So Long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Goodbye
George W. Bush made his farewell speech to the USA last night. It’s fourteen minutes of sheer, undiluted, and brilliantly delivered … something.
His farewell address can be viewed in its entirety here.
Under the Bush regime, it’s been an event (or calamity) filled 8 years: the global War on Terror and the invasion of Iraq, which have caused the death, displacement, or maiming of millions; Abu Ghraib torture; the creation of “security” institutions like the Guantanamo prison and Homeland Security Department; economic scandals and crises like Enron, the Sub-Prime mortgage and housing bubble collapse, the Wall Street crash, a global financial implosion and possible economic Depression; and of course the signature event of the era, September 11th.
During this period, the USA has introduced the world to new concepts and language like “extraordinary rendition,” “regime change,” “pre-emption,” “colored revolutions,” “water boarding,” “Homeland Security,” “embedded media,” “terror alerts,” and many other interesting ideas.
For some, the end of the Bush regime may be bring a sense of relief. The only problem is the regime that follows Bush may not be better and in fact possibly worse.
Perhaps, the following comic strip best expresses the nature of the American presidency down through the generations: