Posted by Mr. President on August 22, 2007
“There is something very strange about the people who have assembled themselves around the President over the past few years.” *
As Karl Rove steps into what shadows the Texas sun will provide, History News Network is trying to answer the WTF factor of the Bush Presidency.They are polling: Did Karl Do It?, but more broadly HNNists are asking how we came to be led off the cliff by people with such supreme confidence they were destiny’s darlings.
Daniel Brendan Larison wonders:
“There is something very strange about the people who have assembled themselves around the President over the past few years. Many of them seem to have an outsized sense of their own world-historical importance, and many of them are convinced that they have a superior understanding of the lessons of history, but their grasp of history never seems to escape the generic, the vague and the facile.”
David Greenberg writes in “Slate” [excerpted by HNN] on how beyond the desperate analogy lunges [“It’ll be like the occupation of Japan!”] , Bush’s madman calm may reveal his sense of himself as channel for forces which passeth understanding.
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Posted by Mr. President on August 21, 2007
Oh, how we laughed, but then someone checked and spoiled the fun.
The popular quote:
“A moment I’ve been dreading. George brought his ne’re-do-well son around this morning and asked me to find the kid a job.”
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Posted by Mr. President on August 18, 2007
Schlesinger, Schlesinger Junior, the Chicago Tribune, all have surveyed Presidential Greatness.
Now Norman Markowitz joins the line of hero searchers.
Blogging at “Marxist-Leninist-Stalinist-Maoist*,” Brother Markowitz asks and answers, “George W. Bush: The Worst President In US History?”
He places Bush just above James Buchanan in the Presidential Badness Sweepstakes, and sinking fast:
“It is purely from an “American Centric” position that Buchanan maintains a slight lead over Bush. And of course (the second caveat), the Bush administration still has around 20 months left to overtake Buchanan. Let’s do Bush a favor. The broad left, the labor movement, the anti-Iraq war movement, all progressive movements and the Democratic Party should act now to prevent a discredited administration from extending its disastrous policies. By using constitutional means to get rid of the Bush administration and the “Reagan legacy” in terms of policy, we can keep Bush below James Buchanan on the list of “worst presidents” in American history. To conclude this article on an explicitly Marxist note, which asked a conventional question and used a presidential comparison model to answer it, we should remember that a revolutionary civil war followed the Buchanan administration.”
*”dedicated to ideologies of great communist leaders Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, Vladimir Lenin, Joseph Stalin, Mao Zedong, Fidel Castro and Kim Il Sung”
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Posted by Mr. President on August 17, 2007
Georgia Temple faced up to the awful truth in the Midland Reporter Telegram, headlining a rundown of local activities “Nothing to do In Midland Aug. 10-16.”
And this despite an intriguing listing:
The Presidential Museum & Leadership Library: Mon.: 6:30-9 p.m. Dinner with the Presidents, prepared by Permian Basin Chapter of the Texas Gourmet Chef’s Association. Call (432) 363-7737 for tickets. Fundraiser. Table sponsorship: $800/Individual ticket: $100.
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Posted by Mr. President on August 16, 2007
Chronicler of US Presidents’ vacation getaways rises to defend Bush “working vacations,” fingers LBJ as spending more time off on the ranch.
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Posted by Mr. President on August 15, 2007
The LA Times reports that many of those panting for Hillary Clinton documents from the Clinton Library will remain breathless for a considerable time.
This is presented as something of a novelty. And the other girls make Hillary look bad:
“About 75,000 pages of Rosalynn Carter’s records are publicly available, including scheduling and social office files. Both the Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush libraries also said that some records covering former first ladies Nancy Reagan and Barbara Bush were open”
The article does portray Library archivists working through the mountain of FOIA requests in the order received, with the aching slowness of the process attributed to staff shortages at the Clinton and all US President’s libraries.
But the flag goes up, and the usual suspects snap to with ominous muttering and rote denunciations of the liberal hypocrisy which somehow caused National Archive staff to decline under President Bush. Even sports bores rush to inform the world of her crimes.
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