The rehabilitation of George Bush

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The rehabilitation of George Bush

Key aspects of the 43rd president's administration were highlighted this weekend after Trump critics appear to have whitewashed Bush's legacy.

In the video statement, shared on Twitter by the George W. Bush Presidential Center, Bush called on people to come together to face the "shared threat" of the coronavirus pandemic. The former president said "we have faced times of testing before," referencing the post 9/11 period when he said the nation rose "as one to grieve with the grieving"—a time period his administration rolled out its war on terror, which included a torture program.

Key aspects of the 43rd president's administration were highlighted this weekend after Trump critics appear to have whitewashed Bush's legacy.

In the video statement, shared on Twitter by the George W. Bush Presidential Center, Bush called on people to come together to face the "shared threat" of the coronavirus pandemic. The former president said "we have faced times of testing before," referencing the post 9/11 period when he said the nation rose "as one to grieve with the grieving"—a time period his administration rolled out its war on terror, which included a torture program.

The patriot act that the democrats just voted to give Trump control over instead of letting it sunset like it was supposed to during Obama’s tenure. Funny that huh?

I can’t believe that Mehdi actually wrote this

Has DK weighed in on this? You betcha they have. I’m not going to post anything from there because I’m beyond disgusted with anyone who thinks that Bush’s image should be cleaned up just because of Trump. Who’s next? Dick Cheney? Karl Rove? John Bolton already got some hurrahs because Trump fired him. As did James Comey and Jeff Sessions of all people. As did McMasters. Is Trump bad? Of course he is. But that should in no way give any other person a pass for war crimes and crimes against humanity which Bush, Obama and most every other president. You can’t quantify warmongers!

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Shahryar's picture

Yes, that crazy trump is now going off on bush because bush said let's not be partisan about covid. So this makes bush our guy!

What I find confusing is how people react. It fits with the collapse of metoo. Why would people feel the conflict is us vs them with no room for a reason why? I mean, other than we're us and they're them.

Why even bother taking a stand on an issue since it's not a real stand, it's only a mask that can be changed?

Why not just admit it's us vs them?

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Centaurea's picture

@Shahryar

even the "us vs. them" is a mask. They're just opposite ends of the same polarity. It's all projection, all scapegoating.

MAGA and BlueMAGA, fighting with each other, incapable of seeing anything else but their reflection in the mirror. MAGA labels their reflection "BlueMAGA", and BlueMAGA labels their reflection "MAGA".

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"Don't go back to sleep ... Don't go back to sleep ... Don't go back to sleep."
~Rumi

"If you want revolution, be it."
~Caitlin Johnstone

@Centaurea
"He's completely different! I'm white on the left, black on the right. He, that loathsome creature, is white on the right, black on the left."

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I've seen lots of changes. What doesn't change is people. Same old hairless apes.

@The Voice In the Wilderness

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The earth is a multibillion-year-old sphere.
The Nazis killed millions of Jews.
On 9/11/01 a Boeing 757 (AA77) flew into the Pentagon.
AGCC is happening.
If you cannot accept these facts, I cannot fake an interest in any of your opinions.

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Five Things That Are Revealed By Democrats’ Rehabilitation Of Bush

And, needless to say, Democrats are all over social media orgasming in their pants about it.

“This video made me ugly cry,” tweeted actress-turned-McResistance pundit Alyssa Milano.

“A REAL president,” tweeted the other Alyssa Milano, Debra Messing.

“In a million years I never thought I’d be crying watching this, thinking how much better we’d all feel if Bush were president today,” tweeted former Democratic congresswoman Katie Hill to thunderous online.

In a million years I never thought I’d be crying watching this, thinking how much better we’d all feel if Bush were president today,” tweeted former Democratic congresswoman Katie Hill to thunderous online applause.

1. It shows how little Democrats care about the lives of human beings overseas.

By the end of his first term Bush had launched two full-scale ground invasions, murdered a million Iraqis, destabilized an entire region in a way that would shortly give rise to ISIS, and ushered in a whole new level of unprecedented US military expansionism and imperialism.

2. It shows that Trump-era Democrats are Bush-era Republicans.

“Dems have no choice but to rehabilitate George Bush because their core narrative is the US was a fundamentally good and decent land before Trump vandalized it,” journalist Glenn Greenwald tweeted in response to Democrats’ fawning over Bush, adding, “How do you join with Bill Kristol, Nicole Wallace, Rick Wilson, David Frum and the CIA without whitewashing Bush’s crimes?”

Of course Caitlin is worth a full read.

So what’s next for people who think democrats can do no wrong?

