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Highlights From Bush's "Ultimate Exit Interview"

Highlights From Bush's "Ultimate Exit Interview"

This morning President Bush held his final official press conference, and the show was filled with memorable lines!

  • On America's damaged image overseas: "I disagree with this assessment that, you know, that people view America in a dim light. It may be damaged amongst some of the elite. But people still understand America stands for freedom."
  • On disappointments: "Abu Ghraib, obviously, was a huge disappointment, during the presidency. You know, not having weapons of mass destruction was a significant disappointment. I don't know if you want to call those mistakes or not, but they were — things didn't go according to plan, let's put it that way."
  • On the "Mission Accomplished" banner: "Clearly, putting 'Mission Accomplished' on an aircraft carrier was a mistake. It sent the wrong message."
  • On Katrina: "Don't tell me the federal response was slow when there were 30,000 people pulled off roofs right after the storm passed. . . . Could things been done better? Absolutely. But when I hear people say the federal response was slow, what are they going to say to those chopper drivers or the 30,000 who got pulled off the roof?"
  • On peace in the Middle East: "It's been a long time since they've had peace in the Middle East. The challenge, of course, has been to lay out the conditions so that a peaceful state can emerge. . . . Will this ever happen? I think it will. And I know we've advanced the process."
  • On the GOP's need to be more inclusive: "This party will come back. But the party's message has got to be that different points of view are included in the party."
  • On life after the presidency: "I'm a Type A personality. I just can't envision myself, you know, the big straw hat and a Hawaiian shirt sitting on some beach. . . . I wake up in Crawford on Tuesday morning — I mean, Wednesday morning, and I suspect I'll make Laura coffee."

