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By Michael D. Shear
As he accepted the endorsement of former president George H. W. Bush, Sen. John McCain declared that he would be "honored" to campaign with the current President Bush during the upcoming campaign in the fall.

Asked whether he would offer Americans the choice of a third George Bush term, McCain said "I'd be honored to have President George Bush's support, his endorsement. and I'd be honored to be anywhere with him, under any circumstances."

McCain said he has some "different views" with the current president, but he said "I am proud of this president's strategy in Iraq. It is succeeding....We should start out this presidential debate by [Democrats] admitting they were wrong."

The elder Bush endorsed McCain this morning, offering the blessings of the Bush political dynasty on a man who once tried to deprive his son of the White House.

The former president had stayed neutral during the past year of primary battles, but heaped praise on McCain at a news conference in Houston. Standing next to McCain, Bush called him the best person for a world at war.

"In the coming election, we do not have the luxury of taking a pass on our unique role and responsibilities in the world," Bush said. "No one is better prepared to lead our nation in these trying times than Senator John. McCain."

Bush said McCain's character was "forged in the crucible of war" and he said he has "the right values and experience to guide our nation forward at this historic moment." As he finished his endorsement, he turned to McCain and said, "All yours."

The former president did not mention former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, who has vowed to continue fighting for the nomination despite badly trailing. But Bush seemed to be talking directly to Huckabeee as he described his own difficulty admitting defeat in his losing presidential bid in 1980.

"It can take a while for any candidate to read the handwriting on the wall," he said. "That certainly was true for me."

Bush's son, the current president Bush, has not formally endorsed McCain, but he has offered to help rally conservatives behind the Arizona senator once the nomination contest is finished.

McCain said he was"very proud" to have earned the support of the former president. He said Bush told him he hoped the endorsement would help to unite the Republican Party's various factions around his candidacy.

"He made it very clear that we as a party must unite and move forward and attract not only members of our own party but independents and the so-called Reagan Democrats," McCain said.

By Web Politics Editor  |  February 18, 2008; 11:10 AM ET
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Does anyone else notice how, at the end of a Bush family presidency, our economy is in a shambles? The Republicans say they will build our economy but they don't. They say they are against abortion but it is still legal. They say they are against "tax and spend" politics but are more than happy to borrow and spend. They ignore the health and welfare of our citizens at the expense of big business - big businesses that are only failing because of their lack of foresight and strategy.

Republicans claim to love America but are constantly trying to change it - they want to amend our Constitution to outlaw gay marriage, they want to change our Constitution to make English our sole language, to tear down our separation between church and state, they want to pretend that they are and always have been natives here, not the offspring of often illegal immigrants.

What happens to people to make them so selfish? To make them so stubborn and mean spirited? Do they learn this in Church? Do they learn it on Fox TV? Why do they hate America so much?

I can not imagine how anyone other than a corporation would vote Republican. That party DOES NOT have your interest at heart.

Posted by: martiniano | February 20, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Flip flop McCain - just like having a 3rd term for Bush and Cheney. It scares the bejesus out of me that this guy could wind up having access to "the button".

Posted by: rikkirat | February 20, 2008 8:54 AM | Report abuse

McCain = Four More Years.

Posted by: SarahBB | February 20, 2008 6:38 AM | Report abuse

So, McCain would like president Bush II to campaign with him? Oh, please do.

Posted by: StaggoLee | February 20, 2008 5:31 AM | Report abuse

His mother is 93, so don't count McCain out just yet. If Obama is the nominee, you guys better pray (or whatever it is you do) there is not another terrorist attack before the election.

Posted by: JakeD | February 19, 2008 8:06 AM | Report abuse

McCain looks so old and tired and worn out.
He has been alive for such a long time.
I hope that God will call him home soon.
He deserves it, and it looks like it is about his time to go.
Congratulations, John, on your well-deserved rest.
So long, old-timer.

Posted by: chasemonster | February 19, 2008 12:34 AM | Report abuse

Gary Coleman!! LMAO.. Thats good...

Posted by: zarlinga | February 18, 2008 11:18 PM | Report abuse

41 + 43 Hmmmm How old is McCain.. Look if the Bush's think this will help Ole John, Then I guess I'll still look at Huck. And then go to the other side for National, Obama looks better then a Bush Clone, Who Knows McCain might Put Jeb Bush as VP.. To help pave another Bush's way to the White House..

Posted by: zarlinga | February 18, 2008 11:17 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: braultrl | February 18, 2008 10:15 PM | Report abuse

when gary coleman endorses mccain, then i'll sit up and take notice.

Posted by: glenknowles | February 18, 2008 9:42 PM | Report abuse

The GOP is the party of the living dead. Here we have the spectacle of one zombie endorsing another. After the November election, the Republicans will have become nothing but a right-wing version of the Greens.

Posted by: H5N1 | February 18, 2008 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Hillary hopes you have forgotten. Have you????

Hillary Clinton has been telling America that she is the most qualified
candidate for president based on her "record," which she says includes
her eight years in the White House as First Lady - or "co-president" -
and her seven years in the Senate. Here is a reminder of what that
record includes:

1. As First Lady, Hillary assumed authority over healthcare reform, a
process that cost the taxpayers over $13 million. She told both Bill
Bradley and Pat Moynihan, key votes needed to pass her legislation, that
she would "demonize" anyone who opposed it. But it was opposed; she
couldn't even get it to a vote in a Congress controlled by her own
party. (And in the next election, her party lost control of both the
House and Senate.

2. Hillary assumed authority over selecting a female attorney general.
Her first two recommendations (Zoe Baird and Kimba Wood) were forced to
withdraw their names from consideration, and then she chose Janet Reno.
Janet Reno has since been described by Bill himself as "my worst mistake."

3. Hillary recommended Lani Guanier to head the Civil Rights Commission.
When Guanier's radical views became known, she had to withdraw her name.

4. Hillary recommended her former law partners, Web Hubbell, Vince
Foster, and William Kennedy for positions in the Justice Department,
White House staff, and the Treasury, respectively. Hubbell was later
imprisoned; Foster "committed suicide," and Kennedy was forced to resign.

5. Hillary also recommended a close friend of the Clintons, Craig
Livingstone, for the position of director of White House security. When
Livingstone was investigated for the improper access of up to 900 FBI
files of Clinton enemies (Filegate) and the widespread use of drugs by
the White House staff, both Hillary and her husband denied knowing him.
(FBI agent Dennis Sculimbrene confirmed in a Senate Judiciary Committee
in 1996 both the drug use and Hillary's involvement in hiring
Livingstone. After that, the FBI closed its White House Liaison Office,
after serving seven presidents for over 30 years.)

6. In order to open "slots" in the White House for her friends, the
Harry Thomasons (to whom millions of dollars in travel contracts could
be awarded), Hillary had the entire staff of the White House Travel
Office fired; they were reported to the FBI for "gross mismanagement"
and their reputations ruined. After a 30-month investigation, only one,
Billy Dale, was charged with a crime - mixing personal money with White
House funds when he cashed checks. The jury acquitted him in less than
two hours.

7. Another of Hillary's assumed duties was directing the "bimbo eruption
squad" and scandal defense; urging her husband not to settle the Paula
Jones lawsuit; refusing to release the Whitewater documents, which led
to the appointment of Ken Starr as Special Prosecutor after $80 million
of taxpayer money was spent. Starr's investigation led to Monica
Lewinsky, which led to Bill lying about and later admitting his affairs.

---- Then they had to settle with Paula Jones after all.

---- And Bill lost his law license for lying to the grand jury.

---- And Bill was impeached by the House.

---- And Hillary almost got herself indicted for perjury and obstruction
of justice (she avoided it mostly because she repeated, "I do not
recall," "I have no recollection," and "I don't know" 56 times under oath).

8. Hillary accepted the traditional First Lady's role of decorator of
the White House at Christmas, but in a unique Hillary way. In 1994, for
example, the First Lady's Tree in the Blue Room (the focal point each
year) was decorated with drug paraphernalia, sex toys, and pornographic
ornaments, all personally approved by Hillary as the invited artists'
depictions of the theme, "The Twelve Days of Christmas."

- Hillary wrote "It Takes a Village," demonstrating her Socialist viewpoint.

- Hillary decided to seek election to the Senate in a state she had
never lived in. Her husband pardoned FALN terrorists in order to get
Latino support and the New Square Hassidim to get Jewish support.
Hillary also had Bill pardon her brother's clients, for a small fee, to
get financial support.

- Then Hillary left the White House, but later had to return $200,000 in
White House furniture, china, and artwork she had stolen.

