The Bush administration is packing up and looking for the next flight out of town.
Most can't wait.
Apparently, most of them are finally conceding to themselves what the rest of the country - and the world - have known for some time now. They are in a rush to put anything associated with the two Bush administrations and the last eight years behind them.
That's with the possible exception of president George W. Bush himself and his wife Laura of course. Bush's White House office has issued a two page letter of instructions to cabinet members telling them to emphasize the 'successes' of his presidency.
The Bush White House - at taxpayer expense of course - established a formal 'Bush Legacy Team' to work on the official 'Bush Legacy Plan'. The White House sent a 2-page memo with 'talking points' to cabinet members and other high ranking administration officials entitled, "Speech Topper on the Bush Record".
To burnish the official record of a president with the lowest approval rating on record - 24% and still falling. "What we have in mind with these documents is we feel the president's many accomplishments haven't been given the attention they deserve and in some cases have been purposely ignored," explained Carlton Carroll, a White House spokesman.
Accomplishments? ACCOMPLISHMENTS? Apparently self delusion knows no boundaries!
The memo totally fails any mention of the colossal and record setting FAILURES of the Bush administrations:
An illegal war costing upwards of a trillion dollars and many thousands of lives;
The illegal denial of habeas corpus and detention for hundreds of people without charges for upwards of seven years;
The Abu Garaib (and other) torture scandals;
The illegal wiretapping without warrants of American citizens;
The wholesale attacks on the US Constitution;
Unprecedented attacks on environmental laws and regulations on the books for decades, in favor of giant corporations;
Tax breaks for the very richest people in the country while ignoring the needs of the less fortunate - including returning veterans of overseas wars;
The most devastating damage and destruction of the economy of the United States and the entire world since the Great Depression;
The list goes on and on - but you get the drift.
The president's wife Laura Bush has also been enlisted in the effort, and appeared on a ABC's 'Nightline' and loyally championed her husband saying, "I think the history book says he's a very, very strong president."
Maybe so. But, methinks not.
Perhaps there's no more iconic and illustrative example of the ineptness of Bush et al than the loss of the Bush Library's web site domain name 'WBushLibrary.com.' The name had been purchased from a private citizen who had foreseen its value and reserved the name. The Bush Library Foundation paid $3,000 for it just last year. However, through oversight, it was allowed to expire, was grabbed up by an alert 'cyber squatter' and the foundation was then forced to repurchase the domain name - this time for $35,000!
No one can deny some serious burnishment was not sorely needed needed for a president who was not even allowed to attend his own party's national convention in September! Neither was his Vice President, who, along with Bush was avoided like the plague by other high party members.