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Posted at 10:06 AM ET, 11/19/2010

'Mission accomplished' banner may go up in Bush library

By Rachel Weiner

The infamous banner that hung behind George W. Bush during his May 1, 2003 speech declaring the end of combat operations in Iraq might be hung in his presidential library, USA Today reports.

The banner now sits in storage and will become part of the library's collection. A decision on how or whether to display the red-white-and-blue banner hasn't been made, said Alan Lowe, director of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum.

In a memoir released last week, Bush called the banner "a big mistake." At the time, Bush said it was members of the USS Abraham Lincoln who put the banner up, not his staff. "I know it was attributed somehow to some ingenious advance man from my staff -- they weren't that ingenious, by the way," he said. The White House later conceded that they did create the banner -- but only at the request of the ship's crew. In Bob Woodward's "State of Denial," former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld undermined that explanation, saying that the banner reflected words that were taken out of the speech itself.

Bush broke ground on the library Tuesday. "Judgments are a little more measured than they were," former Vice President Dick Cheney said at the ceremony. "When times have been tough and the critics have been loud, you've always said you had faith in history's judgment. And history is beginning to come around."

By Rachel Weiner  | November 19, 2010; 10:06 AM ET
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency, Republican Party  
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Mission Accomplished... this will always be a fire hazard.

Posted by: kwirk | November 22, 2010 8:29 AM | Report abuse

Mission Accomplished... this will always be a fire hazard.

Posted by: kwirk | November 22, 2010 8:28 AM | Report abuse

Statement - first paragraph:

"Major combat operations in Iraq have ended."

Let's hope the public will not be duped into granting another inept neocon or John Birch Society wingnut the power that they granted GW, Dick and the rest of the members of the "Project for a New American Century" - please.

Posted by: jakrdy | November 21, 2010 6:55 AM | Report abuse

Hazmat, you are wrong about the banner. Stop blaming Navy personnel for putting up the banner - that is clearly not true. Facts and evidence that assertion years ago.

Initially Bush blamed the Navy, but after pictures began to emerge of similarly made banners used as a backdrop for Bush at a jobs conference (various banners with exact same lettering and background), the White House issued a statement that the White House staff constructed the "Mission Accomplished" banner and put it up on the ship. In addition there were a lot of conflicting reports and excuses made to that statement as well, but what happened essentially was a lot of backpedalling by an inept, shortsighted administration once the previous, similarly made banners were were published worldwide and the lie Bush made, about whose idea it was to put up the banner, was exposed.

Also, here is the transcript of Bush's speech where he stated that "...military operations in Iraq have ended." What that statement means is that MAJOR COMBAT OPERATIONS IN IRAQ HAVE ENDED - not that the USS Abraham Lincoln isn't in Iraq anymore.

Bush's misadventures and ineptitude could not be successfully whitewashed on this one, not even by Roger Ailes and that 24-hour infomercial that refers to itself as a "news" station, so, hazmat, give the half-baked excuses a rest on this one. You're done. OVERdone.

Posted by: jakrdy | November 21, 2010 6:51 AM | Report abuse

Well, I certainly hope the book, "My Pet Goat" and the Presidential Daily Briefing that Bush failed to read will also be placed in the library.

Posted by: jakrdy | November 21, 2010 6:32 AM | Report abuse

Each period of history has its own particular icons that people remember it by. The icons of W's tenure are;
1) the Twin Towers
2) 'Mission Accomplished', and
3) the Hooded Man at Abu Grahib.

Posted by: QuincyPynke | November 21, 2010 3:58 AM | Report abuse

He should hang it over his headboard, with a minor adjustment to the phrasing: "Nocturnal Emission Accomplished"

Posted by: labman57 | November 20, 2010 10:51 PM | Report abuse

Hang the banner, hang the man right next to it. He is so simple minded that he thinks it is super smart and deserves a place in his simple legacy.

Posted by: racam | November 19, 2010 11:50 PM | Report abuse

Hazmat77: If what you posted was indeed the case, why haven't W's camp (or W himself) responded with those exact words? Why hasn't the Captian (or XO) of the Lincoln taken "credit" for it? Why has this bit of information ONLY come out from YOU on a blog?

Posted by: ladodgers | November 19, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

The Mission Accomplished banner was put up by Navy personnel to celebrate the end of aircraft carrier the USS Lincoln's extended Iraq mission.

It had nothing to do with the end of the land combat mission in Iraq.

Bush appeared in a flight suit because it was SOP for personnel flying in a military jet aircraft.

In their frenzy to denigrate Bush43 all the time, they jumped all over these facts twisting them to satisfy their readership - that's you!

Posted by: Hazmat77 | November 19, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

How about adding to the library a giant grave stone for the 4500 dead Americans in Iraq, who died FOR NO REASON AT ALL?

Posted by: sufi66 | November 19, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Hang it, and with it, hang history's ultimate verdict on this wretched failure.

Posted by: Bridge3263 | November 19, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

It should hang over the main entrance as a constant reminder of what a failure the man was.

Posted by: scoogy | November 19, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

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