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

Bush must navigate a treacherous post-presidency

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" 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. Fashionista

    Like I said before, you can do a lot of things with a case of duct tape. Are all those secret service guys going to live at the house or are they going to rent out rooms? I can't see the twins comming home with grandkids anytime soon. Have a great holiday season y'all.!

    December 5, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  2. john from sandiego

    Bush could never ever do worse than the worst Ever,,JIMMY CARTER.

    December 5, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  3. Angela, IN

    Laura married an idiot. She has to look at that stupid mug for the rest of her life, but thank God we don't. He will however go down in history as being the WORST PRESIDENT EVER.

    The GOP better not think of putting anybody else in the race, they're all losers. We're done with the GOP and stupid mug faces like their savoir George Stupid Worst President Ever Bush.

    December 5, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  4. earle,florida

    Great , now were telling our children to become the Commander, and Chief for a lucrative money-making retirement! Yep,this follows very closely the chinese/ north korean/russian leadership doctrine model,....

    December 5, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  5. Randy Hurst San Francisco, California 94121

    What is this–a bootlickers convention ? I can't believe there are people still willing to find excuses for this man.

    December 5, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  6. Sean Boyd, Seattle WA

    fair is fair. we've been forced to navigate his treacherous presidency.

    December 5, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  7. Sean Boyd, Seattle WA

    @jon: i didn't jump on a bandwagon to bash him. i started bashing our current president during the 2000 primaries. it was clear then, and EQUALLY clear now, that he is incompetent.

    December 5, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  8. Ed, MO

    ...thank you president Bush for keeping America safe?
    How can you prove a negative? Who knows what he did? Maybe we're not so safe. How do you know the terrorist haven't been planning something for the last 8 years? What morons.

    December 5, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  9. Wilmoth Nichols

    I seem to remember that President George W. Bush wanted to be a president in the manner of Ronald Reagan rather than emulate his father. Well, he has outdone Reagan, in that he got us into a much longer war, the economyy is in a much worse shape than we had during the eighties under Reagan and we are having bank failures that dwarf the failures of the Reagan years. Way to go, Dubya. He is leaving a memorable legacy, one that I hope will never be matched again. I cannot think that history can be kind to him!

    December 5, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  10. Tomkatinseattle

    This moron got elected not once, but twice. Those who voted him in have no say when they complain about the terrible condition that this country is in. Those who voted this bozo in are the ones to blame. Next time someone boasts how good the GOP is, spill a drink on he or she, they are responsible for your child fighting a war in some screwed up country. Better yet, just punch them directly in the neck, they are responsible for the foreclosures, unemployment and lost investments. Followers of the GOP are short sided and racist. The so-called Christian followers are the most corrupt individuals in this nation. Your Lord Jesus didn't teach these principles, so stop using his name to promote your hate. The swing of power to the Democrats is just the beginning, keep the GOP down and out, they are horrible people and don't deserve to live in the US. GOP=Homegrown terrorists...M2C

    December 5, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  11. Phyllis, KS

    Deep down, he's probably a good guy, but his legacy is one of pain and blood. I hope America does not reward him and his family by selecting Jeb Bush to run for anything. We've had enough. Enough.

    December 5, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  12. Drew

    Try him for war crimes. Or the destruction of America. I will pay not to hear him ever speak again. let him rot in prison for his crimes.

    December 5, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  13. brian

    The only thing that could be as bad as this current pair is Palin & Cheney. Can not wait to say good bye and good ridence Bush. I agree with those that find it hard to believe he & Cheney are not in jail. How the christian right can still support him is unbelievable.

    December 5, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  14. Janice

    Bush has never stood up and accepted responsibility for any of the screw ups he made over the last 8 years. His last interview he made a pathetic apology saying "I'm sorry this is happening". It's disturbing to know there are still a handful of morons out there who will defend him and wish him well to the very end. Even though our economy and housing market is in a complete shambles.

    December 5, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  15. Ryan

    Pres Carter also left the white house unpopular , but can in no way be compared with pres Bush jr.

    Carter refused to take hostile actions ( proved to be in our favor on the long run ) and Bush Jr pushed to undertake hostile action ( proved to be in our dis-interest on the long run ).

    The total budget spend in Iraq could have been easily used to support our failing economy today .

    Starting a Bush jr foundation for democracy is not credible ( for someone who won undemocraticly ( Florida) and fiercely neglegted advice from global majority ( starting Iraq war ).

    Bush Jr just needs to stay low and out of sight , no one from the Bush dynasty has suffered from poverty,no need to worry about them or their future.
    Bush Jr just has to face the consequence of more than 2000 dead USA soldiers and numerously more civillians by living in anonimity.

    December 5, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  16. Kenneth

    Dear W,


    Everyone who supported this THEIF in 2000 is to blame for the sorry state of the country and the world right now, because we all KNEW that this man would NOT be a decent president.

    Let us NEVER forget that the BUSH administration was WARNED that 9/11 was about to happen and THEY DID NOTHING. That fact should be the lasting legacy for BUSH.

    December 5, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  17. Brent A. Pope

    A lesson to be learned in the political arena is, YOU ARE NOT UNTOUCHABLE. CRIMMINAL ACTS ARE CRIMMINAL ACTS. Would soon to be Former President Bush, be the first President to be tried and convicted for his involvment in this war? Is he and soon to be former Vice President Chainey sitting on a ticking legal time bomb. Only the Cockie Cowboy and the Loose Cannon respectivly, will find the answers to that when the CHARGES come fast and furious. YOU CAN BE TOUCHED WHEN YOUR TERM "WHAT A JOKE" ENDS IN 2009

    December 7, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
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