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Bush Fairwell Speech

Excerpts from the speech:

As the years passed, most Americans were able to return to life much as it had been before Nine-Eleven. But I never did. Every morning, I received a briefing on the threats to our Nation. And I vowed to do everything in my power to keep us safe.

He was receiving these briefings before 9/11/2001 also.

Afghanistan has gone from a nation where the Taliban harbored al Qaeda and stoned women in the streets to a young democracy that is fighting terror and encouraging girls to go to school. Iraq has gone from a brutal dictatorship and a sworn enemy of America to an Arab democracy at the heart of the Middle East and a friend of the United States.

Women still are not safe and the Taliban is not completely gone.

 When people live in freedom, they do not willingly choose leaders who pursue campaigns of terror.

There were free elections in Gaza and Iran, what happened?


providing AIDS medicine to bring dying patients back to life,

But will not provide contraceptives.

For eight years, we have also strived to expand opportunity and hope here at home. Across our country, students are rising to meet higher standards in public schools. A new Medicare prescription drug benefit is bringing peace of mind to seniors and the disabled. Every taxpayer pays lower income taxes. The addicted and suffering are finding new hope through faith-based programs. Vulnerable human life is better protected. Funding for our veterans has nearly doubled. America’s air, water, and lands are measurably cleaner. And the Federal bench includes wise new members like Justice Sam Alito and Chief Justice John Roberts.

Where do I begin?  No child left behind has been a failure.  Many people travel to Canada to get less expensive drugs.  Mostly the wealthy pay lower taxes.  Many of the Veterans have been ignored.  He's got to be kidding about the ecology.  Thank God that he didn't have a third pick.

When challenges to our prosperity emerged, we rose to meet them. Facing the prospect of a financial collapse, we took decisive measures to safeguard our economy. 

Is he living in the same country that I'm living in?

Chris Matthews after the speech:


He was a rich kid driving his father's car. He got to be President because of his father, let's face it, the same way he got into school and everything else, the same way he got his car probably. But the scary thing about Bush is somewhere he came to meet people like Dick Cheney and Scooter Libby and Paul Wolfowitz and Feith and the rest of them...

The scary thing about Bush is he picked up on -- almost in the way that a hermit crab does -- another identity in becoming President....He became this new scholar of freedom, and he's going to spend the rest of his life selling this stuff. This stuff cost the lives of 100,000 Iraqis, it cost the lives of 4,000 U.S. service people....

The idea that we have some brand new neo-conservative ideology of freedom that's going to bring peace over in that part of the world is not true, and he's still selling it, and that's the tragedy of the last eight years


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cathy_edgett
Jan. 16th, 2009 02:41 pm (UTC)
I figured it would be like this, more lies, and thank you for posting this.

When you read The Sociopath Next Door, it is obvious that Bush is a sociopath. He has no conscience and lies easily. I do think he will disappear after this, or maybe that is where I place prayer and hope.

cathy_edgett
Jan. 16th, 2009 02:45 pm (UTC)
Also, it is not just the lost lives in Iraq and the U.S. It is all the wounded, the emotionally and physically wounded, the children whose parents are dead or scarred.

We know a young man who committed suicide rather than face a third tour of duty in Iraq but that doesn't show up in statistics. I am so angry about what Bush has done and that he doesn't even "get it" angers me even more.

That is why The Sociopath Next Door was helpful to me. It shows how because of his upbringing and a mother like Barbara Bush, he can't be anything other than what he is, a person without conscience or heart, and the rest of us have suffered mightily because of it.
rob_t_firefly
Jan. 16th, 2009 03:13 pm (UTC)
Very well put.
yardlong
Jan. 16th, 2009 04:12 pm (UTC)
I don't know what he was talking about when he mentioned prosperity and compassion. A country is neither prosperous nor compassionate, if it does not provide universal healthcare.
lux_angelis
Jan. 16th, 2009 10:23 pm (UTC)
The funny thing is I know people who believe every word of that and honestly think we're better off than we were. What's more, they think the next 4 years are going to be what the last 8 (really) were.

4 days until we can hopefully turn a new leaf :)
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