December 5th, 2008
04:00 PM ET
6 years ago

Bush must navigate a treacherous post-presidency

 In his post-presidency, George Bush has plans to construct a presidential library and work on his memoirs.
In his post-presidency, George Bush has plans to construct a presidential library and work on his memoirs.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - It's a position that John Quincy Adams once called downright pathetic: that of a former president.

After all, the process of relinquishing the most powerful job in the world isn't an easy one, especially given the American public's notoriously fleeting attention span and penchant for paying little heed to once-prominent political figures after they exit the public stage.

As the days dwindle until President Bush joins what Herbert Hoover called the "most exclusive trade union in the world," the unpopular commander in chief appears decidedly enthusiastic about embracing a lower profile, recently declaring that he's more than ready to forgo the limelight.

Although ex-presidents in Adams' day quickly descended into obscurity after their years in the Oval Office, today the transition away from serving as the leader of the free world is high-profile, potentially very lucrative and, above all, a difficult job in itself.

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  1. Norm

    Hell, the transition should be easy for him if he just continues doing what he's been doing for the past 8 years. Do nothing worth while during the week and head to Crawford Ranch on the weekends.

    December 5, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  2. billy-bayou

    It appears that there is truth in..."As a rule, there is no surer way to gain the dislike of men than to behave well where they have behaved badly"
    Kudos to you President Bush, you are an honerable person compared to those in other branches of government around you and your predissor. Leave with your head held high.

    December 5, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  3. AnAmerican

    Thanks for the memories, bush. I mean nightmares, of which I hope you suffer from daily....

    December 5, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  4. Jaye

    Will anybody really miss him??????????????????

    December 5, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  5. Mike

    Remember who attacked who first. You think you could do better? go run the homeless shelter in your own backyard first.

    December 5, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  6. Ryan

    Is Jack Debrot from NYC, NY joking?

    December 5, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  7. GOATS

    Jack debrot wrote "thank you president bush fro keeping america safe".

    Are you an idiot Jack, still? Let me guess... you think Palin would be good president. Oh, let me also venture to guess... you still think we are fighting them over there so they don't follow us home and kill us all here. People like you are not Americans. You are either guided by that fantasy religion or plain dumb. Dumb, dumb, dumb.

    December 5, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  8. Dennis

    He looks like an older version of Alfred E. Neuman. Perhaps he could have a leading role in a made-for-Fox News movie called "Mad Magazine-The Movie", with a sub-title of "What, me worry?"

    Dubya, don't let the Oval Office doors hit you in the butt on the way out.

    December 5, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  9. Perla

    Gift wrap him and send him to The Hague, then to prison. Forever.

    December 5, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  10. Rick

    His #1 priority since 2001 was to prevent another terrorist attack in this country. He has accomplished that. Next month he hands the baton over to Obama. Let's see if Obama can keep that record going.

    December 5, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  11. bill

    just quit talking about bush.everyone knows he is a liar.thief.war criminal.i think more of my country.than call this fool my president.UG UH.JUST GO AWAY. FOOL

    December 5, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  12. No Mames

    To Clinton Basher:

    No, just a certified moron who has mismanaged our country down the toilet. I guess that's better.

    December 5, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  13. Joe the Troll

    "At least Bush wasn't a flip-flopper like that John Kerry."

    .....or that John McCain.

    December 5, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  14. KJ, CA

    Are we suppose to feel sorry for him? He brought this all on himself – he is lucky that he hasn't been impeached and/or found to be the war criminal that he is.

    December 5, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  15. usualone

    To Mr. Flip-Flopper,

    If you personally make a mistake, can you ever find it in yourself to admit it? A reasonable person would see that he/she is going down the wrong path and make an adjustment. Mr. Bush has not done this. The public would understand this and find this character in a person strong. Sticking to a non-flipping position is distructive, and very short-sited.

    December 5, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  16. Ed Word

    Not to worry, George.

    Hell doesn't have windows.

    December 5, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  17. E

    Oh pulease! He is RICH!!! All he has to navigate is his mansion and the local golf courses! Which amazingly is all he has done for most of his presidency while Cheyney has ruined us domestically adn abroad.

    December 5, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  18. EW

    He will be:
    1. rich
    2. drunk
    3. retired

    are we really supposed to feel sorry for him?

    December 5, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  19. bob

    It is difficult to believe that so many people have a comment about a person who deserves nothing, even criticism. This "president" deserves only obscurity and censure.

    December 5, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  20. Douglas, Los Angeles California

    I won't miss him because I never really felt he cared about me.

    December 5, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  21. Cristine C.

    He can try to rewrite history all he wants, but it's not going to change the reality that he was the WORST PRESIDENT EVER. Forty-six more days until the national nightmare is over...

    December 5, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  22. David in Dallas

    At least Bush wasn't a flip-flopper like that John Kerry.

    Yeah. He never expressed regret at having said "dead or alive", "mission accomplished", or "bring it on". He stuck to his guns on avoiding negotiations with Iran, made sure America wound up in control of Iraq's oil, and stayed true to his initial decision to stay out of Israel/Palestine matters. He honored his campaign promise to be a bipartisan president and his promises to the American people to stay focused on getting bin Laden and implement the recommendations of the 9/11 council.

    At least he did all that. He can record these facts in his memoirs.

    Oh, wait....

    December 5, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  23. Jon

    I'm proud to say I'm proud of our current President. I don't need to bash him and join the band-wagon and feel popular. I'm not afraid to stand on principle even when it seems that everybody else wants to smear his character.

    December 5, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  24. sartre

    "Bush has never liked the academics ,and this is a nonacademic institute aimed at cutting to the core of things: "

    yeah we can tell he never liked academics, who needs books when you can just wing it with a smirk and a wink and lotsa daddy's money

    December 5, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  25. Almost the end of THE error!

    My only dream left in life is to watch Georgie navigate the prison cell that he deserves to be in!

    December 5, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
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