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President MIA

George Bush has gone MIA. And although there are many suggesting that having Mr. All-Hat-No-Cattle disengaged from the day-to-day operations of the US government is a good thing; it’s quite obvious that someone should be working to fix this mess.

Enter Barack Obama.

Yes, Obama has officially stepped over the line of decorum (link) and began taking charge of some of the decisions that will ultimately become his day-to-day nightmare. Recently stating that he had no choice but to begin the process of governing because of the “extraordinary circumstances” that forced his hand and create a parallel presidency.

But my question is: where’s the outrage?

How come Mr. Joe-Sixpack isn’t complaining about the current President going MIA?

It’s quite obvious that Mr. All-Hat-No-Cattle has become Mr. Joe-Two-Week-Notice. George W has been phoning it in since coming back from his month-long vacation in August. He’s acting more like a guy that has given his 2 weeks notice. Like he’s spending more time cleaning up his desk, boxing up his stress balls, Dilbert cartoons and slinkys and going cube-to-cube to talk cooler-talk to his soon-to-be-ex coworkers. George W. certainly isn’t doing everything he can to solve the crisis that he, himself, created.

What a pathetic mess of a President.

Mr. Bush could care less about the goings-on of the day-to-day Americans during this time of crisis. It’s really not a shock to me as someone who watched Katrina unfold via the television and wondered why the government didn’t act. It was pathetic then and it’s pathetic now.

But Bush’s priorities haven’t changed; he is more interested in protecting the interestes of big business rather than helping Joe-Sixpack. Because the only thing that he’s done recently with any haste has been one last end-around by rushing a new rule into the Labor Department (link) that would make it harder for government to regulate toxic substances and hazardous chemicals.

Right… go with that ‘de-regulation’ thing again; it worked so well with Wall Street.

As much as I want George Bush to leave office and put someone in charge that actually wants to work hard for America, it’s obvious that America needs leadership and they need leadership now.

Please Mr. Bush, for the good of the American republic; step down sir and let someone else get to work.

Posted by john trevisani at November 30, 2008 9:26 AM
Comments
Comment #271185

John:

Bush has given Obama a no fault bailout plan to work with and his Secretary of War to fight the wars. What more can you expect from him?

As you have pointed out, except for his physical presence in the oval office, Obama has assumed control so take a lesson from him, forgiving is the Christian thing to do.

Posted by: jlw at November 30, 2008 11:58 AM
Comment #271187

IMO we should be glad that bush has gone on a mental vacation. He is doing enough damage as it is with his signing pen in hand. As the days count down-I am getting more scared considering what last thing he might have up his sleeve.

If some of the blogs and websites are accurate in their assessment that Bush is drinking again-this is all the more reason for him to let Barack take over early. It’s bad enough that we have had a oholic without a program in the white house for 8 years but if he is truly drinking again he could cause serious damage to a country on the brink.

Posted by: Carolina at November 30, 2008 12:11 PM
Comment #271188

sorry my post should say “an alcoholic”-how I missed that previewing-i’ll never know.

Posted by: Carolina at November 30, 2008 12:13 PM
Comment #271190

Carolina, if Bush needed to drink it was in office when the blogs/websites were hammering him.

Surfing the DailyKos, MediaMatters, Huffington, I don’t see anywhere near the focus on Bush. Rather a resigned happiness that he is gone.

Of course we all know that 100% of what we read from blogs is correct, so I’ll now assume that Bush is drinking, Clinton is sleeping around, and Elvis is in Milwaukee at the Safe House Restaurant serving martinis.

I thought is was cool in 2004 how Kerry came out and admitted defeat in a close race. Showed that despite what we think the parties know that protracted fight over an election can be damaging.

Perhaps this has nothing to do with. Bush drinking and just him doing what the left column keeps asking, for him to get out of the way. Bush is not 100% a dolt. As history will point out.

Posted by: Honest at November 30, 2008 12:40 PM
Comment #271191

“Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it.”

