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2013-04-23 09:54:14 AM
Aaaaannd my despair for this country's future comes right back!

What I find scarier than this, though, is that when he left office GWB had approximately a 30% approval
rating.
 
2013-04-23 09:55:36 AM
I don't really know what that means. Is the question about approving of him as he is right now? Or approving his presidency?
 
2013-04-23 09:56:29 AM

DamnYankees: I don't really know what that means. Is the question about approving of him as he is right now? Or approving his presidency?


Ok, turns out its the latter. I need to vomit now.
 
2013-04-23 09:57:46 AM
What sort of brain-damaged zombies did they poll?
 
2013-04-23 10:02:49 AM
Looks like laying off all those teachers, cutting spending on education, and encouraging home-schooling is creating the perfect Republican society.
 
2013-04-23 10:05:26 AM
9/11, iraq war, katrina, economic crash.

and 47 percent STILL approve?
 
2013-04-23 10:10:40 AM
I approve of that last story of him sitting at home painting kittens like a patient at Arkham who just had a lobotomy. So count me in that 47%.
 
2013-04-23 10:13:14 AM
He must have a good agent, his movies are terrible.
 
2013-04-23 10:14:45 AM
I'd rather deal with him than the current crop of teabaggers.
 
2013-04-23 10:15:48 AM
I wonder if it's the same 47% that voted for Romney.
 
2013-04-23 10:17:17 AM
Jesus fark, people are stupid.
 
2013-04-23 10:18:03 AM
Could it be that has something to do with the fact that he's doing NOTHING?

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2013-04-23 10:22:08 AM

minoridiot: What sort of brain-damaged zombies did they poll?


So, what is his approval on 538?
 
2013-04-23 10:33:19 AM
I've heard a lot of people say they missed the Bush presidency. These people are the same drooling idiots that voted for Romney.
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2013-04-23 10:39:01 AM

I_C_Weener: minoridiot: What sort of brain-damaged zombies did they poll?

So, what is his approval on 538?


Who cares?  Those guys are always wrong.  What are the unskewed numbers?
 
2013-04-23 10:41:02 AM
I remember looking at the last Republican primary and thinking, "I thought Bush was as bad as it could possibly get."
 
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2013-04-23 10:45:32 AM
Bush's biggest gains over the past few years have come among seniors (30 percent approval in 2008, 57 percent approval today), non-college whites (34 percent in 2008, 57 percent now) and moderate/conservative Democrats (10 percent in 2008, 33 percent now).

About what I would expect.
 
2013-04-23 10:46:18 AM
To be fair, as incompetent as he was, and as evil and soulless as his puppetmasters were....both look pretty goddamn good in comparison to the current state of the Republican party.
 
2013-04-23 10:46:21 AM
I guess time really does heal all wounds.

\except the kind in dogdaze's cartoon
 
2013-04-23 10:46:54 AM
Why does this matter? The same people think Jesus would make a better president than Obama.
 
2013-04-23 10:47:04 AM

EyeballKid: Looks like laying off all those teachers, cutting spending on education, and encouraging home-schooling is creating the perfect Republican society.


When did that happen?
 
2013-04-23 10:47:34 AM

minoridiot: What sort of brain-damaged zombies did they poll?


FTFA:  Bush's biggest gains over the past few years have come among seniors (30 percent approval in 2008, 57 percent approval today), non-college whites (34 percent in 2008, 57 percent now)

So, Thelma and Jethro, basically.
 
2013-04-23 10:47:38 AM
Well, he said Jesus was his personal saviour and role model. That means 30% would still approve of him even if he set fire to the constitution and danced over its ashes.
 
2013-04-23 10:47:44 AM
Having a poll at CPAC doesn't count
 
2013-04-23 10:48:39 AM

FlashHarry: 9/11, iraq war, katrina, economic crash.

and 47 percent STILL approve?


Maybe over the last few years people have learned enough that they now realize that three of those four things weren't the fault of the Bush administration?

//Seriously, not everything in the universe is the fault of the most visible national politician you happen not to like.  If he could create hurricanes he'd probably be ruling the world with an iron fist from his throne of skulls rather than retired.
 
2013-04-23 10:49:32 AM
Well, you knew it wasn't gonna stay at 25-30 forever. Even if Obama had presided over 8% growth every year, Bush's numbers would have gone up.

47% is...too damn high. Do we not remember 2007-8? Were those not two of the worst years in economic memory, preceded by untold transfer of wealth upward and a relaxation of both regulation and oversight - all specifically done to appease Bush's conservatism?
 
2013-04-23 10:49:58 AM
see? He just needed some time off to let people forget about him for a while
 
2013-04-23 10:50:02 AM
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2013-04-23 10:50:05 AM

FlashHarry: 9/11, iraq war, katrina, economic crash.

and 47 percent STILL approve?


Well....he ain't black, and that's really all that matters to some people.
 
2013-04-23 10:50:33 AM
People eventually stopped hating Nixon. Eventually.
 
2013-04-23 10:51:00 AM

minoridiot: What sort of brain-damaged zombies did they poll?


You've got to remember that these are just simple farmers. These are people of the land.
The common clay of the new West.
You know... morons
 
2013-04-23 10:51:00 AM

Jim_Callahan: FlashHarry: 9/11, iraq war, katrina, economic crash.

and 47 percent STILL approve?

Maybe over the last few years people have learned enough that they now realize that three of those four things weren't the fault of the Bush administration?

//Seriously, not everything in the universe is the fault of the most visible national politician you happen not to like.  If he could create hurricanes he'd probably be ruling the world with an iron fist from his throne of skulls rather than retired.


3/10
Use derpier words next time
 
2013-04-23 10:51:18 AM

FlashHarry: 9/11, iraq war, katrina, economic crash.

and 47 percent STILL approve?


