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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
Dave June 12, 2009, 11:40 PM

I think President Bush was sincere in his efforts. I don’t really blame him for the slow moving disaster of his presidency, other than in his refusal to stop the damage that ideologues were doing in his name. He was simply never up to the job, as his personal history clearly showed prior to his election. The system that selected him and then elected him has to bear the brunt of the responsibility - if you vote for image, slogans and so called “values” (= talking about god a lot) we get what we deserve. Party politics aside, there was almost nothing this mob did that did not fail badly. We need to look carefully at ourselves to see what our public’s role is in promoting people beyond their abilities because they tell us what we want to hear. For the record, I am a McCain Republican.

Rjabspuv June 27, 2009, 7:26 PM

QDAPoE comment2 ,

Carlitos August 27, 2009, 6:59 PM

Tim, I agree, give Obama a year and see how he measures up to GW.

andrew taylor September 14, 2009, 10:12 AM

From a uk resident, now maybe the USA and the world can start to get a bit of self respect back.

Jon Carlson September 25, 2009, 7:26 PM

9/11 And Hawaii Lies
Made A President

US PATRIOT October 2, 2009, 5:11 PM

I look through these posts and a see a bunch of messages like “respect Bush” and this and that. President or no president, respect needs to be earned. I think it is fair game to hold Obama accountable for his decisions but is a little childish to simply disrespect him based on others lack of respect of GWB. Especially since Bush gave us more then enough reasons to dislike him.

I am a liberal and I consider myself a true patriot of this country BECAUSE I opposed Bush. We talk about Obama and “socialism” when most of the people who are saying this don’t even know what socialism is. What about the patriot act??? How much sense does it make too say that we are suspending freedoms to protect it. What about innocent until proven guilty and the core values of America which he pissed all over? You talk about your supporting the constitution which is all fine and good, but when you use Bush as a beacon of light, it really diminishes your argument and discredits you.

kensin January 9, 2010, 2:37 PM

You americans are so stupid, plz continue searching for answers concerning 9/11.
You guys are being laughed at around the world for letting that happen.

greetz from the old world!

muhamad aman hassan March 5, 2010, 4:06 AM

iam living inethiopia and wish to be your member and any information from you

Anonymous May 21, 2010, 1:50 PM

your liberal opinons of this wonderful President sickens me. hopefully he has soon to put you out of a job

Anonymous July 30, 2010, 9:15 PM

What do you think about your Uber-Popular president now? He has already been named the worst president in U.S history.

indian September 16, 2010, 4:27 AM

I don’t care if Bush was not popular, or his IQ was lowest amongst all presedents but what i know is that, this guy was real serious about counter terrorism and how to deal with it…see what Obama is doing? making friends with all same counties who endanger US??? i wish we had such PMs/presidents!!!

Galen Birner  October 27, 2010, 9:00 AM

geogre w bush is the best fricken person on the world

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