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  • Bronstein at Large: You got your parting shots - now leave Bush alone

    01/23/2009 7:48:09 PM PST · by thecodont · 31 replies · 283+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle / ^ | January 23 2009 at 02:25 PM | Phil Bronstein
    The political postscript to all the hugs, kisses, personal Oval Office desk drawer notes and backslaps between POTUS 43 and POTUS 44 isn't exactly a warm, Pete Seeger, sing-along scene. I went to high school with Pete's Daughter, Mika; he was a great icon and true believer in harmony back then and still is, at a spry 90, leading a million-plus citizens in song last Sunday in DC. But partisans from former and current administrations are striking a very different tone. The smell of fresh upholstery hasn't even worn off the new, improved White House website yet and already there's...
  • The Bush Legacy Part II: Trillions in Deficits For Years to Come

    01/21/2009 6:12:01 AM PST · by meandog · 96 replies · 1,687+ views
    newsmax ^ | 1.21.09 Editorial As Barack Obama assumes the mantle of the presidency and duties of the office, he has inherited from his predecessor a federal government that has a staggering national debt of over $10 trillion, a ballooning federal deficit this year estimated at $438 billion – and a government that recently assumed responsibility for some $5 trillion of the nation’s consumer debt. The irony is that George W. Bush, who billed himself as a conservative in the mold of Ronald Reagan, leaves a legacy of profligate federal spending, record debt and an economy in shambles. A broad range of conservative...
  • George W. Bush's Legacy of Being Blamed.

    01/19/2009 8:40:29 PM PST · by Crimson Politics · 11 replies · 502+ views
    Crimson Politics ^ | 1/19/09 | Brian Kane
    George W. Bush is blamed for everything under the sun; but how will his legacy be judged by historians? What has he accomplished? Has he made mistakes? Sure, but does he deserve to be called the worst president of the United States as the polls suggest? Did the internet play a role? How about the media? What role did he have in the financial crisis? Did he fail in Iraq?
  • Bush deserves better than groundless blame

    01/19/2009 6:44:26 PM PST · by Railroad · 27 replies · 1,081+ views
    Atlanta Journal Constitution ^ | January 19, 2009 | Luke Boggs
    When George W. Bush leaves office Tuesday, he will do so with a 27 percent exit approval rating, lower even than Jimmy Carter’s was. I think he deserves better. Why? Because, while national security is not the president’s only job, it must be his first priority, and Bush has been an excellent wartime leader. Even when it cost him politically, he has remained a relentless and successful defender of this nation and its people. Like all of us, Bush saw those two great towers reduced to rubble, the smoke pouring from the Pentagon, the smoldering scar cut through a Pennsylvania...
  • Bush Accomplishments [Budget 2001-2009]

    01/16/2009 8:01:30 PM PST · by lonestar67 · 106 replies · 1,672+ views
    Limited the overall size of the Federal Government by restraining non-security spending, simultaneously focusing on key priorities and limiting non-security spending growth to 3 percent, slightly above the rate of inflation.
  • The Bush Legacy (Thomas Sowell)

    01/16/2009 4:50:57 PM PST · by jazusamo · 49 replies · 1,436+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | January 16, 2009 | Thomas Sowell
    Whatever history's verdict on the Bush administration might be, it is likely to be very different from what we hear from the talking heads on television or read from the know-it-alls on editorial pages. President Bush's number one achievement was also the number one function of government— to protect its citizens. Nobody on September 11, 2001 believed that there would never be another such attack for more than seven years. Unfortunately, people who are protected from dangers often conclude that there are no dangers. This is most painfully visible among those Americans who are hysterical over the government's intercepting international...
  • Bush’s Legacy Not Yet Written

    01/16/2009 8:09:37 AM PST · by Victory111 · 5 replies · 260+ views
    Cross Action News ^ | 1-16-09 | Paul M. Weyrich
    As President George W. Bush prepares to leave office a review of his eight years as the Nation’s chief executive is in order. While the end of his presidency has been overshadowed by economic problems and angry calls from the left about various aspects of the war against radical Islam, Bush did have some success which should be recognized.
  • The Man Who Kept Us Safe

