What The American People Just Said About Bush Vs Obama Will Have The White House Shrieking

How many times have Barack Obama, his defenders, and apologists tried to blame George W. Bush for something that’s gone wrong? How many times have we heard the finger-pointing excuse, “It’s George Bush’s fault?” Well, given the results of a new poll, that move in the administration’s blame game may be off the table.

But from the headline CNN politics has attached to the story of the poll results — “Warming on W.: More Americans like George W. Bush than dislike” — you’d never know that President Obama has now clearly fallen behind his predecessor in terms of favorability.

Coverage of the game-changing survey in The Hill does point out that significant finding — “George W. Bush tops Obama on favorability in new poll.”

The CNN/ORC poll reveals that 52 percent of Americans see Bush positively, while 43 percent do not.

The new poll finds that 49 percent view Obama favorably, while 49 percent do not.

The report in The Hill notes that Bush’s favorability numbers have seen a dramatic increase since he left office. Back in 2009, a similar survey found that the former president was viewed positively by just about a third of poll respondents.

“CNN said that the former president has notched an 11-point favorability increase among men, a 10-point increase among Republicans and an 8-point increase among suburbanites.”

Bush has even seen his favorability rating among Democrats improve some fifteen points, though the poll finds that about 70% of Democrats still maintain a negative view of the former president.

As for Obama, the new poll results show a drop of three points in favorability since March, when a similar sampling of public sentiment saw the president with a 52% positive rating.

Taking a look at job approval ratings, President Obama is seeing a similar measure of disapproval from the American people.  According to the latest Gallup track of Obama’s job approval trend, only 47% of those surveyed give the nation’s chief executive a thumbs up for his performance in office.

The Real Clear Politics average of polls shows Obama faring even worse, with an overall job approval rating of just 44%.

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Jeb Bush Just Unexpectedly Lashed Out At George W. On One Big Issue

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) made the most direct critique of his brother, former President George W. Bush, since beginning his nascent campaign for the 2016 presidential nomination at a sports bar in New Hampshire.

“Are there differences? Yeah, I mean, sure,” Bush said at The Draft pub in Concord Thursday when asked if there was any “space” between him and his brother. “I think that in Washington during my brother’s time, Republicans spent too much money. I think he could have used the veto power — he didn’t have line-item veto power, but he could have brought budget discipline to Washington, D.C,”

That seems kind of quaint right now given the fact that after he left, budget deficits and spending just like lit up astronomically. But having constraints on spending across the board during his time would have been a good thing.

55 percent of respondents said Bush’s family ties made no difference, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll conducted in January. 67 percent of Republicans said it gave them no pause.

The Florida governor also said he would not go “out of my way to criticize Republican presidents. Just call me a team player, here. It just so happens the last two Republican presidents happened to be my dad and my brother.”

But you’ll never hear me complaining about Ronald Reagan, either. Every president makes mistakes — the question is what do you learn from those mistakes? Past doesn’t have to be prologue. You can learn from your predecessors in business and in life and certainly in politics.

In a Fox News poll taken earlier this month, Bush was tied for the lead with retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson with 13 percent among 2016 GOP hopefuls. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker had 11 percent, while former Gov. Mike Huckabee of Arkansas had 10 percent.

But Walker and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul came out ahead with 12 percent in a recent Bloomberg poll surveying only New Hampshire GOP primary voters, while Bush and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio each had 11 percent.

h/t: The Washington Post

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Shock Poll: George W. Bush Just Came In Fourth In This Student Poll…For An Unbelievable Reason

When you see the results of a new poll of thousands of students in 37 countries, you might be shaking your head in disbelief as you wonder what the world is coming to. Or, possibly, you’ll find the results of the survey confirm your suspicion that ideology and ignorance are shaping the opinions of a rising generation of young people who seem to have a very weak grasp of history as well as the nature of true evil.

The Daily Mail has shared the results of an opinion poll of some 7,000 young men and women, identified as university students with an average age of 23. Researchers who conducted the wide-ranging study reportedly asked the students to rate on a scale from 1-7 their feelings, positive and negative, about well-known figures and events.

When the scores were tallied for George W. Bush, the study found that the 43rd President of the United States came in fourth among history’s all-time “villains.” Just behind Adolf Hitler, Osama bin Laden, and Saddam Hussein, Bush was said to be among the most evil, most hated of historical figures.

As the following table shows, the students surveyed identified their top-ten “heroes” as well, citing Jesus Christ as #6 on the list.

Image Credit: The Daily Mail

Image Credit: The Daily Mail

According to The Daily Mail article on the surprising survey, the researchers who conducted the poll say “the impact of time” is at least partly responsible for the results that show President Bush to be a bigger “villain” than Stalin, Mao, or Lenin — each of whom was directly responsible for untold numbers of deaths within their own countries. Mao Zedong, for example, is thought by human rights advocates to have been responsible for an estimated 40 to 70 million deaths through starvation, forced labor, and executions.

