SNL Cold Open 12-12-15

 Posted by at 22:27  Humor, Politics
Dec 132015
 

From yesterday’s Saturday Night Live cold open, President George W. Bush (Will Ferrell) announces he’s entering the presidential race and assesses the current crop of GOP candidates.

Watch it if you missed it or just wish to see it again.

The Smirk

 Posted by at 18:59  Election 2012, Politics, Republicans
Oct 102012
 

The Smirk did not look good on George W. Bush. It doesn’t do Willard Mitt Romney any favors, either.

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Remember George W. Bush (the worst president in the history of the United States)? The Republicans are doing their best to see that you do not. A vote for W. Mitt Romney would be a vote for a return to the policies of George W. Bush. Remember those? They are the policies that led to the Great Recession of 2008… a recession from which we are still trying to recover. We simply cannot afford another four years of a Republican in the White House. We really can’t.
 

The Bush response

 Posted by at 19:17  Humor, Politics
May 042011
 

Will Ferrell once again portrays George W. Bush in responding to the death of Osama bin Laden…

Meanwhile, in real life, President Obama has decided not to release the death photos of Osama bin Laden. For the record, this a decision with which I agree. (The truly bloodthirsty among you can quench your thirst here.) What would be the point, other than giving al Qaeda another recruitment tool? The nonbelievers and conspiracy nuts among us will just claim that the photo was doctored. Besides, as President Obama will tell you, we are better people now than we were when the Bush administration released the death pictures of Sadam Hussein’s sons or the pictures of torture at Abu Ghraib prison.

“There is no doubt that Osama bin Laden is dead,” he [the President] said. “Certainly there is no doubt among al Qaeda members that he is dead. So we don’t think that a photograph in and of itself is going to make any difference.”

May 032011
 

There are many who are now trying to give George W. Bush credit for the execution of Osama bin Laden. For those, I would like to offer the following clip from Lawrence O’Donnell’s show…

“I truly am not that concerned about Osama bin Laden.”

I don’t see how he could have made it much clearer than that.
 

Bush interviews

 Posted by at 20:44  Politics
Nov 092010
 

Thankfully, George W. Bush has seen fit to stay out of the public eye since he departed Washington, D.C. in disgrace a little over twenty-one months ago. I think Matthew Norman of The Independent put it best when he ended his review of Mr. Bush’s book with this (you really should go read the entire review, especially if you have any inclination whatsoever of purchasing this book)…

The process of historical revisionism has, like everything else, speeded alarmingly in the internet age. The emergence of Sarah Palin as an imaginable presidential candidate, allied to the unending travails of Obama, have induced in the amnesiac, the obtuse and the plain bananas a fondness for the memory of George W Bush.

It will not spread. If this great reader of history is concerned for his place in it – and that, needless to say, is why he hired a bright young groupie from Yale to write this memoir in something approximating English – he needn’t fret. In those few lists ranking all the presidents compiled since he left office, W is invariably in the bottom five.

For the two imbecile wars he began, for condoning torture by denying waterboarding was torture at all on the grounds that his lawyers said it was legal; for turning the surplus he inherited from Bill Clinton into the crippling deficit that is bringing the age of American hegemony to a startlingly abrupt end; and for being the pitiably Wagnerian fool who stumbled on to the grandest stage without any apparent clue why or for what earthly purpose, there he will forever remain.

But he has a book to hawk now, so he is granting interviews to anybody desperate enough to grant him air time. Here he is telling Oprah Winfrey today that the worst moment in his presidency was when Kanye West called him a racist. Really?

I cannot believe that people are actually buying this crap. Well, actually, I can. They “elected” him twice, right?

Mr. Bush appeared at a book signing at a book store a few miles from our home this morning. It was scheduled to begin at 8:30 this morning. People were actually lining up outside the store at 6:00 yesterday evening. Un-fricking-believable.

The former president told Oprah today that he is done with politics. We should be grateful for small blessings, I guess.
 

Double standard

 Posted by at 14:57  Politics
Dec 302009
 

More Republican hypocrisy…

President Obama takes the heat President Bush did not

Eight years ago, a terrorist bomber’s attempt to blow up a transatlantic airliner was thwarted by a group of passengers, an incident that revealed some gaping holes in airline security just a few months after the attacks of Sept. 11. But it was six days before President George W. Bush, then on vacation, made any public remarks about the so-called shoe bomber, Richard Reid, and there were virtually no complaints from the press or any opposition Democrats that his response was sluggish or inadequate.

That stands in sharp contrast to the withering criticism President Barack Obama has received from Republicans and some in the press for his reaction to Friday’s incident on a Northwest Airlines flight heading for Detroit.

Democrats have seized on the disparity and are making it a centerpiece of their efforts to counter GOP attacks on the White House. “This hypocrisy demonstrates Republicans are playing politics with issues of national security and terrorism,” DNC spokesman Hari Sevugan said. “That they would use this incident as an opportunity to fan partisan flames … tells you all you need to know about how far the Republican Party has fallen and how out of step with the American people they have become.”

The Democrats’ counterattack is aimed largely at two Republican congressmen who have been particularly critical of Obama, Reps. Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich.) and Peter King (R-N.Y.). But neither GOP lawmaker concedes applying a double standard to Obama.

