either, it is to far into the central valley to be northern Cal. The strip along the coast is like some type of never, never land, all the libtards seem to migrate there. Don’t ever go to Fort Brag, Cal, for instance, and voice a conservative thought, you are likely not to live long enough to get out of town!


32 posted on 01/24/2009 11:17:04 AM PST by calex59
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