- In the campaign for the Senate, Hillary played the "woman card" by
portraying her opponent (Lazio) as a bully picking on her.

- Hillary's husband further protected her by asking the National
Archives to withhold from the public until 2012 many records of their
time in the White House, including much of Hillary's correspondence and
her calendars. (There are ongoing lawsuits to force the release of those

- As the junior Senator from New York, Hillary has passed no major
legislation. She has deferred to the senior Senator (Schumer) to tend to
the needs of New Yorkers, even on the hot issue of medical problems of
workers involved in the cleanup of Ground Zero after 9/11.

- Hillary's one notable vote, supporting the plan to invade Iraq, she
has since disavowed.

Quite a resume, isn't it? Sounds more like an organized crime family.

Make sure America remembers.

Hillary hopes you have forgotten. Have you????

Posted by: Cherrypicker | February 18, 2008 6:44 PM | Report abuse


to be endorsed by a bush is like finding a horses head in your bed in the morning.


as mister T would say, "i pity the fool that would have 41 and 43 endorse them... ya'd be a suckka! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA!"

Posted by: presGWBfanclub | February 18, 2008 6:31 PM | Report abuse

The real news is the abject collapse of the wacko right-wing conservative evagelicals. They can't find a single viable candidate to carry their standard in this election. Nobody wants to be identified with them. They have lost all credibility.

Posted by: smi2le | February 18, 2008 6:21 PM | Report abuse

the conservative christian wing of the republican party despise both the father and the son,party members feel that both used them and discarded them once elected.i believe the current president and his top political aides including karl rove often made fun of the angelical christians.i believe one of president bush's former adviser who left the white house and published this allegation in a book.the former president and his son's endorsement will not matter because they know that mccain will do the same.this wing actually despises mccain.

Posted by: ronaldtennillegeorgia1 | February 18, 2008 5:43 PM | Report abuse

"...mccain honors the son." Man, does that give me nightmares!!!!! "w" is a murderer, a war criminal, a liar, and a thief. That a jerk running for president could honor this despicable little piece of lifeform...aaah, what the hell. This country had best WAKE UP!!!!!!! It will pain me to no end, but if necessary I will vote for the disgusting hrc to keep this way-to-old super-warmonger out of office.

Posted by: kentigereyes | February 18, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Well I guess that means John gets Roger Clemen's endorsement also.

Posted by: hpclub | February 18, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

what foolish hypocrites the bushes are--
From Wikipedia,
"In the 2000 race Bush allied himself on stage with a marginal and controversial veterans activist named J. Thomas Burch, who accused McCain of having "abandoned the veterans" on POW/MIA and Agent Orange issues: "He came home from Vietnam and forgot us." Incensed, McCain ran ads accusing Bush of lying and comparing Bush to Bill Clinton, which Bush complained was "about as low a blow as you can give in a Republican primary." But that was not the worst. A mysterious semi-underground campaign began against McCain, delivered by push polls, faxes, e-mails, flyers, and the like, and comprising a series of smears: most famously, that he had fathered a black child out of wedlock (a hurtful reference to the McCains' dark-skinned daughter Bridget, adopted from Bangladesh, and thought to be an especially effective slur in a Deep South state where race was still central), but also that his wife Cindy was a drug addict, that he was a homosexual, that he was a "Manchurian Candidate" traitor or mentally unstable from his North Vietnam POW days."

Posted by: e9999999 | February 18, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Patrick...Right on.

There used to be a bus called "Straight Talk Express. On board was a brave American hero...John McCain. He would not bow down to the wingnuts that had taken over his party. They warmed up the swift boats, before they bore that name, and did a drive-by sliming. After being knifed in the back our hero was a shell of a man. He crawled back to Bob Jones and crawled up Falwell's mountain and vigorously licked their white leather jack-boots. He smiled his broken smile as he wiped the lick-spittle of misguided worship from his scarred chin. He now forces his broken body into painful contortions to please them and vows..."stay the course". They hate him all the more for the brave warrior he was and for the shambling creature he has become.

Posted by: willandjansdad1 | February 18, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

This is outright SCARY!!!!!!! Might as well leave the despicably evil "w"/DICKY regime in office for another four to eight years. This country does not need a way-to-old super warmonger jerk in office. Bring the troops home from Iraq and Afghanistan immediately and find some other issues to be stupid about. VOTE AGAINST mccain!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: kentigereyes | February 18, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

McCain lost the race the minute he climbed into bed with Farwell and all the GOP slime that did a hatchet job on him in 2000. Now all he's done is piss off Independents and any Dems who would have supported him.

