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Bush Criticizes Obama: I Would Have Kept Troops in Iraq

Former President George W. Bush today gave a rare TV interview and, in what may be an unprecedented step, directly criticized President Obama.

Bush, who was being interviewed at a golf tournament for wounded warriors by Brian Kilmeade of Fox News, said he agreed with an assessment by Obama’s military advisors that a serious, though not vast, contingent of troops should remain in Iraq.

Bush was reluctant, saying repeatedly that he didn’t want to “second guess” Obama – and then going ahead and second guessing him. Because it must really rankle Bush, particularly sitting amongst these wounded warriors, to know that Obama utterly squandered the victory in Iraq that Bush handed him.

Kilmeade asked Bush about an assessment by Joint Chiefs Chairman Martin Dempsey that 10,000-15,000 troops should remain in Iraq.

From the interview:

The president has to make the choices he thinks are important. I’m not going to second guess our president. I understand how tough the job is. To have a former president bloviating and second-guessing is, I don’t think, good for the presidency or the country . . . But I agreed with General Dempseys’ assessment.

Bush also said Obama doesn’t rely on him for advice, which demonstrates not only Obama’s contempt for Bush, but his hubris and poor judgement too. Not to be calling the men who held this unique job is irresponsible. I doubt Obama solicits much advice, other than maybe on political matters, from Bill Clinton either.

“He has not [called] on a regular basis, which is OK. It doesn’t hurt my feelings. It’s a decision he has made. Presidents tend to rely on the people they’re close to … and I understand that

Here’s the entire interview, in case you’d like to see it.

Obama Revives Charge Bush Administration Tortured

President Obama today said the United States tortured people in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, saying that while he understood the emotion that drove the practice, it was nevertheless unequivocally wrong.

Obama spoke today during an impromptu press conference at the White House. “We tortured some folks,” Obama said during a long answer to a question not directly concerning the response to 9/11.

Obama has previously referred to water boarding, which was practiced following 9/11, as torture. And in May 2013 he said that “I believe” that the United States “compromised our basic values — by using torture to interrogate our enemies.”

But it is not clear he has made the charge as directly and unequivocally as he did today. Obama did not this time say specifically which practice he was referring to.

Bush administration officials have acknowledged that the practices were harsh, but say they stopped short of torture.

Bush Booed During Mandela Memorial

A sterling example of the maxim, no good deed goes unpunished.

Former President George W. Bush was booed when he appeared on the video monitor at today’s memorial for Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg, South Africa, according to the White House pool report, which cited local press outlets.

Meanwhile, when the images President Obama and Michelle popped up, there was a 30-second “deafening roar,” the pooler wrote.

How sad. Bush has done a far greater amount for South Africa than Obama. But Obama is much better at crafting his public image and saying the right things.

Bush personally saved the lives of millions of South Africans with his President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, or PEPFAR, ensuring AIDS drugs are available to South Africa’s impoverished masses.

From a Washington Post piece describing how Bush’s achievements were haunting Obama’s June trip to South Africa:

In South Africa, the success ( of PEPFAR) was extraordinary. AIDS killed roughly 2.3 million in South Africa — once one of the worst-affected countries in the world — and orphaned about a million children there, according to the United Nations. Today, rates of infection have fallen to 30 percent, and nearly 2 million people are on antiretroviral drugs.

Meanwhile, Obama has cut PEPFAR funding and generally been his customary inattentive self. From the same Post piece:

AIDS advocates on Sunday said that Obama administration budget cuts that have slashed hundreds of millions of dollars from PEPFAR threaten to turn back years of progress in the fight against the AIDS epidemic. Last year, the administration unveiled a budget that reduces AIDS funding globally by roughly $214 million, the first time an American president has reduced the U.S. commitment to fighting the epidemic since it broke out in the 1980s during the Reagan administration.

“Knowing that Africa has many challenges, with fighting AIDS being one of the biggest challenges, we were really expecting President Obama to continue where President Bush had left off,” said Hilary Thulare, country director of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit group that works in 26 countries providing medical care to people with AIDS. “But it’s been a disappointment. Obama is retreating on AIDS and, by this, retreating on Africa.”

Thulare said she wished Obama was as inspired by Mandela when it came to fighting AIDS.

I’m sure those desperately in need of AIDS drugs in South Africa would be happy to hear that Mandela’s saga “woke me up to my responsibilities to others and to myself,” as Obama said today.

Meanwhile, Obama today delivered his speech, shared some stirring words, accepted his applause, and went home. I imagine most of those awestruck by Obama and contemptuous of his predecessor are HIV-negative.

Bush is still heavily involved in Africa, turning his focus last year to cervical and breast cancer and traveling repeatedly to the continent.

I assume he knows that even as he was booed in Johannesburg, God was cheering, and millions of South Africans who would be dead are going about their lives.

Americans Still Blame Bush for the Economy!


You know how President Obama is constantly placing fault for the economy on George W. Bush? Ridiculous at this point, right? Well, not so fast. Apparently those White House operatives know what they’re doing.

Fully 69 percent assign a moderate or great deal of blame to Bush for the state of the economy, compared to 53 percent who blame Obama, according to a poll last month by Gallup. And the numbers basically haven’t changed for three years!

Respondents, as you can see, were given an option to assign blame to both.

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Either Obama has succeeded in warping perceptions by constantly blaming his predecessor, or people just grew so angry at Bush that they can’t change their view.

But Bush didn’t even cause the financial meltdown. That was courtesy of liberal housing policies pushed mainly by Democrats that placed people in homes they couldn’t afford – and that they eventually stopped paying the mortgage on.

No wonder Bush went in for a stent today!

Obama: “All I Care About Right Now is Governing”

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Obama: Middle Class Families “Struggling to Get By”

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Top Ten Things Obama Might Say to Bush at his Library Dedication

President Obama Thursday plans to attend the dedication of the George W. Bush presidential library in Dallas. Well, that might be uncomfortable, given that Obama has been badmouthing Bush since taking office, attributing most of his problems to the former president. One can only imagine some of the things he might say. Here’s ten possibilities.Continue Reading

Obama Headed to New York Next Week

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