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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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Ron February 20, 2009, 10:45 PM

“The holdouts are two Justice Department appointees who didn’t get the memo that they’re boss left town.”

It should be “their” not “they’re”. Now if we apply the same logic against you, that you applied to Bush, we can all tell that you’re a complete moron!

Ron February 20, 2009, 10:45 PM

“The holdouts are two Justice Department appointees who didn’t get the memo that they’re boss left town.”

It should be “their” not “they’re”. Now if we apply the same logic against you, that you applied to Bush, we can all tell that you’re a complete moron!

Tony February 25, 2009, 2:50 AM

Gee. I feel sorry for all you have this notion of what socialism is. Watched a doc the other night by Alexandra Pelosi interviewing voters along the Mcain campaign trail. It shows one clip of her asking someone who’s holding a “no to socialism” poster but when asked him what socialism is, he couldn’t come up with a definition. Huh..go figure. If any of you ever get into an accident and have no health insurance, I’ll bet you wouldn’t balk at the notion of accepting government assistance to get you through the medical costs and rough times. Bush was never the president. He was a puppet of others and ensured he and buddies came out of this administration with money to burn. Clearly, his inability to speak any resemblance of proper english and his inferior intelligence would attest to that. Come on, torture in order to gain intel? Completely against international law and should be investigated and tried accordingly. What’s he doing now you ask? Probably shaking in his boots. A heartfelt good luck to all Americans in getting through the pitiful legacy he’s left behind. And I’m not a US citizen either.

Scott February 25, 2009, 9:03 AM

What is wrong with you people? It’s incredible that you can ignore the incredibly horrible and what’s maybe worse, the incredibly stupid decisions he made. He lied repeatedly about the US decision to attack Iraq when it’s been shown he knew the truth, he lied about Haliburton, he let an entire city drown on his watch and blamed someone else, and he continues to point the finger at someone else every time the piper comes to call, and he’s sent thousands of people to their death while lying about the reason to do so. You idiots are the same, you point fingers and refuse to admit when you’re wrong. Accountability is a sign of character, which is the main difference between the new guy and the joke of a president that is finally gone. And do any of you have any idea what is happening in the rest of the world? Do you have any idea what Carter has done to promote peace and trade in other countries? Obviously not. And what makes you idiots think that history is going to be gracious to Bush? He singlehandedly took the country from the best position it’s ever been in, economically, fiscally, and globally, and ruined the economy perhaps beyond repair, destroyed the tenuous reputation that American’s have had in the world, and because of China buying off the US debt. and Bush ignoring their human rights and bad trade record, has given the one country in the world the money to completely update it’s navy and modernize it’s army. How about this, what has he done that’s done the country any good? Anyone?

A.C.B. February 25, 2009, 1:28 PM

It goes without saying we are in trouble as a nation. It’s too late to wonder who or what if? President Obama is our leader and I think he is already planning his re-election. I think he will do everything he says he will do or at least try. He has to prove himself now and prove that he was elected on his policies and convictions and that he can deliver what he promised. I don’t think it will be easy for him but I do hope that he surrounds himself with brillant people who want to see him and the country succeed. If not for us for our children and our grandchildren. Eveyone needs to make there agenda his agenda and help find every penny that is being spent needlessly. Every program that does not produce or deliver what it was intended to deliver eliminated. Create new policy and new programs and than put people in place to watch over these policies and programs, state, state officials, anyone and everyone to make sure the money goes where it is intended and have people to go back to the President and say ” we need to stop this spending because it is not working” and go back to the drawing board and come up with something different that does work before all the money is gone and it is too late. And pray we all can hold firm, accept change that we all might have to eat soup and stews for a while until things get better.

I for one have to believe !

Jed204 February 26, 2009, 1:02 PM


Justin Hoffmann March 12, 2009, 5:45 PM

I think this is an informative article, after all, the american people deserve to have some idea of what the person who lead the country for 8 years is doing with his life, as well as the people who helped him. Popular or unpopular as he is, i think we have this right.

Justin Hoffmann March 12, 2009, 5:45 PM

I think this is an informative article, after all, the american people deserve to have some idea of what the person who lead the country for 8 years is doing with his life, as well as the people who helped him. Popular or unpopular as he is, i think we have this right.

christian March 13, 2009, 3:55 PM

people need to support our leaders not constantly bad mouth them to the world we need to support each other and our country its good to have criticism that can be useful but those people who seem the need to say that someone should be shot need to grow up
remember that our president has checks and balances so that its not just his decision

Jason  March 27, 2009, 9:33 PM

In response to Craig G’s response on 2/16/09

I just can’t believe you could think such a thing. You, and the people on here that support George Bush, are extremely naive. With as many high level politicians, military commanders, lawyers, scientists, ect… that have ALREADY called his bluff, History will surely uncover MUCH more of the atrocities that him, Cheney, Rumsfield, Rove …and the list goes on & on..have commited over the years. People, this stuff has been going on for years, it’s time to take the blinders off!!!

