I must be suffering from Post-Election Withdrawal Syndrome (PEWS); George W. Bush isn’t even out of office yet, and I’m already beginning to feel some nostalgia towards his Presidency of the past 8 years.
Not because I think he was a good President; far from it, in fact, but the Bush Administration has given me a lot of fodder for ridicule, and inspiration to action over the past several years, and most especially in the run-up to this particular election.
And now it’s over, or very nearly so.
At least President Bush recognizes some of the blunders he has made over the past several years … if only that recognition weren’t limited to things he had said.
NEW YORK (CNN) — As his presidency nears its end, a reflective President Bush suggested Tuesday that he regrets some of his more blunt statements on the war on terrorism over the last eight years and said he wishes he had not spoken in front of a “Mission Accomplished” banner only a month after U.S. troops in Iraq were deployed.
President Bush says his wife told him that as president, he should watch his words carefully.
“I regret saying some things I shouldn’t have said,” Bush told CNN’s Heidi Collins when asked to reflect on his regrets over his two terms as president. “Like ‘dead or alive’ and ‘bring ’em on.’ My wife reminded me that, hey, as president of the United States, be careful what you say.”