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Bush Praises Obama's Campaign

By Dan Eggen
President Bush praised his successor for a "very effective campaign" in a new interview, but showed some skepticism about President-elect Barack Obama's promise of change.

In an interview with a Peruvian television network released Friday, Bush said he hopes Obama "succeeds in his job." Then he was asked about Obama's campaign theme of "el cambio," or change, for the United States.

"You know, when I campaigned for office, I said I was for change," Bush said in the interview with America TV. "Everybody who campaigns is for change. And that's a very effective slogan, and he ran a very effective campaign. And the American people spoke loud and clear."

Bush added that "it will be his turn in two months to assume the great honor of being president."

"I want to help him, and help his team, transition into office," Bush continued. "And I really do wish him all the best. It's going to be very important that he be given a good start, and that's what we're going to do."

The interview was conducted at the White House on Thursday before Bush traveled to Lima, Peru, for a weekend meeting of the 21-member Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation group. Bush is seeking additional support of an agreement issued earlier this month at the Group of 20 financial crisis summit in Washington.

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I can't imagine, based on your comments, you ever listening, or reading with an open mind, information that explains international commerce conflicts in their actual historic political and cultural contexts. I suggest again you read the arguments in the books I previously recommended.

I really am sorry about what happened to your dad. I have similar issues in my family of origin. Their is a lot of difficulty to overcome.

I've read and heard the reporting that supports your view. Please read some of mine. Even if you have to hold your nose, mock and discredit what you read, I think it would make things more interesting for you.

Posted by: rooster54 | November 23, 2008 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Toritto-Do not underestimate Cuba. Chavez, and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad find inspiration there.

I only mention them as the Originals, of what the Pink Tidests are trying now!

And, just like when Castro Stole all the ventured American Capital, Chavez and Morales and others, are finding our Government just as ineffectual Today!

I just Read about an American Land Owner in Bolivia, getting his Ranch Taken to give to Peasants so Evil Morales can placate his Poor, with Other People's Stuff, rather accomplish anything other than increased Coca Production!

LOL! I can just Imagine what the Peasants want Land to Grow! ;~)

Posted by: SAINT---The | November 23, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Is there no way that Bush could just go on home or ride off into the sunset? We don't need a man like him with no idea whatsoever of how the economy works trying to mess things up even further. We need to let Obama, a man that seemingly knows what he is talking about when he mentions the economy, go ahead and take over now. The shape of the United States economy should be enough to convince us that George Bush didn't even know that the economy was bad. At least Obama sees and admits that something is wrong. Bush was saying just a couple of months ago that the economy was still strong.

Posted by: racam | November 23, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Oh saint: no one gives a rat's a$$ about Cuba anymore except octogenerian Cubans who cme ot Miami in 1960.

Decendents of those original hard liners are now third and fourthe generation and are as American as apple pie.A good chunk of 'em barely speak Spanish. They have never seen Cuba. Two thirds of the young voted for Obama. None of 'em are moving back to Cuba when democracy finally arrives.

At best they will stay in their homes in Florida and buy a condo in Havana.

You worry yourself sick about Cuba while we trade with China. Get real. Time for a new Cuba policy.


Posted by: toritto | November 23, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Rooster54-Which Specifics are you wanting to address? Chavez grabbing Billions of dollars worth of developments built in the Country of Venezuela, by companies trying very hard at the Time, to reward their Share-Holders?
Only to have vast amounts of Profits stolen at a Time when oil surged, and SHOULD have been a great reward for them taking such a risk, but instead was used to promote a Power Junkie's agenda to Steal a Country! To be used to purchase Weapons to destabilize a region ALREADY being destabilized by FARC operating in Venezuela!?

How about Cuba? My father bought into Cuban Investments. When he lost his Nest-egg, it drove him over the edge into Frustrated Alcoholism!

I have to wonder how many Families here have suffered due to their investments being Robbed, and the ineffectual Bushie just letting Chavez get away with it?!

Capitalism, is ABOUT letting Speculating Investors develop what NOBODY Else has, or will, for the HOPES of getting Rewarded!

Theft of their Reward, is simply THEFT!

Posted by: SAINT---The | November 23, 2008 11:26 AM | Report abuse

The only change I was so eager for was to get rid of this Bush administration. It is so wonderful to be getting a very intelligent, capable and caring man to be our president. These last eight years have been horrible with the Iraq War and all the deaths and suffering it has caused. We were attacked and not be Iraq. We must defend ourselves but not attack countries by lying and cheating to make war against a country with nothing to do with the attack on America. I am so proud of President Elect Obama and so hopeful that he will bring back honesty and honor to our country with fair and decent policies.

