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What George Bush is Doing Now

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What does the most unpopular President in history do on his last weekend in office? Party, of course. Here's his dance card:

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Sunday, 6:30 PM: Dinner with Condi, the staffer who's "like a sister."

Sunday, 8:30 PM: Swing by a goodbye party with 600 of your closest employees.

Monday, 10 AM: Have tea at the White House with your replacements, the uber-popular Obamas.

Monday afternoon: Get escorted to your departure ceremony by the new guy.

What's next for the Bush crew? Book deals and unemployment checks.

Bush will set up shop in Dallas and get cracking on his presidential library. He'll also bike and write a book because "I just can't envision myself, you know, the big straw hat and Hawaiian shirt sitting on some beach. Particularly since I quit drinking." He might get a rude awakening when he tries to rake in the cash with speaking engagements and book deals. Bill Clinton earned a whopping $90 million in the seven years after he left office -- Bush may not be so lucky. The publishing industry is in the tank and isn't likely to dole out a hefty advance to a guy who was disliked and not known for being either articulate or reflective.

As for speaking engagements, most of the companies that generally dole out huge sums to hear from retired presidents - the financial industry, mainly - are in dire straits or out of business because of the guy.

Dick Cheney is owed a pension worth an estimated $132,451 a year. Add that to the millions he raked in from Halliburton and you'd think the 68-year-old V.P. with heart problems would kick back at his Wyoming ranch and do whatever it is people do in Wyoming. Not so for old Dick. He wants to write a book because he's got "a few scores to settle." He's just that kind of guy.

Condoleezza Rice is heading back to her old haunts at Stanford University to pick up her academic career again. She's apparently house hunting in Palo Alto and flirting with publishers about writing her memoirs.

Everyone else is just out of a job. When a president leaves office, it's a little like a company going out of business. Everyone gets their pink slips and few usually have jobs lined up. However, the Bush staffers are in a uniquely unfortunate position. They get to start pounding the pavement in a job market that resembles the Great Depression and a resume that ties them to the guy most people blame for the mess -- not necessarily a good look. The holdouts are two Justice Department appointees who didn't get the memo that they're boss left town. Typically political appointees dutifully hand in their resignation letters when their boss loses his job. But not these two. U.S. Attorneys Mary Beth Buchanan of Pittsburgh and Alice Martin of Birmingham didn't realize that things were heading south when Alberto Gonzales got the ax. Now that Bush is on his way out they're still profoundly clueless. What's so important that they can't leave? They've got Democrats to prosecute!

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52 comments so far | Post a comment now
Ginny January 19, 2009, 1:02 PM

I hate these articles. Get a life people. Have some respect. Aren’t you glad you live in a place where you won’t be shot for saying such things? Freedom comes with responsibility.

Zachary January 21, 2009, 12:56 AM

Couldn’t agree with you more Ginny. It really has become an implication that Bush was a bad president. That is not the case. As proof, all you moms ask your kids what they think of Mr. Bush? The likely response will be that he is a bad president, and they think Obama is the “cool” guy. Do these children have any clue what these political figures stand for? I think not. In fact, the democrat socialist way is fundamentally more idealistic and unattainable, and I believe that if the world was more educated toward our countries issues and disregarded such irrelevant characteristics like a man’s skin color the United States would be a primarily Republican capitalist nation. Lets start thinking realistically.

david January 21, 2009, 3:26 PM

Its time for the peopleon the left who ahve nothing but hate in there heart to get a life. You are in power now. you wanted it you got it. nowitstime to govern. The president( and yes i call him that, not like the way you disrespected former president bush) wants to bring us all togethor, but the hate is not comingfromthe left. its coming from the right. i opray we are notattacked again and that we all remain safe. for the last 7 years youshould have been thanking president bush for that. you did not. i pray that president Obama has the wisdom to do the same

Tom January 21, 2009, 5:32 PM

Apparently, you were not around when Jimmy Carter was president. Ole’ Jimmy was definately
the “worst” and “unpopular” president of all time.
Guess what ? He still is. That is one title that old
Jimmy will never shake. Never. How long was he in
the white house. Oh yeah, . . only 4 years. We, the american public, voted his dumb a$$ out. Sorry to tell you the truth but you are wrong. Ole’ Jimmy Carter was the worst. Enjoy.

Ram R January 21, 2009, 11:40 PM

I’m not US citizen. But I could not understand, how Americans call him as bad president after majority of them voted for him, TWICE! If anybody to blamed for his mistakes, it is YOU the Americans voted for him.


nancy January 24, 2009, 7:14 PM

OH yes, Dear LORD will all you Bush people just give it a rest. He had 8yrs to promote your issues and he did and look at the results, And boy you should thrilled, he was a weapon of mass destruction all by himself.

