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February 8th, 2008
05:59 PM ET

How can President Bush & Congress improve their image?

 President Bush in the East Room at the White House, Thursday.

President Bush in the East Room at the White House, Thursday.

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

The American people are pretty much fed up with President Bush and Congress, according to a new poll.

The AP/Ipsos poll shows only 30% of those surveyed approve of the job the president is doing. This is worse than his previous overall low of 31% in this poll back in November.

Congress gets a pathetic 22% job approval. This ties their poorest rating in this survey from last October. Congress usually has lower ratings than the president. It's an institution that people love to hate, and with good reason.

What stands out is even though the president is a Republican and the Congress is run by Democrats, the public can't stand either one.

Both of these marks for Mr. Bush and the Congress have dropped by 4% points in just the last month. One of the main factors driving the public's dissatisfaction is the economy. Many Americans are worried about a recession.

The irony in all this of course is that we will probably elect either a Democrat or Republican president in November, and many of the incumbent Republicans and Democrats in the Congress will be re-elected as well.

There are countries in the world that have overthrown their governments when they are disliked by as many people as ours is. But history suggests we will simply hold our noses in November and elect another version of our dysfunctional, broken government. Very sad.

Here’s my question to you: Is there anything President Bush and Congress can do before November to improve their image in the eyes of the American people?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Patricia from San Rafael, California writes:
The smartest thing Bush and most of Congress could do to improve their image with the American people is resign. This would also provide some evidence that they have some understanding of how to serve their country to the best of their ability.

Jon from Foley, Minnesota writes:
There is absolutely nothing they can do to improve their image. What we have to do is get some politicians who work for the people, not for profit. We need to dump the current administration and let the healing process begin.

Matt from Orlando, Florida writes:
Nothing our government does will change people's minds in the short term. However, if they were to stand up and take action against the credit crisis and out-of-control debt our country faces, instead of pulling money out of thin air and giving everyone more handouts, my personal opinion of them would improve drastically.

James from Morehead City, North Carolina writes:
They can try to put aside their differences and do something that actually benefits the American people instead of arguing back and forth like a bunch of children.

Charlie writes:
Yes, Congress can impeach Bush and Cheney.

Gary writes:
They could stop allowing the corrupt contractors in Iraq to continue to gouge the American taxpayer as our own people lose their jobs and houses, our schools crumble, and the value of the dollar plummets.

Bruce writes:
Jack, No, there is nothing they can do to improve their image. Why would anyone vote for an incumbent, or any of the clowns that caused our problems, for president? It is all about the track record, and these idiots only have a swine-filled mud pit as their accomplishment.


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soundoff (137 Responses)
  1. Jeff K.

    No.

    Galena, MO

    Sorry, forgot about the city/state thing.

    February 8, 2008 at 2:17 pm |
  2. Will K. San Jose, CA

    Leave

    February 8, 2008 at 2:18 pm |
  3. Molly from Milwaukee

    Bush can improve his image by resigning immediately. Congress can improve their image by starting impeachment proceedings against Bush and Cheney immediately.

    February 8, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  4. Scott B

    One word Jack – Quit

    February 8, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  5. mike studders

    not being one ,it is hard to speak for them. my guess is that it depends somewhat on who his v.p. pick is. but he has to be careful here because the presidency is never exactly right or left but middle left or middle right. 'gain the whole world but lose ones soul' interesting year jack.

    February 8, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  6. MICHAEL

    Until Bush changes his it's my way or else way of doing business, and congress starts showing some courage and backbone and standing up to this dictator nothings going to change. President Bush said several weeks ago that he predicted his approval rating would be up to 45 percent by the end of his presidency. If you can't stand up to somebady that delusional, your not any better than he is.

    February 8, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  7. W B in Las Vegas

    don't know about the Congressional hacks but here's waht Bush can do....

    1) get Dick Cheney to RESIGN as VP

    2) APPOINT Colin Powell VP

    3) RESIGN HIMSELF leaving Colin Powell President of the United States. we would then have the first TRUE STATESMAN as President since Dwight Eisenhower.

    February 8, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  8. Derrick - Indiana

    Jack

    The only thing these people can do to improve their image is not to be seen or heard. They lied us into war, they lied us into debt, they lie about destroying emails, they lie about no bid contracts they lied about cia treason ect ect ect.......

    They just need to leave and take McCain and Lieberman with them -They're the new War-mongers party

    February 8, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  9. Tina

    Pack up and leave town.

    February 8, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  10. Harry

    Yes, bush could resign, or Congress can impeach both bush and Cheney. I think either senario the whole world would applaud.

