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A Farewell to Bush

I have often complained that the American media isn’t doing its job anymore, so I have to speak up when they do. And especially when they do it so well as the excellent article in Vanity Fair “Farewell to All That: An Oral History of the Bush White House“. This is a detailed history of the Bush administration, told almost entirely using direct quotes from major players in and around the presidency.  If you have ever looked at the Bush administration and wondered why they did something or how they screwed up so badly, this is the closest thing to an answer you are ever going to see.

What is truly amazing about the article is that it is largely neutral in tone, even praising the Bush Administration when it deserves it, and looking for the reasons when things didn’t go so well, rather than just trying to place blame.

The article also features brilliant portrait photographs by Annie Liebovitz of Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice, and Rove.



  1. Rick wrote:

    I just read the whole story. Quite long but well worth the read. Amazing what was going on. How did we let this happen? Hopefully never again.

    Sunday, January 4, 2009 at 5:15 am | Permalink
  2. Eva wrote:

    I read political books for the last two years and came to the conclusion that how it happened was “Karl Rove”. He cultivated Bush to win elections so that the top 5% if this country could have all the wealth. They are the squires, the rest of us the peons. We are no longer a democracy just as Rove wanted. Rove is an Atheist who used the Religious right to get to his ends. Fortunately many educated people came to the same conclusion and ousted the Republican party. Since Lincoln’s time, the two parties have completely switched places. The Republicans were the abolitionists and “all men are created equal.” It has now completely switched around.

    Sunday, January 4, 2009 at 6:22 am | Permalink