Parker: The Bush I knew

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Apr 29, 2013

In a reprieve from the horror of the most recent terrorist attack, the nation’s attentions turned to the man who declared the war on terrorism, George W. Bush.

During Thursday’s dedication of his library at Southern Methodist University, nary a word was spoken about the most controversial aspect of his tenure, the Iraq invasion. All living presidents were in attendance and made only generic references to mistakes and regrets familiar to all. Of course Bush famously acknowledges no mistakes or regrets, but rather bequeaths judgment to history and self-doubt to those of lesser conviction.

This observation, though true, is not the whole story of Bush, however. Nearly everyone who has known Bush up closer than a video clip has a different impression of him than what is more popularly accepted. The arrogant, swaggering caricature of the 43rd president was mostly a shield. Bravado of the “bring ’em on” variety was more personal jab than foreign policy statement, though one suspects Bush enjoyed the sound of tiny feet scurrying to keyboards in search of deeper meaning.

Obviously, what a president says and does is fair game for criticism. The way Bush chose to express himself was the way he would be perceived and judged. To act arrogantly is to be arrogant in the public eye. To speak awkwardly is to be awkward.

But in private, Bush was a very different man.

In small groups, he was articulate and confident. When the cameras were off, he was relaxed and natural. Not everyone is made for TV, and this is no criticism. It can be a deficit for public figures, but people who are at one with lights and cameras are sometimes better actors than statesmen.

Everyone is familiar with Bush’s history and performance. What I offer is an anecdote or two that I think reveal what the cameras and critics could not. These recollections are simply recorded for the sake of biography in the interest of rounding out a more complete picture of a two-term, transformational president who changed our world in ways that won’t be fully understood or judged in our lifetimes.

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EdO's

Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush, Obama - all the same kind of criminal, imo.

S w Rand 2016

While I will probably always have reservations about the Patriot Act and may always have questions about the wars, coupled with the fact that Bush isn't fit to lick the ground that Senator Rand Paul walks on, it should still be noted in his defense:

Bush versus Obama, Bush wins http://www.commentarymagazine.co...
Fact check on his Iraq war expenses http://voices.washingtonpost.com...

Fromthe419

Mark my words 2016 Hillary Clinton/Michelle Obama ticket for the Democratic party and Jeb Bush/don't know yet for the Republican party.

S w Rand 2016

Nonsense. Senator Rand Paul is already the front runner for the Republican nomination in 2016 and, aside from the fact that she will be 70 years old in 2016, Hillary has already fainted on the steps of Congress due to a blood clot.

I think I see what you mean, tho. If the "TV heads" (who don't pay attention to Congressional footage from C-Span, C-Span2, and archived footage online and, instead, base their judgment on media pundits and opinion bloggers) continue to spam enough nonsense across the Internet, the people probably could be sold a Bush versus Clinton choice. What a shame that would be.

Kimo

American Military:

4488 deaths

32021 wounded

The biggest WMD turns out to be Bush

He retired to a life of luxury in Texas on a fat government pension.
.

grandmasgirl

All public officials retire with a fat government pension. As a matter of fact ALL government workers retire with a fat government pension.

Contango

@ Kimo:

Crawford and/or Dallas, TX would NEVER be mistaken for Pres. Obama's favorite vacation spot HI.

Can't imagine Pres. Obama will retire to Chi-town - too d*mn cold!

Speakin' of big fat govt. pension:

So how are your taxpayer provided public employee retirement and healthcare benefits?

coasterfan

The best I can say about Bush is that he at least had the decency to go quietly to his room to ponder the utter mess he had made of things while in office. It wasn't any surprise that, to the GOP, he was considered toxic and unmentionable during the 2008 and (still!) the 2012 elections.
I do find it amusing that one of our least literate presidents now has a library (wonder if it has a copy of "My Pet Goat"?).

