The accomplishments of George W. Bush

The list of George W. Bush's accomplishments is breathtaking.  As we bid him farewell, we should spend some time reflecting on what he has done on our behalf.  Please feel free to add your memorials in the comments.

George W. Bush presided over the first attack on American soil since Pearl Harbor.  He lied to get us into an unprovoked war.  He underestimated what it would take to achieve his ambitions in Iraq and Afghanistan, and as a consequence, we continue to pour out endlessly our national treasure.  He took billions of dollars in cash to Iraq to "rebuild" its economy, failed to achieve that end, and the money vanished.  He let the perpetrator of 9/11 go uncaught for seven years after the calamity.  He destroyed our national reputation among our allies and compromised our ethical leadership throughout the world.  He set up a concentration camp and endeavored to eviscerate our civil liberties.  He dismissed the Constitution as a mere piece of paper and joked that things would be a lot easier for him were he American's dictator.  He destroyed American education through his misguided No Child Left Behind program.  He stood idly by as one of America's greatest cities was destroyed in a natural disaster, and when he was caught up short, he instituted a rebuilding program that not only failed miserably to rebuild the destroyed American icon but resulted in billions of dollars that simply vanished.  He presided over the largest increase in not just the national deficit but also the national debt.  He took the longest national expansion of the economy in American history and turned it into an economy that teeters on the brink of depression, and in the process, he forced the whole world economy into recession.  In order to rebuild the US financial system, he gave it three hundred billion dollars, failed to achieve the end for which he sought the money, and the money vanished.  (Wow.  Is there a pattern here?)

Presidents like Fillmore and Buchanan languish in American history because they did nothing.  George W. Bush was so proactively bad that it seems unlikely anyone will ever exceed him as a failed president.  Without a question, the man is the nadir of American history.  When we look back at the stolen election of 2000, and our quiescence in the face of his grab for power, it seems truly that we simply misunderestimated the man.  Perhaps we forgot that it only takes a single bullet to kill a horse.

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Re: The accomplishments of George W. Bush

"""The accomplishments of George W. Bush"""

1. Stealing all of Iraq's oil

2. Starting a wave of terror, culminating in a culture of fear in the United States, causing freedom loving oppositionists to be afraid to speak their mind

3. Stealing the 2000 election by using the courts to shut down the fair and balanced recounts being facilitated in 3 very neutral counties.

4. Concocting the 911 attack (warning the jews aforehand so they could get out with their lives), in order to start the wave of terror in the middle east.

5. Beginning warrantless wiretaps against US citizens (which Obama, thank goodness, is ending, as he has made clear many times).

YES WE CAN

by moscow 2009-01-09 02:17AM | 0 recs
that's nutty

if there was any administration less prepared for the 9/11 attack, I've no knowledge of it. I was more prepared, I visited NYC the end of August, first few days of September, and I walked through the lobby of the WWC, but really really fast. I mean, it was hit before? And, it was just sticking out like a sore thumb?  Dont'cha remember My Pet Goat?  That guy was caught in the headlights.

But DC, who is George Bush?  I never hear of that fellow anymore. Isn't he the guy who had shoes lobbed at him and watched the lobber get beat up?  I think his dad used to be in politics?  

by anna shane 2009-01-09 01:54PM | 0 recs
To Be Fair A List Of The Good Things:

by jsfox 2009-01-09 03:00AM | 0 recs
Re: To Be Fair A List Of The Good Things:

You forgot Poland!

/snark

by dannybauder 2009-01-09 11:09AM | 0 recs
Re: The accomplishments of George W. Bush

What a "legacy"  Obama will need all 8 years to try and clean up this mess. REC

by canadian 2009-01-09 04:34AM | 0 recs
it really is quite breathtaking.

when one thinks about it isn't it?

by canadian gal 2009-01-09 04:46AM | 0 recs
Re: it really is quite breathtaking.

Nothing short of astonishing.

by Beltway Dem 2009-01-09 05:41AM | 0 recs
Re: it really is quite breathtaking.

remember when no one thought anyone could be worse than Ronnie?  No more trickle down (that should be a slogan).

by anna shane 2009-01-09 01:55PM | 0 recs
Smallest list ever

by Mayor McCheese 2009-01-09 05:51AM | 0 recs
Re: Smallest list ever

I was expecting a blank diary!

by alamedadem 2009-01-09 12:30PM | 0 recs
Re: The accomplishments of George W. Bush

John COnyers wants to still go after any Bush wrongdoings. It's too bad he has limited support among his wimpy peers.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/01/09 /conyers-on-prosecuting-bu_n_156560.html

I dont know why Democrats fear looking partisan. THey just ask people who accuse them of not looking forward "should Nicole Simpsoin's family look forward" . Don't republicans and their supporters always talk about not being foriving on crime. So why are the Bushies any different? I am positive some crimes have been committed. Find out what they did and prosecute those bastards.

by Pravin 2009-01-09 07:29AM | 0 recs
Actually, His Greatest Failure

Bush will go down in history as a failed presidency due to his overzealousness. But the failure to act on 9-11 was actually his greatest failure.

The consequence of the 9-11 attacks was to make Bush the most popular president in US history. His popularity rating reached 95 percent, by far the highest rating in US history. Moreover, his popularity rating was sustained at over 80 percent for over a year.

Nine-eleven was a lot like Pearl Harbor. Like Pearl Harbor, the aftermath of nine-eleven gave Bush the opportunity to change America according to his ideals and philosophy. With just average leadership, Bush would have created a permanent Conservative Republican majority in the United States. Instead, Bush missed his great oppurtunity by leaving Guiliani to respond to the crisis, and by telling Americans to go shopping. Bush had the chance to go down as another FDR, instead, he will only be known by historians because he was the son of another president, much like John Quincy Adams. At least with John Quincy Adams, historians have been kind to him because of his stern opposition to slavery.  

by Zzyzzy 2009-01-09 11:34AM | 0 recs
Re: Actually, His Greatest Failure

Actually I think Bush will have a historical legacy, just a negative one for all the mistakes he's made and the damage he's done to the constitution and to America's standing in the world community.

by bottl4 2009-01-10 05:23AM | 0 recs
For the Next 20 Years

You are probably right, Bush will have a negative history. You would probably be right if the economy goes into depression, much worse economy than we experienced in 1974 and 1982. However, I doubt that's going to happen.

But after 20 years, I just don't think Bush will be that memorable. He's memorable now because he has been our president for the last eight years. But future generations won't know much about him.

Bush would have had a memorable negative historical legacy had the Democrats had more guts to confront him on his illegal activities. But they made the political decision not to do so. Thus, Clinton's affair with Monica Lewinsky will be more memorable than all of the illegal and unconstitutional activities Bush ever did.

by Zzyzzy 2009-01-10 06:40AM | 0 recs
Re: The accomplishments of George W. Bush

Not to mention the highest unemployment rate in 16 years - since the first Bush left a mess for a Democrat to clean up.

by alamedadem 2009-01-09 12:29PM | 0 recs
why?

when a Pres and VP are this incompetent do they not have to go to jail?

Christ - the crimes these 2 committed in raping our country - it's disgusting.

by nikkid 2009-01-09 05:50PM | 0 recs

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