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Bush Looking Forward to a Quiet New Year's Eve on the Ranch

By Nelson Hernandez
CRAWFORD, Tex. -- President Bush promised to "sprint to the finish" of his term in office, which ends Jan. 20, but when the ball drops at midnight, the commander in chief is probably going to be catching some Z's.

Bush, an early riser who stopped drinking years ago, isn't planning any old-fashioned Texas hoedowns to ring in the New Year, White House spokesman Gordon Johndroe said at a news conference in Crawford, where the president is staying at his family ranch.

"This evening President Bush will spend a quiet New Year's Eve on the ranch with Mrs. Bush and some longtime friends from Texas," Johndroe said. When asked if Bush was going to be staying up until midnight, Johndroe answered: "I think he's more likely to be an early riser on the first of the new year rather than to see the old year out."

The Bushes will celebrate with a long walk at dawn, he said. "I expect that he and Mrs. Bush will get up to see the sun rise on the new year. It's been a tradition they've had almost their entire presidency down here," Johndroe said. "They have gone for a sunrise walk on the ranch. That is something they've always looked forward to doing and look forward to doing tomorrow."

Bush himself, meanwhile, issued a New Year's message to the country that highlighted what he felt he had achieved in 2008.

"Earlier this year, I promised that I would sprint to the finish of my time as President," Bush said in the statement. "We are working hard to keep that promise. Despite the challenges we face, nothing encourages me more than the character of the American people, whose acts of courage and service sustain our free society and make this the greatest country on Earth."

By Web Politics Editor  |  December 31, 2008; 2:16 PM ET
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To JakeD: Same to You and don't forget your medications. Bush and the Republican Party needs delusional and out of touch with realty supporters like you who haven't a clue as to what has happened over the past eight years. You should come out of your little bubble world and find out what the truths are about Bush and Corruption but that would mean you would have to face reality of which you don't know what reality is.

So you were a lawyer well lawyers are usually low bottom feeders anyway which explains what you are all about and that is you are a bottom feeding scum sucker just like George Walker Bush.

Posted by: george33 | January 4, 2009 10:24 AM | Report abuse

george33:

No big surprise that you won't even answer my questions but instead resort to ad hominem personal attacks. Have a nice life indeed.

Posted by: JakeD | January 4, 2009 7:56 AM | Report abuse

To JakeD: Good for you but that still doesn't make you the smartest person in the world. As I said take your meds and go to bed so you don't wake up in the middle of the night banging your head against the wall.

If you think George Walker Bush is so great why don't you bend over and let him stick it up your butt just like he has stuck it to the United States for the past eight years. Just like you have made a good Republican puppet you would have made a good Nazi who followed Hitler to the end. I imagine you click your heels of your boots before you go to bed every night and say Seig Heil Hehr Bush.
Have a nice life and see your local proctoligist before you suffocate as your head has been up your butt all your sad and pathetic life.

Posted by: george33 | January 4, 2009 1:48 AM | Report abuse

Gatsby1:

Needless to say, I disagree with your characterization of Bush as "Idiot-in-Chief" but thank you giving me the appropriate title I will use for Obama.

george33:

Wrong again. Stanford Law School summa cum laude 1961. How about you?

Posted by: JakeD | January 3, 2009 3:55 PM | Report abuse

God forbids the Idiot-in-Chief would do some work to resolve the outrageous situation in Gaza.

Yet, this is typical Bush. He can only get off his lazy and irresponsible butt and leave the "ranch" for the right constituency. Hence, his famous midnight return to Washington to sign a bill about Teri Schiavo, to butter up to the religious nutjobs.

Hence, also, his brush-off of the August 6, 2001, memo warning that an attack on the US was imminent.

Hence, his dithering when hundreds of people died in the Katrina's catastrophe.

January 20 cannot come soon enough. Who knows what havoc that piece of cr@p can still unleash on the US and the world in the next three weeks?

Posted by: Gatsby1 | January 3, 2009 1:13 AM | Report abuse

To JakeD: You probably graduated from Kindergarten which is more than likely the highest degree that you could obtain with your limited intelligence. Do you still carry your blankie with you to your crib or suck on your soother when poor little JakeD gets confused. Don't forget your meds before you go to bed so you don't wake up banging your head against the wall during the middle of the night.

