FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
All eyes will leave the campaign trail briefly tonight and turn to President Bush as he delivers his final State of the Union Address. With just 12 months left in office, this is typically the last time a lame duck president manages to get everybody's attention.
The speech is expected to be about half domestic and half foreign affairs - the big topics to be the economy and the war in Iraq. He'll talk about improved security in Iraq, and other international hotspots like Iran as well as his efforts to jump start the peace process in the Middle East.
When it comes to the economy, there's not much good news to report. A possible recession, the housing collapse and sub prime mortgage mess, a falling dollar, rising unemployment, inflation at a 17 year high, the stock market in pretty much of a nosedive since the first of the year. Not pretty.
The president will call on Congress to finish that economic stimulus package quickly. But that may not happen. Democrats in the Senate are now reportedly trying to add their own list of additional items to the bill despite warnings from the White House not to.
The White House insists this speech will be forward-looking, and not about his legacy. And perhaps that is a good thing. The president's approval ratings have been terrible for several years now. And there are dozens of unanswered questions about the legality of a lot of what he's done while in office, but no willingness on the part of Congress to do anything about it.
Here’s my question to you: With 12 months to go, how can President Bush salvage his legacy?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
He's already established his legacy: broken borders, broken banks, broken laws, broken schools, broken trust in America, and a badly broken oath of office. He picked up where Reagan left off and the U.S. is well on its way to third world status. That's what we get for electing an actor and Cheney's marionette.
Alexa from Lovettsville, Virginia writes:
In a word nothing. He should just pray to God that he doesn't get impeached in the next 12 months.
Jack, Only history can determine what the legacy of President Bush will be. With the war in Iraq on the upswing, his biggest "flaw" has yet to officially fail. Certainly his popularity has dwindled to a small group of hardcore conservatives, but when has Mr. Bush cared what polls and approval ratings think? He's going to stay consistent with his message and I, for one, applaud him for doing so.
Jay from New York writes:
Let's see, in order to salvage his reputation, President Bush would have to catch Osama bin Laden, end the Iraqi war, turn around the economy, and then put himself and his entire administration in prison for war crimes, lying to the American people, obstructing justice, and outright theft. Then he might go down as merely the worst president we have ever had in the history of the republic. His presidency has been a smug, incompetent, devious mess and, as far as I'm concerned, he hasn't got a legacy to stand on.
Is this a trick question? He simply cannot salvage it. If you have a car and it's totaled, it's totaled. The same goes for this presidency… The best he can do is sit back and let it mercifully end.
Bush can save his legacy just like another infamous U.S. leader with these words "I shall resign the presidency effective at noon tomorrow.”
The smoke and flames spotted coming from vice president Cheneys office were probably caused by A visit from Satan come to collect the souls that have been sold to him by this administration. President Bush's reputation and legacy are irreparably destined for historys rogues gallery.
Who would want to save it?
There's no legacy to salvage. He already has a legacy–three dollar a gallon gas; a declining economy in which CEO's who have bankrupted their companies retire with tens of millions of dollars in bonuses; and a war which has strengthened, not weakened our supposed enemy Iran. Elect an oilman and you get high oil prices. Elect a business-can-do no wrong president and you get toys with lead coatings and a mortgage crisis. Elect a president willing to sell war on the basis of non-existent WMD's and you get more terrorists, not fewer. Bush's legacy is clear. He needs to stand on it.
It's pretty much past the point of no return. We all know (except for a few bull headed Republicans) what a sham this entire administration has been. Bush and Cheney could confess to the lies, blatant disregard of the law and the Constituion and shady deals and to the fact it was about the oil and draining the US Treasury, plus a few trillion more that was borrowed, into Halliburton, the military complex and other Bush family friends pockets. Then they could both resign in shame, but at least the legacy could be that they finally did do the right thing after years of criminal behavior.
He could leave now!
He can announce that he and Cheney are resigning effective immediately. That's it. Nothing else he does will help. It's too late. This is the price we pay for electing TWICE a guy you want to have a beer with, instead of your boring History Professor.
first, get Dick Cheney to resign as Vice President. then appoint Colin Powell to replace him. then resign himself making Colin Powell President.
we would then have not only the first true statesman as President since Dwight Eisenhower but also the first black President.
the advantage for Bush and Cheney is that President Powell could "perpardon" them for any criminality discovered after the Democrates retake the White House next year.
The same thing he did to build his legacy: lie.
1st By resigning 2nd allowing the courts to prosecute him on grounds of more than 8,000 counts of murder 3rd telling the truth for once and telling the courts everyone who was directly responsible for 9/11, iraq and every thing else.
Well Jack, if I were Bush – "Thank goodness I'm not!" – I would put everything on capturing Bin Laden, dead or alive. But, that's too much like work, so it's not going to happen.
He can do nothing....His short term goals will lack any long term effects and make it worse (if it can be)
I wait for the Republican candidate that get Bush's endorsement – it will be the kiss of death.
i'm stumped jack. every thing that crosses my mind , i think, no he screwed that up too. give me a hint, can you think of a single thing, he screwed that up too.
