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Amerigo Vespucci Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 07:30 PM
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Former speechwriter: "George W. Bush didn't understand economic problems as president"
George W. Bush didn't understand economic problems as president - ex-speechwriter in new book

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Wednesday, September 16th 2009, 4:00 AM

http://www.nydailynews.com/gossip/2009/09/16/2009-09-16...



It seemed like every time President George W. Bush stepped before the cameras during last fall's stock market meltdown, the Dow tumbled.

It's a good thing the public couldn't see what was going on behind the scenes at the White House, according to an insider's account.

Bush is pictured as a desperate, bumbling lame duck with little grasp of the economic turmoil around him in the tell-all book by ex-speechwriter Matt Latimer in "Speech-Less: Tales of a White House Survivor."

Hours before Bush was to give a speech last September outlining the administration's $700 billion plan to buy up troubled mortgages, for instance, Latimer writes that Bush clearly didn't understand his own plan.

"We're buying low and selling high," Latimer quotes Bush as saying over and over in an excerpt posted yesterday on GQ's men.style.com Web site.

"The problem was that his proposal didn't work like that," Latimer noted.

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Dennis Donovan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 07:32 PM
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1. in other news... fire=hot...
Edited on Thu Sep-17-09 07:32 PM by Dennis Donovan
;)
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Amerigo Vespucci Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 07:36 PM
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2. You've gotta ask "Who's going to read that book and experience an epiphany?"
"But...but...he seemed so confident and in control!"

:rofl:
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baldguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 07:40 PM
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6. Looking confident & in control is easy
Even when it's obvious that you're not.

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Amerigo Vespucci Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 07:49 PM
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8. Looks like that came from the same photo set as THIS One:
"Putin Explains 'Driving' To Bush"

PUTIN: "No, no, no, Mr. President...You turn it THIS way if you want to go LEFT."

BUSH: "An' what happens if 'n I step on THIS..."

PUTIN: "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!"



:rofl:
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baldguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 07:37 PM
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3. News to them - Republicans don't do the "science" thing.
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Brother Buzz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 07:39 PM
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4. The piehole effect, we understood it from the get-go
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Phx_Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 07:39 PM
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5. I'm shocked! He went to Yale you know.
And, obviously, ditched every class.

:rofl:
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amandabeech Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-18-09 08:22 PM
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21. Don't blame it all on the Yalies.
Shrub went to Harvard Business School, too.
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Phx_Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-19-09 10:17 AM
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22. Blame Yale? I'm not blaming Yale, I was using SARCASM
to poke fun at those who used to say "Bush is not dumb, he went to Yale!" You can substitute Harvard if you want. The point is the same. Bush is an idiot regardless what school he attended.

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amandabeech Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-19-09 12:02 PM
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28. I understood your sarcasm.
And tried to make a little sarcastic jokelette on top of it.
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SharonAnn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-19-09 12:05 PM
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29. So, his Harvard MBA didn't help him understand economic financial "things".
Wow, that's bad for the Harvard MBA reputation.

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SharonAnn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-19-09 12:06 PM
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30. History major at Yale, MBA at Harvard, and still clueless!
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Arugula Latte Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 07:41 PM
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7. No shit, Matt "Captain Obvious" Latimer.
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Mist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 08:11 PM
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9. Do tell. And the sky is still blue. nt
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 08:19 PM
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10. That's a big shock. What did bush
understand? How to schoomze the fundies? :silly:
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MichiganVote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 08:21 PM
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11. A business major no less..so much for ivy leagues
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santamargarita Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 08:26 PM
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12. Ten bucks says that dumb asshole can't spell economic
:crazy:
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Mrs. Overall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 08:47 PM
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13. What a dipshit.
Elected twice...unf'ingbelievable.
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Downtown Hound Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 08:51 PM
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14. Guess what? He didn't understand anything else either. n/t
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Uncle Joe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 08:54 PM
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15. On the other hand did Latimer want to have a beer with a President Bush?
I bet Latimer didn't take that in to consideration!
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Jennicut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 08:56 PM
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16. Bush was the dumb one in his family...the one who was not supposed to be President.
Who is more dumb though...Bush are the idiots that voted for him, TWICE!
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opihimoimoi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 09:13 PM
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17. Confirmation his MBA Degree is BOGUS....dumber than dumb level.
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Dr Fate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 09:25 PM
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18. The time to "expose" this was when Bush was in office. Thanks for nothing.
n/t
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Amerigo Vespucci Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-18-09 11:51 AM
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19. My guess is that you'll be seeing many more "thanks for nothing" books in the days ahead.
Let's not forget that Condi got a publisher's advance for hers.



EXCERPT: "Mushroom cloud? What WAS I thinking? Looking back, I realize how foolish that sounds. Oh well..."
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opihimoimoi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-18-09 07:28 PM
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20. Chauncy Gardners EVIL TWIN...W Bush faked his way thru life....he noes NOTHING
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Phx_Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-19-09 10:29 AM
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23. That's the biggest DUH statement ever uttered. n/t
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KansDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-19-09 10:41 AM
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24. Let's see: Oil CEO and Texas Governor, but doesn't understand economics...
I don't understand economic problems, either. Guess I could have been an "oil CEO and Texas Governor" but my last name isn't spelled "B U S H"
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SharonAnn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-19-09 12:11 PM
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31. Oil CEO? Well, CEO of failed companies when others were succeeding.
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bertman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-19-09 11:01 AM
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25. It wasn't Dubya's job to understand economics. It was the job of all those "economics guys"
hanging around the White House.

Bush did his job and did it well. He managed to initiate the transfer of over TEN TRILLION DOLLARS into the pockets of the wealthiest people on the planet, and at the expense of the American taxpayers.

That was what his handlers wanted and they got what they wanted.

Anyone who thinks he was an economic failure doesn't understand what the goals were in the first place.

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PA Democrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-19-09 11:08 AM
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26. Paul O'Neill said pretty much the same thing in his book
The Price of Loyalty.

He said Bush never asked a single question when he briefed him, that he was "incurious". O'Neill was convinced that Bush never bothered to read any of the briefings prepared for him. O'Neill said that Bush stifled expression of any viewpoints or facts that interfered with his agenda, whether it was to cut taxes or go to war with Iraq.

Ignorance can be dangerous, willful ignorance even more so.
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DrToast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-19-09 11:11 AM
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27. In fairness to Bush, he didn't understand how a pretzel worked
Is it really fair to expect him to understand how a $14 trillion dollar economy works!?
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