Jennifer April 9, 2009, 2:10 AM

Many of you so soon forget 911. President Bush kept us safe from another attack for the rest of us his term! If anything, he deserves our repect for that. If you can do better maybe you should….run for your districts. Be a Mayor of a town or a Gov’ of a state. Most of you will complain just for the sake of it. It’s embarrassing as a fellow American. I say GOD Bless all the Presidents including our current President Obama. May he keep us safe for however long he is President. Grow up America! Stop looking for someone to blame all the time, what are we 5?

dUdE from Up North April 14, 2009, 1:20 PM

I am not an American…but the way I read the comments here was exactly how Americans can be described….American people have a big problems…”sick mind”….

Joe T. April 17, 2009, 4:36 AM

Jimmy Carter by far was the worst president EVER! When you buy something at a store and it says made in CHINA you can thank Jimmy for that. If he would have had another 4 years he would have destroyed everthing the USA stands for. I use to be a democRAT but I always voted Republican. President Reagan showed me the light and now I’m a proud REPUBLICAN. I live in rep. John P. Murtha district and he has done NOTHING for the people in PA. He brings in people to work in our area from other countries and doesn’t care about the people in his home town.

Dekkard April 19, 2009, 8:36 AM

Bush was the worst President in American History. He was not well enough educated for a President, he had the wrong People around him, there is an endless list of simply dumb desicions he made, he was arrogant in everything he did, he had bad manners, the whole world laughed at him - or feared the weapons he used against them. He is a war criminal.
I wish the USA all the luck in the World to face this Crisis that was caused by this man, and that affects the whole world. And I guarantee you Tim, he WILL go down as the worst President EVER. Obama has to clean up the mess he caused…

Rob May 7, 2009, 11:40 PM

bush was a joke every thing was fine till he got into office we where ahead now where gonna pay for everything he has screwed up for the next 50 years, i think we should keep good presidents, Even if they fool around on there wife.

J. May 9, 2009, 9:26 PM

Sorry. A president who has trouble pronouncing words with more than three syllables or finishing sentences that weren’t written for him is horrible. Leader of the free world and yet can’t speak worth a damn. Now Obama? That man is GOOD, and even better unscripted. Got the chance to see him speak live to a small group. THAT man deserves the title. And the rest of the world’s leaders are giving him a chance too.

Bill May 17, 2009, 6:41 PM

J, what a moron or more fitting, what a product of your society. In the event you havn’t watched a speach the guy you voted for has given, he can’t even write his own stuff! All of his speaches are on a teleprompter and if there is a misprompt, well he reads it. For the author a former comment, “who’s the puppet?” I support this country and our President. I supported it with George and Bill too. I suggest all you Bush/Republican haters quit wasting your time looking for someone to blame for your poor lack of skills or judgement when it comes to the financial mess you may find yourself in and help look for an answer to OUR problems. I don’t really feel like free healthcare and more stimulus will solve the problem.

Mateo May 18, 2009, 3:53 PM

Who are you to blame F.P Bush… He was a president and you were a civilian… Presidents have a tough job.. Sure he led us to tough times… Well I want to see you taking incharge of the Country….. Have you seen pictures of Presidents before and after… During their campaign they start with black hair and when they become president they already have white hair… Being a president is tough and we shouldn’t be saying stuff. We are humans… and atleast they have the gutts to run for president to educate themselves…

All I ask is we need to respect former and current presidents

Mateo May 18, 2009, 3:57 PM

F.P stands for former president

Brooklyn New York May 20, 2009, 3:46 AM

9/11 was an inside job. Watch the charges go off in slow motion so it tumbles so neatly. Whys the hole in the side of the pentagon not nearly the size of the supposed object that hit it. Why were the light poles during the landing skid into the pentagon not ripped out by the wingspan of a fairly big plane. It don’t make sense…… just don’t and i’m not even a political person but i had to sound off here…..I can get into much more here but it will probably make me sick to my stomach. If someone has a reasonable explanation for any of my words please sound off Mr or, etc Conservative….LETS HEAR IT

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