    February 8, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  11. Doug - Missouri

    Quit their jobs and let someone else have a turn that can actually get something done.

    February 8, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  12. Scott

    HAVE A MASS RESIGNING OF THEM ALL..

    BOWLING GREEN,MO.

    February 8, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  13. Ern in Tulock,ca.

    Jack:
    There's nothing that the administration or congress can do to improve their image. They lost all respect of the American people and the world when Bush went on his " It's my way or no way" attitude and congess basically allowed him to do so.
    Ern

    February 8, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  14. Jeff in Connecticut

    Each member of Congress should be required to spend the time between sessions to live with an American family chosen at random. That should give them a realistic perspective. Their image could only improve. As for the Bush Administration, in my opinion they have commited serious acts of Treason against this nation. The only image I want of them is hanging from a gallows.

    February 8, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  15. Major "C" in Lorton, VA

    The President and Congress are powerful men with small characters, throwaway morality and shallow realtionships. Their images respresent much in the showroom and nothing in the stockroom. Just leave......and please leave through the back door. We have seen enough.

    February 8, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  16. ks

    Bush can resigned if not then congress can impeach bush. Any one will be fine but both will be icing on cake.

    February 8, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  17. diane in NJ

    Bush can resign and Congress can cut off the war funding.

    February 8, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  18. Tom

    Resigning is the only answer. The politicians have driven our once great country right into the ditch at home and abroad. If they are running for office and incumbent is after their name it is time to vote them out as we have already seen what they can do when they claim they are working for the country. I have to wonder which country they mean.

    We need congressional term limits, line item veto, campaign reforms, and a whole new set of faces in Washington who are willing to work together to get us heading toward recovery. It will not be easy as I doubt they will be willing to legislate against themselves.

    February 8, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  19. Joy

    Well, Congress could deny Bush's budget for starts! Bush found it neccessary to cut funding for Vets, raise the cost of their prescriptions, knock out some of the college fund programs. Nope, if anything his rating should dwindle to nothing. What a jerk!!!!! Oh! I almost forgot, he wants medicare and medicaid benefits lowered!!!! This man should be horse whipped!!!!!

    February 8, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  20. dabo

    not to cause another problem till november 08

    February 8, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  21. Barbara

    In just 3 words- resign, relinquish,abdicate !
    Great Gram Barbara in Sullivan,Ohio

    February 8, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  22. H.L.

    If George W. Bush wants to improve his image, he and Dick Cheney should resign immediately. It would mark the first competent accomplishment of his administration.

    February 8, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  23. Dave Brooklyn, NY

    What it truly frightening about this question is that almost 1 in 3 of us still think Bush is doing a heckofa job. That’s a heckofa lot of idiots. In short Bush can do nothing. Congress can, with a few notable exceptions such as Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich, resign en mass.

    February 8, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  24. Patricia

    Bush??? Improve His Image??? Well, he & Cheney could crawl on their hands & knees to every Iraqi family & every solider's family & beg their forgiveness for murdering someone in their family. Then Bush/Cheney could leave the United States of America & never come back. But, that won't happen.
    As far as Congress goes after they pass the stimulus package they could cut off funding for the Iraq War & bring the soliders home. That won't happen, so I'll settle for the glass being 1/2 full & be content with the stimulus package.

    February 8, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  25. Mary Steele Yorktown VA

    They could start with answering the following question.

    We have over 8 millions Americans unemployed and many more off the roles that are looking for work, yet we continue to allow illegals and too many guest workers to take those jobs. WHY?

    February 8, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  26. MacDonald

    Not unless he can figure out how he is going to take care of our vets and their families and get this war won overnight and pay off the national debt he built plus getting us out from the forgien oil dependency Get the economy back on track and take care of everything he has neglected in 7 yrs. He has done so much damage by he and his greedy cronies with do nothing attitude for the people. It is going to take a miracle worker to get things straightened out, and miracle workers the GOP has proven they aren't and they have done nothing to try to help. Just a band of sheep blindly following him. . Now with the Dem's in control of the Senate they are proving to be not any better.
    Do you think he really has time?????

    February 8, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  27. DAK

    Yes maybe Jack,
    Start thinking about the American people FIRST for a change. Not how we can get reelected, not how we can assimilate millions of illegals, not how we can make a product overseas cheaper, not how we can wastefully spend taxpayer dollars, not how we can tell half truths to the American people to have them back us in war, not how we can change the law to make it easier on business while hurting US citizens. This at least would be a start.

