President Bush

President Bush — a true Gentleman

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Bush says it’s ‘essential’ to help Obama

CALGARY, Alberta – Former President George W. Bush, making his first public speech since leaving office in January, says he wants Barack Obama to succeed and that it’s “essential” to support the new leader.

Bush declined to critique the Obama administration in Tuesday’s speech, saying the new president has enough critics and that he “deserves my silence.”

Former Vice President Dick Cheney has said that Obama’s decisions threatened America’s safety. Conservative talk-show host Rush Limbaugh has said he hoped Obama would fail.

“I love my country a lot more than I love politics,” Bush said. “I think it is essential that he be helped in office.”

Bush also said he plans to write a book that will ask people to consider what they would do if they had to protect the United States as president. “It’s going to be (about) the 12 toughest decisions I had to make,” he said.

“I want people to understand what it was like to sit in the Oval Office and have them come in and say we have captured Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks, the alleged killer of a guy named Danny Pearl because he was simply Jewish, and we think we have information on further attacks on the United States,” Bush said.

Bush didn’t specify what the 12 hardest decisions were but said Iraq is better off without Saddam Hussein in power.

The invitation-only event titled a “Conversation with George W. Bush” attracted close to 2,000 guests who paid $3,100 per table. Bush received two standing ovations from the predominantly business crowd.

About 200 protested outside the event; four of them were arrested. Some protesters threw shoes at an effigy of Bush, a reference to the Iraqi journalist who tossed his shoes at the former president during a December news conference in Baghdad.

“He shouldn’t be able to go anywhere in the world and just present himself as a private citizen,” protest organizer Peggy Askin said. “We do not have any use for bringing war criminals into this country. It’s an affront.”

While Bush is unpopular in Canada, he is less so in oil-rich Alberta, the country’s most conservative province and one sometimes called the Texas of the north.

“This is my maiden voyage. My first speech since I was the president of the United States and I couldn’t think of a better place to give it than Calgary, Canada,” Bush said.

The event’s organizers declined to say how much Bush was paid to speak at the gathering.

Bush was full of jokes during his appearance. He joked that he would do more speeches to pay for his new house in Dallas.

“I actually paid for a house last fall. I think I’m the only American to have bought a house in the fall of 2008,” he quipped.

He also said his mother is doing well. Barbara Bush was released from a Houston hospital Friday, nine days after undergoing heart surgery. “Clearly he can’t live without her,” Bush said of his father and former President George H.W. Bush.

Bush seemed to enjoy himself even though the event started later than expected because of tight security. “I’ll sit here all day,” Bush said during a question-and-answer session. “I’m flattered people even want to hear me in the first place.”


So, we’re not the only ones who admire # 43, George Bush!

Courtesy of www.dallasnews.com.

A big women’s basketball game between No. 2 Oklahoma and No. 4 Baylor just gained added prestige.

Former President George W. Bush and wife Laura attended Wednesday’s game. The two entered several minutes before the opening tip, flanking Lady Bears coach Kim Mulkey, and received a prolonged standing ovation from the fans at the Ferrell Center. The group was engulfed by photographers and camera crews at the Oklahoma bench.

Another round of applause followed during the initial TV timeout at 15:57 of the first half, when the 43rd president was introduced again.

Bush maintains a ranch in nearby Crawford and plans to relocate to a home in Dallas soon.

Officials said it was the first time that Bush had attended a Baylor athletic event in person. A video feed of the 2003 Texas-Baylor football game was sent via satellite to the White House. Bush has long been a sports fan and was managing partner of the Texas Rangers before being elected governor of Texas.

Bush provided the Baylor women’s basketball team with a pep talk before the game.

“I told them that every moment in life is precious and this is a big moment for them,” Bush told pool reporter Chad Conine of the Waco Tribune-Herald . “There’s no question in my mind they’ll give it their all and I wish them all the best.”

Bush also had a chanced to renew acquaintances with Baylor coach Kim Mulkey.

“Most of all, I was excited to get to say hello to Kim. I got to know her when they won the national championship and they came to the oval office,” Bush said. “She is a dynamic person. She’s really one of the country’s great coaches.

“So Laura and I got a chance to come here. This is our first outing since I left the presidency and I can’t think of a better place — and yes I’m excited.”


Thanks to President Bush for a job well done.

The media has been critical of President Bush from day one. They have blamed him for every problem in the world, but neglected to give him credit for his successes.

Here is why the United States is lucky to have elected President George Bush:

A Republican president with business acumen knew that high taxes slow an economy down. Less taxes create a booming economy like we have now.
A Republican president pulled us out of Clinton’s recession.
A Republican president created the lowest unemployment in the recent past.
A Republican president put more minorities in responsible positions than any other administration — ever.
A Republican president forced Syria to relent on nuclear weapons thus creating a safer world.
A Republican president wept over 9/11, then united the country.
A Republican president insisted that the blame for 9/11 be placed on radical terrorists and not Muslims as a whole.
A Republican president had the courage to fight and free Iraq.
A Republican president publicly admitted that he needed Divine help to govern wisely.
A Republican president governed based on his faith and trust in the wisdom of the American people rather than on what the current poll recommended.

And that Republican President was George Bush. Thanks to him we have a booming economy, lower unemployment, a housing boom, and a safer America.

God bless President George Bush.


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