Tales from the Trail

Obama says Bush “a good guy”

January 17, 2009

BUSH/PHILADELPHIA – Barack Obama, who pilloried his soon-to-be predecessor’s policies during two years on the campaign trail, said Friday that George W. Bush is a good guy.

“If you look at my statements throughout the campaign, I always thought he was a good guy,” the Democratic president-elect said on CNN about the Republican president whom he replaces Tuesday.

“I mean, I think personally he is a good man who loves his family and loves his country. And I think he made the best decisions that he could at times under some very difficult circumstances.”

Best decisions he could? Obama lambasted Bush on the campaign trail for his decisions on a wide range of issues, including the Iraq war, financial regulation, climate change and the treatment of prisoners.

Obama made reference to those, too.

“Over the last several years, we have made a series of bad choices and we are now going to be inheriting the consequences of a lot of those bad choices,” the president-elect said.

“That does not mean that I think he’s not a good person. And his White House staff has done an extraordinary job in working with us for a smooth transition.”

Photo credit: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque (Obama, Bush at Oval Office meeeting with former presidents)

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What a hypocrite Obama is.

Posted by JoeCollins | Report as abusive
 

As a man, I agree with Obama, that Pres. Bush is a good man in a way that he loves his family and his country and has been trying hard to make good decisions for the goodness of the American people. But most of decisions are so aggressive (in protecting American from any threats) that he isolated the U.S. from the International community.

 

Obama disagrees with Bush’s policies, but he declines to make personal attacks on his character. Why is that so hard to understand? If all politicians behaved this way, they would get more done, rather than wasting time fighting with each other about things that don’t matter.

Posted by Michael D | Report as abusive
 

It doesn’t looks like hypocrisy to me

Posted by SCW | Report as abusive
 

Politics is ugly and they often say things on the campaign trail that they don’t really mean. They just do that because they think we are all idiots and can tell us anything and we will believe them. And most do. You got what you deserved.

Posted by Jamie | Report as abusive
 

We will soon see how Obama measures up to the the ongoing terrorist threat. Bush is right, and there is no way anyone can say it isn’t true, there are people who want to kill us.

Pacifism is not the answer. Democrats often make that mistake to our peril.

Posted by TC | Report as abusive
 

I come from Malta (an island in the Mediterranean region, now in the EU). I want to publicly thank Pres. G. W. Bush for his prominent and aggressive stand against terrorism. Worldwide terrorism is very real and if America does not act, who will? The UN? It has become the biggest ‘farse’ of last century. I firmly believe that if America (Bush) did not stop Iraq (Hussein), from occupying Kuwait, more countries were going to be next. It definetely was not going to stop in Kuwait. So once again, thank you President Bush. I believe history shall be much more lenient and fair with your legacy.

Posted by CATherine | Report as abusive
 

G. Bush may be a good family man and possably a good person alltogether but that doesn’t absolve him of what he and his administration has done to this country. We are a breath away from the greatest depression since the birth of this nation. He could care less about the average person who just lost their job because he and all of his upperclassmen have no idea as to what it is like to actually work for a living. He has the impression that rolling up his sleeves puts him in the same class as the working people of this nation. He is a JOKE. He is the reason why so many people have put all of their hope in Obama. Unfortunately all of the speeches Obama has given will not correct the economic dilema we fine ourselves in. Spending more money without cutting pork barrel projects will only put us in a deeper hole. There is no easy and quick fix for the dire situation Bush has put us in. We may never get out of this situation unless we start a world war and war is where we are headed whether we can affort it or not.

Posted by Emile | Report as abusive
 

Obama shows that he is a true gentleman by not attacking the President personally. What does anyone else expect him to do? We all can see how truly ignorant the President is just by watching his press conferences. They are a joke. It’s a shame that Obama has inherited the mess that Bush has left behind.I wish him all the luck in the world.

Posted by Kim | Report as abusive
 

Chavez said Obama had the stench of Bush, Did anyone teach this world leader the birds and the bees? Obama is married correct? So Chavez maybe right. Mr Chavez should stick to being a 3rd world thug or maybe get into the cologne business , that may do away the stench of Bush. Jeez is that all that guy has on his mind?

He is a weird one.

 

To Catherine from Malta:

Just to clarify, it was President George H.W. Bush, the current president’s father, who prevented Saddam Hussein’s takeover of Kuwait back in 1990 and 1991. That operation (known as the Persian Gulf War) is now widely regarded as having been a success (even though Saddam was not removed from power, which could have resulted in the quagmire that we see today). The current Iraq War had no origin in an attempt to prevent Saddam from invading Kuwait, but instead in George W. Bush’s delusion that Saddam had weapons of mass destruction (which may or may not have simply been a justification to finish what he saw as family business). Unfortunately for the younger Bush, his legacy will probably not be looked upon favorably, because history is rarely written with leniency.

