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What George W. Bush misses the most
The Hill (Washington DC), by Mario Trujillo

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Posted By:JoniTx, 2/19/2014 11:23:42 PM

Former President George W. Bush said Wednesday he doesn´t miss much about being president — with the exception of riding on Air Force One. “A lot of people ask me, you know, do I miss much about being president?” Bush said at an event in Dallas. “And the answer is really no.” But the former president admitted having his own plane was a great perk. "I mean I miss the people I served with. I miss Air Force One. In eight years they never lost my baggage," he said to laughter.


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Reply 1 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 2/19/2014 11:41:06 PM     (No. 9739261)

Not to worry GW, AF1 has not been idle long enough to gather dust since you left. Zippy and MOOooochelle love the ride too.

Enough with the ´shout out´s´

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Reply 2 - Posted by: MisterDickens, 2/19/2014 11:43:17 PM     (No. 9739264)

Why is this news? The Hill, of course, is a joke anyway. This just further reinforces that.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: fayebeck, 2/19/2014 11:46:10 PM     (No. 9739265)

Go away George. Things are not funny anymore. Keep "respecting" the president and the office and go away.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: TXknitter, 2/19/2014 11:52:31 PM     (No. 9739271)

What a silly response. Hello, he wasn´t exactly flying commercial like the little people even long before he was President. Yes, #1,2.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: smcchk, 2/20/2014 12:38:56 AM     (No. 9739298)

Well, I sure miss George W! And he is a funny fellow too.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: absalom, 2/20/2014 2:03:22 AM     (No. 9739311)

#5. Sure Bush was funny, in an ridiculous sort of way, but so were Stanley Lauren, Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton etc. Yet they were geniuses who will never be conflated w/an abject moron like George Bush!!!

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Reply 7 - Posted by: belwhatter, 2/20/2014 3:59:17 AM     (No. 9739323)

GWB does have a sense of humor - it is kindly in manner. I know someone who was in the DC setting during GWB´s presidency and was able to meet him several times - he has nothing but respect for the former President´s intellect and ability to discuss the most weighty of matters off the cuff for hours on end. The press painted a totally false picture of GWB.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Spidey, 2/20/2014 4:04:38 AM     (No. 9739325)

The real abject moron is the current occupant of the WH.In his own words,every job that´s been created in the past 5 years was do to the stimulus when even an Ivy League school study condemned it as a complete waste of money that barely resonated in the economy.You take that $800 billion along with the feds money giveaways and give it blue collar non unions people in this country economic boom because they know how to put money to work,ruling elites and government employees don´t.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: mws50, 2/20/2014 4:51:54 AM     (No. 9739336)

I miss GW Bush. He was a decent President, despite what the raving lunatics think about him.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Italiano, 2/20/2014 5:33:51 AM     (No. 9739342)

Good guy, good man, but he and his family are Obama economy-proof. It doesn´t affect them or their fellow members of the Ruling Class. We aren´t so lucky. He could have done more. "Respect for the Office" doesn´t cut it when applied to those who have trashed it.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 2/20/2014 7:25:45 AM     (No. 9739413)

A Texas drawl and a cowboy hat do not make you stupid.

Six years in an Indonesian madrassa do not make you smart.

GWB is not conservative enough for my taste but I´m pretty sure he is an American.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: ROLFnader, 2/20/2014 7:47:11 AM     (No. 9739441)

There are some, it seems, who are under the impression that Bush must have quit and let Obama take over. Rough room, today......

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Reply 13 - Posted by: TigerLilly, 2/20/2014 9:01:41 AM     (No. 9739557)

GWB, whether you liked his policies or not, is a decent man and a patriot who loves and has respect for his country. He is unfailingly polite and has a good sense of humor and far more intelligent than the press led anyone to believe. He was a million times better than the current squatter in the Oval Office.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: flybynight, 2/20/2014 9:37:23 AM     (No. 9739603)

GWB was too big-government for my taste, but his words are revealing: Can you imagine any dem president in recent memory "missing the people he SERVED WITH? " Served. With. THAT is the difference between the essentially decent GWB and the execrable Clintons, the Obama trash. They don´t serve. They are served. And ´with´ doesn´t enter into their vocabulary. Stroke of the pen, law of the land. Kinda cool. It is good to be king.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: smcchk, 2/20/2014 10:04:42 AM     (No. 9739657)

The vitriol which many posters go after GOP leaders makes me doubt we will ever get a GOP President. Our own party is filled with so much hate. President Bush was giving a speech at his library. A pleasant occasion. Lighten up!

