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Yes, I really do understand your hatred towards our president, because I, too, have hated a president.  I hated George W. Bush with the same passion that you hate Obama.  I see the 'NObama' signs and the 'Fire Obama' signs, and I understand.  I see the petitions to secede from the Union, and I feel empathy.  I see the comments at the bottom of virtually any story on Yahoo, and I know.  Yes, I had Bush derangement syndrome like you have Obama derangement syndrome.  Let's compare our mutual hatreds a bit under the squiggle.

Ok, as I understand it, you hate Obama for these primary reasons:

Obama is black.  (True)
According to Fox News, Obama is a socialist.  (Not True)
According to Fox News, the jobless rate is ten times worse now than when he took office (Not True).  
According to the right wing blogosphere, Obama was born in Kenya.  (NOT TRUE)
According to the right wing blogosphere, Obama is a Muslim.  (NOT TRUE)
Obama has increased the deficit a gazillion-fold.  (Well, to some extent true, but not his fault.)
Obama is black.  (True)

Ok, here is why I hated Bush (all true, by the way):

Cheney.
The Supreme Court appointed him before all the votes were counted in Florida.
During the first days of the Bush administration, they claimed that the Clinton transition team trashed the White House, the first of many many lies.
Claiming that deficits don't matter, Bush lowered taxes on the wealthy, thereby exploding the deficit.
Bush ignored warnings about in impending terrorist attack.  
Bush lied us into a war with Iraq.
Bush poured billions of dollars into Iraq, sometimes literally filling cargo planes with our tax dollars and just shoveling it out to key Iraqis.
Mission Accomplished and the flight suit.
Bush allowed torture, including waterboarding.
Guantanamo.
Bush appointed many hard-right Supreme Court justices that resulted in such decisions as Citizens United.
Cheney shot a man in the face and made the other guy apologize.
KKKarl Rove completely politicizing entire cabinet departments that should not be politicized.
Those purple band-aids during the 2004 convention.
Swift boating.
Katrina and FEMA and Brown and all the racism.
At one point, Bush had an accident on his bicycle in the woods. Instead of just saying that he slipped, which can happen to anybody, he claimed it was due to the slippery conditions following a rain.  According to weather records, it hadn't rained there in months.
Deregulation of wall street and the collapse of the global economy.
Deregulation of the mortgage industry and the housing bubble.
All the lies.

These are just the ones that pop into my head without even thinking.  I am sure that I am leaving many others out, but you can see my point.

But Obama is black, so yeah, I understand your anger and frustration because at your core, you are a racist.  For some reason, though, you don't seem to understand why I hated Bush.  Why is that?

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  •  other than ruining the military, war of preemption (13+ / 0-)

    wrecking the treasury, uniting church and state, all carbon all the time, my way or the highway, not trying to get bin Laden,

    I'll go with torture for 2000, Alex.

    Your one reason for the BHO hatred is spot on.

    Fear is the mind-killer - Frank Herbert, Dune

    by p gorden lippy on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 05:16:24 AM PST

    •  Let's not forget crashing the economy (0+ / 0-)

      The tax cuts and the deregulation and all the looking the other way while Wall Street looted the markets -- that's all on Bush.  These trillions of dollars of debt in the past four years are also on him, what with his tax cuts and his near-depression.

      Citizens United defeated by citizens, united.

      by Dallasdoc on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 05:58:10 AM PST

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  •  I actually liked Bush for awhile. (3+ / 0-)
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    myrealname, bluedust, Maverick80229

    I voted for Gore, but it was kind of a coin flip -- the dumb one vs. the insufferable one wasn't a great choice, but I figured go with the guy with a brain, even though I preferred Bush's STATED foreign policy: Humbler nation that doesn't tell the rest of the world how to live.

    Then, of course, Bush cut taxes on the rich and bankrupted our economy, then renounced his previous neo-isolationism and decided to be the Thomas Jefferson of the Middle East in a flight suit.

    I pretty much hated him by 2003 and never stopped after that.

    Show us your tax returns !!!!!!

    by Bush Bites on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 05:22:51 AM PST

  •  The problem with the freepers (7+ / 0-)

    I think everyone has it ass backwards - Fox, Rush, Repub politicians aren't controlling the narrative, the BASE is.

    I've been reading Freeper-hell for a long time now, and one thing they all have in common is if someone disagrees with them they are ostracized.

        Their beliefs are solid, set in stone and can never be changed and they vote with both their dollars and at the ballot box.