Contango

@ coasterfan:

So how are yours and the misses' taxpayer provided public employee retirement and healthcare benefits?

coasterfan

Contango, I contributed to my own retirement through a sizeable payroll deduction for 30 years, and it is most decidedly NOT an extravagant pension by any stretch of the imagination. Otherwise, I wouldn't be working full time in my 2nd career, with plans to work until my late 60's. Also, my wife isn't retired yet. So, I'm not sure what you're getting at with your off topic comment.

Contango

coasterfan writes:

"I contributed to my own retirement through a sizeable payroll deduction for 30 years,"

So you have NO defined benefit retirement plan (with COLA) in addition to lifetime healthcare benefits that are GUARANTEED by taxpayers for you and wifey?

The Big Dog's back

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meowmix

coaterfan-- in Bush circles it's pronounced "libary" :}

Contango

Pres. Obama at Correspondents' Dinner 2013:

"I'm not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be."

There's always some truth in a joke. :)

shucks

"There's always some truth in a joke"
No, that's not true - maybe to a paranoid that's true.

shucks

no doubt

bullydogs1971

2 words.... WAR CRIMINAL!

Contango

The U.S. was "technically" at war with Iraq over the patrolling of the No-Fly Zone. Iraqi forces were shooting at Coalition aircraft with SAMS and AA.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/f...

It was only a matter of time before one of our aircraft was hit - THEN WHAT?

---------------------

The BIGGEST lie in modern History: The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution.

* 58,282 KIA or non-combat deaths (including the missing & deaths in captivity)

* 303,644 WIA (including 153,303 who required hospitalization and 150,341 who didn't)

* 1,652 MIA (originally 2,646)

* 725-779 POW (660 freed/escaped,[39] 65-119 died in captivity)

During the Vietnam War, 30% of wounded service members died of their wounds.

All of the above are "compliments" of DEMOCRAT Pres. Johnson and a DEMOCRAT controlled House and Senate.

May LBJ be burning in the furthest depths of Hades.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vie...

The Big Dog's back

Off topic again troll.

shucks

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bullydogs1971

let me rephrase...they are ALL war criminals!!!

sandtown man

Bush. hahaha. WORST PRESIDENT OF ALL TIME. Just my opinion of course.

Darwin's choice

Sorry, but Jimmy Carters mail carriers hauling the loads of Thank You cards to Barack Obama, for getting him off the bottom of the list, refutes that!

meowmix

Sorry to you but Jimmy Carter was probably one of the best statesmen/President's this country has ever seen. Maybe you should get off the Ronald Reagan fan club mailing list and research him. Try with Begin/Sadat peace accord.

Contango

meowmix writes:

"Jimmy Carter was probably one of the best statesmen/President's this country has ever seen."

Yea, WHAT A GUY!

Who can ever forget all the fun Americans had with the energy crisis, lack of gas, the Iranian embassy hostage situation and stagflation?

Is that why he lost 44 states in the 1980 Prez. election?

Pres. Carter also authorized U.S. involvement in Afghanistan:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope...

Darwin's choice

Just an FYI......Obama rated 5th best president ever

FACTS are facts, accept them...

Of the total of 44 US Presidents: Obama rated 5th best president ever. I was
just reading a Democratic publicity release that said, "...after a little more
than 4 years, Obama has been rated the 5th best president ever." The details
according to White House Publicists:
* Reagan, Lincoln, and 8 others tied for first,
* 15 presidents tied for second,
* 17 other presidents tied for third,
*Jimmy Carter came in 4th, and
* Obama came in fifth

shucks

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JACKEL

The traitor should be in prison along with Hilly for all the crimes against the constitution and leaving the Benghazi people to die .Bozo should be impeached for supporting the overthrow of Egypt by a nut case that wants to destroy us and Israel.He is destroying this country and your freedom and most of you are as dumb as the Germans were.The Bush Family has more class than Bozo ever dreamed of.Those WMD's are presently still in the middle east.

coasterfan

Really? It's difficult to find anything notable and positive that Bush did in eight years in office. The list of deplorable things that he did, however, is both long and notable. And putting Reagan on the same level as Lincoln is just silly.

Contango

coasterfan writes:

"It's difficult to find anything notable and positive that Bush did in eight years in office"

Pres. Obama made 90 + % of the Bush era tax cuts for low and middle class taxpayers permanent

Pres. Obama re-authorized the Patriot Act.

Pres. Obama keeps Gitmo open.

Pres. Obama expands the "War on Terror" in Libya, Somalia, Pakistan, Mali, et al.

How is Pres. Obama any DIFFERENT?

Huron_1969

Bush wasn't the sharpest president but remember the cards were stacked against him
9/11
Couldn't ignore the Saddam Hussein/Iraq mess that had been built up for the previous 20 years
Nancy Pelosi
Barney Frank
Those are 4 good reasons to not want to be president

coasterfan

Oh baloney. Bush had a security memo in had that mentioned Bin Laden threatening to fly airplanes into US buildings, and ignored it. In 2001, prior to 9/11, He was on vacation more days than he was on the Oval Office. A president's number one job is to keep us safe. He failed miserably on this before 9/11 and, judging from the fumbled wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, fumbled badly after 9/11. People really need to stop making excuses for the man.

S w Rand 2016

He vacationed at his ranch in Texas, tho. He has an office there where he conducted presidential business. Obama and his wife are on the frickin' beach, blowin' money like they was Jay-Z and Beyonce.
It's one thing to say Bush was, overall, a bad president. I assume I am knowledgeable enough to agree with that. But, it is an entirely different thing to make every one of Bush's molehills into a mountain while also making every one of Obama's mountains into a molehill.

People need to stop making excuses for who? Obama? That's you.
Example: You have, for years now, assigned Obama's 2009 spending to Bush even though he refused to sign 9 of the 12 appropriation bills before he left office. Obama signed them and you guys claimed it was Bush.
But the rabbit hole of this Admin's (and the 2007-2011 Democrat Congress') spending, which you seem oblivious to, goes deeper http://www.examiner.com/article/...

Where do you think you are, coasterfan?
How many fingers am I holding up? (hint: Just one)

Contango

coasterfan writes:

"Bush had a security memo in had that mentioned Bin Laden threatening to fly airplanes into US buildings,"

Proof of this mishegas?

Darwin's choice

And yet, you accept the behavior of the current president?

shucks

And yet...???

Huron_1969

Coaster fan.... Bush had a security memo in had that mentioned Bin Laden threatening to fly airplanes into US buildings, and ignored it

There's never been any evidence of this memo, but let's say for argument there was.... what would you have done differently if you were the president at that time with that information (information before the attack, not after) ?

The Big Dog's back

Could you imagine if 9/11 happened on Obama's watch? Would right wing world still be coming up with these excuses that they give for bush? Oh h@ll no.

Contango

BD writes:

"Could you imagine if 9/11 happened on Obama's watch?"

How could it? Isn't Pres. Obama the PERFECT pres. who never does anything wrong?

Pres. Obama's term ain't up and he keeps creatin' new terrorists with each and ever drone strike.

Don't count your chickens.

The Big Dog's back

I thought you said Muslim terrorist were in love with him. Which is it?

shucks

"Could you imagine if 9/11 happened on Obama's watch?" Imagine it, right.

I doubt it would have happened on his watch.

shucks

Sorry dog, friendly fire.

goofus

Hey coaster, google Jamie Gorelick and the Wall! Set up by Hilary to stop different agencies to report on her husband's floozies.

KURTje

Had others & myself been UA like Bush, we'd been tossed in the brig. Different rules for him (W). No real military service from him. What a sham.

JACKEL

You talk about Bush and His military time,what about ye old draft dodger Clinton and this Bozo that wanted the Troops to pay for their own medical insurance ?Plus he supports live birth abortions like all democratic pro life hypocrites !Oh,by the way they don't stab them anymore ,they inject them like execution on death row.Now they have discoverd they also drown them in toxic liquid.Where are the christians,are they the same place as they were in Germany?

shucks

Bush lied, people died.

