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Happy Birthday President Bush!

Posted by Ryan on July 6, 2007

Dubya turns 61 today.  That would mean he was born in 1946.  Demographically, this makes Bush a Baby-Boomer, like his predecessor BJ Clinton.  Bill’s a bit younger, turning 61 next month.  George has a loving wife and two successful 25 year old daughters, and a large, close-knit family.  He’s a born-again Methodist who struggled with alcoholism, business failures and political successes.

Alas, Bush has had a very disappointing presidency, especially since there was so much promise.  Even without a 9/11 he could have salvaged things for his seemingly clouded presidency with his tax policy.  Yet, 9/11 showed us all who he can be:  strong, principled, with America’s interests at heart and in action.  Since being reelected, however, he let the press define the Katrina disaster practically blaming him for an act of God, he let Iraq wallow for too long in paralysis, he let his Social Security and tax reform initiatives flounder, and he failed to see the borders for what they are, a national security lapse, which has hurt him deeply amongst his conservative base, including me. 

Can he turn things around before he leaves or is he just going to clock-watch until January 20, 2009?  I don’t know.  If the troops come home victorious from Iraq (by leaving it stable and able to defend itself) and he at least gets a borders bill passed, then maybe.  Otherwise, as Newt Gingrich once said, he could end up being the Republican Party’s version of Jimmy Carter.  Shudder.

Pic from Extreme Mortman.

4 Responses to “Happy Birthday President Bush!”

  1. BillT said

    Ugh. The POTENTIAL to be compared to Carter has to turn his stomach. Bad news.

  2. surfhut said

    I agree that Newt’s possible comparison to Jimmy Carter is wrenching. President Bush has done a lot of things right during his presidency, but I fear No Child Left Behind, the Katrina disaster, and his endorsement of the recently failed Kennedy-McCain immigration reform bill may well end up defining his presidency. I hope not. Time will tell.

    Guess who else has a birthday today? Nancy Reagan! And there are some other interesting people who were born today: John Paul Jones (I have not yet begun to fight) and the Dalai Lama.

    Happy Birthday, President Bush.

  3. Mike said

    At the end of the day, I’m mostly thankful to Bush for two things: Bush views international terrorism as acts of war rather than criminal matters, and his Supreme Court nominations have brought us closer to Constitutional governance.

    I’ll never understand how he didn’t have a PR war strategy though, especially when one of the major parties has been undermining the war since the very beginning.

  4. Ryan said


    No Child Left Behind has be in a bit of a bind. As a teacher back in 2002 I saw everyone’s reaction to it: the teachers hated it, the Union hated it, the Dems thought it was unfair to poor schools and the Republicans thought it was too expensive. I agree that throwing money at a problem solves nothing in addressing its root cause and that everything that involves Ted “Fins” Kennedy is soiled, but the reason why the Union and many old-school teachers hated it was because it required them to work to standards and to maintain or improve student achievement on mandated testing. Special Ed hated it because it required “Highly Qualified Teachers” (HQT) in every classroom. In short that meant that in order to teach a class, one has to be certified in that subject. The horror!

    My attitude was to just ride the thing out. I was an HQT and tenured shortly after its passage. But I love how teachers pin the whole mess on Dubya, when it was clearly “new-tone” overbloated bilge spirited through by Fins. I also love throwing that back in their face: if Bush is guilty of this overpriced standards scheme, then Fins is just as guilty.

    So, you see my problem: the Union and Special Ed hated it! How could I not automatically like it by default? I like that all my colleagues are qualified by some national standard, but I don’t like how much federal government money and influence is increased as a result. So that’s my bind: I disagree with its philosophy, but I love to see the Lefties cringe everytime they hear it! lol

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