    Very simply, if anyone in the right wing media complex doesn't say what they want to hear they are shut off.

    If Rush suddenly grew a conscience and began calling for compromise on his radio program, his ratings would drop like a ton of bricks...the same for fox.

    So, yes republican politicians pander to them to remain relevant and in office - the right wing media do it to continue the cash flowing into their bank accounts - BUT if they deviate from that approach they will be sent into the wilderness - and there are plenty of people ready to step up to the plate to replace them.

    Most of us understand the art of compromise, and that it is essential to keep government running in a two party system, the republican base doesn't believe in this.

    They (repub politicians and right wing media) have really got themselves caught between a rock and a hard place.

    A little patience, and we shall see the reign of witches pass over, their spells dissolve, and the people ... restore their government to it's true principles.

    by maddrailin on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 05:25:46 AM PST

  •  Funny, though, that wingnuts always say... (8+ / 0-)

    ...Dems hated Bush so why shouldn't they hate Obama.

    Bush had a 90 percent approval rating after 9/11, so it's demonstrably untrue that Dems never gave him a chance.

    They gave him a big chance -- rallying around him even after he fucked up the Al Qaeda intelligence -- and he wasted it.

    It's sad for the country, really, because it could have been a new era of cooperation, but he chose to listen to Rove and Cheney and follow their divide and conquer philosophy instead.

    Show us your tax returns !!!!!!

    by Bush Bites on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 05:30:38 AM PST

    •  Yeah, I agree. (3+ / 0-)
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      Bush Bites, Dallasdoc, cherie clark

      I thought for awhile that he was going to really nail bin Laden.  Then it came out that he outsourced the bin Laden hunt to people who wanted to see bin Laden escape.  I actually meant to include that one in my list when I was thinking about doing this diary last night.

      The struggle of today, is not altogether for today--it is for a vast future also. - Lincoln

      by estamm on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 05:33:24 AM PST

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    •  I never did (10+ / 0-)

      I recognized him the first time he smirked his way onto the national scene.  "Who's your favorite philosopher," they asked him during a GOP primary debate.

      "Jesus Christ," said the guy who bragged and chuckled about his record of capital punishment as governor.

      "We're screwed," said I.

      "We'll be in a war we don't need to fight, people will die," was my argument to all my "They're both the same," Nader friends who wouldn't support Gore and accused me of not following MY principles because I was.  

      As my family mourned and talked on 9-11-01 I told my dad, "Well this is what they needed.  They'll get us into Iraq with this."  

      I knew even as I was crying about the deaths, because of the president in office, the disaster was just starting.  

      I'm not being an "I told you so," really.  It was always just so maddening to see the nightmares unfold as I expected.  It has been a challenging century.  

      When truth is only a matter of opinion, advantage goes to the liars.

      by Sun dog on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 05:50:23 AM PST

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      •  Completely agree. (2+ / 0-)
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        Sun dog, p gorden lippy

        I remember when I first heard that the Rs wanted Bush as their nominee - I laughed out loud. I thought, "How ridiculous!" I thought, "They'd never be that stupid, and he'd never get far enough along in the process anyway."

        I was right only with my first thought: how ridiculous. Didn't know it'd be disastrous as well.

        Being the single intellectual in a village of 1,100 souls ain't much fun, especially when 1,099 of those don't think you're all that smart.--Lucy Marsden

        by Miniaussiefan on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 08:01:24 AM PST

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    •  Some of us who gave Bush high ratings after 911 (1+ / 0-)
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      p gorden lippy

      felt it had nothing to do with him doing even a barely adequate job as President but everything to do with putting up a united front after such a terrible tragedy. If we were under attack, then let the attackers know we were united as one country. Foolish perhaps, but it seemed like the right choice at the time, not show weakness or division.

      The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dreams shall never die. ~ Edward M. (Ted) Kennedy

      by cherie clark on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 09:47:07 AM PST

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  •  You just didn't understand what he was up to (0+ / 0-)

    You kept trying to "understand" reality.  He was out there creating new ones.

  •  The patriarchal dismissive attitude.. (6+ / 0-)

    Either you are for us or against us. You are not a patriot if you are against us. The smarmy arrogance, could go on and on.

    •  The whole party went that way. (7+ / 0-)

      I was kind of a Repub-leaning independent back then, who actually liked Bush Sr., and I'd be on the sites saying "well, are we sure this war is a good idea?" or "these tax cuts seem kind of risky".....and all of a sudden these Fox News newbies would be like: "Fuck you, Lib" "Why do you hate the troops?" and what-not

      So, after awhile, I just figured "OK, I can't have anything in common with these idiots. Guess I'm a Dem."

