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Bush is back
The Washington Post ^ | Tuesday, April 23, 2013 | Jennifer Rubin

Posted on 04/23/2013 5:17:04 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican

It took less than 4 1/2 years of the Obama presidency for President George W. Bush to mount his comeback. While doing absolutely nothing on his own behalf (he’s been the most silent ex-president in my lifetime), his approval is up to 47 percent according to The Post/ABC poll. That’s up 14 points from his final poll in office. For comparison’s sake President Obama’s RCP average is a tad over 49 percent.

Why the shift? Aside from the “memories fade” point, many of his supposed failures are mild compared to the current president (e.g. spending, debt). Unlike Obama’s tenure, there was no successful attack on the homeland after 9/11. People do remember the big stuff — rallying the country after the Twin Towers attack, 7 1/2 years of job growth and prosperity, millions of people saved from AIDS in Africa, a good faith try for immigration reform, education reform and a clear moral compass.

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1 posted on 04/23/2013 5:17:04 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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To: MinorityRepublican

Good.
Maybe some people (even those on FR) will realize he was/is not what they tried to make him.


2 posted on 04/23/2013 5:19:44 PM PDT by svcw (If you are dead when your heart stops, why aren't you alive when it starts.)
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To: MinorityRepublican
W is a good man, but he misled the country about Islam. It is not a religion of peace. I know he has many old family friends from Saudi Arabia...but Islam is not a religion of peace.

He needs to tell us the truth. The Country still listens to him...he needs to come clean.

3 posted on 04/23/2013 5:21:28 PM PDT by RoosterRedux (Obama's Chechens are coming home...to roost.)
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To: MinorityRepublican
I harbor no ill will towards W - I wish the man all the best.

But I ain't gonna get all sentimental & pine for him, either.

4 posted on 04/23/2013 5:22:09 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: svcw

no big deal, everyone always loves the second string QB, or goalie - but rarely did when he was in the game. Bush fell behind Bill Maher and now Bob Beckel on terror.....
http://www.americanthinker.com/2013/04/did_bill_maher_just_trump_bush_on_islam.html


5 posted on 04/23/2013 5:22:39 PM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (Tokyo Rove is more than a name, it's a GREAT WEBSITE)
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To: MinorityRepublican

No more Bushes.


6 posted on 04/23/2013 5:23:13 PM PDT by Third Person (Welcome to Gaymerica.)
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To: MinorityRepublican

..this along with the Salon article earlier makes me feel as though the libtards expect Odungo to take a major hit...Benghazi? ....the Boston Saudi?....Fast and Furious?


7 posted on 04/23/2013 5:23:47 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: MinorityRepublican
The media crucified him along with the democrats. Many of his own party picked his bones. I am done with bashing him. He did things I could not stand but I rather had him in place than Al Gore or John Kerry. Between him and Obama, I would take him back tonight because I know he loves this country. Obama, don't trust him.
8 posted on 04/23/2013 5:24:18 PM PDT by Christie at the beach
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To: Third Person

kick off to Jeb’s campaign


9 posted on 04/23/2013 5:25:06 PM PDT by dontreadthis
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To: MinorityRepublican

No child left behind Islam is the religion of peace is back. Oh joy.


10 posted on 04/23/2013 5:26:17 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Christie at the beach
The media crucified him along with the democrats.

And when they did, they were crucifyiing you, me, all conservatives, the notion of free enterprise, every other Republican, etc. And yet, Bush never ever ever bothered to fire back....not a single time. The result? We all got trashed, and got Obama. Twice.

11 posted on 04/23/2013 5:26:34 PM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (Tokyo Rove is more than a name, it's a GREAT WEBSITE)
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To: MinorityRepublican

I voted for Bush. I would do so again given the alternatives of Al Gore and John Kerry. However, his second term was horrible for many reasons. If like Duyba or not, he paved the way for Obama.


12 posted on 04/23/2013 5:27:20 PM PDT by yongin (SoCons will not be kicked to the curb under the guise of the Truce.)
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To: MinorityRepublican


While he did enact some things that I fully disagree with (i.e., Patriot Act, No Child Left Behind, etc) I still like Bush and believe his heart was in the right place and that he did TRY to at least keep America safe and on the right track.

Yes, some of his policies did help the Progressive movement gain more of a foothold and did grow the government, but I know when I looked at him, and heard him speak, that he loved this country, and he loved and honored our military. I tend to believe a lot of the bad stuff he did, was more because he wasn't strong enough to hold the line, and he gave in to the pressure of the Democrats (who had control when things started going bad), but that's just my opinion.

