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  •  I'm with you (13+ / 0-)

    Personally, I always had the feeling that W is/was not the evil man some paint him least, not deliberately so.  Self-absorbed, overconfident, intellectually incurious, hell yes.  Deliberately evil, just can't see it.

    I've always felt he was a man with many personal failings raised far above his abilities that was largely used as a pawn and figurehead, convenient for his name recognition and for being easily controlled once in office.

    Sure he had a hard-on to take out Saddam (for obvious reasons, not least of which was to "finish the job" his father didn't), but the powers around him could easily have nipped that urge in the bud without getting us into a shooting war in Iraq, if they'd wanted.  But that was what they wanted, and they used that aspect of W's personality to their advantage, using his grudge to achieve their own desired ends.

    Cheney and W's other "handlers" -- yeah, that's where evil dwells.

    Now that W's served his purpose and memories of his  botched Presidency are pretty much anathema to many people, he's been cast aside and is in a sort of exile, as far as I can tell.  Maybe willing, maybe not, I don't know.

    I'm not going to dis his art.  If a person tries to do something to expand his horizons, more power to him, and I wish more people would do such.  Maybe if W had explored those corners of his mind when he was younger, maybe things would have been different five and ten years ago in this country.

    •  I'd agree with your assessment that Bush was used. (8+ / 0-)

      But he was usable because of his incredble vanity. He loved being president. He loved being a war president. He sucked down Cheney and Rove's flattery--and went along with their manipulations--with a song in his heart and a smirk on his face.

      The man was delighted to wear the title "Decider." He was exactly that. I never saw any evidence that he searched his soul, worried about what he did, or gave a rat's ass about the hundreds of thousands of deaths that resulted from the war he was delighted to start.

      He perfectly illustrates the phrase "banality of evil."

      Freedom has two enemies: Those who want to control everyone around them...and those who feel no need to control themselves.

      by Sirenus on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 06:37:57 AM PST

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      •  Bush was a figurehead who could be used (0+ / 0-)

        because he was usable.  He was a figurehead as a governor.

        What saved him as a governor was that he had a Democratic Lt. Governor and a Democratic House that basically told him to follow their lead because it would help him become President

        Once he became President, he was being led around by Dick Cheney and the neocons.  They appealed to his desire for revenge, and his inner machismo.

        Barack Obama for President '12

        by v2aggie2 on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 12:14:00 PM PST

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        •  And to his "Daddy" issues. (1+ / 0-)
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          Another lesser son of a more dominant and competent father. Like McCain and Romney.

          Freedom has two enemies: Those who want to control everyone around them...and those who feel no need to control themselves.

          by Sirenus on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 01:54:06 PM PST

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      •  "Banal" (0+ / 0-)

        The first word I thought of at first seeing these indescribably mediocre works.  Banal, mediocre, shallow...I'll leave it at that.

        George!!  Go to your room!!

        Liberal = We're all in this together
        Conservative = Every man for himself
        Who you gonna call?

    •  I take a different view (2+ / 0-)
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      I do agree with you that he wasn't evil, only a cipher for some guys who were; and I do my best to respect anyone's personal artistic output as their business alone, at least if it was never intended to be made public as was evidently the case here.

      That said, the paintings are out, and I can't unsee them, and they suck. I freely admit my disdain for his presidency is an influence on that, but I honestly don't think I'd be any more impressed with those paintings if you told me Al Franken or Bernie Sanders had painted them. (Well, in the case of Franken, they at least might be intended as a joke, and in that respect they'd have merit.)

      Certaines personnes disent qu'il y a une femme à blâmer, Mais je sais que c'est ma faute sacrément.

      by RamblinDave on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 06:42:50 AM PST

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