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NBC's Gregory Declares: Bush's 'Reputation of Incompetence' Has 'Stained' GOP
NewsBusters.org ^ | April 25, 2013 | Kyle Drennan

Posted on 04/25/2013 3:34:55 PM PDT by Kaslin

On the eve of the dedication of George W. Bush's presidential library, NBC's Meet the Press moderator David Gregory appeared on Wednesday's Nightly News to tear down the former president's legacy, beginning the report by remarking that it was "difficult to remember" Bush's popularity after the September 11th attacks. [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump]

Gregory described how Iraq War intelligence failures "formed the backdrop to criticism that the President underestimated the challenges he faced....And grew stubborn in the face of mounting setbacks." Gregory further proclaimed: "What grew into a reputation for incompetence stained the administration and the GOP brand after Hurricane Katrina."

NBC's Gregory Declares: Bush's 'Reputation of Incompetence' Has 'Stained' GOP

Historian Michael Beschloss followed by touting how "George W. Bush's name was barely mentioned" at the 2012 Republican National Convention as a result.

Gregory then promoted how successful the Obama White House and liberal press corps were at blaming Bush for the still struggling economy: "As the economy even now struggles to climb back from the near collapse of 2008, many Americans still blame President Bush, holding him even more accountable for the state of the economy than President Obama, according to last fall's election exit poll."

Gregory did briefly note: "These issues overshadow other accomplishments – the President's place in launching the school reform movement, his work to combat aids in Africa, even his willingness to tackle entitlement spending."

On Thursday's Today, Gregory began a similar report on the Bush legacy by announcing: "As he left Washington four years ago, the public sat in harsh judgment of George W. Bush, with roughly two thirds of the country disapproving of his job performance. The scars ran deep over multiple wars, the terror debate, and a collapsed economy."

Gregory also made sure to repeat the line about Bush's "incompetence" having "stained" the Republican Party.

However, unlike his Nightly News hit piece, Gregory did acknowledge Bush's rising approval rating: "Mr. Bush has made up ground in the public's mind and his record is viewed more charitably....As time passes and passions cool, Mr. Bush has grown more popular."

Here is a full transcript of Gregory's April 24 Nightly News report:

7:10PM ET

BRIAN WILLIAMS: Back in this country, the George W. Bush Presidential Library set to open tomorrow. This is a live picture of the scene on the campus of SMU in Dallas tonight. Tomorrow's dedication ceremony will be attended by the five people alive who know what it's like to sit in the Oval Office. President Barack Obama, both Bushes, 41 and 43, Bill Clinton, and Jimmy Carter. We get our report tonight from NBC's David Gregory, who was our White House correspondent during the Bush 43 years.

DAVID GREGORY: It's difficult to remember just how popular President Bush was in the immediate aftermath of 9/11.

GEORGE W. BUSH: I can hear you. The rest of the world hears you. And the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

GREGORY: The fact that America was not attacked again during the Bush years is a lasting legacy. But so, too, is the bitter debate over whether the war on terror eroded civil liberties. Mr. Bush will always be viewed as a wartime leader. But it was the decision to invade Iraq that would prove the most divisive.

BUSH: It's a war of necessity. In my judgment we had no choice when we look at the intelligence I looked at that says the man was a threat.

GREGORY: The faulty intelligence, the failure to find weapons of mass destruction, formed the backdrop to criticism that the President underestimated the challenges he faced.

BUSH: In the battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed.

GREGORY: And grew stubborn in the face of mounting setbacks.

BUSH: I hear the voices and I read the front page and I know the speculation, but I'm the decider.

GREGORY: What grew into a reputation for incompetence stained the administration and the GOP brand after Hurricane Katrina.

MICHAEL BESCHLOSS [PRESIDENTIAL HISTORIAN]: This is a president who, in his own time, he would be the first to say is very unpopular. You look at the Republican convention last year. George W. Bush's name was barely mentioned.

GREGORY: As the economy even now struggles to climb back from the near collapse of 2008, many Americans still blame President Bush, holding him even more accountable for the state of the economy than President Obama, according to last fall's election exit poll. These issues overshadow other accomplishments – the President's place in launching the school reform movement, his work to combat aids in Africa, even his willingness to tackle entitlement spending.

MICHAEL GERSON [FORMER CHIEF BUSH SPEECHWRITER]: I think these are issues that over time will wear very well. They'll show that the President was forward-looking and knew where the country was headed.