Bowling Green, Mo.
With 11 months to go, how can President Bush salvage his legacy?
It is difficult to salvage anything of his legacy. He lost the trust of the American people and that can never be salvage. Good intentions are no substitute for decisive actions. You can fool some of the people some of the times, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the times. He will only be known as the "son of President who became president.
Bush has yet to obtain a legacy. He is still president and only history will be able to judge him. At any juncture long before the Iraq war ever started Congress had the opportunity to quash it. They didn't. Some say Bush was sneaky and lied and falsified evidence. Well if that is true lets see the evidence. Once again. Was Bush smarter the 537 congress men and women who were not smart enough to comprehend that if they had doubt to question and ask for definitive proof? Were these people that stupid to risk the lives of our military men and women not only in this country but our allies countries and the people of Iraq who never attacked us on 9/11? Bushes legacy will be in congresses failure to act upon its own doubts that lead us down the road to an invasion of Iraq. Those folks are the ones that got us to where we are today and continue to fund this war. Bush has no authority to fund the war and never did. That can only come from Congress. That is where the Buck stops.
can't happen,Jack, Jack, Jack, I've given it some thought, ( all wasted) but it just can't be done. even halliburton would turn down a no-bid contract to salvage this presidents legacy.
Wellllllllll, as honest Abe would have said in a slow and simple way;
Admit your wrong boy and that we went to war in Iraq because I wanted the same thing every president wants, a second term and to avenge the attempt on my father. It is really easy to kick someone when they are down and regardless of what anyone says or does, he is the president. Shame on us as citizens of the United States of America if we just complain and don't get rid of all the people who voted for Iraq and put all of them in jail, not just one or two.
He couldn't do anything to salvage it,because when your on the bottom by a big margin,you can't possibly start now to save it.
Resign, but then again that would leave Cheney in charge and that is worse, if there is such a thing.
I am counting down to the next election. I have HOPE, not for Senator Obama, but just plain hope that this country can be turned around. It will not be easy but it can be done with the right leadership, and in my opinion that is Senator Hillary Clinton.
Tonight during the State of the Union address he should apologize to the American public and the world for being such a screw up and take all blame for everything he and his administration has done during his term. THEN and only then he MIGHT have a chance to at least go out with a shred of honor.
Jack, What legacy? Make him walk back to Texas.
It sure won't be saved by borrowing money from China and Saudi Arabia to stimulate our economy to go out and buy more products from China and Saudi Arabia. Just doesn't make sense, does it?
Can he unkill the dead, unmaim the wounded, or unspend the hundreds of
billions of dollars wasted in an unnecessary war? Iraq is Bush's only legacy, and it cannot be salvaged. He, and the rest of us, will just have to live with it.
Orange Park, FL
With a time machine.
He and Cheney could resign before they get in any deeper. Look in the dictionary under disaster and you will find both of their pictures. Don't blame Congress for the mess we are in. It is all Bush, Cheney and all the neo-cons that wanted to get Sadaam. They all should face war crime trials.
Why would he want to save it? Any thinking person would realize that it is the most shameful administration in our history. Of course, it would take someone who respects and loves our constitution, which he obviously does not.
I'd have to say his chances aren't very good. It's unlikely that he can restore our nation's honor and credibility. It's improbable that he can replenish the $3.4 trillion he has added to our debt. And it's impossible to bring back the 4,000 servicemen and women killed unnecessarily in his war of choice in Iraq.
Honestly, Jack, I don't see how he can salvage anything. Even if we stepped in a rather large pile and found dear Osama, it wouldn't help. Personally, I can't wait for the State of the Union address so we can try to get to an even 1000 lies before the month is out.
What legacy? Were on the brink of a Long Recession. Iraq is a perpetual Quagmire, with oil revenues being divied up to the three tribes, that will blow each other to kingdom come, if Fort Cheney, and the calvary, are ever decommission stateside! Every illegal alien in the world, is flowing thru our country 's porous borders with the"soul" intention, of taking some greengo's job,or supplying his drugs! Our phones and cables ,and any other form of communication are being tapped in the name of Nat'l Security, and you wanna know if this used car salesman will salvage his Legacy? My best bet for an" honest answer", is to try outsourcing the question!!!
His legacy is set in stone – unless they do any hard looking into the things he has done it will only be worse than it is today.
There is no way.
What is his great legacy? What was the one great thing he did? When people look back on his presidency what will they remember? For me I remember, terror attacks on American soil, tax breaks for the rich, American jobs being sent overseas, wire tapping, disclosing spy names, lost emails, federal prosecutor firings, no WMD's in Iraq, no ties between Iraq and Al Qaeda. The next question should be, are we better off today than we were 8 years ago?
There is no way Bush can salvaged his Legacy! He is the worst President in American History!
Bush save his legacy??? Usually a man's legacy is based on how many people can say they prospered as that man crossed their paths on the walk of life. There are over 4,000 men & women who will never be able to say that, because of George Bush, they are dead. Halliburton prospered, Blackwater prospered, & the war machine prospered. That's George Bush's legacy & there isn't a thing he can do to change it. He can't raise those men & women from the dead, he can't give children their father or mother back to them. Father's & mother's bury dead children, when it should be the children who should be saying goodbye to their parents. As Americans I think we should make Bush, Cheney & Rumsfeld crawl on their knees back to where they came from.
