Jan 15, 2009

Bush sorry legacy will include a presidential library


You can turn on any news program or 24-hour cable channel, and it's a pretty good bet you will see soon-to-be-former President G. Walker Bush giving an interview.

The spin in a vain attempt to rescue the legacy of perhaps the worst president in history is in full swing. He even gave a disastrous press conference this week where we learned the only mistakes in his presidency were PR mistakes made by someone else. I recently received an email that really sums up his legacy. I don't normally post anonymous stuff I receive for a couple of reason. First, I want this blog to be primarily my work, and second I don't like posting material without giving credit to the person who actually wrote it.

So, I searched for the originator on the web, and the best I can do is find it posted on Democratic Underground.

The magnificent George W. Bush Presidential Library is now in the planning stages and accepting donations.

The Library will include:
1. The Hurricane Katrina Room, which is still under construction.
2. The Alberto Gonzales Room, where you won't be able to remember anything.
3. The Texas Air National Guard Room, where you don't even have to show up.
4. The Walter Reed Hospital Room, where they don't let you in.
5. The Guantanamo Bay Room, where they don't let you out.
6. The Weapons of Mass Destruction Room, which no one has been able to find.
7. The National Debt Room, which is huge and has no ceiling.
8. The Tax Cut Room, with entry only to the wealthy.
9. The Economy Room, which is in the toilet.
10. The Iraq War Room. (After you complete your first visit, they make you go back for a second, third, fourth, and sometimes fifth visit.)
11. The Dick Cheney Room, in the famous undisclosed location.
12. The Environmental Conservation Room, still empty.
13. The Supreme Gift Shop, where you can buy an election.
14. The Airport Men's Room, where you can meet some of your favorite Republican Senators.
15. The Decider Room, complete with dart board, magic 8-ball, Ouija board, dice, coins, and straws.
Note: The library will feature an electron microscope to help you locate and view the President's accomplishments.

The library will also include many famous quotes by George W. Bush displayed prominently in the public areas:

1. "I've abandoned free market principles to save the free market system." --George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., Dec. 16, 2008
2. "Yesterday, you made note of my -- the lack of my talent when it came to dancing. But nevertheless, I want you to know I danced with joy. And no question Liberia has gone through very difficult times." --George W. Bush, speaking with the president of Liberia, Washington, D.C., Oct. 22, 2008
3. "Anyone engaging in illegal financial transactions will be caught and persecuted." --George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., Sept. 19, 2008
4. "There's no question about it. Wall Street got drunk -- that's one of the reasons I asked you to turn off the TV cameras -- it got drunk and now it's got a hangover. The question is how long will it sober up and not try to do all these fancy financial instruments." --George W. Bush, speaking at a private fundraiser, Houston, Texas, July 18, 2008
5. "And they have no disregard for human life." --George W. Bush, on the brutality of Afghan fighters, Washington, D.C., July 15, 2008
6. "I'll be long gone before some smart person ever figures out what happened inside this Oval Office." --George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., May 12, 2008
7. "And so, General, I want to thank you for your service. And I appreciate the fact that you really snatched defeat out of the jaws of those who are trying to defeat us in Iraq." --George W. Bush, to Army Gen. Ray Odierno, Washington, D.C., March 3, 2008
8. "I can press when there needs to be pressed; I can hold hands when there needs to be -- hold hands." --George W. Bush, on how he can contribute to the Middle East peace process, Washington, D.C., Jan. 4, 2008
9. "I don't particularly like it when people put words in my mouth, either, by the way, unless I say it." --George W. Bush, Crawford, Texas, Nov. 10, 2007.
10. "Make no mistake about it, I understand how tough it is, sir. I talk to families who die." --George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., Dec. 7, 2006.
11. "You know, when I campaigned here in 2000, I said, I want to be a war President. No President wants to be a war President, but I am one." --George W. Bush, Des Moines, Iowa, Oct. 26, 2006.
12. "I like to tell people when the final history is written on Iraq, it will look like just a comma because there is -- my point is, there's a strong will for democracy." --George W. Bush, interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer, Sept. 24, 2006.
13. "No question that the enemy has tried to spread sectarian violence. They use violence as a tool to do that." --George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., March 22, 2006.
14. "He was a state sponsor of terror. In other words, the government had declared, you are a state sponsor of terror." --George W. Bush, on Saddam Hussein, Manhattan, Kan., Jan. 23, 2006.
15. "Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job." --George W. Bush, to FEMA director Michael Brown, who resigned 10 days later amid criticism over his job performance, Mobile, Ala., Sept. 2, 2005.
16. "You see, not only did the attacks help accelerate a recession, the attacks reminded us that we are at war." --George W. Bush, on the Sept. 11 attacks, Washington, D.C., June 8, 2005.
17. "See, in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda." --George W. Bush, Greece, N.Y., May 24, 2005.
18. "It's in our country's interests to find those who would do harm to us and get them out of harm's way." --George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., April 28, 2005.
19. "Too many good docs are getting out of the business. Too many OB-GYNs aren't able to practice their love with women all across this country." --George W. Bush, Poplar Bluff, Mo., Sept. 6, 2004.
20. "Tribal sovereignty means that; it's sovereign. I mean, you're a -- you've been given sovereignty, and you're viewed as a sovereign entity. And therefore the relationship between the federal government and tribes is one between sovereign entities." --George W. Bush, speaking to minority journalists, Washington, D.C., Aug. 6, 2004.
21. "Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we." --George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., Aug. 5, 2004.
22. "I'm honored to shake the hand of a brave Iraqi citizen who had his hand cut off by Saddam Hussein." --George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., May 25, 2004.
23. "Security is the essential roadblock to achieving the road map to peace." -George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., July 25, 2003.
24. "First, let me make it very clear, poor people aren't necessarily killers. Just because you happen to be not rich doesn't mean you're willing to kill." -George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., May 19, 2003.
25. "The war on terror involves Saddam Hussein because of the nature of Saddam Hussein, the history of Saddam Hussein, and his willingness to terrorize himself." -George W. Bush, Grand Rapids, Mich., Jan. 29, 2003.
26. "There's an old saying in Tennessee - I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee - that says, fool me once, shame on - shame on you. Fool me - you can't get fooled again." -George W. Bush, Nashville, Tenn., Sept. 17, 2002.
27. "There's no cave deep enough for America, or dark enough to hide." -George W. Bush, Oklahoma City, Aug. 29, 2002.
28. "I just want you to know that, when we talk about war, we're really talking about peace." -George W. Bush, June 18, 2002.
29. "My trip to Asia begins here in Japan for an important reason. It begins here because for a century and a half now, America and Japan have formed one of the great and enduring alliances of modern times. From that alliance has come an era of peace in the Pacific." -George W. Bush, who apparently forgot about a little something called World War II, Tokyo, Feb. 18, 2002.
30. "We need to counter the shockwave of the evildoer by having individual rate cuts accelerated and by thinking about tax rebates." -George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., Oct. 4, 2001.
31. "I looked the man in the eye. I found him to be very straightforward and trustworthy….I was able to get a sense of his soul." -George W. Bush, after meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin, June 16, 2001.
32. "It is time to set aside the old partisan bickering and finger-pointing and name-calling that comes from freeing parents to make different choices for their children." -George W. Bush, on "parental empowerment in education," April 12, 2001.
33. "My plan reduces the national debt, and fast. So fast, in fact, that economists worry that we're going to run out of debt to retire." -George W. Bush, radio address, Feb. 24, 2001.
34. "They want the federal government controlling Social Security like it's some kind of federal program." --George W. Bush, Nov. 2, 2000.
35. "Never again in the halls of Washington, D.C., do I want to have to make explanations that I can't explain." --George W. Bush, Portland, Oregon, Oct. 31, 2000.

PLEASE GIVE GENEROUSLY!
Sincerely,
Jack Abramoff, Co-Chair
G.W. Bush Library Board of Directors

21 comments:

Not Anonymous said...

I know you're not interested in the truth, but anyone that might be reading this blog might actually want to see the truth rather than the internet myths that have come through the years. This would have been easy for you to look up, but then, we already know that truth has nothing to do with what you write.

From Snopes:

Claim: Collection of memorable misstatements attributed to John Kerry or George W. Bush.

Status: False, with one exception.

