Jeb Is Doomed by the Baggage of Previous Bushes
This week offered Republicans a grim preview of fall 2016, if Jeb Bush is their nominee. The former Florida governor twisted himself into knots explaining whether he would have invaded Iraq, as his brother did, “knowing what we know now,” as …
In Impromptus today, I have a photo — or rather, a link to an article that is accompanied by a photo: here. The photo shows our president, Barack Obama, beaming at Raúl Castro, the Cuban dictator (or the fraternal …
Sheila Jackson Lee Claims Dems Never Tried to Impeach Bush, Too Bad She Cosponsored the Effort
On Wednesday, Democratic representative Sheila Jackson Lee spoke out against Speaker John Boehner’s lawsuit against President Obama for executive overreach. She argued that the lawsuit was a “veiled attempt for impeachment” because it “undermines the law that allows a …
Good News for Jeb: ‘No Republican In South Carolina Today More Popular than George W. Bush’
Jeb Bush might like to hear that his brother is the most popular Republican in South Carolina, the early primary state where George W. Bush won a key victory in his bid to secure the presidential nomination in the 2000 cycle.
The Demonization of the Iraq War Ensures No Syria Intervention
A busy Morning Jolt today, looking at Marco Rubio giving the response to the president’s State of the Union Address, some bad reviews for Chuck Hagel, some messaging issues on the president and skeet shooting, and then this point …
Obama Has Created More Debt than Bush, in Less than Half the Time
Over the weekend, Steve Eggleston checked the latest numbers from the Treasury Department and credited me for an accurate prediction: that upon the Ides of March, President Obama reached the milestone of raising the debt by $4.93 trillion since taking office.
President ‘Cut-the-Deficit-in-Half’ Spends More, Again
Today, President Cut-the-Deficit-in-Half unveils his newest budget, projecting a deficit of $1.33 trillion.
You’ll recall Obama promising to “cut the deficit we inherited by half by the end of my first term in office.” (Note that many …
When Will Obama Outspend Bush’s Two Terms? Beware the Ides of March
Elaborating on some calculations by CBS News’s Mark Knoller . . .
On January 20, 2009, the total outstanding public debt was $10,626,877,048,913.08 ($10.62 trillion).
As of Tuesday, the debt is $14,649,289,670,347.85 ($14.64 trillion).
In 946 days, Obama has increased the national debt by $4,022,412,621,434.77 or $4.02 trillion.
That amounts …
A Motivational Poster for George W. Bush’s Library
A motivational poster, sent in from a reader:
The National Debt Was Growing, Even Before George W. Bush
A common tactic of Obama and his defenders is to suggest that the debt and deficit were non-issues until the presidency of George W. Bush.
Obama in Annandale yesterday:
For a long time, Washington acted like deficits didn’t …
Bush’s Three-Day Bike Ride with Wounded Vets
At the Bush Institute’s fifth annual Warrior 100K Mountain Bike Ride, which honors our men and women wounded in military service, former president George W. Bush characteristically did not talk to me about how he felt riding more than 60 …
Dana’s One-Stop, All-Purpose Wisdom Shop
‘Conservatism by its very nature is compassionate,” Dana Perino writes in her new book, And the Good News Is#…#: Lessons and Advice from the Bright Side. “Conservatives are charitable, forgiving, and are always — always — more willing to laugh …
Obama’s Approval Rating Today Matches Bush in September 2006
Reminder: This is not a popular president.
Back in September 2006, heading into a midterm election cycle as President Obama is today, on the same RCP average, President George W. Bush was#…#around 41 percent approval, around 55 percent disapproval.
But hey, you …
How Does Obama’s Approval Rating Compare to Bush’s Today?
The Washington Post asks Americans how they feel about President George W. Bush today, and the results may surprise his critics:
Days before his second term ended in 2009, Bush’s approval rating among all adults was 33 percent positive and 66 percent …
Biden, Just Flat Wrong on Pressure on Iran in 2008
Vice President Biden, today: “When we took office, let me remind, there was virtually no international pressure on Iran. We were the problem,” the vice president said. “We were diplomatically isolated in the world, in the region, in Europe.”
U.S. Set to Reach Another Debt Milestone Under Obama
The total U.S. public debt will probably hit $15.5 trillion today.
On Tuesday, according to the Department of the Treasury, it was $15,499,023,629,682.44, to be precise.
That figure was $10.6 trillion the day Barack Obama took office.
That is an increase of $4,872,146,580,769.36 …
Is Santorum’s Vision . . . a Conservatism of 2000?
In the Thursday edition of the Morning Jolt, Rick Perry shares his thoughts on the Iowa caucus process, the mistakes of Bachmann are reviewed (with a thought on a possible future path for her), and then this big question for …
Thinking Back to When Presidential Vacations Were Bad…
As I prepare for vacation and President Obama prepares for his 10 days in Martha’s Vineyard at a $50,000-per-week rental of the 28-acre beachfront Blue Heron Farm, let’s take a moment to remember when our friends on the left …
Rummy: Obama Team ‘Has Wisely Chosen to Continue’ Bush Policies
Reaction from Donald Rumsfeld:
The man who once called the United States “a paper tiger” and issued a fatwa to “kill all Americans” believed that our nation would not strike back if provoked. Today that man, …
Obama Barely Beats Bush . . . 43, We Mean.
This is a poll result that is . . . somewhat surprising: “Asked who they’d vote for if George W. Bush was allowed to run against Barack Obama for a third term next year, voters only go for Obama by a 48-44 …