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The George W. Bush Presidency

Guess these facts about George W. Bush and his presidency.
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First submittedJuly 9, 2013
Last updatedOctober 21, 2016
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His middle name
Walker
His nickname
(based on his middle initial)
Dubya
His Vice President
Dick Cheney
Countries invaded by the U.S.
Iraq
Afghanistan
State he was governor of
Texas
2004 election opponent
John Kerry
2000 election opponent
Al Gore
Baseball team he co-owned
Texas Rangers
State he was born in
Connecticut
Education legislation that he
signed in 2001
No Child
Left Behind
What the W in WMD stands for
Weapon
Ace of spades on
the U.S. Military's card deck
Saddam Hussein
What "Gitmo" is a nickname for
Guantanamo Bay
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Prison in Iraq notorious for abuse
Abu Ghraib
Political advisor known as "Turd Blossom"
Karl Rove
Rapper who said George Bush doesn't
care about black people
Kanye West
Secretary of State
Colin Powell
Condoleezza Rice
Secretary of Defense (2001-2006)
Donald Rumsfeld
Disease he commited $15 billion to fighting
AIDS
 
 
Fill the blanks in these Bush-era quotes
You are either with us or against us
Shock and awe
Axis of evil
Mission accomplished
Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job
Rarely is the question asked, is our children learning?
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level 44
Jul 12, 2013
I missed a few. I'm excited for this quiz series though :) Great idea!
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level 50
Jul 17, 2013
Worst. President. Ever.
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level 77
Jul 17, 2013
Only the 10th worst according to aggregate polling data, though personally I might rank him lower than that. I think that 50 or 100 years from now if the USA has become like the UK is now, and historians are looking back at what led to the decline of the empire, they could very well pin it on Bush and Reagan. It might not have been very apparent while it was happening, and it's not yet clear exactly what impact it will have in the long run, but those two essentially sold out the country to corporations and bankers. The death of American democracy may be linked to the overturning of the Fairness Doctrine and the rise of certain cable news channels that enabled a plutocratic take over, and the Citizens United decision. Both of those happened under Democratic presidents but in each case the preceding administration deliberately helped lay the groundwork.
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level 21
Oct 25, 2013
his popularity has increased during the Obama presidency
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level 77
Mar 26, 2015
Only amongst short-sighted and very forgetful lunatics. Certainly not amongst presidential scholars.
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level 71
Mar 11, 2017
Are you implying that only lunatics don't like Obama?
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level 77
Aug 14, 2018
Though the previous statement about Obama was just flat out wrong, his numbers actually *have* improved now with Trump being voted the worst president in US history in the latest polls, and this actually makes sense. Next to Donald Trump, George W. Bush is like Stephen Hawking and Augustus Caesar rolled in to one. It would have been hard to imagine 2 years ago that the bar could ever get this low...
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level 77
Aug 14, 2018
Bernard: only a lunatic would think that Obama was so bad that it made Bush seem better by comparison.
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level 64
Dec 1, 2014
NOPE! That title is shared by Carter and Obama.
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level 64
May 28, 2015
Business men and women have way more insight into who are the worst Presidents than some scholar who has never worked day in his or her life.
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level 77
Oct 23, 2016
Oh okay in that case... under Obama corporate profits are up 166%, the country has added 10 million jobs and unemployment has dropped below median levels, the S&P 500 is up 165%, exports are up 31%, crude oil production is up 87%, and the price of a barrel of oil dropped from over $100 to less than 40.
The economy also boomed under Clinton.
Under Carter it wasn't so great, but it still grew. It didn't tank like it did under Bush or Nixon or Hoover (under which it didn't so much tank as completely implode).
So, I imagine if we were asking an honest businessman who knew anything about what he was talking about, then he would tell you that Obama was either the best or 2nd best president in his lifetime, and the worst was, in fact, George W Bush.
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level 77
Oct 26, 2016
I think he's implying that Obama and Carter were somehow bad for business or the economy. In Obama's case that is simply flat out wrong. In Carter's case, it becomes wrong if the standard you are using to measure "badness" is saying that he was worse than Bush. Which he was not. Not by a long shot.
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level 80
Oct 26, 2016
We'll have to wait and see the full impact of Obamacare on the nation's finances and health system, but current trends are not good.

