Posts tagged "George W. Bush"

Laura Washington's hypocrisy

Chicago Sun-Times columnist Laura Washington is hypocritically fretting over the “disrespect” shown to President Barack Obama, ignoring the mote in her own eye. As Eric Kohn succinctly explains in his Illinois Mirror piece, “Disparaging Politicians Is Pretty Darn American,” Washington forgets (more like ignores) the heaping serving of insult and manure dumped on President George W. Bush.... Read more »

Running commentary and reaction to President Barack Obama's speech on Syria

Basically, he was treading water until events, once again, overtake his policies, whatever they are. In reverse chronological order Final Thoughts: President Obama was trying to recover from two years of bungling diplomacy (see my column today in the Chicago Tribune). I’m not sure he has; he has left Americans with  as many questions as... Read more »

Was Iraq all for naught? No.

There’s a genre of fiction called alternative or “what if” history. As in, what if Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee defeated the Union at the Battle of Gettysburg? Or, what if Hitler had not been born? Or, what if the United States had not invaded Iraq? That’s a fair question, now that U.S. troops have... Read more »
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Eric Zorn and I hash it out over the GOP presidential field

This is one of my occasional debates with Chicago Tribune colleague and commentator Eric Zorn. It appeared today in the Tribune commentary section and in Eric’s blog, The Rhubarb Patch, where comments also can be posted.  To Dennis, from Eric: What does it tell you that, even though the economy is apparently stuck in the doldrums... Read more »

Obama's vacation wasn't long enough

Or far enough away. Republicans giving President Barack Obama the shive for daring to take a vacation should recall what a cheap political stunt the criticism was when it came from Democrats while President George W. Bush was taking his vacation. Sarah Palin joined in this mindless criticism during on interview with Fox News’ Greta... Read more »

How did that nation-building thing work out in Iraq?

Not so bad, according to David Brooks in the New York Times. The question for tonight: Will Barack Obama take credit for it? Or will he give credit to George W. Bush?
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How did that nation-building thing work out in Iraq?

Not so bad, according to David Brooks in the New York Times. The question for tonight: Will Barack Obama take credit for it? Or will he give credit to George W. Bush?

Consumer confidence: "No we can't"

Consumer confidence has dropped to the lowest point since George W. Bush’s last full month as president, according to a new Rasmussen poll.  It said: The index has now fallen 20 points over the course of the past three days. Confidence is down 10 points over the past week and down six points from a month... Read more »

Taking a hatchet to moderate government

Go ahead, attack promoters of moderate government. Paint them as flakes, kooks and goons. Call them unhinged and unglued. Toxic, mean-spirited, shrill and dangerous. Nothing would please us more than your persisting in mislabeling or misunderstanding — the effect is the same — what angers the majority of Americans. Convince yourself that dissenters to your... Read more »
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Jeez, Barack, what now?

Not happy about getting half the country mad at the other half with his health monstrosity, President Obama now is preparing to turn federal education policy upside down. Reported the Wall Street Journal (subscription required): WASHINGTON–The Obama administration plans to upend how the government measures and encourages success in the country’s public schools as part of... Read more »
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