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Bush's and Cheney's Final Days
Time magazine ^ | Thursday, Jul. 23, 2009 | By Massimo Calabresi and Michael Weisskopf

Posted on 07/23/2009 6:29:21 AM PDT by meandog

Hours before they were to leave office after eight troubled years, George W. Bush and Richard B. Cheney had one final and painful piece of business to conclude. For over a month Cheney had been pleading, cajoling, even pestering Bush to pardon the Vice President's former chief of staff, I. Lewis (Scooter) Libby. Libby had been convicted nearly two years earlier of obstructing an investigation into the leak of a covert CIA officer's identity by senior White House officials. The Libby pardon, aides reported, had become something of a crusade for Cheney, who seemed prepared to push his nine-year-old relationship with Bush to the breaking point — and perhaps past it — over the fate of his former aide. "We don't want to leave anyone on the battlefield," Cheney argued. More Related Cheney In Twilight President Bush’s Easy Commute Bush Commutes Libby Sentence Bush had already decided the week before that Libby was undeserving and told Cheney so, only to see the question raised again. A top adviser to Bush says he had never seen the Vice President focused so single-mindedly on anything over two terms. And so, on his last full day in office, Jan. 19, 2009, Bush would give Cheney his final decision.

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


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 20090119; bush; bush43; calabresi; massimocalabresi; nigerflap; scooterlibby; term2
Hours before they were to leave office after eight troubled years, George W. Bush and Richard B. Cheney had one final and painful piece of business to conclude. For over a month Cheney had been pleading, cajoling, even pestering Bush to pardon the Vice President's former chief of staff, I. Lewis (Scooter) Libby

Like George DUH-pee-yew Bush would ever do the right thing and pardon a patriot.../sarc

1 posted on 07/23/2009 6:29:22 AM PDT by meandog
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To: meandog
eight troubled years

Time magazine sucks. Obambi has had 6 troubled months already.

2 posted on 07/23/2009 6:31:11 AM PDT by b4its2late (Ignorance allows liberalism to prosper.)
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To: meandog
Time Magazine....yah...I remember that.I think we got it delivered to our house when I was a kid.

Forty five years ago.

3 posted on 07/23/2009 6:33:14 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Christian+Veteran=Terrorist)
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To: meandog

“after eight troubled years”

Eight troubled years, where does this writer get off. Most of the trouble was the left were having hissy fits.


4 posted on 07/23/2009 6:33:43 AM PDT by blueyon (It is worth taking a stand even if you are standing alone!)
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To: b4its2late

TIME is trying to take the sheeple’s minds off the NOBAMA’s PLUNGING POLL NUMBERS and back on to the ‘TERRIBLE BUSH YEARS’.


5 posted on 07/23/2009 6:35:06 AM PDT by The Bronze Titan
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To: meandog

Timing is everything. When Obama and the Dems are stepping all over themselves and destroying our economy, Time wants to try to bring the Bush Admin up for some subliminal blame for where we are.

Dinosaur MSM continues to die....


6 posted on 07/23/2009 6:36:09 AM PDT by truthandlife ("Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God." (Ps 20:7))
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To: meandog

Eh, at least Cheney wasn’t offering to pay and Bush wasn’t pardoning for his (or his family’s) political future ala the Hassidic Jews pardon, the Mark Rich pardon, etc. etc. by Clinton.


7 posted on 07/23/2009 6:36:52 AM PDT by IMissPresidentReagan (I AM JIM THOMPSON! Huckaboob is Joy Behar's Favorite Republican RuPaul=W.Jennings Bryant of today.)
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To: meandog

You have got to be kidding...


8 posted on 07/23/2009 6:37:32 AM PDT by Wpin (I do not regret my admiration for W)
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To: meandog

Move on, Time. It won’t work anymore.


9 posted on 07/23/2009 6:39:19 AM PDT by truthkeeper ("Why oh why didn't I take the blue pill?")
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To: b4its2late

Time magazine sucks.
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Ditto that. And the rest of the slimy pravda state media bigots.


10 posted on 07/23/2009 6:43:21 AM PDT by SeattleBruce (God, Family, Church, Country & the Tea Party! Take America Back! The enemedia are TRAITORS.)
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To: meandog
BDS is political porn...addicting.
11 posted on 07/23/2009 6:43:45 AM PDT by roses of sharon (It is not actual suffering but a taste of better things which excites people to revolt: Hoffer)
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To: truthkeeper

Move on, Time. It won’t work anymore.
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MoveOnTime.org?

