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Jeb Bush, Asshole of the Day for September 17, 2015
During last night’s Republican debate, Jeb Bush claimed that Obama created ISIS by withdrawing troops, and then under criticism from Trump, he defiantly proclaimed his brother George W. Bush “kept...

Jeb Bush, Asshole of the Day for September 17, 2015

During last night’s Republican debate, Jeb Bush claimed that Obama created ISIS by withdrawing troops, and then under criticism from Trump, he defiantly proclaimed his brother George W. Bush “kept us safe.”

And today he didn’t walk away from that ridiculous statement– instead he doubled down on Twitter:

Boy, he’s really proud of this one. And it sounds great if you can forget

  • 9/11 in which thousands died on American soil. Jeb even puts 9/11 in the photo in tweet. That happened on his brother’s watch. And don’t tell me you blame that one on Clinton, but then blame Obama for the troop withdrawal that his brother signed in 2008. You could make an argument that Clinton is to blame for 9/11 or that Obama is to blame for the troop withdrawal, but you can’t pretend that George W. Bush isn’t responsible for either.
  • The Iraq War, which also led to the deaths and wounding of thousands of American.s
  • Letting North Korea develop nuclear weapons
  • All the Americans who were left to die in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina
  • The botched Iraq occupation which let terrorists thrive in new country
  • Letting Iran start a nuclear program
  • And of course he never caught Bin Laden

So no, his brother did not keep us safe. And for saying he did, proudly, all pleased with himself, Jeb Bush is the Asshole of the Day.

It is Jeb Bush’s second time as Asshole of the Day. In the first he also blamed something his brother did on Obama.


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Eric Bolling, Asshole of the Day for October 3, 2014
by TeaPartyCat (Follow @TeaPartyCat)
We all know that if you take things out of context, they can mean the exact opposite of what they did at the time. And it’s a long running trick in politics and...

Eric Bolling, Asshole of the Day for October 3, 2014

by TeaPartyCat ()

We all know that if you take things out of context, they can mean the exact opposite of what they did at the time. And it’s a long running trick in politics and other contentious areas to try to catch an opponent out of context so as to embarrass them in front of voters.

But there’s pulling quotes out of context, and then there’s ignoring the entire decade context that something happens in. A decade we were all there for and participated in. And yet Fox News wants us to believe that George W. Bush predicted the rise of ISIL:

During an October 2 interview on Fox Friends, co-host Brian Kilmeade spoke with Bush about the pull out of American forces in Iraq and the subsequent rise of the Islamic State. Kilmeade suggested that Bush predicted the rise of the Islamic State and asked the former president “How did you know” that “we needed a surge” in order to prevent an occurrence like this?

Kilmeade also asked Bush whether he agreed with Gen. Martin Dempsey’s assessment that Obama should have left a residual military force in Iraq. And though Bush acknowledged that having a former president “second guessing” is not “good for the presidency or the country,” he said that he agreed with Dempsey’s assessment.

On The Five, co-host Eric Bolling went further, commenting that “maybe the bad decision was to pull out too soon. As we pointed out George Bush predicted that if we had left a residual force in Iraq, maybe we wouldn’t have Americans beheaded on tape.”

Yep, they are pushing an old speech from 2007 as “proof” that Bush predicted the rise of ISIL if the US didn’t keep forces in Iraq. Now it sounds convincing if you don’t remember anything else or think about it even a little. But we have brains, so let’s review how truly offensive this is:

Look, if Bush predicted/prophesized ISIL in 2007, then why oh why did Bush sign the agreement in 2008 for our troops to leave Iraq in 2011? The very deal Obama followed in leaving? Because that happened:

Despite Fox News’ insistence that President Obama should be blamed for the rise of ISIS for pulling troops out of Iraq, in 2008 Bush signed a Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) which provided that U.S. troops pull out of Iraq by 2011. And later attempts to extend the SOFA “fell through after the Iraqis balked at a provision granting U.S. troops immunity from prosecution after 2011.”

