Previous post:

Next post:

Obama to Host the Bushes at the White House

by Keith Koffler on May 25, 2012, 9:35 pm

George W. Bush and Laura Bush will be at the White House Thursday for the official unveiling of their portraits.

President Obama, as you well know, has blamed Bush for every problem he has encountered, suggested he presided over eight years of waste in which he sought to help out his rich buddies, and that he waged war either unnecessarily or poorly.

Bush has said nothing in return. Can you imagine what restraint it took Bush not respond to the constant defamation? I think what has allowed him to maintain such grace is his respect for the presidency. He just doesn’t think it should be a pissing match.

I once remarked to a Bush aide that I had read that Ronald Reagan never took his jacket off in the Oval Office. The aide looked at me quizzically and said, “Neither does Bush.”

Bill Clinton, of course, removed more than his jacket. Obama as far as we know has kept his pants on, but has no problem taking his jacket off, dropping by in a polo shirt, and putting his feet up on whatever furniture is handy, historic or not.

I wonder if Obama will say any of the things he says to Bush’s face. I guess not. And Bush will of course pretend it never happened.

{ 33 comments }

William May 25, 2012 at 9:50 pm

For one man, it was all about the office. For the other, it was all about himself.

Rick May 26, 2012 at 10:24 am

William, I wanted to say something nasty about this entire situation but your comment captures the issue. Thanks and Happy Memorial Day to all!

Moe May 25, 2012 at 10:02 pm

I remember an interview Laura Bush did when her book came out a few years back. Don’t recall who did the interview, but they asked Mrs. Bush how she felt about Barry constantly blaming her husband for all his woes. She said it was a huge joke in the family, they all blamed W for everything spilled milk and all.

Moe May 25, 2012 at 10:19 pm

Keith could you pleases change the picture on this entry? It disturbs me to see a President with his feet on the desk in the Oval Office.

Lizzy May 25, 2012 at 11:38 pm

Please it’s an insult to President Bush.

Steve May 26, 2012 at 2:50 pm

First thing that came to my mind, too, Moe.
But, IMO, better to copy and paste the photo and post on social networks for all to see what a POS Barry is.

srdem65 May 25, 2012 at 10:09 pm

I never voted for MrBush but I respected him and what he meant to all of us after the traumatic events of 9/11. The right, or wrong, war didn’t matter back then, and we needed to punish someone, anyone for the unprovoked attacks on innocent civilians.

Mr and MrsBush have shown themselves to be as patriotic and gracious in retirement as they were when MrBush was President and she was our FirstLady. The Obamas could do well if they would follow that example.

mo1 May 25, 2012 at 10:10 pm

Will President Obama explain to President Bush why he allowed Paul McCartney to make a demonstrably false claim, while being honored by Obama in the White House with an American award, that President Bush could not read or find the Library of Congree. Will President Obama apologize for the fact that he allowed this slur to go unremarked and unchallenged by him? Why do I think the answer to both questions is no.

Lizzy May 26, 2012 at 1:25 am

No he agreed stupid met stupider.

Sadie May 25, 2012 at 10:18 pm

Viva la difference.

The former president can walk into the WH with his head held high and the current one walks in with his head up his kazoo.

Jeff May 25, 2012 at 10:19 pm

George Bush is and always will be a real president compared to the dhimmi in chief… If I was George I would just smile and not say anything… and when Barry was walking in front of me I would step on his heel just enough to pull his shoe loose and make him have to stop and sit down to fix his shoe. Then when he is leaning down Id walk by and push him s he bangs that empty head into the wall and whisper STFU from now on ok? I despise that trash and his grifter wife soiling our national treasures and spending my money for me so carelessly.. The only thing I like about him is NOTHING.We are only on this Earth so long and between Barry and his tools Biden, Reid, Pelosie, DWS, and the rest of the idiots can retire back to gangster town and lil winbag liar Jay Carney can go along and be their errand boy..It infuriates me with what these fools have done.Yes it was bad after Bush, but to double down like this..Now Romney’s gonna have to be a hard ass to fix it and still deal with Iran since Barry is giving the ME to the MB

srdem65 May 25, 2012 at 10:33 pm

I would never condone violence against the POTUS but if MrBush did what you imagined, a cheer would go up across America.

MichelleIndependent May 25, 2012 at 11:13 pm

Barry is a pansy and coward and won’t say those awful things to Bush’s face.

