Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Bush Cant Wait

So today, Bush tried to up pressure on congressional Democrats on the Iraq supplemental.

This morning at his Rose Garden press conference, President Bush highlighted this new gambit, saying it has been 57 days since he sent Congress his funding request. If Congress fails to act soon, Bush said, “the price of that failure will be paid by our troops and their loved ones."

Think Progress digs up the response times of the Republican congress the last two years Bush requested an Iraq supplemental spending bill:

During the reign of the Do-Nothing 109th Congress, Bush submitted two major supplemental spending requests. Each request experienced a delay far more than 57 days with hardly a peep of anger from the Commander-In-Chief. Details below:

February 14, 2005: Bush submits $82 billion supplemental bill
May 11, 2005: Bush signs the supplemental
Total time elapsed: 86 days

February 16, 2006: Bush submits $72 billion supplemental bill
June 15, 2006: Bush signs the supplemental
Total time elapsed: 119 days

After the 119 day delay, Bush did not say an “irresponsible” Congress had “undercut the troops” or that military families had “paid the price of failure.” Instead, Bush told the conservative-led Congress, “I applaud those Members of Congress who came together in a fiscally responsible way to provide much-needed funds for the War on Terror.”

Bush is truly a silly, silly man.

From Daily KOS


  1. Why can everyone else point at the price of troop deaths in Iraq as a reason we should end the war but the president can't use it to persuade congress to make a prompt decision? Isn't that a bit of a double standard?

    I don't see how the fact that there have been longer delays in the past detracts from his point that the longer you wait to either pass or reject the bill, the longer the current conditions continue and progress isn't made. I also don't see anywhere in his speech, at least what was quoted here, where he spoke the words you put into his mouth about Congress being irresponsible.

    I've said this before - this president is no eloquent speaker and this is probably all political spin. But I don't see how this is so outrageous. I think the anti-Bush folks have been stirred into such a frenzy that every word that comes out of his mouth is immediately met with a cascade of mockery and criticism. No one seems to be looking at the big picture any more...

  2. He's able to point to that, but he looks like a hypocrit when he had to wait longer at other times (when the Republicans were in control) and not made the same comments.

    As for me, I've been stirred into a frenzy since he started running in 1999. hehe

  3. Yeah I picked up on the frenzy statement. : P

    I'm not saying I fully support everything he does, but I don't think you can take a parallel like that and run to far with it. Perhaps he will make an amicable statement if/when the resolution is passed.

    I guess I see the point, but I also know that 75% of the people I hear that are anti-Bush can't give me a good reason other than the fact that "he is an idiot" or "he is a liar". It seems to be popular to hate the president these days. Not because of policy, but because it seems to have snowballed from the initial goofiness and mistakes he made in his speeches. I'm not trying to lump you into this group, so don't take me wrong... It's just that this inundation of no-detail-supported slander gets on my nerves.

  4. I totally know what you're saying.

    I get it a lot from the other direction. People say Bush is a good President but cant seem to enumerate why.

    I just wish him and others would get a little more realistic about the situation in Iraq and quit talking about winning and victory. They are setting themselves up for failure.

  5. Who is this Bush fellow you keep posting about? is this something on youtube or digg I can catch up on?