Tag Archives: George W. Bush

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Bush Says Media Is ‘Indispensable’ to Democracy

I consider the media to be indispensable to democracy. We needed the media to hold people like me to account. Power can be very addictive and it can be corrosive, and it’s important for the media to call to account people who abuse their power.

— Former President George W. Bush, in an interview on the Today Show.

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Donald Sinks to 38% Approval in Gallup Daily Tracking Poll – 30 Days into His Presidency

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Good news: People have caught on. Bad news: Donald will be even more determined to start a war in hope that, like Bush did in 2003, he’ll gain approval as a war-time president.

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How Will Trump Govern?

The U.S. has never before had a president with no political or military experience, nor one who so routinely shirks the truth, embraces conspiracy theories, and contradicts himself. All of this makes it almost impossible to know how he will govern. … But Trump’s looming presidency does have a precedent: George W. Bush’s. Several parallels stand out. For starters, like Bush, Trump did not win the popular vote, but may nonetheless assume that he has a mandate for sweeping change. And the direction of that change may produce results that not even his supporters like.

Jeffrey Frankel

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Could George Bush Have Been the Last Republican President?

I’m worried that I will be the last Republican president.

— George W. Bush, quoted by Politico, talking to Bush administration alumni about the state of the Republican party.

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Laura Bush Won’t Say If She’d Support Trump

I’m not going to answer. Don’t ask that.

— Former First Lady Laura Bush, quoted by USA Today, when asked if she would support Donald Trump for president.

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Country Split Over Whether George Bush Kept Us Safe

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Of Americans said George W. Bush’s policies kept us safer, while 35% said he kept us less safe, according to a new Morning Consult poll. Twenty percent of voters said they didn’t think his policies made any impact.

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George Bush Represents a Kinder Political Age

I had a twinge of nostalgia watching George W. Bush campaign for his little brother in South Carolina Monday night… He was earthy… Bush was corny… He was also self-deprecating. … But mostly, W’s cameo in the 2016 campaign served as a reminder that, not too long ago, conservative politics wasn’t so beastly. Bush, wading into the manure pile that is the 2016 Republican primary fight, was pleasant, civil and decent.

— Dana Milbank, Washington Post

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Iowa Voters OK with Ex-Presidents as Political Advisers

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Of likely Republican caucus-goers said that it would be “mostly good” for Jeb Bush’s presidency if he were to tap his older brother, George, as a close adviser, according to a new Bloomberg/Des Moines Register Iowa Poll. Thirty-three percent said such an arrangement would be “mostly bad” for Jeb Bush’s presidency. As for Hillary Clinton, a whopping 83% of likely Democratic caucus-goers approved of the idea of her using her husband, Bill, as a close adviser, while just 9% said doing so was a “mostly bad” suggestion for her presidency.

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Jeb’s Not Converting George’s Supporters

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Out of about 120 people who worked for George W. Bush — from cabinet secretaries to foreign policy advisers to advance aides — said they were supporting his younger brother, Jeb, while 50 others said they were neutral or supporting another candidate, according to the New York Times. The rest did not respond.

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Elect Jeb, Get George

If you want to know who I listen to for advice, it’s him.

— Jeb Bush, surprising many of the 50-plus attendees at an exclusive Manhattan gathering by naming his brother, former president George W. Bush, as his most influential counselor on U.S.-Israel policy, the Washington Post reports.