Posted by Geoff | Report as abusive
 

What a good man Obama is

Posted by Geoff | Report as abusive
 

Actually history will likely show Bush did the right things in most of his decisions. It is easy to take what the media says and spout out their jargon as though it is your original thought, but take a step back, no wait. Sit back, watch and you will see Bush go down as a good president.

It doesn’t matter if you agree with me or not. You can’t say he will be rated any less because the test of time has not played out.

Posted by TC | Report as abusive
 

Barack Obama does not appear to be anything other than a lawyer following a career path.

 

Barack Obama does not appear to be anything other than a lawyer following a career path.
- Posted by Mike.— You got that right mike.

Obarma is a chameleon. It doesn’t matter what colour He is he can change it in a flash. just note what this man has said and listen to what he now says.

Posted by Nev McLauchlan | Report as abusive
 

Obama is right, Bush is a good guy, but you should know that there are differences between a good guy and a good President.

 

Talking about Chavez, this guy is always looking for any attention the public or the nedia will give him. His country is having problem as well, which he really needs to concentrate on. Chavez is just a cry baby, bully and a dictator wanna be.

 

Obama is showing us already what a fine diplomat he is. I wrote letters and letters to my Senators and Congressman begging for impeachment for years, to prevent the harm being done. My Senators told me they were on my side, but impeachment must begin in the House. My Congressman wrote me he had made “pledge” with Nancy Pelosi, that impeachment would be tabled, shelved. When I wrote back saying that neither Pelosi nor my my Congressman had any legal right to make such a pledge, I received the same form letter back.
If Obama cannot be a diplomat, not only abroad, but in his own country, then we don’t have a president. And diplomacy is not synonymous with Kissinger or any other “diplomats” seeking their own gain v. overlooking the things that do not matter. William James, an interesting fellow, sometimes insightful and sometimes a typically mistaken intellectual of his times made this wise statement I’ve been trying to incorporate into my own life: “The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.”
What can Obama do about PREVENTING the harm Bush has done NOW?….labeling him as evil would be a bad step for the much needed unity in the country. Much more important for Obama NOW is to quietly give up the presidential powers Bush filched from the other powers of government, to show what kind of President HE will be. If the Senate wants to hold hearings of wrongdoings, the Senate can do so, we certainly know it’s not going to come from the House. Obama has serious puzzle-solving and leading to do, too much to engage in childish banter that would be divisive.
I am no fan of W.’s, but Obama’s statements are harmless doses of balm to soothe the divided country’s wounds, not policy. We should follow in Obama’s footsteps and avoid childish banter that will bring divisiveness. Obama, rather is reaching for genuine unity.

Posted by Laurie Anne | Report as abusive
 

Hello Geoff….WAKE UP MAN!!! It may have looked like unfinished family business. During that time on CNN, before we attacked Irag, I saw satellite photo after satellite photo of flatbed trucks hauling off missles from bunkers hidden in the desert. The housing the weapons inspectors HAD to stay in was later found to be bugged so Saddam could have information as where the inspectors would head next so he could haul off the weapons!! When the inspectors talked amoungest themselves away from the housing, Saddam didn’t know where they were heading and continually kicked them out…remember that fiasco?
I remember right after September 11th, Bush went on TV and asked the public what WE wanted him to do. The public spoke and he took action, result, 89% approval rating. He asked us to stick with him during the long haul, and the public turned their back on him. The public chenged their mind after promising to hang in there with him…Shame on us. He was just doing what WE told him to do…protect us from further attacks….Have there been any since then…NO Geoff!…He held up he part of the bargain, WE didn’t.
CATherine fromMalta is right!If wehadn’t stopped Saddam in his tracks, the madman that he is and so were his two sons, he would have threatened more areas than we could shake a bayonette at. The new administration coming DOES have their job cut out for them and I truly hope they can make the “Change” they have been mouthing about and it doesn’t just wind up being a bill of goods they have sold us.

Posted by BigCat | Report as abusive
 

Blaming Bush for the economic crisis is wrong. Since 2003, as reported in the New York Times, Bush warned congress of the potential disaster with sub prime mortgages. Congress ignored his calls for greater regulation. Nobody complained about the economy until Democrats gained control of congress in 2006. They did nothing when things began to crumble. So, don’t blame Bush.

Posted by Sigmond | Report as abusive
 

Congress has to vote. Without approval from Congress the President can’t get anything done. We went into Iraq by Congress’s hand!

