Monday, August 9th, 2010

"The Bush resurgence is happening sooner than any of us would have imagined."

"One thing that's clear is that Bush thinks he was dealt a pretty lousy hand on January 20, 2001. Bush, we learn, 'inherited a recession and an economy struggling under a high tax burden.' Fat budget surpluses were 'disappearing.' Also: 'drug use among high-school-age teens was at near all-time highs.' And this is to say nothing of the 'considerable signs of strain' in Latin American democracy; wars 'raging' across Africa; the Mideast peace process 'descending rapidly into a second intifada'; and children 'trapped in schools without challenging academic standards.'"
-Bryan Curtis looks at the Bush administration's first draft of its history.

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ShanghaiLil (#260)

And so the President decided to do what any Texan would do: he stepped up to the plate and made it all worse!

KarenUhOh (#19)

"Dadgummit, Turdblossom, why the heck couldna we still 'a been in high school??"

The use of "near all-time highs" to describe drug use still makes me giggle like a teenager. A really, really high teenager.

boyofdestiny (#1,243)

To Bush's credit, fully one quarter of his two-term administration was spent not mired in two intractable, pointless wars, which is more than Barack Hussein Obama can say. Eh?

You can sell me a cigarette any time!

ericdeamer (#945)

So, I'm dying to know whatever happened with that drug use among high school teens thing.

Most of those druggy kids were killed in a senseless war of choice in Mesopotamia. Phew!

C_Webb (#855)

So hard to deliver the drugs to the children trapped in the schools.

LondonLee (#922)

By the time Bush left office the entire country was on drugs so no one noticed the kids so much anymore.

La Mareada (#510)

"Fat budget surpluses were 'disappearing.'"
After the Bush tax cuts in 2001. I'd forgotten until recently how Bush's argument in the State of the Union (paraphrasing) that the government hoarding all the money by paying off the deficit.

"'considerable signs of strain' in Latin American democracy'"
Venezuela kept re-electing their left wing creep, the same way Colombia kept re-electing their right wing creep(s).

kneetoe (#1,881)

Yes, this is why he ran that campaign to please dear god elect someopne else, right?

Not only was teen drug use at an all time high, a movement for gay marriage was beginning to crush the foundations of civil society.

That didn't happen till around November 2003, apparently.

I couldn't really say this about Bush I, but I lived through and paid attention to Bush II and, now, all I can do, having read this, is face-palm.

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