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Bush Admits Mistakes, Regrets Mission Accomplished Banner

Perhaps determined to work on his legacy before he leaves office, President Bush has identified episodes from the last eight years he has come to regret. They include:

  • Announcing that he wanted Osama bin Laden "dead or alive" right after Sept. 11.
  • Declaring "bring 'em on" when discussing Iraqi insurgents in 2003.
  • Speaking in front of a "Mission Accomplished" banner on May 1, 2003, to declare major combat operations were complete.

Bush credits his wife for opening his mind to the importance of being careful with his words as President.

If you're not a fan of Bush, will you be more willing to forgive and forget once he leaves office, or must Americans hold a grudge if they don't want history to repeat itself? Is self-reflection from Bush enough, or should there be some other sort of accountability?

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CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
I knew what "mission accomplished" meant the day he said it, and i knew it didnt mean the war was over. (plus it was explained to the american people after it blew up in his face, it didnt sink in for some reason) If you hate him and think he is a criminal I cant change your mind. Just like you cannot change mine.
KadBunny KadBunny 7 years
+ He definitely deserves the uh criticism he gets and he's so dumb he doesn't even know it. that's why I feel sorry for him. You have to wonder how different things might have been if he didn't surround himself with such bad people like Cheney.
KadBunny KadBunny 7 years
Oh I know <_<; that's what I'm saying. He deserves the criticism he gets and he's so dumb he doesn't even know it (til now I guess?) and that's why I feel sorry for him.
kranky kranky 7 years
roar - that's nice! I'm not a Republican, but I appreciate your willingness to see the good in others.
Jazz-Z Jazz-Z 7 years
Wow Beavis, that was impressive and even better than expected! ;) KadBunny I hate to bring you down from the clouds and that rainbow you've been flying around but some Presidents...and other people too! sometimes define themselves in such a way that they just obtain labels they so richly deserve. President Bush is a prime example. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DkQcnDCjyuQ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=moutUEfqUQ4&feature=related http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8px_KyIFyo&feature=related
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 7 years
It's nice to see him acknowledge some regret in his presidency. I don't think he'll ever be able to live down the "Mission Accomplished" banner though.
Roarman Roarman 7 years
Keeping with the spirit of comraderie, I would like to say that I would not have been too upset had McCain won (well before he put Palin on the ticket, but that's another post). I thought his campaign got sidetracked and we weren't able to see who he really was. I know for a lot of the republicans here he wasn't their first choice, and he obviously wasn't mine, but I am not in the camp of people who hate republicans just because they are republicans. I would not have been completely upset with a McCain whitehouse, sans Palin.
KadBunny KadBunny 7 years
...Well then. I think I'm going to go right ahead and say it.I feel sorry for him. I think I may be the only person on earth who never once hated him.I (and the rest of the world..) know he screwed up BIG time but I think he's so stupid he really didn't realize wtf he was getting into, and I just feel so bad for him. I don't know, I just highly doubt he himself had an agenda and had cruel intentions. I know that doesn't excuse him at all and he probably doesn't deserve anyone's pity but sometimes I just imagine what it must be like to be in his shoes and it's like damn, the whole world hates me. And he'll always be remembered for being the dumbest president ever. It's just sad.
KadBunny KadBunny 7 years
...Well then. I think I'm going to go right ahead and say it. I feel sorry for him. I think I may be the only person on earth who never once hated him. I (and the rest of the world..) know he screwed up BIG time but I think he's so stupid he really didn't realize wtf he was getting into, and I just feel so bad for him. I don't know, I just highly doubt he himself had an agenda and had cruel intentions. I know that doesn't excuse him at all and he probably doesn't deserve anyone's pity but sometimes I just imagine what it must be like to be in his shoes and it's like damn, the whole world hates me. And he'll always be remembered for being the dumbest president ever. It's just sad.
kranky kranky 7 years
:0 = :)
