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What if George W. Bush had done that?
politico.com ^ | October 27, 2009 | OSH GERSTEIN | 10/27/09 5:02 AM EDT

Posted on 10/27/2009 5:53:33 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

A four-hour stop in New Orleans, on his way to a $3 million fundraiser.

Snubbing the Dalai Lama.

Signing off on a secret deal with drug makers.

Freezing out a TV network.

Doing more fundraisers than the last president. More golf, too.

President Barack Obama has done all of those things — and more.What’s remarkable is what hasn’t happened. These episodes haven’t become metaphors for Obama’s personal and political character — or consuming controversies that sidetracked the rest of his agenda.

It’s a sign that the media’s echo chamber can be a funny thing, prone to the vagaries of news judgment, and an illustration that, in politics, context is everything.

Conservatives look on with a mix of indignation and amazement and ask: Imagine the fuss if George W. Bush had done these things?

And quickly add, with a hint of jealousy: How does Obama get away with it?

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1 posted on 10/27/2009 5:53:33 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: NoObamaFightForConservatives

He would be called a Nazi.

Pray for America’s Freedom


2 posted on 10/27/2009 5:54:49 AM PDT by bray (Silent No More)
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To: NoObamaFightForConservatives

George Bush would not have done so. He is a man of honor and decency.


3 posted on 10/27/2009 5:55:09 AM PDT by JaneNC (I)
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To: NoObamaFightForConservatives
And quickly add, with a hint of jealousy: How does Obama get away with it?

Jealousy? You're projecting again, Politico.

4 posted on 10/27/2009 5:56:09 AM PDT by dirtboy
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To: NoObamaFightForConservatives
It’s a sign that the media’s echo chamber can be a funny thing, prone to the vagaries of news judgment,...

Prone to the vagaries of news judgement??? Are you kidding me here? Vagaries? How about all out, in-the-tank, bias? Does that ring a bell?

The corrupt MSM trying to soft-sell it's own bias that has now become so patently obvious that they need to explain it away a the "vagaries of news judgement". It is raw bias on full and obvious display.

5 posted on 10/27/2009 5:57:57 AM PDT by Obadiah (Obama: Chains you can believe in!)
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To: bray

NOTICE: Each day more and more slowly but surely the media are unmasking the Obama cover-up? I think they see all the polls and know upcoming dem election losses all across the board are due to Obama. So they have to back peddle before it hits or they will have media bias (cought commie red-handed) egg on their faces.


6 posted on 10/27/2009 5:58:30 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: NoObamaFightForConservatives

The MSM is too busy wiping up their own drool to notice. That and shopping for heavy duty knee pads.


7 posted on 10/27/2009 6:01:08 AM PDT by rbg81 (DRAIN THE SWAMP!!)
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To: NoObamaFightForConservatives

“How does Obama get away with it?”

Does anyone with the MSM have to ask this question???

Their water must be laced with LSD.


8 posted on 10/27/2009 6:03:14 AM PDT by PORD (People...Of Right Do (DoI))
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To: JaneNC

If President Bush was still in charge,the media would be in a frenzy over lack of swine flu vaccine.I’m sure they
would show a minority mother mourning the loss of her child and the media would say he’s letting poor children die. Of course,unden the headline KatrinaII!


9 posted on 10/27/2009 6:03:23 AM PDT by Dr. Ursus
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To: NoObamaFightForConservatives

what if GW had buzzed NYC w/ Air Force One?


10 posted on 10/27/2009 6:03:24 AM PDT by Scotswife
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To: Dr. Ursus

Yep!!!!!!


12 posted on 10/27/2009 6:04:51 AM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: dirtboy
"projecting"

The whole piece is basic a reiteration of Dem talking points. The scribbler ends up defending Obama.

13 posted on 10/27/2009 6:05:56 AM PDT by driftless2 (for long term happiness, learn how to play the accordion)
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To: JaneNC
George Bush would not have done so. He is a man of honor and decency.