      I will never vote Repub again.

      Show us your tax returns !!!!!!

      by Bush Bites on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 05:42:20 AM PST

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      •  Yes, it is sad that they went off the deep end. (0+ / 0-)

        I have always voted Democratic as it was my own idealological course since childhood. It really made me sick when this whole dismissal attitude surfaced after the Fox News indoctrination on the right. I hope we are seeing the veil being lifted on some of those blinded by the right and we can eventually return to a more balanced approach to running our country.

  •  Re the poll (1+ / 0-)
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    p gorden lippy

    My answer is yes.  Plus he is a smug, selfish, self-centered, creep who thinks he is entitled to whatever he wants.  You know, I did feel some pity for the Republicans waiting to celebrate Romney's victory party on election night.  I'm a Democrat - I've mourned a few losses over the years.  But this year our victory was really, really sweet, and I really, really enjoyed it in spite of the Republicans' pain.

  •  Bush hijacked Christianity (0+ / 0-)

    And by his actions showed he truly wasn't a Christian at heart.  He and many of his alleged Christian supporters were going around claiming Bush was the next "Moses".  They meant the Biblical Moses, but would have been more accurate if they meant Grandma Moses.

  •  His blocking of stem cell research (4+ / 0-)

    as I recall, was the very first validation of my apprehension (which of course evolved into hatred) of W. I remembered he 'studied on it real hard' for a long time before making his declaration. Of course, that meant 8 more years of suffering for people who can benefit from the research ultimately.

  •  The nasty right reveals itself for what it is... (2+ / 0-)
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    Maverick80229, MaikeH

    when they attack Michelle Obama.

    Did I like George W. Bush? No. As you mentioned, there is much to criticize, and he is undoubtedly the worst president of my lifetime, perhaps of anyone's lifetime (though James Buchanan does seem to have an insurmountable "lead" when it comes to historians' rankings of Worst President Ever).

    But I never said a bad thing about Laura Bush. She comes across as a decent, likable person who married into a bad situation.

    GWB holds a special place of disdain for me because he stole his way into office and then proceeded to destroy everything.

    I was a college kid when George H.W. Bush won in 1988. I was a volunteer for Mike Dukakis, and I remember being sad, along with my friends, on election night 1988.

    But GHWB won fairly and squarely, and I remember waking up to watch his inauguration and sincerely wishing him well. After all, my guy lost, and the other guy was president. Such is life in a democracy.

    And, honestly, if they were alive and I ran into them, I would shake Ronald Reagan's or Richard Nixon's or Gerald Ford's hand. They all held the highest office of the land I love. I wasn't raised in a house where anyone supported these gentlemen, but I was raised to show respect.

    But GWB? Never could respect him. Wouldn't shake his hand, if I had the chance. I would just point and laugh, like Nelson Muntz.

    How about I believe in the unlucky ones?

    by BenderRodriguez on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 05:58:37 AM PST

  •  Above all else, lying us into a war. 100,000s dead (4+ / 0-)

    Then the Patriot Act
    "Free Speech Zones"
    Justifying torture

    ==> all attacks on the rule of law, and our legal/cultural/national identity.

    Stupid pandering tax cuts playing into the Norquist goal of destroying government by trashing our economy....And a foreign policy that seemed to me at the time like no one was steering the ship.

    Secret energy policy concocted in secret by a couple of rich oilmen.  Predictable, but still destructive.

  •  Uh. Hello? Wars? Not on the poll (1+ / 0-)
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    blueoasis

    Iraq, Afghanistan. You might have heard of them.

  •  i didn't hate Bush (2+ / 0-)
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    Miniaussiefan, p gorden lippy

    i try to not hate at all.  it's better for my health.

    let it go.  i still have a picture of Bush doing the chest bump in my office.  i keep it as a reminder and because it makes me laugh.  i never let hate move me or invade my spirit.

    -You want to change the system, run for office.

    by Deep Texan on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 06:55:55 AM PST

  •  All of the above. (1+ / 0-)
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    p gorden lippy

    George W. Bush will forever be the worst president we've ever had. Warren G. Harding and James Buchanan have to be pleased to have moved up in the rankings off of the bottom.

    The loudest cries for war come from those who have never seen one.

    by MadGeorgiaDem on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 08:40:50 AM PST

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