The Pardu

The Pardu
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Monday, April 27, 2015

UPDATE: Bush Goes Behind Closed Doors And Delivers A Romneysia!

                                 The proper with enemies of the State?

George W. Bush second half of 2014.

"I don't think it's good for the country to have a former president undermine a current president," he said at the time. "I think it's bad for the presidency for that matter."

If you need a visual of a president who cannot help, but foretell a legacy that will rank towards the bottom of presidential rankings, Fox News's Sean Hannity provided it last year.

MSNBC, Politics Nation (The dialogue associated with Bush's comments are avoidable. The relevancy of the segment is expended int he first few seconds.)

If you have another two minutes consider giving another look and listen as Fox News's Brian Kilmeade and his Fox & Friends co hosts work to bait the former president to a slice of Obama hating.  Watch as Kilmeade exhorts the virtues of Bill Clinton in not criticizing George W. "Dad."

Class eh?   Well not so fast, readers.  


An old adage that once was as sure and true as the 24 our clock. Alas, the old adage is no longer with any degree of merit. 

Remember this?

September 2012, Boca Raton Florida

During a private fundraiser earlier this year, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney told a small group of wealthy contributors what he truly thinks of all the voters who support President Barack Obama. He dismissed these Americans as freeloaders who pay no taxes, who don't assume responsibility for their lives, and who think government should take care of them. Fielding a question from a donor about how he could triumph in November, Romney replied:
There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that's an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what…These are people who pay no income tax. 
Romney went on: "[M]y job is is not to worry about those people. I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives."
In a day and age of abundant technology and the real prospect some do not agree with their ideology and demagoguery, politicians continue to speak their hearts behind closed doors. There are a couple of additional dynamics associated with the headstrong tendency to go full blast behind closed doors. First, the assumption that anyone who spends thousands for a seat at the engagement isn't an ally with shared beliefs. Second, and the most unfathomable, the tendency to bull-headedly manage one's comments in an environment of ravishing (first scope) new reporters, or servant staff who wish to capture comments not intended for the pubic.

The Romney digression was an example of classic elitism. His was an appeal to people who exist in an upper crust well away from common people like you and me (we are the 47%). Romney now has a cohort in "behind the closed door mantra."

Fox News.."you gotta kill em..!" President Obama hater, Brett Hume, and host partook in a bit of Obama Derangement and the headline reads as such:  

"When You Say Something, You Have to Mean It': Bush 43 Rips Obama Foreign Policy"   Recall a few key links...... Dead or Alive I,   Dead or Alive II, Dead or Alive..oops
"You gotta kill em..!"  Yes and you also have to mean it and follow through with the false bravado.

Apparently, George W. Bush reversed his supposed 'high road' practices of not criticism a ;previously president with a full 40 minute blast against President Obama. Included in the Business Insider piece you may have noticed a poignant comment from a reader who laid Bush's criticism of Obama's 2011 withdrawal from Iraq in proper perspective. Bush left office with a documented target withdrawal date of December 2011, yet he criticizes Obama for fulfilling the target along with Maliki's wish to have US troops leave Iraq. 

The former president should have continued his practice of avoiding criticism of the current and sitting president. He speaks with deceptive intention with a level of hypocrisy not commonly found among former presidents. Why would he "go there?" Other than a quest for a lofty speaking fee, it is hard to imagine even behind closed doors, Bush speaking about Iraq and Iran. We know the nation's 43rd president was a foreign affairs nightmare; we also know he and his National Security team literally lied the nation into war.

Steve Benen of the Rachel Maddow Blog, keyboarded a peice late to Bush's visit with 700 members of the "Republican" Jewish donors. Of particular note were his comments regarding "Middle East Choas."

If you inclined to buy into Brian Kilmeade's late 2014 ridiculous attempt to extract a bit of "Obama hating" from Bush, recognize the United States Bush turned over to President Obama.

The images do not lie. It would be impossible to avoid comment as a sitting president.
A matter of policy and incompetence in federal governance.
SodaHead's slowest recovery ever.  It may have been the deepest recession in modern US History.

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After literally applying fixes to the abysmal US economy in 2009, it seems a president with presided over that economy would not join Dick Cheney's "legacy charade." On the international affairs or defense front, Bush should stick with his oil painting and maybe even greeting visitors at his SMU Presidential Library.

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