MoveOnMSM.org?


12 posted on 07/23/2009 6:44:25 AM PDT by SeattleBruce (God, Family, Church, Country & the Tea Party! Take America Back! The enemedia are TRAITORS.)
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To: The Bronze Titan

TIME is trying to take the sheeple’s minds off the NOBAMA’s PLUNGING POLL NUMBERS and back on to the ‘TERRIBLE BUSH YEARS’.
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Pathetic, isn’t it?


13 posted on 07/23/2009 6:45:43 AM PDT by SeattleBruce (God, Family, Church, Country & the Tea Party! Take America Back! The enemedia are TRAITORS.)
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To: meandog
On page three:

"Bush was persuaded that the day of the neoconservatives had to be over, because the direction of his presidency had become politically unsustainable"

Not just his presidency, the direction of the GOP had become politically unsustainable.

14 posted on 07/23/2009 6:49:18 AM PDT by Ben Ficklin
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To: meandog
Obama must really be in trouble. Next thing you know the slimes will bring back the last troubled year of Nixon.
15 posted on 07/23/2009 6:57:40 AM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: meandog

What a friggin’ hitpiece! Plame was NOT a Secret Agent. Joe WAS recommended to the CIA bosses by Valerie. Saddam HAD sought yellowcake in Africa. The foreign intelligence services STILL stand behind these positions.


16 posted on 07/23/2009 7:00:07 AM PDT by Inwoodian
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To: Inwoodian

“A lie told often enough becomes truth” - Vladimir Lenin


17 posted on 07/23/2009 7:04:57 AM PDT by jim-x (You cannot protect people from themselves.)
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To: meandog

I refuse to read that entire piece of trash—one page was enough—so I have to ask: does the name RICHARD ARMITAGE appear anywhere in it??


18 posted on 07/23/2009 7:10:55 AM PDT by ottbmare (Ein Reich, ein Volk, ein Obama!)
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To: meandog
A little manipulation of the media by the Powers-That-Be that be are saying, “Look at this pretty sparkly thing and forget about the anvil that is Socialism that is about to fall out of the sky and hit you and your family on the heads.”
19 posted on 07/23/2009 7:11:19 AM PDT by ArtDodger (Reread Animal Farm (with your kids))
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To: ArtDodger

Scratch that 2nd ‘be’, please.


20 posted on 07/23/2009 7:12:14 AM PDT by ArtDodger (Reread Animal Farm (with your kids))
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To: b4its2late

Yet Time Magazine conveniently forgets the tons of pardons President Clinton gave in his last moments in office....

....now that was eight troubling years...


21 posted on 07/23/2009 7:17:29 AM PDT by Le Chien Rouge
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To: ottbmare

NO! Of course not.


22 posted on 07/23/2009 7:22:15 AM PDT by kristinn (Latest FR Convention info: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2277012/posts)
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To: meandog
Oboma has only been in office 6 months, and has just about finished the job his Muslim brothers failed to do on 9/11.

Obomas poll numbers are dropping so fast, I'll bet people all over the country are wishing they could turn back time and have the Bush years back.

Is there buyers remorse out there? You bet there is! The college kids are pi$$ed because they were "deceived". This isn't what they thought they were voting for. They learned a good lesson this time!

24 posted on 07/23/2009 7:23:00 AM PDT by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: meandog

Do these intellectually deficient frauds mainline directly into their brains? This article is fairly dripping with innuendo, lies, and damn lies.
I tried to read this thing before I logged on to FR and could not believe the irresponsible, pathetic, self-serving rewriting of history before my eyes.
Holder is “struggling?” Is this to give Holder cover to prosecute Bush aides? Are they using Bush’s “crime and punishment” stance on Libby as moral equivalent for Holder to press forward with a special prosecutor?
I hate these people.


25 posted on 07/23/2009 7:32:43 AM PDT by MestaMachine (OREO, Milk's favorite cookie. At least that's what my TV said.)
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To: truthandlife

Trouble is, some people on here from the “right” are doing the same thing-blaming Bush for where we are! It seems to me that they’re blaming Cheney too! I wonder if they realize that? Every time they trash GWB, they’re trashing Cheney too, by extension!


26 posted on 07/23/2009 8:49:09 AM PDT by dsutah
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To: kristinn
NO! Of course not.