    February 8, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  28. Richard in Denver

    BUSH.....Nothing! There is no way he can undo the horrible damage he has done to our Country and the constitution. Congress....Maybe! If they develope a collective backbone and stand up to Bush and quit letting him intimidate them with his fear tactics and out and out lies.

    February 8, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  29. Terry North Carolina

    Jack
    Short of a miracle in the next nine months, I really dont see anything on the horizon that will pull George and Congress's bacon out of the fire. And if anyone feels that the stimulus package will improve their image, they are sadly mistaken.

    February 8, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  30. plznodraft

    Don't start a war with Iran.

    February 8, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  31. Raphael from New York NY

    Jack, I thank you and CNN for giving so many the opportunity to voice their feelings on your blog. At the same time, I wish there would be an improvement in the questions you ask. There is no way Bush and his administration casn improve their image - we have been ignored too long and too much damage has been done. While too many go without homes, jobs, and medical care, Bush has chosen to waste our troops and money in a war nobody wanted or needed. Of course, if they all would like to take early retirements, we would have no objections.

    February 8, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  32. Bob Bologna

    No jack it's to late for that now! Bush has been a lame duck president from day one! His legacy will go down as the president who sold his soul to the devil, our country to the world, gave more breaks to the rich and laughed in the faces of the middle class all at the same time. Well George, "mission accomplished"!

    February 8, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  33. Amnesty is Treason

    RESIGN IMMEDIATELY! TURN THEM SELVES IN FOR CRIMES AGAINST THE CITIZENS OF THE COUNTRY AND THE WORLD!

    February 8, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  34. Cale Forty(D)

    They are obviously trying, Jack, but the reality is that we are all just sick of looking for excuses to like or dislike them. I, along with many others, want them gone. End of story.

    February 8, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  35. bnthdntht

    Congress could try to impeach Bush and Cheney then Bush could enter rehab with Britney and the rest.

    L.M.,Arizona

    February 8, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  36. Bert D

    Congress is impotent without a veto-proof majority in the House and Lieberman as the 51st Democratic vote in the Senate. They won't get anything done except what won't get a Bush veto. That means more Bush agenda.

    Bush, on the other hand, easily has enough time to whip the media into another war mongering frenzy and manipulate public opinion into believing that we under imminent threat of attack, probably by Iran, start another war by bombing the living daylights out of Iran, create another atmosphere of total fear by arresting some more CIA sting stoges and making up a bunch more lies about nonexistant threats to generally create an atmosphere that will help someone like John McCain win the election so we can have war for another hundred years. Bush never looked better than in times of fear. I expect more.

    from Iowa City, Iowa

    February 8, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  37. Jeri

    The only way Congress could improve their image is to Impeach Bush!

    February 8, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  38. pam holt

    THEY CAN'T

    February 8, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  39. Rex in Portland, Ore.

    Jack, you asked if there was anything this administration could do to improve its image, not its reputation or legacy.

    As for their reputation or legacy – not even the $500,000,000 think tank in the proposed presidential liberry at SMU could help that given an eternity.

    But they could hire one of them there magnificent Madison avenue front companies and pump the airways even fuller of propaganda. The American public, ever responsive to any sales pitch, would buy it immediately and Bush's rating would go up 5 or 6 points. That is improvement of image, right? Up to horrible.

    February 8, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  40. Paulette Bent Dallas,PA

    They can't!! They've done enough already.

    February 8, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  41. Mary Whartnaby -California

    Jack- what image? Both Bush and Congress have let this country down
    for too long – time for a change! We need the "bluebird of happiness
    with angel wings" to save us, the American people!

    February 8, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  42. B. D. of NY

    If they all resigned tomorrow, the world would be a better place.

    February 8, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  43. earl illingsworth

    Absolutely Jack, start implementing term limits. Make it worth while to leave office after so many years ,and give them a good pension as an incentive. As far as improving their image ,(Congress) they should stop feeding out of the same trough! I'm sorry, but their is little hope for George#43! It seems he's dug a hole so deep for himself ,he probably could reach China on the other side of the world, and run for re-election over their, how's that for improving their image!!!

    February 8, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  44. Kevin

    Resign!

