George W. Bush

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George W. Bush was the 43rd president of the United States from 2001-2009. He was also Governor of Texas.

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Presidential Election

  • First elected by a narrow margin in the 2000 election:
    • electoral votes: 271/538 (50.3%)
    • popular vote: 47.9% (Al Gore actually had slightly more, 48.4%)
  • Re-elected in the 2004 election
    • electoral votes: 286/538 (53.2%)
    • popular vote: 50.7% (Bush was widely quoted as seeing this narrow majority as a "popular mandate")

There are continuing and credible claims, however, that both of these elections were extensively rigged to favor Bush.

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Opinions About

  • 2007-08-03 Think Tank Suggests Bush should be President For Life: reprint of "Conquering the Drawbacks of Democracy" by Philip Atkinson, originally published on The Family Security Foundation, Inc.'s web site and later removed
    • Argues that a ruler often has to make unpopular choices and shouldn't have to be subject to the will (or whim) of the people; completely ignores the fact that many of the "mob" who don't like Bush or his actions have made very cogent arguments for this dislike, which have generally gone unanswered anywhere (much less in this article or by Bush himself). Paints Julius Caesar's imperial takeover of Rome as a positive thing, bringing peace and prosperity to a nation formerly in turmoil. (Sure, and I bet Germany would have been peaceful under Hitler, at least in the official accounts.)
    • 2007-08-16 Group that advocated Bush become "President-for-Life" linked to Bush Administration itself: they're not even denying that Bush is anti-democracy anymore, if they ever did.
  • 2007-07-04 I Accuse You, Mr. Bush... by Keith Olbermann (Related: 2007-07-02 Libby bail-out): a good list of charges
  • 2007-03-14 The president receives "lessons" from his neoconservative tutors by Glenn Greenwald
  • 2006-10-06 Olbermann to Bush: 'A Special Comment About Lying' by Keith Olbermann (video with full transcript and reader comments)
  • 2006-10 Let's quit while we're behind by Christopher Buckley: 'Who knew, in 2000, that "compassionate conservatism" meant bigger government, unrestricted government spending, government intrusion in personal matters, government ineptitude, and cronyism in disaster relief? Who knew, in 2000, that the only bill the president would veto, six years later, would be one on funding stem-cell research? A more accurate term for Mr. Bush's political philosophy might be incontinent conservatism.'
  • 2006-09-25
  • 2006-08-24 Vonnegut's Apocalypse: "...but it took George W. Bush to break him"
  • found 2006-06-24 The Conservative Case Against George W. Bush / The Case for Divided Government
  • 2006-06-08 Blame for Haditha Lies at Bush's Feet by Scott Ritter, AlterNet
  • found 2006-05-09 An Apology From a Bush Voter by Doug McIntyre, Host, McIntyre in the Morning, Talk Radio 790 KABC
  • 2005-11: Confessions of a Repentant Republican
  • 2005-10-22: Death Up; Taxes Down: Bush, an Assessment
  • 2005-10-21: reader comment on [1]: "I have just spent the last four years watching conservatives throw away any and every principle they have ever claimed to have in support of GW Bush. * Balanced Budgets - out the window. * Peace - out the window. * Prosperity - out of the window. * Geneva Convention - out of the window. * 6th Amendment - out the window. * Small Goverment - out the window."
  • 2005-09-03: "My wife, a dual British-Australian citizen, says that in any civilized country, the massive failure of the Bush administration would bring down the government. It is not so simple. Emperor Bush II, after all, came into office by a coup, and consolidated power 4 years later (involving election machine software as well as more traditional fraud). In the process, he betrayed (1) the Bush family (firing the remnants of his Dad's friends from Cabinet-level and the next rung down), and recall that Bush Senior fought to SAVE the wetlands around New Orleans; (2) the rump-state of the Republican party (which had been nominally run by the technocrat Goldwater, whose election failure led to the takeover by the anti-government Reagan wing, which in turn was displaced by the current anti-Science Imperial Theocrats; (3) the country (as reconfirmed by the Gulf Coast fiasco); (4) the World (unilateralism, Iraq, Bolton in UN, etc.); (5) the universe (see Anti-Science, supra)" [2]
  • 2005-09-01: "Impeach George Bush. Impeach him now." [3]
  • 2004-09-10: Why conservatives must not vote for Bush
  • 2004-02-08: You Can Make It With Plato: "Bush's difficult relationship with reality." by William Saletan
  • 2004: "We invaded a country that did not threaten us, did not attack us, and did not want war with us, to disarm it of weapons we have since discovered it did not have. We may have ignited a war of civilizations it was in our vital interest to avoid. Never has America been more resented and reviled in an Islamic world of a billion people. As custodian of the national economy and decisive actor in the management of the Budget of the United States, George W. Bush has compiled a fiscal record of startling recklessness." — conservative pundit Pat Buchanan in Where the Right Went Wrong: How Neoconservatives Subverted the Reagan Revolution and Hijacked the Bush Presidency (ISBN 0312341156)
  • 2003-04-22: Bush's "Christian" Blood Cult:
    • "I think it is nothing short of unbelievable that the governor of a major state running for president thought it was acceptable to mock a woman he decided to put to death." – Gary Bauer, evangelical Christian
    • "A former Texas Department of Public Safety officer, a devout Roman Catholic, told this reporter that evidence to the contrary, Bush was more than happy to ignore DNA data and documented cases of prosecutorial misconduct to send innocent people to the Huntsville, Texas lethal injection chamber."
  • 2002-11-08: Bush Anything But Moronic, According to Author: "Dark Overtones in His Malapropisms" by Murray Whyte, about Dyslexicon: Observations on a National Disorder, a book by Mark Crispin Miller

Quotes About

  • "Somewhere in Texas, a village is missing its idiot." – popular bumper sticker
  • "George W. Bush is just like Forrest Gump. Except that Forrest Gump is honest and cares about other people." – sigline, author unknown
  • "You agree that this president is one of the top two or three most incompetent in history?" - Right wing financial talk show host Larry Kudlow, to a guest, on MSNBC 2006-01-17 (quoted here; unverified).

Rumors

  • Bush was talked out of bombing Al-Jazeera by Tony Blair: apparently false, unless further evidence surfaces. The White House at least seems to realize how crazy the idea would be: BBC News See also Al Jazeera bombing memo at Wikipedia and more details at the Asheville Global Report and here.

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  • Bush Scandals List: starts with a good editorialistic summary of The Bush Calamity. Bush surrounds himself with a handful of trusted advisors; whoever gets to him first carries the day because he is too lazy to change his mind and doesn't like being wrong.

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Back when Clinton was first elected, there were all these bumper stickers saying "Don't blame me, I voted for Bush". I want to mass-produce bumper stickers saying "Ok, you can blame me this time." and paste them over all the few remaining "W '04" bumper stickers you still see around. (Note that Gore and Kerry supporters did not indulge in this kind of sore-loserhood in either of GWB's stolen elections.) --Woozle 18:42, 1 November 2006 (EST)