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sldc sldc 8 years
Dubya isn't type A, he is a sensor/linear thinker. He needs structure and quitting booze and finding religion (and the Mrs) gave that to him. He appears to naturally more introverted than people think, too. Alcoholism is a great social lubricant and that is when he was most social. I voted for Obama, but no doubt he will give the Republican party fuel for future elections. Adios, Dubya. You will love living in Dallas. Thanks for not moving to Austin!
mydiadem mydiadem 8 years
Amen kastarte. Now not only is the media, intellectuals, and Washington 'elite' but there are whole countries of these 'elitists' somewhere in the world?!? What will be dooooooo?!?
janneth janneth 8 years
I really do not think of him as a type A.
kastarte2 kastarte2 8 years
Bush is to blame for everything. For example, it is his fault I have a blemish on my forehead that makes me look like one of Obama's unicorns, that the line at the grocery store was so long and that I have to go to jury duty. Darn you Bush! :rant: I was actually most interested in the first quote. Who are the over seas elite? Why do I hear so much from the GOP about "elites" or "elitism"?
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
If I had known President Bush was serving up humble pie today I'd have brought a fork. In my line of work and general associations I meet a lot of foreigners and the general perception I get is that none of them every lost their admiration for America and Americans however make no doubt they loathed the Bush Administration something awful. In their opinion what they do love about us was hijacked and they couldn't wait for it to be over. President Bush did do some good things in his eight years it's just nice to see (him) finally disclose his thoughts on his weaknesses.
stephley stephley 8 years
Lilk, I don't think so either - I'm utterly confused. I didn't mind Bush when he first ran in 2000: now, I could never sit down with him - when I look at Bush's big blank face, I think of executed prisoners in Texas, Pat Tillman, humiliated prisoners in secret prisons, people crying in New Orleans, torn up children in Iraq... If it was just ruining the environment and the economy and eavesdropping, I could deal, but too many lives have been damaged or wrecked in the past 8 years for me to write him off as inocuous.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 8 years
Clinton was obviously flexible - just look at his definition of sex. I don't know that I'd say that Bill is Type A either - Hilary yeah, Chelsea-yeah, Bill - no manipulative, charismatic, intelligent (swarmy at times but I like a bit of swarmy) but not Type A unless you count the eating and stressing himself into a heart attack. That heart attack was Type A. Ok here's the thing about GWB, I think if I met him I would honestly like him. I'd probably be friends with him cause in a way we're similar. We both make grammar errors and forget what the heck we're saying and to whom. I understand that he loves to laugh too. But he's own family (mother, father, brothers) felt he wasn't suited to be President but he obliviously had a hell of a personal drive to prove them wrong and get the job. I do admire his gumption. But once in office he may have arrived early but he arrived emptied headed or handed. So it appears to me. As a President have haven't agreed with 98% of what he's done or stood for. But eventually when he writes his memoirs I think I'll have better insight to who the man really is with having to think of him as the Primate President.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
I've never stated Bush is completely blameless for anything that happened; I've only argued over the degree to which he is to blame. And again, I'll state, I personally know people who blame him for things that happened, not for his reaction to those things. Maybe I'm not stating it clearly enough.
stephley stephley 8 years
Well Lilk, I'm sure Bush is completely without blame for Brangelina, which happened during his administration - but again, it isn't what happened, it is his response that interests people. That's part of the point of being a leader - of course we judge him on how he led when something happened. Out of curiosity, what would you say happened for which Bush is completely blameless?
Myst Myst 8 years
Jude as along Cheney don't ever thing of running for a public office again. I dont give two flying f**ks what his plans are
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
I recall seeing a few random posters here, but I can't think of a regular poster who is like that. At the same time, I can't think of a regular poster who says Bush is completely without blame for anything that happened during his administration.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
Ha!
stephley stephley 8 years
Ah Jude, he's got to scrapbook his Abu Ghraib pics, then maybe hunt some old coots, eat a baby or two...
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
Interestingly, I have read several articles that reference the Type A aspects of Bush's personality. Off the top of my head, I remember reading an article several years ago that referenced the fact that, while Clinton viewed time as more flexible, typically arriving right on time or sometimes a few minutes late, Bush always arrives a few minutes early. (This is not a criticism of Clinton. I too view time as flexible. I just remember that the article was about the differences in their personalities and that's the only specific point I recall.)
stephley stephley 8 years
Lilk, do those blame Bush for everything people post here? Cuz I've never met one, and I'd be curious...
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
Say, what are Dick Cheney's plans? :?
wackdoodle wackdoodle 8 years
GWB is more like Type R or L. R being for Relaxed. L for Laid back. But definitely not Type A. A's are aggressive, pro-active, work-o-lics who are relentlessly anal in every aspect of their lives. Again, from everything that his cabinet has said about him and heck the things he's own parents have said he's far from a Type A.
liliblu liliblu 8 years
Bush's comments on Katrina and his fake rightous anger no longer surprise me. One of the Department of Homeland Security's missions is to act as a focal point regarding natural and manmade crises and emergency planning. President Bush issused Homeland Security Presidential Directive 5 in 2003. That directive designated the Secretary of Homeland Security as the “principal federal official for domestic incident management.” The secretary of DHS is also responsible for creating a system that will help responders from different jurisdictions to work together. Does Bush believe that DHS lived up to this directive? Or: "Homeland Security Presidential Directive 8 (HSPD-8), issued on December 17,2003, further designated the Secretary as “the principal Federal official for coordinating the implementation of all-hazards preparedness in the United States,” and gave the Secretary, in cooperation with other Federal departments and agencies, responsibility for “coordinat[ing] the preparedness of federal response assets, and the support for, and assessment of, the preparedness of state and local first responders.” Bush, the Secretary of Homeland Security, and the head of FEMA were all aware of the dangers of Hurricane Katrina. But he does not believe the federal response was slow?
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 8 years
those pictures provided are pricless
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
I just never thought of him as Type A. This actually surprised me.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
I thought it was obvious that I was referring to the people who blame Bush for these occurrences; I'll be sure to be more clear next time.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
So, while you can say that it wasn't what happened during Bush's administration that angered people, that it was his handling, that only refers to some people.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
Steph, what you said certainly pertains to you. But, in my experience, I have witnessed people blame Bush for things that are completely beyond his control. And, they were not blaming him for his response. They were blaming him for the actual events. I have heard countless people blame Bush for the September 11 terrorist attacks, and for the levees not being able to withstand Katrina, and for the entire mortgage crisis. Saying he contributed to these things or didn't respond well is one thing, saying he caused them is quite another. I am curious to see if these people will apply the same strict standard to Obama.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
"It isn't what happened during Bush's administration that angered so many people. It was his response and handling of what happened." Amen.
em1282 em1282 8 years
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