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Victor Davis Hanson: Bush Did It. What a difference an election makes [Brilliant Parody]
NRO ^ | March 20, 2009 | Victor Davis Hanson

Posted on 03/20/2009 5:31:57 AM PDT by Tolik

President Bush was ridiculed today by critics of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility when he suggested that his administration no longer was incarcerating “unlawful combatants,” but was instead in the process of renaming them as mere “detainees.” The president also promised to close Guantanamo “within the year,” and added that he had assigned a “special task force” to look into the matter.

“Orwellian,” the New York Times fumed in an editorial entitled “Just Close It!”: “If the President’s Ministry of Truth thinks that his metamorphosing words change reality, then it is going to be a long four years. This latest Doublespeak comes on top of the President’s ignoring his past assertions that ‘signing statements are unacceptable’ and continuing the policy unchanged from the Clinton administration.” The Los Angeles Times joined in, adding, “Remember that Bush promise about posting pending legislation on his administration’s website before signing it into law? Well, somehow several days’ notice has evaporated into 24 hours, and now zilch.”

Bush likewise ignored criticism that on the Patriot Act, FISA, and extraordinary rendition his current public positions were at odds with those that he ran on during the campaign. The Washington Post noted, “Here we go again with Karl Rove’s daily machinations — it is the same old flip-flopping we saw last summer before the election, when an opportunistic Bush reversed himself on NAFTA, public campaign financing, Iraq, the surge, Iran, offshore oil, nuclear power, coal plants, capital punishment, gun control, and abortion. One would think the dignity of the office might nudge Mr. Bush away from his perpetual campaign trimming. But then we have a President who seems glued to his Teleprompter and the scripted message feeding in from the right-wing attack machine.”

The Bush administration was further embarrassed when it boasted that the fundamentals of the economy were “sound” — although in its prior requests for bailout funds just a few weeks ago, it had ridiculed skeptics who countered that the economy’s fundamentals were, in fact, “strong.” Meanwhile, columnist Frank Rich complained that “In times of economic crisis here we go again with greedy and failed AIG execs — buddies of Bush’s clueless Wall Street–retread treasury secretary — using federal money to pay themselves bonuses for their rampant failure. But what do you expect from revolving-door administration officials in bed with the very corporations they used to work for? Get used to more $100-a-pound beef at the ‘let them eat cake’ White House parties, lorded over by this AIG surrogate who took more than $100,000 in their money for who knows what? Maybe Speaker Hastert can let those GM execs on federal welfare piggy-back on his private jet next time they come to Washington to beg for more of our money. These people have no shame.”

President Bush had warned the American people that the present recession could last “for years,” and that it was analogous to the Great Depression. Yet today, after passage of his new stimulus bill, his team suddenly reversed course, reassuring the nation that we might see an end of the recession by year’s end. Then Bush himself berated the American people, charging that they had become too pessimistic about the economy. Veteran journalist Bill Moyers sniffed, “These right-wing mythographers seem just to make this stuff up as they go along.”

When critics pointed out that the president had once promised an end to earmarks, and yet had signed more than 8,000 into law, he countered by promising not to do it again in 2010. Yet more trouble ensued when Bush increased the budget’s red ink from $500 billion to $1.7 trillion — after promising a new age of fiscal sobriety. “We inherited this recession from the Clinton administration,” Bush countered, “and if we’re going to offer real change, there is going to be some pain in order to get things right again. You have to borrow and spend to save and cut — anyone knows that.”

Newsweek magazine offered a dry assessment of the by-now tiresome “Clinton did it” excuse: “At least students who lose term papers can claim the dog ate them; but this administration isn’t even that clever. For them, it is ‘Clinton did it’ — yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Expect for the next four years to hear daily the tired refrain of Monica, serial appeasement of terrorists, Whitewater, Travelgate, Paula Jones, and the entire cargo of impeachment — anything other than Afghanistan, climbing unemployment, a crashing stock market, and soaring deficits.”

Meanwhile, another Bush appointee withdrew his name from cabinet consideration. An administration spokesman denied a “pattern of sleaze” and allegations of a “culture of corruption,” brought about by the facts that Bush’s treasury secretary had failed to pay sizable back federal taxes, that his labor secretary’s husband had tax liens on their property, that his nominee for secretary of health and human services had withdrawn his name after admitting he had failed to pay thousands of dollars in income taxes for free corporate limousine service, and that his nominee for commerce secretary likewise bowed out pending the results of an FBI investigation into supposed “pay-to-play” favoritism. Late-night talk-show host David Letterman summed it up best: “If Bush nominates enough of his wayward tax-dodging cronies to the cabinet, we might pay off the deficit yet.”