Barry uses the bully pulpit to spout off. He can’t handle man-to-man discussions.

Lizzy May 25, 2012 at 11:38 pm

George Bush will be as gracious as he has been and so will Laura. They may
be the classiest First Couple to date during and after their term. Bush held all
of our collective hands and hearts after 9-11 and still does a true Patriot.
It would take a man of great steel to undergo the drubbing that poor excuse
that faux Pres. we have now and remain silent can you imagine if the tables were turned? Please replace the picture with a true American patriot GWB!

qestout May 26, 2012 at 12:45 am

The feet on the furniture drives me!

Lizzy May 26, 2012 at 1:27 am

Hey it’s only a old piece of furniture that is irreplaceable so what? He’s
a fool and an idiot with no sence of history unless it involves him.

The Original May 26, 2012 at 2:01 am

I worked for a very public person for a while. It would drive me crazy when things were said about him that I knew were patently unfair and untrue. But he would not respond. His reasoning: it would only drag it out and possibly make it worse.

The problem is that Obama never lets up . . . it is ALWAYS “Bush’s fault”. It is classless. Part of being an adult is accepting responsibility for those things of which you have control. Obama could have made things better by now, but instead, he is more interested in campaigning and enriching his friends.

Janna May 26, 2012 at 9:24 am

One has class….the other is just crass.

Girly1 May 26, 2012 at 4:16 am

It’s ‘class v. trash’! I will never ever forget the snub given to the Bush family when they appeared together last Sept. for the unveiling of the 911 Memorial. It was primarily from the horrid witch of the WH. I watched the entire ceremony on CSPAN – the only way to get the full impact of the unpaaralleled rudeness of that woman! The two families walked together from the ceremony to the actual Memorial for what seemed like an eternity. At this point there was only the visual – very little narrative from the commentator.- which made it even more dramatic. The Obamas walked several feet ahead of the Bushes and never ONCE looked behind to acknowledge them – no smiles or friendly gestures – nothing! The MOOCH had her nose up in the air and a scowl on her face the entire time – Barry – not so much. His ego was on display – but has there ever been a moment in time when he isn’t the only ONE in the room!

The Bushes, who were quite aware of the snub they were getting, walked with their heads held high and a smile on their faces the entire time – acknowledging the crowds at all times. There was a point toward the end where the two men, Bush and Obama, started walking and talking to each other – a cue for the witch to fall back into step with Mrs. Bush, What did she do? She actually hastened her stride to catch up with the two Presidents and left poor Laura walking alone with the two Bush daughters who had joined their parents at this point. Never ONCE, did the MOOCH acknowledge the Bush daughters! Not once! They were standing one foot away from each other and she never looked at them.

The ability of Mrs. Bush to endure the most public display of outright hostility from her successor for two entire hours was nothing less than heroic! I strongly urge anyone who missed it to check the CSPAN archives and watch it in it’s entireity!

Lizzy May 26, 2012 at 4:35 am

She is a lady a real honest lady a true American. She is an example of grace and dignity. Things Michelle Obama has none of and never will.

sportinlife10 May 26, 2012 at 7:52 am

I’d love to watch this – apparently not yet scrubbed?

langley spook May 26, 2012 at 7:46 am

BREAKING NEWS…

Obamas spending Memorial Day weekend at Atlantic City Luxury casino/resort

Cymry May 26, 2012 at 8:49 am

One thing I have learned in my 40+ years on this Earth is that you can’t control what others say about you or what others do, but you CAN control your own responses to what they say/do. As long as you can sleep with your own conscience at night knowing that YOU did the right thing, that is all you can do, and it is all that matters. My dad used to tell me to let the bad things others might say about you just roll off “like water off a duck’s back.” It seems that Mr. Bush has learned this as well. There’s also a saying that “the best revenge is living well.” The Bushes have kept a low profile for the most part since they left D.C., except for a few times when Mr. Bush has been seen involved with wounded warriors. They are enjoying their retirement, still serving their country in a lower-key way, and just watching as the newbie in the White House implodes day-by-day. If they retaliated against every slight, they would soon be seen as just as petty as those who are slighting them. Sometimes it takes a bigger man/woman to just not say anything and let the fools blow and bluster themselves away, and not give them any ammunition. While Bush wasn’t perfect, he still did what he thought was in the best interests of our country. He has no need to go on defense.