Posted by: george33 | January 3, 2009 12:43 AM | Report abuse

LOL! As for me not being that intelligent, which Law School did YOU graduate at the top of your class from?

Posted by: JakeD | January 2, 2009 7:36 PM | Report abuse

To JakeD: First a Proctoligist to remove your head from your butt and then a Psychiatrist to have you committed to Pyshiatric Ward for the rest of your delusional life. Have a nice life in the Nut House.

Posted by: george33 | January 1, 2009 7:55 PM | Report abuse

george33:

Which medical specialist do you think I should see first?

Posted by: JakeD | January 1, 2009 5:13 PM | Report abuse

The road to hell was paved with good intentions, and no-bid contracts awarded to Bechtel.

Posted by: rooster54 | January 1, 2009 3:29 PM | Report abuse

To JakeD: You definitely are not that intelligent, if you think George Walker Bush is a caring Christian then you better see a psychiatrist and start taking medications for your delusional thinking.

Posted by: george33 | January 1, 2009 3:26 PM | Report abuse

I haven't been struck by lightning in the last 8 years either, but I don't think Bush has anything to do with it.

As for terrorism, U.S. citenzens have been targeted (and killed) several times along with others (who are significant even if they're not American) on foreign soil. These attacks were most likely more frequent and intense due to anti U.S. sentiment exacerbated by Bush's plundering.

Posted by: rooster54 | January 1, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

I don't think that Hitler was sorry.

Posted by: JakeD | January 1, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

To JakeD:

Wake and smell the roses, President George Walker Bush will go down as the worst President in American history. By the way the only reason he became a born again Christian is because he got married to Laura. No Christian will lie a country into a war based on lies in Iraq and George Walker Bush did this. If you think George Walker Bush is a Christian, then you probably would believe that Adolf Hitler was sorry for killing six million Jews. You sir are as delusional as George Walker Bush himself.

Posted by: george33 | January 1, 2009 2:01 PM | Report abuse

If there are enough 9/11 attacks this year, then even you will long for the days of Bush "lying".

Posted by: JakeD | January 1, 2009 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Bush did not lie.

Posted by: JakeD | January 1, 2009 1:49 PM | Report abuse

No Bush wasn't impeached. He just lied and got hundreds of thousands of innocent people killed, maimed, and made destitute. Being impeached is not in the same league with these atrocities.

Empathy for the immense suffering of others is apparently lacking in the republican base.

Reid and Pelosi took impeachment "off the table", apparently, to avoid an endless series of political retaliations. Bush being humiliated accoplishes nothing. He just needs to leave soon.

Posted by: rooster54 | January 1, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse

As I noted, at least Bush wasn't impeached, so that's an improvement right there.

Posted by: JakeD | January 1, 2009 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Well, only God knows that for sure. Back to earthly politics, if the only thing Bush had done was get Roberts / Alito on the Supreme Court, that would still have been enough IMHO.

Posted by: JakeD | January 1, 2009 11:23 AM | Report abuse

In Matthew chapter 25, Jesus conveys that what one calls oneself has little or nothing to do with what one actually is. If Bush weren't constantly reminding us that he calls himself a Christian, I don't think it would occur to anyone who knows the Gospel to associate him with the teachings of Christ.

There is no record of Bush actually producing anything of value in his entire life. All of his "jobs" were favors from friends who would expect favors returned. The only money he ever made for one of his businesses was in an arbitray land grab for the Texas Rangers baseball team. In that case, he stole from the public to give to his private company---a harbinger of things to come.
"It's harder for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of Heaven than it is for a camel to go thrugh the eye of the needle." The riches that hinder Bush the most now are his cherished delusions that he was not selfish, self-centered and grandiose when he made his abominable choices which he continues to insist were right. His arrogance was our undoing, and will ultimately be his, unless he becomes a real Christian before it's too late.

Posted by: rooster54 | January 1, 2009 11:03 AM | Report abuse

patrik1:

I won't call you delusional, but instead simply ask if you thought we wouldn't be attacked again after 9/11? Of course there were some mistakes -- there always are in any war -- but the overall goal was achieved. If there are a dozen 9/11 attacks this year, maybe then you will long for the days you kicked around Bush.

