President Bush’s Farewell Address (with honesty imbedded for your reading pleasure) Part 1

January 16, 2009 · Filed Under Barack Obama, George W. Bush 
 Note: I was able to get the transcripts with the President’s truth bubble parentheses ( ) still included
Fellow citizens: For eight years, it has been my honor (and your curse) to serve as your President (what were you thinking?). The first decade of this new century has been a period of consequence (my presidency being the worst) - a time set apart. Tonight, with a thankful heart (though not near as thankful as you are that this is the last speech of mine you’ll have to suffer through), I have asked for a final opportunity to share some thoughts (and pure bullshit) on the journey we have traveled together and the future of our Nation (unbelievably still left standing after my two horrific lack o’leadership).

Five days from now (even though you’d like it sooner), the world will witness the vitality of American democracy (back from the dead). In a tradition dating back to our founding, the presidency will pass to a successor chosen by you, the American people (as opposed to the one chosen by the Supreme Court).

Standing on the steps of the Capitol will be a man whose story reflects the enduring promise of our land. This is a moment (I thought he’d be in charge for at least 4 years) of hope and pride (as opposed to suffering and embarrassment) for our whole Nation. And I join all Americans in offering best wishes to President-elect Obama, his wife Michelle, and their two beautiful girls (they’re black you know).

Tonight I am filled with gratitude - to Vice President Cheney (for handling everything) and members of the Administration (who I hope won’t be writing too many books about the truth of their time with me); to Laura, who brought joy to this house and love to my life (and who I haven’t seen naked in the past 8 years); to our wonderful daughters, Barbara and Jenna (who too many have seen naked); to my parents, whose examples have provided strength for a lifetime (especially Mom’s compassionate observation of Kartina’s refugees holed up in the Astrodome: “So many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway, so this is working very well for them.”)

And above all, I thank the American people for the trust you have given me (which I threw right into the crapper). I thank you for the prayers that have lifted my spirits (especially when I imbibed in them). And I thank you for the countless acts of courage, generosity, and grace that I have witnessed (though was incapable of actually doing myself) these past eight years.

This evening, my thoughts return to the first night I addressed you from this house - September 11, 2001 (You know, about a month before Condaleeza and I heard it was being planned). That morning, terrorists took nearly 3,000 lives (about a hundred thousand less than perished from my disastrous decisions) in the worst attack (other than my presidency) on America since Pearl Harbor. I remember standing in the rubble of the World Trade Center three days later, surrounded by rescuers who had been working around the clock. I remember talking to brave souls who charged through smoke-filled corridors at the Pentagon and to husbands and wives whose loved ones became heroes aboard Flight 93. I remember Arlene Howard, who gave me her fallen son’s police shield as a reminder of all that was lost. And I still carry his badge. (And I remember how I told you I would give up golf - which I gave up a month later - to commiserate with those who were grieving over their loved one’s lives).

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Comments

5 Responses to “President Bush’s Farewell Address (with honesty imbedded for your reading pleasure) Part 1”

  1. Joe' Bama on January 16th, 2009 3:03 pm

    Wonderful article. You nailed it. Whenever I listen to him, I hear him just like you wrote.

  2. ALinSTL on January 16th, 2009 6:38 pm

    WE CAN’T ALLOW HIM & HIS ILK TO GET AWAY SCOTT FREE. WE HAVE LAWS & THEY MUST BE USED TO THEIR FULLEST CAPACITY. WE NEED TO RIGHT ALL OF HIS PAST & HIS FUTURE CRIMES (CONSIDERING ALL HIS MIDNIGHT REGULATIONS THAT WILL HELP DESTROY AMERICA MORE THAN ANY OTHER OF OUR ENEMIES, PAST & PRESENT). HE & ALL HIS GANG MUST BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE, IN COURT, FOR HIS CRIMES. HE & THEIR ACTIONS SHOW US WHAT A “TRUE” REPUBLICAN IS…SCUM OF THE EARTH.

  3. Youngin on January 16th, 2009 11:23 pm

    I’m just thinking about the return of ‘Lost’ next week- “The George Bush Presidency revisited”

    Come on..show some luv people..come on!

  4. 1PissedOffLady on January 16th, 2009 11:50 pm

    Ooooo. I love it when you talk subliminal!

  5. Marie on January 23rd, 2009 2:32 pm

    ALinSTL, you are an ignorant american and that’s why this country is going to hell because of illiterate, ignorant people like you.

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