    February 8, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  45. L.B., New York, NY

    The details of the "too little, too late" stimulus package is emblematic of the vast differences between the President and Congress. The President needs to think outside the conservative box for once. Congress should do more to find common ground with Bush. If they can't, 2008 will be known as the year of the duck, the lame duck that is. -LB

    February 8, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  46. Les Young

    I think nothing short of a miracle would help Bush image. Dumb is a affliction not easly cured. Congress could help their image by doing the will of the people they are suppose to represent if they would get over being a republican or democrat and represent the people who elected them they would improve their image by 100%

    February 8, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  47. George Wilson

    Here's one way that I think that 80% of Americans will approve of, and that if Mr. Bush would just pull his horse, and wagon up to the doors of the White House, load his belongings, and head southwest, down Texas way, back to the ranch, and that Mr. Cheney follows him cleaning up after the horses as he goes. Let him get a little of the crap that we all have been getting the last seven years. I'll furnish the shovel, and help him load.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  48. Ron

    Its a little late for Bush to be concerned about his image. That is something he should have thought about 7 years ago. He will go down in history as the worst President ever. A title he has both earned and deserves.

    He has destroyed the political future of his entire family.

    Ron in Indiana

    February 8, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  49. Gordon

    Submit to being water boarded on national TV & forced t o tell the truth about 9/11, iraq war, energy policy, & the elections in 2000 & 2004 for a start!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 8, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  50. Steve, Idaho

    They can start by incarcerating Bush and Cheney, get rid of all the other cronies in the White House, remove our troops from Iraq and apologize to the Mideast for their misjudgments, start getting warrants for spying on American citizens, stop torturing people, stop calling whole countries around the world evil, kick all of the lobbyists out of Washington, and the hardest thing of all, apologize for all the lies and corruption that was embedded in their party. In other words Jack, I don't think so !

    February 8, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  51. JT

    Jack, please, please, please don't give them any GOOD ideas about what they should do. You know they will just do the opposite.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  52. Josh

    I know how Bush and Cheney can save themselves: Resign and turn themselves in for their war crimes in Iraq and the crimes they committed here. Congress can save itself by impeaching these two, trying them, and then, immediately turn them over to the International Court to pay for their war crimes.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  53. Mike Meador

    Bush could improve his image by immediately dismissing Dick Cheney as the Vice President and then resign from office himself. No smirking, gloating, lame duck excuses or lies about why he is quiting – just quit and don't do any more damage! Congress could improve its image by immediately filing impeachment charges against both Bush and Cheney and follow through in order to fully expose just how unethical and shameful this administration has been. Congress could also help to improve its own sorry, partisan driven, craven image by immediately passing meaningful term limits reforms and serious restrictions on the corrupting influence of corporate lobbyists.

    Dillingham, Alaska

    February 8, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  54. Dennis

    Resign.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  55. Al Kansas

    Their image will improve when they solve the most burning issue of the day. Steroids in sports. As opposed to previous issues of the day like Terri Shivo, flag burning, and gay marriage.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  56. Peter

    When did you get so funny Jack?

    February 8, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  57. paul, W.Ky

    Really Jack: Bush & Cheney resign and take their gang with them. Congress could impeach both; cut off the funding for Iraq and instigate some oversight. In reality, its too late now for both either Congress or Bush to regain any respect. Now lets see if the Supreme Court will fall off the wagon of state again, and step in and choose the next bunch to abuse and trash that old idea about the government being responsible to "we the people." We are already bordering on the Dynasty issue that so worried the 1776 crowd; perhaps we can reinforce that this coming election with Hillary. What have "we the people" done to our Republic, and more importantly is it fixable ? paul

    February 8, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  58. Ralph

    Well Jack,if you read all the comments above,it should give you a fair view of my answer to this question.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  59. Deborah

    Quit!

    February 8, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  60. Mr. O

    The damage is done. All he can do now is leave office holding his head down because he killed America.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  61. Sallye Martin

    Confess

    February 8, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  62. Jess, Ohio

    Jack,

    Sadly, nothing can be done at this point. Honestly, it's like a one-legged man in an ass kicking contest. Everyone covers for everyone. How long did Valerie Plame's case take and did anyone really get penalized? Do I even mention Haliburton? Even though we've seen half of the White House staff resign, another croonie slithers in for replacement. Things are completely out of control and I would hope that the next President does some SERIOUS 'house cleaning.'
    Until then, let's all just hope that marijuana gets legalized federally so we all can at least live in a 'happier cloud' of 'Bush denial' for the next 346 days.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  63. Derek in Arkansas

    Just kill two birds with one stone. Congress should impeach President Bush. The Democrats show they aren't spineless, then Bush has the opportunity to take the only high ground available to him and resign.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  64. Sharon

    President Bush and Congress could improve their image by aggressively tackling some of the problems we are facing now, instead of leaving them for the next adminstration. I don't care for the policies of the Bush administration or for the inaction of Congress, but I don't think they are as idiotic or incapable as they are made out to be. I think Bush still wants to govern as if he has a mandate from the right, and the Democrats are stalling in the hopes that the next President will be one of them. A good swift kick to the butt, and getting called out on the carpet for failing to compromise on some issues in order to get things accomplished might be good for all of them.

