Quick, what — of all that’s happened in the last eight years — do most regret? Of all that’s happened during the Bush years, what do you wish hadn’t happened? We’ve all got a few, and we could all probably start a list right here, right now.
But what does Dubya regret? Very, very little.
As his presidency nears its end, a reflective President Bush suggested Tuesday that he regrets some of his more blunt statements on the war on terrorism over the last eight years and said he wishes he had not spoken in front of a “Mission Accomplished” banner only a month after U.S. troops in Iraq were deployed.
“I regret saying some things I shouldn’t have said,” Bush told CNN’s Heidi Collins when asked to reflect on his regrets over his two terms as president. “Like ‘dead or alive’ and ‘bring ’em on.’ My wife reminded me that, hey, as president of the United States, be careful what you say.”
The interview, aboard the USS Intrepid in New York, came after the president addressed a Veterans Day ceremony.
That’s it. Literally. All he regrets is a few of the dumbest things he’s said in the past eight years. I know, I know. Back in 2004, when asked during a press conference, Bush couldn’t think of a single mistake he or his administration had made. In 2007, after having three more years to think about it, Bush still couldn’t think of any errors he might have made as president.
Either the walls of the presidential “bubble” are made of concrete at least one foot thick, or — if you’re less inclined to give him the benefit of the doubt — perhaps Bush has done all he set out to do. Maybe he doesn’t have many regrets because everything has come to pass the way he hoped it would. Or maybe he just doesn’t give a shit. In that case, there’s a lot not to give a shit about.
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This is probably way too long, and I didn’t include everything I could have. But this is just a sampling of the last eight years.
And all he regrets is a few things he said.