George W. Bush Archives

Liberals have always had a hard time dealing with fatherhood and family programs designed for low-income families. On the one hand, some of the arguments behind the creation of programs for low-income families that demonstrate healthy relationships and encourage fathers to be emotionally involved in their children’s lives is a good thing on its face: Read More

Excerpts from Matt Lauer’s interview with former president George W. Bush Jr. were released Tuesday night…yea it’s Friday but couldn’t resist ranting about what Bush considered the “worst moment” in his presidency. Nope, it wasn’t that he lied to the American public about WMD’s being in Iraq, ran our economy into the ground, gave overly Read More

Today in my office, a pimp and his prostitute came looking for advice on where to score some blow and advice on how to fill out their W-2s. When I told them what they could do, they accused me of encouraging them to engage in public masturbation. I hope Beck and Co. don’t get hold Read More

After I read Ross Douthat’s column this morning, I tweeted that I was nominally on board with his attempt to massage George W. Bush’s reputation. Three hours, two cups of coffee, and a nice helping of sense later, I think I can safely say that my original assessment was a little…off.  First, here’s Douthat in Read More

Believe it or not, I’ve been known to be a jackass. Ask anyone who had the misfortune of knowing me in college. Or a couple years ago. I really hope President Obama isn’t asked about it anytime soon: Anyway, lots of things have happened since our last Monday roundup. Here’s a few of them, a Read More

When Bush flew out of D.C., his final approval numbers sat at an anemic 22 percent. But Cheney’s were even lower, at an almost unimaginable 13 percent. Obviously, Cheney had a large hand in shaping Bush administration policy on everything from wiretapping to torture — probably a more direct hand than Bush — but I’m Read More

Vanity Fair’s oral history of the Bush White House is a doozy, filled with nuggets like this one from Richard Clarke on the early days of the administration: We had a couple of meetings with the president, and there were detailed discussions and briefings on cyber-security and often terrorism, and on a classified program. With Read More

I apologize in advance for the Intro to Philosophy-ass rant that follows. Let’s concede off the top that ‘evil’ is usually the kind of word you’d like not to invoke in political or even quasi-political conversations because it automatically derails constructive discourse about weighty, complicated matters (though we should note the irony of affording Bush Read More

The Pac-Man Christmas Tree in Barcelona. An ‘Unimpeachable Choice’. Obama picks Eric Shinseki to head up Veteran Affairs, and as seems to be the narrative with many of his choices so far, it’s received simultaneous praise for its pragmatism and its symbolism. Shinseki is a wounded combat veteran and the first Asian-American to become a Read More