How Crazy Can It Get?

One of the things important about history is to remember the true history. –GWB



"One of the very difficult parts of the decision I made on the financial crisis was to use hardworking people’s money to help prevent there to be a crisis." –George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., Jan. 12, 2009

bush_smart "So I analyzed that and decided I didn’t want to be the president during a depression greater than the Great Depression, or the beginning of a depression greater than the Great Depression." –George W. Bush, Washington D.C., Dec. 18, 2008

"People say, well, do you ever hear any other voices other than, like, a few people? Of course I do." –George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., Dec. 18, 2008

"I’ve abandoned free market principles to save the free market system." –George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., Dec. 16, 2008

"You know, I’m the President during this period of time, but I think when the history of this period is written, people will realize a lot of the decisions that were made on Wall Street took place over a decade or so, before I arrived in President, during I arrived in President." –George W. Bush, ABC News interview, Dec. 1, 2008bush_monkey_small

The true history of my administration will be written 50 years from now, and you and I will not be around to see it. –George W. Bush, Interview with President George W. Bush, Oct., 2004 

"I’ll be long gone before some smart person ever figures out what happened inside this Oval Office." –George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., May 12, 2008


Talking about Worst. President. Ever.—By Scott Horton (Harper’s Magazine)
Here are some of the comments that the historians furnished:“ No individual president can compare to the second Bush,” wrote one. “Glib, contemptuous, ignorant, incurious, a dupe of anyone who humors his deluded belief in his heroic self, he has bankrupted the country with his disastrous war and his tax breaks for the rich, trampled on the Bill of Rights, appointed foxes in every henhouse, compounded the terrorist threat, turned a blind eye to torture and corruption and a looming ecological disaster, and squandered the rest of the world’s goodwill. In short, no other president’s faults have had so deleterious an effect on not only the country but the world at large.”“With his unprovoked and disastrous war of aggression in Iraq and his monstrous deficits, Bush has set this country on a course that will take decades to correct,” said another historian. “When future historians look back to identify the moment at which the United States began to lose its position of world leadership, they will point—rightly—to the Bush presidency. Thanks to his policies, it is now easy to see America losing out to its competitors in any number of areas: China is rapidly becoming the manufacturing powerhouse of the next century, India the high tech and services leader, and Europe the region with the best quality of life.”

"Let me start off by saying that in 2000 I said, ‘Vote for me. I’m an agent of change.’ In 2004, I said, ‘I’m not interested in change –I want to continue as president.’ Every candidate has got to say ‘change.’ That’s what the American people expect." –George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., March 5, 2008

"I’m telling you there’s an enemy that would like to attack America, Americans, again. There just is. That’s the reality of the world. And I wish him all the very best." –George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., Jan. 12, 2009

"In terms of the economy, look, I inherited a recession, I am ending on a recession." –George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., Jan. 12, 2009

"I’ve been in the Bible every day since I’ve been the president." –George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., Nov. 12, 2008


Talking about The Worst President in History? : Rolling Stone
Now, though, George W. Bush is in serious contention for the title of worst ever. In early 2004, an informal survey of 415 historians conducted by the nonpartisan History News Network found that eighty-one percent considered the Bush administration a "failure." Among those who called Bush a success, many gave the president high marks only for his ability to mobilize public support and get Congress to go along with what one historian called the administration’s "pursuit of disastrous policies." In fact, roughly one in ten of those who called Bush a success was being facetious, rating him only as the best president since Bill Clinton — a category in which Bush is the only contestant.

"This thaw — took a while to thaw, it’s going to take a while to unthaw." –George W. Bush, on liquidity in the markets, Alexandria, La., Oct. 20, 2008


Talking about The Worst President in History? : Rolling Stone
Calamitous presidents, faced with enormous difficulties — Buchanan, Andrew Johnson, Hoover and now Bush — have divided the nation, governed erratically and left the nation worse off. In each case, different factors contributed to the failure: disastrous domestic policies, foreign-policy blunders and military setbacks, executive misconduct, crises of credibility and public trust. Bush, however, is one of the rarities in presidential history: He has not only stumbled badly in every one of these key areas, he has also displayed a weakness common among the greatest presidential failures — an unswerving adherence to a simplistic ideology that abjures deviation from dogma as heresy, thus preventing any pragmatic adjustment to changing realities. Repeatedly, Bush has undone himself, a failing revealed in each major area of presidential performance.

