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. Luigi ina California

    Did anyone mention prosectution for lying to the country? How about some prison time? Maybe he could share a cell with OJ.

    December 5, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  2. becky

    For those who say that George was not a flip flopper...of course he wasn't. To change one's mind on anything requires intelligence and an open mind. George had NEITHER!
    I wouldn't buy a bookmark with his name on it.

    December 5, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  3. Toby

    One book is sure to suffer in sales: My Pet Goat.

    December 5, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  4. Angie-OHIO

    he stole so much money while in office for the last 8 years. he doesnt have to worry about the lecture circuit. who would pay him to retell the lies he has been telling for the last 8 yrs? just go awayyyyyyyyyy you lying,cheating war monger. bye!!!!

    December 5, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  5. Rosalee M. Steinbeck

    jack debrot, new york, new york "thank you president bush for keeping america safe"
    IS THIS A JOKE? WHAT ABOUT 911, HE SURE DIDNT KEEP US SAFE AND IN THE PROCESS CREATED MORE TERRORIST THAN EVER BEFORE BY INVADING A NATION THAT HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH OSAMA OR 911!! HIS ORDERS ALSO KILLED OVER 700,000 INNOCENT IRAQIS WHILE DISPLACING OVER 3 MILLION IRAQIS. AND HOW ABOUT THOSE TORTURES! . I A SURE HITLER FELT AS IF HE WASNT DOING MUCH WRONG EITHER.
    PLAIN AND SIMPLE "CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY" THE HAGUE WAITS FOR YOU!

    December 5, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  6. Mike

    Mr. President,
    Thank you for keeping America safe. People don't realize that without your leadership we may very well could have had several 9/11s. I still don't want to imagine how this country would have been with someone like Al Gore or John Kerry at the helm. You've done a great job making sure those terrorists are fought and killed at their home rather than in our home.
    Mr. President, whether I agree with you on any issue or not. I owe you my thanks.
    We as Americans ought to thank President Bush for his service and his desire to make sure that no terrorist attack ever happens again on our soil

    December 5, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  7. Jeff

    Merry frikkin' Christmas, Bush & Cheney.
    Enjoy your holiday feast when so many Americans are lining up at empty food pantries.

    December 5, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  8. JIM CARTER

    Mr President we hope you have a happy retirement in Dallas and enjoy all the Cowboy games in any way you so desire. Ms. Laura we will always admire you and how you conducted yourself during the past eight years. What a great President and First Lady you have been. Thanks again Mr. President for keeping us free and we will wait on the future until some of these idoit start on Mr. Obama.

    December 5, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  9. Jeff

    First off he has to learn how to navigate his new driveway in Dallas. So happy to hear they can afford a home purchase AND keep the ranch.

    Has he visited his mother yet?

    December 5, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  10. Al, California

    All he has to navigate is a prison cell, together with Cheney.

    December 5, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  11. an Ex republican

    someone on FOX or CNN needs to put a microphone in front of the "CRIPPLED DUCK" and ask the soon to be ex -president... why he has been focusing on buying a new house in DALLAS instead of working on the US Economic CRISIS!!!!! BTW the house is in the richest neighborhood in TEXAS...... I wonder if he will have to qualify for that loan???? or which bank he bailed out will help him... or which oil exec he invites over to his new house first......go Georgy boy get out NOW !!! dont wait until 1/20 you have done enough damage!!!!

    December 5, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  12. Sue

    "keeping America safe" said several commentors. Are you nuts? We are far less safe now than we were in August 2001 when Bush ignored the intelligence that told him an attack was imminent, and from planes. Bin Laden said that our economy would fail and that would bring us to our knees. Well, that happened. And if you think that the devaluation of the dollar and the ruination of industry, torture of prisoners, illegal wiretapping of American citizens, the collapse of the DOJ, encouraging staffers to flout the subpoenas of Congress, and his giving us all the finger has made us safe, I have a nice bridge in Alaska to sell you to go with Rush's cigar.

