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Krugman Quick to Remind Us He was an Early Anti-Bushist

I’ve been focused on economic policy lately, so I sort of missed the big push to rehabilitate Bush’s image; also, as a premature anti-Bushist who pointed out how terrible a president he was back when everyone else was praising him as a Great Leader, I’m kind of worn out on the subject. … But it does need to be said: he was a terrible president, arguably the worst ever, and not just for the reasons many others are pointing out.

— Paul Krugman, writing in the New York Times.

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George W. Bush: Still Bizarre After All These Years

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It’s good to know, thanks to an interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer, that George W. Bush hasn’t changed a bit since leaving office.

In fact, he might have fallen even further behind in his ongoing struggle with verbal skills.

For example, in explaining his new pastime, which is oil painting:

You know what the interesting lesson is though, that you can keep learning in life. I mean, some guy one time said to me, “Man, you deserve to rest.” And I don’t wanna rest. I wanna live life to the — I wanna follow the example of President 41 and, you know, sprint into the grave.

As most of us (but maybe not his son) know, President 41, aka George H.W. Bush, has not yet set the example of sprinting into the grave because despite being hospitalized earlier this year, he is still kicking. But we’re sure that when he does go, it will be in track shoes and running shorts.
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Flashback: George W. Bush Used ‘Snowflake Children’ As Props When He Announced His Veto of Stem Cell Research in 2006

Led by Rush Limbaugh, the right wing is outraged that Pres. Obama invited children to the White House to participate in his announcement of proposals for new gun-safety measures yesterday. One right-wing propagandist even compared Obama’s including children in the event with Saddam Hussein petting a British child he was holding hostage during the first Bush war with Iraq.

Of course, Limbaugh and his Dittohead chorus had no problem whatsoever in July 2006 when Bush Jr. brought “snowflake children” onto the stage with him as props to help soften his veto of stem-cell research — research that could have helped patients with Alzheimers, among many other illnesses, and the support of Nancy Reagan.

Here is Pensito’s story about the event, from July 19, 2006.

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Not Invited to Romney’s Convention in Tampa, George W. Bush Gives Speech in Mitt’s Cayman Islands Off-Shore Tax Haven Five Days Before Election

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Passive-aggressive, much? Having been disinvited from Mitt Romney’s convention in Tampa earlier this year, George W. Bush opted to go to the Cayman Islands — a locale made infamous during the presidential campaign as one of Mitt Romney’s tax havens — to give a speech yesterday.

The fact that Bush chose to go to the Caymans, of all places, five days before his would-be predecessor faces election, is a majorly unreported story, primarily because Bush’s staff imposed a news blackout onto coverage of Bush’s speech:

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Romney’s Economic Plan Is Nearly Identical to George Bush’s

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He’s Still Got It! George W. Bush to Keynote Cayman Islands Investor Conference 5 Days Before Presidential Election

Screenshot from the website for the event, which opens on Nov. 1, five days before the presidential election
Screenshot from the website for the event, which opens on Nov. 1, five days before the presidential election

From James Carter, grandson of Pres. Carter, who was also instrumental in releasing Romney’s secret “47 percent” video, via Buzzfeed:

The timing of the conference could land awkwardly during an election season that’s been marked by speculation about Mitt Romney’s finances, particularly his offshore investments in tax havens like the Cayman Islands.

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Wrong Jeb, Your Brother Did Not ‘Keep Us Safe’ – Not on 9/11, Not When He Invaded Iraq Based on False Intel and Not When He Crashed the Economy on His Way out of Town

At the Republican National Convention in Tampa last month, Jeb Bush diverged from the prepared remarks on his teleprompter and attempted to rewrite the history of his brother’s disastrous years as president:

JEB BUSH: I’ve been so blessed to be part of a family that has committed its life to public service. My grandfather and father have been incredible role models for me and served our country honorably. And my brother, well, I love my brother. He is a man of integrity, courage and honor. During incredibly challenging times, he kept us safe. So Mr. president, it is time to stop blaming your predecessor for your failed economic policies. You were dealt a tough hand, but your policies have not worked.

With the exception of his assertion that he loves his brother, nearly everything in Jeb’s statement is a lie — and the biggest lie is his assertion that George W. Bush kept the nation safe. A few weeks before the attacks on 9/11, for starters, George Bush dismissed and then ignored a warning from the CIA that Osama bin Laden was determined to strike inside U.S. borders. When the attacks came, 11 years ago today, the president allowed himself to be ferried from one secure spot to another, leaving command and control of the United States in the hands of his recklessly incompetent vice president, Dick Cheney.

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Don’t Say We Never Give the Republicans Credit Where It’s Due


Hilarious photo from the Republican National Convention, tweeted by Stacy Lamb (@sllame) with the comment, “Ouch. Poor sign placement.”

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Rush Limbaugh: Obama, Acting Through the National Hurricane Center, Tried to Ruin Republican Convention

Flooding in Plaquemines Parish, La. is eerily reminiscent of that other storm that Rush Limbaugh doesn't want us to talk about but the seventh anniversary of it is today

Rush Limbaugh has to be thinking that now would be as good a time as any to retire. His recent assertion that the National Hurricane Center (NHC) is conspiring to re-elect the president is all the evidence anyone needs that Rush would probably be happier at home, out of the reach of microphones.

Here’s what Rush said on his show earlier this week:

The hurricane center is the regime. The hurricane center is the Commerce Department. It’s the government. It’s Obama.

And as Obama, the NHC obviously wanted to disrupt the Republican National Convention by forecasting, while Isaac was still a tropical storm south of Haiti, that it could strengthen and threaten the gulf coast of Florida, including Tampa. Just listen to Rush’s version:

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Romney Turns to Bush/Cheney Team for Economic Advice

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Number of Romney economic advisors who were on the Bush/Cheney economic team: 1. Vin Weber, N. Gregory Mankin, Kevin A. Hassett, R. Glenn Hubbard. As we have said before, if you liked Bush, you’ll love Romney.