Bush Outlines “Wish List” Legacy In New Memo

Bush Outlines “Wish List” Legacy In New Memo


I couldn’t make this stuff up if I tried.

But after 8 years of being told half truths, who will believe any of this…especially now that word has leaked that these are just talking points?

From LA Times:

A two-page memo that has been sent to Cabinet members and other high-ranking officials offers a guide for discussing Bush’s eight-year tenure during their public speeches.

Titled “Speech Topper on the Bush Record,” the talking points state that Bush “kept the American people safe” after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, lifted the economy after 2001 through tax cuts, curbed AIDS in Africa and maintained “the honor and the dignity of his office.”

The document presents the Bush record as an unalloyed success.

It mentions none of the episodes that detractors say have marred his presidency: the collapse of the housing market and major financial services companies, the flawed intelligence in the run-up to the Iraq war, the federal response to Hurricane Katrina or the abuse of prisoners at Abu Ghraib.

In a section on the economy, speakers are invited to say that Bush cut taxes after 2001, setting the stage for years of job growth.

As for the current economic crisis, the memo says that Bush “responded with bold measures to prevent an economic meltdown.”

Let me take a moment and say that Bush does deserve credit for helping reduce the spread of HIV in Africa. For that he should definitely be commended.

But as for the rest…this is actually what he wants people to say? He really wants people to come out and be rosy and bright for a guy who has an approval rating in the 20s and a massive economic collapse looming? REALLY?????!!?!!?

Maybe the fact that this memo leaked in the first place is somebody’s way of telling him, “Sure, I’ll say it, but I’m going to let everybody know you asked me to say it.”

Moving on…

  • gerryf


  • jm

    Bush shouldn’t get credit for the HIV thing. That was purely a product of the ONE campaign. Basicly, a bunch of actors got together and they were like “we don’t want your money, we just need your voice.” and got alllllll these signatures and petitions to Bush to pledge some money to africa. So then Bush saw this, and was like, why the heck not? And sent money. So then he got credit for all the work that everyone did to convince him to sign a piece of paper

  • http://rewinn.blogspot.com rewinn

    Fighting AIDS in Africa: worth concept but Bush didn’t do it. He offered taxpayer money to pay for overpriced drugs, basically enriching his Big Pharma buddies using AIDS victims as poster children. Bush’s opposition to condoms just made the problem worse; OTOH it created more AIDS victims for Big Pharma to sell to, so at least someone is happy.

    But the post’s basic point is solid: Bush’s legacy speaking points are at best comical.

  • JeffF

    “Let me take a moment and say that Bush does deserve credit for helping reduce the spread of HIV in Africa. For that he should definitely be commended.”

    From what I have heard and read he deserves credit for improving *treatment* of AIDS in Africa, but not for reducing the *spread*. Religious ideology required that abstinence only be the rule of the day and put up roadblocks to preventing spread through prostitution. Funding was increased but ideological strings were attached with the result that prevention effectiveness stayed about the same.

  • k. otik

    “Let me take a moment and say that Bush does deserve credit for helping reduce the spread of HIV in Africa.”

    No, he didn’t. He may have given money for HIV/AIDS drugs, but he does not give funding to any group that promotes the use of condoms. If he spent even 10% of the money he spends on drugs on condoms, he’d actually be preventing the spread of HIV.