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Monday, November 3, 2008

He Might Be Getting the “Don’t Let the Door Hit You in the Ass on the Way Out” Part Right

posted by on November 3 at 14:50 PM

We’re all excited to see Bush leave office. The shocking thing is that he might be preparing to leave gracefully, efficiently, and with maximum ease for his replacement:

…Bush is engineering what may be the most carefully considered and potentially successful presidential transition in modern times, both Democrats and Republicans close to the process say.

The president started the preparations last spring, ordering federal agencies to get ready for a new administration, with deadlines for various tasks. By August, White House Chief of Staff Joshua Bolten had persuaded representatives of Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama to join in. The advance work may get the new president off to a fast start, participants say.

“I do feel pretty good about this one,” says Harrison Wellford, a former White House and congressional aide who has worked on presidential transitions since Jimmy Carter’s back in 1976 and is now advising Obama. “The White House and the agencies are doing a good job, learning from mistakes of the past.”

Will wonders never fucking cease.

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I'll believe that when I see it.

But the reality is that his comrades looted the country and did their utmost best to destroy not just America's Middle Class, but our core values of Truth, Justice, and the American way of life.

January 20th can't come soon enough - and then the war crimes trials at the Hague.

Posted by Will in Seattle | November 3, 2008 2:53 PM

Bush doesn't want the job anymore. He'd leave tomorrow if he could. I believe that.

Posted by superyeadon | November 3, 2008 2:56 PM

i'm not surprised that the one thing they do competently is get the fuck out of dodge. i think bush secretly regretted his re-election.

paraguay, here he comes!

Posted by max solomon | November 3, 2008 2:58 PM

After two years of Obamunism, we'll start to miss W'.

Posted by raindrop | November 3, 2008 3:06 PM

Haven't we all been saying for years that the best thing he could do is leave?

Posted by dwight moody | November 3, 2008 3:06 PM

We'll be lucky if he just pilfers the White House silverware instead of looting another trillion from the Treasury for his buddies on his way out the back door.

Posted by flamingbanjo | November 3, 2008 3:07 PM
Posted by paul in kirkland | November 3, 2008 3:07 PM

Bush told us he was making good preparations for his wars, and for hurricane Katrina too. I expect a fiasco.

Posted by elenchos | November 3, 2008 3:08 PM

Agreed. I can't imagine he dreams of much more than sipping cold ones at the ranch, catching up on sports, and the occasional line of blow at this point. Sayanara, Cowboy.

Posted by alyson rae | November 3, 2008 3:09 PM

This isn't nuclear fusion, people. W has always been overly concerned with his place in history and looking like a good guy. He knows acting like a petty schmuck on his way out will only add to his dismal public perception. And the faster a new administration is able to get going and right the ship of state, the better W apologists will be able to argue that W positioned the nation to be turned around by his successor. W absolutely needs improvement as fast as possible for their to be any hope of some brainwashed revisionist grad student to author a dissertation about W the Great.

Posted by Kamala | November 3, 2008 3:11 PM

Either way, you just know that some jackass (Dick Cheney?) is going to sneak into the White House by cover of darkness and remove all the O's from the computer keyboards before the inauguration.

Posted by Hernandez | November 3, 2008 3:13 PM

I swear I know the difference between their, there, and they're.

Posted by Kamala | November 3, 2008 3:13 PM

Wait a sec, I read this earlier:

Which is basically the opposite of what Clinton did on his way out.

Posted by BenJ | November 3, 2008 3:21 PM

@9, that place in Crawford is the farthest thing imaginable from a "ranch", and it is exceedingly unlikely that Bush will ever set foot there again. I expect it to be sold fairly soon; it's served its purpose, which was to falsely persuade people that Bush was in fact a rancher, when of course he's been an office boy all his life. All that famous "brush clearing"? A total sham. You don't clear brush in high summer, unless you're putting on a show for the cameras.

Bush's retirement is going to be in the upper echelon of Dallas high society, with periodic jaunts to speak in front of conservative groups (but not outside the country; I don't think Bush will risk being arrested on war crime charges). Any vacations will be where they have always been for the Bushes, at the family compound in Kennebunkport, Maine.

Posted by Fnarf | November 3, 2008 3:23 PM
Posted by BenJ | November 3, 2008 3:24 PM

My guess is they'll pop all the O's off the keyboards.

Posted by Balt-O-Matt | November 3, 2008 3:33 PM

You miss that that bit at the end about "mistakes of the past" is likely a direct jab at the outgoing Clinton Presidency, which reportedly trashed the WH offices in a sort of salted-earth campaign on the way out.

Posted by K | November 3, 2008 3:34 PM

@ agreed. Weekly = lame. Weekly blog = fail. One comment...from dude's coworker.

Posted by JJohn | November 3, 2008 3:37 PM

Kind of stunning, actually.

After all that they've fucked up -- and they've surely fucked up almost everything they've touched -- it's sort of amazing that the only thing they get right is the part where they leave.

Posted by Reverse Polarity | November 3, 2008 3:40 PM


Posted by JJohn | November 3, 2008 3:40 PM

Fnarf, don't you think he will always be welcome in Saudi Arabia? The House of Saud have always adored his dad.

Posted by inkweary | November 3, 2008 3:40 PM

@16, 17: those stories turned out to be fabricated. The departing Clintonistas didn't steal the Ws or trash the offices, although Fox News was instructed to report that they had. I see that the impression stuck.

Posted by Fnarf | November 3, 2008 3:44 PM

A lie will go round the world while truth is pulling its boots on.

Posted by elenchos | November 3, 2008 3:51 PM

@21 -- yeah, sure, he'll be welcome in Saudi. But why would he want to go? I suppose if he needs a little adulation fix.

Posted by Fnarf | November 3, 2008 3:54 PM

that's why i prefer the naked truth.

Posted by infrequent | November 3, 2008 3:55 PM

At least Bush won't do stupid things like pardon felons, like Clinton did to Marc Rich.

Posted by raindrop | November 3, 2008 3:59 PM

I can't wait to spit on his grave.

Posted by DOUG. | November 3, 2008 3:59 PM

@22: Perhaps so because I can't help but think I would have joined in.

Posted by K | November 3, 2008 4:02 PM

Sure they'll make an orderly transition. They'll even take care of a few extra pardons, shred a bunch of pesky documents sitting around, maybe find some extra money to give away in no-bid contracts. Smooth and easy, like a poison pill coated in gelatin.

Posted by Greg | November 3, 2008 4:12 PM

What a load of bullshit:

The White House is working to enact a wide array of federal regulations, many of which would weaken government rules aimed at protecting consumers and the environment, before President Bush leaves office in January.

The new rules would be among the most controversial deregulatory steps of the Bush era and could be difficult for his successor to undo. Some would ease or lift constraints on private industry, including power plants, mines and farms.

Those and other regulations would help clear obstacles to some commercial ocean-fishing activities, ease controls on emissions of pollutants that contribute to global warming, relax drinking-water standards and lift a key restriction on mountaintop coal mining.

Once such rules take effect, they typically can be undone only through a laborious new regulatory proceeding, including lengthy periods of public comment, drafting and mandated reanalysis.

Never trust anything a Republican says.

Posted by keshmeshi | November 3, 2008 4:22 PM

@26 - O RLY?

Do you haz cristl ball or wut?

Posted by merry | November 3, 2008 4:35 PM

The pardon list will be long.

Very very long.

Not that that will stop other countries from issuing arrest warrants.

Posted by Will in Seattle | November 3, 2008 5:00 PM

@ 26

I'm sorry, when I read your post all I can see is the words "Scooter Libby."

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