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President Bush: more concerned about getting results than getting credit

After eight years of nothing but nasty, antagonistic coverage, the media decide to start telling us about some of the good things President Bush has done now that he's in his last days in office.

Today we learn how committed President Bush was to helping the homeless. It comes after years of calling him callous, evil, and uncaring. Read:

Philip Mangano's life was sailing smoothly along when it ran aground on a movie that made him rethink what was really, truly important, and here is what ensued -- less misery for thousands of America's homeless and an impressive if largely unsung accomplishment for the administration of President George W. Bush.

This particular accomplishment is unsung because the media refused to report on it. The media refused to report on a lot of President Bush's accomplishments, including his commitment to fighting aids in Africa.

But I digress from the accomplishment at hand. Here's more from the article:

Seven years ago, Mangano took over the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, reporting to the White House and setting out as a kind of evangelist to convince local governments to sign up for 10-year partnerships with the federal government. Saying yes were 350 communities in which some 90 percent of the homeless live, and guess what? According to data from as recently as 2007, the number of the most seriously disabled out on the streets is down by 30 percent.

It's a remarkable story that maybe you haven't heard because the administration -- frequently said to be unconcerned about the poor -- has avoided bragging. This is a non-partisan effort -- the arrangements being made are with officials of all parties, but mainly Democratic mayors. If the Democrats sense any political advantage seeking by Republicans here, they might be more reluctant to participate, and the administration has therefore sacrificed publicity for the sake of getting something done.


And that is the state of politics and the media today. The Democrat mayors would have let the homeless continue to suffer and the taxpayers continue to pay if President Bush got any credit for helping the homeless. These Democrats were more concerned with preventing President Bush from getting any positive coverage in the media than they were about helping the homeless in their cities. And the willing media went along with this by not reporting on this story. They could have found out about program. It was all public record. They could have done their jobs and informed the American people about how their taxes were being spent to help get people off the streets. They could have informed the American people that they had a leader who was compassionate, but the media remained silent about anything positive about President Bush and instead researched and reported on classified terrorist surviellance programs that undermined the president's efforts to protect the American people after 9/11.

Meanwhile, President Bush was less concerned about getting credit for helping his fellow Americans than he was about actually helping them. Imagine that. A politician who actually cares about helping his fellow citizens in need than he is about getting credit. President Bush could have used the good press if his administration's role in this program had been reported. But he didn't care about PR. He was more concerned about helping those who needed help. That is a man of great character.

I expect that more stories like this one will come out after President Bush leaves office, and as the American people learn more about their former president, they will come to realize that the man the media defined as heartless and self-consumed didn't exist at all except in the form of words in newspapers and on television.

Link via Lucianne.

Update: I highly recommend you stop by The Anchoress. She has links to a lot of blogs by folks who have praised President Bush for his tireless efforts to do what was right. That means fighting Islamofascism around the world, fighting AIDS in Africa, helping the homeless, freeing Iraqis from the death grip of Saddam Hussein and much more. It's a great roundup.


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Comments (15)

Kim, the Bush administratio... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

Kim, the Bush administration releases a list of its accomplishments at the end of every year and this year released two lists, including an emergency dumbed-down version linked here:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/infocus/bushrecord/documents/appendix_acc_for_web.pdf

Flying Monkeys, Ho!

BD. We know from reading ... (Below threshold)
Greg:

BD. We know from reading you all these months who the monkey is. Your link didn't open.

If Kim posts it, it must be... (Below threshold)
Ashley Todd:

If Kim posts it, it must be true.

-Ashley Todd

oneslack - "Yes, I reme... (Below threshold)
Marc:

oneslack - "Yes, I remember Bush's platform when he first ran for president was to free Iraqis from the death grip of Saddam Hussein."

Care to provide the reference? Note, not talking generalities, be specific, show us a quote that directly states your assertion.

To use your phrase oneslack - "Your point is so asinine."

Integrity is what you do wh... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Integrity is what you do when no one is looking. Libs cannot understand that, which includes the media. GW doesn't care about polls or who is saying what. A great leader. ww

BD. We know from reading yo... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

BD. We know from reading you all these months who the monkey is. Your link didn't open.
2. Posted by Greg

It's a pdf file. Download a free pdf reader for your porn box and diversify. Or search Die Google for an html version.