    Trafalgar,
    Indiana

    February 8, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  65. Allen of Hartwell GA

    Congress could improve its image by giving up their retirement and resigning, or at least anyone who's been there over four years. There is nothing Bush and his administration could do....or, maybe if they all joined the Marines and went to Iraq to relieve some of the grunts in the battlefields.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  66. Jayne

    Resign en masse. I thought I was being original until I read the comments already posted on your site. Great minds and all that, Jack.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  67. Little Bo Peep Lenexa, Kansas

    Nope, not a thing. That boat has sailed around 5000 deaths ago in Iraq. If you look in the Dictionary under failure you will find a picture of all of the Congress and President Bush Etal standing side by side smiling and waving. Each of them is still alive unscaved from their poor decision making abilities. Congress and the President don't get report cards and are not paid by their performance. Once they are elected they get an excellent retirement plan and outstanding medical coverage for life no matter how bad they screw up. They do not pay into social security either. History will have to judge these people not you and I.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  68. Alesha

    Jack,

    About the only thing that they can do is to step down and quit! If not, by bringing the troops home would be a good start, but at this point they are so far gone that really the only way to improve their image is to just quit.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  69. Toby

    O.K. Jack it's LOW! But imagine this – What if President Bush told us he needed to come clean and we came to find out that he knew there were no weapons of mass distruction that it was all a lie? Do you think that would help? No? I don't think so either. Congress is a different matter: They are divided just as Americans are divided.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  70. Scott in Billings, MT

    Jack, you can't make silk from a sow's ear.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:33 pm |
  71. David A. Morse, Stoneham, MA

    Jack:

    There is Nothing President Bush or Congress can do. Their image has been shaped by years of inefectiveness in dealing with the major issues facing our nation. Maybe if they just went home and shut up.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  72. Greg from PA

    Bush could resign. Congress could impeach him if he doesn't.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  73. Jeff Morris-Saugerties, N.Y.- DeJaVu57

    Jack, I think it's way too late for Bush to salvage any credibility from his disastrous reign of arrogance and incompetence. The Democratic majority Congress however could find it's backbone, finally stand up to Bu$hCo, and hold them accountable for all their law breaking and Constitution shredding. If they did this, they would see their dismal approval ratings quickly rise. Most Americans believe the Bush administration has more than earned Impeachment for all its offenses. Hey Nancy, it's time to re-set the Impeachment table!
    Jeff Morris-Saugerties, N.Y.- DeJaVu57

    February 8, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  74. Thomas, Tallahassee FL

    They could start by acknowledging that we are broke, and instead of trying to dream up new entitlement programs and earmarks, maybe dream up things to cut so we can get out of this hole.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  75. David,San Bernardino,CA.

    RESIGN! and take the lobbyists and lawyers with you!

    February 8, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  76. Susan Coral Springs, FL

    Dick Cheney to reliquish his Deferred Salary from Halliburton and all his war profits to the US troops so they can come home to their families and rebuild their lives.

    And then let the Iraqis put Bush and Cheney on trial and let them decide if they commited war crimes in their country. *** Remember, Iraq still hangs it's criminals.

    America's image is tarnished so bad around the world.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  77. Annie

    The best thing the President and his administration can do is leave so we can heal and try to redeem ourselves in our own eyes and the eyes of the rest of the world. The best thing congress can do afterwards is bring him and his merry band of fools up on criminal charges.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:47 pm |
  78. koolkat

    Ha Ha Ha yes Jack the all can resign from office.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  79. ken

    ken TX
    One thing and one thing only . The 19 people here this morning in class
    at my home agree 100% . Give Congress all records previously requested
    and request to answer questions before the Justice Commitee And direct
    Karl Rove and Dick Chenny to do the same. And, Jack, please excuse this
    quote, "do this or rot in your ugly hell, George!" True quote Requested. Most
    people in this neck of Texas feel the same. It's probably to tough for CNN, I
    told them.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  80. Kyle

    1. Follow the constitution

    2. End the war

    3. Resign from office

    4. Leave the country before being prosecuted for tyranny and war crimes

    February 8, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  81. John Kerr

    RESIGN BEFORE THEY ARE IMPEACHED!

    February 8, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  82. John Maguire

    They all could resign, turn the lights off and leave Washington.

    We would be better with no leadership than what we now have.

