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The Best Bushisms, Never to Be 'Misunderestimated'

British paper offers random presidential pearls of wisdom

(Newser) - Will any future leader wreak linguistic havoc with the creative fervor of President Bush? The Guardian bids his presidency adieu with a list of its favorite Bushisms, including:
  • "I’m honored to shake the hand of a brave Iraqi citizen who had his hand cut off by Saddam Hussein.
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Those Bush Portraits Just Have to Go

Sorry, Mr. President, we hate you

(Newser) - Barack Obama has plenty to do, but could he take on one more teensy little job? Because those Bush portraits just must come down, Michael Wiseman writes in the Washington Post. Way back in February 2001, the Bush administration rolled out an unusually high portrait deployment, plastering pictures of the...

23% Dub Cheney 'Worst VP Ever'

But Cheney still has support in GOP

(Newser) - Dick Cheney is arguably the most powerful vice president in history, but one American in four say he's also the worst in history, according to a CNN/Opinion Research Corp survey. Of those polled, 23% rate Cheney's job performance as the worst ever, with another 41% rating him poor. That still...

Shoe-Thrower Is Instant Hit on Arab Street

Demonstrators want journalist who took aim at Bush set free

(Newser) - Thousands marched across Iraq today to demand the release of Muntazer al-Zaidi, the little-known Shiite journalist who threw his shoes at President Bush yesterday. Though Bush spent last night making shoe puns—I have my assailant’s “sole,” he quipped—Iraq’s government was less amused, charging al-Zaidi...

Iraqi Hurls Shoes at Bush

Shoe-throwing a signal of intense contempt in Arab world

(Newser) - President Bush never quite got the book thrown at him for invading Iraq, but the next closest thing happened today, CBS News reports. A correspondent for a Cairo-based Iraqi TV station hurled a pair of shoes at the outgoing president during a press conference in Baghdad, shouting, “This is...

Bush Touts Mideast Legacy

(Newser) - President Bush is optimistic about his legacy in the Middle East, saying the region is a “more hopeful and more promising place than it was in 2001,” the Washington Post reports. Bush does acknowledge some missteps: “As with any large undertaking, these efforts have not always gone...

'He Kept Us Safe': Noonan

President has one argument to hang his hat on

(Newser) - In the Republican social circles Peggy Noonan swims in, there is much grousing about George W. Bush. These days, however, it’s almost always followed by one sentence: “But he kept us safe.” It’s a meme destined to linger as the final argument for Bush. “There’...

Bush Contemplates His Legacy

'I didn't sell my soul:' Bush

(Newser) - President Bush wants to be remembered foremost as someone who "did not sell his soul in order to accommodate the political process." In an intimate interview conducted by his sister Doro for an oral history project of the Library of Congress, Bush lists liberating Iraqis, fighting AIDS in...

Assaults on Our Freedom Come From Left and Right

Long bipartisan history of infringing on rights of Americans

(Newser) - Those who blame the current administration for assaults on US constitutional freedoms should take a longer view, writes Alexander Cockburn in the American Conservative. “No doubt the conservatives who cheered Bush on as he abrogated ancient rights and stretched the powers of his office to unseen limits would have...

The Bush Era: An 'American Fiasco'

Columnist rips into the White House's 'all-time loser' on election eve

(Newser) - In the waning days of the Bush administration, Simon Schama wonders how the president is handling his role as the “all-time loser in presidential history.” “If the Statue of Liberty were alive,” Schama writes in the Guardian, “she would be weeping tears of blood” over...

Rice Could Be Lone Survivor of Bush Years

Avoiding public scorn leaves open political avenues for confidante

(Newser) - Condoleezza Rice might be the lone Bush confidante to escape with a political career intact, Marc Hujer writes in Der Spiegel, ironic because if “anyone, besides Bush …ought to be held accountable for the failings of the current administration, it is Rice.” As national security adviser then...

Laura Bush's Feminist Agenda Is Anything but Demure

First lady quietly used her clout for every lady

(Newser) - You don’t hear much about Laura Bush, probably because her “demure librarian-teacher persona has minimized her appeal,” but women around the world owe a lot to the first lady, writes Kathleen Parker of the Washington Post. Bush has campaigned for breast cancer awareness in the Middle East,...

Bush's Next Act: Try Congress

With John Quincy Adams as model, Dubya could do plenty of good in House

(Newser) - President Bush can't have 4 more years, but he could try for 2, Steve Coronella writes in the Christian Science Monitor. Coronella urges Bush to follow John Quincy Adams, who served 17 years in the House. As a representative from Texas, he writes, “Bush could go on to make...

Top-Secret Woodward Tome Gets a Name

White House braces for debut of Iraq-centric The War Within

(Newser) - Bob Woodward’s fourth book on the Bush White House, originally a mere 352 pages, has ballooned into 496 pages of inside dope and is due in stores Sept. 8, Politico reports. And the mystery-shrouded volume, which focuses on the Iraq conflict, officially has a name: The War Within: A ...

As Rome Burns, Bush Plays T-Ball

Fannie Mae, Afghanistan benched as president hosts yet another sporting event

(Newser) - With Washington roiled yesterday by economic woes and bad news from Afghanistan, George W. Bush spent an hour watching 6- and 7-year-olds play T-ball, Dana Milbank notes in the Washington Post—the 95th sports-related event he's hosted as president, to 45 cabinet meetings. "For a president facing little good...

The Decider Has Time for a Last Hurrah

Bush isn't gone yet, and he's got unfinished business

(Newser) - It’s comforting to think of George W. Bush as yesterday’s news, but the Decider is still very much in office and itching to tie up loose ends. These “loose ends” might include signing a treaty with Iraq, or continuing his quixotic quest for Israeli-Palestinian peace, or, more...

Lame Duck Bush Won't Quit

In last year, he keeps volume up despite little chance of success

(Newser) - With less than a year left in office, President Bush refuses to let his lame-duck status keep him quiet, the Washington Post reports. He continues to push for initiatives that are unlikely to see the light of day, including Alaska oil drilling, more nuclear plants, and a Colombia free-trade deal....

Bush Reaches Historic Low

He gets higher disapproval ratings than Truman, Nixon

(Newser) - George Bush is the most unpopular president in modern history with a 71% disapproval rating, a new CNN poll says. It's the first time any president has cracked the 70% mark in any CNN or Gallup poll—even Nixon remained in the mid-60s on the eve of his resignation in...

Bush Legacy of Debt May Stymie Successor

He will unveil record $3T budget as deficit soars

(Newser) - The next president may inherit a US government so deeply in debt it could lose its Triple-A credit rating for the first time since Moody's Investors Service began grading securities 90 years ago, warns the Wall Street Journal. The White House is preparing to unveil a record $3 trillion budget...

Bush Legacy: US Awash in Ugly Red Ink

President came in with budget surplus, will leave massive debt

(Newser) - Washington’s sea of red ink is getting deeper as President Bush plans tax cuts and spending bumps to stimulate a foundering economy. Bush's policies have created a fiscal morass that puts his successor, Democrat or Republican, in a deep fiscal hole, and makes delivering on campaign promises difficult, Bloomberg...

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