Haiti & George W Bush

wanted bush imagesYesterday, following the tragic earthquake in Haiti, the conservative Heritage Foundation suggested that “President Obama…reach out to a senior Republican figure, perhaps former President George W. Bush, to lead the bipartisan effort” to assist the beleaguered Caribbean country. Indeed, it is now being reported that Obama has asked the former Republican president to join with U.N. special envoy to Haiti Bill Clinton to raise funds for the nation.  What a great idea.  Maybe Bush will bring along with him Condi Rice, who was shopping for shoes in New York while people died in New Orleans, or Brownie, who did such a heck of a job, or John McCain, whose birthday party Bush attended while people were drowning in New Orleans?  Isn't this a bit like asking the underwear bomber to head up a fundraising program for airport security?  Some people are speculating that Bush will turn down the offer specifically because he's concerned his involvement will remind people of the thousands of people he let die in New Orleans and surrounding areas.


Jerry Giacomo (not verified) 8 years 40 weeks ago

I have a friend whose son is a Secret Service agent. His assignment was directly to guard Bush during his term (also papa bush and clinton). So he was with the president most of the time, even when Bush traveled. He (the agent) told me directly that during the emergency following Katrina, while Bush was vacationing, none of his aids had the cahones to disturb him from mostly playing video games to tell him what was happening at the Superdome and throughout New Orleans. They didn't want to get yelled at was what the agent told me.

Finally one of them grew a pair and insisted on interupting him long enough to show him a video they put together on the news from New Orleans.

Sad, very sad.

jessie taylor (not verified) 8 years 40 weeks ago

Hi Thom,Bush represents the latest "economic-kings",to make Haiti pay for winning their revolution.Haiti today,tomorrow us.The economic-kings don`t care.(only power) They use money to "divide & conquer",we can use money to "unite".All The people boycott "to big to fail",and put our pennies in a "to small to fail"(peoples/worker-control-bank) we can put the "economic-kings" out of business like we did the "King of England"(1776) The "peoples-bank" can start the "change" that wasn`t completed in "1776"-ECONOMIC DEMOCRACY!!

Ronald Rutherford (not verified) 8 years 40 weeks ago

Oh brother, Thom!
I just knew reading the headline that you were going to show your extremism in partisanship but that nearly takes the cake.
After Obama leaves office maybe you will remember that in one year in office, Obama also went on vacation {golfing also} as people in the Midwest died in floods. Or maybe you will remember Clinton for bombing an aspirin factory as he got "serviced" in the oval office, No??? Or better yet his bombing of the Chinese in Kosovo?
Why not just give it a rest as he has no real power now, and just let him do what ex-presidents do best, globtrotting in public relations ploys?
Sorry it is not like the underwear bomber as the President was elected twice and has a certain level of constraints like Congress and the Press to keep him honest unlike an individual that decides to be a scorpion on society...


mstaggerlee (not verified) 8 years 40 weeks ago

@Ronald Rutherford - Did you REALLY write the phrase "... President (GWB) was elected twice and has ... Congress and the Press to keep him honest unlike an individual that decides to be a scorpion on society..."??!!

Hmmmm - where to start?

1) "elected twice" - Well, appointed by the Supreme Court once, and with the help of a buddy in the voting machine business, stole a 2nd election.

2) "honest" - I have neither the inclination nor the time to list, or even estimate the number, of the lies GWB was CAUGHT telling while in office. NOBODY can be "kept honest" by a kowtowing, subservient, partisan Congress, or Press Corps that values access to the powerful over the truth.

3) "scorpion on society" - What a PERFECT description ... of DICK CHENEY!!!

Jack Reich (not verified) 8 years 40 weeks ago

Tom, thanks for calling out the idiocy of calling on Bush to help in Haiti. Being nice to him won't suddenly transform him from a self-aggrandizing, scheming, radical-patrician-opportunist into a capable altruist. Here's a guy who looted the public treasury to enrich himself and his friends, ran an executive branch that allowed 19 terrorists to hijack airplanes and destroy America's signature skyscrapers, and utterly failed to protect and aid the victims of one of the worst natural disasters in our history. Name an area of American life - foreign policy, environment, economy, education, medical research, health care, employmen -, and the Bushies committed landmark blunders or failures. On top of that, the Bush-Rove-Cheney-Libby team committed treason. Why aren't they all in prison??

Claude Crider (not verified) 8 years 40 weeks ago

Yesterday on air you gave an hour by hour schedule for Bush during Katrina. It would really be great if you could post that. I was trying to take detailed notes, but it went by too fast.

godknows (not verified) 8 years 38 weeks ago

Sure did, mstaggerlee.
Jack, that sounds more like Obama. Maybe you have a point after all if change the names.

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