"Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me. I lift my lamp beside the golden door." The Statue of Liberty (P.S. Please be so kind as to enter through the proper channels and in an orderly fashion)

Location: Arlington, Virginia, United States

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Thank You, Mr. President, And Farewell.

Fellow citizens: For eight years, it has been my honor to serve as your President. The first decade of this new century has been a period of consequence – a time set apart. Tonight, with a thankful heart, I have asked for a final opportunity to share some thoughts on the journey we have traveled together and the future of our Nation.

Five days from now, the world will witness the vitality of American democracy. In a tradition dating back to our founding, the presidency will pass to a successor chosen by you, the American people. Standing on the steps of the Capitol will be a man whose story reflects the enduring promise of our land. This is a moment of hope and pride for our whole Nation. And I join all Americans in offering best wishes to President-elect Obama, his wife Michelle, and their two beautiful girls.

Tonight I am filled with gratitude – to Vice President Cheney and members of the Administration; to Laura, who brought joy to this house and love to my life; to our wonderful daughters, Barbara and Jenna; to my parents, whose examples have provided strength for a lifetime. And above all, I thank the American people for the trust you have given me. I thank you for the prayers that have lifted my spirits. And I thank you for the countless acts of courage, generosity, and grace that I have witnessed these past eight years.

This evening, my thoughts return to the first night I addressed you from this house – September 11, 2001. That morning, terrorists took nearly 3,000 lives in the worst attack on America since Pearl Harbor. I remember standing in the rubble of the World Trade Center three days later, surrounded by rescuers who had been working around the clock. I remember talking to brave souls who charged through smoke-filled corridors at the Pentagon and to husbands and wives whose loved ones became heroes aboard Flight 93. I remember Arlene Howard, who gave me her fallen son’s police shield as a reminder of all that was lost. And I still carry his badge.

As the years passed, most Americans were able to return to life much as it had been before Nine-Eleven. But I never did. Every morning, I received a briefing on the threats to our Nation. And I vowed to do everything in my power to keep us safe.

Over the past seven years, a new Department of Homeland Security has been created. The military, the intelligence community, and the FBI have been transformed. Our Nation is equipped with new tools to monitor the terrorists’ movements, freeze their finances, and break up their plots. And with strong allies at our side, we have taken the fight to the terrorists and those who support them. Afghanistan has gone from a nation where the Taliban harbored al Qaeda and stoned women in the streets to a young democracy that is fighting terror and encouraging girls to go to school. Iraq has gone from a brutal dictatorship and a sworn enemy of America to an Arab democracy at the heart of the Middle East and a friend of the United States.

There is legitimate debate about many of these decisions. But there can be little debate about the results. America has gone more than seven years without another terrorist attack on our soil. This is a tribute to those who toil day and night to keep us safe – law enforcement officers, intelligence analysts, homeland security and diplomatic personnel, and the men and women of the United States Armed Forces.

Our Nation is blessed to have citizens who volunteer to defend us in this time of danger. I have cherished meeting these selfless patriots and their families. America owes you a debt of gratitude. And to all our men and women in uniform listening tonight: There has been no higher honor than serving as your Commander in Chief.

The battles waged by our troops are part of a broader struggle between two dramatically different systems. Under one, a small band of fanatics demands total obedience to an oppressive ideology, condemns women to subservience, and marks unbelievers for murder. The other system is based on the conviction that freedom is the universal gift of Almighty God and that liberty and justice light the path to peace.

This is the belief that gave birth to our Nation. And in the long run, advancing this belief is the only practical way to protect our citizens. When people live in freedom, they do not willingly choose leaders who pursue campaigns of terror. When people have hope in the future, they will not cede their lives to violence and extremism. So around the world, America is promoting human liberty, human rights, and human dignity. We are standing with dissidents and young democracies, providing AIDS medicine to bring dying patients back to life, and sparing mothers and babies from malaria. And this great republic born alone in liberty is leading the world toward a new age when freedom belongs to all nations.

For eight years, we have also strived to expand opportunity and hope here at home. Across our country, students are rising to meet higher standards in public schools. A new Medicare prescription drug benefit is bringing peace of mind to seniors and the disabled. Every taxpayer pays lower income taxes. The addicted and suffering are finding new hope through faith-based programs. Vulnerable human life is better protected. Funding for our veterans has nearly doubled. America’s air, water, and lands are measurably cleaner. And the Federal bench includes wise new members like Justice Sam Alito and Chief Justice John Roberts.