“Religious idealists” and “Secular Idealists” had strongly negative views towards Osama, Saddam, and Hitler.

“Religious Idealists” and “Political Realists” thought positively of religious leaders such as Buddha and Jesus.

“Historical Indifferents” didn’t have a strong feeling for anyone, apart from George W Bush who they disliked.

The only figure that all four groups disliked was Bush, the study found.

What one might find equally interesting from the results of the survey is that Barack Obama is nowhere to be found on the students’ list of “heroes” or among the “40 historical figures rated in terms of popularity.”

Image Credit: The Daily Mail

Image Credit: The Daily Mail

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The Bush Years: An Explainer

This past week in Nevada, Jeb Bush accidentally declared he’s running for president to reporters. He was supposed to say, “if I run” and instead said, “I’m running for president!”

So now that it’s official, I feel it’s my duty to explain the Bush years to younger/amnesiac Americans who may not remember what life was like before Obama. For example, Fox News used to co-sign and coo over everything that came out of the Oval Office. True story. The party line at Fox News was that “libruls” were an evil plague and if George W. Bush could just get his way—the country would be better for it.

So we invaded Iraq preemptively. Because, we were told, we’d be greeted as liberators. And Saddam was behind 9/11. Also, we were told, it’d pay for itself, because, you see, there was oil and stuff there. And Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. And Fox News was totally on board with this. And Judith Miller was on board. And anyone who wasn’t, was a treasonous, flag-burning, queer, vegetarian environmentalist.

On March 28, 2003—a week after the invasion of Iraq by US forces, the Fox News Ticker on Sixth Avenue in Manhattan read, “How do you keep a war protester in suspense? Ignore them.”

“While young Americans are dying in the sands of Iraq and the mountains of Afghanistan,” said pseudo-Democratic Senator Zell Miller at the 2004 Republican National Convention, “our nation is being torn apart and made weaker because of the Democrats’ manic obsession to bring down our commander in chief.” Basically, we preemptively put troops in harm’s way; and since they’re now dying, anyone who opposes it hates America.

And let’s not forget Dixie Chick Natalie Maines saying in London just before the invasion, “Just so you know, we’re on the good side with y’all. We do not want this war, this violence, and we’re ashamed that the president of the United States is from Texas.” They were boycotted, vilified, and their careers were ruined, becoming the personification of liberal traitors everywhere. In short: They were Dixie Chicked.

President Bush commented on this phenomenon and said: “They shouldn’t have their feelings hurt just because some people don’t want to buy their records when they speak out.”

Chilling? Yes. Other era peacenik villains were diplomat Joe Wilson, who had the audacity to challenge faulty intelligence on the pages of The New York Times. His wife, CIA covert operative Valerie Plame, was outed by Scooter Libby (read: Dick Cheney). Cindy Sheehan, a mother of a soldier who died in Iraq, was widely mocked for opposing the war. Even 9/11 widows were “fair game” on Fox during the Bush years.

See, Bush was not a compromiser. “Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists,” he told the country in 2001. He was not one to reach across the aisle. He was right and never apologized. All because God was in the White House. God talked to George W. Bush and told him to cut taxes for the wealthy and put two wars on credit cards. (During the Bush years, God’s alternative spelling was “The Heritage Foundation.”)

Like his brother, Dubya was also a flubber. “Too many OB-GYNs aren’t able to practice their love with women all across this country.” Pro-Bush pundits’ full-time gig was interpreting for the rest of us what the hell the president was saying. And how he was really just a shoot-from-the-hip guy and not just a puppet for war profiteers (read: Dick Cheney).

Jeb has repeatedly said George W. will be the person he listens to on Mideast issues. Jeb is going to get advice from the guy who destabilized the region, creating fertile ground for ISIS, and yet has never regretted anything he’s ever “decided?!” What could go wrong?

Jeb did a fawningly friendly interview with Fox News’ Megyn Kelly where he was asked if he would, knowing what we know now, invade Iraq. (A question, you’d think, he’d prepared for since the first day of the invasion.) He said he would. He’d do exactly as his brother did. Immediately, his pocket pundit Ana Navarro took to the airwaves to explain Jeb misheard the question.

So he wouldn’t invade Iraq? Before completely walking back his comments, Jeb refused to answer the question because it was a hypothetical and “such hypotheticals were insensitive to the families of fallen soldiers in the war.”

Sound familiar? It’s a re-run. A three-peat. As recent nonagenarian Yogi Berra once said, “It’s deja vu all over again.”

If George were a great president, it would bring up nostalgia for a storied time in American history. But he wasn’t. He was a brutish, dim-witted, anti-science, disastrous, short-sighted zealot who perverted patriotism to mean legal immunity. He tanked our economy, and we’re still reeling from his foreign policy fiascos.

We need him and anyone who refuses to learn from his mistakes to be in the country’s rear view, not on a ballot.