"Anyone engaging in illegal financial transactions will be caught and persecuted." –George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., Sept. 19, 2008

"The people in Louisiana must know that all across our country there’s a lot of prayer — prayer for those whose lives have been turned upside down. And I’m one of them." –George W. Bush, Baton Rouge, La., Sept. 3, 2008

bush_cheeks_sm "First of all, I don’t see America having problems." –George W. Bush, interview with Bob Costas at the 2008 Olympics, Beijing, China, Aug. 10, 2008

"There’s no question about it. Wall Street got drunk — that’s one of the reasons I asked you to turn off the TV cameras — it got drunk and now it’s got a hangover. The question is how long will it sober up and not try to do all these fancy financial instruments." –George W. Bush, speaking at a private fundraiser, Houston, Texas, July 18, 2008

"I think it was in the Rose Garden where I issued this brilliant statement: If I had a magic wand — but the president doesn’t have a magic wand. You just can’t say, ‘low gas.’" –George W. Bush, Washington D.C., July 15, 2008

"And they have no disregard for human life." –George W. Bush, on the brutality of Afghan fighters, Washington, D.C., July 15, 2008

"The economy is growing, productivity is high, trade is up, people are working. It’s not as good as we’d like, but — and to the extent that we find weakness, we’ll move." –George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., July 15, 2008

"Goodbye from the world’s biggest polluter." –George W. Bush, in parting words to British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and French President Nicolas Sarkozy at his final G-8 Summit, punching the air and grinning widely as the two leaders looked on in shock, Rusutsu, Japan, July 10, 2008

"Amigo! Amigo!" –George W. Bush, calling out to Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi in Spanish at the G-8 Summit, Rusutsu, Japan, July 10, 2008

"Should the Iranian regime-do they have the sovereign right to have civilian nuclear power? So, like, if I were you, that’s what I’d ask me. And the answer is, yes, they do." –George W. Bush, talking to reporters in Washington, D.C., July 2, 2008

"But oftentimes I’m asked: Why? Why do you care what happens outside of America?" –George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., June 26,2008

"And I, unfortunately, have been to too many disasters as president." –George W. Bush, discussing flooding in the Midwest, Washington, D.C., June 17, 2008

"One of the things important about history is to remember the true history." –George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., June 6, 2008


"We got plenty of money in Washington. What we need is more priority." –George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., June 2, 2008

"And so the fact that they purchased the machine meant somebody had to make the machine. And when somebody makes a machine, it means there’s jobs at the machine-making place." –George W. Bush, Mesa, Arizona, May 27, 2008

"I don’t want some mom whose son may have recently died to see the commander in chief playing golf. I feel I owe it to the families to be in solidarity as best as I can with them. And I think playing golf during a war just sends the wrong signal." –George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., May 13, 2008


Talking about Bush’s golf claim angers veterans | World news | The Guardian
George Bush has angered US war veterans by declaring that out of solidarity with those who made the ultimate sacrifice in Iraq he decided to make his own sacrifice: giving up golf.


"How can you possibly have an international agreement that’s effective unless countries like China and India are not full participants?" –George W. Bush, Camp David, April 19, 2008

"Oftentimes people ask me, ‘Why is it that you’re so focused on helping the hungry and diseased in strange parts of the world?’" –George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., April 18, 2008

"So long as I’m the president, my measure of success is victory — and success." –George W. Bush, on Iraq, Washington, D.C., April 17, 2008

"A lot of times in politics you have people look you in the eye and tell you what’s not on their mind." –George W. Bush, Sochi, Russia, April 6, 2008

"Wait a minute. What did you just say? You’re predicting $4-a-gallon gas? … That’s interesting. I hadn’t heard that." –George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., Feb. 28, 2008

"I’m oftentimes asked, What difference does it make to America if people are dying of malaria in a place like Ghana? It means a lot. It means a lot morally, it means a lot from a — it’s in our national interest." –George W. Bush, Accra, Ghana, Feb. 20, 2008

"There is no doubt in my mind when history was written, the final page will say: Victory was achieved by the United States of America for the good of the world." –George W. Bush, addressing U.S. troops at Camp Arifjan in Kuwait, Jan. 12, 2008

"I can press when there needs to be pressed; I can hold hands when there needs to be — hold hands." –George W. Bush, on how he can contribute to the Middle East peace process, Washington, D.C., Jan. 4, 2008


9 responses

  1. Cynical

    Yes!Peace, Doc

    April 5, 2009 at 5:10 pm

  2. Happy

    Thanks for assembling all the info. I\’m from Canada and cannot even begin to imagine the disenchantment some felt and witnessed as leadership failed to lead. How disheartening and disappointment and frustrating. In such a world such as now I hope leadership can stay sane and find solutions that do not replicate old dysfunctional patterns. Enjoyed reading the assemblage of info.