Posted by: fedup11 | November 22, 2008 11:52 PM | Report abuse

We should start a "pool" as to who Bush will pardon before Inauguration Day.


Dick Cheney??


Posted by: toritto | November 22, 2008 7:10 PM | Report abuse


"Investors" wouldn't have any wealth to "rob" if it hadn't been created by people who did REAL WORK before the "investors" took it all.

Maybe you should lay off the contempt prior to investigation and read some of the information you call "hogwash". A good start would be "The Shock Doctrine" by Naomi Klein, "Confessions of an Economic Hit Man" by "John Perkins" "Hegemony or Survival", by Noam Chomsky, and "Armed Madhouse" by Greg Palast.

Posted by: rooster54 | November 22, 2008 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Why couldn't Bush have thrown his hat in with Barack before the election?

A couple of "Heckuva-Job"s There "Barry", My PAL!

And McCain could have won! ;~)

Posted by: SAINT---The | November 22, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if the Bush team considers 'help' eliminating as many incriminating documents as possible?

Well, that will help Bush, at any rate.

Counter the AFA boycott by supporting the businesses they target, solely for being inclusive during the holidays:

Posted by: scootmandubious | November 22, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Rooster54-THAT is contrived HOG WASH!

It is Countries SWALLOWING that Swill, spewed by their Corrupt Leaders Following in Protectionist Measures like Messico's, keeping Ventured Capital out, that are the difference between Honduras, El Salvidor, Guatemala, Nicaragua, several Caribbean States, and Countries such as Peru, Colombia, Costa Rica, Brazil, Argentina and others!

Then, when Socialist Thieves Steal Successful Ventures such as Chile, Cuba, or Venezuela, the Socialist Leaders are forced to give all of the revenues from the stolen Ventures and natural resources to the People to keep their DEAD END Economies on Life Support!

Venezuela, Chile, and Ecuador have nearly run out of Investors to rob. Soon, they will join the likes of Bolivia and Nicaragua, in being revolted against!

Mexico, had the Quisling Bushie to help them survive!-At OUR expense!

Posted by: SAINT---The | November 22, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

President-elect Obama doesn't need Bush to "give him" anything. All he needs to do is go away already.

Posted by: davispty5 | November 22, 2008 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Extreme poverty, polution, and political instability are largely the result of U.S. multinational corporate meddling in the affairs of Latin American countries. This is the main reason we have massive migration of undocumented workers into this country. Other than some corporate executives, most people on both sides of the Rio Grande are losing on this deal.

Posted by: rooster54 | November 22, 2008 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Bush is being too modest. We have seen major changes in this country since he "took" office. World Trade Center....GONE!! New Orleans...GONE!!! Our international reputation and respect....GONE!!! Hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqis....GONE!!! The budget surplus...Gone...Our treasury...Gone...Our 401ks and retirement accounts..GONE!!! Heckuva job bushie.

Posted by: jam754 | November 22, 2008 6:59 AM | Report abuse

scrivener I think your tinfoil hat is on too tight

Posted by: Bobulon | November 22, 2008 12:38 AM | Report abuse

for Bush change meant hyper partisanship, wire tapping on the citizens, torture, gitmo, stomping on the constitution and civil rights, hyping up the raping of our environment, making sure he sped up global warming by 20 years, Selling off the US to his corporate cronies...that was the change he did.
For Obama change means streamlining and modernizing gov., making it more effective and responsive to the people and doing what's good for the country, having the best and brightest in his cabinet, strengthen communities and bring us well paying jobs and a green economy. Respect for our constitution and bring back our civil rights.
I like Obama's change a whole lot better. I also am looking forward to Jan 20th when Obama becomes the president and our country will be so much better.

Posted by: vwcat | November 22, 2008 12:10 AM | Report abuse

Yeah thanks Mr. President but I think you've helped enough.

Posted by: msmith627 | November 21, 2008 11:59 PM | Report abuse


Not as long as government-supported extrajudicial targeting squads are "community stalking" American citizens, making a mockery of the rule of law:




Posted by: scrivener50 | November 21, 2008 11:49 PM | Report abuse

Bush was far to modest. He changed things, the S&P is down almost 40%. Job creation dropped by 78% We are involved in two wars, one which was needless and the other which would be going better if we were not involved in the first.

Bush was the change president.

Posted by: Gator-ron | November 21, 2008 11:27 PM | Report abuse

Ah, Lima, Peru! Home to some 8 Million Peruvians, on a California-ish Coastline.

Surfing Mecca since the 50's, with a Waikiki Surf Club!

Is he going to be picking up the Volunteered Peruvian Hairless Puppy "Machu Picchu" for Obama's Family that was so graciously offered? ;~)

Posted by: SAINT---The | November 21, 2008 8:30 PM | Report abuse

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