In the battle of the presidential memoirs, George W. Bush is gaining some significant ground on his predecessor, selling almost as many copies of Decision Points in two months as President Bill Clinton sold of his in two years. Why would Americans be so eagerly purchasing the product? One suggestion on MSNBC is that, maybe, people just hate Bush more. Speaking to Norah O’Donnell, who introduced the segment in awe of the book sales given approval ratings, Salon writer Alex Pareene brought a grab-bag of reasons that Bush’s book may be selling like hotcakes, few of which were flattering:
It may be the fact that he was hated by so many people actually helped fuel his book sales because people wanted to hear him actually justify himself and explain some of his decisions that he made. And, you know, there are, I mean, you can imagine that some people bought it as a gag or some people got it, received it as a gift and didn’t really want it.
Why of course….a gag gift!
It’s going to be a long two years for Poor Norah & Co. at MSNBC now that the bloom is officially off The Messiah’s rose and people are looking back on the Bush years with longing. Pass the popcorn!
Nine years ago today, in the span of two hours, our nation was irrevocably changed. Families were shattered; children rendered fatherless or motherless in a split second. Friends were lost. Police and firefighters ran into buildings as others ran out. A group of modern day warriors in the sky fought back and saved countless lives on the ground. Our great country was badly wounded, but we were not broken. The best of America was on display in the days, weeks and months following that day.
Nine years later, we are in the midst of political and idealogical battles one would not have thought imaginable in those days of unity. Imagine if someone had told you that the next administration would try the 9/11 mastermind, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, in a civilian court in lower Manhattan? How about a mosque at Ground Zero supported by same said administration? You would have been indignant. Welcome to 9/11/1o. Welcome to our new reality where, for so many, this year feels more raw; as though a scab has been ripped off and the unhealed wound has been left exposed anew.
I, for one, will not be lectured by my government or members of the media about tolerance. My resolve is only strengtehned by their preaching. My commitment to never forget is renewed.
OK so this might be a shallow post, but it’s the weekend and I’m feeling catty and I can’t help but notice that whenever Barry is allowed to pick out his own clothes, it’s almost always a fashion fail.
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First, black jeans have been out since the millennium. Second, the high waist with the tightly cinched belt screams dork. Third, tucking the golf shirt into a pair of jeans is also a foul on the play. Fourth, the offending jeans are floods. And finally, pairing jeans and sneakers should be illegal.
I’m starting to think the man has chicken legs and this is why he refuses to wear shorts in public. If that’s the case, someone needs to get the man a pair of wind pants.
Call me biased, but this is what the Commander in Chief should look like when biking:
And don’t get me started on Michelle.
Update: Mr. loppyd has scolded me for my sneakers and jeans comment. He thinks it’s generational. Since it’s Sunday and I’m feeling charitable, I hereby declare that jeans and sneakers on a man under 50 should be illegal.
Our new Louisiana poll has a lot of data points to show how unhappy voters in the state are with Barack Obama’s handling of the oil spill but one perhaps sums it up better than anything else- a majority of voters there think George W. Bush did a better job with Katrina than Obama’s done dealing with the spill.
50% of voters in the state, even including 31% of Democrats, give Bush higher marks on that question compared to 35% who pick Obama.
Overall only 32% of Louisianans approve of how Obama has handled the spill to 62% who disapprove. 34% of those polled say they approved of how Bush dealt with Katrina to 58% who disapproved.
This is sure to get under Captain Kickass’ very thin skin.
The Devaluator made the comments at Suffolk Law School in response to a student’s question about how mean and nasty politics has become since The One was elected…because politics was all puppies and kittens when George W. Bush was president. Remember?
Patrick, a close friend and ally of Obama’s, said at a Suffolk University Law School event that he’s taken his share of criticism over the years, though not to the extent of what Obama is going through at the hands of Republicans.
“It seems like child’s play compared to what’s going on in Washington, where it’s almost at the level of sedition,” Patrick said.
The MA GOP was having none of it.
“Apparently our First Amendment rights are only guaranteed if we agree with the tax-and-spend policies of Deval Patrick and Barack Obama,” Massachusetts Republican Party chairman Jennifer Nassour said in a statement.
“So according to Patrick, are the 55 percent of Bay Staters who think he should not be re-elected bordering on sedition?” Nassour asked, referring to poll numbers showing Patrick with 45 percent support of likely Bay State voters. “The governor should focus on the critical issues at hand, like lowering property taxes and controlling rampant spending, instead of defending his buddy President Obama.”
