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So Long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Goodbye

January 16, 2009

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:


5 Comments leave one →
  1. January 16, 2009 8:03 pm

    I’ve got some hope for the next administration. I voted for Obama, and I wasn’t totally on board with everything (his dealings with 80-20 made me a bit nervous), but I’ve got hope. It looks like he’s making environmentalism a priority, which could provide jobs and revenue for the country, which is what we need. Luck always plays some role too, so hopefully America will be smart and lucky.

  2. January 17, 2009 10:52 am

    Hi Jaehwan! Glad that you could comment here.

    I think that Barack Obama is misleading many of his grassroots supporters who believe that he will bring “change that you can believe in.” I’ll have a post about Obama in a couple of days that talks about this.

  3. January 17, 2009 6:22 pm

    With the big mess he has on his plate, where will he find time to “change” anything? I did believe, but it’s slowly withering away day by day. And he hasn’t even been inaugurated yet. The thing is, I’m willing to give him a chance and be patient.

  4. January 18, 2009 12:36 pm

    Hello MM:

    One thing that I’ve come to believe is that real political change almost always comes from below and not from various establishment-supported political saviors or leaders such as Barack Obama, who is essentially a creature of Wall Street and US political elites.

  5. January 20, 2009 11:20 pm

    “I’ll have a post about Obama in a couple of days that talks about this.”

    Looking forward to it! I think we need as much dialogue on this issue as possible.

    I’m in the same boat as MM–skeptical but hoping to give him a chance. We all have to have some hope, otherwise how else does change take place?

    And wouldn’t Obama be a good example of change from below? He did rise up from a humble beginning, even if the elites are embracing him now.

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