JACKEL

And this Bozo doesn't,only when his lips move !He won't even allow the Benghazi survivors be interviewed !

EZOB

Please refresh My memory again! Was it a Democrat or Republican House that voted to send our troops to Iraq? I say again, I hated Bush but at least He got Congressional approval before sending our Troops to Iraq. BOZO don't take the time to ask. Why should he? He won't explain Benghazi or Fast and Furious. We got what we voted for not once but twice.

shucks

"Please refresh My memory again!"
Bush lied.

anthras

It seems that many others had the same thoughts about the WMD's that Bush did maybe they were all drinking from the same cup and were fed the same intel reports??

"It is clear, however, that if left unchecked, Saddam Hussein wiill continue to increase his capability to wage biological and chemical warfare and will keep trying to develop nuclear weapons. Should he succeed in that endeavor, he could alter the political and security landscape of the Middle East which, as we know all too well, affects American security."
Sen. Hillary Clinton (D, NY), Oct 10, 2001

"If Saddam rejects peace and we have to use force, our purpose is clear. We want to seriously diminish the threat posed by Iraq's weapons of mass destruction program." — President Clinton, Feb. 17, 1998

"We urge you, after consulting with Congress, and consistent with the US Constitution and laws, to take necessary actions (including, if appropriate, air and missile strikes on suspect Iraqi sites) to respond effectively to the threat posed by Iraq's refusal to end its weapons of mass destruction programs." — Letter to President Clinton, signed by Sens. Carl Levin (D-MI), Tom Daschle (D-SD), John Kerry (D — MA), and others Oct. 9, 1998

"Saddam Hussein has been engaged in the development of weapons of mass destruction technology which is a threat to countries in the region and he has made a mockery of the weapons inspection process." — Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D, CA), Dec. 16, 1998

There is no doubt that . Saddam Hussein has invigorated his weapons programs. Reports indicate that biological, chemical and nuclear programs continue apace and may be back to pre-Gulf War status. In addition, Saddam continues to redefine delivery systems and is doubtless using the cover of a licit missile program to develop longer-range missiles that will threaten the United States and our allies." — Letter to President Bush, Signed by Sen Bob Graham (D, FL,) and others, December 5, 2001Letter to President George W. Bush signed by 9 Congressmen, including Democrats Harold Ford, Jr., Joseph Lieberman, and Benjamin Gilman.

" We should be hell bent on getting those weapons of mass destruction, hell bent on having a credible approach to them, but we should try to do it in a way which keeps the world together and that achieves our goal which is removing the... defanging Saddam.." — Sen. Carl Levin (D, MI), Dec. 9, 2002

"We know that he has stored secret supplies of biological and chemical weapons throughout his country." — Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002

"We have known for many years that Saddam Hussein is seeking and developing weapons of mass destruction." — Sen. Ted Kennedy (D, MA), Sept. 27, 2002

"The last UN weapons inspectors left Iraq in October of 1998. We are confident that Saddam Hussein retains some stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons, and that he has since embarked on a crash course to build up his chemical and biological warfare capabilities. Intelligence reports indicate that he is seeking nuclear weapons..." — Sen. Robert Byrd (D, WV), Oct. 3, 2002

Congressional Record — Robert Byrd

"When I vote to give the President of the United States the authority to use force, if necessary, to disarm Saddam Hussein, it is because I believe that a deadly arsenal of weapons of mass destruction in his hands is a threat, and a grave threat, to our security and that of our allies in the Persian Gulf region. I will vote yes because I believe it is the best way to hold Saddam Hussein accountable." —Sen. John F. Kerry (D, MA), Oct. 9,2002

Congressional Record — Sen. John F. Kerry

"There is unmistakable evidence that Saddam Hussein is working aggressively to develop nuclear weapons and will likely have nuclear weapons within the next five years .. We also should remember we have always underestimated the progress Saddam has made in development of weapons of mass destruction." — Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D, WV), Oct 10, 2002

