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As Bush Settles Into Dallas, Golf Tees and Family Time Now Trump Politics
NYTs ^ | 11/3/13 | Peter Baker

Posted on 11/03/2013 5:45:11 PM PST by Mamzelle

Edited on 11/03/2013 5:52:21 PM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]

DALLAS — When the executive director of former President George W. Bush’s public policy institute decided to move on recently, he stopped by for an exit interview. Mr. Bush asked if he had anything in particular he wanted to talk about.

Nothing specific, said James K. Glassman, the departing director.

“O.K.,” Mr. Bush replied, “I want to talk about painting.”

After early self-portraits in the shower and then dozens of paintings of dogs and cats, Mr. Bush, it seems, has now moved on to world leaders. He told Mr. Glassman that he wanted to produce portraits of 19 foreign presidents and prime ministers he worked with during his time in the White House.

Nearly five years after leaving office, the nation’s 43rd president lives a life of self-imposed exile in Texas, more interested in painting than politics, recovering from a heart scare, privately worried about the rise of the Tea Party, golfing with fervor, bicycling with wounded veterans and enjoying a modest revival in public opinion. While Bill Clinton criticizes Republicans on the campaign trail and Dick Cheney chastises the current administration on his book tour, Mr. Bush resolutely stays out of the public debate.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: amnesty; arrogance; bds; bush43; golf; gwbush; patrician; rino; teeparty
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1 posted on 11/03/2013 5:45:12 PM PST by Mamzelle
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To: upchuck

Good one for the lipstick queen list.


2 posted on 11/03/2013 5:45:53 PM PST by Mamzelle
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To: Mamzelle
but he doesn't mind us know how much he dislikes the Tea Party

Right back at ya, Shrub.

3 posted on 11/03/2013 5:46:14 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

That was supposed to be “knowing”, but at least you got the gist...


4 posted on 11/03/2013 5:47:43 PM PST by Mamzelle
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To: Mamzelle

Bush only had a 50% Presidency and 50% is failure.

Did OK on the war and taxes, but let the Democrats get away with the disaster that led to the economic collapse and he wanted amnesty along with other bad ideas.


5 posted on 11/03/2013 5:47:58 PM PST by A CA Guy ( God Bless America, God Bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: Mamzelle

Hardly shocking. George is a good man who happens to be a progressive republican.


6 posted on 11/03/2013 5:48:14 PM PST by JohnD9207 (Isn't freedom worth fighting for?)
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To: Mamzelle

Obama funds al Queda and Bush says nothing about it. Was he “playing” us with the “War on Terror”?


7 posted on 11/03/2013 5:48:42 PM PST by Dalberg-Acton
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To: Dalberg-Acton

He cares more about rewarding Laura’s many servants than he ever did about keeping America safe.


8 posted on 11/03/2013 5:49:53 PM PST by Mamzelle
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To: Mamzelle

Conservatives that get fired up about what the NYT says about a former republican president are truly falling into their trap.

it’s the New York ******* Times, people. Grab the reins.


9 posted on 11/03/2013 5:50:09 PM PST by JohnBrowdie (http://forum.stink-eye.net)
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To: Mamzelle

“See you at the signing!”

Putz. Bush Begets Barrack.


10 posted on 11/03/2013 5:50:17 PM PST by Yossarian
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To: JohnD9207
Hardly shocking. George is a good man who happens to be a progressive republican.

If Bush had a son, then he would have named him "Nelson."

11 posted on 11/03/2013 5:51:08 PM PST by Labyrinthos
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To: JohnBrowdie

He’s donating to a RINO’s primary campaign.


12 posted on 11/03/2013 5:51:24 PM PST by Mamzelle
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To: JohnD9207

GWB was the leading reason why we have obamatollah.

I absolutely desise the Bushites...especially Georgie the Shrub!


13 posted on 11/03/2013 5:51:39 PM PST by newfreep (Breitbart sent me...)
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To: Mamzelle
It is time for a commercial break:


14 posted on 11/03/2013 5:51:55 PM PST by Slyfox (Satan's goal is to rub out the image of God he sees in the face of every human.)
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To: Mamzelle

W. Bush is not a conservative. He was a complete disaster.


15 posted on 11/03/2013 5:52:24 PM PST by LowTaxesEqualsProsperity
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To: LowTaxesEqualsProsperity

bump


16 posted on 11/03/2013 5:53:27 PM PST by GeronL
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To: LowTaxesEqualsProsperity

And poor ole George was never the leader that Reagan was. Poor ole Poppy.


17 posted on 11/03/2013 5:53:57 PM PST by Mamzelle
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To: Mamzelle

Nothing pleases Obama more than conservatives administering purity tests. He’s counting on it.


