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Since 2008 – Progress Through Politics


  1. spacemanspiff

    “Who could have possibly envisioned an erection — an election in Iraq at this point in history?” –George W. Bush, at the white House, Washington, D.C., Jan. 10, 2005

    “I’ve heard he’s been called Bush’s poodle. He’s bigger than that.” –George W. Bush, on former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, as quoted by the Sun newspaper, June 27, 2007

    “You know, one of the hardest parts of my job is to connect Iraq to the war on terror.” –George W. Bush, interview with CBS News’ Katie Couric, Sept. 6, 2006

    “I’ll be glad to talk about ranching, but I haven’t seen the movie. I’ve heard about it. I hope you go — you know — I hope you go back to the ranch and the farm is what I’m about to say.” –George W. Bush, after being asked whether he’s seen Brokeback Mountain, Manhattan, Kan., Jan. 23, 2006

    “When I take action, I’m not going to fire a $2 million missile at a $10 empty tent and hit a camel in the butt. It’s going to be decisive.” -George W. Bush, Washington, D.C. Sept. 19, 2001

  2. I thought Bush was a buffoon when he was running for office (we are not going to elect Jr., are we?).  I didn’t pay a lot of attention to the campaigning, life was good and I was supremely busy and intensely proud of my country.  When the election happened, I was in Europe and I went to sleep knowing that the unexiting Gore was president.

    I woke up and that wasn’t exactly clear anymore.  The next two days I had to chagrin to all my cohorts about it and try to defend my country: ‘we really are a democracy’…

    But, you know, he’s just the boss and how bad can he be?

    Ten months later, seething at the TV without sleeping, for once eager to stand up for my boss no matter how goofy he was, I watched him address the nation and the world while fire still raged in NYC.  

    He told us we’d be OK.  I nodded and supported him.  

    He told the rest of the world that we are not to be fucked with.  I oh-yeah fucking agreed, and I supported him.

    He told the rest of the world that Americans didn’t hate Muslims, that Americans liked them.  I stared at the TV motionless, trying to rearrange the future in my head to fit a world where the President of the United States – at a time of unprecedented crisis – would divide the world into “Christians” (us) and “Muslims” (not us).

    In retrospect, that minute of first staring, and then lowering my head into my hands and trying to comprehend what he had just said, and what it would mean – that moment of realization – was as traumatic as the Tuesday morning that led up to it.

    The President of the United States had just made America a Christian-only nation, opposed to the Heathen Foreigners.

    That, for me, was the worst moment.  Everything else that he has done wrong follows from that.

  3. Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we.

    They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people

    and neither do we.

    -Washington, D.C., Aug. 5, 2004

  4. GrassrootsOrganizer

    I think I could post a low spot a day and run out of days between now and the Inaguration.

    I wish I could still somehow find and get into my old Hotmail account from the late 90s.  There’s an email out there that haunts me.  I wrote it as Bush was pulling ahead of Gore, soothing my sister with something along the lines of

    “even if he does win we’re heading into an economic downturn.  He’ll get blamed for it, he won’t accomplish anything else, and he’ll be gone in four years.  No worries.”

    Another early memory for me — watching Gore at the big 911 prayer thing immediately afterwards.  (the one where everyone who is anyone was present — in a church  — the National Cathedral maybe?)  Planes were not yet flying again, the stock market was still closed, we were all still hoarding gas and buying supplies for our new safe rooms…

    I was transfixed by Gore — what must be going through his head right now?  Is he relieved this isn’t on his shoulders?  Is he haunted that he could have somehow prevented it?  He seemed like a great Shakespearian character in that moment — the man who would have been at the helm.

    There was also this melting away of partisan prejudice down to the core of it — here we were, in the midst of our worst crisis as a nation, with a dim-witted falsely elected cowboy  drunk at the wheel.  Even still — I could not have imagined the next six years in my worst political nightmares.

  5. fogiv

    Natural gas is hemispheric. I like to call it hemispheric in nature because it is a product that we can find in our neighborhoods.

    -George W. Bush

  6. GrassrootsOrganizer

    I remember on 911 all the confusion and speculation about where Bush was exactly.  If anyone remembers, for most of that day no one seemed to know because his plane was flying around in circles, literally, I assume to confuse the terrorists.  The stupid part is, he was probably the safest person in America at that point — why would they ever want any harm to come to him?

    There was also some business about Cheney being taken to some underground bunker.  I remember through the entire day, through the worst of it, through not knowing what could or would happen next, while they were still trying to land all the planes and all the misinformation about bombs in public places and fuel trucks gone missing — through it all the most terrifying aspect of it for me was the Bush was in charge and Cheney was in a bunker somewhere.

    I don’t write that to be funny — I truly was as terrified of Bush making decisions that day as I was by the events themselves.  

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