Skip to comments.Awkward: Obamas to Welcome George W. Bush to White House Next Week
Posted on 05/26/2012 11:02:44 AM PDT by Kaslin
This ought to be fun. Barack and Michelle Obama will welcome The Most Evil Man in the World (or as he's known outside the Democratic Party, George W. Bush) and his wife Laura to the White House next week, for the unveiling of their official portraits. Of course, this comes as the current president is in full campaign mode, and W. occupies the role of Obama's eternal scapegoat. It'll be no minor miracle if Obama can make it through the unveiling without blaming Bush for something.
Such ceremonies often bring together current and former presidents with rivalries, grudges or awkward relationships. But the timing of this unveiling is particularly delicate as Mr. Obama uses Mr. Bush as a foil on the campaign trail against former Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts, his presumptive Republican challenger. Although Mr. Obama generally does not mention Mr. Bush by name, he often says Mr. Romney wants to replicate the former presidents agenda but on steroids.
At a campaign fund-raiser in Redwood City, Calif., on Wednesday, for instance, Mr. Obama said Republicans wanted bigger tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, deeper cuts in Medicare and education, even more power for banks to do as they please, and fewer regulations that protect consumers. But thats not new, he added. That was tried, remember? The last guy did all this.
He presented Mr. Bushs record in caustic terms. We watched a record surplus that was squandered on tax cuts for folks who didnt need them and werent asking for them, he said. We saw two wars being waged on a credit card. We saw speculation in the financial sector, reaping huge profits for a few folks who were making bets with other peoples money, but it was a flimsy kind of success. Manufacturing left our shores. A shrinking number of Americans did really, really well, but a growing number saw falling incomes and stagnant job growth.
Mr. Bush, by contrast, has offered virtually no commentary on his successor in the three years since he left office, saying he deserves my silence. He has stayed out of the campaign to oust Mr. Obama, offering a four-word endorsement for Mr. Romney only when asked by a reporter as he headed into an elevator after an unrelated event in Washington last week.
I imagine president Bush will be a class act and continue to act like a president and gentleman....
I’d be very surprised if Obama can hold his vile tongue and not take a swipe at Bush....
He’s a punk and will always be.....
I predict he's on a Bush blaming tour with the help of the media on the days preceding and following this event. More than usual, that is.
Now, I see Bush and remember better days, probably not so with the brainwashed masses.
We all do.
"..well s***head, come up with another lie about your grades be better than Dubya's?"
In the foreground of the portrait, there’s Obama at the easel, like Bob Ross, grinning over his shoulder at you.
Obama doesn’t need to say anything about Bush — Bush is unpopular all on his own. Just keeping Bush in the public eye helps the Democrats. Why do you think Bush’s name wasn’t mentioned once in the GOP presidential debates this year? Reagan’s name was invoked at every opportunity. Can you name me one GOP candidate for any office — maybe except in Texas, but I’m not sure even there — who wants to be seen campaigning with Bush?
Conservatives, Stop standing up for Bush. He didn’t stand up for you. Stop being suckers for the guy who left us with a massive debt and a near depression.
You don’t have to like Obama — I don’t — to not like Bush.
Now, I see Bush and remember better days
You mean ...
Like the bubble in housing prices (which Rove helped create by encouraging easy lending to low incomes?)?
Like the stock market crash of 2008?
Like the federal deficits that were the largest ever, until bush’s record helped elect Obama?
I can only speak for myself, ofcourse, but the Bush years were very good to my family. Whether that can be attributed to Bush and many of his policies is certainly up for debate. One thing is certain, Bush and co. never put a gun to anyone’s head any told them to mortgage themselves like crazy to buy big screen TVs and 4,000 sq foot McMansions they couldn’t dream of affording. The elites manipulate the masses and the masses always fall for the same tricks. Hook, line and sinker.
It does smell fishy
I like President George W. Bush. I don't like President Obama.
Still a damn site better than McCain or Romney.
the Bush years were very good to my family
So you’re the ones
Dittos Popman. W and Laura are a class act and will be at the White House. It will be awkward for the Obamas who have zero class.
It will probably say IT’S ALL YOUR FAULT under W’s portrait.
And that is precisely how scumbags get re-elected, not necessarily talking about Bush, but more about the current POTUS and his like.
They both agree on Bailouts and rescue plans so even though Obama blames Bush a lot for the economy, they agree on various things.
WTF! What in the hell are you talking about? Rove?? Which state did he represent in Congress? You have to be kidding.