Lets see how badly he screws up his pick for VP. You know it is going to have to be a conservative and Huckabee and Romney do not bring enough to the table.

Posted by: PatrickNYC1 | February 18, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Well McNut looks like death warmed over with one foot in the grave hopefully the other one will slip soon before the ill tempter old Senile fool can finish the job Jr. started in destroying this |Nation!

Posted by: american1 | February 18, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

"McCain May Be Bush's Ticket", E.J. Dionne, Jr., Washington Post, June 14, 2005, page A21

Posted by: Patriot3 | February 18, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

McNut,s reasons for Amnesty
McCain's God,s Children Argument!
Then there is they are all God,s children argument(Another McCain favor) well isn't everyone God,s children? If so then guess McCain is saying everyone and anyone has the right to Invade this Nation, waving their flags, demand their rights, while feasting at the trough of public welfare and Kill, Rape and Rob thousands of American citizens each year!

McCain's Lettuce Argument!
There's the "lettuce" argument -- we'll be paying $50/head (or starving)( McCain really likes this argument) if we don't have illegal aliens working in the fields. As Phil Martin, ag economist at UC Davis shows, the field labor cost in a $1 head of lettuce is about 6 cents. Triple those wages and Americans will do the jobs. (They're not career positions. They're seasonal jobs for young people, starting in the world of work. I have did similarly menial jobs.) And you'll be paying 10% more for lettuce and other produce. Do you spend $1,000/year on produce? OK, you'll pay $100 more.

The lettuce argument also parallels that for the retention of slavery.

Immigrant Argument!
There's the "everyone's an immigrant except for the 'Native Americans'" argument. Well, the American Indians didn't sprout from the land, they came across the Bering land bridge from Asia. So if the criterion is "You're an immigrant if you had an ancestor who immigrated here," then American Indians are immigrants, too.

In that case, "immigrant" is no longer a useful word, since Everyone's an immigrant.

Stole Southwest Argument!
There's the "the U.S. stole the southwest" argument. Well, the land in dispute was "owned" by Spain for a couple of centuries. Then by Mexico for about 25 years. During these periods, there weren't more than a few thousand Spaniards or Mexicans in the entire territory. It's been owned by the U.S. for about 160 years now, much longer than Mexico's reign. And the U.S. has actually done something with the land, made it habitable for tens of millions. As Robert Kaplan has described, the difference between American and Mexican "twin cities" straddling the border is like night and day, yet the land is obviously the same. It's not the dirt that's important, it's the people. Put another way, if culture didn't matter, Mexico and Central America would be paradise.

Illegal pay taxes Argument!

There's the "illegal aliens pay tons of taxes" argument. Sure, they all pay real estate taxes (in rent) and sales taxes (most states). Those working on the books (typically using stolen Social Security numbers) pay FICA and, perhaps, income taxes. But they're mostly ill-educated and low-skilled and pay very low taxes connected to their working -- in fact, most claim the Earned Income Tax Credit, i.e. negative income tax! If a family with both parents working has two kids in school, that's at least $15k/year just for schooling, way more than the taxes on, say, $35k/year aggregate income.

Robert Rector at the Heritage Foundation has done the systematic accounting on all this. A typical household headed by a low-skilled illegal alien is a net drain of about $20k/year for the rest of us, year after year. (Low-skilled Americans are a similar burden, but they're part of the national family, not gate crashers from other societies.)

Illegal Bad..Amnesty good Argument!

There's the "illegal immigration is bad, but make them citizens and problem solved" argument. Nope. If that were the case, legalizing (i.e. amnestying) the illegal aliens would solve the problem. But they'd still be (on average) low-skilled workers whose burden on the rest of us would continue. In fact, once legal they'd be able to access more public benefits programs, so their cost to the rest of us would actually rise substantially. In short, most of the problems of mass illegal immigration are shared by mass amnestying them.

The flood of immigrants drives wages and living conditions in our central cities toward those of the Third World.

- The influx imposes both sprawl and gridlock on our metropolitan areas.

- Immigrant families needing services overwhelm our schools, taxpayer-funded health care facilities, and other public agencies.

- Those requiring services don't assimilate and, instead, expect to be served in their native languages.

