An Open Letter to George W. Bush

Dear Mr. President,

I have been blissfully crushing over Obama for the last few months, which has allowed me to nearly forget about your existence. Have no fear, not a day goes by that I am not reminded of your colossal mistakes, but the notion of you walking around on the planet tends to not hit me. Call it denial or maybe just a preoccupation with the future of our nation.

But every so often, something catches my eye that suddenly reminds me that you do still exist, that you still make decisions, and that you are still, perpetually, concerned about your legacy. An article that came out in The Times today says you regret your "gun-slinging rhetoric" and you are quoted as saying that "in retrospect I could have used a different tone, a different rhetoric.”

Tone? Rhetoric?

You go on to say that phrases like "bring them on” or “dead or alive” somehow “indicated to people that I was, you know, not a man of peace."

Mr. President, what you spoke of was not "tone" or "rhetoric." It was exactly, precisely, calculatingly what you were doing.

You said bring them on, you said dead or alive.
And so on they came, and so we went.
Dead or alive.

You can't decide now that this was just tone. You can't bring Saddam Hussein back from the dead and say that you made a error in judgment on those WMDs. You can't turn to the families who have lost their loved ones in a war and say that you misspoke and that you're actually quite peaceful.

Because that's the thing about dead or alive. There's no in between.

I remember, so many years ago, on the evening of September 11, 2001 when you said, gulping in front of an American flag, the following:

"We will make no distinction between the terrorists who committed these acts and those who harbor them."

In that moment, you showed your hand. Your presidency has been colored in black and white, with no room for anything in between.

And so it will be for your legacy. Your supporters, few they may be, will remember you as a gunslinger, a fearless leader who led us into a noble war against terrorists and nuclear weapons. You should embrace that, rather than wilting six months before the end of your presidency and saying you should have used a different "tone." But that's for you and your supporters to work out.

And what about the rest of us, the remaining 68% of America who sit in your bottom-heavy disapproval ratings?

Bring it on, your post-presidential falsities about your "international diplomacy." Bring it on, your insistence that it's patriotic to lead your country into a war based on lies. Bring it on, your stubborn delusions that cause you to describe yourself as "a man of peace."

We will make no distinction between the acts you committed and the words you use to describe them. Dead or alive, you will go down as the worst president in history.


8 Response to "An Open Letter to George W. Bush"

  • Fancy Pants Says:

    Now, let me know if YOU get a response.

    Good letter, btw.

  • jolie Says:

    well said, mean rachel. and - ditto fancy pants - please advise if you hear back ....

  • $1 Says:

    I can promise you that if you write an open letter to McCain he'll never read it. Unless Cindy prints it out for him.

  • Mike Says:

    WOW!!! WOW!!! WOW!!!

    Right on my mean momma!

  • Mean Rachel Says:

    I can tell you guys that I have written several open letters to Bush on here and never once have heard back. Maybe he'll leave a comment.

  • M Says:

    GO MeanRachel, livin up to your name!

  • George W. "FUBAR" Bush Says:

    This is your President. I am much too important to respond to trifles like this. I am busy hunting down the evil-doers.

    PS - if anybody feels moved by the Lord to contribute to my Presidential library, please give me a call. If fundraising doesn't pick up soon, we'll have to cut our plans to convert an old "Gopher Bop" game into the "Slam Sadaam" interactive exhibit I've long dreamed of.

  • Anonymous Says:

    Do we really want to bring Saddam Hussein back from the dead?