GW and Laura had CLASS and dignity and they held the office of Presidency with honor. Comparing him to Obama and his mooch of a wife, is like comparing a cheesecake to a pile of crap. There's a HUGH difference.
13 posted on 04/23/2013 5:28:24 PM PDT by Lucky9teen (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history when everybody stands around reloading.~Thomas Jeffer)
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To: MinorityRepublican
Ø’s RCP average is a tad over 49 percent



             

14 posted on 04/23/2013 5:28:28 PM PDT by tomkat (curmudgeons gonna curmudge)
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To: MinorityRepublican

How do you guys feel about the TSA?

Or about the DHS?


15 posted on 04/23/2013 5:28:38 PM PDT by NoLibZone (None here can be puzzled by why Jews walked into the cars so quietly- we are walking up the planks.)
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To: dontreadthis

Yep.


16 posted on 04/23/2013 5:29:12 PM PDT by Third Person (Welcome to Gaymerica.)
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To: MinorityRepublican

President George W. Bush, with Gen. David Petraeus and Adm. William Fallon, visit Anbar province in Iraq in September 2007.

17 posted on 04/23/2013 5:29:31 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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To: MinorityRepublican
I supported him and continue to be on his mailing list. I was taken aback when I read this, from an interview with him in this past weekend's Parade interview, though...

"And so yes, my administration and President Obama's administration have gone on the offense against people who would do us harm. The ultimate way for there to be peace however, is for freedom to take root, democracy to take root, where governments are decided by the will of the people. And that's beginning to happen as a result of the Arab Spring".

Arab Spring has ushered in the MB. Ask the women of these countries about democracy.

18 posted on 04/23/2013 5:29:48 PM PDT by Jane Long (Background checks? Dandy idea, Mr. President. Shoulda started with yours. - Sarah Palin)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Bush hate is a mental illness. He is a great man and was a great president.


19 posted on 04/23/2013 5:30:38 PM PDT by lonestar67 (I remember when unemployment was 4.7 percent)
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To: svcw

I sure liked him. He was a patriot and a good man. Bush (43) wasn’t campaigning against Obama, McCain was and it wa McCain that blew it when he didn’t have to.


20 posted on 04/23/2013 5:32:36 PM PDT by Stepan12
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To: Doogle

as though the libtards expect Odungo to take a major hit


You think so? When zero wants something dead, the lsm 100% ignores it until it really didn’t happen.


21 posted on 04/23/2013 5:33:15 PM PDT by txhurl
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To: MinorityRepublican

Regardless of what low opinion anyone may hold of George W. Bush, the idea that Obama would be an improvement was insane. Anyone who thought that even back in 2007 was simply not looking at reality. Obama’s election was surely a case of national mass hysteria.


22 posted on 04/23/2013 5:34:15 PM PDT by RipSawyer (I was born on Earth, what planet is this?)
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To: NoLibZone

...or TARP.


23 posted on 04/23/2013 5:34:47 PM PDT by Third Person (Welcome to Gaymerica.)
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To: Third Person

If Dubya’s approval ratings are rebounding, then it will be safe for the GOPe to rally around Jeb Bush for 2016


24 posted on 04/23/2013 5:36:19 PM PDT by yongin (SoCons will not be kicked to the curb under the guise of the Truce.)
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To: C. Edmund Wright

Yes, the administration should have defended themselves and their supporters. They made the decision not to battle the opponent on the pr front/our issues/our platform. Why, I don’t know honestly though I believe it took more than silence in helping Obama to become elected.


25 posted on 04/23/2013 5:38:05 PM PDT by Christie at the beach
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To: C. Edmund Wright
And when they did, they were crucifyiing you, me, all conservatives, the notion of free enterprise, every other Republican, etc. And yet, Bush never ever ever bothered to fire back....not a single time. The result? We all got trashed, and got Obama. Twice.

...but he's a classy el patron and lives up to the meme of American royalty, which is so fundamentally important to a constitutional republic. /s

26 posted on 04/23/2013 5:38:50 PM PDT by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: svcw

They tried to make him a conservative, when in fact he isn’t.


27 posted on 04/23/2013 5:39:57 PM PDT by stockpirate (COME AND GET THEM.....)
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To: Christie at the beach

And IMO, that was a terrible ,devastating error. His failure in the bully pulpit was his worst failure - guaranteeing he never got credit for some things that he did indeed do well.


28 posted on 04/23/2013 5:40:34 PM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (Tokyo Rove is more than a name, it's a GREAT WEBSITE)
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To: TADSLOS

Whew...you had me going for a second.....


