When George Bush was President and other stories from the road

 

arlingtoncemetery.netWhen George W Bush was President of the United States of America, we sometimes intimated that we were Canadian while we were traveling. Anti-American sentiment was high, especially in the Middle East, Northern Africa, and parts of Asia, that it seemed smarter to create a new nationality for ourselves.

Traveling while Barak Obama has been President, especially in Indonesia, has been fantastic as now I can say, “Cami orang Obama. Cami orang America.” I am a person of Obama. I am a person from America. Now locals are so happy to meet us.

A Canadian family shared their deck of Bush Playing Cards from Project Pretzel. Each card in the deck has as a photo and quotes or comment from someone in the Bush Administration. They remind us why we occasionally preferred to be Canadian.

 

Ace of Spades: George W. Bush, President of the United States of America:

“I’m the commander—see, I don’t need to explain—I do not need to explain why I say things. That’s the interesting thing about being the president. Maybe somebody needs to explain to me why they say something, but I don’t feel like I owe anybody an explanation.” –quoted in Bob Woodward, Bush at War

Ace of Clubs: Dick Cheney “Big Time” Vice-President, Former Halliburton CEO

$36 million: 2000 Halliburton income

$7 billion: Value to “no-bid” Contract given to Halliburton to rebuild Iraq

13,500: pages of energy documents Cheney refuses to give Congress

135: Minutes Cheney was President during Bush’s colonoscopy

Ace of Hearts: Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense

“As we know, there are known knowns. There are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns. That is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns, the ones we don’t know we don’t know.”

Ace of Diamonds: John Ashcroft, Attorney General

Ashcroft’s attacks on the Bill of Rights are well documented. Less publicized is the ritual that he — an honorary Bob Jones University degree–  performed upon assuming official duties; to emulate biblical kings, Ashcroft anointed himself with Crisco oil.

Two of Diamonds: Ann Veneman, Secretary of Agriculture

Veneman headlined an Agri-summit where she lectured developing nations on the need to accept genetically modified foods. The Agriculture Secretary is a former director of Calgene, a “frankenfood” company that extoled the virtues of a technology that has spliced fish genes into tomatoes.

Five of Clubs: Rod Paige, Secretary of Education

Doing his part to defend the Homeland and protect America’s children, Paige declared that the National Education Association, the nation’s largest teachers’ union, was a “terrorist organization.”

With this group in charge, it is no wonder mysterious events happened — like disappearing Weapons of Mass Destruction, and “unofficial” official wars without end. I am proud to say that President Obama will have four more years in the White House while remembering what truly makes America great.

Lisa Ellen Niver

After exploring 99 countries and sailing for seven years on the high seas, Lisa Niver is ready for more active adventures! Find her We Said Go Travel videos with over 1.25 million views on Roku, Amazon Fire TV and YouTube. Her stories include Dutch designer villas for Luxury Magazine, interviewing Fabien Cousteau for Delta Sky, skiing with the blind for Sierra and WWII for Saturday Evening Post and Smithsonian. She is verified on both Twitter and Facebook and is the Adventure Correspondent for The Jet Set TV. Her latest projects are 50 new things before she is 50 and Facebook Live for USA Today 10best. She has run 13 Travel Writing Awards publishing nearly 2000 writers from 75 countries and this summer is the first We Said Go Travel Photo Competition. She was a winner in the 59th annual 2016 Southern California Journalism Awards for her print column in The Jewish Journal. She was invited to the United Nations as a Champions of Humanity ambassador, to the red carpet at the Oscars with United Airlines and to New Orleans with American Express and Starwood Hotels. She also contributes to USA Today, Wharton Business Magazine, the Jewish Journal and was a 2012 nominee for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching, a 2014 nominee for the Charles Bronfman Prize and a finalist in two categories for the 59th annual Southern California Journalism Awards.

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