Skip to comments.Missing George W. Bush
Posted on 11/15/2009 9:26:04 AM PST by FromLori
Its an old joke. The drunk says, I miss my wife. His friend asks, Where did she go? The drunk replies, I traded her for a bottle of whiskey. You miss her, huh? Heck no, Im thirsty again.
Im thirsty again, for the sense of security that I felt when George W. Bush was president.
After nine months of The Ones narcissism, excessive Congressional spending, and in the aftermath of the horrific Fort Hood massacre perpetrated by a crazed Islamic Jihadist, Americas Obama binge has worn off. Even some noteworthy liberals are wondering if we wouldnt be better off today with a man like George W. Bush in the White House. You remember W, the bungling oaf who couldnt pronounce nuclear. Hes the guy who kept our nation safe after 9/11.
I wasnt a Bush fan. I always thought of him as a progressive moderate in the same mold as his father. His slogan, Compassionate Conservative, tipped it off for me. Bushs brand of compassion led to record spending and the highest deficit in history until the new guy came along and blew the deficit through the roof. I supported and campaigned for Alan Keyes in the 2000 primaries. Had someone other than Bush gained the GOP nomination I would have been a lot happier, but I voted for him twice in the general election because I figured that, although Bush was a less than perfect candidate, he was a better alternative than the Global Warming huckster, Al Gore, or French-looking John Kerry.
George W. Bush was an accomplished politician rather than a statesman. But he was on track during three fourths of his administration. He foresaw the problems we are now having with Medicare, Social Security, and the housing crisis and tried his best to address those challenges, only to be stopped from implementing the solutions by a Democrat majority in Congress.
There are far too many Bush accomplishments to list them all, but here are a few: During his presidency Bush signed legislation for two income tax cuts, one of which was the largest dollar-value tax cut in U.S. history, allowing the economy to grow for seven consecutive years. He supported elimination of the death tax and reductions in capital gains, policies that turned around an economy that was in recession and deeply shocked as a result of the 9/11 attacks. He kept the unemployment rate at 5%, which many economists believe is tantamount to full employment and increased small business incentives to expand and hire new people. He also initiated discussion on privatizing Social Security and individual investment accounts.
But Bush didnt just direct his attention toward the economy. Under his direction Congress created a fund to encourage technologies that help the disabled. He increased the annual contribution limit on Education IRA's from $500 to $2,000 per child and made the $5,000 adoption tax credit permanent as well as providing $1 billion over five years to increase the credit to $10,000.
Best of all Bush listened to the American people by changing his stance on amnesty for illegal aliens and corrected his mistakes with the Alberto Gonzales and Harriet Miers appointments by appointing two exceptional conservative judges to the Supreme Court; John Roberts and Samuel Alito.
The wisdom of his adventure into Iraq can be debated, but there is little question that his Iraq campaign liberated millions from under the thumb of a maniacal despot. He spent millions to combat AIDS in Africa and solidified our relationship with our Eastern European allies. In addition he was one of the strongest friends Israel has ever had in the U.S. presidency.
Bush was a decent man and devout Christian who loved his wife, his family, his country and his troops. He shed genuine tears when soldiers returned home in caskets and spent many private hours with the families of the fallen. He toured veterans hospitals and encouraged the wounded, something that he still does today. We never heard him give a shout out when announcing a national tragedy similar to the Fort Hood massacre. And we never heard him disparage his predecessor even though there is strong evidence that our nations most immoral President, Bill Clinton, dropped the ball that led to 9/11. Strong, diligent, and always a gentleman, Bush stood against the vilest attacks and mockery from his political enemies and never wavered from his beliefs. The rest of the world might not have liked him, but they respected him. His troops fought for him but his own party abandoned him as the Republicans eventually lost their way.
Bush had many faults. He brought the deficit to record levels and implemented the $700 billion TARP bailout for the banking industry. That was an error which, I believe, weakened our capitalistic system and cost McCain the election. It also set the stage for the current administrations outrageous spending spree. One of Bushs most obvious faults was that he had the mistaken idea that he could foster harmony and bring bipartisanship to Congress by working with the opposition party, even though Democrats double crossed him numerous times. I am reminded of the No Child Left Behind Act, written by Ted Kennedy. Just hours after Bush signed it, Kennedy, who got everything he asked for in the bill, attacked Bush for not spending enough money on the program. Nevertheless the strengths during the Bush years outweighed the weaknesses.