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George W. Just Leveled Barack’s Administration With 1 Brutally Honest Sentence

Former President George W. Bush gave his first commencement address since leaving the White House on Saturday to Southern Methodist University’s class of 2015. He used the opportunity for some light-hearted moments, including some jokes at his own expense; but he also had a serious message to deliver about religious liberty in America.

SMU president R. Gerald Turner introduced the former Chief Executive as the “husband of SMU trustee Laura Bush… and the 43rd president of the United States George W. Bush,” who received a standing ovation as he came to the podium.

Laura is a class of ‘68 graduate of the university, and George chose her alma mater as the location for his presidential library and leadership center.

Bush continued in Turner’s jocular vein for a few moments, noting his decision to agree to give the address was quite practical. He said, “So I got a call from my landlord – (laughter) – Gerald Turner. (Laughter.) Rather than raising the rent or threatening to withhold our security deposit – (laughter) – I was relieved to hear President Turner ask if I believed in free speech. (Applause.) I said yeah. He said, ‘Perfect. Here’s your chance to give one.’ (Laughter and applause.)”

Shortly into his remarks, Bush offered the encouraging words” “To those of you who are graduating this afternoon with high honors, awards, and distinctions, I say, ‘well done.’ And as I like to tell the ‘C’ students: You, too, can be President,” referring to his well-publicized less-than-stellar academic record as an undergraduate student at Yale University (though he did better as a graduate student at Harvard).

Bush exhorted the SMU graduates not to give into the pessimism that in some ways marks the times, but offered that one of the main reasons he looked to the future with optimism was his faith in God–which, he reminded them, was one of their fundamental rights as Americans.

“You can be hopeful because there is a loving God,” he said. “Whether you agree with that statement or not is your choice. It is not your government’s choice. It is essential – (applause). It is essential to this nation’s future that we remember that the freedom to worship who we want, and how we want—or not worship at all—is a core belief of our founding.”

His brother (and likely presidential candidate) Jeb Bush also highlighted the principle of religious liberty when he gave the commencement address at Liberty University earlier this month, stating: “I don’t know about you, but I’m betting that when it comes to doing the right and good thing, the Little Sisters of the Poor know better than the regulators at the Department of Health and Human Services.” Bush added: “From the standpoint of religious freedom, you might even say it’s a choice between the Little Sisters and Big Brother. And I’m going with the Little Sisters.”

As reported by Western Journalism, the topic of religious freedom has been in the public dialogue often recently, with the Supreme Court taking action for the sixth time to uphold religious liberty against the HHS’ Obamacare mandate and with the controversy surrounding the passage of the Religious Freedom of Restoration Act in Indiana and Arkansas last month.

George Bush urged the SMU graduates not to shy away from the public arena as the nation debates the issues of the day, but to engage in their spheres of influence. He offered the example of Moses, who, at first, did not want to answer God’s call on his life.

“Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and bring the sons of Israel out of Egypt? Oh, my Lord, I pray, send some other person. I have sheep to tend. And the people won’t believe me — I’m not a very good speaker,” Moses asked, as the Almighty spoke to him from a burning bush.

The former president took note that “Moses wasn’t the only one who could mangle his language,” which drew laughter from the crowd. “Fortunately, Moses recognized the call to serve something greater than himself. He answered the call, led his people, and history was made,” he added.

Bush also offered the example of Winston Churchill, Time’s man of the first half of the 20th century. In the fall of 1941, when Great Britain stood alone as the bastion of freedom against Nazi Germany’s onslaught in Europe, the prime minister gave a short address at his alma mater of Harrow.

Bush quoted the most famous line from that speech, which Churchill identified as the main lesson to be learned from Great Britain’s stand against tyranny: “Never give in … in nothing, great or small, large or petty. Never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense.”

The former war-time commander-in-chief went on to cite Churchill’s great words of confidence from the Harrow address. “These are not dark days. These are great days. The greatest our country has ever lived; and we must all thank God that we have been allowed, each of us according to our stations, to play a part in making these days memorable in the history of our race.”

Bush said: “Today, some doubt America’s future, and they say our best days are behind us. I say, given our strengths—one of which is a bright new generation like you—these are not dark days. These are great days.”

Bush closed his remarks, sounding some themes similar to those spoken by General Douglas MacArthur in his final address to the West Point Corp of Cadets in 1962. He said:

I believe that the Almighty’s grace and unconditional love will sustain you. I believe it will bring you joy amidst the trials of life. It will enable you to better see the beauty around you. It will provide a solid foundation amidst a rapidly changing, somewhat impersonal, technologically-driven world. It will show you how to love your neighbor, forgive more easily, and approach success with humility—and failure without fear.

It will inspire you to honor your parents and eventually be a better spouse and parent yourself. It will help you fully grasp the value of life—all life. It will remind you that money, power, and fame are false idols. And I hope and believe that God’s love will inspire you to serve others.

I want to thank you for letting me share this special day with you. I wish you all the very best. Stay in touch with your friends. Love your family. Treat this day as a step toward a lifetime of learning. And go forth with confidence. May God bless you.

He left the podium as he came to a standing ovation.

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