Examples:

[Collected on the Internet, 2004]

Quotes To Go Down In History.
And, if anybody thought that 'Dubya' was stupid........read on!

"The vast majority of our imports come from outside the country."
- John F. Kerry

"If we don't succeed, we run the risk of failure."
- John F. Kerry

"One word sums up probably the responsibility of any Governor, and that one word is 'to be prepared'."
- John F. Kerry

"I have made good judgments in the past. I have made good judgments in the future."
- John F. Kerry

"The future will be better tomorrow."
- John F. Kerry

"We're going to have the best educated American people in the world."
- John F. Kerry

"I stand by all the misstatements that I've made."
- John F. Kerry

"We have a firm commitment to NATO. We are a part of NATO. We have a firm commitment to Europe. We are a part of Europe."
- John F. Kerry

"Public speaking is very easy."
- John F. Kerry

"A low voter turnout is an indication of fewer people going to the polls."
- John F. Kerry

"We are ready for any unforeseen event that may or may not occur."
- John F. Kerry

"For NASA, space is still a high priority."
- John F. Kerry

"Quite frankly, teachers are the only profession that teach our children."
- John F. Kerry

"It isn't pollution that's harming the environment. It's the impurities in our air and water that are doing it."
- John F. Kerry

"It's time for the human race to enter the solar system."
- John F. Kerry


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[Collected on the Internet, 2004]

"The vast majority of our imports come from outside the country."
- George W. Bush

"If we don't succeed, we run the risk of failure."
- George W. Bush

"One word sums up probably the responsibility of any Governor, and that one word is 'to be prepared'."
- George W. Bush

"I have made good judgments in the past. I have made good judgments in the future."
- George W. Bush

"The future will be better tomorrow."
- George W. Bush

"We're going to have the best educated American people in the world."
- George W. Bush

"I stand by all the misstatements that I've made."
- George W. Bush

"We have a firm commitment to NATO, we are a part of NATO. We have a firm commitment to Europe. We are a part of Europe."
- George W. Bush

"Public speaking is very easy."
- George W. Bush

"A low voter turnout is an indication of fewer people going to the polls."
- George W. Bush

"We are ready for any unforeseen event that may or may not occur."
- George W. Bush

"For NASA, space is still a high priority."
- George W. Bush

"Quite frankly, teachers are the only profession that teach our children."
- George W. Bush

"It isn't pollution that's harming the environment. It's the impurities in our air and water that are doing it."
- George W. Bush

"It's time for the human race to enter the solar system."
- George W. Bush

Origins: The ramp-up towards the November 2004 Presidential election has been especially dirty, with partisans of each side throwing as much mud as they can at the other party's candidate in an effort to sway more votes towards their own guy. It was therefore to be expected that this list of stunningly stupid statements would be trotted out anew as folks looked for even more ways to undermine the credibility of the men vying for the top job.

As is apparent from the two examples listed above, the same list of bloopers is circulated about both the 2004 Democratic and Republican candidates for the presidency, in both cases offered as proof that each man is patently unfit to hold high office.

Yet these "proofs" are false, because all but one of the 2004 crop of groaners supposedly uttered by President George W. Bush or Senator John Kerry are statements either made by former Vice-President Dan Quayle or ones which have for years been attributed to him:
"Quite frankly, teachers are the only profession that teach our children."

"We are going to have the best educated American people in the world."

"We have a firm commitment to NATO. We are part of NATO. We have a firm commitment to Europe. We are part of Europe."

"The future will be better tomorrow."

"One word sums up probably the responsibility of any vice president, and that one word is 'to be prepared.'"

"For NASA, space is still a high priority."

"[It's] time for the human race to enter the solar system."

"We are ready for any unforeseen event that may or may not occur."

"I stand by all the misstatements that I've made."
And some are "Quayleisms"; that is, comments now widely attributed to the former Vice-President that were actually coined by humor writers as examples of the sort of things he might say:
[MAD Magazine, 1991]

"If we don't succeed, we run the risk of failure."

"A low voter turnout is an indication of fewer people going to the polls."

"It isn't pollution that's harming the environment. It's the impurities in our air and water that are doing it."
John Kerry's involvement with the collection is new, but just prior to the 2000 presidential election these same quotes were circulated about both Vice-President Al Gore and then Governor of Texas George W. Bush. Although this list (and similar compilations) might have begun life as an assortment of Dan Quayle quotes, it has since become a way of slamming the candidates du jour, being rolled forward from election to election.