Wait! Let’s not start parroting the 8 year drumbeat anti-Bush propaganda from the leftwing media. Bush tried several times to reform Freddie and Fannie but was stopped by Frank and others. The encouraging of easy lending began under Clinton, and what I remember is, before the Dems took over Congress in 2007, the economy was doing well, with unemployment (real unemployment) at 5-6%, the DOW at 14K, and inflation not what it is now. Although I don’t think W was a great president, he certainly was much better than what we have now. On top of that, unlike Carter and Clinton, the man has showed a lot of class as ex-president.
Pure class. Wouldn't be surprised if either of the Obamas melted into a little green pile of goo when the Bushes arrive.
LOL! Do you think he'll claim credit for having painted it, as well? And for having invented "paint"?
I’ll bet they’re both gracious. Obama and Bush are members of the most exclusive club in the world - United States Presidents. I’ll bet both of them like each other more than either of them likes Jimmah Carter..
——Ill bet theyre both gracious——
I somehow doubt it, though I hope you are ....
Being gracious is way above Obama pay grade...
What an absolute howler it would be to have Cheney there as well. Obunga’s head would explode..........
Bush was/is a decent man, but by and large his compassionate conservative policies sucked. He was complicit in running up the US debt with big government programs.
He never defended his policies and he let the MSM run roughshod all over him. He was a wimp.
He never groomed a successor to run for president after his 2nd term ended.
Because he never fought back, the MSM lies took hold.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Bush’s actions/inactions caused the welcome mat to be laid out at the front door of the White House for the jug-eared, purple-lipped, juvenile, thin skinned, arrogant, socialist-communist bastard that now occupies it.
In addition, GWB
Increased Fed education w/Kennedy
Tried to force amnesty on us
Tried to force Harriet Myers on us
Ignored Fannie Freddie
Generally was a big govt liberal RINO Establihment
He could been great but was faaaar below average
Wow three of us get it.
Not to mention the Pro Abortion women folks in that family.
He did however promise to build a fence, even signed the bill that authorized it, then had Kay Bailey defund it after the election.
Cheap labor can not be the primary reason that o Republican has closed the border and cut off funds to illegals. GW in fact made it possible for illegals to draw Social Security even if they only worked a very short time.
Now we have the Bank of America announcing that they will gladly open bank accounts for illegals without a SSN#.
The military fighting meant did indeed love GW, but he did the military few favors, sending Jag officers with the troops to watch and bring fighting meant to trial. He let two border guards rot in jail, he absolutely screwed over Scooter, who did nothing wrong, and he knew it.
We will be hard pressed to survive the Bush Family Dynasty’s legacy, especially if GHWB decides to accept Zero along with Bill as adopted sons.
Wouldn’t it be great if Bush were to grab Obama around the shoulder with a big smile and flashed the “V” sign while the cameras whirred and the flashbulbs popped and Dubya thanked him for all his hard work in Iraq and Afghanistan? Wouldn’t that just drop Obama another five points in the polls, especially among his liberal chums?
Nah. Won’t happen but it is fun to imagine.
-—”Because he never fought back, the MSM lies took hold.”
You’re ABSOLUTELY RIGHT! That was one of my main complaints about Shrub. Other than the fact that he was pathetically inarticulate and a bumbler (too easy fodder for leftist ad hom attacks).
REAGAN always bantered BACK at the DEMOCRAPS and nailed htem many times with humor and class.
We need someone who can make fools of the liberals as Reagan did!!!
Shrub was incapable of doing so because he often acted goofy and immature. IMO, his demeanor was often inappropriate for the office of the POTUS and the libs took that and ran with it.
Allen West wouldn’t be like that. Herman Cain wouldn’t be like thaat. Cheney wasn’t like that. Let’s hope Romney isn’t like that and so far he comes across as businesslike and not goofy.
McCain’s demeanor was also pretty lame sometimes: “Bomb bomb bomb Iran”
the MSM lies took hold.
Uh, MSM didn’t need to lie. Bush’s policies really WERE bad. It wasn’t and isn’t a lie to say so.
- Biggest deficits in history (pre Obama)
- Massive Tarp bailout (paved way for Obama’s Tarp II)
- Home buyership program that targeted low income people for no downpayment loans — leading to housing bubble and R(D)epression
- Open door policy to illegal aliens — another cause of the housing bubble, by the way
- Kennedy/Bush Medicaire monstrosity
- Kennedy/Bush Education monstrosity
- McCain/Bush attempt to legalized tens of millions of illegals
And then there are all the conservative reforms that DIDN’T happen, even though we had a GOP Congress for six years and a so-called Republican in the White House.
Bush was a disaster as a president. And his last “gift” to us was bringing about the election of Barack H Obama, because voters were reacting to Bush’s failures and Great Recession he left us. No wonder Obama wants W back in the limelight.
