Does the Bush family crest contain the motto “Open mouth, insert foot?” It sure seems like it should. “Poppy” Bush was once famously described by former Texas governor Ann Richards as having a “silver foot in his mouth.” The verbal gaffes of George W. Bush could fill volumes. Now, along comes Jeb, the “smart” Bush, who seems intent on derailing his fledgling campaign for president by saying one dumb thing after another.
Along with flip flopping on the Iraq war, Bush has also said that he would abolish the minimum wage. Then he said that same sex couples should be tolerant of Christians who would discriminate against them. Now, he’s trying to convince Americans that he would make a good president by reminding everyone of September 11.
Jeb certainly didn’t intend to make people think of 9/11 when he sat down to talk with Bob Schieffer on the May 31 broadcast of Face the Nation. But, after touting his resume as governor of Florida, he offered one comment that is certain to send a chill up your spine.
Scheiffer asks what Jeb learned from his brother — “successes and mistakes.” Without batting an eye, Jeb replies, “Well, the successes clearly are protecting the homeland.”
Let’s recap. George W. Bush was presented a Presidential Daily Briefing titled Bin Laden Determined To Strike in U.S. on August 6, 2001. Just over a month later, America was hit with the worst terrorist attack on American soil in history. In response to that attack, Bush started a war in Afghanistan, which he continued, despite an offer from the government of that country to turn over Bin Laden to a neutral country for trial. Then, because one war apparently wasn’t enough, Bush started a second war with Iraq. Over 2,300 Americans have lost their lives in Afghanistan, and almost 4,500 more died in Iraq.
This is how George W. Bush kept “the homeland” safe. Now Jeb is promising more of it. Anybody besides me want to tell him “no thanks?”
Here’s the video, via YouTube:
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