Sunday, November 30, 2008
"He showed real leadership at a time when the country was the most vulnerable after 9/11.
And he has managed to keep the country safe from terrorist attacks thus far."
"He has also appointed more minorities and women to high positions in the government than any other president.
Who will miss Bush?
"After all these efforts, the people who are going to miss him the most are liberals.
They will have to finally start owning responsibility for the way the country is being run.
They had successfully morphed their “Blame America First” slogan to “Blame Dubya First” and once he is out of the White House, there is only going to be a certain period of time before that goes stale."
What about all of those Europeans who despise Bush:
"Mr Bush, of course, is more lame duck than poisoned chicken. The eyes of the world are on his successor.
But I still harbour a conviction that for all their expectation of a brave new dawn, the Europeans are going to miss Mr Bush in ways that they are only beginning to understand.
They'll miss, first, having a villain in the White House.
It's a really convenient excuse to avoid doing anything yourself on pressing global concerns." (Baker)
Yes, the Euros will now have to explain to Obama why they don't want to fulfill their NATO obligations in Afghanistan. Also, the Germans will now have to explain why their cozy business ties with Iran won't change either.
The WSJ has a good editorial today called Germany Loves Iran:
"Readers may recall that Barack Obama assailed President Bush for not doing more diplomatically to contain Iran, including more vigorous sanctions.
Job one on that score for Mr. Obama would seem to be persuading his many admirers in Germany.
For much too long, our allies have put off the tough decisions by blaming "The Texas Cowboy".
Let's see what they do now! During Obama's trip to Germany, they cheered every line except the one about sending troops to Afghanistan!
What about the Bush economy:
"The U.S. annual economic growth rate has been 2.2% through this presidency, the highest of any advanced country, and the economy expanded 19% in this time, well ahead of other large economies.
The same pattern was replicated in per-capita income and spending, investment of all kinds and unemployment, which ran at half a percent below the average of the Clinton years and three full points below the Eurozone.
Until the last three months of his eight-year presidency, Bush avoided a recession." (Black)
Not a bad record at all.
As we celebrate Thanksgiving, we say thank you to a good man.
Like any other decision maker, Bush made a ton of decisions.
He got some right, specially the big ones like The War on Terror and two wonderful Supreme Court appointments.
He got some wrong. I wish that we had spent less, although the federal deficit relative to GDP (2-3%) was low by historical standards.
Of course, his critics didn't have to make decisions. They just sat in the bleachers and played the Monday morning QB.
As we know from watching football, the Monday Morning QB never throws an interception. At the same time, there aren't any Monday Morning QBs in the Hall of Fame either!
He was forced to deal with many issues unresolved for decades, such as Social Security and immigration.
He tried to fix Social Security by allowing younger workers to invest in private accounts. He was greeted with the usual "class warfare" and "they want to take your grandmother's check" garbage from Dems.
He was forced to deal with terrorism, an issue that the Clinton administration totally overlooked and came home to bite us on 9-11.
How do you know that Pres. Bush did a good job? You won't see big changes from Obama. Our friends at Power Line call it Hope and change down the road:
"John writes that, in light of Obama's staffing decisions, "it now appears that the Obama administration will represent a continuation of Bush-era policies on taxes, response to the current financial crisis, and national security policy, including Iraq."
We have spent the last two years hearing how bad Bush's policies are.
So what does the "hope and change" candidate do?
He keeps Gates as Sec of Defense and retains an economic team that looks very centrist rather than liberal.
It will be fun to sit in the bleachers and watch the Dems actually make decisions for a change!
They've been the opposition party for 28 of the last 40 years!
Let's see if they can govern as well as they've bashed Nixon, Ford, Reagan, Bush and Bush!
Again, we say thanks to Pres. Bush for dealing with incredibly difficult problems and keeping a very cheerful outlook.
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
"Former first lady Barbara Bush was expected to remain in a Houston hospital for the next week as she recovers from laparoscopic surgery for a perforated ulcer, her surgeon said Wednesday.
"She did well through the surgery and she continues to do very well," said Dr. Pat Reardon, who operated on the 83-year-old former first lady at The Methodist Hospital."
Thursday, November 27, 2008
P.S. We also remember the craziest Cowboys game on Thanksgiving Day.
First, Dallas was hit by a freak ice and snow storm in 1993. Who ever heard of snow and ice in Dallas for Thanksgiving? We saw it in 1993!
Second, the Cowboys were confident and headed for another Super Bowl victory. They beat Buffalo the year before and would defeat them again two months later. They actually won 3 titles in 4 years!
Third, the Cowboys had 3 of the best players in NFL history--Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin.
Fourth, the Cowboys also had a fellow named Leon Lett on their roster. He was a big defensive lineman. He was in the middle of two of the craziest plays in Cowboys' history.
Let Emmitt Smith, Coach Johnson and Bill Bates, veteran defensive player, tell you the story. Of course, there is always Brad Sham on the radio play by play: