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January 12, 2009

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President Bush Gives Final Press Conference As President

The postmortems on the presidency of George W. Bush are all wrong. The liberal line is that Bush dangerously weakened America's position in the world and rushed to the aid of the rich and powerful as income inequality worsened. That is twaddle. Conservatives--okay, not all of them--have only been a little bit kinder. They give Bush credit for the surge that saved Iraq, but not for much else.

He deserves better. His presidency was far more successful than not. And there's an aspect of his decision-making that merits special recognition: his courage. Time and time again, Bush did what other presidents, even Ronald Reagan, would not have done and for which he was vilified and abused. That--defiantly doing the right thing--is what distinguished his presidency.

Bush had ten great achievements (and maybe more) in his eight years in the White House, starting with his decision in 2001 to jettison the Kyoto global warming treaty so loved by Al Gore, the environmental lobby, elite opinion, and Europeans. The treaty was a disaster, with India and China exempted and economic decline the certain result. Everyone knew it. But only Bush said so and acted accordingly.

He stood athwart mounting global warming hysteria and yelled, "Stop!" He slowed the movement toward a policy blunder of worldwide impact, providing time for facts to catch up with the dubious claims of alarmists. Thanks in part to Bush, the supposed consensus of scientists on global warming has now collapsed. The skeptics, who point to global cooling over the past decade, are now heard loud and clear. And a rational approach to the theory of manmade global warming is possible.

Second, enhanced interrogation of terrorists. Along with use of secret prisons and wireless eavesdropping, this saved American lives. How many thousands of lives? We'll never know. But, as Charles Krauthammer said recently, "Those are precisely the elements which kept us safe and which have prevented a second attack."

Crucial intelligence was obtained from captured al Qaeda leaders, including 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, with the help of waterboarding. Whether this tactic--it creates a drowning sensation--is torture is a matter of debate. John McCain and many Democrats say it is. Bush and Vice President Cheney insist it isn't. In any case, it was necessary. Lincoln once made a similar point in defending his suspension of habeas corpus in direct defiance of Chief Justice Roger Taney. "Are all the laws but one to go unexecuted, and the government itself go to pieces, lest that one be violated?" Lincoln asked. Bush understood the answer in wartime had to be no.

Bush's Third achievement was the rebuilding of presidential authority, badly degraded in the era of Vietnam, Watergate, and Bill Clinton. He didn't hesitate to conduct wireless surveillance of terrorists without getting a federal judge's okay. He decided on his own how to treat terrorists and where they should be imprisoned. Those were legitimate decisions for which the president, as commander in chief, should feel no need to apologize.

Defending, all the way to the Supreme Court, Cheney's refusal to disclose to Congress the names of people he'd consulted on energy policy was also enormously important. Democratic congressman Henry Waxman demanded the names, but the Court upheld Cheney, 7-2. Last week, Cheney defended his refusal, waspishly noting that Waxman "doesn't call me up and tell me who he's meeting with."

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Elegant, Brilliant, and so much the Man. Like Him, Hate Him, or Love Him, President Bush is a "Class Act"! The likes of which we wont see again anytime soon. He did his best, and that's all you can ask of anyone to lead this Country!

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Blogger Mike's America said...

President Bush asks the White House press corps to be "respectful" to Obama. Does anyone really think that the press will treat Obama with the same disdain that they treated Bush?

If the press had been half as inquisitive about Obama as they are about Bush Obama never would have been elected.

January 12, 2009 7:56 PM  
Blogger The Federalist said...

Waking up on January 21, 2009 will feel like beating inoperable cancer...

"Free at last, free at last...thank God Almighty, free at last!"

January 13, 2009 5:45 AM  
Blogger The Liberal Lie The Conservative Truth said...

Well said Marie. Bush is a class act who was treated with disdain that was not deserving.

History will vindicate him as the gaciousness of time shows the real accomplishments of the Bush Presidency without the stain of liberal attacks and the media hatred of him.

Federalist - let's see if you sing the same tuen in six months when Obama trillion dollar fiasco drives this economy further in the tank and the enemies from Gitmo are located nect dood when Obama closes the place.

January 13, 2009 8:02 AM  
Blogger The Liberal Lie The Conservative Truth said...

Opps misplelling was really bad on the last one. Need to read before I hit publish.\\

Federalist I meant to write it this way. " Let's see if you sing the same tune when Obama's trillion dollar fiasco drives this economy further in the tank and the enemies from Gitmo are located next door when Obama closes the place."

January 13, 2009 8:05 AM  
Blogger The Federalist said...

Well, we are in this financial crisis because of Bush...

When one of the prisoners from Guatanamo moves in next door to you, let me know.

