Karl Rove, one-time Deputy Chief of Staff to former President George W. Bush, spoke to a jam-packed Storer Auditorium at the University of Miami Thursday night.
After a brief opening speech, Rove transformed the event into an open forum during which audience members could ask him a question or engage him in a debate.
The “campaign architect,” as he is commonly called, built a case against President Barack Obama’s order to close Guantanamo, an overseas CIA detention center where terrorists and other “enemy combatants” are held. Obama’s order could enable terrorists to be tried in U.S. courts, to be given undeserved rights afforded American citizens and could cause damaging long-term effects, Rove said.
I've received several emails in response to my December 26 WSJ Op-Ed, "Bush is a Book Lover," asking for a list of the books President Bush and I read during our book competition or, failing that, some recommendations of volumes I particularly enjoyed. While the President's complete reading list is not available now, I suspect it will be made public at sometime in the future at a time of the President's choosing. As for my list, I feel a little uncomfortable sharing it in its entirety and picking favorites is like choosing between children.
So, here are some recommendations.
In my January 8 WSJ Op-Ed I wrote about President Bush's efforts to rein in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and quoted several Democrats who spoke critically of the regulatory powers being sought by the Bush Administration.
The following is a sampling of critical statements from opponents of GSE reform, including the quotes cited in my Op-Ed.
President Bush is naming a high-powered staff to launch him on a productive post-presidency that, at least at first, will be busy behind the scenes and quiet on the surface.
The Office of George W. Bush will be in Dallas, near his presidential library at Southern Methodist University.
The president plans to write a book, give speeches, help build his presidential library and start a “freedom institute” to prolong his legacy, with a special emphasis on his “freedom agenda” of promoting democracy for the Middle East.
READ ARTICLE: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0109/17440.html
If you asked Americans to list President Bush's foreign policy and national security accomplishments, you'd likely get some laughs - surely some snarky comments. Perhaps, at best, a short list.
But, in truth, there are a number of great successes. So as the Bush administration gets ready to exit the national and world stage in the coming days, it's time to give credit where credit's due.
George W. Bush will end his presidency in retreat, forced to compromise on several fronts. Free-market economics have given way to massive government bailouts, and an assertive, unilateral foreign policy has yielded to one more attuned to world opinion. But in his defense of the war on terrorism, Bush has succeeded in beating back nearly all legal challenges -- including those to some of his most controversial policies.
With only 26 days left to harangue, mock and bash President Bush, some of our colleagues in the media aren't wasting a day. Bashing ex-presidents, except for the ex-presidents with shrill prominent wives, isn't nearly as much fun as bashing while he's still the real thing.
As he sits at his mile-high desk, clad in his Air Force One crew jacket, George W. Bush is as he has ever been: upbeat, focused, confident in his past decisions and in the future.
This is remarkable given the up and downs -- lately downs -- of his administration. Through it all, the president has acted on his own convictions, a trait that has inspired both violent critics and passionate defenders.
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How did Cici find this out and why didn't the omniscient Chris Matthews already know?