Parting shot at Bush’s parting shot.
Official coverage of the last press conference in the New York Times here.
Selected statements and responses below.
Mr. Bush said he was not certain why he had become so divisive. “I don’t know why they get angry,” he replied to a question about those who disagreed with his policies so vehemently that it became personal. “I don’t know why they get hostile.” He added that he had learned not to pay attention.
Learned, and mastered.
“I don’t see how I can get back home in Texas and look in the mirror and be proud of what I see, if I allowed the loud voices, the loud critics to prevent me from doing what I thought was necessary to protect this country,” Mr. Bush said.
Most people call those ‘loud voices’ their conscience, George.
“Even in the darkest moments of Iraq,” the president said, he and his staff found that there were times “when we could be light-hearted and support each other.”
As in: “There’s no way people are going to fall for this, is there? Really? Bwahahaha! We are rocking the free world! IN YOUR FACE, Neil Young!”
He predicted Republicans would make a comeback but said he was “concerned that in the wake of the defeat that the temptation will be to look inward.”
Thus reversing his modus operandi of never listening to the ‘loud voices’ of his conscience, his constituents, his peers or the world at large.
And now, for one last attempt to misunderestimate President Bush and deliberately take him out of context…
And in terms of the decisions that I had made to protect the homeland, I wouldn’t worry about popularity. What I would worry about is the Constitution of the United States…
I have often said that history will look back and determine that which could have been done better, or, you know, mistakes I made. Clearly putting a “Mission Accomplished” on a aircraft carrier was a mistake. It sent the wrong message. We were trying to say something differently, but nevertheless, it conveyed a different message. Obviously, some of my rhetoric has been a mistake.
President George W. Bush
January 12, 2009