And no less than Dick Cheney was saying in 2004 that signing that agreement was a good idea. He touted it as an accomplishment:

DICK CHENEY (¼/2009): We’ve now entered into a strategic framework agreement with the Iraqis that calls for ultimately the U.S. completion of the assignment, withdrawal of our forces from Iraq. All of those things, I think by anybody’s standard, would be … (coughs) excuse me, evidence of significant success.

So where’s your prophet now, Fox News?!

Iraq, you may recall, didn’t want us. And why was that? Bush. What Bush did. Barging in without a plan or understanding of the sectarian factions that would, once released from Saddam’s iron grip, return to their fighting. There’s even a quote from before the invasion where this happened:

Galbraith reports that the three of them spent some time explaining to Bush that there are two different sects in Islam–to which the President allegedly responded, “I thought the Iraqis were Muslims!”

So please, don’t tell me that Bush predicted this. He didn’t predict what happened– he was on the freedom-on-the-march, greeted-as-liberators, mission-accomplished bandwagon. Fuck, he was driving the Mission Accomplished bandwagon. He never thought about the chaos that would ensue, or that he didn’t have a good plan, or enough troops, or an exit strategy. And that speech was just to justify the Surge, which was to try to clean up some of his fucking mess.

So to say he predicted the rise of ISIL from this one speech justifying another prolongation of the war he executed so poorly, while ignoring that he caused Iraq to hate us and want us out, that he then signed the agreement for us to leave (against this “prediction”), well, nothing could be more ridiculously a-historical and stupid. But Eric Bolling isn’t stupid, he is willfully refusing to connect the dots, and hoping you are too. And for that, Eric Bolling is Asshole of the Day.

Now Kilmeade and the rest of Fox News are all in on this ridiculous attempt to blame Obama for abiding by an agreement Bush signed, and then pretend Bush predicted ISIL. But we don’t give group awards, and it was Bolling who made the most blatant “Bush was right statement”, which is why we gave it to him.

It is Eric Bolling’s first time as Asshole of the Day, though just one more asshole from Fox News, which has been featured here so many times.

Full story: Media Matters.

The whole thing is just so ridiculous. A month ago I satirized the people who keep trying to pretend that the mess in Iraq in general and ISIL specifically are the fault of Obama with my post A Quick Recap Of The Iraq War And Its Aftermath for those wondering how Obama messed things up. And here they are actually doing something very much like it. Why do they insist on living up to satire?


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Is Brian Kilmeade Asshole of the Day?

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Is Brian Kilmeade asshole of the day for saying George W. Bush was better at dodging shoes than Hillary Clinton?

the folks at Fox News offered a less dignified response. Fox & Friends host Brian Kilmeade took the opportunity to declare that former president George W. Bush is much better at dodging shoes

Via National Memo

And here’s the video from Media Matters:

Is he joking? What do you think?

Photo source: http://briankilmeade.com/photos/


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Asshole of the Day, November 29, 2013: Jeb Bush
by TeaPartyCat (Follow @TeaPartyCat)
Fox News and other conservative media outlets are famous for their faux outrage at nothing scandals. Usually these are based on at least a slim amount of truth,...

Asshole of the Day, November 29, 2013: Jeb Bush

by TeaPartyCat ()

Fox News and other conservative media outlets are famous for their faux outrage at nothing scandals. Usually these are based on at least a slim amount of truth, though it is blown up and out of context, there’s at least a sliver of truth. They count on that sliver to try to push it into more mainstream outlets.

The latest “scandal” regards the US embassy to the Vatican. Conservatives are pushing a story that the Obama administration is closing it because Obama hates Catholics like the Bishops who have fought him so hard on the contraception mandate.

And what is the sliver of truth propping up this nonsense? Well, the embassy is leaving it’s current location.

But here’s the thing:

  1. It isn’t closing, it’s moving.
  2. The move was planned when George W. Bush was still president.

But once the conservative machine revved up on this “scandal”, even Jeb Bush felt he had to jump in, tweeting this:

Look, asshole, it’s not moving and YOUR BROTHER started this, so you of all people don’t get to pretend this is Obama insulting or retaliating against Catholics. Weren’t you supposed to be the smart one?

