Creating Fiction - The Administration Bush Wants To Be Remembered For.

The LA Times ran an article today that revealed a memo sent to the Bush cabinet members and higher-level staff entitled "Speech Topper on the Bush Record." The two-pager included items that he President expected to be pushed in public summing up the last eight years of his administration and claiming a variety of successes and triumphs that Bush wants to be remembered by.

Some highlights:

* He "kept the American people safe" after 9/11 (although apparently not safe from Anthrax-laced letters and other low-level "terrorist" items.)

* He "the honor and the dignity of his office." (This is something we are known for all over the world, right?)

* He "responded with bold measures to prevent an economic meltdown" during our current crisis... and, of course, it has continued to get worse.

* "He promised to raise standards and accountability in public schools -- and delivered the No Child Left Behind Act," something most people hope the Obama Administration will deep-six with due speed.

* Several other points, like how Bush's tax cuts spurred economic growth and how he curbed AIDS in Africa (which has some truth), are added to make his record appear to be an unalloyed success.

This is all part of the Presidential Legacy program being run by Karl Rove and does nothing to mention over a half million unemployed, over 4,000 dead soldiers in Iraq, the largest debt in American History, the lowest rating a President has ever received from the American Public, or anything else.

This is pathetic!

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Tags: Bush Record, lies, Presidential Legacy (all tags)

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4 Comments

Savage irony

The fact that he put Karl Rove in charge of his legacy program is the best explanation of Bush's legacy that I could possibly imagine.

by Dracomicron 2008-12-09 07:25AM | 0 recs
Two thoughts

I have heard that his record on AIDS treatment & prevention in Africa is quite commendable.  I will give him that credit 100%.

One other thought-

Can we discern an administration's true intentions by what they ram through at the end?  For Bush, where's the push to make abortions rare?  How about to reinstate Christianity as a quasi-official religion in the U.S.?  How about decisions that will make America decidedly safer from terrorist attacks in the future?  How about programs to reduce unwanted pregnancies?

No.  Almost all of the last-minute proposals are pro-business/anti-environmental proposals to allow greater pollution and less oversight of companies.  Old-school, zero-sum, business vs. environment.  This is the Republican heart in all of its darkness.

by the mollusk 2008-12-09 09:11AM | 0 recs
Actually...

Bush's HIV/AIDS record isn't all that "commendable". He's gutted any & all comprehensive programs that include real sex ed (not the "abstainence only" bullsh*t). And worse, he's actually CUT funding for HIV/AIDS prevention & treatment programs here in America. I really don't know if there is anything good at all that Bush can claim credit for.

And yes, I'm being serious.

by atdleft 2008-12-09 10:06AM | 0 recs
Re: Actually...

I'm talking specifically about Africa - where the AIDS crisis is orders of magnitude larger than it is here.

by the mollusk 2008-12-09 10:30AM | 0 recs

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