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Reply 16 - Posted by: broken01, 2/20/2014 12:03:18 PM     (No. 9739842)

Say what you want about PRESIDENT Goerge Walker Bush, he was too big government, a RINO etc. What I do know is that he respected the office of the Presidency and him being CinC. He was more intelligent than the doofus we have now but the way the press treated him you would´ve never known that. We all know how the kneepad media protects Odummy´s image while they made movies about GWB´s assasination. I was glad when he took over from BJ Clintoon and was equally happy to retire at 20 right before the O´Clown took over. One guy served the people the other serves himself. Think about that. I for one will take his humor over Obysmal´s fake smile any day of the week and twice on Sunday.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: absalom, 2/20/2014 4:45:11 PM     (No. 9740237)

Fair enough. Agreed Bush was a good man, w/breeding, manners and proper schooling who was charming, kindly and polite. And so what! It´s his governance that´s at issue. Lord Acton astutely observed, ´Good men are never great men´. Bush is testament to that cold reality. Churchill, an irascible drunk, publicly castigated and sacked Generals and Ministers who did not achieve their goals but he gave Britain hope and resolve during their darkest hours. Mac Arthur was imperious, vain
and vindictive but he defeated Imperial Japan w/only 25% of the resources devoted to Europe and w/1/3 the casualties. Otto Von Bismarck was fearsome to all but he unified Germany. None of them were nice guys. Great nations need great men to rise to the occasion and seize the moment; otherwise they do not remain great. The quality of our Presidents, at least since Reagan, are indeed ominous.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: marthaville, 2/21/2014 10:59:31 AM     (No. 9741143)

Well, shock of shocks. George W. Bush still has his critics on lucianne. Some have apparent hatred for him (#3 ). And the arrogant and frustrated #6, who can´t get names correct, and again at #17 thinks everyone is impressed with his command of parts of European history.

Everyone has opinions. Personally, I prefer a president that understands his place in history and did not believe building his own legacy was of primary importance. In GWB we had a president that cared for the people he worked with, treated them with respect as did #41, loves the United States of America and always did what he thought was best for our nation. President Obama has done nothing in the last five plus years to justify even being mentioned when discussing the far better man, George W. Bush.

The name used by #6/#17 appears to fit him. Unable to determine who is a great man.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: JoniTx, 2/21/2014 11:39:13 AM     (No. 9741208)

Well said #15. It WAS a speech, at the Bush Library, regarding veterans.

FTA: ~~"I do miss saluting men and women who volunteered to defend our nation during war," he said. "Many are coming home and are preparing for new missions as civilians, and I intend to salute these men and women for the rest of my life.”~~

God Bless them all, including President George W. Bush!

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Reply 20 - Posted by: absalom, 2/21/2014 1:36:36 PM     (No. 9741393)

#18. My strong opinion of Bush is devoid of hatred yet filled w/pity, as any unsentimental assessment of his governance would show. We elect Presidents to govern for the greater good of the nation and most emphatically not, to save souls. Bush´s personal qualities of politeness, charm, compassion, kindness, breeding and manners are both irrelevant and have absolutely nothing to do w/the attribute of leadership. History is replete w/well meaning types who who failed abysmally when it mattered. Hoover, who organized Belgian Food Relief during WW1, deepened and worsened the Depression through his economic ineptitude; ushering in FDR´S New Deal and forever changing the face of US politics. In our time, Bush´s colossal fiscal recklessness, in cahoots w/an R Congress; involving deficits and bailouts; destroyed forever the GOP reputation for fiscal integrity and prudence. The consequence was Obama, excuses aside. The templates for leadership were our Founding Fathers; hard men w/grit, vision and will, who never conflated well meaning sentiment w/results. George Bush will never be confused w/any of them.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: StormCnter, 2/21/2014 2:08:08 PM     (No. 9741423)

Anyone else get a headache from all that ongoing drum beating?

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Lalo, 2/21/2014 3:25:53 PM     (No. 9741528)

I´m not even bothering to read the most hateful of the haters here any more.. might as well read the Daily Cuss or watch a Michael Moore movie (neither of which have I ever done but can imagine the vitriol).

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