I’ve come across this Dubya quote a number of times in the last few days. That must mean others are having the same visceral reaction to it as me. I try to ignore it, but the hypocrisy is too powerful…
In an interview conducted earlier this month by his sister, Doro Bush Koch, Mr. Bush said he wanted to be remembered “as a person who, first and foremost, did not sell his soul in order to accommodate the political process.”
“I came to Washington with a set of values, and I’m leaving with the same set of values,” Mr. Bush said. “And I darn sure wasn’t going to sacrifice those values; that I was a President that had to make tough choices and was willing to make them. I surrounded myself with good people. I carefully considered the advice of smart, capable people and made tough decisions.”
I used to think I hated American politics and politicians. Reagan, Bush, Clinton… And then the last 8 years happened… like a bucket of cold water… administered upside down with a bag over my head… The Dubya presidency has been a non-stop horror show. I’ve read pretty much everything Hunter Thompson wrote about Richard Nixon, and I can only conclude that Nixon was a piker next to our outgoing president. I find it interesting that Nixon was run out of office under threat of impeachment and criminal indictment, and yet Dubya is still widely considered the worst president in history. I’m not about to let him rehabilitate his legacy just yet.
It’s been at least 3 years since I was last able to watch/listen to Bush speak. I try not to be head-in-the-sand, but the disgust I feel is too overwhelming. He is our National Disgrace.
I don’t know what sick bastard put that clip on “Funny or Die”. The audience was amused, but it sure as hell doesn’t make me laugh. I suppose it’s some relief to know that the days of him yukking it up with a friendly crowd are over. Republicans won’t be seen with him (cowards). Conservatives claim he failed their cause (hypocrites). Liberals speculate on the inability of Bush administration officials to travel abroad for fear of being arrested and charged with crimes against humanity (we can dream).
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Since I’m suddenly balls-deep in a post I didn’t want to write, let me close by linking the most balls-a-licious moment of the the Bush presidency. That’s right, baby, it’s Stephen Colbert at the 2006 White House Correspondents Dinner! It grieves me that I can’t embed this performance properly (C-SPAN has some kind of copyright bug up its ass), but this represents the moment for me when the sun came back out in America.