GREGORY: And as I talked to advisers of President Bush's over the past several days, they think that's being borne out, that idea, with current events. Look, the Republican Party's moving back toward President Bush on immigration. And when it comes to the war on terrorism, they point out President Obama has continued many of President Bush's counter-terror policies. Brian.

WILLIAMS: Our former White House correspondent David Gregory, these days moderator of Meet the Press. David, we'll check back in with you tomorrow night.

We want to let you know tomorrow morning on Today Matt Lauer will have an exclusive live interview with former President Bush. And we'll get the first tour through the new Bush Presidential Library.



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KEYWORDS: msdnc; nbcflacks; nbcprrep; nbcservesdnc
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1 posted on 04/25/2013 3:34:55 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

LOL! In the face of GROSS incompetence in the Obama Administration, attempting to deflect the hideous track record of the Won, and foist this bit of propaganda on the public is laughable.


2 posted on 04/25/2013 3:37:21 PM PDT by OpusatFR
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To: Kaslin

KMA David. Why don’t you report factual news for a change?


3 posted on 04/25/2013 3:37:35 PM PDT by From The Deer Stand
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To: Kaslin
More people are going to read your post than watched the Nightly News.


4 posted on 04/25/2013 3:37:58 PM PDT by darkwing104 (Let's get dangerous)
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To: Kaslin

They just don’t know when to stop.


5 posted on 04/25/2013 3:38:02 PM PDT by laweeks
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To: OpusatFR

It is more then laughable. It is so ridiculous, it cries to heaven


6 posted on 04/25/2013 3:39:35 PM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin

Apparently the simian Gregory thinks he’s an historian.....


7 posted on 04/25/2013 3:40:03 PM PDT by clintonh8r ("Europe was created by history. America was created by a philosophy." Baroness Thatcher)
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To: From The Deer Stand

I have nothing good to say about the media propagandists who censor the news from Americans. If Bush was incompentent, then what is Obama? Incompetent or malicious?


8 posted on 04/25/2013 3:40:52 PM PDT by The_Media_never_lie (Actually, they lie when it suits them! The crooked MS media must be defeated any way it can be done!)
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To: Kaslin

I watched CNN as I was changing in the gym today...Wolf Blitzer had John King as a correspondent who kept talking about no WMD’s, Katrina, Iraq War...

The Leftist Media will not stop hating Bush, ever. It was amazing to see how far in backhanded complements they gave him and how “civil” the three Democratic Presidents were to GWB.

It made me vomit.


9 posted on 04/25/2013 3:40:57 PM PDT by wac3rd (Somewhere in Hell, Ted Kennedy snickers....)
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To: Kaslin

Anyone who thinks that all there is to know about Iraq is in fact known and out in the public are morons.


10 posted on 04/25/2013 3:41:05 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,)
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To: From The Deer Stand

He doesn’t know how to


11 posted on 04/25/2013 3:41:24 PM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: laweeks

..they can’t stop, even though more and more people are becoming aware of Odungo’s stupidity, they have to tow the line and cover....earn their keep.


12 posted on 04/25/2013 3:41:26 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Kaslin

Absurd.


13 posted on 04/25/2013 3:41:34 PM PDT by TheThirdRuffian (RINOS like Romney, McCain, Dole are sure losers. No more!)
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To: Kaslin

The incompetence is the MSM, not George W. Bush!


14 posted on 04/25/2013 3:42:06 PM PDT by mtnwmn (Liberalism leads to Socialism)
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To: Kaslin

Have he and obama exchanged promise rings yet?


15 posted on 04/25/2013 3:43:53 PM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA (Liberals chant that ID for voting is racist, so isn't ID for purchasing a gun racist?)
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To: Kaslin

The chief thing/lie held against Bush, according to leftists like Gregory, is that Bush’s economic policies crashed the economy. The truth is William Jefferson Clinton and his buddies Janet Reno and Andrew Cuomo are the arch-villains. Read Paul Sperry’s “The Great American Bank Robbery” or Tom Sowell’s “The Housing Boom And Bush” to get the true story of the disaster.


16 posted on 04/25/2013 3:44:06 PM PDT by driftless2
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To: Kaslin

Like the impeached, disbarred, lying disgrace Bill Clinton stained a young intern’s dress in the Oval Office of the people’s White House?
Like that?


