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(Mother Jones)   The case of the disappearing former president   (motherjones.com) divider line 153
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2012-08-25 08:58:20 AM  
Former Presidents should be seen, not heard.
 
2012-08-25 09:05:26 AM  
Bush's disappearance from the public is the best thing he's ever done for the country. If he had done it eight years sooner, he might be remembered as a half way decent President.
 
2012-08-25 10:07:26 AM  
He's a regular Joe Clark.
 
2012-08-25 10:08:26 AM  

Richard Saunders: Former Presidents should be seen, not heard.


No, they shouldn't. Look at what Clinton, Ford, Bush I, and Carter have done after their presidencies. Bush II should come out and remind us why no one should vote Republican.

/GOP can't govern.
 
2012-08-25 10:09:11 AM  
He's still around in spirit.
 
2012-08-25 10:10:11 AM  
Persona non grata
 
2012-08-25 10:10:16 AM  
oh yeah its like he's completely disappeared after taking a giant shiat on the economy, starting two wars, etc. while the only evidence we have that he was around is a strange sour taste in our mouth and anger toward "the government" sadly directed at the current administration.
 
2012-08-25 10:11:01 AM  
He exposed himself to gold kryptonite and changed his name to Jordan Elliot. Duh.
 
2012-08-25 10:11:03 AM  
His tax cuts expired in 2010 and are now little more than a political football.

If it's been renewed, then has it really expired?
 
2012-08-25 10:14:13 AM  
If anything, he's become the best thing that happened to libs in 20 years. They can blame all their failures on him for the next 20, like conservatives did with Jimmy Carter.
 
2012-08-25 10:15:40 AM  
By the way, W did make an appearance in the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake with Bill Clinton to try to raise money for relief efforts -- same thing that Bush Sr. and Clinton did after Katrina.
 
2012-08-25 10:15:47 AM  
Miss him yet?
 
2012-08-25 10:17:53 AM  
fta He makes motivational speeches now and again,

I'm trying to imagine the target audience. Are there really thousands of successful people with financial prosperity stretching out as far as they eye can see who want to learn from Bush how to run their ship ashore and alienate their friends? I can't believe 'How To Be A Broke-Ass Bully' would sell many tickets.
 
2012-08-25 10:18:25 AM  
Rangers games.
 
2012-08-25 10:20:42 AM  
This article was greenlit to show that libs are still focusing on Bush right, so conservatives can trot out Clinton in all the rape threads?
 
2012-08-25 10:23:14 AM  
its a shame he couldn't have disappeared in 2000. this Nation would be alot better off today.
 
2012-08-25 10:23:49 AM  

Ennuipoet: Bush's disappearance from the public is the best thing he's ever done for the country. If he had done it eight years sooner, he might be remembered as a half way decent President.



he did it only because he loves America. lol
 
2012-08-25 10:24:40 AM  

Nina_Hartley's_Ass: He's still around in spirit.



Rmoney has anal dreams about george.
 
2012-08-25 10:25:38 AM  
An amusing take from the far left on the whole matter. It's sort of cute to read an article like that and watch the author say things as if they were not even up for dispute or debate but rather are "settled" and what everyone thinks.
 
2012-08-25 10:26:01 AM  

xsive: oh yeah its like he's completely disappeared after taking a giant shiat on the economy, starting two wars, etc. while the only evidence we have that he was around is a strange sour taste in our mouth and anger toward "the government" sadly directed at the current administration.



well, its the least a frat rat inheriting daddy's wealth Turd could do. i mean, give him a break. its tough being born on 3rd base and believing you hit a triple.
 
2012-08-25 10:26:59 AM  
Conveniently omitted: all the programs GWB funded while in office and the work he and Laura Bush have done since then to eliminate AIDS in Africa. I'll take that over Clinton's bullshiat, self-aggrandizing "global initiative" and Carter's senile terrorist-coddling antics any day.
 
2012-08-25 10:27:07 AM  

Arkanaut: His tax cuts expired in 2010 and are now little more than a political football.

If it's been renewed, then has it really expired?


That part got me, too. I mean, we're still fighting over the shiat he pulled; how can we say he's irrelevant?

The GOP may not want to say his name, but they sure as fark still fight for his policies.
 
