The Decider-in-Chief, George W. Bush addressed the nation tonight and bid farewell (finally). Fortunately, the Bush era is over. Unfortunately, the Herbert Hoover inspired consequences of the Bush era have yet to hit its full stride.
Mr. Bush again employed the well worn 9/11 references to extol the successes of his administration. Barely two minutes into his address, Mr. Bush not unexpectedly elicited images of the 9/11 tragedy:
“This evening, my thoughts return to the first night I addressed you from this house – Sept. 11, 2001. That morning, terrorists took nearly 3,000 lives in the worst attack on America since Pearl Harbor. I remember standing in the rubble of the World Trade Center three days later, surrounded by rescuers who had been working around the clock. I remember talking to brave souls who charged through smoke-filled corridors at the Pentagon and to husbands and wives whose loved ones became heroes aboard Flight 93.”
Not surprisingly, again, he attempted to turn this act of utter incompetence into a triumph of heroic proportions. Referring to his decisions regarding his actions in response to 9/11:
“There is legitimate debate about many of these decisions. But there can be little debate about the results. America has gone more than seven years without another terrorist attack on our soil.”
His arrogance was in full display:
“Like all who have held this office before me, I have experienced setbacks. 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. You may not agree with some tough decisions I have made. But I hope you can agree that I was willing to make the tough decisions.”
No statement can be further from the truth. His setbacks have been a direct result not of making “tough” decision but of making “bad” decisions. One does not get credit for simply following one’s conscience and doing what was thought to be right. He acted with the best interests of a failed and debunked ideology in mind. The only thing tough about the decisions he made was coming up with the creative spin to pedal the crap.
The Bush presidency has not made this nation safer but has created a new generation of people that hate us. Under his tenure, torture was deemed acceptable and war became the option of choice. The economic disaster that he has created will forever be associated with his presidency. He inherited a trade surplus and leaves us throttled with the most massive deficit in the history of the republic. A second Republican Depression is inevitable.
As he wound up his address, he noted the resilience of the American people. I hope that we are resilient enough to shake off this presidential nightmare.