    John Maguire
    Gainesville Fl.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:51 pm |
  83. Richard Sternagel

    Congress did pass an economic stimulus plan finally! To be fair there is not enough Democrats in either House to effect any real change in Iraq or to right the failed economic policies of the Bush Administration! Most of these policies occurred under the lock-step spineless Republican lead House and Senate!! Vote Democrat and through all these lock-step Republicans Out! There is no way the current Congress and Bush can function for the American people unless this happens!

    February 8, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  84. Michael M Phx AZ

    Oh there definitely is something they could do, and don't bother trying to avoid getting their prospective butts slammed by the door on their way out....Tomarrow too late? Both Bush and Cheney should have been "frog marched" out of the White House years ago.

    February 8, 2008 at 4:59 pm |
  85. Judy, Exeter, Ca

    There is nothing Bush or congress can do to improve their images. It's too late. This administration can't end too soon for me. I intend to vote against every incumbant even if I have to write in Donald Duck.

    February 8, 2008 at 5:02 pm |
  86. Katy Hill Prescott, Az.

    The only way they can improve their ratings are to resign en mass. I find it hard to believe there are still 30% of Americans that approve of Bush. They must be deaf, dumb and blind. Katy Prescott, Az.

    February 8, 2008 at 5:05 pm |
  87. michell

    Pass term limits. Then say they will back hydrogen fueled cars & that the goverment will buy them. Putting hydrogen fueled cars on the road will do more to help America than anything. It could be done right now only the oil money is stoping it

    February 8, 2008 at 5:05 pm |
  88. Alan

    If they can, they won't. The era of the permanent political campaign means every issue is a mighty win or loss. The people are the pawns, needed only every two years for our vote. "King" Bush will go out the divider and our Congress serves as the various queens, rooks and bishops. Fight on boys and girls, while pawns are easily sacrificed.

    My only hope is everyone votes anti-incumbent. It's the only way these two parties will get the message.

    February 8, 2008 at 5:06 pm |
  89. Tom Jackson

    A good idea would be not to do anything! He shouldn't even show his face out in public, hes not a smart dude and made about 9 trillion bad choices.

    February 8, 2008 at 5:09 pm |
  90. MIKE ADKINS,CHARLOTTE,NC

    the only image that would improve george w bush and dick cheney would be an image of both of them behind bars where they belong. the george w bush library should be a little house on the praire with a half moon cut in the door and presidential papers on the roll. the image he leaves "behind", can be used to fertilize the whitehouse lawn.

    February 8, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  91. Kim NY

    They could get out of Iraq ( for real this time) and save us blood and money. Bush could admit he was panicked after 9/11 and misled by those around him and could apologize to the country . Bush and congress could reread that legislation to "abolish the Fed ",submitted in 02 ..see the wisdom and foresight of it and finally get us back on our financial feet.

    February 8, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  92. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Bush can start by cleaning out his closets and his other personal belongings in the White House and since Congress has nothing else to do, they can help. If they start now they will have a big jump on things by November.

    February 8, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  93. Christine from California

    Move up that mission to Mars, stick them in a rocket and beam them up.

    February 8, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  94. Ali Bie

    Jack, good luck trying to tell Bush ANYTHING! Remember, he's the decider, and doesn't like to be told what to do.
    As for Congress, they need to have "on the web" classes on "HOW OUR GOVERNMENT WORKS. When people get a clue on what it takes to pass (or not) a bill, the obvious will become very clear who is stonewalling each effort to move this country forward.

    Ali Bie

    February 8, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  95. Suzanne

    They can step down from office and take the rest of the corrupt Government with them.

    February 8, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  96. Bill, Des Moines, IA

    Yes. Resign.

    February 8, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  97. Ken KS

    Jack,
    Again the country speaks, Washington never listens. Look throughout this blog and see how many times you read people mentioning the improvement process by suggesting resignation, impeachment, etc.

    Just like comprehensinve immigration, the country spoke, and out of fear of the voters throwing them out of office, the ones fearing being thrown out the most reluctantly voted it down. Ted Kennedy, John McCain. Hillary Clinton. Barak Obama, John Kerry, Nancy Pelosi and so many others still don't get it.

    And we the people have to choose between three of those mentioned above. What a choice, Geeze!! Well, Jack, look for more "All is fine in 2009" when the Bush/Cheney/McCain express continues to roll on.

