Regrets? He's had a few: In final news conference, President George W. Bush admits mistakes
Updated Monday, January 12th 2009, 1:01 PM
George W. Bush gives his last news conference as president Monday.
Bush: Lamest duck ever?
WASHINGTON - Addressing reporters in his final news conference before leaving office, President Bush admitted Monday to several mistakes during his tenure in office.
"Clearly putting a 'Mission Accomplished' (banner) on an aircraft carrier was a mistake," Bush said. "It sent the wrong message."
"Obviously," the president continued, "some of my rhetoric has been a mistake."
Bush also said that he should have pursed a comprehensive immigration overhaul after the 2004 election, instead of Social Security reform. Bush argued that Congress did not have the political willpower to tackle Social Security at the time because the program was not facing an "imminent" funding crisis.
Bush defended his widely-criticized decision not to visit Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005. Bush said that if he "landed Air Force One in New Orleans or Baton Rouge" shortly after the hurricane, "law enforcement would have been pulled away from the mission." The media, Bush claimed, would have then asked how he could have "possibly have flown Air Force One into Baton Rouge" when "police officers that were needed to expedite traffic out of New Orleans were taken off the task to look after you?"
Bush said he was "disappointed with the tone in Washington" and that he had "tried to do his part" to change the political environment for the better.
But "the rhetoric got out of control," Bush said.
Asked about the federal bailout, Bush said that President-elect Obama has not yet asked him to request the release of the remaining $350 billion in TARP funds.
Bush said he has no intention of doing so unless Obama asks him to do so.
Turning to the the situation in Gaza, the president said that a "sustainable cease-fire" could only be accomplished when "Hamas stops firing rockets into Israel."
Bush said that the "choice is Hamas's to make." He also stated that the best way to get a sustainable cease-fire is to "work with Egypt to stop the smuggling of arms into... Gaza.
"Countries that supply weapons to Hamas have got to stop," Bush said.
Turning to the question of his plans after leaving office, Bush said, "When I get out of here, I'm getting off the stage. I believe there ought to be one person in the klieg lights at a time."
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Ezekiel12 Jan 13, 2009 2:15:17 PM Report Offensive Post
KEV86, there was a budge surplus, dude. Don't send us to any phony expert Web sites. All credible economists and treasury experts have agreed that Bill Clinton left office with a surplus. That's your only expert? Don't attempt to turn one of America's best chief executives into George W. Bush. Clinton was an excellent steward of the economy. Bush is a failure.
KEV86 Jan 13, 2009 2:18:16 PM Report Offensive Post
downwithracism: considering the source got all of his data from the US Treasury department (that's the government itself in case you had no clue), I would say that's a reasonable source. You are only giving one senator as a source (and of course we all know senators know everything) with no data to back it up. How about you give a source to actual accounting data to show the surplus? Bet you can't.
KEV86 Jan 13, 2009 2:23:52 PM Report Offensive Post
Kev86, yes, it's true the U.S. suffered from terror attacks during the Clinton years. But so did a bunch of other countries. But aside from Muslim fanatics, everyone else loved the U.S. and Bill Clinton remains more popular than either George W. Bush. Send Clinton and Bush to Europe and see which one draws more crowds smiles and which one gets a shoe thrown at him. Ask any Asian or African which man they like more, Clinton or George W. and see what answer you get. Ask any Arab whom they prefer, George W. or Bill Clinton. The bottom line is Bill Clinton is beloved and so was our country when he was in the White House. Who cares if he had sex with willing adult female and used a cigar to get her off. Environmentalist Al Gore will be remembered for saving the Spotted Owl, Bill Clinton will be remember for hiding the White Owl.
KEV86 Jan 13, 2009 2:35:38 PM Report Offensive Post
All the other countries you say loved Clinton and hate Bush are, like Clinton, appeasers whose countries are currently overrun with terrorists. That what you strive for? Arabs love Clinton because he was weak just like the other countries you speak of. And oh yeah, Africa, lots of good stuff going on there. In this world, I'd rather be feared than liked. Aderma
melloca Jan 13, 2009 2:40:18 PM Report Offensive Post
KEV 86, Countries that Bush negotiated with Lybia, North Korea, Saudi Arabia who by the way had the most Hijackers on board during 9-11. Bin Laden is still on the run. Where has that gotten us absolutley Know where.
KEV86 Jan 13, 2009 2:51:51 PM Report Offensive Post
melloca....don't worry about it, Obama will "talk" to them and all will be well again. Aderma
downwithracism Jan 13, 2009 3:02:06 PM Report Offensive Post
KEV86 - Oh a challenge. You lose. Here's the government agency website pal just for you ---- http://www.cbo.gov/budget/data/historical.xls. Just in case - CBO means the Congressional Budget Office. Some more for you to ponder --- Watts was a congressman, not a senator (how misinformed are you??). Second, your own source claims that the Montly Treasury Reports where he got his data from claims that in September of 2000 and I quote ---- "In table 1 on page 2 we can see the $236,993 surplus on the "year-to-date" surplus value at the bottom of the table" Then he puts his own spin on things. Your serve pal.
downwithracism Jan 13, 2009 3:36:53 PM Report Offensive Post
KEV86 - Perhaps you should make a note to yourself that in the future you will actually read your source and make sure that they are credible before using them as fact. This guy has no background in economics or finance, but wants to give the world his opinion. And people like you get suckered. Second, don't challenge anyone if you can't back up your challenge. It makes you look stupid. Kind of like a lawyer asking a question that he doesn't know the answer to.
frabil Jan 14, 2009 5:17:48 AM Report Offensive Post
Note to imback: Do a little research before you misinform. The unemployment rate was never anywhere near 14 percent under Carter, according to government figures. In fact, it was higher in the Ford years (following the Nixon years) that it was during the Carter administration. And in the last 35 years, it only hit double digits over several months during 1982, after Reagan had been in office for nearly two years.
jerseyjeff Jan 16, 2009 5:33:34 AM Report Offensive Post
Good riddance to the man who, along with Darth Cheney, destroyed this country thoroughly. A 5th grade intellect turned loose with nuke-ular launch codes on the world. Thanks George! Thanks, Dickie. Don't let the door hit you in your a$$ on the way out.
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