You say Reagan fought back but Bush didn’t. The other difference is that Reagan’s policies were conservative and could be defended. Bush’s were liberal and couldn’t be defended.
drop Obama another five points in the polls,
Nope. Obama and the Democrats understand that when Bush is onscreen, Republicans lose votes. The GOP understands that too, which is why they kept Bush off prime time in the GOP Convenstion last time — and five will get you ten they’ll do so again. And none of the candidates ever uttered Bush’s name during the GOP debates this year. In contrast, nobody could say “Reagan” enough.
So you’re wrong. Obama is inviting Bush to the White House for a photo op because coverage of Bush hurts Republicans. People know that Obama hasn’t fixed the economy — he’s made it worse. But they also remember that Bush is the one who first drove it into the ditch.
Well good for you. Want a cookie or something?
25 years ago, we had Ronald Reagan, Johnny Cash, and Bob Hope.
If you can't appreciate the pure beauty of the violin after hearing this, something's wrong with your ears.
Or you can get raw with these strings.
How about this gamechanger from America's Got Talent (which they SHOULD have won).
Either way, the violin is sweet yet lethal.
Nonsense, the ONLY thing that allowed the moron driving our nation to hell, is MC LAME -
The truth is unemployment was at 5%. At least in the section of the country I lived, until the bust (which was very late in the Bush presidency--conveniently) people were living very well. Very few had the foresight to know it was all going to crash down --they rarely do--it was a boom and it was going to go on forever. But, yet, they all walked around saying they hated Bush--it was trendy to hate Bush. They were driving around in new SUVS, had all the latest gadgets and living in 4,000 sq ft homes and, yet, their lives all sucked --well, they didn't suck but man, if it hadn't been for Bush--it could have been better.
Well, now they really do have it bad. Really bad. And yet, because they are a bunch of drones --easily manipulated by the media and popular culture--I only hear about how bad it is when in the company of another conservative who understands how bad it truly is and worse, how bad it is going to get if this man is given more time.
My point --Bush was unpopular regardless of his policies. Most drones didn't even know about them or understand the ramifications of them.
The question is --does enough of our unserious voting population destructive Obama's policies are and if they do, do they still have enough self preservation instinct in them?
Supposed to read " does enough of our unserious voting population UNDERSTAND HOW destructive Obama's policies are"
Also, would like to add that during the Bush years, where I lived unemployment averaged 3%.
Don’t go W!!!!! It’s nothing but a cheap campaign soundbite, that will make the punk POTUS look bi-partisan.
The proposed Fannie and Freddie reforms addressed minimum capital standards and the sheer size of the two firms. But if you think that Dubya was trying to reign in the irresponsible lending that was driving the bubble you’re mistaken. He was adding fuel to the fire:
“Bush seeks to increase minority homeownership”
By Thomas A. Fogarty, USA TODAY
In a bid to boost minority homeownership, President Bush will ask Congress for authority to eliminate the down-payment requirement for Federal Housing Administration loans.
In announcing the plan Monday at a home builders show in Las Vegas, Federal Housing Commissioner John Weicher called the proposal the “most significant FHA initiative in more than a decade.” It would lead to 150,000 first-time owners annually, he said.
Nothing-down options are available on the private mortgage market, but, in general, they require the borrower to have pristine credit. Bush’s proposed change would extend the nothing-down option to borrowers with blemished credit.
The FHA isn’t a direct lender, but guarantees loan payments for mortgages on moderately priced owner-occupied property. The FHA guarantee now permits private lenders to finance as much as 97% of the purchase price of a home for millions of low- and middle-income borrowers.
In the proposal soon to be delivered to Congress, Bush would allow the FHA to guarantee loans for the full purchase price of the home, plus down-payment costs. As a practical matter, the FHA would guarantee mortgages as high as 103%...”
“Very few had the foresight to know it was all going to crash down —they rarely do-”
Actually there were warnings as early as 2004, including a prescient one from the CBO:
“Zero-down mortgage initiative by Bush is hit
Budget office says plan likely to spur more loan defaults
By Chris Reidy, Globe Staff | October 5, 2004
President Bush’s weekend campaign promise that he will push legislation allowing for no money down on some federally insured mortgages could cost taxpayers as much as $500 million over four years because of a higher rate of defaults, according to the Congressional Budget Office.
The election-year idea may appeal to those who can’t save as fast as home prices are rising. But some financial planners warn that increasingly common no- and low-down-payment programs can be ruinous for some consumers — especially if home values decline.
If housing prices fall, consumers with little or no money of their own invested in the home are more vulnerable to ending up with mortgages larger than the value of the house.
And those who can’t afford large down payments usually don’t have enough savings to serve as a cushion if someone in the household gets sick or is laid off.