18 posted on 11/03/2013 5:53:59 PM PST by JohnBrowdie (http://forum.stink-eye.net)
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To: JohnBrowdie

Purity?!?!?!?!

I’d settle for mediocre.


19 posted on 11/03/2013 5:54:52 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: Mamzelle

Whatever, we all know bush was complicate in the political disasters that struck his administration. He never lifted a finger to fight the socialists.

We won’t make that mistake again. No more RINOs.


20 posted on 11/03/2013 5:55:29 PM PST by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: JohnBrowdie
Tell that to McConnell and GW--who are trying to boycott any political organiaztion that might challenge a RINO in a primary.
21 posted on 11/03/2013 5:55:42 PM PST by Mamzelle
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To: Mamzelle
"Golf Tees and Family Time Now Trump Politics"

Hopefully all the other Bushes will do the same....
22 posted on 11/03/2013 5:56:50 PM PST by indthkr
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To: Mamzelle; Revolting cat!
Tee Party PING!


23 posted on 11/03/2013 5:57:09 PM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: LowTaxesEqualsProsperity

He was the best of choice. A placeholder President. Glad we had him in office for 9/11. But ultimately damaging to the party and the American people with out of control spending, “compassionate conservatism”, big government rinoism. He greased the skids for where we are today. I’m sure he did his best, but we needed someone better.


24 posted on 11/03/2013 5:57:50 PM PST by samadams2000 (Someone important make......The Call!)
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To: Mamzelle
But Mr. Bush is most worried about what he sees as a growing isolationism, a retreat from the tough-minded national security policies and assertive American role in the world that he championed. “That’s his main concern about the Tea Party,” Mr. Glassman said. In that vein, Mr. Bush contributed $5,000 to Senator Lindsey Graham, a hawkish South Carolina Republican who is facing a challenge from the right.

Ironically, the folks who are of the Tea Party persuasion were probably his most vocal supporters against the incessant attacks of the left. We defended him when he wouldn't defend himself.

Moreover, GWB makes the same mistake that so many others in the GOP-e make: Conflating the Tea Party movement with the isolationist Ron Paul and his Libertarian coterie.

He should know better than to ignore the hand that fed him.

A truly disappointing article. But, then, coming from the New York Times, it is intended to be.

25 posted on 11/03/2013 5:58:58 PM PST by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: Ignorance On Parade)
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To: JohnBrowdie

Thank you.


26 posted on 11/03/2013 6:00:16 PM PST by SueRae (It isn't over. In God We Trust.)
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To: JohnBrowdie

Purity tests? You mean like being different from the democrats in ways beyond having a “R” next to their name?


27 posted on 11/03/2013 6:01:06 PM PST by Rides_A_Red_Horse (Why do you need a fire extinguisher when you can call the fire department?)
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To: Dalberg-Acton

Every once in a while I have nagging feelings about who and what was really behind 9/11. I try to resist that, but things have went downhill since then. We have a police state on the rise, communism, open borders.

Something ain’t right.

The GOPe in bed with the dems and hating on normal Americans.

Bush was a NAU and NWO guy just like his daddy. Bush family acts like they are royalty and do not seem to mind a thing Obama does.

Iraq and Afghanistan both a waste of precious blood and treasure. Bush ushered in Obama and even helped him.

Time for a free America is running out.


28 posted on 11/03/2013 6:03:12 PM PST by dforest
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To: okie01
I think the most telling moment of the Bush Admin was right after the Dem takeover in 2006, Tony Snow stepped out to say in great delight..."Now we can at least get amnesty." He was happy Republican lost, and so were the Bushes. They have always despised conservatives.

That is also when Bush's numbers started to tank and never went back up. That was when his conservative base stopped supporting him. I guess even ole humble and lovable GW can hold a grudge.

29 posted on 11/03/2013 6:03:33 PM PST by Mamzelle
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To: JohnBrowdie
Nothing pleases Obama more than conservatives administering purity tests

What is a moderate anyway? So if I settle for "reasonable" restrictions on the 2nd Amendment, being "pro-choice", and settling for "amnesty" for "undocumented workers," I too won't get called a mean-old right-wing heathen and get invites to the cool cocktail parties?

Sorry bub, but there are timeless principles worth dying for. If that makes me purer than Ivory Soap, so be it.

30 posted on 11/03/2013 6:03:50 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Governor Sarah Heath Palin for President of the United States in 2016)
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To: samadams2000

I amend the last sentence of my commentary. I cannot ask a man to be more than he is when I have never been tested as we was. I thank him for his service.


31 posted on 11/03/2013 6:04:11 PM PST by samadams2000 (Someone important make......The Call!)
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse
Purity tests? You mean like being different from the democrats in ways beyond having a “R” next to their name?