And how can you say that Carter was better economically than Bush? Rampant inflation, 20% increase in citizens under the poverty line, and the energy crisis was largely driven by his encouragement to a fully-Democrat controlled Congress to maintain price controls on natural gas and impose huge taxes on industrial crude oil. "You break it, you own it" certainly applies to Carter here. And he did all this in just 4 years.
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level 77
Oct 26, 2016
Did you forget what happened at the end of the Bush administration? I can't understand the blind spots people seem to have when looking at Bush. They talk about him keeping the country safe... completely ignoring 9/11 like that doesn't count. And here you talk about the economy as if the total and complete economic meltdown that nearly crashed the global economy in 2008 didn't happen. Yes, Carter's economy was bad. Bush's was far worse. The stock market grew 6% under Carter. Not great. It shrank 4.6% under Bush. Terrible. Bush came into office with a 100+ million dollar budget surplus and turned it into a $1.4 trillion deficit. Carter's administration saw the creation of 8.6 million jobs. Bush's saw a net loss of 340 thousand, and lots more if you consider the bleeding continued heavily into the start of the Obama administration. They're just not even close.
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level 77
Oct 26, 2016
and Republicans have been predicting Obamacare would ruin the country for a long time, even though it was their idea (essentially identical to Bob Dole's healthcare reform plan from the 90s), but hyperbole aside what has it actually done?
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level 72
Oct 26, 2016
My premiums increased every year for 10 years prior to "Obamacare." Small business insurance plans were worse every year and so were bigger company's plans. Plans became deductible plans rather than full coverage - all prior to the Affordable Care Act.
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level 35
Mar 10, 2017
@kalbahamut, just lost ALL respect for you, not just some. Actually are having some thoughts that you are one of my substitute teachers... If you aren't, you two should get along nicely.
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level 73
Aug 15, 2017
Yeah...I age with Walacama. I saw rapid increases in my insurance premiums coupled with a reduction in coverage. And it happened at the worst possible time too. I had moved out-of-state to start a structural engineering division in one of our satellite offices but left my wife and daughter at home so my wife could finish her last year of college. Had the budget all planned out so I could rent an apartment and still afford the mortgage and everything back home. Two months after I leave, we get the notice that our healthcare premiums were doubling. That certainly wasn't taken into account when I made my budget. Long story short, I ended up draining my daughter's college savings and still had to move back home 6 months later after I ran out of money. Blew my promotion, had to beg for my job back, and damaged our working relationship with that office. And I feel justified in feeling that all of that was because of the Affordable Care Act.
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level 77
Aug 14, 2018
top: your substitute teacher sounds like a very well-informed guy.

