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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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 years
:0 = :)
kranky kranky 8 years
Wow... I'm finding this really heartening. Nice! :0
beavis667 beavis667 8 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 8 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 8 years
That was really nice! I'm getting all warm and fuzzy inside
beavis667 beavis667 8 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 8 years
Come on Beavis, I triple dog dare you to say something nice about Obama.
mydiadem mydiadem 8 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 8 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 8 years
I am glad Bush is admitting to his mistakes. About time.
mydiadem mydiadem 8 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.
beavis667 beavis667 8 years
Now look at that, while I typed up that long post, you guys (diadem and roar) were fair. Thanks! I totally retract spinning your words against you:)
stephley stephley 8 years
" I do think you guys need to be more fair to Mr. Bush. And I think this thread's subject is shallow bait for liberals to agree with the anti-Bush talking points we hear played to death. Lets talk about more than those talking points and lets see if we can acknowledge success in the Bush administration." The subject of this post is Bush's mistakes. They deserve a great deal of attention as the American people and the rest of the world will be living with their legacy for years to come.
beavis667 beavis667 8 years
And for you mydiadem, this is from the National Battlegrounds poll conducted in August of 2008: (1) 20% of Americans considered themselves to be very conservative; (2) 40% of Americans considered themselves to be somewhat conservative; (3) 2% of Americans considered themselves to be moderate; (4) 27% of Americans considered themselves to be somewhat liberal; (5) 9% of Americans considered themselves to be very liberal; and (6) 3% of Americans did not know or refused to answer. This would be the poll I used when I said America is center right (just backing up my facts). The rest was just me using your words against you. You said the majority of Americans are open, honest, and intelligent. According to this, 9% of Americans are liberals. I pointed out that the majority of Americans are conservative or lean conservative. Based on your own words, liberals aren't open, honest, or intelligent and conservatives are! Of course I don't totally believe that. I do think you guys need to be more fair to Mr. Bush. And I think this thread's subject is shallow bait for liberals to agree with the anti-Bush talking points we hear played to death. Lets talk about more than those talking points and lets see if we can acknowledge success in the Bush administration.
mydiadem mydiadem 8 years
Bush, the first few days after 9/11, did a decent job. Once everything moved towards Iraq, I lost faith in him. Other than that, some of his tax cuts were definitely very good but I'm not sure that was more of a Republican 'to-do' for a while than something that Bush can 100% take credit for.
Roarman Roarman 8 years
I haven't commented on Jazzy's 100 list, nor have I had the time to fully read on it to make any comment either way. I also don't hate Bush, I haven't enjoyed the past eight years, but hate is a strong word and emotion I reserve for a lucky few, he is not one. But off of the top of my head I can't think of anything good he has done that could even come close to outweighing the bad. Obviously the Iraq war is not one, No Child Left Behind is a debacle, our deficit is frightening. There may be a smattering of good among the pile of sh*t, but I can't think of it right now. This republican/democrat bs needs to stop. I think things would never get so nasty if we would just be done with this two party system and vote for candidates simply based on the issues. This our side/their side system cause too much hatred. Just my opinion. I agree with things from republicans down to liberterians and I don't always agree with democrats.
stephley stephley 8 years
This post is about Bush's mistakes and the fact that it's taken him 8 years to admit he's made any. I agree with the very early poster and the need for a war crimes tribunal. It'll be interesting to see who Bush pre-pardons, and how much out of country traveling he does.
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