Jack: Bush legacy will be remembered for sending our young men and women into war on lies and deception. His Middle East policy has further angered millions of Arabs and Muslims because of his blind support for Israel, a country that has maintained an oppressive occupation of over 4 millions Palestinians since 1967. Bush latest travel to the Middle East hoping he could persuade our Arab friends in attacking Iran proved to be a total failure and was send back home with his tail between his legs.
It’s time for Congress to have major spinal infusion and push for impeachment!!
He can't. He has made so many mistakes.
President Bush has allowed his ego to control to many of his decisions, and as long as his cronnies continue to feed that ego he will continue to make more mistakes. His attitude of"I,m The president so I can ..." will be his legacey and the legacey will haunt the American people for many years to come.
Re-write the history of his terms.
Bush will reap in his final 11 months what he sowed for the past seven years, division.
His legacy is already chiselled in granite and in the eyes of the world. FAILURE.
Even Nixon managed to look a bit better several years after his resignation, but I don't think Bush can undo the wrong he has done to the people of this country and the world. His arrogance is paramount. He and Cheney should resign for the good of the country. It is about the american people, not them.
By saying "The Devil made me do it!"
He's already established his legacy, broken borders, broken banks, broken laws, broken schools,broken trust in America, and a badly broken oath of office. He picked up where Reagan left off and the United States is well on its way to third world status. That's what we get for electing an actor and Cheney's marionette.
I think that if he has one, he can keep it by trying to keep us out of a recession. It is interesting, though, how we view presidents after they come out of office. When Nixon resigned after Watergate, we hated him. But now looking back at his presidency, he ended the Vietnam War, and was brilliant at foreign policy, particularly with China. We don't let the people decide history. We let the winners write history.
This is his Legacy!
He can't. And God help us all for what he may do to try.
If you mean the legacy of corruption, stupidity, incompetence and endless war he'll carry that off just fine.
No Way. Bush has lead this nation down a path of destruction the last four years. What a mistake I made along with many Americans four years ago.
Put all those "diplomacy" photo ops into a coffee table book, and let the sales begin.
Pray for divine intervention.
George W. Bush does not have a legacy at all. All that would be remembered of George W. Bush is that he is the worst president in American History. He has failed to help the people of this country. Instead he has helped Big Business profit off the Iraq war and has refused to do something about the high cost of healthcare and insurance preminiums. Jack, I would be very happy to see Bush go and to close this dark chapter in American History.
most likely an act of God.
How can Bush save his legacy? Only way to do that would be if he and Cheney resigned.
He can't. Unfortunately for him, it is already written in stone.
Jack, Bush is so delusional, I don't even think he is considering salvaging his own legacy. He thinks he and his guys have done a great job helping each other.
As far as I am concerned, he should apologize to the soldiers and their families for what he made them do. We were all misled but 4,000 soldiers who went to Iraq paid with their lives.
He can resign. It won't salvage what he doesn't have, but will cause a huge sigh of relief among many of us.
Would you hire someone to run your widget company who doesn't believe in widgets?
Would you hire someone to run your country who doesn't believe in government?
There is nothing for "W" to salvage. He has delivered on all of his promises. Under his direction, government does not work. No surprise here.
Perhaps we could salvage the electorate. Will they wake up and hire someone who wants to run the country successfully?
Jack I can't wait until George W Bush is out of office. Historians will reflect on his presidency as a total failure. He has done nothing to help the people. The only thing George Bush cares about is corporate profits and helping China. We were much better off as a country 7 years ago. Never again will the American people be tricked by a greedy rich oil war mongerer. I am ashamed he is our president.
Salvage of the Bush Legacy? He already has a legacy. He tosses money all about the place, says one thing then does another, then has the audacity to compare himself to Abraham Lincoln. Thanks for the laugh Jack, I can now go to work smiling tonight.
Give me a break! What legacy is there to salvage? Look where we were 7 years ago. Look where we are today! Bush has made Hoover and Carter look good.
Too little, too late! Of course there are miracles which it would take to bring Bush out of darkness he's bestowed upon our country and the world. He'll get what he's rigtfully intitled to, not much!!!!!
An interesting question for President Bush to answer. If he is so concerned about "earmarks", why doesn't he pledge to veto any and all spending bills that have ANY earmarks in them ??
Or would reducing unnecessary and excessive spending be to conseravtive of an idea ??
Admit that he lied to the American people about the war, admit that the economy is in trouble, that his tax cuts favored the rich and last but not least go back to Crawford, Texas and resume his old job...VILLAGE IDIOT
It only seems bad now. In twenty years he will be looked upon as we look at Jimmy Carter now; a haunting memory of power and policy gone awry.
From Dictionary.com -
1. Law. a gift of property, esp. personal property, as money, by will; a bequest.
2. anything handed down from the past, as from an ancestor or predecessor: the legacy of ancient Rome.
