Tuesday, September 23, 2008

W - Four Massive, Country Changing Failures

MSNBC's Rachel Maddow suggested on Monday that the continuing debate among historians about whether George W. Bush will find a place in the presidential failure hall of fame alongside Herbert Hoover and Warren G. Harding "is over."

"Barring yet another disaster of unimaginable scale, we now know that the presidency of George W. Bush will be defined by four massive, country-changing failures," stated Maddow .

She went on to cite 9/11, the "mendacious launch of the Iraq War," the drowning of New Orleans, and now an economic meltdown in which "we're borrowing $700 billion dollars, probably mostly from China, to stem off utter collapse."

"Eight years, four crises, each one awful enough on its own to brand any presidency an abject failure," Maddow quipped. "And we got them all done with just one guy. Bargain."

8 comments:

BAWDYSCOT said...

No one here can say I am a fan of the man.

Ceroill said...

Went to see a film recently, and saw a preview for an upcoming production called "W", apparently a biopic of our President. Oy. WHY would anyone make a movie about GWB? My conservative friend of course makes the assumption it's a 'hatchet job', while I couldn't be sure one way or the other. I'm just stunned at the very fact of the making of this film.

BAWDYSCOT said...

When you consider the possible turning point this country and possibly the world might be going through, much of it directly attributeable to G.W. Mush, I can personally see pictorial documentation for all who come after.

"See, this is where all the horseshit got started. What could they have been thinking."

Anony Mouse said...

Out of fairness, since if nothing else I am that. This is MSNBC! The network is a hopeless mess.

On Iraq, and New Orleans I am in agreement. Direct decisions by Bush lead to tragic consequences.

On 9/11 he is accountable for not heeding the warnings of the Clinton administration but the Clinton administration was a sleep at the wheel without a plan against terrorism. The signs and the attacks were there. A 50/50 split there.

This financial crisis is entirely the mess of a congress led by Frank and Dodd. They were warned and yet let partisanship drag us into this mess. These guys should be kicked out of congress and brought to trial imo. That is the risk we take when we have quasi-government run companies headed by partisan crooks who can garner party support to avoid regulatory overhaul.

coreydbarbarian said...

leave it to mousey to blame msnbc (and rachel maddow!) for dubya's failures, and frank and dodd for the financial mess.

bob, i've seen the "w" trailer, and it doesn't look as good as i'd hoped. it is an oliver stone film, and i usually like josh brolin's work, but...
maybe i'm just so sick of dubya that it taints me. he's just so..yucky.

Thomas said...

Yes anony mouse here are Frank's own words in 2003.

"I want to begin by saying that I am glad to consider the legislation, but I do not think we are facing any kind of a crisis. That is, in my view, the two government sponsored enterprises we are talking about here, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, are not in a crisis. We have recently had an accounting problem with Freddie Mac that has led to people being dismissed, as appears to be appropriate. I do not think at this point there is a problem with a threat to the Treasury.

The more people, in my judgment, exaggerate a threat of safety and soundness, the more people conjure up the possibility of serious financial losses to the Treasury, which I do not see. I think we see entities that are fundamentally sound financially and withstand some of the disastrous scenarios. And even if there were a problem, the Federal Government doesn’t bail them out. But the more pressure there is there, then the less I think we see in terms of affordable housing."

dealing in bad paper apparently is not a poor practice according to barney.

BAWDYSCOT said...

corey,

That's fucky, not yucky.

And hey, a pox on both houses(red and blue).

Anony Mouse said...

You are preaching to the choir Thomas. You can’t tell a Republican that Bush has done anything wrong and you can’t tell a Democrat that their controlled congress has ever done anything wrong. It’s almost like some religious obsession to these guys.

I don’t know the answer but as a former sufferer of this syndrome 20 years clean; I do know that until Americans demand better we will continue to get what we deserve. I’m not sure why the partisans feel so passionate about protecting corrupt politicians.

American Carol seems to hold promise and looks pretty funny.