So decent and honorable that he won't whisper a hint of criticism about his successor; letting instead "dishonorable" and "indecent" Dick Cheney do his dirty work huh? /sarc

14 posted on 10/27/2009 6:08:18 AM PDT by meandog (Is OWEbummer the antichrist?)
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To: driftless2
The article is a great example of “relativism”. Obama is given a pass because he comes from a different perspective than Bush. Bush is cited as being in bed with big business and attaining the office because of nepotism, therefore, he deserved all the criticism he received. Poor Barry shouldn't be criticized because he has a more “honorable” foundation than Bush and therefore should be given more leeway.
If the left really believes the drivel of this author, then they are so delusional that they will make excuses for Barry no matter what happens. New York, DC and LA could all be obliterated by an atomic bomb detonated by Barry himself and they would blame Bush and defend Barry.
16 posted on 10/27/2009 6:20:00 AM PDT by madinmadtown
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To: meandog

Anyone can criticize any one given POTUS. But Obama is in a class all on his own.

Bush never put politics before our troops and national security. Bush never put terrorists on retainer and dissed Israel. Obama is a radical partisan hack with no experience but ties to the corrupt ACORN and radicals while voting ‘present.’


17 posted on 10/27/2009 6:20:08 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: NoObamaFightForConservatives

There’s a double standard. Normal people are held to a higher standard than liberals.


18 posted on 10/27/2009 6:24:03 AM PDT by Leftism is Mentally Deranged
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To: NoObamaFightForConservatives
Imagine what his polls would be like, if ABC CBS NBC MSNBC NYT LATIMES Time NPR LENO LETTERMEN SNL all treated him as an equal to a white president?

Instead the racists at those organizations treat Obama special because he needs the help because he is inferior to Bush. These hypocrites don't realize how bigoted and racist they are.

I really do wish the first Black President had been competent. A Thomas Sowell, Herman Cain, Hershal Walker, or anyone that didn't need a Teleprompter to think for him.

19 posted on 10/27/2009 6:24:25 AM PDT by FreeAtlanta (There is no "O" in Transparency.)
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To: NoObamaFightForConservatives
Bush never put politics before our troops and national security.

Did you forget "Mission Accomplished"?

20 posted on 10/27/2009 6:34:48 AM PDT by meandog (Is OWEbummer the antichrist?)
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To: meandog
So decent and honorable that he won't whisper a hint of criticism about his successor; letting instead "dishonorable" and "indecent" Dick Cheney do his dirty work huh? /sarc

The fact that W is following the time-honored tradition of refraining from public criticism of his successor even though Jimmy Carter, bill clinton, and algore regularly ignored it is a testament to W's honor and decency.

21 posted on 10/27/2009 6:39:45 AM PDT by VRWCmember
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To: meandog
Did you forget "Mission Accomplished"?

Even you know that the "Mission Accomplished" banner was for the SHIP that was returning to dock having accomplished its mission - and not in any way a claim that our military objectives overseas had been completed. But that won't stop you from joining in with the democrat talking points to engage in a little Bush-bashing, eh?

22 posted on 10/27/2009 6:42:45 AM PDT by VRWCmember
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To: meandog

Im not cheerleading for him in partisan games. But so what he put on his uniform and did a poli photo op. He did not sit on his hands as CIC putting troops in harms way negating troop morale with politically correct ROE and play lawyer FOR terrorists and give them miranda rights. Obama is in partisan campaign mode 24/7.


23 posted on 10/27/2009 6:45:23 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: VRWCmember

Nothing p****ed me off more. That carrier (Lincoln?) had been back to the gulf thrice I believe, having to turn around on its way home having served two missions under the previous president (a nameless wanker).

See:

http://www.americanthinker.com/printpage/?url=http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/10/the_slander_network.html


24 posted on 10/27/2009 6:47:52 AM PDT by PfromHoGro (Free Rush)
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To: VRWCmember

I was listening to Davis who filled in for Rush and he said the same thing that a President needs to not criticize but a VP is free to say what they want. Thank God that we have Dick Cheney as our former VP whose is not afraid to speak out.

I was appalled when Carter and Clinton both took potshots at a sitting President — it is not necessary and demeans the office IMHO.

Will be glad to have Cheney keep right on talking.