    01/15/2009 6:44:43 PM PST · by 4BoysMom · 38 replies · 784+ views
    Patrol Magazine ^ | 1/13/09 | Kirk Whitworth
    GEORGE W. BUSH understands how history works. While the victors may write the history, sometimes history undoes the victors, and their victory is shown to be more shallow than at first glance. Looking at the Bush's poll numbers in his waning days of office, one might be tempted to conclude he was a "failure," as just about everyone has triumphantly proclaimed. But this president's success or failure will not be determined by what Americans—and certainly not by what Europeans—think of the man and his policies today, but whether those policies produce the intended results tomorrow. I believe that they will.
  • A Look at Laura Bush

    01/15/2009 3:23:25 PM PST · by lakeprincess · 1 replies · 427+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 1/15/09 | Jennifer Harper
    She was our calm presence after 9/11, a real lady. Fox News' Greta Van Susteran and others weigh in on the legacy of our departing First Lady.
  • Bush Health Legacy

    01/09/2009 12:42:02 PM PST · by meandog · 5 replies · 430+ views
    ASK the average American about President Bush's health-care legacy and the most likely response is a snort. After all, didn't he refuse to fund medical aid for kids? Hasn't he spent billions on the Iraq war while shorting human needs at home? It's time to look at facts: Mr. Bush's record on health will stand as a great contribution to the well-being of mankind. Take, for example, the doubling of federal funding for community health centers since Mr. Bush took office. These not-for-profit agencies operate in underserved areas and treat people regardless of their ability to pay. According to The...
  • Bush Praises Results of "No Child"

    01/09/2009 11:41:18 AM PST · by meandog · 19 replies · 663+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Friday, January 9, 2009 | By Dan Eggen and Maria Glod
    Before he was a war president, George W. Bush fashioned himself as an education president. He campaigned as a school reformer and held his first policy speech at a Washington elementary school, where he began laying the groundwork for the controversial No Child Left Behind education law. Nearly eight years later, Bush devoted his final public policy address to the same topic, traveling to an elementary school in Philadelphia yesterday to claim success in education reform and to warn President-elect Barack Obama against major changes to the landmark federal testing program. Bush argued that No Child Left Behind has "forever...
  • Pardons R Us

    01/06/2009 2:43:55 PM PST · by SmithL · 2 replies · 291+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1/6/9 | Debra J. Saunders
    Conventional wisdom last week decreed that President-elect Barack Obama had done such a fine job culling his Cabinet that only one pick - Attorney General-nominee Eric Holder - would present a problem, but most likely, a surmountable hurdle. New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson - Obama's presumptive commerce secretary - stepped on that happy tale when he withdrew his name from consideration Sunday in the midst of a federal corruption probe. Back to Holder. Inside money would bet that Republicans will use Holder's Jan. 15 Senate confirmation hearing to grill him on his role in President Bill Clinton's notorious last-day-in-office pardon...
  • Goodbye for Now, Duncan Hunter

    01/06/2009 8:54:01 AM PST · by pissant · 30 replies · 713+ views
    PA Times | 1/6/08 | Pissant
    Dear Congressman Hunter, Welcome back to the private sector. Having had the opportunity to talk to you a number of times, I know that you are looking forward to doing some "real" work for a few years before you retire. I wish you well in the construction business. But I want to thank you for your service to the country. Frankly, the vast majority of politicians in DC provide nothing but disservice to our nation, including most republicans. But you, on the other hand, have been a national treasure. A true Reaganite from the beginning, you never wavered from your...
  • Sept. 11 shaped some of Bush legacy (Hugh Hewitt)

