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George W. Bush: Barack Obama's Best Friend in the 2012 Election

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The GOP wants to erase George W. Bush's ruinous presidency from the nation's memory, but the Dems shouldn't let it happen. Michael Tomasky on the gift that keeps on giving.

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Kit B (276)
Tuesday April 3, 2012, 10:25 am
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So George W. Bush, reports Politico, is laying low these days, avoiding the spotlight that shone briefly on his father and his brother Jeb recently as they endorsed Mitt Romney’s candidacy. This whole subject of the post-Bush GOP and its relationship to No. 43 is pretty fascinating. Like a crazy, drunk uncle shooting an epileptic dog because he has fleas, the current GOP shuns him for all the wrong reasons. Since the GOP will presumably spend the next few months trying to pretend the man never existed, Democrats ought to remind people that he did. In fact, the Democratic Party should spend the next 20 years talking about Bush, turning him into the new Jimmy Carter and making the memory of those eight squalid years quadrennially fresh to everyone with living memory of them for as long as is humanly possible.

Bush, Politico notes, “is in a self-imposed political exile.” Perhaps predictably, Ari Fleischer pops up to note that that’s a lowdown dirty shame because Bush “kept us safe” through a perilous time and oversaw a booming economy in between two recessions. These claims aren’t even worth spitting out one’s cornflakes over, let alone rebutting. But merely as a point of information, people should know that the economy didn’t exactly boom from 2002 to 2008, except of course for the 1 percent of the population the policies were designed to aid. Bush’s job-growth record was the worst of any president going back to the Depression.

by Michael Tomasky | The Daily Beast | Visit Site for full article, charts etc...

Nancy L (141)
Tuesday April 3, 2012, 10:35 am
Well that's one strategy. He certainly can't run on his record.

Kit B (276)
Tuesday April 3, 2012, 10:39 am

Yeah, but he sure can run on the millions collected for his campaign. A candidate of the people? We used to have people like that. I believe we should public financed campaigns that are allowed for continue for only 2 months. Any outside money in any campaign means you go directly jail, do not pass GO.

Nancy L (141)
Tuesday April 3, 2012, 10:41 am
I can agree with that.

Arielle S (313)
Tuesday April 3, 2012, 10:53 am
Gosh, if only we COULD erase the Bush years.... all of them! Bush "kept us safe"????? In what world was that?
We had a chance to have most of the world on our side and instead we made enemies of most of the world.
If the GOP are smart, they'd keep hiding George....

David C (29)
Tuesday April 3, 2012, 11:09 am
Sorry guys just had to say what I thinking...Do you think the they are hiding Bush under a bush somewhere in the outback, we need to help find him, and help him to tell us all about his great years in office, and why he is backing Mitt Romney

Kit B (276)
Tuesday April 3, 2012, 11:39 am

I don't live that far from Bush and other than his brief appearance during the Rangers game last year, he just isn't around in public. He's not even on the golf course. Honestly, when he tossed out that baseball, he looked frail, he may be ill or just glad to be out of the line of fire. So far I had not heard GW personally has supported Romney or anyone, his Dad and brother have.

l L (1)
Tuesday April 3, 2012, 11:53 am
Bush is out and about in his Republican circuits. Pres is no,t in my opinion, going to attack Pres. Bush like he did in his first election season. It will not get that instant re-play. It has been,He and His wife/EX PRES Bush who has come to his rescue when the republican right got outrageous. So don't expect it. Matter of fact; this president has said intentionally, polite things about The last president.

Truthful sayings about how we got here, will come from people like me, reminding everyone who bares false witness, where the problems originated. Re member we are not using our memories, we are only to think of going forward, as they strip us more out of our domestic financial support systems, we already set in place for our civil societies. How do you deal with the lies and claim God and christianity and act differently?

Roger G (154)
Tuesday April 3, 2012, 1:10 pm
noted thanks !

Vallee R (280)
Tuesday April 3, 2012, 4:29 pm
Well at leas some people realize the terrible person /president that Bush is/was - does he - of course - he is a globalist and he knows exactly what he is doing.

Shelly Peterson (213)
Tuesday April 3, 2012, 5:46 pm
Great post!

Gary L (138)
Tuesday April 3, 2012, 6:23 pm
Thanks kit I was sure the trolls would be howling about this post I guess I'll just wait and see could you expand on who is being thrown off of care2 and for what reasons? This is America and if a pack of trolls can come here and bully people and get away with it well maybe we need a new network which wont tolerate these sorry excuse's for humans you here that care 2 or will you delete this post

Mitchell D (87)
Tuesday April 3, 2012, 7:55 pm
G.W. is not the "new" Jimmy Carter, he makes Carter look like a star! Carter did not attack the constitution. He did put solar panels on the White House, which were removed by Reagan.
In any case, perhaps Pres. Obama can remind the public that it was the Republican Party whose wisdom put Bush into office, and which took that twit out of Alaska and made her McCain's running mate. What a track record for the GOP!

Hood Grace (0)
Tuesday April 3, 2012, 7:55 pm
my buddy's step-aunt brought in $12645 the prior month. she gets paid on the internet and moved in a $431000 house. All she did was get blessed and apply the information laid out on this website (Click on menu Home more information)

Kit B (276)
Tuesday April 3, 2012, 8:03 pm

The article speaks to using Bush as illustrative of what Bush did and what Obama was handed. It does not paint a glowing report of GW and I guess you must live around her Mitchell cause the rest of us in this area don't see Bush out and about.