LaLa January 27, 2009, 1:34 AM

I found this article to be quite interesting, I never really thought about what happened to all the people who worked for an administration when their term is up. The author is right, this is a rough time to be looking for new sources of income, I guess many of them will be joining the rest of us in the unemployment lines.

Brandon Fredriksen January 28, 2009, 9:05 AM

Tom, you are absolutely right. Many of the readers have forgotten or have not lived through the Carter era. He is without a doubt the worst President in U.S. history IMO. Now, back to Bush…what most don’t understand is that the President does not have sole authority. Greedy Democrats and Republicans got us out of this mess. The only way to truly forge ahead is to ignore the liberal bias and negative tone of the media and take back our country. Part of that means to be fiscally responsible for ourselves and not rely on government to bail us out b/c in the end we (the working folks) are the ones who foot the bill.

Ginny January 28, 2009, 1:28 PM

You nailed it Brandon! Though I think you meant that both parties got us INTO this mess. And. Yes. They BOTH did. Not one person.

Andrew David Doan January 30, 2009, 2:36 PM

Hate to be too overly concerned about accuracy on a reputable website such as this, but wasn’t the inauguration on a Tuesday, not Monday? Sorry, I guess little things just bug me.

As for all of the bickering about how good or bad Bush was…I guess people are gonna think what they want to think. For what it’s worth, I think anyone who is willing to put themselves through the meat-grinder we call the American Presidency deserves some gratitude and respect—regardless of their politics.

Raymond January 31, 2009, 11:06 PM

We are lucky to live in the US. Lets get on with life and show each other some respect!

Brenda February 3, 2009, 9:52 AM

Bush was an idoit!! Stop defending him. He’ll get 400K for the rest of his life (pension). I don’t feel sorry for him at all.

C.B.A. February 5, 2009, 9:49 AM

When 9 -11 happened and the President addressed the “World” he stated “This war would be fought differently. Like no other war. It would take a long time to win!”

What has happened to this country has taken more than 8 years to create and it will take more than 4 or 8 years to resolve.

“We the people” took our eye off of the ball” and the elected officials we placed into office “All Offices” took there eyes off of the ball.

All of you know the problems this country faces, I don’t need to name them, but we do have to have faith that this President, will have the strength, hire the right people to keep there eyes on the ball, that all parties come together for the good of the country and trust that President Obama can over come the obsticles before him like the “House and the Senate”.

justin February 11, 2009, 1:30 PM

I don’t get any hate from this article. Only the posts below. I think both sides are haters and choose to be offended by anything in the media.
Like Brandon said…lets take responsibility for ourselves. We can’t speak for bush or obama. They were having a tea party together…I don’t see any hate there! The less we rely on the government the smaller it gets.

Haha February 11, 2009, 9:16 PM

You are a numbskull if you think Bush caused the financial industry downfall. Their own greed did that. I’ve heard ignorance is bliss. Is it?

max February 14, 2009, 10:49 PM

those of you who say obama is a socialist:

define socialism,
describe the history of socialism,
demonstrate how obama’s approach to governance is similar to your definitions,
compare obama’s approach to bush’s,
explain why bush is not a socialist,
explain why obama’s approach to governance is worse than bush’s
explain what a better approach would be,
and use historical examples.

oh wait, can’t do it?
sooorrry i overestimated your intelligence. so rude of me.

James February 15, 2009, 4:28 PM

“Freedom comes with responsibility.” Huh Ginny? The freedon to keep your mouth shut? The responsibility to do what your told? You make me want to puke.

Craig G February 16, 2009, 6:33 PM

I believe that history will show that President Bush was an excellent President and his policies as controversial as they may have been is what has kept our country safe. Every President has had their faults but it seems that the press and the opposition left have been unduly harsh on this man. Many people state that President Bush is hated throughout the world. This is simply untrue. He is not very popular in many parts of the world but is also loved by many too especially in Africa. Please stop hating and move on.

Steven February 20, 2009, 10:52 AM

Our country is facing difficult times. Our new President has many serious issues to deal with and needs our UNdevided support, as bush was granted on 09/12/01 even though he was only “selected” president he was my President that day…he blew it even with his “co-president” helping him. Barbara Bush was the only bush I had any respect for and now I feel like she should be compelled to attend “Parenting Classes” for the rest of her life given the miserable job she did instilling values and raising her spawn. NO bush EVER IN A LEADERSHIP POSITION AGAIN! Send the criminals to The Hauge!

Tim February 20, 2009, 4:11 PM

President Bush did what he had to. He was in office during a tough time for America. Blaming him for anything is horribly wrong. I assure you he will go down as better president than Obama will.

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