26 posted on 10/27/2009 7:02:25 AM PDT by PhiKapMom (Mary Fallin - OK Gov/Coburn - Senate 2010 ! Take Back the House/Senate! Stop ZERO!)
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To: NoObamaFightForConservatives

For the record, that ‘Mission Accomplished’ banner was FOR THE SHIP RETURNING HOME. It was in NO WAY meant to be for the whole war.


27 posted on 10/27/2009 7:24:14 AM PDT by Ultra Sonic 007 (To view the FR@Alabama ping list, click on my profile!)
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To: NoObamaFightForConservatives
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28 posted on 10/27/2009 7:26:13 AM PDT by Jackknife (Chuck Norris grinds his coffee with his teeth, and boils his water with his rage)
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To: Scotswife

What if President Bush had fired a special investigator because he was uncovering corruption on the part of one of the President’s friends? Obama did that and the media didn’t even notice.


29 posted on 10/27/2009 7:28:10 AM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: Jackknife

Hell. These days I miss Bill Clinton.


30 posted on 10/27/2009 7:31:38 AM PDT by Little Ray (Obama is a kamikaze president aimed at the heart of this Republic.)
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To: Little Ray

Ain’t that the truth.


31 posted on 10/27/2009 7:38:24 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: Jackknife

Obama is failing so pathetically. You could put Jimmah Carter in that pic.


32 posted on 10/27/2009 7:43:10 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: NoObamaFightForConservatives
Have you read what that leftist-labeled "photo op" did for the morale of the troops aboard the Abraham Lincoln?

They had served admirably and accomplished their mission, and to have their Commander in Chief fly a jet out to greet them and thank them was an incredible experience for them.

Not only was it NOT a negative, it was a powerful positive for our troops, and that fact shouldn't be lost in the leftist rhetoric that overwhelmed the occasion.

33 posted on 10/27/2009 7:45:10 AM PDT by ohioWfan (Proud Mom of a Bronze Star recipient!)
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To: VRWCmember
It says a lot about a so-called 'conservative' when they are filled with hate towards a President who does the right thing and doesn't act like the valueless Democrats.

President Bush is doing the RIGHT thing by keeping silent, and anyone here who argues otherwise, is not.

34 posted on 10/27/2009 7:49:43 AM PDT by ohioWfan (Proud Mom of a Bronze Star recipient!)
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To: ohioWfan

He still needs to be meeting with the Generals more than just to dress them down for speaking out of turn. He has time to shake hands for photo ops with the troops but is NOT serving in his role as COMMANDER IN CHIEF.


35 posted on 10/27/2009 7:50:38 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (I refuse to "reduce my carbon footprint" all the while Lenin remains in an airconditioned shrine)
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To: FreeAtlanta

The press is not looking at the skin color. The policies of John Kerry, Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama would contain similar agenda items.

They find in Obama a vessel that they can use sell liberal programs to America. It is about advancing the agenda, not the man. They lied for the Clintons for nearly 20 years (only turning on them when Hillary posed a threat to the Obama candidacy in 2008).


36 posted on 10/27/2009 7:53:47 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (I refuse to "reduce my carbon footprint" all the while Lenin remains in an airconditioned shrine)
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To: NoObamaFightForConservatives

“There may well be almost an unconscious effort on the part of the media to give Obama a bit more slack because he is more likable, because he is the first African-American president.”
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Anyone who still finds Obama more likable than W. would find Seth Pecksniff more likable than Martin Chuzzlewit.


37 posted on 10/27/2009 7:54:14 AM PDT by RipSawyer (Trying to reason with a leftist is like trying to catch sunshine in a fish net at midnight.)
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To: a fool in paradise
In my opinion our troops have no Commander in Chief.

They have gone from having one who respected and loved them, and wept for their sacrifice, to having a pretender who literally hates them, and doesn't give a rip about their deaths or their suffering.

There were no military "photo ops" with President Bush. Obama never spends a minute with our troops (and those are very few) that is NOT a photo op.

The contrast between the two men could not be starker.

38 posted on 10/27/2009 7:55:59 AM PDT by ohioWfan (Proud Mom of a Bronze Star recipient!)
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To: meandog

Perhaps George Bush believes it would be a losing proposition for him to defend himself, he is probably better served by standing back and allowing the nation to realize its own grevious error. I doubt that he has much control over Cheney one way or the other at this point.