Congressional Record — Sen. Jay Rockefeller

"He has systematically violated, over the course of the past 11 years, every significant UN resolution that has demanded that he disarm and destroy his chemical and biological weapons, and any nuclear capacity. This he has refused to do" — Rep. Henry Waxman (D, CA), Oct.1,2002

To overcome this obstacle, and to discover and dismantle Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction, UNMOVIC and the IAEA must interview relevant persons securely and with their families protected, even if they protest publicly against this treatment. Hans Blix may dislike running ''a defection agency,' but that could be the only way to obtain truthful information about Saddam's weapons of mass destruction — Sen. Joseph Biden

Congressional Record — Sen. Joseph Biden

I could go on with more however I do hope that you get the idea that if Bush lied so did many others or again as I said maybe the intel was bad, maybe the chemical WMD's were transported out of the country maybe still hidden there.It seems that the reports started in 1998 and did continue.

shucks

anthras
Republicans want to re-write history, read this:
http://www.salon.com/2007/07/02/...
Or just read Coasterfan below.

Contango

So the House and Senate Democrats who voted for the Iraq Resolution were either complicit or stupid - GOT IT. :)

shucks

They were stupid to believe a lying Republican--GOT IT ? : )

You refuse to GET IT.

Contango

The Democrats "were stupid,"

GOT IT! :)

shucks

Don't leave out the rest:...."to believe a LYING Republican".
But do you have to be told that the Republicans went along with it too?
So, what does that make them? Stupid or complicit?
He lied to the USA. That makes us ALL stupid.
So, the moral of the story is: 'Beware when a Republican is speaking'.
GET IT ?

shucks

Cont
Your reasoning is very strange.

S w Rand 2016

Nonsense. We only get stupider when someone tries to convince us that it was all the doing of one single person (or even one party).

By the way, you appear to have overlooked the fact that a number of those quotes are from 1998 before Bush Jr was even a candidate. Take note, especially, of the 1998 quote from Nancy Pelosi. She was making the case for War against Iraq before Bush Jr even threw in his bid for President.
Also, both parties were believing intelligence reports that were handed to them. And Bush Jr. does not write the intelligence reports.
Do you really want us to believe that Bush Jr. had cast a spell on them? He merely spoke and they all believed?
I suppose that would make sense to people who believe everything that President Obama says, merely because he said it. It's not very realistic, tho.

coasterfan

Yes, he got congressional approval....after pushing false claims about Saddam's WMD's....

S w Rand 2016

re: coasterfan
What is it a bad idea to go there? Then, why is Obama still on a spending spree in Iraq and still sending Americans there to police the place?
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/20...

shucks

Who put us there in the first place?

Contango

Pres. GHW Bush with the support of a Democrat controlled House and Senate.

Were the Democrats "stupid" again???? LOL.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gul...

The Big Dog's back

Bullspit. The House was controlled by Repubs. The Senate was split. Quit trying to rewrite history.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/107...

Contango
shucks

So desperate to win an argument...
Keep going, keep changing, you're not right yet.

Contango

Minor error.

So it was the DEMOCRAT controlled "102nd Congress" that helped to invade Iraq during the Gulf War?

In your words: Guess that they were STUPID too. :)

Have a wonderful day Cupcake.

shucks

You are STILL wrong !
If you keep hacking away, you may eventually get it right.
You like taking words out of context. You are stuck on "STUPID".

shucks

What's funny is -- you are totally clueless about how big you've blundered.
"minor error"...LOL !!!

Contango

@ coasterfan:

"false claims"?

So the Congressional Democrats like Clinton, Kerry, et al, who had access to the same intelligence were complicit?

http://www.snopes.com/politics/w...

Selective memory?