- American civic culture frays as each ethnic group establishes its own grievance lobby and pushes for preferences.

- Communicable diseases such as tuberculosis (new, drug-resistant strains) return.

- Shortages of water and other resources loom, especially in immigration-blitzed Southwest.

Most that come across our open borders come from countries where, Crime, Corruption, Poverty, Misery, Anti-education, and hate for Americans has existed for centuries and is normal. Should anyone be surprised they bring those same family values across the border with them?

Posted by: american1 | February 18, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

honners the sun and the hollly ghost , believe me it is a aghastly gooost. gaud what phoneys

Posted by: gitugumi | February 18, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

rommell does not want to be vice underb mcvain ,and we do not need either of them .

Posted by: gitugumi | February 18, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Get ready for Jeb as veep. See EJ Dionne's June 14, 2005, Washington Post article predicting this very scenario. The Bush royalty will use McCain as a placeholder for Jeb who could have had this nomination if frat boy brother hadn't fouled things up so much on his eight year watch. If you thought the first two Bushes were bad, wait until you get a load of the third one.

Posted by: Patriot3 | February 18, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Stay in Iraq for Decades


Tax Cuts for the Wealthy Made Prmanent


China owns America

Posted by: AdrickHenry | February 18, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

"A Century in Iraq"


McCain/Cheney '08

Posted by: AdrickHenry | February 18, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

No, make that tweedle-dumb endorsing tweedle-dumber.

Posted by: pKrishna43 | February 18, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

"conservative" pappy Bush endorsing "conservative" John McCain is like tweedle-dum endorsing tweedle-dee.

Posted by: pKrishna43 | February 18, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

"A McCain/Romney ticket would appease the talk show hosts, unite the GOP, and win the election in November."

I think McCain / Cheney is much stronger.

Since McCain really wants to continue Bush's policies. Cheney is the logical choice.

Cheney would provide continuity. He already has all the connections. Cheney has his players in place. Illegal spying on our own citizens could continue unabated. Cheney is a great driver of war, which McCain seems very fond of...

McCain/Cheney in '08 to fight the endless war. It's a real winner.

Posted by: AdrickHenry | February 18, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Wow...I just watched the video and except for Mrs. McCain, it reminds me of a bad George Romero zombie flick. Mrs. McCain could play the hottie that gets ravaged bu the undead.

Return if the dead! Vote McCain!

Posted by: willandjansdad1 | February 18, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

well people you see it and hear it from these two things. naw their are just as many repubs against bush and mcvain.End of the bushes at last ,they have hated mc vain for years, but for thr neocon party they will slurpck up and both will drink each others neeeee,ooooooo,coooommmm,eeee,uuummmm,yahee,aaaarrrrrggggghhhh.we darn sure are not winning in Iraq ,we are murdering people and at the expense of youth,and 3.5 trillion debt. never ,nada,nope ,no way ,is there any honor in this useless bush war. and mc vain wants it too go on for years and years. nope, no way nada,nix,never.

Posted by: gitugumi | February 18, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Like it or not John McCain is the man conservatives must work with this season. Showing support for anyone else is a boost for Hillary or Obama, high taxes, and a weak commander-in-chief in a time of war.

A McCain/Romney ticket would appease the talk show hosts, unite the GOP, and win the election in November.

Posted by: justamere10 | February 18, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

McCain has pledged "no new taxes" and is comfortable with an open ended Iraq.

That combination promises red ink as far as the eye can see. There are not enough earmarks, pork or entitlements to cut to balance this budget. No plan for healthcare or the economy are just more rancid icing on the cake.

If you think the Bush years were great...Vote for McCain.

Posted by: willandjansdad1 | February 18, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

PatrickNYC1, You are correct, sir!

Posted by: AdrickHenry | February 18, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

'America wants to know: where's the media coverage on this???? We deserve to hear the truth!'

Posted by: TruthBeTold | February 18, 2008 01:12 PM

This crap has been playing around the web for weeks now. Anyone can see it is a very bad attempt to slander Obama. Like of don't like the man, this is trash.

Posted by: PatrickNYC1 | February 18, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Just another anchor wrapped around the neck of the whithered corpse of the disgraced Republican party....Whigs, Communists, and Repubs....done......