Only a lone entry in the 2004 Bush and Kerry lists was anything other than a Dan Quayle utterance or a Quayleism: "The vast majority of our imports come from outside the country." Though it is not a word-for-word match, it is close enough to a statement made by President George W. Bush in 2000 to be recognizable: "More and more of our imports come from overseas." (Although not all imports necessarily come from "overseas," when President Bush made this statement he was specifically referring to foreign oil imports, even though the two largest foreign suppliers of oil to the U.S. are the fellow North American countries of Canada and Mexico.)

Barbara "freight state" Mikkelson

Last updated: 22 September 2004


The URL for this page is http://www.snopes.com/quotes/candidate.asp

Communications guru said...

Of coursed I'm "interests in the truth. This is the only thing you have ever found that was not true, anonymous troll, and it has been corrected. Unfortunately for the American people, there are plenty of true Bush quotes.

Anonymous said...

Top ten quotes from Communications Guru:

1. I am not Kevin. Why do you keep calling me Kevin? I am not Kevin.

2. Okay. I'm Kevin.

3. The Republican Party broke the law in a Brighton school board election because I know they made phone calls that I don't know they made.

4. There is no reason to make crimes against children illegal as long as the activity takes place in a home where no one knows what goes on anyway.

5. Everyone hates smoking and no one goes to restaurants where people smokes. That's why we need a law to ban smoking in restaurants because so many people go to restaurants where people smoke.

6. Harry Reid was against sitting anyone in the U.S. Senate appointed by the governor of Illinois. That's why he is now in favor of sitting in the Senate a man appointed by the governor of Illinois.

7. I'm not in favor of all tax increases. I am just not opposed to any.

8. Nothing better describes Democratic values than a govenor who spends thousands of dollars on a hooker.

9. I hate it when I allow people to post as "anonymous" and then they do it.

10. The most important thing an attorney general can do is to make sure that clothing catelogs are kept from the eyes of children.

Communications guru said...

Wow. Only two out of the 10 is even remotely true, and I never said any of those things. And, the ones that are true are still inaccurate. Here is the thing about a quote; it's what the person actually says. The good news is I'm not the president, and I didn't plunge the country into a needless war and into the worst recession since the Great Depression.

This is easily debunked.

1. Not true.
2. True, but I never said that.
3. Never said that, nor is that statement true.
4. Never said that, nor is that statement true.
5. Never said that, nor is that statement true.
6. Never said that, nor is that statement true.
7. Never said that, nor is that statement true.
8. Never said that, nor is that statement true.
9. True. It's not my fault you are too much of a coward to take ownership of the shit you write, but I will not let a cowardly, anonymous troll dictate how I run my blog.
10. Never said that, nor is that statement true.

Anonymous said...

That's a great list. I recall McBluster said a lot of those things...and the rest sound like him.

Of course, he denies saying them...like that proves anything.

Have you noticed that the more he is losing an argument, the more likely he is to resort to profanity?

Here's my favorite McBluster: It doesn't matter that I said it; I didn't say it.

Communications guru said...

First, anonymous troll, “McBluster” is something you made up.

Those alleged quotes are not from me, and if you think they are prove it. It shouldn’t be hard if I actually wrote them. How am I “likely to resort to profanity” when I am losing an argument? I have never lost one, especially to some anonymous troll like you who is afraid to even take ownership of the crap they write.

Anonymous said...

Everything I attributed to you is accurate. Your denials further erode your credibility.

You take positions and then you don't want to own up to them. Given the ridiculous nature of your position...and the fact that you frequently outward contradict yourself (sometimes in the same sentence), it's not surprising that you want to distance yourself from what you say.

Communications guru said...

Sorry, anonymous troll, it is not only inaccurate, it’s wrong. Perhaps you do not understand what a quote is. A quote is the exact words a person says; word for word. I never said any of those things. Not only that, you twisted the words to make it mean something else. I challenged you before to prove I said any of the stuff you made up. I’m still waiting.

If my positions are so ridiculous and I contradict myself, then why is it you can never win a debate?