3. an applicant to or student at a school that was attended by his or her parent.
4. Obsolete. the office, function, or commission of a legate.
5. of or pertaining to old or outdated computer hardware, software, or data that, while still functional, does not work well with up-to-date systems.
Nothing above states that legacy has to be a good thing - and 'Shrub' has proven that. His legacy will be seen in history as one of the worst elected leaders that we have had. 4 and 5 seem to be a better discription of his term of office.
I do believe this is an impossible question to answer. If he pulled out of Iraq and focused on Afganistan and Pakistan, if he backed out of every rotten free trade agreement he's led us into, If he aboloished no child left behind and did something about health care, if gas prices were at about $1.46 a gallon as it was when he took office, if our border was secured and the country wasn't unemployed and looking for jobs that don't exist and if there weren't two border patrol agents spending a decade in prison while Scooter Liby walks around free his legacy would still be unrevivable. You just have to look at the turnout at the polls to see that.
Well, he can admit to the American people that he has been a puppet president for the past 7 years and that the puppet master is Dick Cheney. Perhaps the blame will ultimately fall on Cheney.
The closest he could come to salvaging his presidency would be to reseign retroactively eight years ago...short of that how about having the good grace to quit right now!
Resign and take the VP with him for a hunting trip.
When people say the word salvage, I think of junk yards. I guess Bush has turned our country into just that. Need I say more?
Announce to the country today,"I will resign @ 8:00 PM EST today, January 28,2008."
How can Bush salvage his presidency? He can't salvage his presidency. It's too late to apologize, it's too late to fix anything. The car is totaled! Next stop the junkyard.
Legacy, legacy yes George W. Bush has a legacy of lies, deception and the destruction of our children's future all for the sake of his frat-spoiled boy ego.
Thank God this is last State of the Union address.
He can't and he won't. It's time for that village in Texas to reclaim its idiot.
He doesn't have a legacy to stand on. But what we do have is great example of what we must avoid from here on out. A megalomainiac, "a decider", a man of little intellect but large on ego. Find a candidate with humility, charity, a work ethic fitting the position and one who likes people and then introduce him to his antithesis. George Walker Bush!
Pray for forgiveness for the mess he put us in and then do the honorable thing and endorse Hillary Clinton !
Maybe he and Cheney could go hunting quail????? Bush would be a martyr and Cheney would get off scott free since no jury would ever find him sane.
Jack, I've got a great idea. Mr. Bush should sit down, grab a pen, and write 300,000,000 letters of apology.
Mr. Bushes legacy has been written in stone. He is incapable of change and one cannot expect him to magically become enlightened to his own ignorance, incompetence, greed, and short sightedness. He lives in a diluted little world and has, been convinced that the history books will tell the story of George W. Bush with rose colored glasses. The fact is with the advent of the Internet and the raising intelligence of people throughout the globe it would be a far stretch to assume that his legacy will be anything other then the truth. This of course is my opinion I could be wrong, I did say back when he was governor and after he won the first primary that he would never be president.
Let's pray he doesn't try to salvage anything – he's already screwed up too much in this country, God forbid he tries to do something else.
Besides, why would he need to salvage his legacy, he's already being touted as the worst President in history. That's his legacy, why mess with it.
George once said "This would be great if it was a dictatorship, just as long as I am the dictator" I think his legacy and his epitaph are clear.
Mr. Bush will easily preserve his legacy as the worst president in US history.
The only way Bush can salvage his legacy and probably the most important thing an American president has done since Lincoln is give amnesty to all our neighbors from Mexico that are here for a better way life. Dubya, just say no guest worker programs, no crazy registration schemes, no calling them terrorists, just give them full amnesty with the same right to apply for citizenship as anyone else.
Bush should reincarnate the WPA and start rebuilding the United States' infrastructure with a "looking towards the future attitude". We have the technology, the vision, the imagination and, the wits to reclaim the automobile industry from forgien counterparts. We need to put people back to work in order to fix the economy, we need to do something innovative to reclaim our Worldly status and, we need to consider reality in our future. Automobile technology follows that of train technology, why is it Asia and Europe are devloping modes of transportation using magnets and the United States is Falling behind? With modern day GPS technology and magnets we can reduce the demand on forgien oil, lower insurance costs (medical and auto)and, have less of a toll on the enviroment(if that is of your concerns). What is the hold up with US auto makers and the Government stalling on magnetic cars/ hoovercrafts?
Do we really need Bush to tell us the state our Union is in? He will tell us everything is fine and go out and spend that $600 check. He is living in "la la" land. He and no one else in his family or his cronies have any idea how bad it is out here for us in the middle class and what is worse is they don't care!
Sorry, but the USS Bush legacy has not only sailed; she sunk on the Shoals of Iraq War Lies, War Profiteering, Environmental Destruction, Deficit Spending and his partisan tactics. Sadly, it's rusting carcass will contaminate the waters of this country for a long time.
It would help our country he would just quit and dont do anymore damage.
In the next year, Bush needs to do SOMETHING to help the lower/middle classes. If he actually works for the people in the upcoming months, he can leave a lasting legacy of helping some live better lives.