Nancy L (141)
Tuesday April 3, 2012, 9:12 pm
Gary, what are talking about? Whi is talking about people being thrown off of care2? Do you really think that it is OK to do that because someone disagrees with you? That's not very American.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday April 3, 2012, 9:47 pm
Americans are still losing their rights and freedoms. Wish there were another candidate to vote for. This will be my first time to not vote, because there is nobody worth voting for.
Minister Farrakhan on Obama and Satan's Rule

l L (1)
Wednesday April 4, 2012, 6:43 am
I say what I said about Bush being in Republican circles cause news clips were shown of him being at Republican functions. Thats why I said that. Whether he is home fail and sick. That I didn't know. I will add it to my memory bank. But no one other than here and now has said that he doesn't come out. Heard he was in Africa. One report said he was in England visiting the Higher ups.
Whenever you talk the truth about him and this decade out comes his defenders to want throw everyone else off of care2 and shut it down for posting.
That has n't happenend to me tho. Unless I am attached at this mans hip; I am reporting what has already been reported and I happened to see the reprt, the article. He went to Canada during the past 4 yrs twice. Once they run him out of there. The 2nd time he didn't have the same problems.
So you --tell- me did he or did he? This African trip is not the one he took when he was in office but during the last year. Plus he has took pic with Pres. Obama when the religious right was crucifying President Obama to calm them down.

Nancy L (141)
Wednesday April 4, 2012, 8:02 am
Bush has been busy. He has been invited to speak at several events and I know for sure he has a speaking engagement this month. He does a lot of charity work also that no one hears about. He is far from frail. The man used to out bike his secret service agents. He's not fading away, far from it.

JL A (281)
Wednesday April 4, 2012, 8:36 am's easier to campaign on the economic crash happening in the current administration for the GOP than admitting it was already happening by the Nov. election Obama won........

Fiona Ogilvie (565)
Wednesday April 4, 2012, 10:23 am
Tickles my sense of irony. Thank you, Kit.

Nancy L (141)
Wednesday April 4, 2012, 12:16 pm
The GOP need only point out the many Obama lies and failures. Sure there were problems when he took over but he has only made things infinately worse. The truth is out there if one wants to see it.

David C (129)
Wednesday April 4, 2012, 1:18 pm
yes, Mr. Obama has been far from perfect, but he's done much than Mr. Bush and will be much better for the people (not the rich 1%) than any of the GOP about lies and failures, Mr. Romney can't keep one policy decision for more than one speech/interview/etc and was 47th at job creation when Guv of Massachusetts...and if you hate Mr. Obama's efforts on health insurance, then blame Mr. Romney,too....

I am stunned how people like to belittle Mr. Obama, but never can give good specifics of what he has done that is "lies and failures".....his biggest failure has been trying to be The President for everyone in the country (i.e. not just the liberal left) and wasted too much time/effort on trying to work with the GOP

l L (1)
Wednesday April 4, 2012, 8:23 pm
This is what -I am tired of.; 3 plus yeaars of reaching across the aisle to the republican party, who have their own agendas.
I am tired of we must work together. We must be bi- partisan. Everytime I hear this now, it turns me completely off.. In my state they say all thing s are local.CAuse good people they say on both sides and work together for the good of the community. I say then make your national Republican party behave and stop methodically destroying the people's government and wanting to turn it completely over to the hands of the Koch brothers etal.
They dismiss that. As long as they do; I will comment on the national scene cause it is the trickle down effect on the rest of us/
Having said thatl I want stuff to get done for the 99% of us. I don't want to continue to play please see things my way mr. republican. It is what has been played out as more important than shoring up this United States. and dealing with peoples issues and stop this convenient ploy to balance a budget more than restore the damage done to this country. 4 more yrs of kissing R butt and the idea everything must be bi-partisan. With or without them should be the what is the only important thing.

Teresa Cowley (274)
Thursday April 5, 2012, 5:56 am
Thanks Kit for the article. It was an interesting trip down memory lane, remembering what a fool and a global embarrassment George Bush was!

Lynn S (235)
Thursday April 5, 2012, 10:25 pm
Let's just hope that Baby Bush doesn't out himself as a Democrat all of a sudden and endorse Mr Obama. That would be a travesty of justice! With the way that the GOP has been playing, I wouldn't put it passed them. I can just hear Faux Noise with that one! The sheeple that listen to Faux Noise exclusively would be all abuzz! ROTFLMAO!!! Vote Democrat --- Obama 2012!!!

@ Dave C --- I agree with you (no surprise there for me!). Mr Obama is far from oerfect, but infinitely better than anything the GOP has to offer. Like you, I'd say where he failed miserably was in when to push back on the Greedy Old Pharts. I prefer collegiality, but when collegiality the GOP way means 'our way or the highway' then that is the time to take off the boxing gloves and go to bare knuckles!
@LynL --- I don't think that Bush would be in the UK because last I heard, the Lord High Mayor of London said that if he showed his face in London town, he would not be returning to his ranch any time soon. Now that may have changed but I hope not. Likewise I hope he doesn't show up again in Canada --- although PM Harper, the president of the Baby Bush fan club, won't arrest him even though we have signed and ratified the Convention on Torture which obligates us to arrest both he and Cheney.

Gary L (138)
Friday April 6, 2012, 4:03 pm
Nan I didn't say it was alright I said it was being done and the people AKA trolls who instagated the problem were not held accountable for their behaviour
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