Liberalscum Buster

April 17, 2008

OBVIOUSLY THE JURY IS STILL OUT ON THE GW BUSH LEGACY

Filed under: BARACK OBAMA, Bush, hillary clinton, John McCain, life, mideast, news, politics, war — gasdocpol @ 11:35 am

HIS APPROVAL RATING IS AT 28% BUT LETS NOT WRITE HIM OFF JUST YET

GW Bush, despite inheriting decent genes from George the Elder who was Phi Beta Kappa at Yale and Barbara who went to Smith College and being sent to the best schools he went on to be an incurious, anti-intellectual underachiever who was basically a drifter with a drinking problem until he was 40. Despite his family influence, he was a serial failure in business until he was propped up by Neoconservatives as their figurehead, first in the largely ceremonial post of Texas Governor and then Presidential candidate.

GW Bush, has rather good people skills in a social situation. He looked superb with the bullhorn at ground zero. In part, the situation called for his being a cheerleader and that was playing to his considerable strength. (A conspiracy theorist might say that he was almost too well prepared to give that speech.)

At the time, I thought that I had been totally wrong about how would be a George W. Bush Presidency. I was starting to think that his cheerleading skills would unite Americans and bring out the best in the rather impressive cabinet he had apparently assembled. While not very cerebral himself, his personality would catalyze the formulation of solid policy in the same way that the personality of Ronald Reagan had worked.

It is my view that, if GW Bush had listened to Colin Powell, Paul O’Neill and Christine Todd Whitman things would have turned out very differently and I would have gained a grudging respect for GW Bush in the same way I had gained a grudging respect for Reagan.

There was a very big difference between GW Bush and Ronald Reagan. Reagan also did not seem very cerebral but he came from humble beginnings, had been a solid actor ,was very good in motion picture politics and a solid California Governor. Reagan had a lifelong interest in current events and politics to the point that he got divorced from Jane Wyman because of their violent arguments about politics at the breakfast table.

Lawrence Wilkerson who was Colin Powell’s Chief of staff said that the GW Bush White House was run by a Neoconservative cabal headed by Cheney and Rumsfeld.This is consistant with accounts given by other Bush White House insiders Paul O’ Neill and Richard A. Clark.

Traditionally “tell all” accounts by insiders has been delayed until Presidents have left office. It will be interesting to see the ones that will follow the GW Bush Presidency. Whatever one concludes about Putin’s own career, that will take nothing from what was his candid opinion of GW Bush. Bush came back implying that he had come to terms with Putin and there was mutual respect between them. There was a very big difference in the way they each got to the top.

I never voted for Reagan or Carter and givin a choice in 1980, I voted for the Libertarian candidate. At the time of their presidencies, I was convinced that both were terrible. Since then, I have gained respect for BOTH REAGAN AND CARTER. I also gained more respect for Truman and Eisenhauer after they had left office. It is conceiveable that I will gain respect for GW Bush. It will be interesting to see what the historians will say. So the jury is still out.

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4 Comments »

  1. Okay, but I’m one jury-member who’s already made up her mind.

    Comment by kip — April 17, 2008 @ 1:54 pm

  2. Hi kip …… and?

    Comment by gasdocpol — April 17, 2008 @ 8:21 pm

  3. George W. has made me lose respect for his DAD!
    I mean, he RAISED this guy!

    Comment by kip — April 17, 2008 @ 9:25 pm

  4. Kip, You reminded me of an old post that I made a while back (note the 2nd Dear Abbie letter)

    Dear Abby:

    My husband is a liar and a cheat. He has cheated on me from the beginning
    and, when I confront him, he denies everything. What’s worse, everyone
    knows that he cheats on me. It is so humiliating.
    Also, since he lost his job six years ago, he hasn’t even looked for a new
    one. All he does all day is smoke cigars, cruise around and shoot the
    breeze with his buddies while I have to work to pay the bills.

    Since our daughter went away to college he doesn’t even pretend to like me
    and hints that I may be a lesbian. What should I do?
    Signed: Clueless

    Dear Clueless:

    Grow up and dump him. Good grief, woman, you don’t need him anymore!
    You’re a United States Senator from New York running for President of the
    United States. Act like one!

    Dear Abby,

    I was back from World War Two and was visiting my girlfriend at Smith College when I managed to get in her pants and lo and behold, she got pregnant and I did the right thing and married her. We went on to have three more boys: Marvin, Neil and Jeb . (Actually, there is some question about the milkman being Jeb’s biological father.) I was so busy in my business and political careers that I was’nt much of an involved father. Except for Jeb, none of the boys amounted to much. However the oldest had become very adept at screwing up things gracefully, always being forgiven and given another chance..

    We sent him off to prep school at Phillips Academy in Andover, MA,. We bought him books but all he ever did was to eat the covers off the books. Since my father and I had both gone to Yale and had made something of ourselves, he was admitted based on his legacy. As an intellectually lazy but sociable guy he managed to fit in with his more intellectually inclined classmates as the “go to guy” when they had driven their intellectual neurons to the point of collapse and they needed to give them a rest by hanging out with our oldest son.

    After he graduated from Yale, he became your basic drifter with a drinking problem until he was 40. After one publicly intoxicated incident we got Billy Graham to take him under his wing and the kid found Jesus and stopped drinking. By dint of my connections and his uncanney talent for failing with aplomb, he went through an unbroken series of business failures starting with Arbusto (which drilled so many dry oil wells that it was dubbed “Are Busted” in the trade).

    To make a long story short, the Neoconservatives, whose political philosophy included the view that the world would be better off under American leadership needed an innocent-looking standard bearer. In order to impose that hegemony on the world we needed a massive military build-up, and aggressive foreign policy . What was called for was someone who could get elected but would allow the Neocon agenda to unfold. My kid had managed my successful 1988 Presidential campaign. He actually had a very good grasp of elective politics. The Neoconservatives got him elected to the largely ceremonial post of Texas Governor and then President of the USA. The rest is history.

    Since 2001, I have winced at each of his blundering strokes as I have watched him lie us into a total fiasco in Iraq, run up the national debt, in part, by giving tax breaks that favorized the rich, replacing professionals at FEMA with political hacks, replacing responsible regulators with former lobbyists from the industry they are supposed to oversee…

    Most of the world now looks unfavorably upon the USA for its policies since 2001. The country is bitterly divided. The GOP is still under the influence of the Neocons and cannot or will not admit that they have been responsible for allowing the Neocons to dictate their agenda.

    Where have I gone wrong?

    (Signed)
    Devastated

    Dear Devastated,

    In the first place, why did you not use a condom? Coitus interuptus and oral sex would have been other alternatives. Abortion was illegal in those days but certainly you had the financial resources to have it done safely and quietly.

    Why did you not spend more time with your son. Why did you not impart to him those qualities that made you such a successful businessman and public servant .

    The one thing to console you is that your legacy as President will be judged as successful and it will look even better if it is compared to that of your neer-do-well offspring.

    You were a good president but a lousy father.

    Comment by gasdocpol — April 18, 2008 @ 12:25 am


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