kranky kranky 7 years
:0 = :)
kranky kranky 7 years
Wow... I'm finding this really heartening. Nice!:0
kranky kranky 7 years
Wow... I'm finding this really heartening. Nice! :0
beavis667 beavis667 7 years
Heh, well I don't know if it was 100% Obama who inspired people to vote so much as Bush inspiring people to vote:) Whatever the case, I hope the people he inspired keep voting as a lifelong tradition.
beavis667 beavis667 7 years
And another thing....he got Blacks and young folks to vote. I would like to see those two demographics to continue voting in the numbers they did, even if it's against my candidates, no matter what race or creed the candidate is. It's a slap in the face of oppressed people now and in times past who can't vote when we have <80% voter turnout nationally for any election.
beavis667 beavis667 7 years
And another thing....he got Blacks and young folks to vote. I would like to see those two demographics to continue voting in the numbers they did, even if it's against my candidates, no matter what race or creed the candidate is. It's a slap in the face of oppressed people now and in times past who can't vote when we have <80% voter turnout nationally for any election.
mydiadem mydiadem 7 years
That was really nice! I'm getting all warm and fuzzy inside
beavis667 beavis667 7 years
Okay:) I really appreciate that Obama isn't a 20 year hardened politician. He truely is a political outsider. While I might agree with only about 10% of his policies (gay marriage, he might not try to ban semi-auto guns), I think it's an important precident to set that we *can* elect someone who isn't tainted by the money/favors culture of Washington. I don't think our president should *have* to be as experienced as McCain or Biden. I've been a big proponent of term limits for everyone in public office, and if I don't feel strongly for a candidate, I will vote against an incumbent no matter what the party is. We need to get more new guys in there like Obama and get the stagnant Washington insiders out. The lifestyle of being a Washington politician serves our congressmen and senators more than they serve us.
beavis667 beavis667 7 years
Okay:)I really appreciate that Obama isn't a 20 year hardened politician. He truely is a political outsider. While I might agree with only about 10% of his policies (gay marriage, he might not try to ban semi-auto guns), I think it's an important precident to set that we *can* elect someone who isn't tainted by the money/favors culture of Washington. I don't think our president should *have* to be as experienced as McCain or Biden. I've been a big proponent of term limits for everyone in public office, and if I don't feel strongly for a candidate, I will vote against an incumbent no matter what the party is. We need to get more new guys in there like Obama and get the stagnant Washington insiders out. The lifestyle of being a Washington politician serves our congressmen and senators more than they serve us.
Roarman Roarman 7 years
Come on Beavis, I triple dog dare you to say something nice about Obama.
mydiadem mydiadem 7 years
And for the record, I really don't feel any need to be fair to Bush or any politician. I don't feel I have to try to give him a fake 43rd place trophy for President to make him feel better. I offered my limited positives to placate you. Now its your turn to say something nice about Obama :)
beavis667 beavis667 7 years
Yeah, it would seem to me that more people would think they are moderate, but not really be moderate. But that Battleground is considered pretty reputable. Don't take what I said personally, I was just causing trouble...but with the goal of getting you guys to be fair.
beavis667 beavis667 7 years
Yeah, it would seem to me that more people would think they are moderate, but not really be moderate. But that Battleground is considered pretty reputable. Don't take what I said personally, I was just causing trouble...but with the goal of getting you guys to be fair.
geebers geebers 7 years
I am glad Bush is admitting to his mistakes. About time.
mydiadem mydiadem 7 years
I never ever said that you had to be liberal to be open, honest, and intelligent! I just said you don't have to be conservative. You implied that all those that voted for Obama (or those on this site at least) are not open, honest, and intelligent and I was asking for facts to back that up. I don't disagree with you that we live in a center right country (though this poll seems a little off - only 2% moderate? Seems unlikely), but I do disagree that everyone that doesn't count them self as conservative or very conservative are stupid and deluding themselves. Roarman took your comments the same way I did.
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