What legacy? Bush is a bigger disaster than hurricane Katrina, which is a situation he made worse. This seems to be the longest eight years in American history. Jack maybe you should do as some radio stations have started a Bush leaving the white house countdown.
I respect the office of the President, but Mr Bush I can not respect. he has destroyed theh Republcina Party and the Country.
He should have been out of office for what he did going to War in Iraq with just lies from "curveball" read the book it will make you see that he and the Vice President really want an Empire not a Country.
We are in the dark ages in Foreign relations, the Economy is in a horrible mess( Maybe becasue George never had a real job) and his Dad bailed him out every time. he is not a Man he is a spoiled brat. That is his legacy.
He killed out troops for no reason and now Osma is still on the run. You would think with all our power we could have captured him, but then if we did he could not invade Iraq and Iran. The President does not want to catch Osma.
America the legacy Mr Bush leaves and his Vice President is the bigest scam this Country has ever seen, and please don't start saying I am not patriotic. I love this Country and the people, but I am tired of being lied to.
Mr. Preident just for once act like a Man not a spoiled brat, Stop listening to Your VP that hides in the bunker and makes you do the dirty work. Make your own judgements your advisors are idiots. Look around the Country is in a real mess.
President Bush needs to do a complete about face, if he wants a legacy other than the worst President in history. He could start by telling the American people the truth about this war, the secret renditions, his wire tapping, torture, and everything else his administration has kept hidden from us. He could show some confidence in the people he works for, by giving us the facts and letting us decide if he has done the right things in office. Keeping everything a secret has not worked well for him or the American people. Show some confidence in us and he just might be surprised. History will reward him, unless his secrets hide things that are worse than what we can imagine.
Jack, I've got a good idea. Mr. Bush should sit down, grab a pen, and write 300,000,000 letters of apology.
I really don't think he can. but then again he probibly does't think he has to!
Jack, He could go back to CRAWFORD NOW !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Maybe he could endorse Barack Obama. This could be just what he needs to "CHANGE" his legacy.
Pretty simple Jack, if he decides to get us out of Iraq and focus on the real enemy, Osama Bin Laden.
Well, Jack the President might change his legacy with a few changes including:
Bringing the troops home from Iraq; Sending all the illegals home; Raising the value of the dollar; Bringing jobs back to the U.S.; Lowering prices of consumer goods; and fixing the subprime mortgage mess. If you give me a few more minutes, I can easily increase this list by at least 10!
You have an amazing sense of humor. I wanted to write this for a long time, but now I couldn't resist! I send all the time your video spots to my friends in Quebec to let them know that no all Americans are like Bush.
You did say it though: it's amazing that the Congress has done nothing on the legality of Bush's behavior. I think that they felt that the Democratic party was not ready and stable enough to take charge of the White House. But it's the Country that suffers. Will Presidents think that they can do what ever they want now? You're right! Something has to be done!
Write his resignation letter, convince Dick to give it up and both ride off into the sunset!
Time machine. I can't imagine him doing anything at all in the next year that could "save" anything. Looking at what he has done the last 7 years, he is just going to destroy any legacy he might have left.
Jack, this is a major boast for Obama's candidacy......I was channel surfing and passed through foxnews and I heard Comes of Hannity & Comes say that they (the republicans) want and would love to have Hillary run against McCain.....my take is that McCain would have a really good chance of beating Hillary but for McCain to try and take on a Barrack Obama........is (suiside for McCain) and the republicans know it!
This is not an answer to your question. My comment is that news commentators refer to President Bush as Mr. Bush. I do not recall presidents past being referred to as "Mr." in the past. Regardless of what you think of President Bush, the office is due the respect to be referred to as "Mr. President" or "President Bush."
President Bush will need to...
Catch Bin Laden, let the military fight the war in Iraq with the intention to WIN and END, do what he can to start a reversal of the recession that we are in, cross party lines and endorse Obama for President, ensure that immigration laws will be enforced, make stem-cell research illegal, make abortions illegal, urge congress to reduce the number of HB-1 visa's issued, and imitate a plan for an Iraqi war soldiers memorial in DC! If he can accomplish this before his term ends, he will have redeemed himself in my eyes. But, that's only me, and not the rest of America or the Lord.
D of Maryland
Black, Christian, Republican (Democrat for 2008, however!)
I will not listen to the State of the UNion and will put in a good adventure/action movie insteady. To save his legacy until he leaves office, he should sit down, shut up and not do one more thing that could jeopardize this country's good name and people. I am counting days until he and Mr. Cheney leave. Hopefully, our Constitution will still be alive and well when they do. Good riddance.
In all respects it's kind of a mute question ... in his own mind, and in the minds of most of his handlers, he sees himself as having been endowed with special gifts of diplomacy, organization, and tact. If all is falling around us it's due to our own lack in faith in the man.
I suggest we all just promise him his library and then gently escort him out of town.