    01/06/2009 8:34:31 AM PST · by STARWISE · 5 replies · 545+ views
    Politico ^ | 1-6-09 | Hugh Hewitt
    President George W. Bush departs with low approval ratings. Appraisals of presidents sometimes change over time, and sometimes they don’t. *snip* No doubt the Internet dervishes will pepper this and other assessments of Bush with their standard displays of anonymous ferocity. There are a lot of 14-year-olds with Internet connections. But when the Jon Meacham of 150 years from now goes about his task with Bush, that historian will have as much material and more, as did the author of “American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House.” And the verdict will be nearly the same: Here was an extraordinary...
  • Analysis: Bush's personality shapes his legacy

    01/03/2009 12:04:44 PM PST · by SmithL · 86 replies · 1,594+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 1/3/9 | BEN FELLER, Associated Press Writer
    WASHINGTON, (AP) -- President George W. Bush will be judged on what he did. He will also be remembered for what he's like: a fast-moving, phrase-mangling Texan who stays upbeat even though his country is not. For eight years, the nation has been led by a guy who relaxes by clearing brush in scorching heat and taking breakneck bike rides through the woods. He dishes out nicknames to world leaders, and even gave the German chancellor an impromptu, perhaps unwelcome, neck rub. He's annoyed when kept waiting and sticks relentlessly to routine. He stays optimistic in even the most dire...
  • George W. 'Deer in Headlights' Bush

    12/28/2008 9:03:52 AM PST · by wgflyer · 44 replies · 3,423+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | Larrey Anderson
    admire President Bush. I think he is a good man and I have said so before. But as Bush leaves office he is looking more and more like a deer in headlights.... ...A sound education, a clear and steady mind, real world experience, a moral compass, the ability to listen to and understand conflicting points of view, superior communication skills, common sense and courage are the tools a statesman needs. With the possible exception of education, none of these skills can be taught. They must be lived, learned, and earned.
  • Bush’s Legacy May End Up Better Than You Think

    12/23/2008 10:07:43 AM PST · by kennedy · 62 replies · 2,006+ views
    Drudge Report ^ | December 22, 2008 | Kevin Hassett
    A fairly balanced analysis of how Bush will probably be remembered in the future. It is a Bloomberg article so it cannot be directly posted on FreeRepublic. The article is linked on DrudgeReport.
  • Dubya Opens Up (GWB: "That's just the way it goes! ")

    12/20/2008 11:31:23 AM PST · by sickoflibs · 157 replies · 3,045+ views
    yahoo news ^ | Fri Dec 19, 1:38 pm ET | yahoo news
    President George W. Bush is leaving with one of the lowest approval ratings in the history of numbers. During his final months on the job, the controversial commander-in-chief has given several interviews that have revealed how he views his legacy. Here are some highlights... Soul not for sale One of the president's most interesting sound bites came during his interview with FOX News. He said: "I didn't compromise my soul to be a popular guy." The quote is an acknowledgment that the president is well aware that he's about as popular as taxes and chicken pox. Bush went on to...
  • Bush uses final 50 days in office to tout legacy

    12/01/2008 5:07:30 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies · 726+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/1/08 | Ben Feller - ap
    WASHINGTON – President George W. Bush says history will judge him, but he is getting his own crack first. Bush is using his final 50 days in office to tout his legacy, hoping to leave a lasting impression of overshadowed progress. On Monday, World AIDS Day, Bush was heralded for his leadership in fighting the disease, a point that even his Democratic critics readily concede. The anti-AIDS program Bush championed in 2003 has delivered lifesaving medicine to more than 2 million people in five years, up from 50,000 people before it began. Many of those helped live in impoverished sub-Saharan...
  • CA: Governor's legacy still open question

    11/30/2008 10:33:46 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 459+ views
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | 11/30/08 | John Marelius
    Five years ago, Arnold Schwarzenegger took over a state drowning in red ink, brimming with confidence that he and the Legislature would forge a bipartisan solution that would put California back on sound financial footing. “I know there are some who say that the Legislature and I will never agree on solutions to our problems,” the internationally famous bodybuilder and action-movie star said in his Nov. 17, 2003, inaugural address. “But I've found in my life that people often respond in remarkable ways to remarkable challenges.” Five years later, Schwarzenegger presides over a state drowning in red ink and last...