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1 freetoken  Tue, Nov 9, 2010 6:53:59pm

Given GWB's stated attempts at humor my suspicion is that if he truly said that then he was trying to be witty/shocking.

2 Lidane  Tue, Nov 9, 2010 7:03:56pm

A 2008 Bush endorsement of Obama would have been damning the man with faint praise. However, it does suggest that Bush likely voted Obama in the end, since he only endorsed McCain out of obligation, not choice. Why vote for someone you clearly don't like?

3 SanFranciscoZionist  Tue, Nov 9, 2010 7:53:29pm

re: #2 Lidane

A 2008 Bush endorsement of Obama would have been damning the man with faint praise. However, it does suggest that Bush likely voted Obama in the end, since he only endorsed McCain out of obligation, not choice. Why vote for someone you clearly don't like?

Party loyalty?

4 Michael Orion Powell  Tue, Nov 9, 2010 8:00:18pm

Have any of you guys read Audacity of Hope? There's a passage in there where Bush approaches Obama and gives him a (friendly) lecture on how the press that ushers him into power will turn their backs on him. Pretty poignant.

5 palomino  Tue, Nov 9, 2010 8:28:58pm

Bush was joking. What rationale could he have provided the media when asked WHY he was endorsing Obama. Other than the bailouts--which Bush and Obama both said was a necessary evil to prevent Great Depression II--what did the two men agree about?

It also would have the thrown the GOP, the party that was so good to Bush, into disarray. There's no recent precedent for an outgoing president endorsing the opposing party's nominee.


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