Yep. When Joe LIEberman had the gall to support the WOT, he was ran out on the rails by the Democrat Stalinists. Nevermind that on all the rest of the issues he was still a socialist.

32 posted on 11/03/2013 6:05:47 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Governor Sarah Heath Palin for President of the United States in 2016)
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To: A CA Guy

I liked him


33 posted on 11/03/2013 6:06:06 PM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Mamzelle
I guess even ole humble and lovable GW can hold a grudge.

It could be as simple as that.

After the 2006 election, GWB gave off vibes of total defeat and capitualation to the Leftist horde.

34 posted on 11/03/2013 6:06:30 PM PST by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: Ignorance On Parade)
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To: Mamzelle

Saving your ass whether you like it or not

Nothing else happened on his watch

you forget so soon


35 posted on 11/03/2013 6:06:50 PM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: newfreep

I loved W. He was a hell of a President. Y’all got it wrong


36 posted on 11/03/2013 6:07:43 PM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
If that makes me purer than Ivory Soap, so be it.

what if it makes you a tool of the obamites and the MSM?

37 posted on 11/03/2013 6:07:45 PM PST by JohnBrowdie (http://forum.stink-eye.net)
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To: LowTaxesEqualsProsperity

No, W was a great President. He had a great sense of our country, he invoked Jesus Christ in his acceptance speech and he had a great personality.

He was a man, not some weirdo.


38 posted on 11/03/2013 6:09:03 PM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: JohnBrowdie

If it wasn’t so sad, it’d be funny. Next election, the “true” conservatives will tear each other apart over their preferred candidates, some milquetoast will get the nomination and lose in the general, and the “true” conservatives will try to find someone else to blame rather than themselves. I’ve been watching it for years.


39 posted on 11/03/2013 6:09:18 PM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: yldstrk

As a person he is a nice guy, but IMO he was misguided on several issues.

He got a couple of things 100% right and a few 100% wrong like a Democrat.


40 posted on 11/03/2013 6:09:25 PM PST by A CA Guy ( God Bless America, God Bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: JohnBrowdie
what if it makes you a tool of the obamites and the MSM?

I don't give a rip what the NY Slimes or Democratic socialists think of me.

41 posted on 11/03/2013 6:10:09 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Governor Sarah Heath Palin for President of the United States in 2016)
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To: yldstrk
I remember two Border Patrol agents getting hung out to dry. I remember that he wouldn't stop terrorists crossing the border for fear that Laura might not get a new dog walker. And if he wants to stay out of politics, he can stay the heck away from Lindsey Graham's primary. It grates on me that Obama is a tyrant and we're being crushed under his heel, Benghazi, Fast and Furious...and the Bushes have to act all nicey nice and noblesse oblige about it. And then they want to promote one of the worst of the RINOs who wanted to get us in the middle of Syria.

Bah. A pox on their house. And their lazy butt women, too.

42 posted on 11/03/2013 6:11:33 PM PST by Mamzelle
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To: 1rudeboy

One reason that happens is because the Milquetoasts have the nomination sewn up by the time they get to the Texas Primary.

Texas should be the First Primary. We deserve a big say in who the nominee is, because we are the ONLY large state that guarantees electoral votes for the Republican candidate.


43 posted on 11/03/2013 6:12:30 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: Mamzelle

Yeah, because heavens knows that angle, o’donnell, akin, and mourdock were all great freaking ideas. we get those seats back, and it’s a different senate.


44 posted on 11/03/2013 6:13:18 PM PST by JohnBrowdie (http://forum.stink-eye.net)
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To: Mamzelle

Actually, Eisenhower had an idea about making everybody here illegally get the hell out which I kind of like


45 posted on 11/03/2013 6:13:37 PM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Mamzelle; a fool in paradise

Evidently, George’s golf caddy has advised him to “stay out da Bushes”!


46 posted on 11/03/2013 6:14:18 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Do you even read these threads?


47 posted on 11/03/2013 6:14:18 PM PST by JohnBrowdie (http://forum.stink-eye.net)
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To: Mamzelle
privately worried about the rise of the Tea Party,

And painting portraits of his fellow Ruling Class members. The Bushes are the ones who put us on this path to ruin.

48 posted on 11/03/2013 6:14:26 PM PST by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: dfwgator
I have no solution, I'm just venting.

And in just my opinion, I blame Huckabee for Thompson dropping out.

I don't care to revisit that whole mess, and I'm not trolling.

49 posted on 11/03/2013 6:15:16 PM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: Mamzelle
LOL.

A stupid "news" article:
This article is adapted in part from “Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House,” published last month by Doubleday.

50 posted on 11/03/2013 6:16:44 PM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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