17 posted on 04/25/2013 3:44:23 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Kaslin

Maybe Howdy Doody and his cohorts need to grow up a bit.

IMHO


18 posted on 04/25/2013 3:44:34 PM PDT by ripley
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To: Kaslin

...the recent poll numbers have them in a tizzy....he’ll past Odungo within weeks, as more and more information comes out about Benghazi and Chewie’s hospital visit.


19 posted on 04/25/2013 3:44:35 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Kaslin

These homosexual news-sissies that live in their moms’ basements just can’t stand a straight guy who loves his wife living in our White House.


20 posted on 04/25/2013 3:44:51 PM PDT by laweeks
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To: OpusatFR

OK,if so, then David, your brains stain your shorts...


21 posted on 04/25/2013 3:46:34 PM PDT by Texaspeptoman (Even cannibals get fed-up with people sometimes...!)
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To: Kaslin

Let your enemies write your story, and this is what you get.

I personally never turn on the DNC media anymore.

But conservatives and Repubs have for too long complained about the DNC hack media without doing anything about it.

I notice in the Boston story that the only real reporting is being done by the “new” media; the DNC “old” media is left reporting and spinning what is already out there and otherwise just repeating the official talking points once they figure out what they are. So now more than ever I see no reason to waste my time and limited bandwidth of brainspace on them.


22 posted on 04/25/2013 3:46:55 PM PDT by marron
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To: Kaslin
Any deranged garbage that comes out of a Lefty's mouth must be accepted as Truth.

It's the law.

23 posted on 04/25/2013 3:47:50 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("Deficit spending is simply a scheme for the confiscation of wealth." --Alan Greenspan)
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To: Kaslin
OTOH, Obama's inexperience, ignorance, arrogance, murky past, serial lying, unaccountability, is cool with Davey while the nation spirals downward as a result of Obama's fundamental transforming.
Jeepers, I completely detest Gregory along with so many in the lame stream media.
24 posted on 04/25/2013 3:48:00 PM PDT by Amagi (Obama is never so animated as when he is assaulting the Constitution.)
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To: Kaslin

I believe that it was Clinton that left a stain.


25 posted on 04/25/2013 3:48:29 PM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: Kaslin

I understand that he also speaks French. Quite the prodigy.


26 posted on 04/25/2013 3:52:42 PM PDT by JPG (Stay strong.)
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To: Texaspeptoman
*snort*

post of the day.

27 posted on 04/25/2013 3:56:22 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: Kaslin

I absolutely loathe him...almost as much as his idol, Obama. My brother-in-law gets all his “news” from Gregory and takes every word as gospel. No matter what evidence I show him to the contrary, he always goes with whatever lies Gregory spews. (As you can surmise, we haven’t had much of a familial relationship since about 2002.)


28 posted on 04/25/2013 3:57:26 PM PDT by MomofMarine
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To: OpusatFR

Dittos. The Current Regime is either a bad caricature of the “Gang the couldn’t shoot straight”, or they are among the most malevolent people to ever come to high office in th United States. And I include the years FDR sat in the Oval Office, because he had at least SOME feelings that this was his native land.

The Won, not so much. Alienated almost from birth, with his genesis covered and swaddled in so many layers of enigma, and with a total redefinition of “transparency”, which now seems to mean that nobody, nowhere, shall ever be allowed to see the real actions of the players until long after everybody now living has passed away. Our history shall be even more muddled than that of the waning days of the Roman Empire.

And the vandals are at the gates.


29 posted on 04/25/2013 3:57:47 PM PDT by alloysteel (Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but follows religiously the new.)
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To: Kaslin

geez this piece of $hit is in need of a good a$$ beating

Soviet-era propagandists could not have been as eagerly willing as out media brown-nosers


30 posted on 04/25/2013 4:01:33 PM PDT by Mr. K (There are lies, damned lies, statistics, and democrat talking points.)
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To: Kaslin
Today it was revealed that Syria used chemical weapons.....Last year a Syrian general admitted that Hussein had shipped his own chemical weapons to Syria prior to the U.S. invasion of Iraq..........

Coincidence? Looks like Bush didn't lie after all..........

31 posted on 04/25/2013 4:02:48 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (This space for rent)
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To: Kaslin
As time passes and passions cool, Mr. Bush has grown more popular.