You may also disagree with Bush's other policies, but as a pro-life, conservative Christian, I am satisfied (especially given the alternatives we had via Gore or Kerry). Let me know if you have any specific questions about that.

Posted by: JakeD | January 1, 2009 10:37 AM | Report abuse

The last time I checked, it was 28% (he really lost 15 million supporters?). An "apology" would just be used to beat him up even more. I am indeed one of the hundred million who think that Bush did a good job given the circumstances. At least he wasn't impeached.

Posted by: JakeD | January 1, 2009 10:04 AM | Report abuse

The fact that Bush cannot recognize that his presidency has been very poor shows he is delusional. Okay, we won't go to the extreme and say he has been the worst president ever or he ruined the US economy.

But hey, George, look in the mirror and at least admit for once in your life that you didn't do a good job. This is why the American people are so frustrated with you. You are a terrible role model.

If you just apologized and aid you made some mistakes and you are sorry for any damage you cost. And you are sorry for the hundreds of thousands of Iraqis who have died. And you are sorry for brewing hatred against America across the globe. Then your popularity would go up but like you always say, you don't care about polls (people's opinions) - you only care about your own opinion - your own poll.

Goodbye you sick president. You won't be missed and I am sure you know that.

Posted by: patrik1 | January 1, 2009 1:04 AM | Report abuse

to JakeD. You must be one of the 23% delusional morons that think that George Walker Bush has done a good job. I think it would be wise for you to see a proctoligist and have your head surgically removed from your butt as it seems your head has been up your butt for the past 8 years.

Posted by: george33 | December 31, 2008 8:59 PM | Report abuse

Rooster54-I thought every knew Bushie likes to ride?

It is how he gets to pretend he is Ronald Ray-gun;

Back in his Death Valley Days!

I'll pass on the Bed-time for Bonzo routine! ;~)

Posted by: SAINT---The | December 31, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Ranch? Has anyone ever seen Dubya on a horse?

Posted by: rooster54 | December 31, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

LOL! :-D

Maybe when Bushie moves down to Paraguay, he'll let me watch his Crawdad Ranch? ;~)

Posted by: SAINT---The | December 31, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

No, but if I was in charge I would let you stay at Blair House for free ; )

Posted by: JakeD | December 31, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

LOL! :-D

Could I get to make an emergency With-drawl of some of my Money first? ;~)

Posted by: SAINT---The | December 31, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

My solution would be to abolish the IRS and Social Security. Next question?

Posted by: JakeD | December 31, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

JakeD- Would you agree that what the IRS collects, and then often decides it collected too much and returns some there-of, is Money of ours?
That Social Security and other FICA deductions are as well?
That in effect we have Accounts based on our Social Security Numbers already established with the US Government?

If so;

why is it so hard for someone to maybe go directly there with say delinquent payments for immediate help during a crises-authorized by say the Executive and Congress?

Me, and many like me, need help RIGHT NOW!

That $770 Billion+;

COULD have covered 144 MILLION $5,000 Loans, against Monies Collected automatically for the most part!

Posted by: SAINT---The | December 31, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

SAINT---The:

True American INDIVIDUALISTS do not need government help.

Posted by: JakeD | December 31, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

And when the Deciderer rises on the First day of a new Year, I hope it dawns on his feeble Brain, that it is also the first day of another Month.

A Month in the middle of what is for many people going to be a very trying Winter! The third month since the "Melt-Down" occurred, and nearly a $Trillion were THROWN AWAY, instead of being made available to people now unable to pay the next round of Bills!

NEVER, would I have imagined such a disaster to have befallen this Country, as has been the 43'Rds Terms!

But Folks, realize, he has had lots of help, from BOTH Sides and the Media, helping in the absolute destruction of this World as we all knew it!

Too much, and plenty of Blame to go around. But again Bushie you jerk, we are facing very hard times, and we have gotten ZERO Aid!

Makes me really wish I was a Mexican National, or maybe an Iraqi! Then the Quisling would have helped me!

Posted by: SAINT---The | December 31, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

He deserves it -- he is a good Christian -- soon enough, you people won't have GWB to kick around anymore.

Posted by: JakeD | December 31, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

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