When challenges to our prosperity emerged, we rose to meet them. Facing the prospect of a financial collapse, we took decisive measures to safeguard our economy. These are very tough times for hardworking families, but the toll would be far worse if we had not acted. All Americans are in this together. And together, with determination and hard work, we will restore our economy to the path of growth. We will show the world once again the resilience of America’s free enterprise system.

Like all who have held this office before me, I have experienced setbacks. There are things I would do differently if given the chance. Yet I have always acted with the best interests of our country in mind. I have followed my conscience and done what I thought was right. You may not agree with some tough decisions I have made. But I hope you can agree that I was willing to make the tough decisions.

The decades ahead will bring more hard choices for our country, and there are some guiding principles that should shape our course.

While our Nation is safer than it was seven years ago, the gravest threat to our people remains another terrorist attack. Our enemies are patient and determined to strike again. America did nothing to seek or deserve this conflict. But we have been given solemn responsibilities, and we must meet them. We must resist complacency. We must keep our resolve. And we must never let down our guard.

At the same time, we must continue to engage the world with confidence and clear purpose. In the face of threats from abroad, it can be tempting to seek comfort by turning inward. But we must reject isolationism and its companion, protectionism. Retreating behind our borders would only invite danger. In the 21st century, security and prosperity at home depend on the expansion of liberty abroad. If America does not lead the cause of freedom, that cause will not be led.

As we address these challenges – and others we cannot foresee tonight – America must maintain our moral clarity. I have often spoken to you about good and evil. This has made some uncomfortable. But good and evil are present in this world, and between the two there can be no compromise. Murdering the innocent to advance an ideology is wrong every time, everywhere. Freeing people from oppression and despair is eternally right. This Nation must continue to speak out for justice and truth. We must always be willing to act in their defense and to advance the cause of peace.

President Thomas Jefferson once wrote, “I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.” As I leave the house he occupied two centuries ago, I share that optimism. America is a young country, full of vitality, constantly growing and renewing itself. And even in the toughest times, we lift our eyes to the broad horizon ahead.

I have confidence in the promise of America because I know the character of our people. This is a Nation that inspires immigrants to risk everything for the dream of freedom. This is a Nation where citizens show calm in times of danger and compassion in the face of suffering. We see examples of America’s character all around us. And Laura and I have invited some of them to join us in the White House this evening.

We see America’s character in Dr. Tony Recasner, a principal who opened a new charter school from the ruins of Hurricane Katrina. We see it in Julio Medina, a former inmate who leads a faith-based program to help prisoners returning to society. We see it in Staff Sergeant Aubrey McDade, who charged into an ambush in Iraq and rescued three of his fellow Marines.

We see America’s character in Bill Krissoff, a surgeon from California. His son Nathan, a Marine, gave his life in Iraq. When I met Dr. Krissoff and his family, he delivered some surprising news: He told me he wanted to join the Navy Medical Corps in honor of his son. This good man was 60 years old – 18 years above the age limit. But his petition for a waiver was granted, and for the past year he has trained in battlefield medicine. Lieutenant Commander Krissoff could not be here tonight, because he will soon deploy to Iraq, where he will help save America’s wounded warriors and uphold the legacy of his fallen son.

In citizens like these, we see the best of our country – resilient and hopeful, caring and strong. These virtues give me an unshakable faith in America. We have faced danger and trial, and there is more ahead. But with the courage of our people and confidence in our ideals, this great Nation will never tire … never falter … and never fail.

It has been the privilege of a lifetime to serve as your President. There have been good days and tough days. But every day I have been inspired by the greatness of our country and uplifted by the goodness of our people. I have been blessed to represent this Nation we love. And I will always be honored to carry a title that means more to me than any other: citizen of the United States of America.
And so, my fellow Americans, for the final time: Good night. May God bless this house and our next President. And may God bless you and our wonderful country.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, tomorrow GW gets another shoe...this time in the ass.

But I will add my thanks...GW wiped out the reich for fifty years.

9:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A Surprise for the Right: Obama's Election Has Brought a Wildly Patriotic Spirit to America

It just doesn't square with the right wing narrative. They painted Barack Obama as an unpatriotic, "terrorist sympathizing" candidate whose values are foreign to the American way of life. How could it be that his ascendance to the presidency should be the occasion for the intense new patriotic spirit sweeping America?

Yesterday on the mall in Washington hundreds of thousands belted out "This Land is Your Land" led by 90-year-old labor activist and folk singer Pete Seeger who was blacklisted in the 50s. The eyes of white middle aged working guys moistened as they listened to a black children's choir sing "America the Beautiful". And throughout the crowd -- even among the aging 60s activists who had struggled against the Vietnam War -- there was a genuine, deep admiration for the men and women who risk it all every day in our armed forces.

And it's not just in Washington. As unlikely as it might seem to the right, the election of Barack Hussein Obama has caused an intense feeling of patriotism to well up across the country. I think there are four reasons why:

First and foremost, Obama and his call to service -- to commitment -- has touched our most fundamental self interest -- our desire for meaning.

Second, Obama -- his campaign and his transition - have been unequivocal in their willingness to hold up and unapologetically celebrate the principles that lie at the heart of traditional progressive American values:

Third, the new patriotism results from relief. Americans are relieved that they once again can be proud of the way their government acts in the world and no longer have to hang their heads in shame in foreign countries.

Finally, the election of Obama makes us proud of ourselves and allows us to show that we are not all like the people who elected GW Bush.

9:29 PM  
Blogger nanc said...

by your standards, anon - it is not chic to be patriotic when a conservative is in office, but uber patriotic when a lefturd is - am i reading you right?

the right is patriotic regardless of who's in office, fairweather libtard.

if you had self esteem you wouldn't need obama to make you proud of yourselves you cheesy nutbag!

the nancster

9:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bush's s***ty speech sounded like it was written by simpleton - with it's stupid straw man good-evil/salt-pepper statement.

Deep down he feels guilty about the death he caused and failed to prevent.

He's not a bad man - he's just not a significant man. Banality of Bush.

Here's Hitchens describing a party that sounds like one of those swell affairs that literary types like Republicus attend.

11:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can't get more American than Michelle Obama and her whole family.

Yet racists portrayed her as an agry leftist harridan screaming about whitey. Just because she is black and had the nerve to get educated.

Oddly - according to people who know the Obama's - she was always the more conservative of the two. But the right just couldn't get past her color.

11:48 PM  
Anonymous mother superior of the mau mau sisterhood said...

Michelle Obama's black?

7:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hand, Salute!

7:51 AM  
Blogger John said...

Shhh. Quiet now. Inauguration commences.

8:19 AM  
Anonymous Lori said...

Did any of you see the NewsMax editorial absolutely tearing Bush a new one and blaming him for betraying conservatism and destroying the Republican Party.

Maybe if some of you could understand the difference between being mindless party hacks and actual conservatives, you could see what they mean.

Or are you just going to perpetuate the silliness and tell us how liberal NewsMax is?

9:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

At last...

As Leno said last night, finally, the four words the world has been waiting to hear:

Former President George Bush.

10:21 AM  
Blogger John said...

You're sick. Get help.

10:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, thanks for the tip on that NewsMax Editorial.

Ab so lute lee devastating...even with their inability to keep from rationalizing for clueless George every once in a while.

Here are some high, er...lowlights from it:

Bush's Legacy: Conservatives Were Betrayed

Monday, January 19, 2009

As the 43rd president waves goodbye to Washington, relatively few Americans share his proud assessment of his own presidency.

Today, Bush’s legacy to his successor is two unresolved wars, a global image that is deeply tarnished, and the greatest economic crisis in modern times.

Conservatives who backed Bush in two successive elections have little to show for their efforts. Bush, in fact, has decimated the Republican brand.

Bush oversaw the greatest increase in discretionary social spending in history as the federal government usurped new powers in its war on terror. He placed the United States on a global interventionist path for the elusive goal of “democracy.” Ronald Reagan would not be able to recognize the party he knew, which espoused limited government, protection of personal liberty, and the idea that the U.S. should lead globally by example rather than by force.

10:49 AM  
Anonymous Mini mini mini me said...

... if the economic crisis worsens or another major terror attack happened soon after Bush departs the White House, he may be “Hooverized” – with a generation of Democratic politicians running successfully against his memory as they did against Herbert Hoover whose policies were linked to the Great Depression.

Lol...where have they been? He is already past Hooverized...he's Hoover Plus...

or maybe Hitler Minus (the brains).

10:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think they're talking about real patriotism, Skank...not the simple minded, nationalistic jingoism that passes for it on the ignorant right.

12:25 PM  
Anonymous polly wanna cracker, suckah? said...

There's nothing like the REAL parrotism of the Left, don't you think, skank?

12:42 PM  
Anonymous reality setting in said...

NEW YORK (AP) -- The dawn of the Obama presidency could not shake the stock market from its dejection over the rapidly deteriorating state of the banking industry.

Financial stocks, many of them falling by double digit percentages, led a huge drop on Wall Street Tuesday that left the major indexes down more than 4 percent and the Dow Jones industrials down 332 points. Although traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange paused to watch the inauguration ceremony and Obama's remarks, the transition of power didn't erase investors' intensifying concerns about struggling banks and their impact on the overall economy.

2:49 PM  
Anonymous circling vulture said...

Somebody better call Chris Dodd and Barney Frank and tell them to print up another $1 trillion...

2:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good Riddance. Don't let the door hit you on the ass on your way out.

3:15 PM  
Blogger Phelonius said...

>>Finally, the election of Obama makes us proud of ourselves and allows us to show that we are not all like the people who elected GW Bush.

Well, not exactly. You are not like the nearly half of the nation that voted for McCain. GW did not run for president this time.

3:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think those were probably the same people, Foolonius.

4:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One highlight from a real President's speech:

As for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals. Our Founding Fathers, faced with perils we can scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man, a charter expanded by the blood of generations. Those ideals still light the world, and we will not give them up for expedience's sake. And so to all other peoples and governments who are watching today, from the grandest capitals to the small village where my father was born: know that America is a friend of each nation and every man, woman, and child who seeks a future of peace and dignity, and that we are ready to lead once more.

4:18 PM  
Anonymous No More Caligulas said...

Then there was this:

The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, BUT WHETHER IT WORKS - whether it helps families find jobs at a decent wage, care they can afford, a retirement that is dignified. Where the answer is yes, we intend to move forward. Where the answer is no, programs will end. And those of us who manage the public's dollars will be held to account - to spend wisely, reform bad habits, and do our business in the light of day - because only then can we restore the vital trust between a people and their government.

4:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In the Washington Times!!!: a call to investigate and prosecute our major criminals...the Bush Administration.
Tue Jan 20,

President Barack Obama promised to restore the rule of law and to prevent future wrongdoing by high-level government officials.
To honor that promise, Mr. Obama should investigate, among others, former President George W. Bush, former Vice President Dick Cheney, former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, former Attorney General John Ashcroft, former White House counsel and Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, and former White House political adviser Karl Rove. The crimes to be investigated should include complicity in torture, illegal surveillance, illegal detention, perjury, obstruction of justice and contempt of Congress. Prosecutions should follow if the evidence convinces a grand jury to indict.

The glaring failures to prosecute many who were not deterred by the criminal law created a climate of lawlessness that moved from national security to the domestic arena.

Unpunished lawlessness by government officials invites lawlessness generally.

Punishment is certainly not the only vehicle to prevent wrongdoing. To avoid rape, for example, a woman might consider wearing a burqa to avoid arousing a man's sexual appetites. But she would lose her freedom and self-expression. The best way to deter rape is to prosecute the rapist.

President Obama is fully capable of simultaneously investigating or prosecuting Bush administration officials, addressing how to close Guantanamo, and grappling with the nation's economic travails.

In the New York Times, Former Solicitor General Charles Fried has argued against prosecutions because the suspected Bush administration culprits fell short of the criminality of Adolf Hitler, Josef Stalin or Mao Tse-tung! That absurdity is akin to reserving murder prosecutions to the likes of Jack the Ripper.

4:47 PM  
Blogger Phelonius said...

Did you wet your pants there anonymous? Time for a break to the bathroom?

