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Sun Nov 17, 2019, 02:22 AM

The Sketchy Rehabilitation of George W. Bush

The theory of history is that you should learn it to avoid the mistakes of the past,” billionaire David Rubenstein told an audience at The Washington Post Live yesterday morning. Citing the decline of history majors in the U.S. while plugging his new book The American Story: Conversations With Master Historians, he continued, “I think it would be better if we learned history.”

But on the Potomac not two miles away, in an art space that Rubenstein donated tens of millions of dollars to, hangs an exhibition that runs the risk of erasing one of contemporary history’s darkest moments: the invasion of Iraq and the killing of over 182,000 Iraqi civilians.

Former President George W. Bush’s paintings of wounded U.S. veterans are on display through today at the Kennedy Center, America’s premier tax-funded art space. Rubenstein, a private equity kingpin, has served as the Kennedy Center’s board chairman since 2010, and led the initiative to construct the Reach, a massive expansion devoted to contemporary art, performance, and film. The Reach carried a price tag of more than $200 million, achieved with help from the nation’s second-biggest defense contractor (Boeing), some unsavory governments (Qatar, the United Arab Emirates), and $50 million from Rubenstein himself. Bush’s works constitute the first show in the newly inaugurated space.

That an amateur painter such as Bush would lay claim to such a vaunted gallery has a whiff of cultural policy in a junta or autocracy. To have Bush’s Freudian enterprise on the walls of a new creative convening point suggests obvious preferential treatment for the former head of state; his wife Laura Bush is an honorary chair of the center.

Read more: https://prospect.org/power/sketchy-rehabilitation-of-george-w-bush/
(American Prospect)

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TexasTowelie Nov 17 OP
Skittles Nov 17 #1
uponit7771 Nov 17 #2
Algernon Moncrieff Nov 17 #3
BlueMTexpat Nov 17 #8
trusty elf Nov 17 #4
betsuni Nov 17 #5
densan Nov 17 #6
Maraya1969 Nov 17 #7
BuffaloJackalope Nov 17 #9
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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sun Nov 17, 2019, 02:35 AM

1. fuck that warmongering bastard

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Response to Skittles (Reply #1)

Sun Nov 17, 2019, 02:40 AM

2. +1

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sun Nov 17, 2019, 03:22 AM

3. Remember what is Dubya's fault

Iraq
Enhanced Interrogation
He gets at least an assist on Afghanistan
He gets an assist for doing nothing when the signs of a housing bubble were clear as far back as '05
Alito
Roberts
9-11 happened on his watch, and while I don't blame him, he had been warned and did not do enough


..and so many of our problems in the Mideast would be different, and we'd have far more money in the treasury if his dad doesn't decide to defend an absolute monarch from a military dictator.

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Response to Algernon Moncrieff (Reply #3)

Sun Nov 17, 2019, 05:00 AM

8. THIS!!!

A million times over!

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sun Nov 17, 2019, 03:30 AM

4. ...









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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sun Nov 17, 2019, 04:01 AM

5. Obligatory:




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Response to betsuni (Reply #5)

Sun Nov 17, 2019, 04:42 AM

6. Perfect...

regarding a war criminal...

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sun Nov 17, 2019, 04:57 AM

7. People have forgotten what he did. Maybe a talented artist can paint something that shows

him at the helm; just like he was when we headed into this horror show.

Remember how he would not allow stem cell research on frozen embryos because of the, "Sanctity of life"?

" “Facing clear evidence of peril, we cannot wait for the final proof—the smoking gun—that could come in the form of a mushroom cloud.” George Bush 2

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sun Nov 17, 2019, 06:40 AM

9. We thought no President could be more fraudulent, incompetent, or damaging ... then 2016 happened.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sun Nov 17, 2019, 07:43 AM

10. He called for a Constitutional amendment permantnely banning gay marriage, just to win an election.

#fuckhimforever

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