When reminded by journalists that there were even more Bush appointees who either had withdrawn from consideration or were going to face tough hearings on past ethical violations, a defiant President Bush countered that he had established the “highest standards for public service in presidential history.” Meanwhile, it was disclosed that ten corporate lobbyists had been appointed to administration posts, and that his cabinet performance overseer herself had bowed out of Senate confirmation hearings because of unpaid tax bills.

An “exhausted” and “overwhelmed” Bush was reportedly “troubled” on hearing that his newly appointed attorney general had lambasted his fellow Americans as “cowards” for not addressing more forthrightly matters of reverse discrimination. Then controversy ensued when the Bush energy czar ridiculed environmentalists for stopping Western water projects, predicting that without more dams and canals, “California farms will dry up and blow away soon.” Controversy did not end there, however, as Bush’s head of veterans affairs suggested that veterans should start to “privatize” — i.e., to use their own private health insurance whenever they could, inasmuch as it would soon be taxed as normal income anyway. “Are these people nuts — or what?” fumed columnist David Brooks, who collated some of the more amazing assertions of newly appointed Bush officials, before concluding, “I’m really disappointed. I expected a lot better.”

On matters of tax policy, the Bush administration fended off criticism that its change in the federal-income-tax code was not, as once promised, merely a small adjustment. Independent analysts reminded treasury officials that, in fact, Bush was offering radical new legislation, redefining tax policy on charitable deductions, private-health-care contributions, and income caps on payroll deductions. “Well,” the president fumed, “we have to go after the 50 percent who pay no taxes and stay home in front of their TVs watching the Super Bowl and swigging beer.”

In the face of such sustained criticism, it was leaked that once more Karl Rove, along with some former Reagan officials and prominent conservative bloggers, had orchestrated a campaign from the West Wing to go after Bill Maher, Michael Moore, Keith Olbermann, and other prominent Bush critics in a strategy supposedly called “The New Face of the Democratic Party.” Videotape of a recent interview belied Rove’s repeated denial that he had boasted of “never wasting a good crisis.” That brought a rebuke from veteran political observer David Gergen: “Here we are in Depression-like times, and all the Bushies can think of is how to use the ensuing fear to ram a right-wing social and economic agenda down the terrified throats of the American people. Shame on them!”

“Should we laugh or cry over this inept Texas bunch?” wrote the New York Times’s Bob Herbert. “Let me get this straight: The British prime minister comes to Washington. Bush and his Texas yahoos haven’t got a clue about protocol. They snub him at the airport, humiliate him while at the White House — and give him some cheap DVDs as a going-away present. So much for Texas hospitality!”


TOPICS: Editorial; Front Page News; Political Humor/Cartoons; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bho44; bush; obama; obamanomics; satire; vdh; victordavishanson

1 posted on 03/20/2009 5:31:58 AM PDT by Tolik
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To: neverdem; Lando Lincoln; quidnunc; .cnI redruM; SJackson; dennisw; monkeyshine; Alouette; ...


    Victor Davis Hanson Ping ! 

       Let me know if you want in or out.

Links:    FR Index of his articles:  http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/keyword?k=victordavishanson
                His website: http://victorhanson.com/
                NRO archive: http://www.nationalreview.com/hanson/hanson-archive.asp
                Pajamasmedia:
   http://victordavishanson.pajamasmedia.com/

2 posted on 03/20/2009 5:32:56 AM PDT by Tolik
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To: Tolik

Mark for later.


3 posted on 03/20/2009 5:39:23 AM PDT by DB
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To: Tolik

bada bing

liberal hypocrisy nicely skewered


4 posted on 03/20/2009 5:39:57 AM PDT by silverleaf (Freedom's just another word for "nothing left to lose")
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To: Tolik

Absolutely brilliant, huh?

I’m sure most if not all FReepers understand every line of this great parody. But what of the huge swath of average Americans? Maybe 2 in 10 adults would be able to make sense of any of this if they bothered to read it.


5 posted on 03/20/2009 5:44:10 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Tolik

Excellent. Reporting facts with one change (Bush for 0bama) makes a real difference. Interesting how the reporting is being done with the Bamster.


6 posted on 03/20/2009 5:44:14 AM PDT by kevinm13 (Tim Geithner is a tax cheat. Manmade "Global Warming" is a HOAX!)
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To: kevinm13

Long Live Orwell!!


7 posted on 03/20/2009 5:46:14 AM PDT by Tolik
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To: Tolik

bookmark


8 posted on 03/20/2009 5:46:55 AM PDT by Corin Stormhands ("Failed Obama Administration" (TM))
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To: Tolik

I have to say - this is a terrific column. But then again, he has so much raw material to work with.

Here is a personal observation. In the weeks following the election up until about a month ago I could hear my liberal neighbors in coffee shops and other establishments declaiming loudly about how wonderful the world would be with Bush out and Obama in.

