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Robert J. Elisberg

Robert J. Elisberg
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Robert J. Elisberg has been a regular contributor to the Huffington Post since 2006. His writing has appeared in such publications as the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Daily News, and Los Angeles Magazine, and served on the editorial board for the Writers Guild of America. He has contributed political writing to the anthology, "Clued in on Politics," 3rd edition (CQ Press). Born in Chicago, he attended Northwestern University and received his MFA from UCLA, where he was twice awarded the Lucille Ball Award for comedy screenwriting. Most recently, he wrote the comedy-adventure screenplay, “The Wild Roses,” for Callahan Filmworks, and had published his comic novella, "A Christmas Carol 2: The Return of Scrooge."

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MARCH 5, 2013 12:52PM

The Bush Family. The Gift That Keeps on Giving

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"I'm just an angry old man, hurting for my son."
-- former President George H.W. Bush, from his upcoming autobiography

Honestly, it's easy to understand the pain of a father, now 88 years old, coming to the defense of his son, blasted by critics for being uncaring and incompetent.  And as a father, it's a proper thing to do.

Unfortunately, George W. Bush chose to run for President of the United States.  And in doing so, he impacted the lives of 325 million Americans, and the world.  And when he left office, he had a 34% approval rating.  So, two-thirds of Americans were angry to, and hurting because of his son.

Bush 41, additionally says about his son, after Hurricane Katrina –

My heart went out to him.  Here is a guy who cares deeply. Who wants every possible resource of the federal government brought in to bear to help people, yet he is being roundly accused of not giving a damn ... the critics do not know what is in 43's heart, how deeply he feels about the hurt, the anguish, the losses affecting so many people, most of them poor.

It's a lovely statement.  Truly moving.  It just doesn't gibe with reality.  "Compassionate conservative" doesn't wash anymore.  As George W. Bush himself said, "Fool me once, shame on you.  Fool me twice...uh, you can't fool me again."

The reality is, lest the attempt continue to keep trying to re-write history, that he didn't use every possible resource of the federal government to help the people whose live were destroyed.  He underfunded, "No Child Left Behind."  He ignored a Presidential Daily Briefing titled, "Bin Laden Determined to Strike U.S." using airplanes, and 3,000 people died.  He started two wars, one of them unprovoked based on a lie.  He took a $128 billion surplus and made it a $482 billion deficit. He doubled the national debt to $11 trillion.  And he destroyed the economy.

He is roundly accused of not giving a damn, because whatever is in his heart and however deeply he feels about the hurt -- it's too deeply buried in there to have made much of a different in his actions, which he helped cause that hurt which affected so many people, most of them poor.

Not to mention 4,800 Americans dead. A million others dead or wounded.

Hey, I’m not sure the country is even over Bush 41, giving us Dan Quayle and Clarence Thomas.  And “Read my lips – No New Taxes,” a mantra Republicans like to quote proudly to this day, even though it was a lie to get elected, and his lips and pen did raise taxes.  (To help try to balance the budget, by the way…)

But again, I think it's natural and lovely that Poppy Bush came to the defense of his son and that, after Hurricane Katrina, "My heart went out to him."

Me, my heart went out to the thousands of so many people, most of them poor, who lost their homes and had their lives destroyed.  But that's just me.

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Congrats on the EP Robert! All true & Barbara didn't help it any with her infamous quote after Katrina! R
What a relief Obama has turned things around ... not.

Who thought Bush's nightmare legacy would be so little illuminated by the corruption and constitution-wrecking in Obama's.

libby
Congratulations on the EP. Well done.
The gift that keeps on giving. How fresh, how creative. And Poppy Bush. God, I wish I'd come up with that one.

Tired, tired, tired.
I must be out of the loop I don't understand the Bush 41 and Bush 43
Judith,
George Herbert Walker Bush (George H. W. Bush) was the country's 41'st President. His son, George W. Bush (aka "Dubya") was the country's 43rd President.

I never thought all that much of George H. W. Bush but I do more these days because he shines as President so much in comparison to his son. W was a complete disaster. In fact, my biggest disappointment with W was that I thought we'd at least get the benefit of his father's experience when he got elected. Instead, he tried deliberately to do as much as possible opposite of his father. His father, however, was competent, and he wasn't. His father went to war with a coalition; he went to war alone. His father stopped a war when it achieved the goal he'd set; he kept going. His father was the consummate diplomat; he basically told all of our allies "My way or the highway." His father raised taxes in spite of his promise when it became necessary to do so for the good of the country; he refused and left us in horrific financial shape as a result. His father had the good sense to refer to "voodoo economics" when he saw something that couldn't conceivably work; he regularly instituted policies that couldn't conceivably work. W is an embarrassment to his father. I guess speaking up on behalf of his kid might lessen the embarrassment of how much his kid reflected on him.
I do identify with his feelings about his son, if he's writing as a father and not as a President. It would be much more revealing if he were to write about his opinions of his son's administration. But I'm guessing he isn't capable of that kind of distance. Which is understandable.

I've always viewed W as a pawn in the GOP machine. He had the right name at the right time in history and little else. His decline from government and from the public in general leads me to believe that he understands this. I hope he writes a tell-all one day. Can you imagine??
Delusion prevails and the SHEEPLE believe. R.
Yeah, but the word on Jeb is that he's more competent than his brother. He'd almost have to be.
The Bush crime family is a disgrace to humanity. Nobody mentioned the fantastic job of getting right on an investigation into 911. His whole cabinet needs to be waterboarded, then indefinately detained. The funding of the Nazi party doesn't get much airplay either. Nor the assassination of JFK. It's almost as if the Bush kingpin didn't even exist during those times. Oh, and thanks for the crack cocaine epidemic, loser.
Dubya made it respectable for C students to achieve the highest office in the land. Cut the poor kid some slack, like his mamma probably did.

As David Letterman said early in the millennium, "The real threat to America is not Osama Bin Laden. It's Osama's smarter brother, Jeb Bin Laden."

God help us all.
Amen. And another nut is getting ripe to fall off the Bush in 2016.
sympathize. but lets not forget: *americans chose* george bush, for 8 years. twice. never forget that.
Succinct, 100% and the truth which will never set the Bush clan free. What the 2000 elections proved to me, was that our votes are "fixed" and the whole system is smoke and mirrors for us little people. The Bush, Koch, Kennedy and other ruling families of the 1% pull the strings and Obama has proved himself to be an employee. I still don't see much difference between himself and Dubya - now that's a tragic statement.

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