But the similarities between last Friday’s incident and the attempted shoe bombing in 2001 are striking.

This year’s attack came on Christmas. The attempt eight years ago took place on Dec. 22. Obama was on vacation in Hawaii when the suspect, Omar Abdulmutallab, allegedly used plastic explosives in his try to blow up the Amsterdam-to-Detroit flight. Bush was at Camp David when Reid used similar plastic explosives to try to blow up his Paris-to-Miami flight, which diverted to Boston after the incident.

Like the Obama White House, the Bush White House told reporters the president had been briefed on the incident and was following it closely. While the Obama White House issued a background statement through a senior administration official calling the incident an “attempted terrorist attack” on the same day it took place, the early official statements from Bush aides did not make the same explicit statement.

Bush did not address reporters about the Reid episode until December 28, after he had traveled from Camp David to his ranch in Texas.

Click on the headline to read the entire article.

The following video is from MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show, broadcast Dec. 29, 2009.

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May 012009
 

May 1 shall forever be known as Mission Accomplished Day.

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It was six years ago today that George W. Bush declared combat operations over in Iraq. The United States was victorious. (That wouldn’t be one of those teleprompter thingies I see in that photograph, would it?)

Today in Iraq…

April deadliest month for US in Iraq in 7 months

BAGHDAD (AP) – The U.S. death toll for April rose to 18, the military said Friday, making it the deadliest in seven months for American forces in Iraq. The sharp increase from the previous month came as a series of bombings also pushed Iraqi deaths to their highest level this year.

In the latest violence, a suicide bomber blew himself up at a restaurant on the reservoir of Iraq’s largest dam near the northern city of Mosul. At least five people were killed and 10 wounded, according to U.S. and Iraqi officials…

Two U.S. Marines and one sailor were killed Thursday while conducting combat operations in Anbar province, according to a statement. Anbar is a former insurgent stronghold west of Baghdad that has been relatively calm since Sunni tribal leaders turned against al-Qaida in Iraq.

The U.S. military did not give further details about the attack but said the Americans were providing requested support to Iraqi forces when it occurred.

The attack raised to at least 18 the number of American troops deaths in April, double the nine killed in March, which was the lowest since the war began in March 2003.

That made April the deadliest month for U.S. forces since September, when 25 American troops died.

April also saw the most troops killed in combat so far this year, as opposed to other causes. Thirteen of last month’s 18 deaths were in combat compared with four among the nine in March.

In all, at least 4,281 members of the U.S. military have died in the Iraq war since it began, according to an Associated Press count.

Civilian deaths in Iraq in April were also higher than previous months following a series of high-profile bombings.

At least 371 Iraqis were killed – in addition to 80 Iranian pilgrims – in violence in April, compared with 335 Iraqis killed in March, 288 in February and 242 in January, according to an AP tally.

George W. Bush’s War of Choice continues.

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(Ah, the memories.)
 

Meet and greet

 Posted by at 16:24  Democrats, Politics, Republicans
Apr 192009
 

There are a lot of people on the right who seem to be mightily outraged by this photograph:

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Yet these photographs did not seem to bother them in the least:

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Can anybody explain the difference? Why does the first photograph enrage them so and the second and third photographs elicit no response whatsoever? Do they not all show the leader of the United States of America meeting with another world leader (though it be one that does not share our values and our world view)? What is so different about these three photographs?

Have we now become so isolationist (or is the word “elitist”) that it is no longer proper for the leader of our country to even greet the leader of another country, even though that leader may disagree with us? What would the proper response have been for President Obama to make? Should he have turned his back and walked away? Or perhaps he should have removed his shoe and banged it on the table while shouting “We will bury you!” (Is anybody reading this old enough to get that last reference?)

Our conservative friends on the right are becoming more difficult to understand by the day. They really are.

Update:

Obama says reaching out to enemies strengthens US

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (AP) – Defending his brand of world politics, President Barack Obama said Sunday that he “strengthens our hand” by reaching out to enemies of the United States and making sure that the nation is a leader, not a lecturer, of democracy.

Obama’s foreign doctrine emerged across his four-day trip to Latin America, his first extended venture to a region of the world where resentment of U.S. power still lingers. He got a smile, handshakes and even a gift from incendiary leftist leader Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, and embraced overtures of new relations from isolated Cuban President Raul Castro.

“The whole notion was that if we showed courtesy or opened up dialogue with governments that had previously been hostile to us, that that somehow would be a sign of weakness,” Obama said, recalling his race for the White House and challenging his critics today.

“The American people didn’t buy it,” Obama said. “And there’s a good reason the American people didn’t buy it – because it doesn’t make sense.”

 

Tale of Two Babies

 Posted by at 19:04  Politics
Apr 092009
 

I happened upon some photographs from President Obama’s recent trip to Europe today and this one caught my eye. It was taken while the President was meeting with the personnel at an embassy in Germany…

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This photograph, of course, came to mind…

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What a contrast, huh? Aren’t we glad that nightmare is over and done with? (Though we’ll be dealing with the consequences for many years to come, I’m afraid.)