Anonymous said...

If you take both sides of an argument, or if you say one thing and contradict yourself before your sentence is over...then, yes, it might be hard to "win" a debate with you.

You admitted once that you don't care about the truth and then you said you would deny that you ever said such a thing.

That's your style.

Anonymous said...

Guru actually said this: It should not be illegal to abuse a child in a private home, because it would be hard to prove it.

Communications guru said...

I take both sides of an argument? No wonder you refuse to take ownership of the tripe you post here with that ridiculous argument.

I never, ever said, implied or indicated I “don't care about the truth.”

Communications guru said...

That is just more lies, anonymous troll. I never said anything close to that. Once again, I challenged you to produce the link where I said that.

But just like every time you get challenged to prove your lies, you’ll ignore it because you can’t.

Anonymous said...

You are the one who ignores what you say. You lied about Republicans breaking the law on the school election. When you were called on it, you said it didn't matter what the facts were, as long as you "thought" something to be true, that made it true.

If you can't find your own statements, don't expect me to do your work for you. You said it was okay to be abusive toward babies as long as it was done in their own home, because it was too hard to prove the abuse occurred in a private residence. I don't blame you for not wanting to admit it, but it doesn't change the fact that you said it.

Communications guru said...

More lies from an anonymous troll. When challenged to prove his arguments, you again fail to put up. No wonder you post anonymously.

Anonymous said...

I post anonymously because you let me. Then you criticize me for it. Another in an endless list of stupid but obvious contradictions.

All of my points are verified by your own words.

Communications guru said...

No, you post anonymously because you’re a coward. Now, You’re going to have to grow a spine.

Not Anonymous said...

Oh no. He's making everyone create a profile. Typical of a liberal. He wants to know who everyone is so that he can put still more of people's personal information on here before they are permitted to say anything on this site.

I was warned that this guy is a stalker before I started posting here a couple of months ago. Thankfully, I trusted the one that told me of this and created a profile where he cannot trace me at all. But I'm sure he'll get a hard on trying.

All he has left now is to block me. I predict the coward will do that before long.

Communications guru said...

Obviously, you do not have a problem with that because you did it. Good for you, anonymous. At least you will be stuck with the pure BS you write. It was you that were taunting me with the claim that you post anonymously because I allow you to. I don't anymore. I could care less who you are.

"He wants to know who everyone is so that he can put still more of people's personal information on here before they are permitted to say anything on this site?" That is pure BS and a lie. You're commenting aren’t you, anonymous. That blows that lie out of the water.

"I was warned that this guy is a stalker before I started posting here?" Are you that stupid? How is that possible? This is my blog. You came here attacking me, I didn't come to you. If you go away, I won't go looking for you.

I'm the coward, but I post the same stuff on other blogss with my real name, and you post with no info in your profile. But I'm the coward? My profile has where I live and my occupation, yet I'm the coward? How am I a coward?

Why would I block you? What other lies can you post that you haven't already posted that would lead me to block you? I even offered to let brett back on, which probably is you anyway.

Not Anonymous said...

I don't know who brett is, but I doubt you offered to let him back on. I'm sure if you blocked him, he didn't try to get back on. He probably got his satisfaction by being blocked. We all know that liberals can't stack up with Republicans. The Republicans win on the issues every time. I should probably amend that to say conservative Republicans. The liberal Republicans are nothing more than Democrat lite.

I see you still haven't removed the lie of the quotes.

I prefer this name over guruisastalker. I hate being affiliated with you.

Communications guru said...

Well, who gives a crap what you think? He knows I did, and you do too. I never blocked him, I just deleted his posts. It’s funny that you claim you don’t know brett, but the untrue charges you are leveling at me are the exact same ones he made. You must be him.

You’re kidding right; “liberals can't stack up with Republicans?” Then why am I kicking your sorry ass? There is no such thing as a liberal Republican.

I didn’t remove the quotes because they are accurate and he said them. The ones you disputed I removed and put more up. I had a lot to choose from. If you think they are inaccurate, take your best shot, Hell, I challenge you to disprove them.

kevins said...

I apologize for removing posts simply because they refuted my arguments. I should learn from my mistakes rather than censoring others. I will try to do better.