I may be looking through rose-colored glasses, but I have begun to miss Ws crooked smile and his folksy manner of speaking. I miss the humility and grace that he brought to the office. He didnt have to be eloquent and he didnt have to be a Rhodes Scholar. He was my President, and although I disagreed with him in many areas, I had the utmost respect for him. I also miss Laura, one of the most gracious first ladies in my lifetime.
After eight long years of relentless attacks on Bush from the left, America demanded change. The change that we got was Barack Hussein Obama. Hows that working out for you?
God bless George W. Bush.
Miss the first term of GWB. Second term not so much but
compared to ‘The Zero = The One’ will take him back in a NYC nanosecond.
I wake up every single day missing him.....was anybody really surprised that he went to Ft Hood shortly after the terrorist attack to comfort families and wounded? I wasn’t!
No. I’d rather have a D’ being a socialist instead a R’.
I ordered my “I miss W.” bumper sticker yesterday.
I can’t wait to finger Obamabots as I whiz by.
I miss Reagan. W is the guy who opened the door for Obama.
Well, we couldn’t have him or Cheney for a third term.
What America needed was wisdom during the last election,
what we got was unbridled change.
Once the commmie demoncraps captured the House and Senate, it was over for the US.
NOT ME!... I want new blood... I am looking toward the future with new, fresh, better quality politicians.
This guy has put pen to my sentiments. GWB was certainly not perfect, and was certainly not our best president. However, it didn’t take many weeks of the One’s term in office to see the real qualities of George Bush, the man, and his lovely wife, Laura.
Remember the DemocRATS campaigned on getting rid of earmarks, instead we got more.
This is a great essay. I hope the Examiner can stay in business. They certainly will not get any govt handouts from “stimulus” funds.
THE ECONOMY BEFORE DEMOCRATS TOOK CONTROL OF BOTH HOUSES OF CONGRESS (November 2006):
Job creation in October: UP 132,000
Yen 117 to the dollar //Canadian $.76.
Get the picture?
[BTW: During this same time period, I don’t recall the vociferous support of freepers for President Bush when he tried to get Fannie and Freddie under control OR when he attempted to reform Social Security.]
PRESIDENT BUSH OPENED THE DOOR FOR OBAMA? REALLY?
Do you also agree that Reagan opened the door to Clinton? After all, in 1992, a majority of the voting public blamed President Reagan for the economic situation that prompted them to vote for Clinton (and/or Perot)!
And how do you explain the Republican debacle during the 1986 election cycle? Was that Reagan’s fault as well?
THE BDS-INDUCED BLAME GAME HAS BECOME VERY TIRESOME . . . enough already!
Not a bit. That buffoon led us down the primrose path to our present predicament. The Democrats never had a better Republican president with the possible exception of Nixon.
Yeah, I remember all those public speeches from the White House about Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, don't you? How about all that "bipartisanship" work out for you?
Do you also agree that Reagan opened the door to Clinton?
No, Bush I did, and pals around with Bubba to this day.
No. That was George H.W. Bush.
bump photos of w and o with troops
Did you purposely miss the point? According to Gallup, voters blamed “Reaganomics”/Reagan for the state of the economy in 1992, and it was the state of the economy that caused voters to vote for Clinton/Perot.
If we were to follow a previous poster’s logic, then Reagan (and his policies) were to blame for Clinton’s election . . . Dumb I know, but equivalent to the argument that Bush is to blame for the election of Obama — kinda’ precludes any PERSONAL responsibility for those recalcitrant Libertarians (big ‘L’), squishy Republicans (e.g., Noonan), perpetually clueless ‘undecideds’, and moronic Clinton supporters who voted for Obama against their own best interests. [And what about McCain for running one of the more inept campaigns in recent memory and all of those Republican politicians who disparaged President Bush more than they disparaged their Democrat opponents] . . . IDIOTS ALL!
Even though you obviously can’t read or reason, I’ll refer you to my response at #21.
AWESOME post; love the photos!
It never fails....
Put a nice thread about Bush and here come the ENDLESS JERKS who trash Bush...Hey you Bush haters...STFU!
