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September 17, 2009 4:10 pm ET

The following email has been widely forwarded.  Media Matters Action Network has written a response to the text below.  Please feel free to copy and paste it and send to your friends.

"What if George Bush?"

[note - all mistakes below are original to text of email]


Thanks for forwarding this to me. President Obama has made a few blunders during his first few months in office, but I understand that for a person who makes as many statements as he does, it is not surprising that he sometimes stumbles.  I'd rather not respond to you in a tit for tat manner, but I think it is important to note that President Bush's 8 years in office were replete with mistakes and bad policies, all of which plunged our nation deeper into debt, turned allies away and laid the ground work for one of the most severe financial crises in history.  That is why Americans overwhelmingly voted for change.

Conservatives have derided the President of allegedly bowing to the King of Saudi Arabia.  The White House says that it was not a bow, but whether it was or was not, how did you react when George Bush actually kissed the Saudi King?  Check this out: Were you upset?  Did you protest?

You note that President Obama made a mistake when speaking Spanish.  It appears that he was making a joke.  Nevertheless, how did you react when President Bush addressed Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi in Spanish.  You will note that Italians do not speak Spanish.

President Obama has made a few gaffes but during his 8 years in office, President Bush misspoke hundreds of time.

Here is a compilation:

For example:  "John Thune has got a common-sense vision for good forest policy. I look forward to working with him in the United Nations Senate to preserve these national heritages."

Did you send out emails to your friends every time President Bush said something silly?

You note that President Obama uses a teleprompter.  I am sure you know that George Bush used a teleprompter.  Oh yeah, Ronald Reagan also used a teleprompter.  Check out the links: and

Your email notes that more people were killed by floods in the Midwest than died as a result of Hurricane Katrina.  I looked it up and it just is not true.  Of the many storms in the Midwest in 2009, the highest death toll thus far is 36 confirmed deaths.

In comparison, there were 1,836 confirmed deaths caused by Hurricane Katrina.

President Obama inherited an economy in disarray and since taking office, has aimed to drastically revamp our nation's health care system and our crumbling infrastructure.  I was curious to see how the national debt changed during the Bush years and according to, "When Bush took office; the national debt was $5.73 trillion. When he left, it was $10.7 trillion."

Did you know that billions of dollars were wasted during the Bush administration, particularly in massive contracts given out to private contractors that operate in Iraq and Afghanistan:  According to one commission set up to investigate the use of private contractors, "billions of dollars of that amount ended up wasted due to poorly defined work orders, inadequate oversight and contractor inefficiencies. In one example, defense auditors challenged KBR after it billed the government for $100 million in costs for private security even though the contract prohibited the use of for-hire guards."

I hope that we are always critical of those we elect, but I see that you are not being consistent in your criticism.  Your complaints about President Obama are ironic, given the fact that President Bush did in fact make so many of the same mistakes and made them much more often.  Have you heard that expression?  People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.

Anyhow, I hope this email receives you in good health and I look forward to talking to you soon.


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