Bush's legacy is one of deceit. His administration has been an unmitigated disaster, costing thousands of lives, billions of dollars, and incalculable damage to American justice and the reputation of the United States. I read somewhere a comment to the effect that if a man runs a dishonest campaign, can we really expect him to be different once he becomes President? How true this has been. Whoever becomes President next will have a Herculean task undoing the damage done by George Bush and his administration. Bush's legacy should be shame.
Some of these remarks are sooooo hateful. I am an Independent voter, & I would take G.W. Bush over the Clinton clan anytime. They have no ethics or morals. The media has caused a lot of this hate for the man. Go back when Clinton was president & see what he had to say about Iraq. What about the Cole & weapons of mass destruction. At least Bush did something about it. The hate for Bush is overly done, what about some of the other presidents, like Carter, Nixon, etc. Never heard anyone carrying on about them. There is no patriotism in our country anymore. As far as I am concerned you people are disgusting.
Gee, after eight years of financial government incentives for businesses to send American jobs overseas, and send their businesses overseas, the American job lost, government tax incentives for businesses to send more jobs away from Americans, with more jobs lost, with less spending power the economy continually on a down sweep each year, with the other stimulus package which did not work then bringing us this stimulus package which is doomed to fail, with the new homes sales down, with the value of the homes dropped to make them sell, with the enormous impact that it had on the market, with the foreclosures of existing homes hitting the housing market, and the value of homes dropped again, this time effecting not only homes on the market but homes that owners still own and have mortgages on making the value of those homes less than the price of the mortgages. I don't know what could he do to save his legacy? How about leave very fast and quietly, and don't let that door hit him on the way out.
Talking to mom tonight who grew up in the Great Depression and also fought in World War II, she said, " What has happened to the legacy of FDR instead of worrying about George W. Bush and his legacy. FDR did not hand out free money (welfare) to able bodied people but rather formed the WPA and built and repaired roads and let those who were physically fit earn that money.
FDR was not worried about his legacy as George W. Bush is. This Bush is the worst President to hit the Oval Office and should resign in shame for what hes done to this great country of ours. Thank God this is his last State of the Union speech and lets hold our breath praying everyday he cant screw up anything else!!
bush's legacy? you've got to be kidding! he has almost single handly ruined America at home and abroad, his policies and decisions will have repercussions
that will haunt America for many,many years to come. all this for his short-sighted claim to be the defender of freedom? His wanton disregard for personal freedoms is a travisty! his legacy is like that of a child who has destroyed his room forcing us the parents(read WE the People), to pick up what pieces that are left. I'd like to say that this may only be my opinon, but i think that it's most of the country's aswell.
Jack, that means fall on his sword.
It's the only respectable thing to do now.
There is no legacy to salvage...I wish that tonites speech could be the last time I would ever have to hear his voice again...I am so tired of feeling like I am being talked down to by my President...like we are little kids and we don't know what is best for us.
"I am the decider." No he isn't dumb...He is sly like a fox. I never trusted him, I never believed him when he said there were weapons of mass destruction, or when he said that Iraq was harboring Al Qiada...or however its spelled...I certainly don't feel any safer now that Saddam is dead...At least when he was the boss...Iraq was calm, and when the Iraqi's were sick of Saddam(as George Bush said they were) they would have gotten rid of him themselves as it has been done over there for thousands of years...ITS THEIR LAND...IT IS THEIR OIL...WE HAVE NO RIGHT TO BE THERE. Their religion tells them that democracy is not an option...their whole societal system is set up as a theocracy...and they have a right to that life if that is what they are happy with. We have men running for president of the United States who have THIS country run as a theocracy and some citizens who seem to think that would be a great idea...I say they should look at the examples around the world whose governments are ruled by religious dogma...they should be careful what they wish for.
I just had to send a note, to tell the Republicans they should be ashamed of themselves, standing up at every breath Bush takes. What a joke. I've never seen such foolishness in my life. He thinks the taxpayers can budget with what he and his cronies have left us, he must be on serious drugs or he is getting dumber as the days go by (of course, not fast enough for the majority of Americans). He stands there with his "stupid" smirk, looking more foolish at every word. Send him packing AMERICA!
Go straight to jail ?
How can Bush-baby salvage his legacy....the fact that the word "salvage" is used in that sentence is quite telling on its own.
To salvage means to rescue...in the case of a ship to either salvage it back to the surface or stop it from sinking all together after severe damage has made it not seaworthy.
Either way "salvage" already denotes the negative.
I'm listening to his State of the Onion dribble and I truly cannot believe the BS he's spewing or that he's sitting there arrogantly believing that the 70% of us who disapprove of him in every way are swallowing anything he has to say.
What someone needs to do is thonk him on the forehead like they do on that V8 commercial and wake him up to the reality he's put us all in.
And if anyone is wondering...the State of the Onion...is sub-par...it's stinky and it's making us all cry.
I have had enough!!!!! When are we going to shout out to the roof-tops that Bush needs to be impeached! How dare he talk about helping us all by making those so-called "Tax Breaks" permanent! Does everyone realize that by "Giving" that money back to us, he is nothing more than an Indian Giver. Come tax time, he is right there to take back 9/10ths of that money. How on earth did he ever graduate from Yale? Did daddy's big bucks see to that? I thoroughly am disgusted with his talk tonight...he is deluded to think the entire country is going to buy his train of thought...infact, his train is totally off the track.