    February 8, 2008 at 5:28 pm |
  98. Farley A. Tokley

    Bush should carry out the suggestion of the Reverend Jesse Jackson and orchestrate the stimulus package in a fashion that ensures every penny is invested in America. If monies were invested in infrastructure this would ensure new jobs for Americans and all materials needed could be purchased from American companies. Furthermore if the infrastructure in question were a light rail it could be powered by renewable energy, making this a 2 prong attack, taking care of congestion problems on American highways and taking a bite out of the climate crisis simultaneously. Pay it forward to the American public in the hopes that it starts a chain reaction. If this were the last undertaking he exercised as president it might go a long way in repairing his reputation and show that he cares about the future of his country.

    February 8, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  99. Kevin

    Jack,

    Let's turn your question around: Is there anything President Bush and the U.S. Congress could do to lower their approval ratings?

    If the national government were to waterboard all the best public relations firms in the country, repeatedly demanding answers which might actually lower their approval ratings, I expect the PR firms would only reply : "more water, please."

    Kevin.
    Elk Grove, CA.

    February 8, 2008 at 5:35 pm |
  100. Ann, Newton, New Jersey

    In a perfect world, President Bush would take out our Constitution, have Laura read it to him, and apologize to the American people for the mess he has us in and un-do a lot of his decisions. Since our world is not perfect, we are stuck with him, unless Congress gets the guts to impeach him and his pal Cheney. After that, they should also resign for "following their leader", if that is what you want to call him.

    February 8, 2008 at 5:40 pm |
  101. Craig Vale

    There sure is Jack !
    The lot of them can pack all their bags, head to Mexico and shut the lights out!
    Come the November elections we can elect another set of twits and see how they fare.

    Craig Vale
    Orange City Fl

    February 8, 2008 at 5:42 pm |
  102. Roger

    Jack, Congress could improve its numbers to 65% overnight if they were to impeach Bush and Cheney, end of story. The other 25% will always put the GOP before their country. Roger

    February 8, 2008 at 5:44 pm |
  103. Tasha - Washington State

    Bush's only saving grace would be to endorse Obama for President! No Democrat could vote for Obama following a Bush endorsement and Hillary would easily secure the Democratic nomination. Finally, something positive would come from Bush's ignorance.

    February 8, 2008 at 5:48 pm |
  104. Frank Colontone

    Pres. (ugh) Bush could do much for the morale of the country if he would just admit that his interests are personal, and monetaryand just resign. Of course this leaves us the problem of what to do with Cheney, but maybe we could furlough Hinkley from jail and give him some marksmanship lessons. What goes around...

    February 8, 2008 at 5:48 pm |
  105. Rose Townsley

    I think they should all be exiled to Iraq especially if the war continues for 100 years as McCain stated.

    February 8, 2008 at 5:49 pm |
  106. Melanie

    Although I am disappointed with who Bush has allowed to have his ear over the last four years nothing can compare with the dissapproval I have for congress. What a nightmare. There is nothing that congress can do.. but RESIGN.

    As for Bush, move from the heart, like he did in His first term. He'll be alright in the end.

    Michigan

    February 8, 2008 at 5:50 pm |
  107. Chuck B Coastal NC

    Jack , there is one thing...... Impeach Bush and Chaney

    February 8, 2008 at 5:50 pm |
  108. Bill, Quarryville, Pennsylvania

    For me it would be that they will vote and pass a bill that the president also says he will sign. Stating that they have taken the power away from special interest groups and lobbyists and put it back into the hands of the American people where was meant to be. Also in the bill there'll be a law stating that no one will be allowed to work for or consult with a special interest group or lobbyist. That they will seek employment if they so desire in the private sector that will not or cannot influence the Congress or the President on their decisions on running our gov't.

    February 8, 2008 at 5:51 pm |
  109. Alan-Buxton, Maine

    They could all resign.

    February 8, 2008 at 5:52 pm |
  110. Eugene in Northern California

    Jack, it would take a miracle, for Predident Bush and the Congress, to improve their image. They'd have to tell us the truth, for a change, stop pandering, listen, to the will, of the American people and put our interest's first. It can't be done, with the incumbants. Voters must clean house this year and refuse, to vote, for any incumbant candidates.

    February 8, 2008 at 5:54 pm |
  111. Jayson from Indiana

    Jack,
    It is too late to improve their image. They have had the chance in the last eight years. He should just carry on with what he is doing, and let it go at that. Bush has his supporters and haters. Those who hate will hate, and those who support will support. He cannot and probably will not improve his image.

    February 8, 2008 at 5:55 pm |
  112. Earl from Los Angeles

    Yes. Resign.

    February 8, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  113. Tony from DC

    Jack,
    There is something they can do to improve their images and it's rather simple. Be competent.