We don’t need your brilliant armchair wisdom! If you want to put that crap on a Bush thread go to DU! ( OH, yeah, I knowwwwwww..”I’m just saying the truth, blah, blah blah.)
Its hilarious...a conservative site and we have a chorus of “IT’S BUSH’S FAULT”....DON’T BOTHER COMING UP WITH YOUR BRILLIANT REPLIES...
They didn't know. They just knew that the media told them that we needed something different, so they voted for the cool black guy, cause he was different.
Most folks really had no idea what kind of change Obama wanted to bring about. They didn't pay attention to what he was saying, they were too caught up in the 'celebrity' of it all. They seemed to have the idea that "we can't do any worse than we're doing under Bush and the Republicans". I think the first 10 months of this administration disabused many of those folks of THAT notion.
The point is Reagan had been out of office for 4 years when Bush I lost to Clinton.
According to Gallup, voters blamed Reaganomics/Reagan
A biased poll question lets GHWB off the hook? LOL! Nice try.
I loved George Bush when he was first running for office.
I loved George Bush more the day he was first inaugurated.
I loved George Bush more the day he was re-elected.
I loved Georgy Bush even more the day he left office.
I love George Bush now more than ever.
If I had a staff infection, and then afterward battled cancer, I wouldn't miss the staff infection. I would miss being well.
The Bush family is one of the worst things to ever happen to the GOP and the country.
Well I would too I don’t like those bank bailouts one single bit especially since those scummy banks donated heavily to obama and fund acorn and our taxes have to pay for them but in all the other areas and compared to obama there is no comparison.
Yup, Bush did his job, just like his son did.
It wasn't "Reaganomics" that got Clinton elected, as the appeal Ross Perot made to the public was in the name of fiscal restraint.
If we were to follow a previous posters logic, then Reagan (and his policies) were to blame for Clintons election . . . Dumb I know, but equivalent to the argument that Bush is to blame for the election of Obama
A false analogy in support of a baseless argument won't get you any converts. Remember "read my lips"? Well, it was a RINO/RAT cabal that broke that promise in the name of bailing out S&Ls pursuant to a real estate bubble.
Does that sound at all familiar?
Oh, I see, we're "idiots" because we can discern a difference between RINOs and conservatives. I see. Apparently you are not so capable.
God bless President George W Bush.
Not exactly, Pres. Bush's own party let him down on this one. Congressional Republicans backing Bush were nowhere to be found on this one.
If a Tea Party type crowd would have stood up and made themselves known at that time, real reforms might have been realized by instilling a spine in wimpy Republicans and more conservative Democrats.
When we conservatives take back power from Obama and company, the lesson we should learn is to never let up on the pressure applied to the elected in Washington to do the right thing.
Yes, God Bless President Bush. I was missing him before he even left.
Bookmarked. Thanks, DrDeb.
Yeah - we totally blew it by 1st allowing the congress to go ‘rat in ‘06 and then by putting 0bama in the White House.
Great & informative post, thanks!
Not sure what post you refer to, but for the record, God Bless George W. Bush, a good man who loves his country and is GREATLY missed by me.
Unfortunately, this “conservative” site has been hijacked by Libertarians and various other third party zealots — President Reagan (a proud REPUBLICAN) is rolling over in his grave!
[FYI: If you read President Reagan’s “Diary”, you will discover that many of the same ‘conservatives’ who are now bashing President Bush were also bashing Reagan in his day . . . some things never change!]
THANK YOU for the link — I plan to purchase several stickers ASAP!! It will drive my Marxist-leaning, Chomsky-loving colleagues absolutely crazy!!
Yep- that was the changing point and it’s been downhill for the US ever since - especially the US economy.
During the first few months of The Buffoon’s presidency someone wrote that by the time this guy gets through Republicans will long for Clinton and Democrats will long for Bush.
And a big AMEN to you too!
I had no idea he went.. now that you mention it though, it makes perfect sense that he'd be there for our troops.
Lord knows I didn't agree with President Bush on everything but I at least had some modicum of respect for him.
Can't say that about the current buffoon that occupies the Poeple's House.
“THANK YOU for the link I plan to purchase several stickers ASAP!! It will drive my Marxist-leaning, Chomsky-loving colleagues absolutely crazy!!”