29 posted on 04/23/2013 5:40:58 PM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (Tokyo Rove is more than a name, it's a GREAT WEBSITE)
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To: MinorityRepublican

As a fiscal hawk and someone who admires Calvin Coolidge, Eisenhower and Reagan I find Bush’s presidency hard to swallow.

He started running deficits from 2002, he started 2 wars that have lasted a decade or more, he expanded social programs and he bailed out Wall Street.

He rejected limited government for some bizarre mix of corporatism, expanding government and a neocon foreign policy that wishes to “spread democracy” to barbaric countries where democracy is alien.

When the history books are written i’ve no doubt he will be seen as a terrible president and i’m relieved he’s gone.

Not that Obama is better but i’m happy that Bush doesn’t define conservatism any more because it’s a kind of conservatism I reject and always have.

Also what’s with taking his approval rating? He’s never going to run for anything again.

This Bush nostalgia is quite frankly sickening and we need to look to new leaders like Rand Paul, Mike Lee, Ron Johnson, Ted Cruz etc. i.e people who actually believe in limiting government and want to “shut down” parts of the Federal government not expand them like Bush did.


30 posted on 04/23/2013 5:41:16 PM PDT by JohnPDuncan
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To: MinorityRepublican
President G. W. Bush is not a Conservative, even though he says so occasionally.

He is compassionate, and undoubtedly loves America, was overly generous with taxpayer money and generous with his own. He will defend America, personally if necessary. He has reasonably good tax policy and lots of class.

He is honest and worthy but not tough enough to effectively deal with Marxist DemoRats.

31 posted on 04/23/2013 5:41:24 PM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: Third Person

TARP has largely been paid back...the eight years of silence, of never supporting our principles in public, have helped create half a generation of lo fo voters we’ll likely never turn around.


32 posted on 04/23/2013 5:42:14 PM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (Tokyo Rove is more than a name, it's a GREAT WEBSITE)
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To: Third Person
Rep Kanjorski $550 Billion Disappeared in 'Electronic Run On the Banks'
33 posted on 04/23/2013 5:42:28 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (My faith and politics cannot be separated)
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To: RipSawyer
Bush wasn't an awful president, certainly not the worst, but he was missing something.

He was the guy who didn't really want the job -- who didn't live, eat, breathe, and sleep political ambition.

Having somebody like that in office sounded like a good idea in 2000, but he went too far in that direction.

A little more political aspiration -- more of a desire to make a difference at home (rather than abroad) -- would have made Bush a better leader.

Regardless of what low opinion anyone may hold of George W. Bush, the idea that Obama would be an improvement was insane. Anyone who thought that even back in 2007 was simply not looking at reality. Obama’s election was surely a case of national mass hysteria.

Like second marriages, elections are often the triumph of hope (and change) over experience.

A lot of people just took it for granted that the new guy had to be better than the old guy. It happens like that more often than we'd like to think.

34 posted on 04/23/2013 5:44:13 PM PDT by x
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To: yongin; All

Bush Derangement Syndrome on full display, not only in this particular thread, but lately, all over FR. What has happened here? You all got what you wanted, the defeat of Mitt Romney...why should any of you be upset?


35 posted on 04/23/2013 5:44:19 PM PDT by swpa_mom
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To: svcw

You don’t even know this is about.

If George is back, that means Jeb is back.
Can you understand now?

I’ll vote for Hillary before I vote fo another Bush.


36 posted on 04/23/2013 5:44:25 PM PDT by tennmountainman
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To: JohnPDuncan
He started running deficits from 2002

Bush had the deficit down to around $200B before Pelosi came in.

Much of the stuff that's said about the economy under Bush is lies.

37 posted on 04/23/2013 5:44:37 PM PDT by what's up
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To: dontreadthis

Exactly!


38 posted on 04/23/2013 5:45:21 PM PDT by tennmountainman
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To: yongin

Bush is still with us and he’s speaker of the House.

Boehner is very much a Bush Republican and rose through the House being a loyal to Bush.

He called No Child Left Behind his “greatest achievement” which has basically fallen apart with Obama now granting something like 30 states waivers to it.

This is the kind of idiot we have running the House and it shows.

These guys dont believe in limited government. They believe in expanding it.

It makes me cry.


39 posted on 04/23/2013 5:45:40 PM PDT by JohnPDuncan
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To: tennmountainman

WTH?
This is about GW Bush, not about J Bush not about Hillary.
As I said, there are some on FR who wanted him to be something he was not.......no run along.


40 posted on 04/23/2013 5:46:50 PM PDT by svcw (If you are dead when your heart stops, why aren't you alive when it starts.)
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To: MinorityRepublican
P*ss on Bush. He stripped us of 4th Amendment rights through the "Patriot Act", and saddled the country with such laudable agencies as DHS and TSA.
It's because of Bush that we have the current chump in the WH.