Mark Twain

Posted by: Rocky Marks at November 30, 2008 12:50 PM
Comment #271196

john> Obama has officially stepped over the line of decorum

I’m not sure I agree. As f’ed up as Bush is leaving things and as MIA as he and his team are, I don’t think you can really draw such a line.

john> where’s the outrage?

The only outrage to be expected might be from die-hard Bush partisans who think Obama is overreaching. The only outrage I can muster is that the entire Bush administration hasn’t officially resigned, allowing Obama to take the oath early.

john> What a pathetic mess of a President.

Yep, same ol’, same ol’. He leaves the same way he came in, useless, worthless, pointless, dead weight. You were expecting something different now? Why?

Posted by: EJN at November 30, 2008 3:36 PM
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jlw> Bush has given Obama a no fault bailout plan to work with

There are only four things about this statement that are wrong: a) it’s not Bush’s plan; it’s Paulson’s, b) it’s not “no-fault”, c) they’re not following any plan, they’re just making it up as they go along and d) it’s not working anyway.

jlw> and his Secretary of War to fight the wars.

Uhhh, Bush had nothing to do with Gates being asked or agreeing to stay after Obama is inagurated, so you can hardly give Bush any credit for this.

jlw> What more can you expect from him?

I doubt you really mean this but in case you really do, here you go:

1) He should demand resignations of all his appointees
2) Demand resignation of Cheney
3) Re-schedule inauguration for Tuesday December 2
4) Rescind all his executive actions since November 5
5) Resign immediately
6) Surrender to the authority of the International Court in the Hague

Those 6 actions are the LEAST he could do.

Posted by: EJN at November 30, 2008 3:49 PM
Comment #271205

Honest, If someone needs to drink then that usually means they are an alcoholic-no one makes another person drink. I did not say that he was I said that some on the internet are suggesting this. I think this is a legitimate question to ask.

We have a president with a history of uncontrolled drinking-no one not even he disputes that-in a very difficult job and one that he has not been very successful at. Since he does not have a program to help him keep from drinking-I don’t think it is a large leap to say that he could very well have started again.

As far as Kerry and 2004, IMO it wasn’t cool at all. He threw in the towel way to soon-we still don’t know what the true count was in Ohio.

I think that Bush will go down in history as one of the most morally corrupt and incompetent presidents we have had. I think you and Bush are about the only two people who think that history will be kind to him.

Posted by: Carolina at November 30, 2008 6:21 PM
Comment #271206

Worst president ever however,Bush being over 21 yo is legally allowed to drink alcohol. Give it a rest. We can thank him for eliminating the Bush crime family from any sort of political leadership role for at least a generation or so.

Posted by: bills at November 30, 2008 9:02 PM
Comment #271213

US Grant, Harry Truman, and other presidents have imbibed. It’s probably not the end of the world, but is he back on coke?

Posted by: Marysdude at December 1, 2008 1:42 AM
Comment #271214

John T,

If Dubbya steps down, it leaves the country in the hands of Darth Cheney…please don’t wish THAT on us…

Posted by: Marysdude at December 1, 2008 1:45 AM
Comment #271220

I actually expected worse. Of course its not to late . I would have not been too surprised if Bushco had announced the postponment of the change over for national security reasons and the installation of a junta to replace congress.

Posted by: bills at December 1, 2008 7:53 AM
Comment #271230

Here’s another reason to wish Cheney/Bush gone…not that we needed another one…but, what the hell, here it is anyway:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/12/01/bush-administration-weake_n_147311.html

Posted by: Marysdude at December 1, 2008 9:56 AM
Comment #271259

Timmy:

You’ll be gone from Watchblog soon.

Posted by: womanmarine at December 1, 2008 2:00 PM
Comment #271267

of course bush is drinking again, we all are. let’s just hope he’s not a mean drunk. because, he is an evil man, what if that he gets worse? let’s go w/happy drunk, and he sends us all cookies for the holidays.

Posted by: bluebuss at December 1, 2008 3:07 PM
Comment #271273

I find it interesting that many of the libs still delight in rehashing the past rather than looking forward to the future with Mr. Obama.