Posted by: seakeys | February 18, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

what could be more damning than an endorsement from the corrupt oil cadre? the democrats' best PR would be an ad stating rumsfeld, cheney, and the bushes endorse mccain.

Posted by: e9999999 | February 18, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Who Cares? He was a one Term President and his son is the worst President in the History of America...running in 2nd place is Clinton. Enough of the same famlies in our White House.



Posted by: MsRita | February 18, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse

It's like something out of a zombie movie--McCain as a candidate back from the living dead last year celebrating the support of a Bush clan that savaged him in 2000 and left his wife and family wounded by smears. The only way to stop this horror show is to elect a Democrat to exorcise these evil spirits from the White House.

Posted by: connectdots | February 18, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

This morning McCain announces he won't touch the two percents' tax cut and today at noon Rush tells the goobers that they have to vote for McCain even if they don't like him. Bush's dad joins the failed son in endorsing McCain.

In two weeks the trailer parks of America will be worshiping McCain and FreeRepublic will have "A Day in the Life of John" threads up.

Posted by: MorganaLeFay | February 18, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

McCain is Iraq. He'll win all the time as he keeps moving the goal post.

I agree progress is being made with the new goal post position. However, one must look for the goal post to be moved yet once again.

I don't know if accepting an endorsement from daddy Bush is wise. There are genetic defects in that family that run counter to America.

Posted by: Maddogg | February 18, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Former President Bush called McCain the best person for a world at war.

Ooops? Say what? A World at War?

Looks like the peaceful New World Order of Bush-41 got replaced by W's bloody version 2 of a New World Order.

What will version 3 look like if McCain wins this fall?

Posted by: 809212876 | February 18, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

And like Papa Bush, McCain will parrot the ideologically corrupt, "no new taxes" pledge that drives up the deficit and weakens America. We know where that leads. When will the 'straight talker' start talking straight?

Posted by: thebobbob | February 18, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Ziggy1 wrote at 12:22

"There is obviously a selective memory disease going round with regard to who the worst president in American History was. Does anyone remember the name Jimmy "The I should have stayed a peanut farmer" Carter. Close to 20% interest rates, gas lines, and 4 years of malaise with the Iran hostage crisis."

Personally, I do not think Carter was a very good president, but let's keep the facts straight:

"20% interest rates" were a result of the cumulative effect of LBJ (and later Nixon) fighting the Vietnam War without a tax increase. Yes, LBJ did raise taxes in 1968, but it was too little too late. The Guns and Butter of Johnson's War in Nam and his Great Society crippled the American economy for many years. Carter just happened to be president when those bad policies came home to roost.

"Gas lines" were the result of the Arab Oil Embargo, which was the result of the U.S. backing Israel in the Yom Kippur War of 1973. Any American president - not just Jimmy Carter - would have supported Israel during that conflict, so, therefore, and we would have suffered long gas lines regardless of who was president. Do you disagree? Do you think ANY American president would have sided with the Arabs in that one?

"4 years of malaise" was the result of the massive one-two punch we took from Vietnam and Watergate, both of which, Carter had nothing to do with. As we all know, Vietnam was a strategic mistake that crossed party lines: both Democrats and Republicans botched that one. And as for Watergate, that was pure Richard Nixon - a Republican through and through.

"The Iran hostage crisis" was the result of our very own CIA's overthrow of the democratically elected Mossadeq in 1954. Mossadeq was the choice of the Iranian people but we (and the British) knew he wouldn't play ball with the Big Oil Companies, so we killed him. The Iranians did not like that. Not at all. So, when Ayatollah Khomeini returned from exile in France in November of 1979, a movement began to brew. Maybe you could argue that Carter should have seen this one coming... I don't know. It is much easier with hindsight. The main enemy at the time, of course, was the Soviet Union. We may even have encouraged religious fanaticism in the region as a bulwark against "Godless Communism".

So, like I said, I don't particularly like the Carter Presidency, but let's not assign blame where it does not belong.

Posted by: AdrickHenry | February 18, 2008 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Bla Bla Bla Mccain is sooo boring and sure were winning in Iraq and will be winning for the next oh hundred or so yrs or as long as we keep keep pouring money into that endless hell hole but my bet is the minute we start getting our troops out the winning streak ends right there.Mccain is such an idiot Obama or Hillary will chew him up and spit him out.

