Bush’s Presidency a ‘a total failure’

President Bush has been a "total failure" in everything from the economy to the war to energy policy, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday. In an interview on CNN, the California Democrat was asked to respond to video of the president criticizing the Democratic-led Congress for heading into the final 26 days of the legislative session without having passed a single government spending bill.

Pelosi shot back in unusually personal terms.

"You know, God bless him, bless his heart, president of the United States, a total failure, losing all credibility with the American people on the economy, on the war, on energy, you name the subject," Pelosi replied. She then tsk-tsked Bush for "challenging Congress when we are trying to sweep up after his mess over and over and over again."

White House spokeswoman Dana Perino defended Bush.

"What the president said is a fact — this is the longest a Congress has gone in 20 years without passing a single spending bill, so it’s clear that the speaker is feeling some frustration at their inability to do so."

Pelosi’s outburst was a departure. Her usual practice in public has been to call Bush’s policies a failure — not his presidency or him, personally. Pelosi’s remarks are the latest evidence of the Democrats’ throw-caution-to-the-wind approach to Bush in the waning days of a presidency weighed down by an unpopular war and soaring gasoline prices.

Election Day, after all, is just over four months away; Bush’s successor takes his seat on Jan. 20.

Pelosi’s counterpart in the Senate, Majority Leader Harry Reid, long ago took off the rhetorical gloves. Last month, he ridiculed Republicans who sided with Bush on a Medicare bill.

"Who would be afraid of him?" Reid, D-Nev., said as many senators looked on. "He’s got a 29 percent approval rating."

The public’s view of Congress is even worse. Its approval rating has hit a new low of just 18 percent, down from 23 percent last month, according to a new AP-Ipsos poll. Bush’s approval is at 28 percent, about even with the 29 percent rating last month.

Only 16 percent of those surveyed thought the country was moving in the right direction, a new low as well, although statistically the same as last month’s 17 percent.

Last week Reid and other Democrats dropped any pretense of trying to fight the president on battles they were likely to lose — even on the most important part of their jobs, which is passing spending bills that keep the government running.

Of the 12 annual appropriations bills, Congress is likely to pass one or two and send Bush a temporary spending fix for the rest. That would have to suffice until a new president takes office, Reid told reporters.

Privately, Democrats have said that either candidate for president — Democrat Barack Obama or Republican John McCain — would be easier to make laws with than Bush. But Reid made clear which he’d prefer.

"I would hope that before we would leave here this year that we would do a continuing resolution that would get us (through) until after Senator Obama becomes president," he said.


  1. DejaVuAllOver

    You’re right, Pablo. Bush is the most successful fascist since Hitler. Hitler’s evil is finished, but Bush still has a few tricks up his sleeve, I fear. And even if he doesn’t, McCain is ready to play Mussolini, if we let him. I’d love to get to work fixing this country, but the Mother of All Problems, war with Iran, then Russia, then China, then….? will probably render all this a moot point.

  2. JerZGirl

    Exactly! The Dems folded from day one of being the majority. Either they are closeted centrist Republicans or BushCo has “leakable” info on them to keep them in line. I think there’s a strong chance he and Cheney (probably more Cheney) have blackmailed them to get what they want.

    “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” -Mark Twain

  3. churlpat

    Have there been any polls which differentiated how the public feels about the two houses of the legislative branch and the actions of the two parties represented there? It seems to me the biggest stumbling block in Congress is the inability to get past the Senate’s cloture rule, entirely due to Republicans garnering just enough votes to stop legislation from moving forward for a vote.

    And on the house side, what about all the things the Republicans are doing to slow down the House? I’ll never forget how the House voted almost unanimously in favor of a resolution about Mother’s Day, only to have all the Republicans spend a day and a half changing their votes one vote at a time, with the ludicrous result that a great deal of time was wasted and a majority of Republican Congresspeople ended up voting against motherhood.

    Churlpat — a plutarch by any name is still a plutarch

  4. Charlie Couser

    All our elected politicians (on both sides of the aisle) do is point the finger & accuse one another like idiotic bickering children. There are so many urgent problems in this nation which need to be addressed by these knuckheads it’s not even funny. These issues include but are not limited to the following:

    A solution to the energy crisis. Why isn’t a special prosecuter investigating big oil for market manipulation & price fixing?

    A solution to the senseless war in Iraq. Why aren’t Bush/Cheney being impeached & tried for war crimes?

    A solution to rising medical costs.

    A solution to the credit crisis.

    A solution to the mortgage crisis?

    A solution to price gouging by big corporations and special interest groups.

    I don’t know that I have any of these solutions; but, I can suggest a few places to start:

    1. Term limits must be enacted ASAP! Our Fore Fathers intended that elected officals should serve their constituencies for a short period of time — not a life time. Fresh blood means new ideas, positive change and hopefully, less influence pedaling.

    2. Get rid of the FED & return to a 100% gold standard! NOW! Again, our Fore fathers never intended for the Federal Government to be involved in the minting of currency. As long as the Federal Government controls the printing presses, we will never see true fiscal responsibility nor an end to inflation and ever increasing national debt.

    3. Enact & enforce severe limits on corporate & special interest lobbiests! We have a representative form of government that is supposed to ensure that all men are treated equally. Instead, our representatives are passing legislation which favors one group over another. Not only is this practice unfair, it is unconstitutional.

    4. Only Congress shall have the power to declare war. They have severely neglected their oath of office by blindly authorizing a madman to preemptively invade another sovereign nation (Iraq) without fully investigating the need or justification for such action. This is dereliction of duty, and any politician who voted for this imperialistic action should be held accountable for their actions.