It is Jeb Bush’s first time being named Asshole of the Day, all the more impressive when you consider he beat out Rush Limbaugh and Kanye West.

Full story: http://thinkprogress.org/health/2013/11/29/3004911/jeb-bush-claims-obamas-decision-vatican-embassy-actually-obamacare/


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Is Martha MacCallum Asshole of the Day?

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Is Fox News’ Martha MacCallum asshole of the day for saying Obamacare is unlike Iraq or Katrina because it touches so many lives, thus implying it is a greater disaster than either of those debacles on Bush’s watch?

“What I keep coming back to in all of this is unlike other issues — Katrina or the Iraq war — that we’ve seen in [President George W. Bush’s] second term, this is something that touches so many people’s lives across the country,” MacCallum opined. “And you don’t know whether the president is going to be able to successfully dodge it.”

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/11/25/fox-news-host-obamacare-touches-so-many-peoples-lives-unlike-katrina-or-the-iraq-war/

Can we stop with the Iraq/Katrina vs. Obamacare/healthcare.gov comparisons? Thousands of Americans died in the Bush events, and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, and NO ONE has died due to Obamacare or a website.

Image source: http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/personalities/martha-maccallum/bio/#s=m-q


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Asshole of the Day, November 5, 2013: Andy Card
by TeaPartyCat (Follow @TeaPartyCat)
Former George W. Bush chielf-of-staff Andy Card is very disappointed in Obama:
“ “Well, first of all, I fault not only the President but I fault the people around...

Asshole of the Day, November 5, 2013: Andy Card

by TeaPartyCat ()

Former George W. Bush chielf-of-staff Andy Card is very disappointed in Obama:

“Well, first of all, I fault not only the President but I fault the people around the President for allowing him to mislead the American people for so long,” Card told the panel on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “His categorical statements were made not as a candidate but as a President of the United States and words do matter at the White House. And it’s usually somebody in the White House that goes to the President and says, ‘Mr. President, you said that but it’s not entirely true. You’ve got to put a caveat around it.’”

I don’t buy his premise that leading people to believe they could keep even the crappiest insurance policies that the ACA was designed to get rid of and replace with better insurance without all the risks to the consumer is the high crime Andy Card thinks it is. But that’s not what makes Andy Card Asshole of the Day.

What gets me is that the chief-of-staff before and during the Iraq war thinks that “usually somebody in the White House goes to the President and says, ‘Mr. President, you said that but it’s not entirely true. You’ve got to put a caveat around it.’” So, Andy Card, when did you ever say to George W. Bush “you said that but it’s not entirely true”?

Did you say it after Bush claimed their were WMDs?

Did you say it after Bush claimed Saddam was acquiring material for nukes?

Did you say it after Bush flew onto an aircraft carrier on national television to declare Mission Accomplished?

I think we can safely say that you did not. Not once. Because if you did, I can be certain that you would have bragged that you did when all those things turned out not only not to be true, but that the administration suspected or knew they weren’t true all along. And you would have put it in a book and toured the country talking about how you were right but no one would listen.

So, no, you don’t get to complain about a president mislead the American people, asshole, not until you come clean about the misleading you did on Iraq.

It is Andy Card’s first time as Asshole of the Day, but fellow Bushie Donald Rumsfeld was named Asshole of the Day for whining that Obama wasn’t acting like a commander-in-chief regarding Syria.

Full story: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/bush-chief-of-staff-wishes-obama-wouldn-t-mislead-the-american-people


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Is Andy Card Asshole of the Day?

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Is former Bush chielf-of-staff asshole of the day for saying Obama is misleading the American people?

“Well, first of all, I fault not only the President but I fault the people around the President for allowing him to mislead the American people for so long,” Card told the panel on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “His categorical statements were made not as a candidate but as a President of the United States and words do matter at the White House. And it’s usually somebody in the White House that goes to the President and says, ‘Mr. President, you said that but it’s not entirely true. You’ve got to put a caveat around it.’”

“So I think there were a lot of people that knew what the President was saying, they knew it wasn’t accurate but nobody was correcting it,” he continued. “So I think there should be a little mea culpa at the White House, not just from the President but from all the people around the President because he has real problems.”

