Tag Archives: George Bush

“I Wanna Have Control”

April 6th, 2007 by Joshua Skaroff

Many of you have probably already seen this decidely creepy video of President Cheney lurking in the bushes during the mini-President’s last press conference. You know, the one where he threatened to veto an emergency spending bill and then tried to blame the Democrats.

Via kottke, a slightly more appropriate choice of music than whatever C-SPAN originally played.

Cheney apparently had to be there because his remote control works better from close up.

A Wednesday Quote

March 7th, 2007 by Peter Slutsky

From Political Wire:

“He’s not accountable anymore, which isn’t totally true. You can impeach him, and before this is over, you might see calls for his impeachment.”

-Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE), quoted by Esquire Magazine, on President Bush.

President George W. Bush

March 6th, 2007 by Peter Slutsky

has just named former Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala and former United States Senate Majority Leader Senator Bob Dole (R-KS) to lead a commission to investigate the problems at Walter Reed Medical Center.

Slamming Mitch McConnell

March 2nd, 2007 by Peter Slutsky

From The Courier-Journal in good ol’ Kentucky:

Cash Over Conscience

In bringing George W. Bush to Kentucky for a fund-raiser, Sen. Mitch McConnell sets the terms for his own re-election campaign in 2008.

He says to Kentucky voters, “I am who I am, whether you like it or not.”

And who is that? Not just a Republican leader dutifully standing with his party’s president, but an embracing partisan ally of Mr. Bush, willing to accept, excuse or deny all of this administration’s substantial failings in order to trade on its fealty to the moneyed interests and swell his own re-election campaign stash.

Since Mr. McConnell’s political career has been based on the primacy of money, and the desires of those who give it, this makes a certain kind of sense.

He long ago became one of the legendary money grubbers in modern American politics, in order to buy TV time for commercials that demean, disgrace and ultimately defeat his opponents.

So raising campaign cash this year, arm-in-arm with a discredited president who has, in Sen. John McCain’s words, wasted American lives in a bungled Iraq war, is no problem for our senior senator. He spells it P-O-L-I-T-I-C-$.

Read the rest here.

The United States Congress

February 16th, 2007 by Peter Slutsky

has just voted 246-182 in favor of a non-binding resolution rejecting President Bush’s plan to send more troops to Iraq.

Criminal(s)

February 15th, 2007 by Matthew Slutsky

This is one of the most disturbing things I’ve heard since the beginning of this criminal war in Iraq. ABC News is reporting that the Marine Corps has asked for a new type of armored vehicle which they hope will be better suited to dealing with the harsh realities of guerilla warfare in Iraq.

From ABC News:

The Marine Corps hopes to replace all its 3,700 Humvees in Iraq, but it will take until 2009 and will cost $3.7 billion, since each vehicle costs $900,000. Until then, the Marines will have to make do with the more vulnerable armored Humvees available to them now.

The new hull-armored MRAPs, or Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicles, have V-shaped floors that deflect the force of the blast away from the vehicles. Humvees are more vulnerable because they have flat floors that absorb the blast from roadside bombs. MRAPs are said to provide survival rates four to five times greater than do armored Humvees.

Roadside bombs take a heavy toll on U.S. forces in Iraq. More than 700 Marines have been killed in Iraq since the war began in 2003, nearly two-thirds of them in Humvee attacks, the Pentagon said.

The fact that Bush is sending 22,000+ additional forces into a civil war that Republican Senator Gordon Smith called “absurd” and “criminal” without the equipment that will keep solider safer is beyond the pale.

Additionally, this declaration makes it clear that officials are planning to wage this war going at full-force (they couldn’t justify this major expense without the war surging at full-throttle) for at least another three years.

The Army plans to buy 2,500 MRAP vehicles over the next three years but sees them as an additional equipment option and not a replacement for its 14,000 up-armored Humvees in Iraq. Up-armored Humvees have increased armor protection.

This is criminal.

R.I.P. Molly Ivins

February 2nd, 2007 by Matthew Slutsky

“We are the people who run this country. We are the deciders. Every single day every single one of us needs to step outside and take some action to help stop this war. We need people in the streets banging pots and pans and demanding, ‘Stop it now!’ ”

-Molly Ivins, weeks before she passed away.

The Death Of A President

December 27th, 2006 by Peter Slutsky

I’ll update this post as more statements come in on the passing of America’s 38th President.

Betty Ford on the passing of her husband, President Gerald Ford:

My family joins me in sharing the difficult news that Gerald Ford, our beloved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather has passed away at 93 years of age. His life was filled with love of God, his family and his country.

President Bush on the passing of President Ford:

Laura and I are greatly saddened by the passing of former President Gerald R. Ford. President Ford was a great American who gave many years of dedicated service to our country. On August 9, 1974, after a long career in the House of Representatives and service as Vice President, he assumed the Presidency in an hour of national turmoil and division. With his quiet integrity, common sense, and kind instincts, President Ford helped heal our land and restore public confidence in the Presidency. The American people will always admire Gerald Ford’s devotion to duty, his personal character, and the honorable conduct of his administration. We mourn the loss of such a leader, and our 38th President will always have a special place in our Nation’s memory. On behalf of all Americans, Laura and I offer our deepest sympathies to Betty Ford and all of President Ford’s family. Our thoughts and prayers will be with them in the hours and days ahead.

Nancy Reagan on the passing of President Ford:

I was deeply saddened this evening when I heard of Jerry Ford’s death. Ronnie and I always considered him a dear friend and close political ally. His accomplishments and devotion to our country are vast, and even long after he left the Presidency he made it a point to speak out on issues important to us all. I know that his early support of stem cell research has been important in getting the U.S. Congress to debate the potential lifesaving cures and treatments that may result. I know the days ahead will be very difficult for Betty and my love and deepest sympathy go out to her and the entire Ford family.

President Clinton on the passing of President Ford:

Gerald Ford brought Americans together during a difficult chapter in our history with strength, integrity, and humility. All Americans should be grateful for his life of service; he served our nation well. To his great credit, he was the same hard-working, down-to-earth person the day he left the White House as he was when he first entered Congress almost 30 years earlier. We were honored to know President Ford. We are saddened by his death, and our prayers are with Betty and the entire Ford family.

What An Idiot!

December 8th, 2006 by Peter Slutsky

“Some reports are issued and just gather dust. And truth of the matter is, a lot of reports in Washington are never read by anybody. To show you how important this one is, I read it.”

-President George W. Bush

Spoken like a true idiot, George.

United States Ambassador

December 4th, 2006 by Peter Slutsky

to the United Nations John Bolton has just resigned. Bolton did not have enough support in the U.S. Senate to win confirmation. President Bush gave Bolton a recess appointment to the United Nations in August, 2005. More on Bolton’s resignation here. Complete article on NYTimes.com.