    December 5, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  13. No Hillary = No Obama

    A lazy incompetent President = bank failures, record forclosures, the highest rate of unemployment in decades, two raging wars, thousands dead, a new plot in Arliington National Cemetry, a deficit that will take years to balance and 3 car companies on their knees.

    December 5, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  14. aaron

    bush is a good man and has a back bone and actually stands for what he belives in, thats why we elected him. All you can jump off the band wagon now, we have our "change" aka clinton era agian.

    December 5, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  15. Joyce in Indiana

    I simply can't understand those of you who compliment President Bush on "keeping us safe" after 9/11. Who says there were any credible threats? And what did he do to prevent the threats from happening? He and his henchmen certainly tried to keep us all afraid, but that doesn't mean there was anything real to be afraid of.

    If we should be afraid, it is only because GWB has enraged a whole new generation of radicals who hate America. Please, Mr. President, just fade into obscurity so these potential terrorists have a chance to forget why they are so angry.

    December 5, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  16. Wow?

    Bush did what all the republicans wanted. I wish him well, but I'm glad to see him go.

    December 5, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  17. CMG

    Mr. President: I can't wait to see how the history books describe you and your friends, your endless blunders, and finally how you have worsened the state of the country for all of us. My grandsons will never know who you were, but they will certainly suffer the after effects of how poorly you ran this nation. All I can say is how pleased I am that I never voted for you. I would hate to think that I would have to carry that around with me for the remainder of my life. It has been a pathetic eight years, and what is even more pathetic is after watching your interview with Charlie Gibson, you still seemingly don't realize how destructive you were. Why??

    December 5, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  18. John Wayne

    Well done, Dub. People don't realize that you aren't the cause for America's situation. People just like having a scapegoat to blame EVERYTHING on. Thank you for taking the roll. The real problem lies in American's stupidity, but now we have "hope" to cling on to. Wonder how long that will last...

    December 5, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  19. Larry

    George W. is laughing at YOU-He is,and was the most powerful man in the world for 8 years-You on the other hand........are just, what???

    December 5, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  20. DJ

    To working mom (and those who agree with her statement): Bush says that he's a Christian, and despite some poor choices as president, he still did some good things, such as his views on abortion and the ban he had on overseas funding of abortion clinics. I'm so tired of our nation not working together to support one another with love, encouraging each other despite our differences. If someone takes an office of power, we automatically search for the negative and continue to complain, causing more stress on ourselves and others. If we only looked for the positive in everyone, and encouraged them despite our feelings...I guarantee our attitudes as individuals and our overall health as a nation will gradually get better. I'm not too fond of some things Obama is immediately changing when he takes office, I admit that. However, I'm praying for him and that he makes moral decisions throughout his term.

    December 5, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  21. Joanna

    "Bush must navigate a treacherous post-presidency"

    Why? Is he going to be walking around the property at his ranch?

    December 5, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  22. Annoyed Jarhead

    Mari,

    Let us not forget that 9/11 was planned and put into action long before Mr. Bush was in office. In essence, it seems to be Mr. Clinton's fault for allowing it to happen because of his ignorance of intelligence. And yes, I do know. I was there serving and protecting you even when it was not appreciated. Not that it is appreciated now…

    Semper Fidelis

    December 5, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  23. Robert F. Kilcoyne

    I think President Bush has been the worst President yet.
    Disgraceful, inept and DUMB as nails. He's going to build a
    Library -what for -he can't put anything worthwhile in it.
    He will face his Maker and he won't spend his spiritual life anywhere
    nice I'm sure.
    I say GOOD RIDDANCE YOU POOR SOUL.

    PS. And he stole both elections didn't he?

    December 5, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  24. chuck

    George let me say Your mission will be accomplished when you are sentenced for war crimes in the Hague.

    December 5, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  25. Chris

    Whoever thought eight years would seem like ten thousand. It must be amusing when he looks at himself in the mirror and tries to convince himself that he made the world a safer place to live in. That our future is very bright. That our country is full of good moral right wing individuals. I hope our children learn from this example. Our low point in history. I am proud to be an American. Thank God our nightmare is almost over.

    December 5, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
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