Our financial crisis started many years ago before Bush’s terms. The regulation demanding banks to loan to people unqualified to re-pay the loan is crazy & was started 30 years ago. Ten years ago they started credit default swaps(before Bush). Bush presented information to congress to discourage the direction we were headed with Fannie & Freddie in 2001-03. Congress did not act in our best interest. Bush made mistakes, as all leaders do. There is plenty of blame to go around. Pork Barrel spending is included as usual in our new congress. Nothing changed or will change until we vote out ALL the incumbents. Start in 2010. The few that our good will suffer with the bad.

Bill Clinton signed for regime change in Iraq. Enron was all set to do business with Gore on carbon credits. Bush wasn’t “attached” to Enron. A bunch of crooks from Enron are involved in the current Wall Street debacle.

Anyone who thinks this mess was created in eight years hasn’t paid attention! The mushroom of government has been coming on for 50 years. The Taxpayers are being squeezed paying for more government. Our manufacturing jobs went overseas. We can’t support our economy with service jobs!
We should be drilling for oil here, building nuclear plants, using Cleaner coal, natural gas, geothermal in the west, wind, & solar-first order now should be to become energy independent. Wind, solar & light bulbs alone won’t do it.
Wake up America.

Posted by Queen Beene | Report as abusive
 

what you are saying is true sigmond,but people are not interested.truth is not on an issue,because people want to believe what they want to believe.the day bush entered office he was the bad guy.they same hatred was directed at sarah palin.it.s their idealism, do,nt agree with their agenda,then rational goes out the window,and then the attacks start.

Posted by brian lee | Report as abusive
 

Obama, the Democrats and the lapdog media ( which includes Reuters ) have spent the last eight years trying to destroy George Bush. Obama knows that he needs to continue some of Bush’s policies that are going to be unpopular with his more deranged supporters, including the press. He is trying to persuade his opponents that he isn’t really a bad type in spite of the campaign.

Sorry, no sale.

At noon eastern standard time on tuesday the Democrats will be totally responsible for the next two years. And many of us will spend our time reminding everyone who will listen of the lies, distortions and fables.

 

W never made negative statements against Clinton nor Obama. In fact NO president to my knowledge openly dissed the next guy coming in. So to make Obama seem soooo noble sounds ridiculous and patronizing, like you expected him to sound like an ignorant thug or worse.

Posted by RM | Report as abusive
 

obama worse than lawyer he is a politician which is worse than a car dealer

Posted by louis | Report as abusive
 

Obama is a blatant liar and his supporters deluded fools. It wouldn’t be humanly possible for me to hold the Democrat Party in greater contempt. Blago, Jefferson, Emanuel, Clinton…this is the real culture of corruption in American politics, and it’s aided and abetted in full measure by the majority of the MSM. It will be a great day in America when the NYT goes bankrupt. I’m looking forward to it.

Posted by mac | Report as abusive
 

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

Except for his skin color and mesmerizing voice.

Posted by OSweet | Report as abusive
 

George W Bush Jr., a ” good guy” to have a beer with, but a horrible President who invaded two countries & ignored Global Warming for eight years..Jr. probably should be tried for War Crimes but most likely will spend the rest of his life living the good life in Texas..Obama will be wading into a total mess the neo-conservative Republicans have left the country in!

Posted by Jeff Pine | Report as abusive
 

That’s a matter of opinion. Actually, Bush was right on all your points.

BTW, rather than hating him, you should be thankful he kept you safe and free in order for you to write your diatribe.

Posted by TC | Report as abusive
 

It actually isn’t Jr. as his father is George Herbert Walker Bush and the soon to be former president’s name is George Walker Bush. Looks like you both should go back to school and learn something while your there.

Posted by Jeremy | Report as abusive
 

i do hope that obama is the leader that many people say he is,although there at no evidence at this point ,but a lot of wishful thinking.it will be difficult for any true valuation because he will be surrounded by the obliging press.we saw the same hero worship in the sixties and it was rumored that a lot of the time the guy was hiding under the desk, but like the other stuff did,nt get out.anyway for the next four years, bushes fault.

Posted by brian lee | Report as abusive
 

Bush was one of the greatest presidents regardless of how the left rails on him. Leaders rub nerves raw of friends and foes alike.that’s why you’re a follower, it’s easy to snip and snipe-you take the way of the follower(the easy road)…..Leaders lead,regardless.

 

We went from one administration to another, and we are seeing two totally different ideologies.
We see how President Bush protected us from terrorists-
and now we see how the new administration would rather we refrain from usage of the word terrorists.
We will see how we will be protected in the future.
As someone who was directly affected by 9/11- I SAY THANKS TO PRESIDENT AND MRS BUSH. YOU TOOK ALOT OF FLACK FROM A MEAN MEDIA.
THANK YOU.

Posted by Lerine | Report as abusive
 

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