Recognizing how stupid his comment was, Obama’s Mini-Me later backtracked.
After the event, Patrick was specifically asked about his criticism of Republicans and the “sedition” remark.
“I think the number of people who, in the Grand Old Party, who seem to be absolutely committed to saying ‘no’ when (the president) says ‘yes,’ even if it’s an idea that they come up with, is just extraordinary,” he said.
Pressed again about his “sedition” comment, Patrick responded, “OK, all right. It’s a flourish. That was a rhetorical flourish.”
Another day, another Democrat villifying Americans who don’t agree with Obama’s policies.
The same program which tried – and failed – to destroy George W. Bush’s re-election chances with their bogus National Guard story actually aired a segment which praised him for his administration’s program to fight AIDS in Africa.
“As President, George W. Bush did something momentous that few of you may know about, something so momentous that it is saving millions of lives and generating goodwill for America around the world.”
So astonishingly began a “60 Minutes” segment last Sunday actually praising the former President that likely got worse press than anyone ever to reside in the White House.
“Millions of Africans who`d been dying of AIDS are now living with AIDS, thanks to the Bush program,” said CBS’s Bob Simon.
“There has never been a rescue mission, a mission of mercy of this magnitude that has produced such magnanimous results,” praised an AIDS doctor in Uganda (video follows with partial transcript and commentary):
I guess he doesn’t hate black people after all.
Watch the video linked in the story. It will warm your heart…and make you long for the days when your president cared about someone other than himself.
Evan has now produced a timely new video splicing together footage that he calls “A trip down memory lane.” He describes it as four minutes of nonstop examples of violent imagery and extremist rhetoric employed by left-wing anti-Bush protesters. He writes: “For some reason, despite it being well documented at the time by me and many others, the media chose to ignore it.” Indeed.
Twice in less than a week’s time the Husky Blogger’s hopes have been dashed as two psycho killers just don’t fit the tea-bagging, racist, homophobic profile he longs to find in every such instance. The latest example gone bad is Joseph Stack – the man who intentionally flew a plane into an Austin, Texas office building filled with federal IRS employees today.
As government agencies go, the FAA is often justifiably referred to as a tombstone agency, though they are hardly alone. The recent presidential puppet GW Bush and his cronies in their eight years certainly reinforced for all of us that this criticism rings equally true for all of the government. Nothing changes unless there is a body count (unless it is in the interest of the wealthy sows at the government trough). In a government full of hypocrites from top to bottom, life is as cheap as their lies and their self-serving laws.
My introduction to the real American nightmare starts back in the early ‘80s. Unfortunately after more than 16 years of school, somewhere along the line I picked up the absurd, pompous notion that I could read and understand plain English. Some friends introduced me to a group of people who were having ‘tax code’ readings and discussions. In particular, zeroed in on a section relating to the wonderful “exemptions” that make institutions like the vulgar, corrupt Catholic Church so incredibly wealthy. We carefully studied the law (with the help of some of the “best”, high-paid, experienced tax lawyers in the business), and then began to do exactly what the “big boys” were doing (except that we weren’t steeling from our congregation or lying to the government about our massive profits in the name of God). We took a great deal of care to make it all visible, following all of the rules, exactly the way the law said it was to be done.
The communist creed: From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.
The capitalist creed: From each according to his gullibility, to each according to his greed.
There, there Husky Blogger. Surely there must be a new Tea Party-Stormfront connection lingering out there just waiting to be unearthed by your favorite fishy race detective.
Just what we need. Another lefty sports writer with a chronic case of BDS – and a serious case of stupid. Yesterday, Filip Bondy of the NY Daily News wrote a race-obsessed piece about how expensive Saints tickets are and how most of the fans in the Superdome during the NFC championship game were white. To bolster his point, he notes that the crowd “heartily cheered” for Katrina villain, President Bush. The problem with this “aha!” moment is that it was President George H. W. Bush at the game, not his son.
Newsbusters notes that the paragraph has gone down the memory hole, but they have a screen capture of it in all of its ignorant glory.
If you needed further proof of this [New Orleans racial] divide, then it came during a pregame introduction of former President Bush. Once pilloried for his approach to the Katrina catastrophe in 2005, Bush was heartily cheered at the Superdome – which tells you all you need to know about the crowd’s demographics.
Bondy must have been too busy conducting his Superdome Census to notice the wrong President Bush was being cheered by all of the rich white people in the stands.