“If you’re really stretching, maybe you should back off and look at a less expensive house,” said Joan Gray Anderson, a professor of family financial counseling at the University of Rhode Island.
Bush proposed zero-down-payment legislation earlier this year. The Congressional Budget Office has contended for months that the proposal would generate huge losses, an assessment that could be a stumbling block for the bill’s passage. But the Department of Housing and Urban Development thinks the program could be run on a break-even basis.
Bush contends that reducing the required 3 percent down in the Federal Housing Administration mortgage program to zero down would help 150,000 first-time buyers in the first year. Homeownership rates are now about 69 percent nationwide, compared to about 64 percent 10 years ago. The FHA insures many private-lender home loans.
“To build an ownership society, we’ll help even more Americans to buy homes,” Bush said in an Ohio speech to home builders. “Some families are more than able to pay a mortgage but just don’t have the savings to put money down.”
A spokesman for the campaign of Senator John F. Kerry said the plan will help “relatively few families.” Kerry’s emphasis is on preserving affordable-housing programs that he says Bush has slashed.
Meanwhile, low- and no-down-payment mortgages are available to more people than in the past. A 30-year fixed-rate mortgage with a 20 percent down payment is one of many options available today. Home buyers are making smaller down payments on a percentage basis, and sometimes choosing adjustable-rate mortgages or obtaining two mortgages on a purchase.
According to a 2003 survey by the National Association of Realtors, the median down payment for a first-time home buyer equaled 6 percent of the purchase price.
Several factors account for the reduced popularity of the traditional 20 percent down payment. In recent years, homes have been appreciating in value by about 10 percent annually, said Denise Leonard, incoming president of the Massachusetts Mortgage Association and a senior vice president at Constitution Financial Group, a mortgage lender in Wakefield. Such rapid appreciation helps to protect lenders in the event of delinquencies, she said.
Meanwhile, rising home prices, and rising rents, make it harder for first-time buyers to scrape together a down payment. The mortgage industry has responded by offering more flexible products, Leonard said. The industry takes steps to ensure that these products go only to consumers who can show they have a good history of managing credit.
“You can’t get these products if you’re not creditworthy,” she said.
But in Boston and Providence, said URI’s Anderson, even with no-down-payment mortgages, high prices can keep homes out of reach.
“There are not a lot of entry-level homes in these markets,” she said.
The Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America, a Boston-based nonprofit advocacy group that provides housing services, has been a pioneer in no-down-payment mortgages, offering them for a decade to working-class consumers, said chief executive Bruce Marks. The group came in for early criticism, he said, because of a belief that consumers needed to have a financial stake in a new home.
The group’s no-down-payment mortgages are similar to those the federal government offered to veterans after World War II, Marks said, and its track record shows that such loans are unlikely to be defaulted on.
MassHousing, the state’s affordable-housing bank, has had a similar experience in the two years it has been offering loans with no down payment, said executive director Tom Gleason. They’ve performed well in a strong housing market and are likely to be “common in the future,” he said.
An unanswered question remains, he acknowledged: “We have no experience of how these loans will perform when the market is weak.”
There are lots of things to both agree and disagree with Bush about but your total hate is not warranted....almost all of us were way better off with Bush than Obama.
One thing for sure, Bush doesn't hate America!
Peddle your Bush hatred somewhere else.
When I see a thread that implies Bush was something to be proud of, I see it my duty to intrude with a little reality.
The less media Bush gets, the better for the GOP. Dems know that - which is why Obama is trying to get more media for Bush; it means more votes for Obama. Unlike you, most Americans don’t want to be reminded of Bush, his housing bubble, deficits, and Great Recession.
Bush doesn’t hate America!
That doesn’t mean he was fit to be president. His incompetence and liberalism created a voter backlash that elected Obama.
Six words say it all: You can thank Bush for Obama.
THANK YOU for documenting Bush’s role in our housing disaster!
“In the proposal soon to be delivered to Congress, Bush would allow the FHA to guarantee loans for the full purchase price of the home, plus down-payment costs. As a practical matter, the FHA would guarantee mortgages as high as 103%...
2004 USA Today article on Bush plan for easy lending to low income folks:
BUSH WAS A DISASTER! He was a CAUSE of the recession we’re still struggling thru today!
Bush was unpopular regardless of his policies
You have a very low opinion of your fellow Americans. I don’t think the American people or the American nation is stupid. Bush was unpopular because his policies left us the biggest recession since the Depression. It’s “drones” who would still like an idiot even though they’re suffering under his policies. i’m talking about 1) his easy lending policies that put people into houses they couldn’t afford; and 2) his open border policies that brought more home buyers to America, helping to run up prices, esp for the no-down-payment segment.