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Bush: 'We'll Get Through This Deal'

President Bush said little today about the ongoing financial crisis, offering some vague words of reassurance at unrelated public events, The Post's Dan Eggen reports.

He assured the president of Slovakia that the administration would continue to take "strong action," and said he was "confident in our economy's long-term prospects" during an Hispanic Heritage Month celebration.

"We'll get through this deal," Bush said.

White House press secretary Dana Perino suggested that Bush would support a government move to buy shares in troubled U.S. banks if Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson decides to do so.

"It was a part of the rescue package that the president supported, and it gives the Treasury secretary a range of possibilities, and investing in banks directly was one of those authorities," Perino said. "Secretary Paulson can use that authority as he sees fit."

Perino also reiterated the White House contention that Bush was inclined against direct government intervention until "he realized that it wasn't just a few executives on Wall Street who were going to lose their shirts, but it was possibly everyone in America," she said.

-- Frank Ahrens

By Frank Ahrens  |  October 9, 2008; 4:42 PM ET
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Could we get Obama to go ahead and give us a reassuring fireside chat -- or maybe bring Bill Clinton out of retirement?

President Bush's reassurances don't really play all that well.

Posted by: War Eagle | October 9, 1908 4:51 PM | Report abuse

"We'll get through this deal," Bush said.

What do you mean, "We," Paleface?

You get to bail to your ranch in Crawford and to your Poppy's compound in Kennebunkport with all your Wall Street and CEO cronies.

We get to fight over who gets the heating grate on the cold nights.

Thanks for nothing, Cokehead.

Posted by: Sasquatch | October 9, 1908 4:52 PM | Report abuse

"We'll get through this" is how history will treat the Bush years.

Posted by: DFC | October 9, 1908 4:53 PM | Report abuse

It sure will be hard for him to get through this with his pension, speaking fees and paybacks from all the favors he has passed around the last eight years.

He's done nothing for the average tax payer except passed on the bill from the war, and now the wall street bailout.

Posted by: TBN | October 9, 1908 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Sure he will - he's a millionaire who'll be sucking off the government sugar-tit for the rest of his life.

Posted by: Nick | October 9, 1908 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Take over the BANKS!

Posted by: Futurejumps | October 9, 1908 5:12 PM | Report abuse

For his next act, Bush will tell us that "prosperity is just around the corner" and we'll soon have "a chicken in every pot and a car in every backyard." What a Bozo.

Posted by: Bob22003 | October 9, 1908 5:25 PM | Report abuse

What's truly frightening to me is that 50 million Americans voted for this man--twice. "We'll get through this deal" -- indeed, what a raw deal. I hope he ends up in a Dutch prison like the other war criminals, but something tells me that's a pipe dream.

Posted by: ska | October 9, 1908 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Let's just say that things need to go from being so public to being so private and markets can and will adjust. They wanted a war and they got one. A good deal is a good deal and you need to keep looking. It's real easy to find the bad deals. A good deal is like finding love or thinking you found it. All the things linked to terrorism are going to be all-gone and the remainder will be the same old reminder that good things do last, so always put the kids before yourselves. It never changes and it never will. We'll see. I'm Maine bound and looking forward to it. You do what you want to do. It's a free country.

Thanks Post.

Posted by: A-G | October 9, 1908 5:28 PM | Report abuse

"Bush: 'We'll Get Through This Deal'"

what's this "WE" sh*t???

bush will soon be living back in crawdad, texas.. HIGH AND DRY... and all us poor little schmucks will be paying off the astronomical DEBT he has created...

i think it's absolutely AMAZING how much damage one little friggin cheerleader could cause.. and not only the u.s., but around the entire world!

good job, bush!

Posted by: BOB | October 9, 1908 5:30 PM | Report abuse

The President will get through this, I think that's what he means by "we". He's referring to himself in the third person plural.

BTW, if you haven't pulled all your money out of Fidelity yet, now's a great time to do so. Make sure you tell them that you're doing it because they are STILL advocating privatizing Social Security.


Posted by: William W. Wexler | October 9, 1908 5:49 PM | Report abuse

With this recent turn of events, GWB may have finally "surpassed" Herbert Hoover and James Buchanan as the worst POTUS ever!

Posted by: The Franchise | October 9, 1908 5:54 PM | Report abuse

I feel so reassured. Bush ia just counting the days till he is out of office so he can go and hide somewhere.

Posted by: Jeff M | October 9, 1908 6:01 PM | Report abuse

I feel so reassured. Bush ia just counting the days till he is out of office so he can go and hide somewhere.

Posted by: Jeff M | October 9, 1908 6:02 PM | Report abuse

We're going from the great national debate on what is means to what we means. Then there was all the trouble with tolerance. Business will improve. Politics is always as rotten as ever, depending on the people involved. Capital punishment is tough and there's no tolerance for waste. There's a lot of waste being eliminated and more to be eliminated. Now the panic is shifting to a debate about socialism. We can run the country like Venezuela and nationalize everything and run the economy from the commanding heights of Washington. Just don't nationalize the Washington Post. Imagine that and the government running the press. We won't know what to think or why we are thinking it. We won't need to think and a few of us can save some time. The local bad idea here has been we have to speak with one voice. His voice of course. There is a need for a medley of voices to be heard. Quit trying to play us for fools. One thing is for sure. There will be lots more collateral damage done as things move forward. If you borrow or lend, you need collateral. The fraud is extensive and I've had to deal with it myself. They have all kinds of ways to make their crisis yours. I'm in the middle of my own little war and I plan on winning. It's a fight for life and life is worth fighting for. I'm just trying to get my deed. Their plan was for me to get a mortgage. I explained how that was a problem. They didn't listen or they didn't believe me. They're believers now. They still don't know what to do, so they keep stalling for time. They took it to the point of taking my blood, so it's now blood for blood and I have more blood. It's looking bloodier ahead. I don't know, have a Bloody Mary I guess. Lots of melting is going to come down to who makes money and who loses. I just want paid. They can all get lost and the market will light the way. We're not in it together. Deal with your own little problem. Each must tend their own garden. They want to take that from you to feed the scum. Taxpayers are being fed to the wolves and the wolves are always hungry and at the door. Keep locked and loaded.

Posted by: A-G | October 9, 1908 6:36 PM | Report abuse

And Nero fiddles merrily away while Rome burns.

Here's an idea. How about raising the tax rate on everyone who has profited from the decade-plus of crooked dealing that has led us to this situation? I'd suggest raising the rate to total forfeiture of all assets. Let the Bush and Cheney families, along with all the crooked CEOs on Wall Street and in big business, learn what it's like to stand in line at a soup kitchen.

They've put enough of us in that line. If there's any justice in the world, that's where they should end up, too.

Posted by: Peter Maranci | October 9, 1908 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Bush saying, "We'll get through this deal" really means, "I'LL get through this deal...and be out of office when the worst effects hit America."

Posted by: GCE, Portland | October 9, 1908 6:44 PM | Report abuse

Hey, he is going off this weekend to Florida to a couple of GOP fundraisers to help McSame get into office and to help all those other dunderheads running for re-election. Shoot, you have to keep the wars going etc. so what's the man to do? Wow, I can see the winks and back slapping now, and everyone calling him "the man". He's just going down there to get some of the money back that he has sent their way the last 8 years.


Posted by: Rosewren | October 9, 1908 10:52 PM | Report abuse

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