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Not enough people noticed this in my tabloid listing so I dedicated it a whole entry.

Remember when W’s recession which started November 2001 was written out by newspapers, WH flunkies as having started in November 2000?

It’s only fair that, having kicked his recession back to Clinton, W would want something back.

Remember the Millenium terrorist plot on New years 1999 that Clinton’s FBI foiled? It involved the Sears Towers.

Somehow, W incorporated it in his memoir and moved it 2 years later

Bush: Sears Tower was ‘a genuine target’

“People forget that the Sears Tower was a target — a genuine target, and the mayor responded, and his people responded, brilliantly to the threats,” Bush said, calling Chicago the “best-run city in America.”

Daley received the compliment responding with another bold lie

Daley returned the favor, praising Bush for the calm he exuded on the day the mayor called “Pearl Harbor for another generation.”

Which W eagerly grabbed and enhanced, teaching others to do what he did

“It was a stark reminder that I was not to create panic,” Bush said. “If you’re the head of an organization in a crisis, you’ve got to understand that the people who follow you will feed off your reaction. My recommendation to anybody who is confronting a crisis is to project calm—and that’s what I did.”

THIS calm

But who’s going to give us our copy of My pet Goat to read for 9 minutes?

And let’s not forget the “getting out of harm’s way” by “calmly running to a bunker.

The interview you gave may be scrubbed, but the words are indelible in people’s minds, oh, great wise teacher.

Yes, time to update the suck-up files. Karl Rove gives Millbank an interview and, because he has no power now, Millbank is actually printing the truth

After snarking at some outrageous Rove rewrites, Milbank finally issues a sweeping statement


Every article about George W. Bush ever written by Dana Milbank was wrong. The Post regrets the error.

Oh, yeah, we do to. But it’s not like anyone died because of it. Oh, wait…

Here’s one re-write NY Post attempted at the time

(Bush kept reading “My Pet Goat” after being told of the terrorist attack on Sept. 11, 2001, because he “wanted to project calm”). Pretty much everything gets corrected – the war in Iraq, Katrina, the Plame case (in which Obama sided with Karl)

But the most shocking correction to me – from the Old Bitch beer Millbank has to be this one

He describes at length how Clinton staffers “trashed” the White House, though investigators were “unable to conclude whether the 2001 transition was worse than previous ones.”

He actually offers a link to a pdf of the White House site (W’s white House) to prove this. Oh, Dana, Dana, Dana! Too bad you didn’t know about that when your paper – along with all the other papers were breathlessly reporting this story – along with AF-1 gate, presentsgate, pardongate! officegate and all the other screaming insults you hurled at Clinton after he left presidency with 68% approval rate. I bet in 20 years you work your way around those too. And then maybe even Whitewater ,  Vince Foster, Travelgate ,Troopergate and the rest you guys made up.

I wonder if this blanket correction also covers the extremely revealing Bush-Gore comparison he once made: Gore makes you feel like he’s better than you, although he isn’t while Bush doesn’t make you feel he is better than you, although he clearly is”

Or what about this masterpiece in butt kissing

In early evening, some 50 journalists and camera crews, along with a dozen aides and as many Secret Service agents, piled into a half-dozen white vans for the drive to the heavily fortified Bush ranch and its relatively modest limestone compound. (Reporters were not allowed in the main house but connived their way into the guest house by saying they needed to use the toilets.)

I needed a toilet after reading this too – in my own house. Here’s another helping if you can take it

A scrum of journalists followed the president from truck to chicken to cobbler. One tried, unsuccessfully, to pepper Bush with foreign policy questions. Another pleaded for more such private moments, moaning, “I miss you!” Still others wanted to know what the first lady thought of being called a “lump” by her husband. The answer? Off the record.

Yeah. Dana Millbank – the court jester of the Bushes. And now, Obamas.

I wonder what he’ll retract when Rahm goes away. or will he wait until the end of Obama’s term?

via  Dutch Comedy TV

WaPo  publishes a 4 pages puff piece on W’s “simpler life”(not an ounce of remorse in sight)

There, buried amongst the old clicheed lies the little clue to the rotation of the cadres

Bush rarely talks about his successor and he vows to support him. At his luncheon speech in Calgary, the former president said: “I’m not going to spend my time criticizing [Obama]. There are plenty of critics in the arena. He deserves my silence.

How? Why? What has he done to deserve it? (we all remember W wasn’t at all silent on his “predecessor”) And silence on what? Sound more like Omerta to me.

But facts scream for themselves loud enough.

Right after asking more money for the two wars going, Obama’s general lets foreign media only know that

we may miss Iraq deadline to halt al-Qaeda terror

In all fairness, he may have let all media know, but in this country the O-media also gives Obama their silence.

So, who can recall all W’s phony reasons to invade Iraq? Al Quaeda, Saddam, WMD, freedom marching and the rest of them.

Looks Obama is starting from the top:

The activities of al-Qaeda in two of Iraq’s most troubled cities could keep US combat troops engaged beyond the June 30 deadline for their withdrawal, the top US commander in the country has warned.

So, it’s Al Qaeda now, and not only the deadline may be missed but

US troop numbers in Mosul and Baqubah, in the north of the country, could rise rather than fall over the next year if necessary,

Who would have thunk it? The guy who made a speech….

The article – which is for the most part a puff piece on the good general, reminds us that

President Barack Obama is seeking $83.4 billion for US military and diplomatic operations in Iraq and Afghanistan


would push the costs of the two wars to almost $1 trillion since the September 11, 2001

In other news

The US budget deficit hits almost one trillion dollars in the first half of the current fiscal year, according to figures released by the Treasury.

It kinda makes sense – from the one billion dollars candidate.

Oh, yeah – silence deserved and delivered.


Same general same statements, headlined and massaged Politico style

Odierno believes troops will be out of Iraq by 2011

Asked by CNN’s John King to offer a 1-to-10 rating for the chances that U.S. combat troops would be out of Iraq by 2011, Odierno said: “As you ask me today, I believe it’s a 10, that we’ll be gone by 2011.”

But Odierno also said he believed that specific deadlines on the timetable could be altered based on conditions on the ground – and he thinks that Obama would be amenable to small changes, if deemed necessary.

Which makes me wonder: was 2011 the original deadline or 2010?

And who sent the good general in damage control press tour after his Times of London interview?


After Bush the Smarter lost the election to Clinton, he became officially a bad joke to the GOP. The CPAC that year jeered his name out loud and he was the subject to ridicule.

As I read this right after his son stole the election for Gore, I wished him an even more pathetic memorialization by his own. So, when I saw this title

Bush a four-letter word at CPAC

I certainly celebrated my wish coming true so precisely.

I savored several details:

if there’s one thing those attending the annual Conservative Political Action Conference this week agree on, it is this: They don’t want another George W. Bush.

There’s no nostalgia for the past eight years, no tributes to Bush and no sessions dedicated to exploring his presidency.

Indeed, for a president who publicly embraced conservative principles, there is little evidence that the movement returns the sentiment.

But while enjoying morsels like this one, I was troubled by my second time agreement with New Gingrich (the first time was over Asimov’s Foundation Trilogy). Someone on that side notce the Jr.Jr reality – even if they zoom on all the wrong things:

Conservative icon Newt Gingrich, the former House Speaker, railed against the “Bush-Obama continuity in economic policy” and the “Bush-Obama big spending program” in a speech Friday.

“We had big spending under Bush and now we have big spending under Obama,” Gingrich said. “And so now we have two failures.

What he said.

Not Your Sweetie

September 2020