George W. Bush – A Bad Dream

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After his two terms as President of the United States, Bill Clinton started The Clinton Foundation with a focus on climate change, global health, economic development, religious and ethnic conflict and empowerment of women around the world by way of education, access to health care and increased economic opportunities. Important and worthy initiatives for a past president.

After his stint in the White House, Jimmy Carter founded the Carter Presidential Center with a focus on democracy and human rights around the world. In addition, Carter has worked closely with Habitat for Humanity International in its work to provide housing for the poor. Again, important stuff.

And then there’s George W. Bush.

Some people think George W Bush did as much as he could to bring about Armageddon with his earlier interventions in the Middle East. But not the man himself, apparently. He has signed up for a fundraising event for the Messianic Jewish Bible Institute, an organisation which aims to promote the second coming by converting Jews to  Christianity, and  will speak today at  their fundraiser in Irving, Texas.

The Messianic Jewish Bible Institute? Really? I wonder how much he’s getting paid for that gig.

The man was an embarrassment before becoming president, an embarrassment as president and now an embarrassment in his years as a former president. There is no Bush Foundation dealing with the major issues of the day…and there never will be. If George W. Bush didn’t care about the big issues during his eight years in the White House, no one should be expecting him to give a damn now.

Kevin Drum got it right when he wrote about Bush last year.

I found myself wondering what had become of George W. Bush. The answer, of course, is nothing. He lives in Dallas with Laura and…that’s about it. For all practical purposes, he’s disappeared. You’d hardly know that for eight years he was one of the most polarizing presidents in recent memory.

Why? Partly, it’s because Bush himself has chosen to keep such a low profile. He makes motivational speeches now and again, and shows up for the odd dedication or funeral, but otherwise keeps to himself. Even his 2010 memoir barely made a splash.

But the real reason is deeper. Bush may have seemed larger than life for eight years, but he left a surprisingly thin legacy.

[...] neither party wants anything to do with him. It’s not surprising that Democrats still think of him as the Frat Boy President, one of the worst of all time, but what is surprising is that Republicans largely agree. A guy who was hailed in 2000 as the first real conservative since Reagan, and in 2004 as the second coming of Winston Churchill, was all but dead to the GOP by 2008. He was just another big spender who led the economy into a tailspin and then seemed to have no idea what to do about it. By the time his second term finally petered out, his reputation was toxic on both sides of the aisle.

…for all his swagger, he was a mile wide and an inch deep. Once he left the White House, it was as if his entire presidency had just been a bad dream.

And now, that inch deep former president is getting paid, for one night anyway, to convert Jews to Christianity. A bad dream indeed.

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Comments

  1. alwaysoccupy says:

    The only people who want to interview G.W.are Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly. An inch deep is midly exaggerated.

    Forget that museum of his in Texas. It was probably built with the generosity of Cheney’s millionnaires at Halliburton with lies color coated to suit his reasoning of why weapons of mass destruction were real.

    I can’t go on. I am getting cramps in my wrists thinking of the horror of his tenure.

  2. Andrew Hollimon says:

    tks for this did not know how i was going to tackle it. You have solved my dilemma.

  3. Gina Marie says:

    second class? how about no class! piece of shit poor excuse for a human being … jerk off!

  4. Emiliana Chavez says:

    Excellent illustration Mario! His legacy captured so succinctly!

  5. fidlerten says:

    I still can’t help but cringe, every time I hear him or Cheney mentioned in the news. Bush only comes out when it is about making himself some money and Cheney only comes out when he wants to criticize Obama or his administration for something.

    I know it’s senseless to do so, but I often wonder what the country and even the world would be like now if Gore had been in the White House instead of those two dip sticks and the rest of their ilk.

  6. palli says:

    Oh, but you forgot- Bush is an artist now. Self portraits in the bathtub, dogs in empty backgrounds of blue paintings. Not satisfied to demeam the idea of democracy, Bush imitates barn painter Bremer (of the Iraq disaster fame) by making soulless kitsch for motel walls.

  7. Carol says:

    Painful, seeing G Dub back on the airwaves…only now do I realize how utterly content I was with his nearly complete disappearance…when reports of his heart issue surfaced, I recall a moment of empathy for a fellow human then quickly forgot him again, but this story has some real traction…and I find I need a bottle of TUMS and an anger management therapist, again.

  8. David La Porta says:

    I am waiting for your meltdown Second Class citizen, W.

  9. Benjamin says:

    The sad thing is that he was elected president, once…

  10. Rebecca says:

    I find the water-themed and dog paintings very revealing…in a Lady Macbeth hand-wringing kind of way. Another attempt by W’s feeble psyche to purge the sins of torture.

  11. GoldenSun says:

    I agree with everything said about Dubya – the man was totally unqualified to be leader of anything much less the “Leader of the Free World”.

    That being said, people make the mistake of believing that one man alone can bring America’s economy to it’s knees or dig it out of the massive hole left for the next President.

    Bush was just a “TOOL” like most all Republicans presidents – it’s the GOP establishment and their special interests like Grover Norquist, Koch Brothers and Heritage Foundation and others that run the party. The ones really using Bush AND the government (besides the aforementioned) were people like Dick Cheney, Karl Rove and Donald Rumsfeld.

    Never was it put so clearly to the American people that the above is true than when Grover Norquist stated -
    “We don’t need a president to tell us in what direction to go. We know what direction to go…. We just need a president to sign this stuff….Pick a Republican with enough working digits to handle a pen to become president of the United States…. His job is to be captain of the team, to sign the legislation that has already been prepared.”

    So all Bush was, was a ventriloquist dummy that mouthed the words of the political establishment.

    To be totally honest – We also must look at the American people as a whole – they voted as a majority to re-elect GW and the Republicans even after their neglect of the US security in 9/11 killed 3,000 Americans, even after he started 2 wars while at the same time lowered the Nation’s revenue significantly by establishing legal tax evasion laws for the rich.

    The resulting devastation of the US economy and the damage to it’s citizens was felt globally, when Bush and GOP left office in 2008 and this alone should have made this political party ineligible for public office for years in the minds of our citizens. Yet just weeks after that same party cost our economy $24 billion in a senseless effort to stop the ACA by shutting down the government, it is Democrats that are facing the wrath of our citizens, the corporate media AND the Republicans for trying to provide health insurance to the majority of Americans !

    GOP’s/Tea Party obsessive efforts to make “one man fail” has cost our country over a Trillion dollars in taxpayer money, an economy that is working only for the rich, extreme harm to our citizens, extreme damage to our political system of our government and worldwide loss of prestige as a World Power. One man could not have accomplish that.

    America, as a whole, has to get informed, get involved and fight for the government they want and deserve.

  12. palli says:

    RE : Benjamin says:
    November 15, 2013 at 9:35 am
    The sad thing is that he was elected president, once…

    Not really- the Ohio presidential election will of the People was stolen also by Sec. of State Blackwell and Michael Connell. Planes fall from the sky.
    >http://jonathanturley.org/2011/07/26/dead-men-do-tell-tales-of-rigged-elections/

  13. neecfulthings says:

    President Darth Cheney & his right handed meat puppet dubya are thee worst thing that has ever happen to this country. We will be paying for their mess for decades!!!

  14. Saint Stephen says:

    Mario, I’m glad you pointed out what Carter and Clinton did after leaving office. This is one of those points I wish Republican voters would see. Where are the Republican Presidents who tried to help the world after they left office? All they care about (as Bush was quoted as saying once), is “making ridiculous amounts of money.”

  15. Saint Stephen says:

    GoldenSun: You mentioned 9/11 in your comment. Unfortunately for us (and reality) in general, the Republicans pulled one of their greatest con jobs ever (and that’s really saying something!) when they were able to convince enough of the voting public that if we elected a Democrat in 2004 that we might get hit again.

    So the people who were responsible (being in office at the time and all) don’t get any blame for their poor response, PLUS they figure out a way to lay future 9/11s on the Democrats!

    Republicans don’t know sh*t about governing, but they’re experts at getting a message across.

  16. Anonymous says:

    As someone once said ” THE REASON REPUBLICANS HATE GOVERNMENT SO MUCH IS BECAUSE THEIR SO BAD AT IT”

  17. johnny rotton says:

    Dear “W” was that the finger you had deep up Cheney’s bughole? You appear to be very proud of that?
    “Mission Accomplished” arrest that man.

  18. GoldenSun says:

    Saint Stephen, I agree with your comment re “the Republicans pulled one of their greatest con jobs ever”.

    I believe a significant portion of the Nation is starting to understand that Republicans are fantastic at propaganda.

    They have no qualms about deviously lying and cheating, to the level of Machiavellian proportions, to win public support and eventually elections to expand their extremist agenda.

    24 hour cable news and other media is responsible for a lot of this – like any “for profit” organization their fundamental goal is making money. And if they have to shade or color the facts and context of a news story to get ratings – they will.

  19. Carol says:

    Two things come to mind: CNN and George Lakoff.
    Unless and until America sees through the framing of the right (Frank Luntz) and the endless “controversy” stoking by the media (aforementioned “news” outlet in chase of the Bagger right) , all for their bottom line, we are doomed to repeat…and repeat…and repeat what has passed for “politics”. Gone are the days of intelligent and honest debate among acquaintances in Congress…we (me included) chide and admonish those who “cross the aisle” (I’m speaking of YOU, Joe Manchin/WV) as across America, voters call for bipartisanship. My question is, HOW ON EARTH DO YOU NEGOTIATE WITH GRADE-SCHOOL LEVEL INTELLECT, PREDOMINATELY MALEVOLENT, WHO WANT NOTHING MORE THAN TO DRAG US FARTHER AND FARTHER TO THEIR RIGHT…when in reality, America is a CENTER-LEFT country?
    “Their right”, the direct line to Corporate America…

  20. needfulthings says:

    Nicely said Carol !!!!!