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By Phil Perrier | June 5, 2001
LOS ANGELES -- The press initially honored President Bush's request to lay off his twin daughters, Jenna and Barbara. But Jenna Bush had other ideas. Most recently she tried to buy drinks at a Tex-Mex restaurant in Austin, Texas, using a fake ID. Fake IDs tend not to work when you're the most recognizable 19-year-old in America other than Britney Spears. Jenna Bush is either none too bright or, more likely, she is having a little rebellious phase. Let's face it: Dubya probably did not pay his kids much attention over the past couple of years, what with the campaign.
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April 30, 2013
The Sun again stupidly goes after President George W. Bush for the Iraq War and the weapons of mass destruction, calling him a liar ("Misoverestimating Bush," April 28). Even you people know that no American president would send U.S. troops into battle for no reason. To call President Bush a liar while The Sun protects the biggest liar to ever sit in the White House is laughable and sad. I can refer to a couple of outstanding examples: The travesty in Afghanistan and the biggest lie of all, Obamacare.
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By Steve Chapman | March 26, 2004
CHICAGO - In President Bush's handling of the war on terror, two facts stand out: Before Sept. 11, 2001, he failed to take military action against an enemy that had attacked us, and later, he took military action against an enemy that had not attacked us. He has a rejoinder for anyone who accuses him of failing to move against al-Qaida early in his term. He said Tuesday, "[CIA Director] George Tenet briefed me on a regular basis about the terrorist threat to the United States of America, and had my administration had any information that terrorists were going to attack New York City on Sept.
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By Jules Witcover | March 22, 2013
The 10th anniversary of the American invasion of Iraq seems an appropriate time to look back at how it all happened and what it has wrought, not so much for Iraq as for the United States, which poured its own troops, treasure and world reputation into that colossal misadventure. American combat forces have finally been withdrawn, but with a continuing U.S. hand-holding of a propped-up and shaky regime in Baghdad. Saddam Hussein is dead, but outbursts of deadly violence continue as the war in Afghanistan, from which the Iraq invasion was a costly diversion, drags on. Was it worth it?
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May 12, 2008
It's time for President Bush and Republicans in the Senate to stop playing politics and agree to support a plan to help rescue hundreds of thousands of families, including Marylanders, who are in danger of losing their homes to foreclosure. Mr. Bush has blasted the legislative plan agreed upon by a bipartisan majority in the House as a bailout for speculators and irresponsible borrowers, but his criticism is unfair. It's going to cost homeowners and lenders who participate in the rescue plan, but the nation will pay a heavier price if they aren't helped.
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By Paul West and Paul West,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | November 7, 2002
WASHINGTON - A wartime president with sky-high popularity. A campaign cash advantage for Republican candidates. A failure by Democrats to articulate a clear alternative vision. Those were some key factors behind the historic - and unexpected - Republican triumph in Tuesday's election, politicians in both parties said yesterday. "You cannot ignore the fact that America did change on 9/11, over a year ago. And I think that did have an effect on this election," said Republican Sen. Trent Lott of Mississippi, who will soon reclaim the title, and power, of Senate majority leader.
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By Ivan Penn and Johnathon E. Briggs and Ivan Penn and Johnathon E. Briggs,SUN STAFF | January 12, 2004
Two out of three Maryland voters believe the United States is likely to be the target of another terrorist attack in the next few months, but most expressed satisfaction with steps taken by their state government to protect them, a new poll for The Sun suggests. A growing disapproval of President Bush, however, has resulted in the lowest approval rating for Bush in his presidency. And a majority believes the president misled the country about the situation in Iraq before the war. About 40 percent of Maryland voters believe the president is winning the war on terrorism, up 5 percentage points from a year ago. But the president's struggle to win over Marylanders appears, in part, to be a result of a widening gap along party lines over some of his policies.
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By David L. Greene and David L. Greene,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | July 31, 2004
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - President Bush tried yesterday to neutralize whatever advantage John Kerry picked up at the Democratic convention, arguing that the nominee and his allies offered "clever speeches and some big promises" - which Bush said Kerry would have to pay for by raising taxes. "He hasn't told us how he plans to pay for it," Bush said of Kerry's agenda. "You and I can guess. It's an educated guess. After all, he's had a history of voting to raise taxes." "Raising taxes to fulfill all his big promises will be the wrong medicine for America's improving economy," he told a crowd crammed into a college gymnasium here.
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By David L. Greene and David L. Greene,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | September 2, 2004
NEW YORK -- After a quick detour to Ohio to rally voters in that battleground state, President Bush made his triumphal landing in New York last night -- and headed straight for a community center in Queens for an appearance with firefighters that was heavy with symbolism from Sept. 11. At the neighborhood center, which serves an Italian-American community, Bush picked up an endorsement from a firefighters union and held up for cameras an "FDNY" cap -- the symbol of New York firefighters that became well-known to Americans after the terrorist attacks that devastated this city.