2012-08-25 10:27:25 AM  
In answer to your question Author person, several presidents have done the political disappearing act. Gerald Ford, Richard Nixon, and Lyndon B. Johnson.

Truth be told Reagan wasn't much of a force immediately after his presidency, and before his death.

But my "recent history" spans little further than last election.
 
2012-08-25 10:27:53 AM  

randomjsa: An amusing take from the far left on the whole matter. It's sort of cute to read an article like that and watch the author say things as if they were not even up for dispute or debate but rather are "settled" and what everyone thinks.



how dare you! go back to FOX News before rupert Murdoch finds out you strayed from his "news" channel. he'll be pissed!
 
2012-08-25 10:28:30 AM  
Who needs W when we have Sarah Palin?
 
2012-08-25 10:31:37 AM  

randomjsa: An amusing take from the far left on the whole matter. It's sort of cute to read an article like that and watch the author say things as if they were not even up for dispute or debate but rather are "settled" and what everyone thinks.


So you think Bush was a good Republican president?

Are you going to start back peddling now or wait for later?
 
2012-08-25 10:31:52 AM  

Ennuipoet: Bush's disappearance from the public is the best thing he's ever done for the country. If he had done it eight years sooner, he might be remembered as a half way decent President.


Bush wasn't that great of a President but the thought of Kerry as President just made me shudder.
 
2012-08-25 10:35:09 AM  

Evil Twin Skippy: In answer to your question Author person, several presidents have done the political disappearing act. Gerald Ford, Richard Nixon, and Lyndon B. Johnson.


But aren't those all examples of presidents who were disliked when they left office?

On the other hand Carter wasn't liked either, and he turned out to be one the most active ex-presidents we've had.
 
2012-08-25 10:35:16 AM  

gingerjet: Ennuipoet: Bush's disappearance from the public is the best thing he's ever done for the country. If he had done it eight years sooner, he might be remembered as a half way decent President.

Bush wasn't that great of a President but the thought of Kerry as President just made me shudder.


Yeah, Kerry was somewhat similar to Romney, actually (rich as shiat, tried and failed to be a "populist").
 
2012-08-25 10:36:18 AM  

randomjsa: An amusing take from the far left on the whole matter. It's sort of cute to read an article like that and watch the author say things as if they were not even up for dispute or debate but rather are "settled" and what everyone thinks.


Yea, the author was way off base. That's why dub has such a primo speaking spot at the convention and is campaigning for Romney all over the country and making ads supporting him.
 
2012-08-25 10:36:49 AM  
Too bad he didn't become baseball commissioner.
 
2012-08-25 10:36:50 AM  
t3.gstatic.com
 
2012-08-25 10:37:38 AM  

gingerjet: Ennuipoet: Bush's disappearance from the public is the best thing he's ever done for the country. If he had done it eight years sooner, he might be remembered as a half way decent President.

Bush wasn't that great of a President but the thought of Kerry as President just made me shudder.


Kerry... fark, Kerry.

The fact that I voted for that farker at all is testament to just how much I hated Bush.
 
2012-08-25 10:37:40 AM  
He did leave quite a legacy.
 
2012-08-25 10:42:21 AM  

carrion_luggage: Conveniently omitted: all the programs GWB funded while in office and the work he and Laura Bush have done since then to eliminate AIDS in Africa. I'll take that over Clinton's bullshiat, self-aggrandizing "global initiative" and Carter's senile terrorist-coddling antics any day.


Yes Habitat for Humanity was terrible.
 
2012-08-25 10:43:12 AM  

machoprogrammer: Yeah, Kerry was somewhat similar to Romney, actually (rich as shiat, tried and failed to be a "populist").


Kerry wasn't trying to fark over the middle class to give the rich more tax cuts though. Kerry may have had similar personalities issues as Romney, but on the issues they aren't remotely similar.
 
2012-08-25 10:43:25 AM  
He's drunk.

/Or drinking to become drunk.
//Either way he has zero spare time.
 
2012-08-25 10:44:25 AM  

machoprogrammer: Yeah, Kerry was somewhat similar to Romney, actually (rich as shiat, tried and failed to be a "populist").


Ah, I remember all the GOPoutrage over an east coast blue-blood who thinks he deserves to be president just because of his massive wealth. And all of his embarrassing flip-flopping on the issues.

