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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

George Bush: 'I love my country a lot more than I love politics'

The stimulus bill, the omnibus spending bill with almost 9,000 earmarks aka pork, the AIG bailout, the massive ethics problems that have occurred with Obama appointees, forcing them to withdraw, and the $165 billion in bonuses paid to AIG execs or former execs, are just a handful of the problems that have been plaguing the Barack Obama administration in these first months of becoming president.

The outrage is all over television, Americans are throwing tea parties to protest the stimulus bill and many have good reason to criticize Barack Obama for his handling of all the issues above and a few more, yet in his first speech since leaving office, former President George W. Bush said that Barack Obama "deserved his silence."

LA Times' Top of the Ticket:

Tuesday in Calgary, the 43rd president gave the first of about a dozen paid speeches arranged so far by the Washington Speakers Bureau on his 2009 schedule. And here's what Bush told about 2,000 business persons about his successor, the 44th president:

"There are plenty of critics in the arena. He deserves my silence.

Bush said something else too:

"I love my country a lot more than I love politics. I think it is essential that he be helped in office."

Not exactly the Rush Limbaugh failure line of comment. Or the Dick Cheney tone. Bush also said if the new president wanted his help "he's welcome to call me."

The former president received two standing ovations from the Canadian audience, which paid $3,100 per table for "A Conversation with George W. Bush."

The Politico brings a few other quotes from Bush's speech in Calgary, Canada, where Bush stated "I think it's time for the ex-president to tap dance off the stage and let the current president have a go at solving the world's problems. If he wants my help and I agree with him, I'll give it."

Dick Cheney had no problem publicly criticizing Obama and neither do many of us who see his decisions, his bailouts, his false outrage over AIG bonuses, when his administration knew about them before giving them an addition $30 billion as well as his campaign lies about not passing bills before the public had a chance to see them, and going through spending bills "line by line" to remove pork, as decisions he made, his administration made and fall to no one's shoulders BUT Obama's.

Obama and his administration continue to try to play the "blame Bush" game, even for decisions that are being made now and have nothing to do with Bush, hoping to stoke the Bush Derangement Syndrome to avoid people looking too closely at Obama's bad choices and incompetence in keeping his campaign promises.

Obama is in over his head and our country, and our tax payers are beginning to see it, and hope they don't get pulled under the water with him.