No, of course not. It was a rhetorical question. But you knew that.

27 posted on 07/23/2009 8:57:20 AM PDT by ottbmare (Ein Reich, ein Volk, ein Obama!)
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To: Le Chien Rouge

Yes, the Puerto Rican terrorists come to mind.


28 posted on 07/23/2009 9:02:06 AM PDT by b4its2late (Ignorance allows liberalism to prosper.)
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To: dsutah

I see no reason NOT to blame Bush and Cheney for where we are. They betrayed the small government ideals the CONSERVATIVE party should stand for, consistently during their time in office. The GOP needs to get back to getting Govt out of our lives, but then again, I’m not one of these neo (new) conservatives.


29 posted on 07/23/2009 9:41:17 AM PDT by thinkingcarefully
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To: thinkingcarefully
Bush and Cheney . . . betrayed the small government ideals the CONSERVATIVE party should stand for . . .

It is easy to be taken in by the posturing of politicians and project our own values onto them. That's what their image makers count on.

30 posted on 07/23/2009 9:58:05 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (The University of Notre Dame's motto: "Kill our unborn children? YES WE CAN!")
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To: meandog

You are wrong........just another HIT piece....to take peoples eyes off the present nightmare.


31 posted on 07/23/2009 10:01:01 AM PDT by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand;but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc 10:2)
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To: meandog

I am disappointed Bush did not pardon Libby. I think he got railroaded by a zealous prosecutor.


32 posted on 07/23/2009 11:01:55 AM PDT by Uncle Hal
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To: meandog
Oops...Oshama's health ideas being smashed to pieces.

Repubs are ascendant. Time to trash Cheney again...with a dose of dissension between Cheney and Bush thrown in.

33 posted on 07/23/2009 11:12:06 AM PDT by what's up
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To: what's up
Libby had been convicted nearly two years earlier of obstructing an investigation into the leak of a covert CIA.

Covert? She was not qualified to be classed as such.

Who should go to jail in this story?

The prosecutor who knew from the start that she did not qualify for the covert label. He also knew who had talked to the Press and it was no one close to Cheney.
Not only he should have gone to jail but also lost his license to "practice law" for wasting millions of dollars of taxpayers money to keep his name in the MSM.
They made a run to trap the VP and failed.

What a"useful idiot"! Newsweek was relishing this while it was a "front page news goose chase” and are still trying to milk it. This is a prime case of "drive by reporting". What a pathetic press you have. No wonder I pay extra to my cable company to get FOX News.

Just waiting for Newsweek to close shop and then I will throw a party to mark its long awaited end!

34 posted on 07/23/2009 12:33:24 PM PDT by Jocko from Canada
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To: dsutah

For most of us, Bush proved to be a mixed bag. For example, decreasing taxes, but at the same time, increasing spending.

We have every right to call him on those areas where he disappointed us, but we’ll sing his praises on those areas where he did right.

We can sing no praises of the Libs and Dems.


35 posted on 07/23/2009 3:39:08 PM PDT by re_tail20
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To: Jocko from Canada
What a pathetic press you have.

No argument there, although I daresay your CBC is not much better.

Simple truth is that our media wanted to take down Cheney...didn't matter what untruths were told to get the job done.

Problem is that Cheney and the other Bush top guys are all Cold Warriors. If the USSR didn't daunt them, then our home-grown commies can't either.

Stay tuned. Dinosaur media is going down the tubes even faster in coming days/weeks/months.

36 posted on 07/23/2009 7:09:29 PM PDT by what's up
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To: thinkingcarefully
I see no reason NOT to blame Bush and Cheney for where we are.

Sorry but you are NOT "thinking carefully" enough.

37 posted on 07/23/2009 7:59:24 PM PDT by Irish Eyes
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To: Uncle Hal; kristinn; b4its2late; IMissPresidentReagan; truthandlife; what's up; shield; ...
Cheney: "Scooter innocent and deserved a pardon!" click here
38 posted on 07/24/2009 7:11:51 AM PDT by meandog (Doh!)
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To: meandog

I agree. How can you prove someone “lied” about not remembering something anyway? Witch hunt pure and simple.


39 posted on 07/24/2009 7:17:30 AM PDT by IMissPresidentReagan (I AM JIM THOMPSON! Huckaboob is Joy Behar's Favorite Republican RuPaul=W.Jennings Bryant of today.)
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