Posted by: smorrow | February 18, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

This election is not about the war in Iraq; we had that election in 2004 and the USA kept its commander in chief. Iraq will work itself out one way or the other. Despite the different positions the candidates in this election may espouse (one supported it, one supported it but won't admit she was wrong about it, and one proclaims he did not support it but wasn't in office at the time even to vote on it), America today does not support this conflict. The new President must and will end it. This may not mean that every soldier comes home - why would we want to give up at least a toe-hold in that region? (And what about Afghanistan? Shall we let the Taliban return to subdue women and raise their sons to hate the West?) But as a "war" Iraq will be over. This election is about the future. Historical fact: War is a chronic aspect of the human condition. If you don't agree, start reading some history, or at least call to mind 9/11/01. Winding down Iraq is not going to magically create a PAX GLOBUS (or whatever the Latin would be). If any of the candidates talks like a Pollyanna, we should all seriously question whether he or she grasps reality. We always will need a Commander in Chief and I, for one, don't want a pansy in that role. And no, I'm not a warmonger. Only one of the candidates has given sufficient thought to theories or war, pondered what makes for a "just war," and is personally familiar with the realities and horrors of combat. It's unfortunate that so many of the posts here choose to discount that fact in favor of glib rhetoric.

Posted by: Virginian | February 18, 2008 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Jimmy Carter used to be the worst president ever. He was so bad I voted for Reagan when I was 21 years old, even though I saw jerry falwell on the horizon.

Now it's Bush who is the worst president ever. For those of you who can't escape your true party beliefs you can still argue over which one was worse, but your basic rationale boils down to which party you're in. For we independents who were voting back then, and are voting now, Bush is far more incompetent than Carter, surrounded by far more incompetent sycophants, and Bush is president in a time when we desperately need a good president but don't have one.

Maybe history will one day put them both in the same toilet, but right now Bush is the worst president that has ever happened to us.

And the worst president in history is endorsing John McCain. I have too much respect for McCain to think he's too stupid to see the effect this will have on his chances. So how can we explain it?

And yes, who cares what Bush the First thinks. If he endorsed McCain or dissed McCain, nobody cares.

Posted by: khote14 | February 18, 2008 12:46 PM | Report abuse

And now, to no great surprise, McCain carries the stench of the evil Bush regime.

Posted by: jbart39maccom | February 18, 2008 12:45 PM | Report abuse

That does it. He's toast.

Posted by: bucinka8 | February 18, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse

In my humble opinion, the only way John McCain has a chance to be elected is to court the independent vote, pick up Democrats who detest Hillary and don't know enough about or totally trust Barak Hussien Obama. If he merely flys on the coat tails of the establishment or old establishment he will lose and lose big. He needs to be refreshing with at least some new ideas that with fact not mere rehtoric that will instill true "HOPE" for the American Public.

On another note, I really have never cared for Limbaugh too much since I believe he is a self serving showman. For the life of me, I can't understand Hannity bashing McCain? Maybe he has become a closet Democrat? McCains handlers/advisors need to steer him to the middle. When the chips are down I believe that most Republicans ultra conservative or not will vote for McCain but the only way he stands a chance is to court the middle and steal away some of the left other wise he's toast.

Posted by: ziggy1 | February 18, 2008 12:42 PM | Report abuse

McCain, the choice for those who want our nation at war.

This "war" of choice is an unjustifible farce, but it is generating a record-breaking profits for the oil industry, and of course the House of Bush and House of Saud, not to mention the Carlyle Group.

The downside of it and the tax-cuts for the 1,000 points of light (actually about 3,500) is that its making the U.S. into a banana republik economically/

I'm sure McCain will do everything he can to make sure we continue on that course as the nation that Tortures, Spys on its own People, builds its own iron curtain, and prefers a government of by and for the corporations; rather than people, who could all go the way of New Orleans as far as these neocons are concerned.

Posted by: wayoffbaseguy | February 18, 2008 12:35 PM | Report abuse

"Best person for world at war" He should know. It was his own idiot son that ignited it. But this endorsement has little merit, as the Democrats have an abundance of material, certain to render Encore Bush (McCain)the butt of a national joke before the heat of summer leaves the city.

Posted by: slim2 | February 18, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: 12thgenamerican | February 18, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

I'd say he's the best leader to KEEP the world at war, anyhow...

Posted by: mobedda | February 18, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

It's now official. With the endorsement of the Bush totalitarian regime, the kiss of death has now been planted on McCain.