I'd bring up the swiftboating and purple-heart bandaids, but it's not relevant since Romney dodged service.
 
2012-08-25 10:46:56 AM  
Even if the GOP doesn't think he was the worst president ever, they know enough people blame him for getting Obama elected,
 
2012-08-25 10:47:24 AM  

Fart_Machine: carrion_luggage: Conveniently omitted: all the programs GWB funded while in office and the work he and Laura Bush have done since then to eliminate AIDS in Africa. I'll take that over Clinton's bullshiat, self-aggrandizing "global initiative" and Carter's senile terrorist-coddling antics any day.

Yes Habitat for Humanity was terrible.


Some say those houses he was building were safe houses for terrorist cells.

More coming up in the next hour on Hannity's Playhouse.
 
2012-08-25 10:52:18 AM  

randomjsa: An amusing take from the far left on the whole matter. It's sort of cute to read an article like that and watch the author say things as if they were not even up for dispute or debate but rather are "settled" and what everyone thinks.


Wow, you sound a little hurt. I don't think the article was really wrong on anything. Observe how Republicans do indeed ignore the deficit he created. Does anyone want to talk about that? Does anyone want to talk about the 2 marginally successful but both very debatably necessary wars he began? NCLB? Was that successful?

The article does make the salient point that his legacy probably won't be one we remember fondly. He did more than the article stated, but his key actions and pieces of legislation are currently not viewed positively. I doubt, although we will see, tht the future will be kinder to him.
 
2012-08-25 10:53:47 AM  

King Something: Persona non grata


This bears repeating. The bailout finished him in conservative circles, which is why Fox pretends that it was Obama what bailed the banks out, derpdaherpydoo.
 
2012-08-25 10:57:49 AM  

Death_Poot: If anything, he's become the best thing that happened to libs in 20 years. They can blame all their failures on him for the next 20, like conservatives did with Jimmy Carter.

 
2012-08-25 10:57:50 AM  
When you steal 2 elections ( see the doc "How Ohio Pulled It Off" at Youtube for details on the 2004 election theft ) that pretty much proves you werent popular when you were president and you wont be popular after your term is over.
 
2012-08-25 10:59:02 AM  

xsive: oh yeah its like he's completely disappeared after taking a giant shiat on the economy, starting two wars, etc. while the only evidence we have that he was around is a strange sour taste in our mouth and anger toward "the government" sadly directed at the current administration.


No no no. Bush didn't do any of that. All that is the Liberals and Obamas fault. Especially Medicare Part D and No Child Left Behind.

carrion_luggage: Conveniently omitted: all the programs GWB funded while in office and the work he and Laura Bush have done since then to eliminate AIDS in Africa. I'll take that over Clinton's bullshiat, self-aggrandizing "global initiative" and Carter's senile terrorist-coddling antics any day.

While his anti-AIDS work was good and should be commended, think of how more effected it would have been if it wasn't partnered with anti-abortion/condoms/birth control/sex bullshiat.
 
2012-08-25 11:00:13 AM  
But...but... somebody put up a billboard sign that said "miss me yet".

That proves bush was popular
 
2012-08-25 11:00:15 AM  
Dubya vanished because the Republicans really want to forgive the tongue bath they gave a retard for seven years. Seriously, what can you say about people who biatch about elitism yet bow to the son of a former president that had life handed to him on a silver platter that he took a shiat on with a retarded glee?
 
2012-08-25 11:00:54 AM  

randomjsa: An amusing take from the far left on the whole matter. It's sort of cute to read an article like that and watch the author say things as if they were not even up for dispute or debate but rather are "settled" and what everyone thinks.


If you're the CINC for eight years and then the political party you were voted in on won't invite you to their big Convention you can be rest assured that you managed to fark up big time.
 
2012-08-25 11:02:21 AM  

andersoncouncil42: Even if the GOP doesn't think he was the worst president ever, they know enough people blame him for getting Obama elected,


It is funny that the Republicans think that Dubya failed so hard he doomed white people from holding the presidency again. It's not true (Obama was a much better choice than anybody the Republicans could put up), but it's funny to see the imagined Republican hierarchy place White Republicans (the only kind, really) well below black people.
 
2012-08-25 11:02:51 AM  
Hey Bush had an MBA and everybody "knows" we need somebody with a business background to run the country like a CEO would run a corporation.
 
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