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Saturday
Feb262011

President Bush Cancels Speech over Assange Invite

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(DENVER) -- Former President George W. Bush was scheduled to speak at a YPO Global Leadership Summit in Denver on Saturday, but canceled the speaking engagement after learning that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was also invited to the event.

A spokesperson for President Bush issued the following statement:

“Six months ago, President Bush accepted an invitation to speak to the YPO Global Leadership Summit in Denver on February 26, 2011.  This week, upon learning that Julian Assange had recently been invited to address the same summit, President Bush decided to cancel his appearance.  The former president has no desire to share a forum with a man who has willfully and repeatedly done great harm to the interests of the United States.”

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Tuesday
Feb082011

Donald Rumsfeld Reveals Saddam Hussein Targeted His Daughters

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld described what he called an “awkward” moment in a 2003 national security meeting when he was told that Saddam Hussein was offering a $60 million bounty to kill Rumsfeld’s daughters.

“I was concerned,” Rumsfeld told ABC News on Tuesday. “Of course the president and his family had secret service protection. My family did not. And it was a somewhat awkward moment in the meeting,” he said.

The plot also targeted President George W. Bush’s two daughters, Rumsfeld said, and Bush urged him to take it seriously because the administration had killed Hussein’s sons.

“I made a comment like ‘Thank you’ or something and President Bush looked me in the eye and said ‘You better take this seriously,” he said. “And of course I did take it seriously. But I was also realistic that there was not much one could do about that.”

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Tuesday
Jan252011

Report: Bush Cabinet Officials Illegally Campaigned at Taxpayer Expense

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Several high-ranking officials in the George W. Bush administration illegally used taxpayer-funded resources to campaign for Republican candidates during the 2006 midterm elections, an independent government watchdog concludes.

The Office of Special Counsel, which was created by Congress to investigate and prosecute federal employees who violate certain workplace standards, outlined the findings of its three-year probe in a report released Monday night.

The agency condemned overt electioneering by Bush appointees during the workday and the use of taxpayer funds to cover travel expenses for at least seven cabinet secretaries who were sent out on the campaign trail.

The Hatch Act of 1939 prohibits most federal employees from engaging in "an activity directed toward the success or failure of a political party, candidate for partisan political office, or partisan political group" while on the clock.

The findings in the Office of Special Counsel report are based on more than 100,000 pages of evidence, most of which are e-mails, and 80 individual interviews.

The agency began its inquiry in 2007, while Bush was still in office, after allegations were raised.

Typically, the OSC would now submit its report to the Merit Systems Protection Board, an administrative body that could sanction or fire federal employees who violated federal law.

But in this case, officials said Tuesday, no referral will be made because none of the subjects of the investigation still hold appointed office.

"We will not be filing a petition for disciplinary action because the Board doesn't have jurisdiction after the employees have left their jobs," said OSC spokesman Darshan Sheth. The agency has also not made any referrals to the Department of Justice for further investigation or prosecution.

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Friday
Jan072011

Saddam Hussein's Pistol Featured by President George W. Bush Library

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(DALLAS) -- The 9 mm Glock pistol former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein held in his lap when he was captured by American troops in 2003 is now on display at the site of George W. Bush's future presidential library.

The gun sits in the "Capturing Key Moments" display case at the Dallas exhibit, which closes Feb. 6.

A new video released by the museum shows President Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush describing several artifacts, including some related to his visit to Ground Zero in New York just days after the 9/11 attacks in 2001.

"I walked into what felt like Hell," Bush said of the experience, when he climbed atop a fire engine that had been crushed in the collapse of the World Trade Center towers. He used a bullhorn to shout a message of encouragement to the haggard first responder teams.

"I can hear you," he hollered, as the teams began to cheer. "The rest of the world hears you, and the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon."

The bullhorn is now mounted front and center in the display case beside a frame holding Saddam Hussein's black pistol, confiscated during the early-morning raid called "Operation Red Dawn," which involved more than 600 troops. Saddam was found hiding in a small underground bunker.

Those two artifacts have drawn not only visitors, but protests to the future site of the Bush Institute on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

"I hope that a bullhorn will not become the symbol for the entry of the United States into an unjustified war, and that a pistol of Saddam Hussein's is not seen as some strange symbol of victory in that horrendous misjudgment," said Tex Sample, a Methodist Church elder who opposed the selection of the site.

The Bush Institute calls all of the treasures on display "historic artifacts" which help define the Bush presidency.

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Thursday
Dec232010

Car Crashes onto President Bush's Lawn in Texas

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(DALLAS) -- A man crashed his car through the gates outside former President George W. Bush's home Wednesday night near Dallas, Texas.

Investigators say the man drove onto the former president's lawn, sending the secret service and police scrambling.  Bush and his wife Laura were home at the time of the incident.  They were not injured and their home was not damaged.

The man's car was damaged and towed from the scene hours later.  The man involved in this incident was visiting a friend.

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Tuesday
Nov162010

George W. Bush, Dick Cheney Share Stage for First Time Post-Presidency

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(DALLAS) -- Former President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney shared a stage together Tuesday for the first time since the two left office, showering each other with praise as they reflected on the legacy of their administration and the decision to run for office together.

The two men united for the groundbreaking of the $300-million Bush Presidential Library on the Southern Methodist University campus in Dallas. Hundreds of Bush administration alumni, including former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice and first lady Laura Bush, also attended.

Bush has said the library and affiliated George W. Bush Policy Institute will be "the focus of our attention and forum for our public service" for the rest of his life. The library and institute are also largely seen as vehicles through which Bush can continue to shape his presidential legacy.

"Two years after your tour at the White House ended," Cheney said to Bush, "judgments are a little more measured than they were. When times have been tough and the critics have been loud, you've always said you had faith in history's judgment. And history is beginning to come around."

Cheney, who has been one of the most ardent and outspoken defenders of the administration, appeared gaunt and frail in what was a rare public appearance since having heart surgery in July.

It was also the first time the men appeared together since the release of Bush's new memoir, Decision Points, in which the former president writes that he considered replacing Cheney as his running mate during the 2004 re-election bid.

Bush began his remarks by directly addressing the episode and offering unambiguous support for the man he ended up keeping by his side.

"I'm asked about Dick Cheney," Bush said. "Here's what I say: Dick Cheney was the right pick in the year 2000, and as I stand here, there is no doubt in my mind he was the right pick then, he was a great vice president of the United States, and I'm proud to call him friend."

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Tuesday
Nov022010

Bush Nearly Dropped Cheney from 2004 Ticket

Photo Courtesy - Randomhouse dot com(NEW YORK) -- Former President George W. Bush considered dropping former Vice President Dick Cheney from his 2004 campaign ticket, according to The New York Times, which obtained an early copy of the former president’s memoir.

In Decision Points, which will not hit store shelves until Nov. 9, President Bush explains the consideration was made in an attempt to "demonstrate that I was in charge," according to The Times.

Cheney offered to drop off the re-election ticket during a private lunch in 2003, writes the former president, who admitted Cheney was a "lightning rod for criticism from the media and the left."

"He was seen as dark and heartless -- the Darth Vader of the administration," Bush writes. "Accepting Dick's offer would be one way to demonstrate that I was in charge," notes The Times.

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