January 13th, 2009
02:30 PM ET

Bush still doesn't get it

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/01/12/bush.press.conference/art.bush.last.cnn.jpg caption="President Bush addresses reporters at the White House on Monday in his final news conference."]

Ed Rollins
CNN Contributor

One week from today, a historic presidency begins and a tarnished presidency ends.

The inauguration of Barack Obama, the first African-American president, cannot come quickly enough for the vast majority of Americans.

This young man with the keen disciplined mind and the buffed body begins a presidency with high hopes, goodwill and a never-ending list of problems left on the Oval Office desk by George Walker Bush, the ever-confident occupant of that high office who seems like the dinner guest who will not leave.

In all my years around Washington as an observer and as a member of several administrations, I have rarely witnessed an event as bizarre as President Bush's farewell press conference yesterday.

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  1. jim Fallbrook CA

    I would like to refresh Ed Rollins memory. If Bush doesn't get it, what about Jimmy Carter Democrat 1977-1981. Now Ed, that was a tarnished presidency. I know you were around when he was in office. You have the nerve to call George W. Bush a tarnished presidency. it was no where near that compared to Carter and you know it. You already know what Carter did in his administration. The main blunder he made was allowing a terrorist government to overthrow a pro west Shah of Iran and hold Americans hostages for over 444 days humiliating our country. He also stuck it to the poor and middle class. I just wish you could tell me that Bush's presidnecy was more tarnished than Carter's. Then we both could have a good laugh.

    January 13, 2009 at 6:45 pm |
  2. Annie Kate

    Bush may still not get it even after 8 years but after the 21st it won't matter whether he gets it or not. He and his administration will be history and hopefully America and Americans will have a better future to look forward to. At least Bush stayed in character for that final press conference and I did think that one of the real highs of the press conference was when he told the press that although sometimes he didn't like what they wrote about him, he always respected them and saw them as hard working people just trying to do a good job. Maybe in a few years we can start to see Bush that way as well.

    January 13, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  3. elwi tanani

    Mr Bush is burrying his head in the sand hoping that people will forget among their daily problems. When historians will write; each will write from his own prospective. He had an ideology that he followed. He did not lie but used beauty tretment with a nip and tuck in order to dress issues. Nobody reaches that office if he is an ideot but they may play dum. If the shoe fits, do whatever to get away with it...
    In democracy, same as dectatorial systems, you do what you want but make sure it suits the louder of the voices, or give those who have common interests with you the loudist speakers....Look at the Israeli talk machine...doing all horrid actions and dressing it up as if they were the victims. ignored the difficulties they caused to the owners of the land who accepted to host them seventy five years ago...It all a game...we all play it as dum and dummer..

    January 13, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  4. ely

    why are the officials so out of touch with people. president bush gave my tax money in form of bailout to the banks that caused the crisis, now they are just pocketing the money and wont reduce my rates, i am unemployed and dont want to file forclosure and ruin my credit. why is nobody in touch with real people?

    January 13, 2009 at 5:43 pm |
  5. wafa

    bush is the real terriost and has given order from the israelis to kill inconet muslium ppl

    January 13, 2009 at 4:45 pm |
  6. Gene Penszynski from Vermont

    The Title of this article says it all. Absolutely Correct ! This man will never 'Get It'. I sincerely hope that History will hold him up as a shinning exemple of what we as Americans must NEVER do again !

    January 13, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  7. Stacy

    President Bush is not a crook either. And even more importantly, I don't believe he is dishonest or an incompetent.

    Ed Rollins still doesn't get it.

    January 13, 2009 at 4:26 pm |