Oh Bush. So lame. So lame ducky.
Yesterday, George W. Bush had the 'ultimate exit interview' which normally I wouldn't care to read about especially since it comes off the heels of his 'Legacy Tour '09' (a silly attempt at spinning all the crap from the last 8 years into "Heck, I'm really not that bad after all"). However, the NY Times headlines on this story totally grabbed my attention: Mistakes, I’ve Made a Few, Bush Tells Reporters
No sh*t, Sherlock. Why stop at 'few'?
At least he admitted that the whole Mission Accomplished debacle of '03 was a mistake. Because, yeah, declaring the end of major combat operations in a war in Iraq that is still going on might've been a bit premature.
Also, he admitted to being wrong about focusing on Social Security reform when he should've been thinking about immigration reform. Granted, no lives were lost when he made this error in political strategy, so this can be considered one of those lesser mistakes (unless you belong to the Minutemen Project).
And then there's the faulty intelligence that led to the war in Iraq. WMDs? What WMDs?
But, according to the NY Times, his mistakes stop here. He spent time addressing his accomplishments instead.
Like fighting terrorism.
The most striking moment of the 47-minute question-and-answer session, by far, was Mr. Bush’s rousing defense of his record on fighting terrorism. With human rights advocates accusing his White House of condoning torture and demanding an inquiry into its counterterrorism tactics, the departing president used his platform to admonish reporters, and by extension, his successor and the nation, not to forget the lessons of Sept. 11, 2001, and the climate of fear in which his policies were forged.Yeah, let's just let the abuses from Abu Ghraib slide. Oh and whatever crap is going on at Guantanomo Bay. Torture, shmorture. Screw the Geneva Conventions.
Oh and my favorite part of the whole 'exit interview' was when he stated that he couldn't have changed anything about his handling of Hurricane Katrina. Since, you know, it's all good in New Orleans now.
"More people need to have their own home there," Bush said. "But the systems are in place to continue the reconstruction in New Orleans. You know, people said, 'Well, the federal response was slow.' Don't tell me the federal response was slow when there was 30,000 people pulled off roofs right after the storm passed."Ummm...lots of people died during the hurricane. And if Bush calls the thousands of FEMA trailers that remain there a 'home' then perhaps he should retire to one instead of his ranch or that brand new mansion in Dallas. Also, clearly the lessons he learned from Hurrican Katrina were not applied to Hurricane Ike (and didn't they pause the GOP convention for this?). Maybe when Bush goes back to Texas, he can help clean up Galveston.
Of his critics, Bush had this to say
“I don’t know why they get angry,” he replied to a question about those who disagreed with his policies so vehemently that it became personal. “I don’t know why they get hostile.” He added that he had learned not to pay attention.What? You don't get that you snubbed your nose at the Constitution with your policies (warrantless wiretapping, anyone?) and that many innocent people have died in the wars you started and that women's rights have been set back under your watch and that people in other countries hate us (ummm...hello? shoe?) and that Americans are mad about that and all the other crap of the last 8 years? Clearly the man doesn't understand the consequences of his actions. Either that or we are witnessing some serious denial.
So yeah, Bush telling us he really wasn't such a bad president?
You know, this may be what he says to help him sleep at night, but I'm NOT BUYING IT. And hopefully, neither are you.