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Obama: ‘Significant Achievement’

"Today, at my direction, the United States launched a targeted operation against that compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. A small team of Americans carried out the operation with extraordinary courage and capability. No Americans were harmed. They took care to avoid civilian casualties. After a firefight, they killed Osama bin Laden and took custody of his body. For over two decades, bin Laden has been al-Qaida's leader and symbol, and has continued to plot attacks against our country and our friends and allies. The death of bin Laden marks the most significant achievement to date in our nation's effort to defeat al-Qaeda." — President Barack Obama. Full statement here.  (AP photo/LM Otero: A rain soaked sign sits on the ground in front of the gated Dallas neighborhood of former U.S. President George W. Bush in Dallas, Texas, this morning.)

Question: Some are arguing that President Barack Obama finished what President George Bush couldn't. Should we be political at a time like this? Are applaud both administrations for the work they did in bringing Osama bin Laden to justice?

George & Laura’s Book Signing Tour

Former President George W. Bush, right, and his wife Laura appear together to sign their books ‘Decision Points’ by him, and ‘Spoken From the Heart’ by her, at a bookstore this morning in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Question: Would you be more likely to read George’s book or Laura’s?

Protesters Greet Bush Library Opening

Anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan speaks at a protest rally in Dallas on Tuesday. A group of about 100 protestors marched to SMU, where a ground- breaking ceremony was being held for the George W. Bush Presidential Library. (AP Photo/Mike Fuentes)

Question: Do you find it tiring for people to dredge up past sins, real and imagined, of past presidents, like Bush and Bill Clinton?

APhoto Of The Day — 11.9.10

Former President George W. Bush waves as he signs copies of his book, “Decision Points” at a store near his Dallas home this morning. You write the cutline. (AP Photo//The Dallas Morning News, G.J. McCarthy)

Top Cutlines:

  • 1. “When Daddy first said I should write my autobiography, I was worried I wouldn’t remember every car I ever owned” — JohnA.
  • 2. (tie) “I’m on page five already. It’s a perdy good story, but there ain’t no pictures, dadgummit!” — Idaho Dad; and: Mr_Bloggy.
  • 3. (tie) W tries to signal “live long and prosper”, but unfortunately, he messes this up too —Check out my new coloring book! — Riggs. Gary D. Rhodes; and:
  • HM: Fort Boise

High Noon: George W. Bush Is Back

In this May 2, 2003, file photo, President George W. Bush declares the end of major combat in Iraq as he speaks aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln off the California coast. George W. Bush knows that history will shape his legacy more than anything he can say. But that’s not gonna stop a guy from trying. After two years of near silence, Bush is back. With his new memoir and a promotion tour, the president who in cockier times could not think of a single mistake he had made, lists many. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Question: What was George W. Bush’s biggest mistake during his 2 terms of office?

Poolman: Just Say No To Bush, Texas

Poolman: I really like the players on Texas — Vlad — Elvis, Josh (classic reborn Jesus freak teetering on the edge of a relapse) the coach who looks like he just stumbled out of the Gospel Mission. But, I just can’t get past the Bush element. You know when the series goes back to Texas we are going to get close ups of W between every other pitch. I would much rather watch a disappointed W than a smirky W. I’ll stick the West Coast dogs and the kid with the bangin’ hair.

Question: Poolman basis his support for the Giants on his dislike for Texas Ranger fan George W. Bush. How do you determine who you root for in this World Series?

Photo of the decade

Yes, strangely enough, this is our pick. In 2005, Katrina was a tipping point. It represents a President seeing the other America. Perhaps he is thinking how did we get here? For climate change, for poverty—- it reminds us of the Pogo line, “we have met the enemy and he is us.” It’s the disconnected view from the window. “It must be twice as bad on ground,” Bush said at that moment. Twice? The decade is all over but the shouting and the tragedy.

George W. Bush: I Kept My Values

President George W. Bush smiles during his last formal news conference in the press room at the White House in Washington on Jan. 12, 2009.