Huron_1969

Please stop overloading coasterfan with so many facts, he only processes rhetoric

EZOB

It's public knowledge about the false information that was fed to Bush. Valerie Plame and the CIA failing to recognize the information provided by Joe Wilson but most of this was revealed while Bush was still in office. All we have witnessed from this present administration is one cover-up after the other with "NO" believable explanation. It was over 4 months before Hillary testified and She can't tell a straight story about what happened yesterday, at least She resigned. Hope nobody came up missing this time.

shucks

"It's public knowledge about the false information that was fed to Bush"
What false info? That there WEREN'T WMD's in Iraq?
No...he knew he had nothing.
It was the the false information he fed to the USA.

S w Rand 2016

Hillary Clinton to the surviving family members of American casualties in the War on Terror: "What, at this point, does it matter!?!?"

Rod Tidwell to Jerry Maguire: "You, my friend, are hanging by a very thin thread. And I DIG THAT aboutchu, JERRY!"

shucks

Does it matter that Bush lied and people died?

KURTje

Since you are a bit of topic here I'll tell ya. Clinton & Obama stated their opinions prior to their elections. W threw stuff out there & some folks "bought" it. Don't forget all the chicken-hawks around him either.

EZOB

Your given information and don't act-Voila-911. You recieve false information from our own CIA-You act and Your the "Bad Guy". Your warned at least twice and don't act--The Boston Bombing. Fact is that it's a tough call no matter who or what Party You belong. Pearl Harbor had massive support to go against the Japanese but many were against fighting the Germans again. We were suppose to be out of Iraq after they rebuilt? The way they are bombing it's a continuous effort. Write it off as a lost cause. Vietnam wa winnable had we really wanted to Win. You arte never going to win this war on their ground. At the very best, we need to keep them out and get them out of this country.

The Big Dog's back

cheney was in the C I A building cherry picking info. He authored the final report. FACT!

Contango

Pres. Obama at the Correspondents' Dinner 2013:

"I remember when BuzzFeed was just something I did in college around 2 a.m."

A laugh track should be provided on all Obama speeches. :)

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/poli...

A formerly drug addled affirmative action president all Americans should be proud of. :)

FORWARD CHOOM GANG!

shucks

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shucks

Yea, you just changed it from chum to choom.

shucks

I'll bet you smoked.

Contango

Pres. Obama, news conference, Apr. 30:

"Maybe I should just pack up and go home."

Sounds good to me.

Ol' foot-in-mouth VP Biden as POTUS would be a load of laughs.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/po...

The Big Dog's back

Report: Bush Had More 9/11 Warnings
In an op-ed published Tuesday in The New York Times, author Kurt Eichenwald writes that the Bush administration received more warnings about terrorist plots before 9/11 than the now-infamous memo “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in the U.S.” Eichenwald writes that particular memo did not include a specific warning—but several others did. In May 2001, there was a warning of a terrorist operation planned by a “group presently in the United States,” and in June, a brief that called an attack “imminent.” Eichenwald writes the information “Mr. Bush was told in the weeks before that infamous briefing reflected significantly more negligence than has been disclosed."
Read it at The New York Times
September 11, 2012 11:43 AM

The Big Dog's back

APRIL 10--Under pressure from the September 11 commission, the White House today declassified and released an intelligence digest given to President George W. Bush weeks before the 2001 terrorist attacks.

The confidential President's Daily Brief (PDB) for August 6, 2001 contained a two-page section entitled "Bin Ladin Determined to Strike in US," and refers to possible hijacking attempts by Osama bin Laden disciples and the existence of about 70 FBI investigations into alleged al-Qaeda cells operating within the United States.

The August 6 PDB, an excerpt from which you'll find here, was presented to Bush while he vacationed at his ranch in Crawford, Texas. The digest is prepared by the Central Intelligence Agency, an official from which briefs the president on the report's contents.

Contango

No specifics.

"Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and General Richard Myers have stated that contrary to repeated claims,the CIA's PDB did not warn the President of a specific new threat but "contained historical information based on old reporting"."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bin...

Bin Laden declared war on the U.S. in '96 and again in '98.

Was Pres. Clinton sleeping on the job or was he just busy messin' with Miss Lewinsky?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fat...