Susan May 26, 2012 at 9:20 am

President Bush and Laura will maintain their grace and humility at the unveiling…not so sure about the adolescent in chief and his scowling sidekick.

JBH May 26, 2012 at 9:21 am

The disparity in their behavior and respect is so telling.

crazyrightwingmom May 26, 2012 at 9:31 am

Feet on the desk!! Hate this guy. A low-life.

auburnmel May 26, 2012 at 11:31 am

I cannot wait until this man that is called the POTUS is not in office anymore. It is with very heavy heart that we all must witness the destruction of our country that he is pursing everyday. Whether by stupidity or intentionally against the country, he must go!

Michael Herr May 26, 2012 at 9:50 am

It just goes to show who the more mature of the two (Bush/O) really is.

BARKLEY PONTREE May 26, 2012 at 12:43 pm

I like Bush, gave him an A- for his first term (never should have done the cease fire at Tora Bora) and a D in his second term.

What really bugs me is that NO ONE in the MEDIA calls Obama on his “I inherited these problems”. Obama was a senator for four years. Other than voting against spending for the wars he now is taking credit for, find me a spending bill he voted against. He didn’t inherit the problems, he helped create the problems. More so for Biden and Hillary. Why does no one point this out to him?

barkleypontree.blogspot.com

Girly1 May 26, 2012 at 2:25 pm

Another thing the LSM is ignoring. Obama is now claiming to be the most fiscally conservative spender in 60 years. What they are not saying is that the 2008-2009 fiscal year ended in October, 2009. Most of Obama’s heavy spending, i.e. $1T Stimilus, Cash for Clunkers, etc. etc. were done BEFORE the fiscal year ended. Obama is putting it in Bush’s column!

Another stat: The Dept. of the Treasury put out a report on spending per day. Bush spent $6.2B/day (not good)…but Obama has spent $9.4B/per day! This is from Obama’s own Treasury Dept.!

What I don’t understand is why Obama has not been censured by Congress for his outragous lies. He is guilty of election fraud by virtue of his lies! Impeachment is too good for him!

SnarkEsq. May 26, 2012 at 3:24 pm

I really wish they could have scheduled this for next year when the Romneys are there instead of this PO(tu)S and FLOTUS.

AnotherOpinion May 26, 2012 at 5:14 pm

A few of the differences between the two men:

George W. Bush – Inaugural address, 2001
- America has never been united by blood or birth or soil. We are bound by ideals that move us beyond our backgrounds, lift us above our interests and teach us what it means to be citizens.

George W. Bush – State of the Union address, January 20, 2004
- I believe that God has planted in every human heart the desire to live in freedom. And even when that desire is crushed by tyranny for decades, it will rise again.

George W. Bush – Speech to UN General Assembly, September 21, 2004
- The desire for freedom resides in every human heart. And that desire cannot be contained forever by prison walls, or martial laws, or secret police. Over time, and across the Earth, freedom will find a way.

After the Ft. Hood massacre he and the former first lady secretly visited the victims of the shooting to pay their respects. As reported in “A Soldier’s Perspective” on November 7, ”

Nov 7, 2009 ” Former President George W. Bush secretly visited Ft. Hood last night to meet with the victims of the troops affected by the recent massacre at the hands of a Muslim extremist within our ranks. This is typical for President Bush who worked hard during his presidency not to use the military for political gain, especially when it came to wounded troops and their families. He made many unannounced and unpublicized visited to military bases in and out of the country. He invited military bloggers, myself included, to meet with him one on one without fanfare or media. That’s the way he was and I’m glad to see that he has continued this respect and admiration for our military”.”

Nov 7, 2009
“But instead of a somber chief executive offering reassuring words and expressions of sympathy and compassion, viewers saw a wildly disconnected and inappropriately light president making introductory remarks. At the event, a Tribal Nations Conference hosted by the Department of Interior’s Bureau of Indian affairs, the president thanked various staffers and offered a “shout-out” to “Dr. Joe Medicine Crow — that Congressional Medal of Honor winner.” Three minutes in, the president spoke about the shooting, in measured and appropriate terms. Who is advising him?”

took until nov 10, 2009 for Obama to honor dead full of pomp and photo ops

drjohn May 27, 2012 at 1:31 pm

You can’t help but wonder if Obama has choomed in the Oval Office.