Is the President drinking again? Who knows, is Mr. Obama using hard drugs again?

I am confident that President Bush will leave office with more dignity than the Clinton’s with all their horrendous pardons and looting of the Whitehouse. And there is no doubt that Mr. Bush will not sell himself, and the country, to the highest foreign bidder after he leaves office as Mr. Clinton has done.

With a democrat controlled congress, hardly in the mood to consider any Bush proposals, just what new legislation would you suggest that Mr. Bush propose? Does anyone understand the meaning of a “lame-duck” president?

Posted by: Jim M at December 1, 2008 3:35 PM
Comment #271277

But Carter began his own term with a graceful tribute that stands as the general assessment of the Ford presidency: “For myself and for our nation,” he said in his inaugural address, “I want to thank my predecessor for all he has done to heal our land.”

Throughout his years in Washington, Ford had a reputation for hard work, patience and self-confidence. These qualities gained him a place in the inner circles of the Congress. He was also helped by the fact that politically he was a man of the center. He was an internationalist in foreign affairs, a moderate on civil rights and social questions and a conservative on fiscal matters.

His standing in the government was evident in 1963 when President Lyndon B. Johnson named him to the commission that investigated the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. In 1965, he was elected minority leader of the House, the top Republican position in a Congress controlled by Democrats. He held that post until he became vice president.

Posted by: Rodney Brown at December 1, 2008 3:51 PM
Comment #271279

IMO it is a sad commentary when people make light of alcoholism and the devastation it can cause. There is a big difference between social drinking and alcoholism and the poor, impulsive and devastating decisions that can be made by an uncontrolled drinker.

To compare Barack’s experimenting with drugs in his early years to Bush’s years of out of control drinking is comical.

Posted by: Carolina at December 1, 2008 3:57 PM
Comment #271282

carolina wrote; “To compare Barack’s experimenting with drugs in his early years to Bush’s years of out of control drinking is comical.”

I agree carolina and I am glad you caught the humor. It is comical to read comments here based upon hearsay and what might be true or untrue by those who otherwise appear so thoughtful and discerning and such seekers of truth and justice.

Posted by: Jim M at December 1, 2008 4:14 PM
Comment #271288


The one thing that is not true is that Bush is AWOL. He is in the process of initiating approximately 20 policy changes at various government agency’s that will have adverse affects on the environment and beneficial for business interests. The Obama camp is furious because many of these changes cannot be undone without starting lengthy review processes all over.

Posted by: jlw at December 1, 2008 5:11 PM
Comment #271294

Here’s a little levity from a good conservative; “With that said, I have found one reason, other than not having to hear John McCain begin every other sentence with “My friends,” for cheering Obama’s election. As of this moment, he has removed Rahm Emanuel from the House, Bill Richardson and Janet Napolitano from their governors’ mansions, and Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton from the U.S. Senate. Now if he can only find new jobs for Barbara Boxer, Robert Byrd, Charles Rangel, Maxine Waters, Dick Durbin, Barney Frank, John Murtha and Charles Schumer, heck, even I might vote for him in 2012!”

For the rest of this well-written and somewhat humorous piece visit: http://townhall.com/columnists/BurtPrelutsky/2008/12/01/recent_musings

Posted by: Jim M at December 1, 2008 5:56 PM
Comment #271298

jlw> The one thing that is not true is that Bush is AWOL. He is in the process of initiating
jlw> approximately 20 policy changes at various government agency’s that will have adverse affects
jlw> on the environment and beneficial for business interests.

But he is AWOL from doing anything to deal with the many crises precipitated by his administration’s ineptitude and negligence, particularly the financial crisis. It’s sad that you seem to be joyful that he is taking actions “that will have adverse affects on the environment” just because it will be difficult for Obama to undo them.

Posted by: EJN at December 1, 2008 6:31 PM
Comment #271305


EJN: Apparently you don’t know that I am a member of the Nader faction of the whacko left. I have very little use for conservative or liberal policy. I think that people who think that liberals are leftists are ignorant or are trying to mislead.