Due to the Bush's and Cheney's if GOD were a republican and was running for president I wouldn't trust or believe him.

Posted by: justjunkemail | February 18, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

This guy's speech lacks passion and he appears to be in shock that he is going to be nominated. Who wants to elect a corpse to be the president of the USA? If the dems nominate a dog catcher, he or she will trounce Johnny the '100 years in Iraq' McCain. That should be a big relief for drug-addled Limbaugh and dopey Sean Hannity, not to mention mindless Mark Levin.

Posted by: sonnypitchumani | February 18, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

There is obviously a selective memory disease going round with regard to who the worst president in American History was. Does anyone remember the name Jimmy "The I should have stayed a peanut farmer" Carter.
Close to 20% interest rates, gas lines, and 4 years of malaise with the Iran hostage crisis.

Posted by: ziggy1 | February 18, 2008 12:22 PM | Report abuse

We all know that Bush senior was also backing Romney. We watched Bush Senior trying groom Romney to get the nomination.

But, we seen through Romney's unethical campaign tactics and lies. Huckabee is only behind because of those lies, and we now see that the Romney vote was the vote for Mccain.

Romney robo called by the millions the last 3 days prior to Feb 5 tricking voters into thinking Huckabee and Paul dropped out. Ref:

Had that not happened as well as all of the other lies, Huckabee would be on top in delegate count right now.

In my opinion Bush senior only hurts Mccain more. We are fed up with what these men of power have tried to do during this election. Thanks to the internet and youtube, we have been able to expose these crooks more than ever this year.

Huckabee can still beat Mccain in delegate count and could still win the nomination. Don't let them fool you.

Vote for Governor Huckabee no matter what.

Posted by: marinepatriot | February 18, 2008 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Unless they know something we do not, it looks quite clear. Obama should win easily...

Obama vs. McCain- The Internet Indicators:

Posted by: davidmwe | February 18, 2008 12:00 PM | Report abuse

I do hope we have a debate on Iraq and how to properly combat terrorism.

Posted by: JakeD | February 18, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Please help me understand something here. The former Republican president endorses the latest GOP candidate for president, and this is big news? Seems to me it fits into the "sun will come up tomorrow" category.

Posted by: Brittman1 | February 18, 2008 11:51 AM | Report abuse

McCain says that the debate on Iraq should be started by the Dems admitting they were wrong?

This is ludicrous.

Iraq is the wrong war, being fought in the wrong place, at the wrong time, against the wrong enemy.

The invasion of Iraq should never have happened in the first place. To say now that the Surge is working is beside the point.

Obama is seeing things clearly. Allow me to use a metaphor to explain:

Obama is up high on the highest tree in the forest. He sees where we (the U.S.) should go. McCain is down on the forest floor clearing away brush (i.e., the Surge).

Obama yells down to McCain, "You are going the wrong way". McCain looks up and hollers back, "Yes, but we're making excellent time".

McCain is flat-out wrong in his assertion that the debate should be started with the Dems admitting they were wrong.

The debate should be started by asking, "Was this the right move? Invading a country that did NOT have WMD, that did NOT have any connection to 9/11, and that did NOT welcome us as liberators."

That's the Key question. Did we needlessly divert much of our resources and energy from where it should have been deployed (fighting al-Qaeda in Ahfgahnistan, Pakistan, Saudi Arabie and Sudan) to a needless, fruitless theater?

Posted by: AdrickHenry | February 18, 2008 11:49 AM | Report abuse

So what is news about the other worst US
President in History George H W Bush endorsing the Bush's Hand Picked Successor
to the Present Worst President in US History George W Bush,since everyone knows
"Bomb! Bomb! Bomb Iran!" Amnesty John McCain is the next biggest loser and total
out of touch with reality incompetent
Republican in line to be President and
as pitiful a choice as either of the Bush's
along with Democrat empty suit con artist
Barack Obama,so I ask is this the best we
can here Republicans and Democrats to lead
our once geeat nation?

Posted by: Ralphinphnx | February 18, 2008 11:44 AM | Report abuse

The bad news just keeps coming for McCain. First Dobson and now the Bushsh#ts. He should do a cost/benefit analysis of this as he has already won the primary.

Posted by: WayneFranck | February 18, 2008 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Well this should make it easy for the Dems this November.

Posted by: PatrickNYC1 | February 18, 2008 11:40 AM | Report abuse

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