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Labrador Pooh-Poohs Bush Lobbying

Former president George W. Bush, who enjoyed healthy support among Latinos during his time in office, has broken a virtual five-year silence in national politics to weigh in on immigration reform. The question is: Is anyone listening? Judging from the immigration debate roiling the House, probably not. Although Bush's public approval ratings are on the rise, he is a fast-fading memory on Capitol Hill, where more than half of the 234 House Republicans arrived on the scene after he departed. Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, who last month dropped out of bipartisan talks to develop a comprehensive House immigration bill, said Bush's views would have little impact. “Anybody has to take an ex-president's word seriously, but he's just another voice on this issue. He's not going to be the definitive voice,” Labrador said in an interview/David Nakamura & Ed O'Keefe, Washington Post. More here. (AP photo: George W. Bush places his hand over his heart during the national anthem before a U.S. citizen swearing in ceremony in Dallas on Wednesday)

Question: Wouldn't the Republican Party be in much better shape today if it'd followed then President George Bush's lead in reaching out to Hispanics?

Zogby: Bush, Palin Win People Polls

An ABC cameraman tapes as Robin Roberts, far right, rides a snowmobile with Sarah Palin (in orange helmet) and her daughter Piper during an interview with Sarah Palin for ABC’s Good Morning America at the Palin home in Wasilla, Alaska. In a Zogby International Poll, Palin edged President Barack Obama as person of the year, while former President George Bush easily bested Obama as person of the decade. Story here. (AP Photo/ABC, Matt Hage)

Question: Do you agree that Sarah Palin is person of the year and George Bush, person of the decade, in polls in which President Obama finishes second?

JFK Still Tops Gallup Poll

Former President John F. Kennedy has the highest job approval rating of the past nine U.S. presidents, according to a Gallup Poll. Kennedy leads the list with a strong 85 percent approval rating. In second place, President Ronald Reagan boasts a 74 percent approval rating. The two presidents had close to the same numbers when the survey was taken in 2006. Meanwhile, former President Bill Clinton moved up the list, coming in at third/Kevin Cullum, Ballot Box (The Hill’s political blog). More here.

Question: Who would you pick as the best and worst among the last 9 presidents, from JFK through George W. Bush? Why?

Parting Shot — 1/20/09

Former President George W. Bush, left, salutes and his wife, Laura, waves as they depart Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Tuesday. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

SR Today In Photos: Obama Inauguration

What Will Bush Do Now?

Item: The Ex Files: George W. Bush joins club/James Taranto, Wall Street Journal

More Info: When Barack Obama becomes the 44th president next week, George W. Bush will join an even more exclusive club. Of the 42 men who have served as president, Mr. Bush will be only the 34th to become a former president. (Grover Cleveland, of course, served two “terms” as an ex, 1889-93 and 1897-1908.) What does a man do after leaving the highest office in the land, whether by his own choice, by that of the voters, or by constitutional mandate?/Wall Street Journal. More here.

Question: What will George Bush do after Tuesday?

Adam: Grading Bush, B+ To D-

 My overall grade for the Bush Administration: C-. Not the worst President we ever had, but certainly not the best/Adam’s Blog. Complete report card here.

Question: What grade would you give President George Bush?

TUBOB: Goodbye, Evil Bush

The evil Ape-Child gave his last news conference yesterday, whining and bitching in a bizarre defensive appearance indicative only of how badly his alcoholism has returned and what a repulsive monster we’ve been cursed with these last 8 years. How could you America? It staggers the mind that this reptilian and scabrous horror was RE-elected. He uses his 3 shots of bourbon before stepping out into the cameras anger to feebly attempt to bring back his old swagger, a swagger never deserved, never earned his entire life, a fake Texas cowboy wannabe anti-dad swagger now just the bitterness of a failed drunk executive impotent and soundless./TUBOB. More here.

Question: Anyone else want to politically eulogize our soon-to-be-ex president?

Bush Defends Record Before Media

Item: Bush defends record in final news conference/AP

More Info: By turns wistful, aggressive and joking in the final news conference of his presidency, President George W. Bush vigorously defended his record Monday but also offered an extraordinary listing of his mistakes - including his optimistic Iraq speech before a giant “Mission Accomplished” banner in 2003.

Question: What will be President Bush’s legacy?

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