As for Obama, he has done exactly what I said he would do 9 months ago. I said he was a typical professional politician that would flip flop to the right faster than a speeding bullet. I did not support him, I did not vote for him and I do not have to fawn over him. Obama has gotten his opportunity to govern and if he does it from left of center, he might pull me on board. I won’t be holding my breath in anticipation.

If I had my way, I would deport Bush, minus his wealth, to Iraq where he is so well loved and let them deal with him. And, while I was at it, I would send many of the pet conservatives and liberals with him.

If I am not mistaken, Bush may have the distinction of vetoing fewer bills than any other president. That should tell you a lot about the so called conservative Congress and the so called liberal Congress that replaced it.

Posted by: jlw at December 1, 2008 7:39 PM
Comment #271312

jlw,

The very few bills Cheney/Bush has vetoed were all during the Democratic sojourn…I’m not sure if he vetoed few because of political disagreement, or because he was just lazy…or perhaps apathetic?..or just pathetic???

Posted by: Marysdude at December 1, 2008 9:01 PM
Comment #271315


Marysdude: I knew that Bush had not vetoed any bills coming out of his rubber stamp Congress but, I wasn’t sure about how many after the democrats took over. Seems like I recall one involving additional children being covered under a government health care plan and that possibly some republicans joined the democrats to override the veto.

Posted by: jlw at December 1, 2008 10:38 PM
Comment #271316

Jim M
Bush will most likely pardon Libby and Ted Stevens at least on his way out. I would expect he will pardon many more. If he does not sell out the Whitehouse its because he already did.He is busily redeeming all those coupons he sold by instigating anti-worker and anti-enviorment directives that will be difficult to undo.As for Clinton looting the Whitehouse if you fact check that you will find it to be total propaganda. Lies as it were.

Posted by: bills at December 1, 2008 11:05 PM
Comment #271324

jlw,

Here’s a link for Cheney/Bush vetoes:

http://uspolitics.about.com/od/electionissues/tp/Bush-Vetos.htm

As of May ‘08, h’d vetoed 10 times, and two were on bills for stem-cell research. Others included two on Medicare issues, one on watershed projects, i.e., levees, dikes, etc., the child health issue, a military spending bill, and the biggie, he vetoed one curtailing the use of WATERBOARDING!

Posted by: Marysdude at December 2, 2008 2:52 AM
Comment #271353

Pinch Me, Am I Dreaming?

A conservative writes favorably about some of Mr. Obama’s cabinet choices.

Full story; http://townhall.com/columnists/MonaCharen/2008/12/02/pinch_me,_am_i_dreaming

Posted by: Jim M at December 2, 2008 6:13 PM
Comment #271354


Jim M: He promised you change you could believe in.

Posted by: jlw at December 2, 2008 7:20 PM
Comment #271359

Jim M,

Yeah, and try this one on for size…

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/12/02/rove-obamas-team-represen_n_147638.html

Posted by: Marysdude at December 2, 2008 10:43 PM
Comment #271373

MARYSDUDE; I clicked on your link and arrived at Domain.com. I don’t need another website, but thanks for thinking of me.

Posted by: Jim M at December 3, 2008 10:16 AM
Comment #271374

jlw wrote; “Jim M: He promised you change you could believe in.”

Check back with me in a couple of years. I’ll wait until Obama does the “walking on water” routine.

Posted by: Jim M at December 3, 2008 10:18 AM
Comment #271389

Jim M,

Ooops! It is a good address, but a bad link…my bust, but it can be copied and pasted…sorry.

Posted by: Marysdude at December 3, 2008 1:39 PM
Comment #271638

In short response to John’s remark, well to make
a long story short the so-called “MESS” he is
referring to is the one President elect “OBAMA”
will leave behind this will be a definite mess
to clean up 4 sure!…..Laughing-out Loud.

Posted by: j.i.m. at December 8, 2008 9:05 AM
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