Today was a good day for the nation as another peaceful transfer of power took place, and that is what a healthy Republic does. A real President?

"On the eve of our struggle for independence a man who might have been one of the greatest among the Founding Fathers, Dr. Joseph Warren, president of the Massachusetts Congress, said to his fellow Americans, 'Our country is in danger, but not to be despaired of . . . . On you depend the fortunes of America. You are to decide the important questions upon which rests the happiness and the liberty of millions yet unborn. Act worthy of yourselves.'
Well, I believe we, the Americans of today, are ready to act worthy of ourselves, ready to do what must be done to ensure happiness and liberty for ourselves, our children, and our children's children. And as we renew ourselves here in our own land, we will be seen as having greater strength throughout the world. We will again be the exemplar of freedom and a beacon of hope for those who do not now have freedom.
To those neighbors and allies who share our freedom, we will strengthen our historic ties and assure them of our support and firm commitment. We will match loyalty with loyalty. We will strive for mutually beneficial relations. We will not use our friendship to impose on their sovereignty, for our own sovereignty is not for sale.
As for the enemies of freedom, those who are potential adversaries, they will be reminded that peace is the highest aspiration of the American people. We will negotiate for it, sacrifice for it; we will not surrender for it, now or ever."

4:53 PM  
Blogger Phelonius said...

Care to guess who that was and when?

4:56 PM  
Anonymous Caligula (D - IL) said...

Where are all the bitches?

5:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

More from a great speech:

Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.

To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society's ills on the West - know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy. To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.

To the people of poor nations, we pledge to work alongside you to make your farms flourish and let clean waters flow; to nourish starved bodies and feed hungry minds. And to those nations like ours that enjoy relative plenty, we say we can no longer afford indifference to suffering outside our borders; nor can we consume the world's resources without regard to effect. For the world has changed, and we must change with it.

Isn't it great, for a change, to hear talk of citizenship, and to be addressed as a citizen, rather than a consumer for the GOP's sociopathic corporate leeches?

6:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fabulous!! When The Moonie Times begins to call for prosecution of the war criminals we just threw out of office you know the bums are finally on the run.

6:06 PM  
Blogger John said...

I don't think a therapist, or a psychiatrist, for that matter, can help you Bush-haters. What you all need is an exorcist.

9:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A better idea would be to hand GW over to Albert Pierpont. Then we'd all be happy.

11:24 PM  
Anonymous that's pierpoint to you, he said...

How do you like your ties?

11:27 PM  
Anonymous fools rush in said...

In one of his first official acts, Obama suspended the prosecution of Gitmo detainees. Evidently, the deranged Left would rather prosecute the previous administration than our country's foreign enemies. No surprise there. After all, according to them, we lost the war.

5:16 AM  
Blogger John said...

According to the evil Left,the enemy is conservative America:

"These "people" (i.e. 'the luddite right') are our mortal enemies. They need to be exterminated as a matter of survival."

That's what the Nazis and the Islamists say about Jews.

But of course, "Bush is Hitler."

The mental illness--if not satanic possession-- is plainly evident.

7:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The left is mentally ill yet you think Bush was a good president and your dopey cheerleader believes in magical underpants.

9:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And that long list of conservatives who think Bush was a disaster they're all mentally ill also and some are brainwashed by liberal media.

10:15 AM  
Anonymous flash fotographer said...

Hooter alert! Michelle Obama exposed her boobs to the Washington Press Corps yesterday.

10:40 AM  
Blogger John said...

"The left is mentally ill..."


"...yet you think Bush was a good president..."

Bush was an excellent president in important areas.

That he unhinged the left even more than the Great Reagan did is proof.

"...and your dopey cheerleader believes in magical underpants."

You don't believe in magical underpants?

Ever been to Victoria's Secret?

"And that long list of conservatives who think Bush was a disaster..."

"Long list?" There tens of millions of Americans who adore the man.

"...they're all mentally ill also..."

No real conservative who was disenchanted by Bush for this and/or that rational reason hated his guts and wanted him tortured by burning in hell forever.

The demented Bush-haters, on the other hand...

"...and some are brainwashed by liberal media."

Perhaps, to an extent, if only by the ubiquity. Others have dubious conservative credentials and/or Republican loyalty (e.g. the aforementioned RINOs). Others belong to a faction of the Republican Party and/or conservative movement that thought Bush was too conservative, or not enough.