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It is not until the tide goes out that you discover who has been swimming naked.

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@snoopydawg

in my hating on Trump since he’s bound to be rehabilitated down the road anyway. My poor husband didn’t get it. He’s got TDS bad.

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"The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?" ~Orwell, "1984"

What makes the dems and republicans different from each other?

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@Snode during the general election cycle, they'll tell you what the difference is that year. Politicians and political party consistency with the past has become less and less over the past fifty years. John Kerry and Biden have so far gotten away with asserting that Biden wasn't a cheerleader for and never supported GWB's Iraq war. Blatant lies from both. And how they'll howl during the general election when Trump in his crude manner has the audacity to call them out on this.

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@Snode

Vote blue no matter who. If you vote red you might be dead. That’s all you know and all you need to know.

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"The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?" ~Orwell, "1984"

@Snode

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Idolizing a politician is like believing the stripper really likes you.

@Dr. John Carpenter The goal is purple all the way down.

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snoopydawg's picture

I left out the rehabilitation Of Robert Swan Mueller who reprised Fitzpatrick's role of going to take down the Bush administration. The Pussyhat brigade were ready at the drop of a hat to protest against Trump firing Mueller. No need to rehash his multiple lies and crimes.

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It is not until the tide goes out that you discover who has been swimming naked.

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You can be a warmonger and be able to handle a domestic public health crisis.

Perhaps Mehdi Hasan needs to read up a bit on the double disaster that was hurricane Katrina. Katrina was a natural disaster compounded by the failure of government at all levels, particularly the federal government, to be adequately prepared and to adequately respond in a timely manner in order to prevent the loss of life.

Although we will never know the true death toll from hurricane Katrina, the most commonly used estimate is that 1,883 people died as a result of that storm. Over one fifth of New Orleans' residents (mostly poor and black) did not have access to a car and were forced to remain in the city to ride out the storm despite much of the city being below sea level. Thousands of desperate people were crowded into the Super Dome and other public buildings without food, water, or sanitation for days because the federal government and FEMA were so slow to react when they should have been prepared in advance.

President Bush ignored the catastrophe for days while New Orleans sat under several feet of water due to the breach of the levee system around the city. Weaknesses in the levees had been documented well before Katrina but were never addressed.

This was a human disaster under George W. Bush's watch and he dropped the ball. I refuse to allow neo libs try to rehabilitate Bush's legacy just as I refuse to allow Obama's legacy be the standard to which we as a nation should aspire. Both are evil war criminals who do not care about the lives of human beings.

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Do I hear the sound of guillotines being constructed?

“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable." ~ President John F. Kennedy

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@gulfgal98

Oh yes I remember. Obama ignored the catastrophe of Flint's water supply being deliberately poisoned and when he finally bothered to address it he lied his ass off and told people that their water was safe to drink.

I wonder if the people who wrote that damning report on it asked anyone in O's administration about their response?

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It is not until the tide goes out that you discover who has been swimming naked.

@snoopydawg all we got was the Koolaid.

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Lily O Lady's picture

both the CleanAir and Clean Water Acts.

Plus, his speaking style was much maligned at the time as is Trump’s now. Vice President Cheney told a Democrat Senator to go fuck himself. All this while decrying obscenity and nudity in film and television.

Bush was considered crude and unpresidential as Trump is now. Politics makes strange bedfellows indeed!

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"The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?" ~Orwell, "1984"

The United States of Amnesia

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I'm so old, I remember when those billboards were like waving a red flag in front of a bull to the Dems. Has it really been just ten years?

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Idolizing a politician is like believing the stripper really likes you.

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There's NO excuse for "rehabilitating" this monster. It's pure cliocide.

Kudos to Greenwald for clearing this up: Trump-era Democrats = Bush-era Republicans. It really is a perfect fit.

Here's a little something in need of support, if you're of a mind: https://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/prosecute-Bush/

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In the Land of the Blind, the one-eyed man is declared insane when he speaks of colors.

To paraphrase Jodie Foster: Human is not something to aspire to, it's something to get away from.

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My parents and I just got back from just under 4 months in Australia; our last day there, we had a very helpful airport cabbie who was obviously no more a native Australian than we were (though he said he'd been working that job for 10 years). As we were about to leave, I asked him where he was originally from. His answer?

Iraq.

There are literally millions of people who are never going to forget what Bush did to them - and now, they can be found all over the world.

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In the Land of the Blind, the one-eyed man is declared insane when he speaks of colors.

To paraphrase Jodie Foster: Human is not something to aspire to, it's something to get away from.