George W Bush, a better-tha... (Below threshold)
DJ Drummond:

George W Bush, a better-than-average president, vilified by people with worse-than-ever mental disorders.

"President Bush: more conce... (Below threshold)

"President Bush: more concerned about getting results than getting credit"

This is the one thing I admire most about Bush.
http://www.rightklik.net/

Yeah, Bryan. Because we al... (Below threshold)
Oyster:

Yeah, Bryan. Because we all know that had anyone to the right of your politics purposefully linked to anything released by the White House for facts you would never characterize it as 'propaganda'. Hell, if anyone established firmly in your own camp cited a White House release you'd be questioning their credentials.

As a matter of fact, I think I'll bookmark this for future reference. You know, so next time you have any complaints that Obama isn't getting proper credit or is being portrayed wrongly by the media I can remind you to stop complaining and go to whitehouse.gov for consolation.

"Yes, I remember Bush's pla... (Below threshold)
OneSlack:

"Yes, I remember Bush's platform when he first ran for president was to free Iraqis from the death grip of Saddam Hussein."

Marc, I was being sarcastic, but I couldn't find the right emoticon to reflect that. Trying to rewrite history to reflect that freeing Iraqis was the point of our attack is absurd. It's just what we ended up with.

Oh . . . and how free those Iraqis are . . . amber waves of bombed out villages. At the cost of 4,000 American lives, 100 thousand Iraqi lives (free though, I admit that) and 9 billion a month. Let's see . . . that could bail out GMC one month, Ford the next, a few banks the next, airline industry the next.

Oh, I forgot, BAD to spend money here, GOOD to spend money there. Thank GOODNESS the conservatives are finally being hawkish about the deficit . . . now that the Dems want to spend money on . . . Americans.

But the Iraqis are free from Saddam. What was that Pottery Barn rule? Anyone?

oneslack - "Marc, I was... (Below threshold)
Marc:

oneslack - "Marc, I was being sarcastic, but I couldn't find the right emoticon to reflect that. Trying to rewrite history to reflect that freeing Iraqis was the point of our attack is absurd. It's just what we ended up with."

Really? Then you are woefully ignorant of just what was in the Congressional authorization for Iraqi Freedom.

Not to mention the occasions when a Bush speech, before the UN among others, contained just that justification.

Now, if you care to argue it wasn't the "front-and-center" reason, that possession of WMD's was, I'll concede the point.

If not you're an ignorant tool of the far left.

And, oh... you couldn't find something as simple as this..... :-)

You need more time on the internet.

Marc, please, do your REALL... (Below threshold)
OneSlack:

Marc, please, do your REALLY think we would have taken our eye off the war on terror (so soon) to liberate the Iraqis if it weren't for the "slam dunk" WMD threat? If so, you are not a tool of the right. You are just a tool.

If it were really such a central issue (or secondary or tertiary issue) for invading, why weren't George and his Cold War intelligence czar, Ms. Rice, making ANY case for liberating the poor Iraqis BEFORE 9/11? Oh yeah, because they didn't really care about that. At all. They were, instead, focused on the development of SDI up to that point. It was that radical Clinton bunch that was "obsessed with Al Qaeda." hahahahahaa

Okay, have at me.

OneSlack, see:<a hre... (Below threshold)
brainy435:

OneSlack, see:
http://frankwarner.typepad.com/free_frank_warner/2004/02/liberation_was_.html

And make sure you look around, there is more there. Also, the link to Sullivans site takes you to the most recent post, so I tracked down the MoDo piece for you here:
http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9D0DE3DB1E3FF93AA35750C0A9659C8B63


Thanks for playing revisionist history, you lose. To allow you to try and save a little face, I'll let you explain exactly how killing terrorists and turning public sentiment against them not only in Iraq but across large swaths of the Middle East is "tak[ing] our eye off the war on terror."

Brainy435,You quot... (Below threshold)
Larry Dickman:

Brainy435,

You quote a blog and an article in the NYT?

Hahhahahahahahahahahahaha.

Armed with the Internets and your cut and paste feature, you think you make an argument.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHH

Nice try dick, but you obvi... (Below threshold)
brainy435:

Nice try dick, but you obviously didn't even bother to read the links.

And you didn't even make an argument, you just shined a spotlight on your own ignorance. Thanks for playing, but next time try and make your comment at least quasi-intelligent. Asking a lot of you apparantly, but then I'm an optimist.




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