“In order to be an effective president … when you say something you have to mean it,” he said. “You gotta kill em.” – George W. Bush [Josh Rogin, Bloomberg]
ACROSS THE COUNTRY, while President Obama was slaying his audience at the White House Correspondents Dinner, 300 Jewish Donors gathered in what was supposed to be a closed door meeting to hear Jeb Bush’s brother opine on what makes an “effective president.” Slamming Obama on Middle East policy, bluntly eviscerating his successor on foreign policy, are we to believe that W. didn’t think his remarks would leak?
At the same time, President Obama was unleashing zingers that made conservatives very unhappy, because they hit a little to close to the bone. It’s the best form of comedy.
“And that’s not all people say about me. A few weeks ago, Dick Cheney says he thinks I’m the worst President of his lifetime. Which is interesting, because I think Dick Cheney is the worst President of my lifetime. (Laughter and applause.) It’s quite a coincidence.” – President Obama, White House Correspondents Dinner
Hinderaker’s “Our Mean-spirited President Cuts Loose” could just as easily been referring to Jeb Bush’s brother, the man who became president and rode into Washington backwards on a horse and never could figure out which way was forward. Leaving our economic foundation in ruins after two wars he put on the national credit card, just like he handled his business career before he was handed the country.
It drives home what a problem Jeb Bush has and why I’m so skeptical he’ll prevail in his quest for the nomination. As Jeb tries to separate himself from his brother whom many believe was the worst president in modern times, W. steps into the picture reminding everyone why the name “Bush” is such a problem.
One thing is certain about W., when giving advice about “failure,” that’s one subject he knows inside and out.
Regarding Hillary Clinton, Bush said it will be crucial how she plays her relationship with the president. She will eventually have to choose between running on the Obama administration’s policies or running against them. If she defends them, she’s admitting failure, he said, but if she doesn’t she’s blaming the president.
For George W. Bush, the remarks in Vegas showed he has little respect for how the current president is running the world. He also revealed that he takes little responsibility for the policies that he put in place that contributed to the current state of affairs.