Saying Goodbye To A Decent Man

George W. Bush, a man who has been demonized like no other President in history will soon be stepping down, ending an era of wartime prosperity – prosperity we’ll likely not see for a long time, if ever again, if the incoming administration is successful in putting into place all of the Socialist policies Obama has in mind.

Ed Gillepsie  wrote a good piece at Real Clear Politics, about The Myths and Facts About The Real Bush Record. It’s definitely worth the read…especially for myth number 1:

Myth 1: The last eight years were awful for most Americans economically and President Bush’s deregulatory policies caused the current financial crisis.

Reality:

President Bush’s time in office is ending as it began, with our economy under stress. The recession President Bush inherited as he entered office ran through the attacks of September 11, 2001, but during the recovery that followed, and due in no small part to the tax relief President Bush worked with Congress to provide, this country experienced its longest run of uninterrupted job growth – 52 straight months, with 8.3 million jobs created. This reflected six consecutive years of economic growth from the Fourth Quarter of 2001 until the Fourth Quarter of 2007. From 2000 to 2007, real GDP grew by more than 17 percent, a remarkable gain of nearly 2.1 trillion dollars.

This growth was driven in part by increased labor productivity gains that have averaged 2.5 percent annually since 2001, a rate that exceeds the averages of the 1970s, ’80s, and ’90s. In the same period, real after-tax income per capita increased by more than 11 percent, and there was a 4.7 percent increase in the number of new businesses formed. The current economic challenges, which the President and his Administration have responded to aggressively, threaten to reverse some of these gains – but the gains cannot be denied.

As for the current crisis, the President and his economic team have taken unprecedented actions to stabilize the financial sector and avert a collapse. While there are a number of causes of the housing and credit crises that are at the root of our current economic troubles, deregulation by the Bush Administration is simply not one of them. In fact, one of the circumstances that contributed to the crisis was the failure of the government sponsored enterprises (GSEs) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which President Bush long tried to subject to greater regulation. In April 2001, three months after taking office, the President warned in his first budget that the size of the two GSEs were a “potential problem” that “could cause strong repercussions in financial markets, affecting Federally insured entities and economic activity.” In 2003, the Administration began calling for a new GSE regulator, and over the next five years, the Administration continued to call for GSE reform only to be accused by Democrats in Congress of creating artificial fears and advocating for ill-advised proposals. By the time Congress finally acted in 2008 to provide the oversight the President requested, it was too late to prevent systemic consequences. Had the Administration’s initial reform proposals been adopted, some of today’s turmoil in our financial markets may have been averted.

It can’t be repeated enough that the Bush administration’s pleas for some oversight of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were resisted by Congressional Democrats for years. Bush warned Congress about the GSEs in 2008, 17 times, alone.

It’s a shameful travesty that Republicans, (especially McCain) failed to get this message out before the 2008 election. I will forever wonder if McCain actually wanted to win.

It’s a shameful travesty that The New York Slimes is still trying to pin the blame of the current economic crisis on Bush.

You know where I go now for more conservative news? Freakin’ Pravda, that’s where. I’m not kidding. I’m putting them on my blogroll….

I have a brother in law,  usually a funny,  amiable guy who ruined Thanksgiving dinner for me, by taking the occasion to get some digs in on the President  – Poor Bush; so despised, he’ll never have the funding he needs to build his Presidential Library….hahaha. This was at a table full of like minded Democrats, (except for me and my husband).

This is how people have been conditioned to think after eight straight years of no stop Bush bashing from the media. The  man didn’t even get the traditional “honeymoon” treatment from the press after he was elected because the sour grapes caused by a close, and contested election.

Nobody ever bothered to report stories like this, finally covered by the Washington Times:

For much of the past seven years, President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney have waged a clandestine operation inside the White House. It has involved thousands of military personnel, private presidential letters and meetings that were kept off their public calendars or sometimes left the news media in the dark.

Their mission: to comfort the families of soldiers who died fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and to lift the spirits of those wounded in the service of their country.

On Monday, the president is set to make a more common public trip – with reporters in tow – to Walter Reed Army Medical Center, home to many of the wounded and a symbol of controversy earlier in his presidency over the quality of care the veterans were receiving.

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But the size and scope of Mr. Bush’s and Mr. Cheney’s private endeavors to meet with wounded soliders and families of the fallen far exceed anything that has been witnessed publicly, according to interviews with more than a dozen officials familiar with the effort.

“People say, ‘Why would you do that?'” the president said in an Oval Office interview with The Washington Times on Friday. “And the answer is: This is my duty. The president is commander in chief, but the president is often comforter in chief, as well. It is my duty to be – to try to comfort as best as I humanly can a loved one who is in anguish.”

Can anyone really expect such character (when no one is watching) from “the Messiah”.

Considering how he behaves when people are watching, I think not.

But I suppose, in the new era of Peace and Unicorns, there’ll be no more anguish to comfort.

MORE:

… from Rick Moran at The American Thinker:

A purely political observation is if the public knew of this herculean effort on the part of Bush and Cheney – the sheer numbers being incredible – I daresay the president’s approval ratings would not be hovering in the mid-20’s. The demonization of Bush by the media and the left would have been much more difficult and perhaps less successful.

But in the end, they were right to keep it a secret. Any hint of politics in such an effort would have made the entire exercise seem hypocritical. And you can bet that the media and the left would have tried to paint any effort to visit and comfort the troops – such as the massive undertaking described in the article – as PR window dressing, nothing more.

Bush has come in for a lot of criticism – much of it deserved – over the years. But the portrayal of him as an unfeeling, uncaring man when it came to the suffering of soldiers or citizens as a result of war or natural disaster was always purely political. Even his most vigorous supporters, however, could not have imagined the extent to which he gave of his time and emotional energy to ease the suffering of Americans who have given so much for America during his time in office.

Hat tip: Gateway Pundit

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