8 Years of Dubya

USAIt's hard to believe it's already been eight years since Governor Dubya delivered remarks at the Republican National Convention.

Here are a few gems from that fine day in August 2000:

  • I am proud to have Dick Cheney by my side. He is a man -- he is a man of integrity and sound judgment who has proven that public service can be noble service.
  • America has a strong economy and a surplus.
  • Tonight in this hall, we resolve to be the party of -- not of repose but of reform. We will write not footnotes but chapters in the American story. We will add the work of our hands to the inheritance of our fathers and mothers and leave this nation greater than we found it.
  • Social Security has been called the third rail of American politics, the one you're not supposed to touch because it might shock you. But if you don't touch it, you cannot fix it. And I intend to fix it.
  • I will use this moment of opportunity to bring common sense and fairness to the tax code. And I will act on principle. On principle, every family, every farmer and small-business person should be free to pass on their life's work to those they love, so we will abolish the death tax.
  • A generation shaped by Vietnam must remember the lessons of Vietnam: When America uses force in the world, the cause must be just, the goal must be clear, and the victory must be overwhelming.
  • If you give me your trust, I will honor it.
  • We will give low-income Americans tax credits to buy the private health insurance they need and deserve.
  • So when I put my hand on the Bible, I will swear to not only uphold the laws of our land, I will swear to uphold the honor and dignity of the office to which I have been elected, so help me God.

He did plenty of Clinton bashing as well. Survey results from Gallup. The question: "In general, are you satisfied or dissatisfied with the way things are going in the United States at this time?"

  • December, 2000: 51% satisfied
  • June, 2008: 14% satisfied

(via The J-Walk Blog)

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Ajax Mike

He got one part right, about adding chapters to US History, not footnotes...

August 3, 2008 @ 2:52 PM

Buffalo Boy Mike

I have no more to say about the man, he can't be gone soon enough and the 14% that still support him and his administration can go with him.

August 3, 2008 @ 6:10 PM


It's sad that of the 10 years I'll have spent here in the US, I'll have lived through all 8 of the GWB regime.

August 4, 2008 @ 12:35 AM


It's so easy to insult politicians for a variety of reasons.

Bush, however, deserves every insult he receives. I hate him and everything about him.

It's upsetting to know we live in an age with an electoral forum where the most powerful country in the world can be run by a figure such as this!

I would have taken Dukakis over Bush!!!

I'd say good luck to Obama but following that act... he really doesn't need it!!

August 4, 2008 @ 7:04 PM


After 4 years of Obama, Americans and Canadians will realize Bush wasn’t so bad after all.

Taxes will increase, more business will fail, the economy will worsen and our continent will be a much greater target for terrorists. Just watch.

As well under Obama, the scary nations of China and Russia will flourish because of weak leadership in the oval office.

August 5, 2008 @ 11:08 AM

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