It has now gone very quiet.


9 posted on 03/20/2009 5:55:17 AM PDT by G L Tirebiter
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To: Tolik

Heh! Clever! But, I agree, the average reader wouldn’t get it. I know that if I had shown it to my mother, I know she’d say, “Yeah, that damn Bush!”


10 posted on 03/20/2009 5:56:04 AM PDT by swatbuznik
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To: Tolik

This is absolutely brilliant, thank you for posting it. I may even send Hanson a thank you email.


11 posted on 03/20/2009 6:00:52 AM PDT by TheNewPundit
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To: Tolik

BRAVO!!!


12 posted on 03/20/2009 6:13:10 AM PDT by joethedrummer
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To: Tolik

Forwarded to my favorite liberals!


13 posted on 03/20/2009 6:13:43 AM PDT by JimRed ("Hey, hey, Teddy K., how many girls did you drown today?" TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: silverleaf
liberal hypocrisy nicely skewered

Exactly. The MSM is exposed, as not journalists, but the new Pravda.

14 posted on 03/20/2009 6:26:38 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: Grunthor

Victor Davis Hanson essentially did the same thing as big black dog.


15 posted on 03/20/2009 6:28:14 AM PDT by Anitius Severinus Boethius
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To: Tolik

VDH is on a roll!


16 posted on 03/20/2009 6:40:06 AM PDT by Yardstick
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To: Tolik
Gee, I may be the first Freeper to post this on this thread,

Everything is Bush's Fault!

17 posted on 03/20/2009 6:43:14 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (Does Zer0 have any friends, who are not criminals, foreign/domestic terrorists, or tax evaders?)
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To: Tolik

bump


18 posted on 03/20/2009 6:45:49 AM PDT by jadedeagle (From the desk of the Jaded Eagle!)
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To: All; Anitius Severinus Boethius; big black dog
Please see another sharp satire posted yesterday:

big black dog:  President George W. Bush Says "Let Them Eat Cake"

19 posted on 03/20/2009 6:49:05 AM PDT by Tolik
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To: Tolik

Good one!


20 posted on 03/20/2009 6:49:30 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: silverleaf

Amazing, isn’t it?

This is almost exactly word for word what the press would be saying if Bush were President (or McCain for that matter.)

Just goes to show you how things change when it’s ‘your guy’ in the Oval Office.


21 posted on 03/20/2009 6:52:48 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (FOBO)
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To: Tolik

BTTT


22 posted on 03/20/2009 6:53:07 AM PDT by spodefly (This is my tag line. There are many like it, but this one is mine.)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom
I’m sure most if not all FReepers understand every line of this great parody. But what of the huge swath of average Americans?

I was thinking the same thing while reading this article..I would love to print this as a "regular" article and have people (or obama voters) read this and see if they get the irony or actually think Bush did all those things..I think we all know the answer to that..sadly..

23 posted on 03/20/2009 7:05:19 AM PDT by BerniesFriend (no no..arrrrwwwhhh..as in surprise..)
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To: Tolik

Victor Davis Hanson is brilliant. He’s a voice for what is good and right in America.


24 posted on 03/20/2009 7:09:18 AM PDT by Swede Girl
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To: Tolik
Also this one by Larry Elder @ Townhall:

A Front Page Story: President McCain's First 50 Days.

25 posted on 03/20/2009 7:09:40 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: Tolik
We get it, but will the lemmings?
26 posted on 03/20/2009 7:14:36 AM PDT by JenB987
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To: G L Tirebiter; Mrs. B.S. Roberts

What I find disturbing are the loud mouths that not only won’t talk politics, but that they won’t even make eye contact with me.
I’ve had more than one actually say,”Sorry, you were right. I cast a vote against a man who wasn’t even on the ballot.”


27 posted on 03/20/2009 7:18:40 AM PDT by CaptainAmiigaf ( NY Times: We print the news as it fits our views.)
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To: Tolik

please add my name to the ping list. Thanks!


28 posted on 03/20/2009 7:42:34 AM PDT by warsaw44
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To: warsaw44

Added to the VDH ping list. Thanks.


29 posted on 03/20/2009 7:46:55 AM PDT by Tolik
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To: ProtectOurFreedom
I’m sure most if not all FReepers understand every line of this great parody.

Mebbe, but I'll guaran-dang-tee ya that more FReepers understand it than the MSM figures it's aimed at. And I'll bet not a one of the latter finishes the piece.

30 posted on 03/20/2009 8:11:38 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Tolik

ping for later


31 posted on 03/20/2009 11:52:19 AM PDT by holly go-rightly
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To: swatbuznik

No. It’s good, but way over the heads of the average meathead who needs “The View” to tell them what to think.


32 posted on 03/20/2009 12:31:12 PM PDT by Luke21
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