The great majority of sober-minded and erudite conservatives weigh the pros, cons, and context and juxtapose all that with his 41 predecessors (Cleveland was 22 & 24, something Obama's speechwriter was obviously oblivious to, and Obama himself for failing to catch it for his inaugural address) to arrive at a final grade of--at worst--average.

I rank him as extraordinary. His first term is right up there with #11 Polk's first (and only) term.

His second term was ruined by his failed proposal to privatize social security, the Act of God (as any insurance company would define it) of Hurricane Katrina, the insurgency in Iraq, and the last-minute collapse of the financial system.

All four of those were hyperbolically blamed on him by an unprecedented--and orchestrated--campaign of loud, vindictive whining, invective, and outright lies by a cabal of Marxist, Jihadist, and/or liberal propagandists (and their high school and college age footsoldiers loaded with bad personalities, talking points, and armed with a PC)--and even Lyndon Larouche, for the social security proposal-- all of whom created a shrill, partisan climate which was also likewise blamed on "Uniter, Not A Divider" Bush.

Conservative and Libertarian purists were turned off by things like the Big Government No-Child-Left-Behind Act (arm-in-arm with Ted Kennedy), his softness on (illegal) immigration, the Harriet Meyers nomination, and his chumminess with Bill Clinton.

Moderate, apolitical Americans were turned off by incidental stuff like his intervention in the Terry Sciavo case (but that, too, was hyperbolically misrepresented to make Bush look like a "Christo-fascist" rather than as a man doing what he can to save the life of a woman whose parents wanted her to live, but who the husband--who rather quickly remarried-- didn't), as well as his perceived apathy towards illegal aliens.

The Bush-haters think that their campaign of lying, hateful propaganda was what did it, so will continue the annoying m.o.

But they'll get their comeuppance. They always do. (Because they think that "The People" who voted their way are likewise unhinged Bush-haters with a Marxist worldview and a contempt for America--pre-Obama America, anyway).

Then they'll have a collective breakdown and repeat the cycle of screaming to get their way.

More and more people are learning to ignore them, though, after they cried wolf too many times.

And everyone knows about Bush Derangement Syndrome. They're looked at like crazy people in an asylum by the great majority of normal people (if not lowlifes).

And they are (i.e. crazy people and/or lowlifes, no matter how societally "functional").

5:15 PM  
Anonymous rahmbomb said...

personal now, I like GW very much

he went waaay down the road in socializing the financial system and the beauty of it is that now when O goes ever further as he soon will it will appear to be a bipartisan goal bush has given invaluable cover to The Revolution never let a crisis go to waste

Only Bush could have gone to Pinksville.

5:50 PM  
Blogger John said...

Right, the last minute bail-out--and his attempts to get more for Obama in his last days--also mightily turned off the staunch conservatives and libertarians.

That's what he gets for being a true, flexible moderate. He gets caught in the crossfire (if not put in the crosshairs from both flanks).

It doesn't pay political dividends, though, to meet the left halfway on anything, for the sake of "unity" or "cooperation."

Bush gave more money to education and reformed it more than any of his predecessors, working with liberal poobah Uncle Teddy in the process.

But you wouldn't know that if you read lefty screeds, the main thrust of which--vis-a-vis No-Child-Left-Behind--is: "HE DIDN"T FUND IT! IT WAS ALL TALK!"

Actually, apparently, it wasn't fully funded as requested from unions and such (and you can imagine how much what they wanted: "As far as the eye can see"), but you can see the disconnect from the reality that he provided more federal funding and enacted more reform for education than any president in history and "HE DIDN'T FUND IT!"

Bush was on the side of Hispanic minorities on the (illegal) immigration issue (and lost 10-15% of his once-reliable support right there).

He did more for Africa than anyone one else ever. He saved many lives. The people there love him.

And yet Bush is "a racist," anyway.

The Middle East democratization Agenda is very Wilsonian (i.e. "progressive") in its vision.

And yet Bush is an "imperialist."

Bush enacts the largest goverment intervention into the private sector for the emergency situation (as is proper, arguably), and you see fit to celebrate the nationalization of once private financial institutions as a vctory for your socialist worldview.