Regarding the holding of prisoners who have not been tried in a court of law, the Constitution mentions a thing or two about this. Take your head out of the Bush's a$$ and read it sometime.

January 13, 2009 10:05 AM  
Blogger Lucy said...

Has it been noticed by anyone on the right that in the past eight years the diabolical Saddam regime has been removed from Iraq, the oppressive Taliban has been removed from power in Afghanistan but it is the change of regime in America with Bush leaving office that has prompted the greatest celebrations globally out of the three?

January 14, 2009 2:55 PM  
Blogger Gayle said...

Lucy is right, Marie. The world went nuts over the election of Obama and has virtually ignored Bush's accomplishments. It's a crazy world indeed, but we knew that.

I've been linking blogs that are thanking President Bush. I'll add your most excellent post.

January 15, 2009 8:05 AM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

Well, we are in this financial crisis because of Bush...

federalist, you have got to be sh**ting me?! You can't be that simplistically dumb, can you? Do you purposely act like a cartoon-cutout moonbat, or is this the real you? I've seen you make reasoned arguments and statements before; it'd be nice to see more of that version of you than the troll you've become that offers nothing more than a mirror opposite of partisan extremism from the right.

January 15, 2009 10:40 AM  
Anonymous Ron Russell said...

Seems like B.H.O. is carefully selecting which reporters he calls on at his so-called news conferences. Has anyone else noticed this or is it just me? I know his handlers are very careful have they gone overboard on this and will the media continue to sit back and take this. If so, for how long.

Bush has had a few mis-steps, but overall he has done a great job. He is one tough man. A great leader. Obama on the other hand is timid and inexperianced and I believe him to be a coward--it comes across in sutle ways. Have you noticed? Cowardice is a flaw in a man, but a disaster in a president.

January 15, 2009 12:30 PM  
Blogger Indigo Red said...

The growing vindication of the Bush policies is the increasing number that are being adopted lock, stock, and barrel by the Obama kids.

If Bush was as bad and as wrong as the Democrats have claimed, why would their Messiah continue any of the Bush policies?

However, the Bush economic stimulai are completely wrong no matter who carries them out. There is no way anyone can borrow and spend their way out of debt. I know, I tried.

January 16, 2009 6:47 PM  
Anonymous Ron Russell said...

Bush may leave the stage with low approval rating, but I feel confident history will judge the man well. Its not the policies that makes the president but rather the flow of history and events and just as important is the character of the man. Bush in the end, will be vendicated. Obama on the other hand, as I see it, is timid and inexperianced, and I believe to a degree cowardly. This is a flaw in a man and a disaster in a president.

January 17, 2009 4:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm going to miss the president as well Marie.. And yes he dies deserve better.
The Libs will be crying "God Help Us"
in a few months, just watch and see.

January 17, 2009 5:48 AM  
Blogger TheBitterAmerican said...

He carried more on his shoulders in the last 7 years than the previous three administrations combined.

BTW-Marie: tag, you're it!

January 17, 2009 10:02 AM  
Anonymous Ron Russell said...

Yes, Bush is almost gone so all you on the left can now standup and cheer. You media elites will have to look for someone else to bash(no, you will just turn all that hate into praise of the ONE).
Yes, Bush is gone, but he certainly will be remembered well by this commentor. Character and events make the president---not policies. Obama is weak and timid and cowardly and that will be fatal for his presidency--sad to say.

January 18, 2009 12:06 PM  
Anonymous Ron Russell said...

A clear and concise view of the world is about to be left behind and we enter the muddled world of Chief Obama. A man of few convictions--a gray world where right and wrong are intertwined. We are in for quite a ride with a man who thinks he can convert the world to his (no opinion concept). The man is shallow, empty, and without values--flaws in a man, disastrous in a presidency.

January 19, 2009 12:23 PM  
Blogger The Federalist said...


You are frightening in your resemblance to George Bush. You've written the exact same post 3 different ways and I still have no idea what you are saying.

When you say "media elite", are you referring to individuals who can post original thoughts with coherence and have it remain free of grammatical errors?

Bush is undoubtedly the worst president since one is even a distant second.

The last 24 hours of Bush's presidency will be his finest hour.

Hopefully he and the other members of the 4th Reich will be in jail by next January.

January 19, 2009 1:22 PM  
Blogger Marie's Two Cents said...

Sorry I have been away guy's and gal's!

I have had the friggen flu!

January 19, 2009 2:38 PM  
Blogger Marie's Two Cents said...

Give it a rest Fed!

No body here cares what you have to say.

We Love and admire President Bush and all you can do is moan and hollar.

It is quite rediculous if you ask me!

January 19, 2009 2:41 PM  

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