[spit]

41 posted on 04/23/2013 5:47:29 PM PDT by Sarajevo (Don't think for a minute that this excuse for a President has America's best interest in mind.)
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To: svcw

Bush became a RINO. We and I spent hundreds of hours and contributed tens of thousands of dollars for him to defeat Kerry and present to him a Republican House and Senate.

He squandered it all.

And during his reelection campaign he backhanded the Swift Boat Vets who were outing the truth about John Kerry.

Tax Reform? Zilch. A 2-year commission directed by one RINO and one liberal democrat that he appointed and who gave the country nothing.

Wall St. Greed? An all-time high with scam upon scam that culminated in financial collapse and untold travesty upon American families and people worldwide. Regulation was taboo on Bush’s watch. If there is any human behavior that needs the strictest regulation it is banking and Wall St. trading. The SEC was asleep and Bush ensured they stayed asleep. As long as the bankers gave Bush economic news he was happy. And they scammed everyone and anything in sight with a Bush permit to steal.

And then there is the appointment of Roberts who has turned out to be a weakling and conniving jurist.

And if it wasn’t for Fred Thompson GW Bush would have given us Harriet Miers.

Bush was saved by Petraeus but not in time to lose the House in 2006 as a result of his inaction and non-leadership.

He simply was not the best America has to offer. He simply was a kid that got the open door from a President father who in turn inherited the afterglow of America’s greatest President of the 20 Century.

In sum, the Bush presidency was a waste for needed reforms.

The only good thing was his attention to terrorism.

We sorely need a good principled never back down President now. Eyes are on Scott Walker of Wisconsin. We’ll see if he can cut the mustard.


42 posted on 04/23/2013 5:47:40 PM PDT by Hostage (Be Breitbart!)
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To: what's up

That’s 200bn too much.

When he was elected the budget was nominally balanced (yes using tricks and gimmicks but on paper it was balanced)

Cheney said “deficits dont matter”.

That’s when this gang lost me and I never supported them. They ran the economy into the wall and by the end of his term bailed out the whole of Wall street when he should have let them all go bankrupt.

These guys have NO clue how to run a government.


43 posted on 04/23/2013 5:47:42 PM PDT by JohnPDuncan
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To: C. Edmund Wright

Paid back with borrowed government (taxpayer) money.


44 posted on 04/23/2013 5:48:14 PM PDT by Third Person (Welcome to Gaymerica.)
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To: what's up
Bush had the deficit down to around $200B before Pelosi came in. Much of the stuff that's said about the economy under Bush is lies

This is true, and just think, people believed those lies even though Bush told the the truth. Oh wait, HE NEVER DID. And of course, when McCain tried to tell the truth about the economy...OH WAIT, HE NEVER DID EITHER. Well, at least Romney Ryan told the truth. OH WAIT, THEY AGREED BUSH caused all this problem.

Are we spotting a trend here? YES WE ARE. Estab Republicans are too weak to face the lies. They just go along to get along.

45 posted on 04/23/2013 5:48:16 PM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (Tokyo Rove is more than a name, it's a GREAT WEBSITE)
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To: svcw

the pompus sanctimonious selfrighteousists will never accept anyone lacking Christ like conservative purity


46 posted on 04/23/2013 5:48:19 PM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 .....History is a process, not an event)
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To: lonestar67

Are you talking about the same Bush who finished his presidency at 27 percent approval because he abandoned conservative values?


47 posted on 04/23/2013 5:48:25 PM PDT by tennmountainman
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To: Third Person

Well I don’t want to turn this into a TARP debate, but I don’t think that’s true.


48 posted on 04/23/2013 5:48:53 PM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (Tokyo Rove is more than a name, it's a GREAT WEBSITE)
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To: C. Edmund Wright

But why did the banks go to the wall? Because he presided over the housing bubble... for 8 years he didn’t care. I knew it would end badly and i’m glad it did and ruined his pathetic legacy.

Obama’s will get ruined with an even bigger crisis.

Small consolation.


49 posted on 04/23/2013 5:50:56 PM PDT by JohnPDuncan
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To: swpa_mom
Bush Derangement Syndrome on full display, not only in this particular thread, but lately, all over FR.

You could not be more wrong. BDS is when liberals think that the big boogie monster super conservative Bush is the devil incarnate. Here at FR, we realize he was never really a conservative at all. Reality - the opposite of BDS.

50 posted on 04/23/2013 5:51:01 PM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (Tokyo Rove is more than a name, it's a GREAT WEBSITE)
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