    April 6, 2009 at 8:52 pm

  3. Mandy

    Hope you had/are having a great Easter, I wish I could comment on your blog, but I know little about American Presidents. Ecxept they always seem to be making some farcical faux pas, somehow, much like our prime ministers!

    April 12, 2009 at 12:28 pm

  4. Douglas

    You\’re too kind by not listing the truth of the matter. Bush should be dead last in the list of US Presidents as 1 being the best and of course bush last — I know that list isn\’t yours and I know you\’ve mentioned in the beginning of this article that he is dead last and is the worst. I also noticed that you didn\’t really list the losses that the Americans suffered from the abandonment of the United States Constitution during his helm in running the country right into the ground. It would be nice to see Banana-Obama in a constitutional reformation during his watch in the White House, you know restoring the Constitutional rights lost to the American Public — But I wouldn\’t count on it neither.

    April 12, 2009 at 12:40 pm

  5. Jen

    Well I, for one, wouldn\’t pick Bush for a public Speaker!And where Scott Horton got his ideas abaout Europe from – God only knows;-)Good blog, Jeffrey.

    April 12, 2009 at 12:41 pm

  6. Tom

    Last I heard Bush is no longer President. Rating Presidents always has a bit of political bias to it.

    April 12, 2009 at 1:01 pm

  7. Jeffrey

    @Tom: We will live with the Bush legacy for long to come. We should never forget how and when we got into this terrible mess. And when one uses terms like "Banana" referring to our president, which I see bandied about, I can hear the political bias loud and clear. I use the term "political" very loosely here as it is really something far worse, and it always comes from the conservative herd.

    April 17, 2009 at 9:54 pm

  8. Cassie

    @Tom…To one who is capable of understanding matters of cold, hard, fact—former President Bush\’s term almost destroyed our country. Not only economically but in our relations with the other nations of the world. His legacy is one of dishonesty, chicanery, and disaster. Is he the "Worst President Ever"—well, I wouldn\’t go so far as to say that—Lyndon Johnson comes to mind, and Richard Nixon, and a few others who certainly have a claim for that title. But he was a very BAD President and he came very close to destroying the country.And now we have a bunch of political stooges—the Rush Limbaughs and the Bill O\’Reillys and so on who would like to blame the current President for the condition the country is in who use lies and mis-statements to try and cover up the truth. That the mess we are in we owe entirely to former President Bush (indeed there are commentators on record as saying they would rather see America destroyed than see it saved by a Democratic President—Rush is one of those—so if you\’re looking for political bias look for it where it really exists). The amount of lies about HR1 "The American Recovery and Reinvestment ACT" ALONE would boggle your mind. If you have never read the actual act (and most haven\’t–they just believe whatever O\’Reilly or Hannity, or whoever tell them about it) you SHOULD. You can find it here: Yes, it is a pdf file…and I know Rush Limbaugh has told you you can\’t do a word search in a pdf file. That was a lie. If you\’ll click on that link. Then click any blank spot in the file…then hit ctrl+f a search window will open that will allow you to look for any word or phrase you want. Even more easily…at the top of the page you will see a pair of binoculars…if you click them you will get a search window.Conservative Commentators, like former President Bush, rely on the fact that most people are too lazy to read the Act for themselves and too insular to realize that the Federal Government has to concern itself with the needs of people in all 50 States, the District of Columbia, and our POSSESSIONS (like Puerto Rico—which, though they have a local government nevertheless are controlled by US and therefore have a right to receive aid from us. If we don\’t want to spend money on that we should set them free. Likewise, where you live the monitoring of volacanoes may seem like a waste of money—but there are a lot of pilots in Alaska who are mighty thankful because had they not been alerted they could have been killed by that recent eruption which threw poisonous fumes thousands of feet in the air. (Alaska is a HUGE state and air travel (private planes) is just about the most efficient way to get around up there).In other words—before you criticize a provision in the act—do a ,little research and try to remember that the way we function best is when we remember that we are ONE nation INdivisible…and the needs of our neighbors in Alaska or Montana or wherever are JUST as important as OURS.(sorry Jeffrey..if I got carried away therebut I am SO sick and tired of people who have never really studied the issues voicing opinions that aren\’t even their own—but are borrowed from some clown on television.

    April 18, 2009 at 12:21 am

  9. Kevin

    Great entry Jeffrey. Couldn\’t agree more.

    April 19, 2009 at 4:32 pm

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