Laura & Condi: Dubya wasn’t a failure

The two most influential women in President George W. Bush’s White House — first lady Laura Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice — are strongly defending the president’s legacy against critics who are calling his administration one of the worst in history.

"I know it’s not, and so I don’t really feel like I need to respond to people that view it that way," Mrs. Bush said in an interview that aired Sunday. "I think history will judge and we’ll see later."

Rice took a similar view in a separate interview, saying that claims that the Bush administration has been one of the worst ever are "ridiculous."

"I think generations pretty soon are going to start to thank this president for what he’s done. This generation will," Rice said.

"Because I think the fact that we have really made foreign assistance not just an issue of giving humanitarian aid or giving money to poor people, but really insisting on good governance and fighting corruption," she said. "I think the fact that this president has laid the groundwork for a Palestinian state, being the first president, as a matter of policy, to say that there should be one, and now, I think, laying the foundation that’s going to lead to that Palestinian state — I can go on and on."

In her interview, Mrs. Bush called the shoe-throwing incident in Baghdad an "assault." She rebuffed Bush administration critics who contend the U.S. turned its military might and resources to the war in Iraq before finishing the job in Afghanistan.

Mrs. Bush noted that under her husband’s watch, the U.S. toppled Saddam Hussein and liberated millions of people in Afghanistan and Iraq from oppressive governments. She also highlighted the president’s work to provide treatment for disease like AIDS and malaria to millions of people in sub-Saharan Africa. She said her husband responded to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in a way that has kept the nation safe.

"I think that’s very, very important," she said.

Mrs. Bush said that while the president laughed it off when an Iraqi reporter threw his shoes at him during a news conference earlier this month in Iraq, she was not amused. The president deftly dodged the shoes and wasn’t hit. He continued the news conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki after security officials dragged the journalist from the room.

"The president laughed it off," she said. "He wasn’t hurt. He’s very quick. As you know, he’s a natural athlete and ducked it. But on the other hand, it is an assault. And I think it should be treated that way. And I think people should think of it that way."

On the other hand, she said the incident reflects change in Iraq.

"As bad as the incident is, in my view, it is a sign that Iraqis feel a lot freer to express themselves," she said.

Mrs. Bush challenged critics who contend that Iraq was a distraction the U.S. mission in Afghanistan where heightened violence is causing renewed instability.

"Well, I don’t know that I would agree with that at all," Mrs. Bush said. "I don’t think that’s true at all. We’ve stayed very, very invested in Afghanistan. Not as invested militarily, maybe, and maybe that’s what the critics say, that it should have been more military. But I think we stayed very invested."

Rice said it won’t be long before Bush’s contributions to the world will be acknowledged.

"When you look at what this president took on in terms of AIDS relief and foreign assistance to the world, when you look at the number of countries … and the number of people that this president has actually liberated — you know, I really am someone who believes that you don’t want to pay too much attention to today’s headlines," she said.

But recognition of big achievements sometimes take a long time, Rice said.

Rice noted that while Germany was reunified in 1990, the work that made it possible was done in the 1940s, "when things didn’t look quite so rosy." So historians who are now making judgments about the Bush administration and its Middle East policies aren’t very good historians, Rice said.

"One cannot yet judge the effects of decisions that this president has taken on what the Middle East will become," Rice said. "I mean, for goodness’ sakes, good historians are still writing books about George Washington."

Mrs. Bush spoke on "Fox News Sunday," while Rice was on CBS "Sunday Morning."


  1. woody188

    Someone should point out to Laura that if shoe throwing is an assault then water boarding is certainly illegal torture under the Geneva Conventions and we prosecuted other nations for water boarding just one decade ago.

  2. Nogood

    George W. Bush, not a failure??? Maybe not! Maybe the word “disaster” better fits his years as the “Decider”. There aren’t enough words in the dictionary to describe the blunders by this idiot.

  3. John Parker

    Laura “Deer Stuck in the Headlights” Bush and Condi “Lies Alot” Rice have been given their mandated talking points. Everyone in this administration has to follow the same verbage. It’s been that way since day one.

    George Bush is an “epic failure;” always has been and always will be. Laura doesn’t have a clue; maybe she should start reading My Pet Goat to other intellectually challenged citizens to enhance her pathetic life. Condi Rice doesn’t have one achievement to claim since she’s been part of this cabinet. She’s an insult to women everywhere and doesn’t want to admit her own failures.
    Like I said previously, nothing but epic failures, and a disastrous legacy to follow.

  4. Elmo

    Laura said: I know it’s not, and so I don’t really feel like I need to respond to people that view it that way

    Like Dewds ya know? I don’t need no stinkin’ facts to tell me what’s right. I just go with my gut.

    Made for each other. They really are made for each other.

  5. bryan mcclellan

    Dripping runny stinking fetid poop smeared on a wall will leave a better lasting impression than GWB’s governance. HACK!

  6. AustinRanter

    President Bush has been a life-long student in the “School of Incompentency”. He has taken his studies to heart. He’s been a dedicated student in every respect. He has Aced all of the tests. I think that he’s a tremdous success!

  7. spartacus

    Oh my God! How can they spout that nonsense with a straight face?

    AIDS relief with strings attatched: no birth control, abstinence only, so that the money helps the victims, but through our own outmoded and ignorant policies, there are more victims.

    There are over 4000 American troops and over 1,000,000 Iraqis dead because of Bush’s unnecessary and unjustified war. Iraqis have it worse in many ways now than they did then: no water, electricity, well-supplied hospitals, schools, etc. Their lives have been torn apart. Sadam was a monster, but so is George Bush.

    While Bush claimed to have kicked out the Taliban, unfortunately, they are very much alive and well. Bush’s policies have helped spread terrorism throughout the region in reaction to our presense and actions there. The people in that region hate us because of George Bush and his arrogance, just as many others around the world do, including our allies.

    While those deniers love to note that we haven’t had an attack since 9/11 (done on his watch with plenty of warning that his administration simply ignored), the rest of the world has suffered too many terrorist attacks because of our policies, which have been very good for terrorist recruiting and business. Let’s face it: the best recruiter for al Qaeda is George Bush, NOT Osama bin Laden.

    Because of George Bush, we are suffering the worst economic recession (depression) since the Great Depression. He ignored this until he was forced to acknowledge it, resulting in the misery of millions of our citizens. His assault on the environment, the Constitution, and everything that makes us Americans are frightening and unjustified. Then there’s Katrina; the coverup of illnesses from the 9/11 cleanup; the squalid conditions of V.A. hospitals and services given to our wounded troops; and a host of other things that add up to 8 years of disaster for the American people and the land as a whole.

    If George Bush isn’t the worst president we ever had, it’s only because James Buchanan beat him to the punch. However, my money’s with Christopher Buckley: somewhere “the heirs of James Buchanan are shouting ‘Yippee! Yippee!'” because they know what we have at this moment is even worse than he was.

    What Laura Bush and Condi Rice are showing is that they blindly love this fool, even when facts demand acknowledgement of his true place in history.

  8. f33dback

    First, doubt the media.
    The Prozac eyed missus and his other sycophant point out “I think history will judge and we’ll see later.”
    Well of course in a time where the majority of information is digital, and print is slowing dying it is entirely possible that “history” will be incrementally tweaked and in the end, Bush will be seen as a Saviour, a holy man and no doubt a figure head for some of the evangelical cults awaiting the end of the world.

    That alone is a strong argument for only using paper and ink, those can’t be changed once published…but in the future the powers that be will simply “release a patch” for download to your Kindle (or other digital device) when information is not to their liking or doesn’t fit their agenda.

    Privacy isn’t the issue we face memory is.