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By Michael Hill and Michael Hill,SUN STAFF | November 7, 2004
In the wake of any presidential election, there is always the requisite talk of healing the wounds, closing the divides, of the necessity of coming together for the good of the nation. Sometimes, it even happens. Herbert C. Smith, a political scientist at McDaniel College, recalls that John F. Kennedy - coming off a squeaker win over Richard Nixon in 1960 - put Republicans in his Cabinet, notably Robert McNamara as secretary of defense and Douglas Dillon as secretary of the treasury. That was then, this is now. Though there are clearly opportunities in this political season for President Bush to move to the center, there is little likelihood that that will happen.
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By Jules Witcover | October 29, 2012
One of the most telling aspects of the 2012 presidential campaign now racing to its end is the matter of the vanishing former two-term Republican president. His name is so seldom mentioned by his party's nominee and other stalwarts as to take on the characteristic of a toxic distant uncle. That other GOP two-termer, Ronald Reagan, continues posthumously to enjoy the stature of political sainthood among the faithful. But the 43rd president, who is the son and namesake of the 41st, has been neither seen nor heard from in the blizzard of speech-making and television advertising by and in behalf of party standard-bearer Mitt Romney.
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By Jules Witcover | September 17, 2012
Its candidate having blundered into unfamiliar foreign-policy territory by accusing President Barack Obama of apologizing in the current Mideast crisis, the Romney campaign has now bizarrely compounded the political misstep by throwing more fuel on the fire. Rich Williamson, a foreign affairs adviser to Mitt Romney who also served Presidents Reagan and both Bushes, was wheeled out Thursday to suggest that if his candidate had been in the Oval Office at the time of the embassy protests and attacks that killed U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens in Libya, they might not have occurred.
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By Leonard Benardo and Jennifer Weiss | August 16, 2012
Since exiting the White House in January 2009, George W. Bush has effectively managed to keep himself out of the spotlight. While a handful of news stories have captured Mr. Bush's promotion of his cancer initiative in Africa and furnished updates on the progress of his presidential library, the former president has deliberately resisted the temptations of political life. Even his endorsement of the GOP presidential candidate, made public through a spokesman - "President Bush is confident that Mitt Romney will be a great president" - seemed tepid at best.
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By Jonah Goldberg | August 6, 2012
This is shaping up to be the second election in a row that's about someone who isn't on the ballot: George W. Bush. In 2008, Barack Obama won in no small part by turning the election into a referendum on President Bush and by claiming that a John McCain presidency would amount to a third Bush term. Since then, Mr. Obama's presidency has been one long run-on sentence of blaming his predecessor, only occasionally punctuated with complaints about Europe, ATMs, the GOP Congress, Fox News and tsunamis.
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March 29, 2012
A familiar theme used by those opposed to opening new areas for oil extraction is that it won't do anything to address our immediate needs. The most frequently cited duration for new locations to result in tank-ready gas is five to 10 years. Couple that with President Barack Obama's assertion that we are producing more gas now than ever before. It leads one to do some basic math and realize the approvals must have been initiated whilePresident George W. Bush was in office. Thank you, President Bush for your foresight.
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June 13, 2011
Letter writer David A. Liddle calls out another letter for not having his "facts right. " This, right before going into an anti-Bush rant that, well, has all of the facts wrong. Mr. Liddle claims that the Dow Jones Industrial Average was 14,000 when President Bush took office (it wasn't, it was just over 10,000), and that the price of gasoline was over $4 per gallon when Mr. Bush left office (in fact, it was well below $3 gallon when he left office). To be clear, I personally don't think presidents hold a whole lot of sway over gas prices.
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By Paul West and Paul West,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | September 21, 2001
WASHINGTON - Declaring that "freedom itself is under attack," President Bush told Congress and the nation last night that the United States was prepared to lead an all-out battle to disrupt and defeat a global web of terrorism. Bush, trying to rally the country at a time of crisis, said, "The hour is coming" for military action. But he gave no clues as to when, where and how U.S. forces, being deployed around the world, might strike. In some of his toughest language, Bush bluntly warned nations that support or harbor terrorists that the time had come to choose sides.
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By FREDERICK N. RASMUSSEN and FREDERICK N. RASMUSSEN,SUN REPORTER | July 22, 2006
While he was chewing on a luncheon roll and discussing the current crisis between Hezbollah and Israel at a meeting this week with world leaders at the G-8 summit in St. Petersburg, Russia, a microphone picked up President Bush using a well-known barnyard epithet with British Prime Minister Tony Blair. Presidents, who at times forget they're mere mortals like the rest of us, can be and often are vulgar and profane in private and public, like the rest of us. "With all due respect, it's like Bush has no dignity," said Russell Baker, who covered the Eisenhower administration for the New York Times, and later wrote the nationally syndicated "Observer" column until retiring in 1998.
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May 10, 2011
Letter writer John Holter criticizes President Bush for not attending Ground Zero with the current president ("Bush should have gone to Ground Zero," May 8). I wonder if Mr. Holter is aware that former President Clinton also declined an initiation to visit Ground Zero with President Obama? Does Mr. Holter feel that former President Clinton also turned his back on his supporters, the dignity of the office of president and the victory we are now celebrating? George Bush has refrained from criticizing Mr. Obama since the new president took office, despite the fact that Mr. Obama has criticized President Bush relentlessly.
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