    5. Eliminate lifetime appointments to any and all offices. Again, establish term limits.

    6. Eliminate signing statements by the potus. This will force he or she to either enact or veto a piece of legislation. Nobody is above the law!

    This is just my opinion. Of course, I could be wrong…

    Charlie Couser

  5. woody188

    2. Get rid of the FED & return to a 100% gold standard! NOW! Again, our Fore fathers never intended for the Federal Government to be involved in the minting of currency. As long as the Federal Government controls the printing presses, we will never see true fiscal responsibility nor an end to inflation and ever increasing national debt.

    I’m going to nitpick here and you may have just mis-typed, but the Federal Reserve is not the Federal Government. It is a private banking cartel. But I agree about getting rid of the Fed and returning to sound hard currency like gold or silver. Some would say we artificially stunt the GDP by doing so, but I would argue what is the point of having more money in the system if it is worth less? I would give up making $60,000 per year and only make $2,000 per year if I could buy bread for a pennies, a car for $600, or a house for $6,000. It’s all relative.

    I also don’t think the Federal Government is going to be the answer nor will it provide the solutions to the issues we face. They might do some things, but change has to start with us. Certainly can’t count on the government. Look to New Orleans if you need proof.

    I do like a lot of your solutions.

  6. Timr

    “Bless his heart” gwb is a crook in rethug clothing. Bless his heart, he should be impeached. Bless her heart, Nancy Pelosi should be fired from the speakers job, because, bless her heart, she is afraid of the repigs, bless her heart.

  7. Pablo

    Nancy is wrong.
    I hate to give him credit, but bush is not a failure, nothing near. In fact, pelousy is much more of a failure, as she has accomplished very little during her reign. Unfortunately, popular or not, I can’t say the same for the enemy of state, G.W. Bush.
    Bush’s first success was when the repugs somehow got the Supreme Court to interfere with the election process and illegally put him in power. Now that is a success to be proud of! Bush next succeeded in attacking a sovereign country without provocation and established multi-million $ permanent military bases without a peep from the MSM and the American people. He then tortured prisoners in blatant disregard of the Geneva Convention, and the democratic party all but played dead. He successfully pulled us out of Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty and refused to sign the anti-global climate change Kyoto Protocol, all with hardly a peep from the U.S. citizenry. He also, without failure, withdrew the U.S. from the treaty to establish an International Criminal Court that President Clinton signed in 2000. In addition, bush successfully awarded millions upon millions of dollars in no-bid contracts to Halliburton and others, while Congress, I believe, was playing dead. Also, bush successfully evaded prosecution after exposing the identity of the CIA agent Valerie Plame as revenge after her husband exposed as lies the claims that Iraq was trying to purchase uranium from Africa. Oh, and he was even able to use his powers of pardon to get his buddy Scooter from being accountable for his lying to the grand jury during the investigation. He even successfully avoided accountability for the lies about the connection between Al-Qaeda and Saddam Hussein, and about weapons of mass destruction, things that led us to the war and the deaths of over 100,000 Iraqis and 4,000 U.S. troops. Oh, and remember Katrina, the biggest case of gross negligence of a president in U.S. history? He was pretty successful in getting away with those many cases of what many of us would consider manslaughter. Oh, and while I’m on the topic of successfully getting away with negligence or maybe much worse, remember 911? Oh, yeah, and remember how the demoncrats bleated “Baaaahh” while bush successfully appointed john “serve on cases despite conflict of interest” roberts and samual “dictatorial, errr umm I mean, unitary-executive” alito as supreme court justices? And remember how he successfully sent that embarrassment of an American john Bolton to the U.N.? And how about how, with the help with our fine demoncrat presidential candidate obama, interfered with our system of checks and balances by granting immunity to the telecoms for illegally spying on American citizens? Oops, almost forget, how he got away with, time and time again, illegal signing statements to hold himself outside of the law. Oh, and despite all the horrific, scary things that went on during his first term, was “elected” a second time, and kept the news about all the Ohio voting corruption from becoming an issue. Now that is some serious success!!!

    I could go on and on but my fingers are getting tired.

    I’d venture to say that bush has been one of the most successfully presidents in our history.

  8. ekaton

    “In addition, bush successfully awarded millions upon millions of dollars in no-bid contracts to Halliburton and others, … ”

    Billions and billions. Hundreds of billions. Biggest fraud in history. But lotsa people are getting rich and thats all that counts. Whats a few thousand dead dumb animals (thank you Henry Kissinger for that term to identify soldiers) when you can put another billion in your pocket?

    — Kent Shaw

  9. pondering_it_all

    This is a bit off-topic, but for all of you moaning about our “fiat currency” and longing for the return to a specie-based currency: Convert all of your paper money, account balances, CDs, etc. into American nickels. Nickels minted from 1938 right up to today contain 5.7 cents worth of nickel and copper (based on current commodity market prices). The only exceptions are the “war nickels” made from 1942-1944, and those contain 35% silver which makes their metal content worth over 90 cents! (Please note that I am not talking about the cost to mint them, just the metal value.)

    So not only do we have a precious metal based currency, but the metal in those coins is actually worth more than their face value!

  10. Direct Democracy

    Democrats label PELOSI a “total failure”, too. Small world, idnit?



  11. Charlie Couser


    Sorry, I didn’t finish my thought. I know the FED is not a part of the Federal Government. My point, although poorly stated, is that there is link of the FED to the Federal Government via the US Treasury Department.

    You are also correct in stating that government is not a viable solution to anything. However, it is out-of-control and must be held accountable.

    Thanks for your feedback,

    Charlie Couser