Then there is the issue of the "No Child Left Behind"...gee, you don't see him mentioning the number of children in school who really are frustrated by learning disabilities and want to succeed, but the system won't let them. Their only recourse is to drop out. You don't hear him saying anything about the drop-out rate! Or does he feel these kids are unimportant and insignificant?
I could go on, but why? Everything he said tonight was nothing short of bold- faced lies. I am so disgusted.
Impeach him now! And while we are at it, lets just go for the whole cabinet starting with Cheney! Then we could get a fresh start a year earlier! This man is going to set us all back to a cold war status if we don't get Bush out now. And when we do, we can say with much pride, "Mission Accomplished!"
Thanks, I'm feeling better now!
OK, I'm watching the president deliver the 'state of the union', and I'm reminded because he used this word which I don't know how the hell he came up with, and I wish someone would ask him how you spell it. It sounds like nuke-que-ler. Yeah thats it, like maybe new-kew-ler or something. You don't suppose it's nuclear? Naw.
Because any idiot knows that's pronounced nu-clear. Don't you love him? I know, he's never known how to pronounce it, but still, it's embarrassing, even now.
President George Bush can salvage his legacy by doing away with the tax rebates to boost the economy. I dont want Bush's handout.If president Bush really wanted to boost the economy and help the working man he would try and get gas prices down to $1.39 a gallon, but oh well we know the oil man is not gonna do that.Where does the president and congress think these rebates are gonna go anyway DUHHH...in our gas tanks to boost the oil companies economy like they need it!!!!!
Move ALL the bush bloodline and cheney to Baghdad NOW, and do not ever come back to the U.S.
The answer to your question is: there's nothing president George W. Bush can do to salvage his legacy. He should have been impeached a year ago, if not sooner.
His dismissive attitude toward our welfare is second only to his self-proclaimed title of 'Decider.' The utter destruction he has wrought on this country will take years to undo. And that's if we're lucky. Yet according to W., it's been Congress, the terrorists and everything else but him as the cause.
As I listen to his final (thank goodness!) State of the Union, my stomach churns. And I'm sickened that Congress clapped, sometimes stood for the lamest of ducks who deserves so much less than anything that feeds W.'s ego.
I predict that president (I'm sorry, I can't capitalize the 'P') George W. Bush will go down in history as the biggest liability to and worst U.S. president these United States.
he can't salvage his legacy. He will go down as America's worst president ever. I would be happy ,though, to never mention his name again if he would just step down NOW, and take Cheney and the rest of his dirty dozen with him!
in short, he cannot! wait til he pardons cheney, the neocons et al...it is not over yet! lord have mercy...
At this point there is nothing he can do salvage the mess he and his administration, Cheney in particular, have created.
However, the media in general has given Bush a pretty easy ride and this is yet another opportunity for him to try and put some positive spin on the current situation in Iraq and at home.
Despite efforts to rewrite history (eg. reasons for Iraq war) and to conceal the level of their deceitfulness, with time further details of the dishonesty and deception of this administration will become public.
Too late. The damage done is too great to fix. He must live in la-la land because he keeps thinking things aren't that bad. How sad. Doesn't Laura ever tell him the truth regarding his distorted thinking or is she also living in la-la land.
We all know he'll be remembered as the WORST president ever. I've heard it said that the first step to recovery is to admit your problem. He'll never admit he caused a problem so he'll spend the rest of his life as a Sicko.
Bush can salvage his legacy by waking everybody up and telling them the last seven years was just a bad dream.
He can't. It's impossible! The verdict is in and it is unfavorable in every aspect. He destroyed it himself while trying to define him self in the history books. At this point there is no redemption. He is only a ledgend in his own mind, and a nightmare to Americans. His legacy will say (WHEN AMERICA FELL FROM GRACE).
I know. The complete destruction of the Republican Party. Yeah, Thats the read.
With 7 years of disasters to his credit I don't think that is possible for Bush to leave any kind of positive legacy. He has no chance of being judged as anything but an abject failure.
With $9+ trillion dollar deficit (and growing) I don't see how you can justify cutting taxes. I would certainly advocate that no business with factories in other countries receive a tax cut now or ever. It is counterproductive in the extreme to subsidize companies to move their factories out of the country.
The only way I can think of is to rewind to 2000 and not even crook his way into being a president in the first place.
In addition, apologize for all the lies and failures.
Halfway reinstate dignity by admitting to have failed.
Then.... boarding a ship (tourist class) to go where people don;t know him. After all , one could feel sorry, for him having to live with this.
Hmm...Bush needs to hire a lawyer that advertises on daytime TV: they are the only ones that could save that car wreck!
Other than that, I think if he was Impeached and removed, that would salvage our legacy as a nation. That legacy is far more important than that joker's.
The bush legacy will be written in part by how successful the next president is.
If there is a vast improvement in contrast it will sink even further the bush name.
His damage to this country is great....our failure to hold him accountable is greater.