“At a speech about his presidential center at Southern Methodist University in Dallas this afternoon, George W. Bush told a supportive crowd that he has had time to reflect in office over the past nine months. Mr. Bush said there were ups and downs, but through it all he “always did what I believed was in the best interests of our country.”

And, he told the crowd to raucous applause, “I came home to Texas with my values intact.”

More here


Email of the day

The dubious honor goes to the Bush Administration for suppressing science and public health interests. A two year old email surfaced yesterday after it was sent but never opened. We hate it when that happens. It shouldn’t come as a surprise considering the prior evidence on Bush concealing climate change findings and deliberate disinformation yet it doesn’t lessen how disturbing this news truly is.

From CBS: The e-mail and the 28-page document attached to it, released Tuesday by the Environmental Protection Agency, show that back in December of 2007 the agency concluded that six gases linked to global warming pose dangers to public welfare, and wanted to take steps to regulate their release from automobiles and the burning of gasoline.

The document specifically cites global warming’s effects on air quality, agriculture, forestry, water resources and coastal areas as endangering public welfare.

That finding was rejected by the Bush White House, which strongly opposed using the Clean Air Act to address climate change and stalled on producing a so-called “endangerment finding” that had been ordered by the Supreme Court in 2007.

There’s no groundbreaking scoop here—- just a reminder, we’re indeed in a much better place now when it comes to climate change. Obama’s certainly not above criticism at DTE, especially in terms of his reckless EPA appointees. To paraphrase Hunter Thompson, he has made some mistakes, but in context they seem almost frivolous compared to the things Bush does every day of his life, on purpose. Where will it end? How low do you have to stoop in this country to be President?

Bush set the bar victoriously low.

Worst of all: He got away with it.

Monday videos: Weekend catch-up

If you were up and out early on Sunday, busy with chores or otherwise occupied, here’s a roundup of the morning talking head shows, courtesy of TalkingPointsMemo.

Steele and Kane on Meet the Press:

Liz Cheney on This Week:

If you fell asleep before Saturday Night Live came on, here’s the open — which was, as usual, political — from Hulu.


Grading the President?

The inaguration is fast-approaching, meaning the end of a long eight-year journey for President George W. Bush.

Opinions are inevitable when it comes to the leader of the Free World, yet is it right to ‘grade’ the President?

Msnbc.msn.com now gives viewers the opportunity to play ‘Teacher’ and participate in a Live Vote grading former President George W. Bush’s performance in the White House. 

Do you guys think it’s right to sum up his past eight years with a simple report card?; The choice of ‘A, B, C, D, or F?’   What grade would you give him?

Iraqi Shoe-Hurler Asks for Pardon

During a news conference this week, an Iraqi television journalist removed both his shoes and threw them at George W Bush while shouting in Arabic: “This is a gift from the Iraqis; this is the farewell kiss, you dog!” A few seconds later, the journalist tossed his other shoe, shouting, “This is from the widows, the orphans and those who were killed in Iraq!”


December’s viral video is commonly referred to Youtube junkies as “George Bush Shoe Attack!” 1,322,017 views have been counted for this video, my personal favorite George Bush Shoe Attack video.

photo found on bbc.co.uk

Now, on December 18th, the Journalist who threw his shoes has asked the Iraqi prime minister for a pardon. The government spokesman, Yassin Majid, said that the reporter wrote to Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki apologizing for the incident and calling it an “ugly action.”


“He asked the prime minister to pardon him as a son asks his father for forgiveness,” The New York Times reports Mr. Majid said.


When Iraqi Parliament discussed the withdrawal from Iraq of armed forces, a group of lawmakers instead demanded that the legislature discuss up the issue of the journalist Muntader al-Zaidi. Some in Parliament say the government should release Mr. Zaidi immediately, while others say the judiciary should decide his fate.


What do you think? Is this humorous to you? What should happen to Mr. Zaidi? What do you think of what he shouted in Arab as he threw the shoes, and what about what Bush said in the video?