This bit of news is going to make a lot of Republicans very happy…
"President Bush was grateful for the invitation to the Republican National Convention," Bush spokesman Freddy Ford wrote in an e-mail. "He supports Governor Romney and wants him to succeed. President Bush is confident that Mitt Romney will be a great President. But he’s still enjoying his time off the political stage and respectfully declined the invitation to go to Tampa."…
Bush's preemptive move spares Romney of having to face the delicate question of whether to have the polarizing former president address the convention. It is customary for former presidents to attend the party gatherings, and often speak, but President Obama’s campaign surely would have used the opportunity to link Romney to the Bush administration.
And besides, Bush always without fail brings this seven bean nacho dip which is, well, let's just say a little too heavy on the beans. And is that cream cheese in there or sour cream, whatever it is it always tastes… off. And he just goes around from person to person on the convention floor and he harangues them over and over, "Did you like the bean dip?" "The bean dip was pretty good right?" "You really gotta taste the bean dip."
How many times can Mitt Romney pretend to drop a bowl of bean dip? It's gonna become obvious at some point. Best to just spare everybody the ordeal.
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Tags: George W. Bush, Republican National Convention
George W. Bush on the experience of being President of the United States…
"Eight years was awesome. And I was famous. And I was powerful."
I can relate. Kinda. Not completely, but kinda. I was president of my high school drama club for a semester, and… Well, let's just say that if the drama club president says My Fair Lady is a better choice for the spring PTA Easter drive than Brigadoon, then My Fair Lady is getting put up for the PTA Easter drive.
It's a heady experience.
Tags: George W. Bush, Quote Unquote
Republicans in congress who have spent the past three years cockblocking all efforts from the Obama administration to stimulate the economy seem to be counting on voters' poor reasoning skills and hoping that they'll just blame all the economic problems on Obama.
Unfortunately for them, they may be under-estimating just how poor those poor reasoning skills can be…
Americans continue to place more blame for the nation's economic problems on George W. Bush than on Barack Obama, even though Bush left office more than three years ago. The relative economic blame given to Bush versus Obama today is virtually the same as it was last September.
Gallup first asked this "blame assessment" question in July 2009, six months after Obama became president. At that point, 80% of Americans gave Bush a great deal or a moderate amount of blame, compared with 32% who ascribed the same level of blame for the bad economy to Obama. The percentage blaming Bush dropped to about 70% in August 2010, and has stayed roughly in that range since. Meanwhile, about half of Americans have blamed Obama since March 2010, with little substantive change from then to the present.
On the bright said, Barack Obama will be out of office before you know it, and then we can start blaming him for everything in earnest.
It's the cycle of life, and it's breathtaking.
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Tags: Barack Obama, Economy, George W. Bush, Polls
Yesterday — after news surfaced that Game of Thrones featured a scene in which George W. Bush's head was given a cameo and the right-side of the Internet erupted in collective indignation — HBO officials issued a formal apology, adding that they "were deeply dismayed to see this and find it unacceptable, disrespectful and in very bad taste." So, that should calm everybody down, right?
Haha, no seriously. Such apologies seem pretty unlikely to calm the jangled patriot-nerves of conservatives like Brooklyn GOP chair Craig Eaton, who has never seen the show but also is never ever going to watch the show now. So, take that, HBO…
"I think that it's despicable. As a country, Democrats, Republicans, we have to have respect for the office and the individuals," Mr. Eaton said to the Mail Online. "Once we lose that respect, the United States looks weak."…
"Whether you like him or dislike him, whether you're of the same political persuasion or not, we still have to respect the office of the presidency and all of those who hold that presidency," Mr. Eaton said. He said that even he would never condone President Barack Obama's head being impaled for a television show.
"Americans of all political persuasions should stand up and demand that things like this should not continue," Mr. Eaton said.
Right on! Rally the troops, Craig!
"They should boycott watching this particular show."
Hmmmm… yes, a boycott. That's certainly one way to go about it. But, I don't know… Here's the thing with that. At the end of this last season, we finally got a good look at some White Walkers and they had this entire army of the undead that they were bringing to… Well, that's not important. Let's just suffice to say that right now is not a good time for a Game of Thrones boycott. Maybe after next season.
Although, jeeze. I'm really kinda dying to find out who Jon Snow's mother is. Oh, and what's going to happen with Dany's dragons. Is she ever coming back to Westeros?
I'll tell you what. I'll boycott the show right after we find out who's going to sit upon the Iron Throne permanently. Is that a good compromise?
Tags: Game of Thrones, George W. Bush, HBO