Category Archives: George Bush

June 25, 2007, 9:45 pm

History Activism and the Bush Administration, Part III

In response to this post and this post on the attempts of the Bush Administration to keep itself from going down in history, Barbara Weinstein, President of the American Historical Association, e-mailed me to explain why the Executive Committee of the American Historical Association (AHA) is not currently storming the gates of the White House as I had requested. With her permission, I publish Barbara’s response; in a nutshell, she reassures all of us that the organizations representing professional historians in the United States are not “sitting on their hands,” as I put it, while the Administration passes a large magnet back and forth over the RNC server. Quite the opposite.

“I think Tony Grafton has already responded to your comments about the AHA and the OAH not doing enough to protest the machinations of Cheney, Bush, & Co. regarding government records,” Barbara writes, “but I just…

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May 22, 2007, 1:23 pm

Bye, Bye Bertie: A Meditation on Political Theater

The title of this post is my witty response to George Bush, your president, who has said that a vote of “no confidence” in Attorney General Alberto Gonzales would be “pure political theater” on the part of Congress. For the full story from NPR reporter Don Gonyea, go here.

Now, I don’t know about the “pure political theater” part. What seems to me to be pure political theater are the Whitewater hearings and/or Monicagate. Or pretending to fly a fighter jet and then pretending to make an aircraft landing and then standing under a sign that says “Mission Accomplished,” in an airman’s suit, when the mission is not in the least accomplished. Political theater is what happens on Fox News political talk shows where administration lackeys who work for the network scream at guests *they* invited to the show, call them stupid and tell them to shut up.

Personally, I don’t think Alberto…

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