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    President Bush Breaks Silence, Retains Class

    President Bush Breaks Silence, Retains Class

    Last night, President Bush started the tour for his new book Decision Points with a televised interview with Matt Lauer. Naturally he was interrogated about certain points of his time in office, particularly the war in Iraq. He professed his regret over reactions to incidences like Hurricane Katrina. But what I doubt will be touted in the media are his most endearing aspects:

    In March 2009, Bush said Obama “deserves my silence,” and he plans to stick to that pledge. “Once you get back into the arena, and once you get back involved in politics,” he says, “you will be a critic.” He cares deeply about immigration, he says, but he doesn’t expect to speak out about it. “That is the kind of issue that tends to suck one into the political environment,” he says.

    Obama often criticizes Bush, though he sometimes says “the previous administration” instead of using his predecessor’s name. In an August speech, he said the recession was caused by Bush policies that “cut taxes for millionaires (and) cut working folks loose to fend for themselves.”

    Isn’t Bush tempted to defend himself and his record? “No, because once you’re in, you’re in, and I don’t want to be in. … Politics is a chapter in my life. It wasn’t my whole life. If I feel uncomfortable doing something, I’m just not going to do it.”

    Did anyone else see the interview last night? What did you think?

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    @pasadenaphil-would these be the same one-world corporatist socialists that spent 8 years waving around their BusHitler signs?

    It takes a large, and honest, man to say "I made mistakes". That is not something we see with the current administration who has just been cut off at the knees.

    And for those who consider the method we use to waterboard, I suggest you inform yourself to the method used by the North Vietnamese that made it illegal to do so. And are you now saying that all our SERE teams that have been waterboarded, as part of their training, are now "victims"? Please, let's have a little honesty here.

    W is what is called a "compassionate" conservative. i.e., he is a left leaning conservsative. And I suggest that history will treat him with more kindness than most Americans did. Remember what Truman's ratings were when he left office, and now he is heralded as one of our best presidents.

    Only time will tell if the liberation of Iraq will serve in the desire to create an ally in the Middle East and promote freedom in that region. But I can promise you, as Iraq prospers, and its people prosper under freedom, other nations are going to take a good hard look and understand that they too, can have the same freedom. Iran for one. We are already seeing signs that Iranians are bucking their oppressive government. Too bad the luguini-spined current POTUS did not support them in their endeavors for a free society. Instead, he went after tiny Hondouras, and lost.

    GW is basically a good decent man, but that in no way eradicates his big government escalation and the big problems he helped create.

    I like GW as a person, especially his love of America.

    But — even tho' he denies it — his approval of amnesty and most of all, his impressing upon the country that "Islam is a religion of peace" did more harm to America than…well, than anybody until Obama.

    Listening to him talk brings back memories of the days when you could listen to a president talk like a human being, TO us, and not AT us in that smug, condescending manner.

    Zachriel: Waterboarding is torture…

    False.

    Not everything unpleasant is "torture."


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