What Legacy??? Unnecessary war, Katrina, Scooter Libby, Enron, Fleecing of America by corporations.....Just leave the key to the Oval Office and Get out.
PS , Don't forget to send my check
I think it's too late, Jack. We'll always associate him with the foolishness of the last 6 years after 9/11/2001, particularly the logjam in Iraq. The best thing for him and for our country is for him and Cheney is to take early retirements.
Bush's legacy is an un necessary war while ignoring the real enemy in Afganistan, sending troops into combat without needed gear to save their lives, looking the other way when injured vets are stuck in a filthy Walter Reed dungeon, ignoring the plight of vets who have their signing bonuses "repossessed" because they were shot before serving their full time on duty, allowing the destruction of U.S. financial independence by enslaving us to China, allowing two border guards jailed for trying to keep an illegal Mexican drug dealer out of our country, allowing ruthless bankers and finicial institutions to destroy the housing market with unregulated subprime mortgages, undermining the Constitution with his domestic spying, signing statements and executive orders – I shutter to think of what other legacy he will "accomplish" in the next year. Perhaps he'll cap it off with a war against Iran by staging an "attack" on our fleet in the Gulf?
How can Bush salvage his legacy? By catching that spy satellite that was launched in 2006
Mr Bush has disgraced his Presidency...that is why he is referred to as "Mr" Bush. The office of the presidency does not stand alone, it is represented by a person who is supposed to love this country and respect and abide the Constitution...Mr Bush does neither. He is lucky the commentators are polite enough to call him "Mr"...at least in public.
What guy has anyone "had a beer" with that they truly thought would be capable of running this country? That is the basis for voting someone into office? Idiotic thinking.
Bush's legacy? How about the first (and pray to God the only) president that was called "Mr" instead of Mr President, and that being more than he deserved.
The day he leaves office should be made a National holiday.
What Legacy: He should resign right now. How much more oil money does he and his family need. His legacy lies in the hands of all the families who lost their love ones for a needless war. Remember he or his vice president never went to sleep worrying about their children defending our great country. His whole presidency was about big business, tax relief for the rich, war profits and oil profits. Now the news media has showed Bush holding hands (longer he ever did with his wife) with his greatest oil buddies in Saudi Arabia. He has done more to hurt this country then any other president before him. Who is going to pay back the money borrowed from countries like China and Mexico and many others when he leaves office?? It won't be the King Bush's or Prince Cheney's. Our country is getting what it deserves voting this greedy administration in twice. We can only pray for the next President to solve the many problems domestically and abroad which this King Bush and Prince Cheney caused. January, 2009 can’t come fast enough. He is and will be the worst President our country has ever had.
He can do nothing. This president is, by far, the worst in my lifetime. We will feel the effects of this administration for years. Our reputation and treasury are destroyed. I pray for us all.
I am more worried about the loss of trust in the United States around the world than Mr. Bush's legacy. This cannot be fixed by a new President, because if the lies (935 in 2 years, I read), the illegal war, the corruption and other illegalities and crimes of this Adminstration will go without being investigated, brought completely out in the open , the persons responsible put to shame and punished accordingly, all doors stay open for someone else to do the same things. So how can you, how can we trust again?
I hope that all realize that this president failed to understand something called "soft power." It is the influence that we have over people. It was lost for the most part when there were unilateral actions taken. Iraq is the most prominent of them despite there being "a coalition of the willing" involved.
As some commentators pointed out, Bush has destroyed the Reagan coalition that was built in the 1980's of various groups. I have to agree that he has done things to anger everyone that once supported him. It makes it easier for a real understanding American to get into office; this time it is a Democrat. We should have known that this Bush would have been a problem when he first ran; to quote him almost verbatim, "What do they think Social Security is, a federal program?" With that, we should have seen what was wrong with him and voted for someone else.
There is not any way George W. can save is legacy. Initially his legacy will be very tainted and only SUBSEQUENT GOOD DEVELOPMENTS in the Middle East may show that his position was well founded. Thus, hisotry may provide some relief to the legacy, but not much.
There still will be his poor record on the economy (Fair Trade Acts), immigration and border security.
To me his greatest flaw is that he did not enforce the LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES.
I hate to say it but, more than likely, history will show BUSH a worse president than CARTER. I didn't think that was possible.
I am just glad this is his last State of the Union. I just hope that he keeps his hands off anything else. Just sit there and shut up! Lets hope that the rest of the politicians have enough guts to stand up to him.
He can't my friend. It is History who has the last word.
However, Mr. Bush doesn't look that bad. Iraq is on quarter finals and should be on semi-finals by the time he leave, and the economy will be rebounding by December of 2008.
And it is not as bad as it looks. I mean, if less than 5% unemployment, interest rates at 3.5%, and even gas which cost less than in the 70's-when adjusted by inflation, is a bad economy then we should set the bar at the Bush's disastrous economy and we should not forget to use it when measuring future administrations.
Besides, his legacy will be about war and more wars. It is obvious that the President will let Israel go after Iran and the USA will follow on, because it is part of the big pic.
Bush's legacy? Simple... He opened to door for this country's first woman or black President!!!!
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