Uh, I feel like there's something missing from this analysis...nope, just can't figure out what it is. :)

32 posted on 04/25/2013 4:03:22 PM PDT by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: Kaslin

Hey Dave I think the fact that under Obama, there has been terrorist attack after terrorist attack on American soil tells us that Obama’s Presidency has been an EPIC FAILURE..so suck on that Dave


33 posted on 04/25/2013 4:07:07 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Hot Tabasco

That’s what I always thought happened. Remember the reporting of caravans of vehicles racing out of Iraq into Syria early in the war? I hope I live to see the day the truth about WMD comes out and Dubya is vindicated.


34 posted on 04/25/2013 4:07:48 PM PDT by MomofMarine
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To: Kaslin
Dick Gregory is a sorry POS just like his cohort, Chuck Todd. The moment their picture or voice comes on my TV, I change channels. My only explanation for either one of them is God must have a sense of humor.
35 posted on 04/25/2013 4:08:00 PM PDT by Gertie
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To: FReepers; Patriots; FRiends





Some "stain", eh, David IGNORANT FOOL Gregory!



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36 posted on 04/25/2013 4:08:01 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: OpusatFR

Yes: What does he have to say about the brown stain in America’s underwear that occupies the White House now ..

President Skidmark.


37 posted on 04/25/2013 4:12:45 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: Kaslin

I could say the same thing about David Gregory and NBC, but it wouldn’t be true: NBC has no reputation to stain.


38 posted on 04/25/2013 4:13:11 PM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: Kaslin
And yet, conservatives will continue to appear on his Sunday show and accept the straw men set up to make this crap believable.

I had alot of differences with W but there is no way in hell anyone with a quarter of a brain can honestly say our liberties are better off today than they were at the end of the Bush administration.

39 posted on 04/25/2013 4:13:41 PM PDT by capydick (''Life's tough.......it's even tougher if you're stupid.'')
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To: Kaslin

Gregory may have a point — had it not been because of Bush’s, Cheney’s and McCain’s incompetence we would have never had Obama.


40 posted on 04/25/2013 4:15:06 PM PDT by 353FMG ( I do not indicate whether I am serious or sarcastic -- I respect FReepers too much.)
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To: Kaslin
Gee, the MSM attack Bush and blame him for everything. What a surprise. Who would have guessed?
41 posted on 04/25/2013 4:23:07 PM PDT by detective
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To: MomofMarine
hope I live to see the day the truth about WMD comes out and Dubya is vindicated.

Your request has fallen on deaf ears, nobody really cares for the truth anymore.....

Syria's Chemical Weapons Came From Saddam's Iraq

Pentagon Completes Secret Shipment Of 500 Tons Of Uranium From Iraq To Canada

42 posted on 04/25/2013 4:23:56 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (This space for rent)
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To: Kaslin

Eh?

An NBC dork Dares to talk about “staining”?

Bwahahahahaaaaaaaaa!


43 posted on 04/25/2013 4:25:51 PM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Da Coyote

Hey Gregory: Just think of all the Pulitzer Prizes that are going to be awarded for the coverage of the Gosnell trial!


44 posted on 04/25/2013 4:36:44 PM PDT by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: Kaslin

http://keithhennessey.com/2013/04/24/smarter/


45 posted on 04/25/2013 4:39:14 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Kaslin
Laughable.

Dubya will be remembered, and remembered fondly, long after the homo-sissy Gregory and his DNC mouthpiece buddies are long gone...

46 posted on 04/25/2013 4:43:06 PM PDT by Redplum
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To: From The Deer Stand

That Howdy Doody SOB deserves a perch on MSNBC.


47 posted on 04/25/2013 4:47:40 PM PDT by billhilly
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To: Kaslin

ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, ESPN, MSNBC, LA Times, Boston Glob, NY Times, Washington Post ALL have stained reputations as a result of ginned stories they ran during the Bush era.

Sounds like a case of projection.


48 posted on 04/25/2013 4:48:34 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Kaslin

No wonder that sit-coms in the US are fading what with the statements of the MSM to give us a laugh.


49 posted on 04/25/2013 4:52:17 PM PDT by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: Kaslin

I would so like to kick David Gregory in the . . . A full, running wind up kick, with steel toed work boots. While holding a 30 round magazine.


50 posted on 04/25/2013 5:12:00 PM PDT by Hardastarboard (Buck Off, Bronco Bama)
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