September 16th, 2009
06:38 PM ET
soundoff (226 Responses)
  1. ThinkAgain

    To everyone writing off President Obama after ONLY 9 MONTHS IN OFFICE:

    After 8 years of Republican destruction of our economy, world reputation, environment and pretty much everything else they laid their grubby mitts on, it's going to take awhile for things to be fixed and back on track.

    Grow up, get real, stop whiny and pouting like a toddler, and do something constructive for your country!

    September 16, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  2. Milton Williams

    Before Bush left Office the economy was already headed toward total collasp. His economic policies, along with the Republicans who were in charge of Congress for six of Bush's eight year term sat back and only brought legislation that helped the economic collasp. The Afgan "War" has turned into a total fiasco, while we spent 100's of billions of dollars in a lied about war in Iraq. But many forget history, so let's blame a Preident who has only been in Office for eight months

    September 16, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  3. Johnny C.

    Carville is nothing but a two-bit left wing hack.

    Just like Obama.

    September 16, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  4. russ in limbo

    "W" could never string that coherent a sentence together

    September 16, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  5. Eric

    Right on James... even though I don't like W, his private thoughts on other people should be kept just that – private. Tattle-taling is very different than whistle-blowing illegal activities. This guy should be ashamed instead of rewarded for his callousness.

    September 16, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  6. Mary

    I was never a fan of Pres. Bush and fully support Pres. Obama although I have some differentviews on some matters. however, what Pres. Bush said in private should remain so, he has every right to say what he wishes and expect his words to be kept private. I must say though, that one of the first things that a person in power or a celebrity of any type should be aware of is that anything they say or do can and will be used against them in the seeking of money by other people. Honor and loyalty are words that rarely apply in this world. Isn't that a sad comment on society as a whole?

    September 16, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  7. Lilarose

    OF COURSE George W. Bush would make disparaging remarks about anyone, even prez candidates, in what he considers the privacy of his office and off the record.

    September 16, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  8. Jeff

    Carville is a sleaze. I have no respect for him.

    TRUE STORY: I sat next to him at a college sporting event in 2005. I don't agree with his opinions but thought it would be interesting to talk to him. Instead, he spent the entire game making jokes about female college students and the cheerleaders at the game. I couldn't believe what came out of his mouth considering he is a well-known public figure.

    Who cares what Carville's opinion is? He clearly likes to hear himself speak. What an idiot.

    September 16, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  9. Bill

    What concerns me about these tell-all books is that they could very well be orchestrated by the former Bush administration. The administration knows that it is going to be investigated and may be trying to disarm its critics in advance. It might be asking administration members such as Scott McClellan and Tom Ridge (who played minor roles in setting policy) to publish books containing revelations that are actually mild compared to anything the Attorney General might investigate. Bush and his allies are hoping that the public will mistake this for openness and view any investigation as excessive and vindictive.

    September 16, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  10. JOBLESS IN IOWA

    Democrates will fine you for not taking baccus/obama health care, well obama, send your SS troopers and try to collect your fine

    September 16, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  11. Matt, San Diego CA

    I agree with you billy. This country's media, government, and netizens have all the class of rabid dogs these days. When did politics go from a personal choice, to something your neighbor can pressure you about, or get personal and nasty about? I for one will not be voting for ANY politician on either side who engages in 'bad behavior', whether its mud-slinging, finger pointing, or just all out rudeness. Civility must be restored to our government, and I guess that starts with voters.

    September 16, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  12. B

    Someone wrote this book for Bush, as we all know, Bush didn’t write anything that he tried to say in public. Everything was prewritten and he had great difficulty even trying to to read that.

    The guy is and was, the Most unaware person ever to step foot in the White House..

    He is so arrogant and stupid that he does not even understand how others see him....!

    Total Duffus

    September 16, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  13. ICARE

    Yeah, I know. I'm not sure about releasing personal statements of President. A President is the leader of the world and their personal ugly thoughts should be kept personal to the walls of their houses.

    What's mentioned in the bathroom, stays in the bathroom.

    It's a powerful position and should not be turned into a live TV show... it's just dishonorable to the practice of the laws of the land that governms a nation.

    September 16, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  14. Jerad

    "speaking publicly with a carefully wriiten script the guy never sounded too bright. Can you imagine how dumb he is going to sound when we start hearing what he said on his own in private?"

    Actually, most people who've actually met George W Bush say that he's very charming and quite the conversationalist. Some people just aren't good public speakers. Then, you've got a guy like the Obama, who's all style and no substance.

    September 16, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  15. ICARE

    Integrity and being accountable to the highest level of professionalism is the norm for a Prez.

    September 16, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  16. Reggie

    Every administration has it's share of "tell all" books. I don't take much stock in them...

    September 16, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  17. ICARE

    I didnt vote for Bush, but for all those painful 8 years, I'm glad he was always poised and I never saw him screaming or anygry or violently react over things publicly.

    All our Prez should always show patience. It's a great trait.

    Genius is eternal patience – Michelangelo

    September 16, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  18. Kim in AZ

    Why should the presidency be shrouded in secrecy? The American public has the right to know what kind of person was running (supposedly) the country for 8 years. Maybe we can continue to learn from that HUGE mistake. If Bush wasn't such a schmuk he wouldn't be embarrased now.

    September 16, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  19. Swift

    yeah, it sure was a dangerous world when Bush was Prez. He was scarily incompetent.

    September 16, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  20. Ken in NC

    Carville is right with respect to a level of confidentiality between the President and his aides. I think he should not have made public any conversations between himself and the President or conversations over herd by him without the express consent of the President. This is just another indicator that we as a people are losing all respect for our fellow man.

    September 16, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  21. Mohsen

    On the contrary, the only president who never had a clue about running this great country and who got us into 2 wars and who with his VP and other advisors put us into this economic mess is Bush himself. We have been in this mess all because of that bastard. We were in the brink of depression when Bush left office. Of course, he has a short memory that moron.How dare he is acusing President Obama for the mess Bush himself created. I rest my case.

    September 16, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  22. Really???

    I notice most of the conservative comments focus on not being called a racist just because they protest against the liberal policies, which they say is their 'freedom of speech' right. When anyone protested against the war in Iraq, they were called unpatriotic and told they should not be saying those things. Is it just me or do Conservatives only support freedom of speech that supports their personal beliefs? I didn't see them supporting Cindy Sheehan's right to free speech.

    September 16, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  23. cspurgeon

    Carville is right. so what if Bush didn't care for some people. Thats allowed for all of us. I hope...This jerk is looking for mioney and the press should give him no publicity..

    September 16, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  24. Al Sita

    To say that Bush and his family is racist, is 'not' correct at all. Laura Bush silenced critics of Obama's school speech by talking about it. She is not racist. Bush Sr., Bush Jr and two first ladies are not racists.

    Bush Jr. was not a statesman. May be, he was not competent to be the president. To make the matter worse, he allowed others to drag him into an agenda which was extreme (America has to be respected by force!). He threw compassion out of the window. Wish Powell had accepted his offer to VP candiadate (if it was ever made). Or, Cheney had found someone else than himself. Wish Gore had two more rallies in Florida.

    September 16, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  25. IndepndentAmerican

    James Carville is right.

    GW Bush all but destroyed our nation.

    September 16, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
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