Bush’s State of Denial Address

George W. Bush delivered his farewell address to the nation Thursday night and — as expected — clung to his delusions, prolonged his state of denial and lied outright to the American people.

"Like all who have held this office before me, I have experienced setbacks," the soon to be ex-President said. "And there are things I would do differently if given the chance. Yet I have always acted with the best interests of our country in mind. I have followed my conscience and done what I thought was right."

My lawyer would say Bush’s statement "assumed facts not in evidence." First, I don’t believe the President has a conscience. Second, he has no concept of what is or is not right.

In a nation that has elected its share of incompetents to the highest office of the land, Bush stands out as the lamest of the lame: the rich politician’s kid who never had to work hard for anything, the dilettante who took what was handed to him and squandered it. The Presidency was just another toy, another thing the frat boy could play with.

So he brought in others to do the heavy lifting: Dick Cheney, aching for payback ever since the days of Watergate, Donald Rumsfeld, the warmonger and student of the military teachings of former Union General William T. Sherman, whose "march to the sea" in the Civil War left $100 million of damage in its wake, but many of the slaves he "liberated" died as well.

The terrorist attacks of 9/11 gave Bush the excuse he needed to accomplish his only goal as President: the invasion of Iraq and capture of Saddam Hussein, a completion of what he saw as his father’s failure as President. It also gave Cheney the opportunity to create an imperial Presidency, destroy the protections of the Constitution and trample on the very rights that once defined America.

Bush and Cheney ignored intelligence that did not support their assumptions about weapons of mass destruction, invented a false tie between Iraq and al Qaeda and broke a long-standing American rule that this nation did not invade other countries that posed no immediate threat to us.  In his prolonged "farewell tour," Bush now describes the failure to find WMDs as a "disappointment" but not a failure.

George W. Bush does not admit failure: Never has, probably never will.

He does admit hanging a banner claiming "Mission Accomplished" in Iraq nearly six years ago was "a mistake."  The thousands of Americans and tens of thousands of Iraqis who have died since then would probably feel it was something more than just "a mistake."

"As the years passed, most Americans were able to return to life much as it had been before 9/11," Bush said. "But I never did."

I doubt any American today feels their life is "much as it had been before 9/11."  They have both George W. Bush and Osama bin Laden to thank for that.

When any President, even a miserable failure like George W. Bush, prepares to leave office, there is always an attempt to find something positive to say about the person who led this country for four or eight years.

I’ve tried over the past few weeks to find something positive to say about Bush and I’ve urged others to do so. Let’s put the past behind us, I said. Let’s move on.

But Bush and his cronies won’t let us do that. They continue to stand defiant: Claiming success where non exists, feigning compassion they do not have and claiming non-existent righteousness in their corruption.

So let’s leave it at this:

Goodbye, you miserable, rotten, corrupt son-of-a-bitch.

And good riddance.


  1. f33dback

    Screw moving forward, that’s just code for “let me get away with what I did” there needs to be a primary focus on the economy for Obama but we need to send Bush to trial for his crimes, and we need to prosecute him if he is found guilty.

    If we are going to gutless about it and fail to do that then I hope another country will do it because his crimes are international.

    Tired of these bastards, I wanna see them get the punishment they deserve.

  2. spartacus

    Good job! The way I put it to my son (who’s in college) was: aren’t you going to watch Bush’s farewell speech of lies and fairy tales?

    His texted response: LOL. Why would I want to watch that butt-head?

  3. dandraver

    He was ELECTED the 2nd time around. The first “election” was done by the supreme court and the Democratic party. Who knows what would have happened if the recount had continued. Gore & crew knuckled under without giving the voting process time to work

  4. Hoggy

    For some reason I think that spoiled little bastard is gonna leave me with one more good reason to hate him before he gives up the keys to the White House. I wouldn’t take my eyes off him until his plane is out of sight Tuesday afternoon.

  5. Southerner

    Here’s one good thing to say about W. and the gang: They did not manufacture a reason to attack Iran in late September or early October, declare a state of emergency, impose martial law and suspend the elections.

    That’s the best I can come up with.

  6. AustinRanter


    You are correct, Bush was elected TWICE and there is shared blame.

    If you read my last couple of paragraphs…you might have caught the comments stating as such. My final comments were:

    “Will this nation learn from our decades of political apathy? Will we again surrender ourselves to another despot? Will we placate to the wants and needs of a power hungry government?

    Our nation’s Constitution gave this country a way to employ individuals to manage our nation. Under the system, WE elected George W. Bush not once, but twice. I’m not sure which is the most incompetent…the voters or the elected officials?”

  7. Janice

    Good closure rant. I agree, but still think that Bush & Co. should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. I remember a Bill Moyers segment where guests John Nichols, the Nation’s Washington correspondent and author of The Genius of Impeachment and Bruce Fein, a former attorney in the Ronald Reagan Department of Justice, discussed impeachment. Those facts and reasons still hold true now. Personally, I would love to see Bush, Cheney, and the rest of his unholy clan slither back to where ever it is they emerged from, but I believe we, as a country who lives by the rule of law, must pursue this for the integrity of our system. If we allow these people (and I use the term loosely) to get off with no consequences for what they have done to this country, and the whole world, then we are no better than they are. Closure includes doing what is right – not just what is easy. I have absolute faith that this country can handle the financial mess these people have put us into, ending two wars, the medical crisis, and all the other problems this administration has created and is now walking away from – allowing We the People to mop up, and still pursue their crimes in our court system. We are Americans, and we can effectively multi-task. More than that, we need to do this. We need to prove to the rest of the world that we still have our integrity – that we still know what is right and will do it – that we are not all the slime that the Bush administration has proven itself to be.

    If you tell the truth you don’t have to remember anything.
    Mark Twain

  8. buckethead

    AustinRanter he WAS elected twice so there is shared blame here. I liked a comment a few days ago that mentioned Nixon’s pardon and there are other things as well but it is him and all his neocon cronies to blame and it would be good to see these asses pay for their crimes for a change!
    That is the only thing that will change the future.