The Big Dog's back

9/11 happened on 9/11/2001. No matter how you try to spin it, bush was President.

Contango

The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor happened on FDR's watch.

Should he be blamed? He was warned.

He ordered that the Pacific fleet be moved from San Diego to Pearl Harbor.

OOPS!

The Big Dog's back

Off topic. Again.

Contango

"Off topic" only to simple minds.

Regardless, you're a truther - those PDBs mean NOTHING to you.

AND if you blame Pres. Bush, ya MUST blame FDR.

Enjoy a nice evening in your bizzaro world.

shucks

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shucks

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OSUBuckeye59

None of us has ever walked in a President's shoes. None of us can truly know what a President does every day of his life in office...when he "starts" his work day...when he "stops" working for the day, if ever. I'm a mid/senior level manager in a company of over 100k people, could work 20 hours every single day, and I *STILL* would have something else I could do in hour 21 to contribute in my role. So when I start to consider the responsibility of holding the office of the POTUS, I can't even begin to fathom if the men who have held the office ever got a chance to really rest, or laugh, or truly relax.

We roll our eyes and bemoan when we here a POTUS took a vacation at Camp David or their ranch in California or Texas, or spent a few days at Martha's Vineyard, or in Hawaii. We groan when we see pics or a video of a POTUS laughing and smiling with a golf club in their hands.

I haven't an earthly clue why a man or woman would ever want to be the POTUS. I run a minimum of 5 miles daily for both my physical and mental health, yet if I was POTUS, I don't know if 5 miles would be enough to clear my head for a few minutes.

No matter what a POTUS does, he's getting bashed by one group for not doing enough, getting bashed by another for going too far, getting bashed by yet a 3rd group for making the totally wrong decision, and getting bashed by a fourth group for focusing on something they think as totally irrelevant and either a waste of time or misdirection of focus. And this doesn't even begin to include the bashing he'll get not only from all opposing political parties but also folks within his own party.

I've read countless historical articles about our President's, and the only President who didn't seem to have critics was Washington. Or at least I haven't found any historical articles citing critics. But every other President had their critics. And every President always will.

I may not agree with the actions of each President while in office, including those I've voted for, but I always remember there's one thing we share in common: we're all human.

EZOB

O'BOZO only works maybe half the time. I say this is a good thing. He should take more and longer vacations, heck, take Joe with Him. I'd like to see them go on a 3 1/2 year vacation. Some place real peaceful to, as was mentioned, clear their heads. Maybe take in the Northern Lights or spend a winter in Anarctica? Polar Expedition?

The Big Dog's back

The One Hundred Eighth United States Congress was the legislative branch of the United States federal government, composed of the United States Senate and the United States House of Representatives from January 3, 2003 to January 3, 2005, during the third and fourth years of George W. Bush's presidency

Senate President: Dick Cheney (R)
Senate Pres. pro tem: Ted Stevens (R)
House Speaker: Dennis Hastert (R)
Members: 100 Senators
435 Representatives
5 Non-voting members
Senate Majority: Republican Party
House Majority: Republican Party

Contango

Your POINT Sunshine?

The Big Dog's back

Republican controlled Congress. Puts an arrow thru your propaganda.

Contango

Again: It was Pres. GHW Bush along with a DEMOCRAT controlled House and Senate which authorized the first invasion of Iraq in 1991.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gul...

The Big Dog's back

Sunshine, did you read what you posted? The 1st Gulf War was based on a lie also. Read before you post, and not just the headlines.

Contango

Nope! That's the answer to the question: "Who put us there in the first place?"

If the Democrats LIED, that's a different topic Twinkles.

The Big Dog's back

Read the article in it's entirety before you embarrass yourself even more.

Contango

You're so darn cute when you chase your tail! :)

EZOB

Contago,
You can train or teach a puppy but it's really hard to teach an "Old Dog" any new tricks. They have become to use to their old ways are don't have the ability to absorb anything different. I have given up on several Labs and a couple beagles. I don't know Big Dogs breed but I've given up on trying to teach Him.