NEWS ABOUT: George W. Bush

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Rove: Obama Overreach Worse Than King George

Says president's use of executive authority akin to 'imperial power'

(Newser) - Karl Rove has evaluated President Obama's use of executive authority, particularly as it relates to his delayed deportation of some illegal immigrants, and he has found it more egregious than that of a couple of guys named George. Referring to his old boss, Rove says the Bush White House... More »

Planned Homeland Security HQ a Total Fiasco

It's running a decade behind schedule, $1.5B over budget

(Newser) - What America was supposed to have as soon as this year, at a cost of $3 billion: a sprawling headquarters for the Department of Homeland Security, a complex of more than 50 buildings that would allow easier coordination of the department's agencies. The plan, announced by former DHS Secretary... More »

Bushes Mourn Miss Beazley

Prez posts photo of pooch who died of cancer

(Newser) - It's not every beloved pet whose death is accompanied by a presidential statement, but George W. Bush's remaining Scottish terrier from his White House days got one. Miss Beazley died yesterday at age 9 after a fight with lymphoma, reports Politico . "She was a source of joy... More »

Stop Laughing at Bush's Awful Art

Artist Molly Crabapple argues that we shouldn't overlook Bush's tragedies

(Newser) - The media loves George W. Bush's paintings . "They're ideal clickbait-kitsch," and "the benign cherry on his lifetime sundae of fail," observes artist Molly Crabapple at Politico . And she admits that they're fascinating, though not as works of art. "Bush paints like a... More »

Bush Unveils His 24 Portraits of World Leaders

And it is as amazing as one might predict

(Newser) - This interview has pretty much everything one could ever hope for out of a Today segment: awkward banter between a former president and his interviewer-slash-daughter, cringe-inducing art puns, Jenna Bush Hager pronouncing "Putin" like "Poodin," a rather amusing anecdote about "Poodin" dissing the Bush family dog,... More »

Suspect: I'm 'Working on a Relationship' With Bush Daughter

Secret Service steps in

(Newser) - A man from upstate New York has been charged in a bizarre case involving George W. Bush and his daughter Barbara . Secret Service nabbed Benjamin Smith in Manhattan and say he was sitting in a car with a loaded rifle, a machete, and a can of gasoline, reports Reuters . The... More »

Cops: We Got Hacker Who Leaked Bush Paintings

Romania police say they've caught 'Guccifer'

(Newser) - It appears that the run of Guccifer, hacker of the rich and famous, has come to an end. Police in Romania say they arrested 40-year-old Marcel Lazar Lehel this morning at his home in Arad, reports Romania-Insider . Guccifer is probably best known in the US for hacking into the emails... More »

Bush Archives Now Open to Public

Library now taking Freedom of Information Act requests

(Newser) - The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum is set to begin accepting Freedom of Information Act requests for records from Bush's presidency. The Dallas library will start taking requests today, which marks five years from the end of Bush's presidency. Access to the records is governed by... More »

How 60 Words Created a 'War Without End'

A law approved after 9/11 has greatly expanded the president's powers

(Newser) - In the haze of 9/11, lawmakers empowered the US president to fight back—and may have given him more power than they bargained for, writes Gregory Johnsen at BuzzFeed . Congress overwhelmingly approved a 60-word law called the Authorization for the Use of Military Force , which empowered President George W. Bush... More »

Ala. Kicker Gets Condolence Letter —From Dubya

Bush pens letter of support after 3 botched kicks in Iron Bowl loss

(Newser) - From one No. 43 to another: Alabama Crimson Tide kicker Cade Foster, who has been receiving death threats since missing three field goals in his team's 34-28 Iron Bowl loss to Auburn a few weeks ago, has received words of encouragement from somebody who knows a thing or two... More »

Bush, Clinton, Obama to Attend Mandela Service in South Africa

Obama, Bush will travel together on Air Force One

(Newser) - President Obama and his two immediate predecessors will all head to South Africa as it memorializes Nelson Mandela , CNN reports. "President and Mrs. George W. Bush have gratefully accepted the president and Mrs. Obama's invitation to accompany them to South Africa on Air Force One," says a... More »

Hey, Pundits: Think Before You Say 'Nazi,' 'Katrina'

Bush was no member of Third Reich; ObamaCare is no deadly storm: Kathleen Parker

(Newser) - Ask a pundit, and you might learn that ObamaCare is this president's Katrina; or, as Sarah Palin recently attested, that that national debt is like slavery. Plenty of others have called George W. Bush and/or President Obama a "Nazi." It's time to rein in these comparisons,... More »

George W. Bush's Latest Painting: Jay Leno

Former president interviewed on 'Tonight Show'

(Newser) - George W. Bush sat down with Jay Leno on the Tonight Show last night, making what NPR calls a "relatively rare appearance on national TV." (As he explained to Leno, with the late night host "about to head out to pasture ," the former president "just... More »

Obama's New Hurdle: Ticked-Off Democrats

Opposition has centered on Syria, NSA, Summers

(Newser) - House Republicans haven't made things easy for President Obama—but now, he's facing hurdles within his own party. The New York Times notes that liberals have lately disagreed with Obama on Syria, NSA surveillance, and the consideration of Larry Summers for the Fed chairmanship; they're also unhappy... More »

29% of La. Republicans Blame Katrina Mess on... Obama

Despite the fact that he was still in Congress at the time

(Newser) - Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans more than three years before President Obama took office—but even so, 29% of Louisiana Republicans say in a new poll that they think Obama was more to blame than then-President George W. Bush for the poor federal response to the disaster. Another 44% say... More »

Bush Has Heart Surgery

President gets a stent put in to fix blocked artery

(Newser) - George W. Bush has successfully undergone a heart procedure after doctors discovered a blockage in an artery. A spokesman for the former president says a stent was inserted during a procedure today in Texas. The blockage was discovered yesterday during Bush's annual physical. The blockage was opened with no... More »

Bush to Congress: Fix 'Broken' Immigration

Plus, McCain on Egypt: It was a coup, yank their aid

(Newser) - George W. Bush thinks Congress might actually be chugging toward doing something about a holdover from his days in office: immigration. "Sometimes, it takes time for some of these complex issues to evolve. And it looks like immigration, you know, has a chance to pass," he said today... More »

Now Bush to Talk Up Immigration Reform

He'll discuss the benefits Wednesday

(Newser) - Immigration reform will get another high-profile backer Wednesday: George W. Bush is expected to talk about how good it will be for America, the Dallas Morning News reports. The former president is giving the opening remarks at a citizenship ceremony at his presidential center in Dallas, followed by a panel... More »

Obama, Bush Meet in Tanzania

Pair attend memorial on final leg of Obama's African tour

(Newser) - President Obama spotted a familiar face from the US on the final day of his three-nation African tour—George W. Bush. In a rare joint appearance, the president and his Republican predecessor laid a wreath at a memorial for the Americans killed in the 1998 embassy bombing in Tanzania, the... More »

Obama to Nominate Top Bush Official for FBI Chief

James Comey was key to warrantless wiretapping program

(Newser) - President Obama today plans to nominate George W. Bush's former No. 2 at the Justice Department, James Comey , to lead the FBI as the agency grapples with privacy debates over a host of recently exposed investigative tactics. Comey is perhaps best known for a remarkable 2004 standoff over a... More »

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