    February 8, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  114. Donna Greenberg

    Congress can resign and Bush can turn himself in the a world court as a war criminal, along with Cheney.

    February 8, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  115. Jenn Dees

    They can start by sending us some checks in the mail.

    February 8, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  116. Dwayne

    In a word...Retire.

    February 8, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  117. Zach

    Resign.

    February 8, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  118. Buddie H

    STEP DOWN!!!!! Leave before your ratings get any worse!!!!!!

    February 8, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  119. Oliver Queen

    Bush could improve his image he left office before November.

    Oliver Queen
    Las Vegas, NV

    February 8, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  120. Jesse, Illinois

    Resign.

    And on the little line where it says "Reason for Leaving", write "I made a boo boo".

    February 8, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  121. Matt from Cambridge, MD

    How about reading the Constitution for a start? Bush could learn what the Bill of Rights says and maybe Congress would realize what "impeach" means. Better late than never.

    February 8, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  122. Andrew McMillion

    The only thing Bush can do to improve his image is resign!

    February 8, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  123. George Subacs

    Simple solution Jack – they could all resign.

    February 8, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  124. Dan

    Stop the partisan bickering, and cooperate to develop bi-partisan solutions to the problems that face our country.

    February 8, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  125. Paul

    This is easy, Bush can fire Cheney, apologize to the world for their decisive attack on peace, and step down OR Congress can impeach them both.

    They will not both win.

    February 8, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  126. Cindy O'Hora

    If they cared at all about the people of this nation,

    President Bush and all of Congress could RESIGN. They should pack their bags and take their balls and go home immediately.

    Cindy
    Shamokin Dam, PA

    February 8, 2008 at 6:37 pm |
  127. Len Albuq New Mexico

    Jack,
    All of the Congress and Bush Administration should forfeit their government salaries and benefits for the last eight years and also have a fine or tax levied upon them to compensate America for the damage they have done.After all, does a parent reward or give an allowance to a child who ls irresponsible, lies, and has no respect for them. In my opinion the Federal Government has broke the TRUST that should be the rock solid foundation of our Country. Clearly a resignation and monetary restitution would be the first step followed by a most humble, sincere apology to the World.

    February 8, 2008 at 6:37 pm |
  128. Danny Saviola

    Sure that's easy. President Bush can improve his standing in my eyes 100%. Simply resign. That would be the first honorable thing he has done in 7 years. As for the Congress, they need to get out more.

    Sarasota, FL. 34201

    February 8, 2008 at 6:39 pm |
  129. Carlos

    leave and then tell the Amercian people that by only voting for Ron Paul will that bring them Freedom, Peace and Prosperity

    TEXAS the one true Republic

    February 8, 2008 at 6:39 pm |
  130. Evan

    How about handing in their letters of resignation? Our current government is one of the most broken and incompetent iterations of American democracy. It is my understanding that they couldn't have been any worse at their jobs if they tried, and the general consensus pretty much agrees with such a notion.

    Penfield, New York

    February 8, 2008 at 6:39 pm |
  131. Dave Brodeur

    For the President and congress to improve their image, the President should resign along with his VP and staff. For congress, we need to get rid of Reid, Clinton, Kennedy, Kerry McConnell, Cromyn, DeMint, Levin, Schumer in the Senate. Then get rid of Hoyer and Pelosi in the House. Get rid of all these grand standers and do nothings and obstructionists who only cause friction with their militeristic postures when they should be working together and actually getting some results for the common good of all Americans. We don't need these blowhards! Lets get some straight talking uncorrupted, competent and unbought politicians who will work for all Americans without playing politics.

    February 8, 2008 at 6:41 pm |
  132. C. - Seattle

    If the President simply hinted that he knows that the idealogies he's acted from during his presidency aren't the only valid way to think, then I could see a little more humanity in him.

    February 8, 2008 at 6:41 pm |
  133. dan milwaukee

    tell congress to finally take a PAY CUT like so many others had to

    February 8, 2008 at 6:42 pm |
  134. Kim from NY

    Admit their wrong.

    February 11, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  135. shirley trent

    Having the support of president Bush would be like running with a nail in your foot.

    February 11, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  136. JOHN WILSON

    The only way President Bush can improve his approval rating, is to go to Iraq pick up a weapon and stand a post.

    February 11, 2008 at 7:31 pm |
  137. jim ellis

    Follow LB's advise from Las Vegas. Each senator: Hillery, Obama, and McClain should not be drawing any Senate salary while working outside of their stewardship of the Senate–who will be the first to decline the Senate salary as an example of decency and respect to their families and the American people?

    February 11, 2008 at 10:55 pm |