Even after how much the GOP screwed up during Bush's terms, some people still forgot and decided to give the GOP another chance. Thus the 2010 results.
 
2013-04-23 10:54:41 AM
I do approve of him taking up painting and not being president anymore, so there's that
 
2013-04-23 10:54:49 AM

minoridiot: What sort of brain-damaged zombies did they poll?


From the article it seems to be his approval rating recovered most widely with people identifying themselves as Republicans.

So, yeah, the same folks spear-heading the revisionist Reagan movement.

I think a big part of this is because they've largely kept the stupid mutant under wraps.  They wouldn't let him speak at the RNC, his book was buried in comparison to others and in light of the many tragedies we have had since he left office they've not brought him out.
 
2013-04-23 10:55:19 AM
How could anybody think the Bush II presidency was a good thing. Unless your Haliburton.
 
2013-04-23 10:56:32 AM

FlashHarry: 9/11, iraq war, katrina, economic crash.

and 47 percent STILL approve?


I think you misssssunderestimate the powerful ideological blindnessssses of white Christians.
 
2013-04-23 10:56:37 AM
There will now be a concerted effort, led by Texas School Board yahoos, to re-write American history from 2000-2008. Think of it like a Grand Re-Opening of a a shady furniture store. This advertising campaign kicks off on Thursday with the opening of Dubya's library.
 
2013-04-23 10:58:23 AM

REO-Weedwagon: There will now be a concerted effort, led by Texas School Board yahoos, to re-write American history from 2000-2008. Think of it like a Grand Re-Opening of a a shady furniture store. This advertising campaign kicks off on Thursday with the opening of Dubya's library.


"Dubya's library" the worlds largest depository of pop-up books
 
2013-04-23 10:58:36 AM
I too approve of George W. Bush being Constitutionally prohibited from ever running for president again.
 
2013-04-23 10:59:09 AM

REO-Weedwagon: There will now be a concerted effort, led by Texas School Board yahoos, to re-write American history from 2000-2008. Think of it like a Grand Re-Opening of a a shady furniture store. This advertising campaign kicks off on Thursday with the opening of Dubya's library.


To be fair, said campaign began when Nancy Pelosi said impeachment was off the table.
 
2013-04-23 10:59:59 AM
Is this the same 47% that voted for Romney and/or the same 47% Romney blamed for the faults of America?
 
2013-04-23 11:00:08 AM

Jim_Callahan: FlashHarry: 9/11, iraq war, katrina, economic crash.

and 47 percent STILL approve?

Maybe over the last few years people have learned enough that they now realize that three of those four things weren't the fault of the Bush administration?

//Seriously, not everything in the universe is the fault of the most visible national politician you happen not to like.  If he could create hurricanes he'd probably be ruling the world with an iron fist from his throne of skulls rather than retired.


Dafuq?
 
2013-04-23 11:01:54 AM
Before 9/11 there was no plan to invade Iraq, and the neocon warhawks really didn't have any sway.  Afterwards, there was a discussion within the Bush Administration whether to include Iraq in the War on Terror.  While I don't blame Bush for wanting to take this option serious, I do blame him and his whole administration for lying to the American people and the UN in order to sell their plan.  That single act destroyed their credibility in my eyes (and probably in the eyes of the world too).  I'm sorry, but for me, the Bush Administration will never live this down:

CHENEY: "Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction. There is no doubt that he is amassing them to use against our friends, against our allies and against us."

George W. Bush: (Speech to UN General Assembly) September 12, 2002:
"Right now, Iraq is expanding and improving facilities that were used for the production of biological weapons."

George W. Bush (State of the Union Address) January 28, 2003:
"Our intelligence officials estimate that Saddam Hussein had the materials to produce as much as 500 tons of sarin, mustard and VX nerve agent."


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Colin Powell, February 2001: "[Saddam] has not developed any significant capability with respect to weapons of mass destruction. He is unable to project conventional power against his neighbors. So in effect, our policies have strengthened the security of the neighbors of Iraq."

Condoleeza Rice, July 2001: "We are able to keep his arms from him. His military forces have not been rebuilt."
 
2013-04-23 11:04:33 AM

DamnYankees: DamnYankees: I don't really know what that means. Is the question about approving of him as he is right now? Or approving his presidency?

Ok, turns out its the latter. I need to vomit now.


Don't.  It happens to all presidents.  It was expected - as time goes by, people forget the important details, they forget their reasons.

You want something to really vomit about, watch polls over time asking people about those important details and you can see history re-written before your very eyes.
 
2013-04-23 11:05:08 AM
Of COURSE his approval rating went up. He stopped talking and making policy decisions.
 
2013-04-23 11:05:30 AM

Dr Dreidel: Do we not remember 2007-8? Were those not two of the worst years in economic memory, preceded by untold transfer of wealth upward and a relaxation of both regulation and oversight


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2013-04-23 11:07:16 AM
That graph is absolute gold. His approval ratings fall steadily the entire time he's in office and then rebound when he leaves office. Clearly leaving office was his greatest accomplishment as President.
 
2013-04-23 11:08:20 AM

SpectroBoy: Of COURSE his approval rating went up. He stopped talking and making policy decisions.


This is true. I can't think of the last President to so completely not only disappear, not be actively forgotten by his own party. The GOP has done everything possible over the last 5 years pretending Bush never existed.
 
2013-04-23 11:08:53 AM
George Bush was that guy who got a job he wasn't ready for, and when there was an opportunity to replace him the guy who interviewed called Mr. Dumas Mr. Dumbass and blew the interview. So he kept the job because he was a nice guy. Unfortunately things got worse and he farked up completely by hiring the wrong people.
 
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