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realpolitic
Obama does care!
07:13 AM on 01/15/2009
"Under Bush, extremists who are filled with nothing but hatred and contempt for the role of government in society came to run the government." As usual, Mr. Palmero is so right! Unless a person was filled with little but contempt for government and had worked all his or her life to overturn the very laws he was now assigned to protecting, he would not have been chosen,

One of the most important questions a reporter could now ask in an exit interview would be: "Why did you appoint people to key government agencies and departments who do not believe in the missions of those agencies and departments?" I would like to see Bush squirm before he spit out some nonsensical reply.
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Joseph A. Palermo
Author/Historian
11:33 AM on 01/15/2009
No journalist asks him anything tough like that -- Lehrer threw him soft balls so did the rest -- so Bush gets to ride off into the sunset with an approval rating a couple of points higher than it should be -- so the Spin has succeeded for him.
11:33 AM on 01/16/2009
You are exactly right, the tough questions are not asked. But the best thing about his presidency is the fact that he is finally leaving. That's it. There is nothing else good about Bush or his self centered fallicies and failures is the fact he is finally leaving. GOOD RIDDANCE!!! And certainly not soon enough!
07:07 AM on 01/15/2009
Outstanding article. This should be read by everyone who cares about what has happened to our democracy these last eight years.
Accountability. What a concept.
As Bush slithers off to his hole, we cannot let his crimes go unaccounted for. Not if we really care about the future of this country.
04:50 AM on 01/15/2009
RIGHT ON ! Joseph A. Palermo. You got it all right!!! Why? Why? Why?
Freesia2
I'm nicer than I appear in print. :-)
03:37 AM on 01/15/2009
Excellent breakdown of it. This Victory Tour he's been on is surreal.

I've been in a quandry over the aftermath. I don't want Obama's presidency paralyzed by his. On the other hand, too much has happened. I think a nice prosecution in the Department of Justice might be a no brainer, because it seems to me that anyone he hired who went along with whatever in heck it is he was up to made the decision to be his legs and voice. And that word "Justice" that was on their letterhead should have given them a clue and a moral compass. Bigots in the Justice Department. It's like a fox invited into the henhouse.

And thank you for this: "Didn't you understand that more American service personnel might die because of such a taunt?" Of all the things that wrench my gut, the treatment of our soldiers and returning veterans has been the worst. It's his greatest shame.
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Joseph A. Palermo
Author/Historian
11:35 AM on 01/15/2009
You know unfortunately I think things are going to get much worse for a while and the Right will blame the Dems -- the commercial paper market is crippling municipalities' abilities to get financing for basic services like garbage collection -- Mexico here we come!
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HST
Conservatism = selfishness
01:55 AM on 01/15/2009
"I guess being Bush (or one of his cronies) means never having to say you're sorry. "

Or I'm guilty or I lied or I was wrong or I will testify or I know where the money went...
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Joseph A. Palermo
Author/Historian
01:19 AM on 01/15/2009
I still can't believe the guy is going to go on TV tomorrow night for a prime time address to the nation -- it's obscene really, surreal.
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Joseph A. Palermo
Author/Historian
12:56 AM on 01/15/2009
Yeah, you people are correct -- I wasn't going to write another word about that man after my blog titled: "Just Go, Mr. Bush. Please, Just Go." But after hearing that this man is going to subject the country to a live "farewell address" tomorrow, it just really blows my mind. And it also blows my mind that the Republicans are still demanding deregulation, corporate tax cuts, cuts in social spending, more violence abroad etc. I wish the ruling elites would just step aside for a year or two and let us have our country for a while. I have to admit that I hate George W. Bush. I hate everything about him. His blue jeans and belt buckle. His smirk. His policies. His mother and father and brothers. His "ranch." Everything. I don't think I've ever hated a politician this much in my life. I'm sorry to admit this to my readers, but it's true. My heart if full of a deep hatred toward him. I will never forgive him for what he did this country I love. The country might never really recover from his 8 years of belligerent rule. We might be facing 30 years of malaise and degradation despite what we do electorally.
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peterg76
Freelance medical transcriptionist
01:06 AM on 01/15/2009
If they won't stop repeating lies, we shouldn't stop repeating the truth. The fact that the truth is painful only means it needs to be shouted that much more.
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realpolitic
Obama does care!
07:20 AM on 01/15/2009
Mr. Palermo, as you I loathe George W. Bush. i do not really hate his father so much, who was at least in some ways a statesman. W. has had nothing but contempt for government from the beginning. He looked at his role as to reward friends who wanted to undermine its mission as much as he. He thought he could gain popularity through wars like Napolean, but the people eventually tire. He broke our budget and almost our entire economy, and still he admits to only superficial mistakes. He is one of the worst human beings I have ever come across.

I never hated a politician before. I was always a Democrat, but if a Republican won I was not overly disappointed. Bush has radicalized me. I really fear for the future of our civil liberties and privacy and way of life. His misrule went unchecked in the media . Now that Obama hints there will not be investigations into Bush totture practices I fear for the future. Republicans are by nature authoritarians. Fianlly, when W, comes on television I have to turn the sound down or change channels. My loathing is that deep.
11:12 PM on 01/14/2009
And the most stunning thing is that Palermo only mentions about a tenth of the incompetence and criminality of Bush and his administration. Well, OK - only about a twentieth.
11:45 PM on 01/14/2009
one-thousanth.
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undrgrndgirl
what's so funny 'bout peace, love & understanding?
10:54 PM on 01/14/2009
maybe we can get bush booked on david frost's frost over the world on aljazeera english...