re: insurance premiums/coverage: yes, of course, the healthcare system in the US was in dire need of reform and this is what made passing the Affordable Care Act such a high priority. But if it fails, blame should be directed at Republican efforts to hamper and undermine that reform even while offering literally zero plausible alternatives. I worked in hospital registration with families who were trying to figure out how on Earth they would pay for astronomical bills or insurance that they couldn't afford if they weren't lucky enough to have a group plan, and this was long before Obama was in office.
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level 72
Aug 25, 2019
One person doesn't control the economy. It's not his job, he is in charge of carrying out the laws of the country. That's his job.
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level 77
Sep 1, 2019
True it's not his job. But he certainly can impact it. By, for instance, tweeting out that he hereby decrees, like an economic communist pontiff, that US companies stop doing business with our biggest trading partner, leading to a 700 point drop in the Dow.
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level 83
Oct 26, 2016
Forever is a long long time. Personally, I think the worst president ever will be the one that nukes Mars in 2338 AD. I mean, what a jackass!
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level 60
Oct 26, 2016
Yeah. To hell with President Timberlake.
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level 60
Oct 26, 2016
He was bad. He was not the worst.
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level 47
Oct 26, 2016
Better than Obama
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level 77
Oct 27, 2016
Out of all metrics you could possibly come up with to measure the quality of a president, Bush comes out ahead of Obama on maybe 1% of them. Only one I can even think of is growth of the national debt. (and he was far far worse on growth of the national deficit)
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level 30
Nov 6, 2016
I think that both Bush and Obama have been mediocre Presidents. While Obama has seen some good economic gains, we've seen a massive increase in the debt, and continued terrorism both abroad and at home. We've also seen kidnappings of American sailors, and full on riots in some of our inner cities, with poor leadership. Bush had 9/11, which arguable trumps all that though, combined with expensive and ineffective foreign entanglements. They've both had weak foreign policy in my opinion, and I'm inclined to hope we can see some improvement no matter who wins this Tuesday, but I know we probably won't. In the end, Bush v. Obama is really a question of what you want in a President. Just my opinion.
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level 77
Nov 8, 2016
Needle you're entitled to your opinion of course, but.. kidnapping of American sailors? That's an overstatement. And a total non-event in the grand scheme. American sailors entered sovereign Iranian territory due to navigational error, this is not in dispute, they were legally detained, and then later released. Obama has rained hell down upon terrorist leaders all over the globe. He has killed or captured tons of AlQaeda, Al Shabab, ISIS, Taleban and other terrorist leaders including Anwar Al-Awlaki, Akhtar Mansoor, and of course Osama bin Laden. All told more than 30,000 terrorists have been taken out during his administration, and hundreds of terrorist plots have been thwarted including many on US soil. The riots are hardly Obama's fault though the GOP likes to try and pin it on him, as if somehow having a "black" president just made people so upset they couldn't help but be racist.
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level 77
Nov 8, 2016
As for foreign policy, Bush started a disastrous pointless war in Iraq, and another in Afghanistan that would become the nation's longest-running. Both very costly in capital and human lives. Bush saw the reputation of the US abroad absolutely TANK. I can attest to this personally as I live overseas and travel so much. I mean it was totally destroyed. He squandered massive political capital the country had after 9/11 and just totally pissed it away by being belligerent, aggressive and uncooperative with our allies. He really made most of the world hate us, only making gains in Georgia for aid against the Russians and in Africa where he did good work combating AIDS. Obama has done a lot to repair some of the damage Bush did. He managed to take out Qaddafi without ever setting American boots on the ground. He took out bin Laden without invading Pakistan. He ended the occupation of Iraq (I know, that was on Bush's timetable. Still). He's been restrained, smart, shrewd.
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level 77
Nov 8, 2016
I'll give you the point on the debt. Some Democrats will say it was necessary given the dire shape the country was in when Bush handed it off to Obama, and that's a fair point, but it was also 8 years ago and the deficit is shrinking, but still massive. My biggest problem with Obama is that he has been far too conciliatory toward Republicans. Trying to reach out to them over and over and over again only to get his hand bit. And he never seemed to learn from this. He should have pressed the huge political advantage he had from 2000-2002 to get single payer healthcare and advance more of his progressive agenda, but he didn't. Clinton was able to outmaneuver Republicans in the 90s when they pulled some of the same BS shenanigans like threatening to shutdown the government. Obama wasn't quite as gifted at dealing with Washington obstructionism and politicking. He was an idealist and this cost his administration a lot of momentum.

Still... way WAAAAY better than Bush.
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level 77
Nov 8, 2016
To back up one second about the "kidnapped" sailors thing... it is much to Obama and his administration's credit that the sailors were released without any incident. It was America's fault. To hear some Republicans talk about this as a failure, you would think that they would have preferred turning it into some major international incident. For what? To show how big our balls are? Maybe they wanted a repeat of the Iran hostage crisis.. we could send in some CIA teams to fail and retrieve them. Or maybe start a war. That would not have been better.
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level 44
Feb 28, 2018
wrong
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level 72
Aug 25, 2019
So. Em. Phatic.
I obviously assume you have a detailed knowledge of each presidency and of the times in which they served.
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level 64
Oct 26, 2016
I always think it's Abu Ghirab. Shoot.
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level 43
Oct 27, 2016
Did the same thing. Couldn't spell it correctly
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level 67
Nov 1, 2016
"Turd blossom"?? Lol. For some reason that didn't make it across the Pond. I really can't imagine why the BBC never referred to him as that.
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level 33
Feb 23, 2017
9/11
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level 38
Feb 18, 2018
It is very difficult to get anything accomplished as president when there are so many obstacles against success placed in your path. Look at what's happening to Trump today. Say what you will, Karma is a Beiach, ain't it!
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level 33
Jul 9, 2018
You forgot to add a serious act he committed.... and you KNOW what I’m talking about.....
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level 33
Jul 9, 2018
Huh, that’s weird. When you write a comment, you’re aloud 1000 characters. My comment above has 89 characters... so what does that leave me...
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level 77
Aug 14, 2018
Actually we don't. What are you talking about?
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level 40
Dec 25, 2018
"Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists" is the quote, not "with us or against us"
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level 65
May 29, 2019
I bet he said both.
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level 72
Aug 25, 2019
The Richard B. Cheney Presidency.
Bush should be accepted as an answer for Vice President.