Are there any thank yous, a kind word, and/or vote of support for any of those presidential acts that should have satisfied supposedly liberal desires?

No. You just called him a sucker for unwittingly opening the door to socialism.

It's blind, unreasoning, hateful spite. It's possession by demons, the same ones that possessed John Wilkes Booth and Lee Harvey Oswald.

You have the same characteristics: conceited, vainglorious braggadocio, a belief that you're smarter than most, spitefulness, lovelessness, and hatefulness, all engendered by the demonic possession you yourself invited by embracing liberalism, an ideology hatched from the satanic minds of liars and murderers.

Only Jesus Christ can save you now.

8:06 PM  
Anonymous the ass essor said...

thanks for putting me onto this guy, midnite he's as sickogoofy as the sayet blogger and twice as desperate

and man has anyone ever told this boy about GRAMMAR not that I use it

I eschews it

but can dooz it

if i try

9:40 PM  
Blogger John said...

P.S. Another legitimate complaint of a Bush failing were the unmitigated expenditures he allowed Congress, beginning early in the first term that I hailed.

Nevertheless, that he protected us from a determined and ruthless enemy during a time of war is an outstanding achievement (recall the prognoses of inevitability regarding more terrorist attacks from experts shortly after 9/11), which was his Number One priority.

Gratitude for such has not always been forthcoming in history.

While conservatism appeals to--and reaches for-- high ideals like patriotism, nobility, virtue, integrity, fortitude, and Goodness, the Left sometimes wins out by appealing to crassness.

Relatively recently, the great Winston Churchill lost reelection shortly after winning WWII (to a labor party "It's The Economy, Stupid" liberal).

Truman, after winning WWII and enacting sweeping policies that would contain the Soviet Union for the next four decades and defend Europe, left office with poll numbers similar to Bush's.

Ronald Reagan, the great Cold Warror and Champion of Conservatism, is still reviled and ridiculed by the Left, long after he has been apotheosized in the American Culture at large.

George H. Bush was the youngest naval aviator in WWII. He earned the Distinguished Flying Cross, three Air Medals, and the Presidential Unit Citation.

He was CIA director sduring the high-stakes poker game of the Cold War, and was president when the Berlin Wall came down and effectively ended the Cold War,

He lost re-election to a draft dodger posturing as the Second Coming of JFK, with a motto "It's The Economy, Stupid" (as if man does indeed live by bread (and circuses) alone.

And most recently we had John McCain, a Silver Star, Bronze Star, Legion of Merit, Purple Heart and Distinguished Flying Cross recipient, losing an election to a tabula rasa who came out of the most corrupt political enclave in the country.

The Left is shallow, and decadent, and has indulged in its conceits and theatrics only after
the Right did all the heavy lifting and hard work and allowed the recess (an interregnum, in Clinton's case, between the epic of the Cold War era and now the War on Terror at the dawn of the 21st).

10:11 PM  
Blogger John said...


Go away.

10:11 PM  
Anonymous the ass essor said...

id like to but cant tear myself away ive never seen a weak little man straaaaaaaaaaaaaain so desperately and pretentiously to cling to the lies he needs to survive

you too funny in a freak show kina way

i liked that funding screed of yours lying like a psychopath
dont you know the difference between giving lip service to a program and actually putting up the money for it

10:05 AM  
Blogger John said...

"i liked that funding screed of yours lying like a psychopath"

The "psychopathic lie" referred to (as specifically addressed) is:

"Bush gave more money to education and reformed it more than any of his predecessors, working with liberal poobah Uncle Teddy in the process.

But you wouldn't know that if you read lefty screeds, the main thrust of which--vis-a-vis No-Child-Left-Behind--is: 'HE DIDN"T FUND IT! IT WAS ALL TALK!'"

Now this deranged dolt opens by informing your host that it did indeed read "that funding screed," and called it the "lies" of a "psychopath," but then confirms precisely what was "lied" about, anyway:

"dont you know the difference between giving lip service to a program and actually putting up the money for it"

It's like this:

I say "The troll insists that 'THE SKY IS PURPLE!'"

The troll counters: "You're a liar! And the sky is purple."

These trolls are uneducable wild animals who deserve the miserable life they have.

They have no class, no gentility, no civility, and barely-functioning cognizance.

These are silly, birdbrained teenagers.

...Or pathetic adults who are worthless losers save for the horde of zombies like them who vote monolithically (and are James Madison's worst nightmare, as the mindless mob is the Achilles heel of a democratic republic).

12:33 PM  
Blogger John said...

Waitasec, "straaaaaaaaaain"?

Izzat you, lana banana? :)

Where you been, bay-beh? I miss you.

12:35 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

Conservative and Libertarian purists were turned off by things like the Big Government No-Child-"Left-Behind Act (arm-in-arm with Ted Kennedy), his softness on (illegal) immigration, the Harriet Meyers nomination, and his chumminess with Bill Clinton."

"Right, the last minute bail-out--and his attempts to get more for Obama in his last days--also mightily turned off the staunch conservatives and libertarians"

Those things may have turned us off, but not nearly as much as the left does.

I agree with Nanc, "the right is patriotic regardless of who's in office..."

We still pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America...regardless of who is POTUS!

...unlike the flag-burning leftists/bush haters...

2:17 PM  
Blogger John said...

Just don't be a sucker.

3:19 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

Nah...I will leave that to the left!

3:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Duhh ...this moron really doesn't know what lip service is and spends more time telling us why he is a lying psychopath and a moron than anything else ...unbelievable.

Like all Bush's moronic programs, this one has been a disaster and the so called funding, a joke.

No Child Left Behind Unfunded Mandate

When the Republican-led Utah House last month called the president’s bluff on No Child Left Behind, it was an eye-opener.

Certainly other states have taken stands against this intrusive federal education law.

But the Utah vote against spending one dime of state or local money on No Child Left Behind was much more dramatic.

Vermont has passed a similar measure, but Utah is heavily Republican. The House vote shows that discontent with No Child Left Behind runs through both major political parties.

Virginia’s House of Delegates last month asked Congress to exempt that state from the law. The Republicans also hold the majority in the House there. Other states are considering measures that call on Congress to improve funding or release the states from certain requirements.

These measures reflect an underlying issue about No Child Left Behind that has kept states seething: It is an unfunded federal mandate.

Utah House Speaker Martin R. Stephens said Utah’s legislation is a “statement bill.”

“If it (No Child Left Behind) is fully funded, then we’ll implement it. And, if it’s not, if there are requirements for which there are not enough federal funds, then we won’t,” he said.

State legislators are starting to worry about the price tag.

The act is part of a disturbing trend of the federal government sticking its nose into state education matters. Education historically has been a state-local responsibility, and many states were well on the road to improving their own standards and testing. Now they are finding the federal law interferes with those efforts.

No Child Left Behind represents quite a change in the thinking of Republicans, who used to be for states’ rights and who would rail against the federal education bureaucracy.

Unfortunately, unfunded federal requirements are becoming somewhat the norm in Washington, and the states are rebelling.

Ohio, for example, says it will spend about $1.5 billion each year — much more than it now gets from the federal government to implement the law.

Critics say the Republican Congress appropriated $8 billion less last year than originally promised.

Rep. Dennis Moore of Kansas, among others, has introduced legislation to prohibit the federal government from penalizing school districts for failing to meet the law’s educational goals until the feds put up the money.

States are cash-strapped because of the economy. They often don’t have the dollars to pay their teachers decently, to keep classrooms from becoming crowded, and to keep schools from being closed.

And so they don’t have the money to pay for additional testing, more and better teachers, summer school, after-school classes and tutoring — the result of No Child Left Behind.

Congress and the Bush administration should get real. If they want No Child Left Behind to succeed as anything more than a campaign gimmick, it needs to be overhauled and fully funded. Otherwise, other state lawmakers will follow in the states’ rights stampede and it will be difficult to blame them.

5:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, they're good at saluting the flag ...while they drag the country through the mud and into the poorhouse.

You freaks are the biggest traitors this nation has ever had.

Which is why the nation has said, loud and clear:


5:08 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

Who mandated that the banks lend to those who cannot wasn't the Republican Congress...they were the minority in making those decisions.

If you follow the money you will find just exactly who is to blame for this economic mess.

Go, look and then come back with real links and stats.

5:39 PM  

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