“The other thing is I think they’ve got to be candid with the American people,” Card said. “President Obama has lost the confidence of telling the truth to the American people. And he’s done the same thing around the world. So I do think words matter when they come out of the President's mouth, and people at the White House understand that and they should be helping to make sure his words are taken for what they are, the truth.”

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/bush-chief-of-staff-wishes-obama-wouldn-t-mislead-the-american-people

Andy Card was George W. Bush’s chief-of-staff until 2006, and he has never admitted to misleading the American people on Iraq. Remember “MISSION ACCOMPLISHED”, asshole?

Image source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Andrew_Card_award_crop.jpg


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Epic takedown of asshole Ron Fournier for saying healthcare,gov just like Iraq or Katrina. So good, I wish I wrote it.
wonkette:
“ Glitchy Obamacare Websites Basically Like That Time George Bush Mission Accomplished Iraq And Also Katrina
Are you...

Epic takedown of asshole Ron Fournier for saying healthcare,gov just like Iraq or Katrina. So good, I wish I wrote it.

wonkette:

Glitchy Obamacare Websites Basically Like That Time George Bush Mission Accomplished Iraq And Also Katrina

Are you having trouble keeping track of all the stupendously mind-numbingly bad Obamacare analogies? Yes, it is just like Hitler. No, it is not an iPhone. It is sort of like Green Eggs and Ham. Well, thanks to National Journal’s Very Serious Columnist Ron Fournier, we have a new one to melt our brains like a white-bread-and-Kraft-singles sandwich grilling on the hood of a Chevy Pinto in August:

“Just like Katrina, when the big problem President Bush had was diminishing the significance of what was happening, saying ‘Hey, way to go, Brownie,’—you had the president yesterday talking about glitches and kinks. This is bigger than glitches and kinks,” Fournier said on MSNBC, as quoted by Mediate. “The one difference was Katrina was a storm, the health care law was Obama’s creation.”

Fournier then added, “Maybe the Iraq War is a better analogy.”

Um, sure. Okay. That makes perfect sense, what with the president heckuva jobbing Kathleen Sebelius, who personally wrote the code for the Obamacare websites ergo IMPEACH!, in between birthday cake photo-ops with John McCain. Except — oh wait, that didn’t happen. Maybe Fournier is right, and the Iraq War is a better analogy — if you allow Fournier to ignore that stuff Fournier said about how the media really ought to get over the way George Bush clusterfucked Iraq and instead remember that he was a pretty awesome bro.

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Asshole of the Day, August 14, 2013: Reince Priebus
You would think after the endless vacations that George W. Bush took as president that Republicans would not make a big deal about Obama’s vacations.
You would be wrong.
At this point in his...

Asshole of the Day, August 14, 2013: Reince Priebus

You would think after the endless vacations that George W. Bush took as president that Republicans would not make a big deal about Obama’s vacations.

You would be wrong.

At this point in his presidency, George W. Bush had taken 367 vacation days, whereas Obama has only taken 92. That’s according to PolitiFact, who is drawing on the official numbers from CBS News Correspondent Mark Knoller. Now of course George W. Bush did meet with people on his vacation sometimes at his ranch, but it’s not like Obama has is unreachable and not being briefed every day either. But 367 to 92.

367 to 92.

Today Obama began another vacation, while Congress is off for 5 weeks, he’s taking an 8 day vacation. But that’s too much for Reince Priebus to take! He told CNN:

“King of golf and vacations”! What a crock! If you look at this chart, it’s pretty obvious that Reince Priebus’s claim is ridiculous:

(Source: CBS News, Mark Knoller)

Keep this in mind next time anyone claims Obama is taking an excessive number of vacations. They are really, really, really selective about the facts, and being an asshole.

Full story: http://news.yahoo.com/-obama%E2%80%99s-vacations-and-golfing-by-the-numbers–165241111.html

And you may also enjoy this satire of the GOP outrage over Obama’s vacations that I wrote as @TeaPartyCat over at WinkProgress, and also this post on presidential vacation statistics unskewed by Liberal Bias Blog.


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