39 posted on 10/27/2009 7:58:23 AM PDT by RipSawyer (Trying to reason with a leftist is like trying to catch sunshine in a fish net at midnight.)
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To: Ultra Sonic 007

What ticks me off is the Dems Alinsky talking points were repeated so often even to this very day the dems spout off the ‘No WMD Iraq’ talking points. I remember the MSM reporting they were moved to Syria when we announced via the U.N. upteen times we are coming to invade you if the upteenth U.N. nasty letter to you does not work, prior to the war.

The WMD were moved to Syria because of political correctness diplomacy kissing the U.N’s collective rear end. Bush sat on his dumb, collective rear end while the dems Alinsky talking points were repeated over and over until believed.

http://www.nysun.com/foreign/iraqs-wmd-secreted-in-syria-sada-says/26514/

Idiot Bush should have just played this video to the dems.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qaYrGSASkJQ

And now Obama, the democRATS and the MSM are singing this to Bush

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-l5FyA3pgo

Because Fox and Rush won’t be the new ‘boogey man.’


40 posted on 10/27/2009 8:00:43 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: meandog

You’ve got to be kidding. You’re trashing Bush because he refuses to behave like a Democrat? At least try to get a clue.


41 posted on 10/27/2009 8:01:56 AM PDT by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: bray
I remember the press and the democrats ripping him day after day for years and years about 5% unemployment and Obama campaigning about the budget deficit being $450 Billion.

It is now (IN NINE MONTHS) 1.4 Trillion and 10% unemployment, Where is the press? Where are the Republicans?

42 posted on 10/27/2009 8:03:53 AM PDT by thirst4truth (www.Believer.com)
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To: PhiKapMom

Well said!!!!


43 posted on 10/27/2009 8:10:36 AM PDT by Valin
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To: meandog

The aircraft carrier’s mission was accomplished. That was not a statement saying the mission in Iraq was accomplished, but that the mission at hand, for the carrier, was over.

Context is everything.


44 posted on 10/27/2009 8:32:09 AM PDT by Ro_Thunder ("Other than ending SLAVERY, FASCISM, NAZISM and COMMUNISM, war has never solved anything")
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To: JaneNC
Obama's accomplishments

swatted a fly on camera

bought a puppy

clash for clunkers

gave terrorists miranda rights

campaigned scream preached

voted 'present'

dissed the freedom of the press

put doctors in lab coats he gave them in a backdrop for FailedObamaCare

had a telepromter break-down and ahhhhhh ummed only twice

45 posted on 10/27/2009 8:40:33 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: NoObamaFightForConservatives; Owl_Eagle; Sam's Army; Darksheare; pissant; najida; r-q-tek86; ...

SHOCKING...YAHOO HAS THIS IN THEIR TOP NEWS STORIES....ping!!!


46 posted on 10/27/2009 8:41:52 AM PDT by Jersey Republican Biker Chick (Cleverly disguised as a responsible adult.)
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To: NoObamaFightForConservatives
Obama’s story line was more positive from the start: historic newcomer coming to shake up Washington.

Rewrite: Zero's lack of experience and left-winged background needed to be covered-up, so the media focused on his "HOPE and CHANGE" slogan, which allowed anyone/voter to fill-in-the-blanks on what "HOPE and CHANGE" means. Shaking up Washington by making it more like Beijing is what we get.

47 posted on 10/27/2009 8:42:17 AM PDT by BeAllYouCanBe (Until Americans love their own children more than they love Nancy Pelosi this suicide will continue.)
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To: Nachum; 444Flyer; hoosiermama; joygrace; mojitojoe; backhoe

ping


48 posted on 10/27/2009 8:45:04 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: Jersey Republican Biker Chick

Many of us understand this because we have witnessed it for decades - It is the job of the media to attack the right and cover for the left.


49 posted on 10/27/2009 8:45:05 AM PDT by Enterprise (When they come for your guns and ammo, give them the ammo first.)
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To: Jersey Republican Biker Chick

Color me truly shocked.

See my first post in this thread as to why the MSM are doing this.


50 posted on 10/27/2009 8:45:47 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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