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White House Watch features articles about President George W Bush,Vice President Dick Cheney,and the Bush administration. Get the latest info from White House Watch on the Bush administration.



 



Obama the Sphinx

Tue, 27 Jan 2009 13:48:57 EST

President Obama officially launched his push for peace in the Middle East yesterday, sending his new envoy George Mitchell to the region and declaring his desire for genuine progress -- "not just photo-ops."



Is Reaching Out Futile?

Mon, 26 Jan 2009 13:06:57 EST

In his first weekly address from the White House, President Obama on Saturday described his proposed $820 billion economic stimulus plan in more detail and appealed for public support.



Return to the Moral High Ground

Fri, 23 Jan 2009 13:00:01 EST

All it took, at long last, was a few strokes of a pen.



'A Pretty Good Place to Start'

Thu, 22 Jan 2009 13:00:01 EST

President Obama often spoke during the campaign about a new kind of politics. He promised a common-sense way of running the country that defied left-right stereotypes.
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Picking Up the Pieces

Wed, 21 Jan 2009 13:22:01 EST

What a difference a day makes.



Change

Tue, 20 Jan 2009 10:28:56 EST

For those of us who closely follow activities at the White House, the transition from George W. Bush to Barack Obama is not just a remarkable and historic event -- it's also an occasion for us to rethink our relationship to the presidency.



Bush Ends With a Whimper

Fri, 16 Jan 2009 13:08:01 EST

President Bush bid the nation goodbye last night with a simpering speech that may have appealed to those who still believe in him, but offered nothing to change the minds of the vast majority of Americans who don't.



The Reality of Torture

Wed, 14 Jan 2009 12:57:01 EST

Editor's Note: Dan Froomkin will be out Thursday, Jan. 15. White House Watch will return on Friday.
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The Bush Verdict Is In

Tue, 13 Jan 2009 12:36:01 EST

President Bush famously asserts that history's verdict on his presidency won't come until he's long dead. But far from waiting until his corpse is cold, the verdict is largely in before he's even left the building.



Bush's Last Press Conference

Mon, 12 Jan 2009 14:20:56 EST

In his last scheduled press conference, President Bush started off this morning with some kind words for the press corps. "I'm interested in answering some of your questions, but mostly I'm interested in saying thank you for the job," he said.



Bush's End Days

Fri, 09 Jan 2009 12:01:01 EST

The "sprint to the finish," such as it was, is definitely over. Each day of the Bush presidency -- and there are only 11 left -- brings a growing sense of closure.



Obama and the Bubble

Thu, 08 Jan 2009 12:58:03 EST

George W. Bush was not well-served by his famous presidential bubble.
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Lunch of the POTUSes

Wed, 07 Jan 2009 13:26:00 EST

Today's historic gathering of all the living presidents -- and one president-to-be -- was destined to be at least four-fifths love fest.



Waking From a Bad Dream

Tue, 06 Jan 2009 13:20:04 EST

It has been like a national nightmare: We are attacked by terrorists and our leaders respond not with courage and a call to our higher natures, but by spreading fear -- and turning us into a regime of torturers. Rather than celebrate our Constitution and its enduring values, they use the levers of government to subvert it.



Obama's First Test

Mon, 05 Jan 2009 13:39:01 EST

For the past eight years, Congress has had a remarkably consistent record. When something was important to President Bush -- particularly if it was even vaguely related to national security -- Congress pretty much always caved. The combination of blindly loyal Republicans and cowering Democrats provided Bush with a winning margin time and again, even when the Democrats were ostensibly in charge, and even when Bush was demanding retroactive approval for laws he had brazenly violated.



New Marching Orders

Fri, 19 Dec 2008 12:13:01 EST

The military is gearing up to carry out the orders of the new commander in chief. And one of the first orders may be one of the most meaningful: To shutter the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
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Bush's Counterterrorism Record: 0 for 1

Thu, 18 Dec 2008 13:19:01 EST

Has President Bush kept America safe? The only conclusion supported by the facts at our disposal is no.



Finding the Proper Epitaph

Wed, 17 Dec 2008 13:18:00 EST

President Bush takes his legacy tour to the Army War College in Pennsylvania today, to make the case that he deserves credit for the absence of a terrorist strike against the United States since Sept. 11, 2001.



Cheney Beckons Obama to the Dark Side

Tue, 16 Dec 2008 13:15:01 EST

Vice President Cheney revels in his "Darth Vader" nickname, frequently joking that his wife says it humanizes him.



The Sole of a Nation

Mon, 15 Dec 2008 11:53:00 EST

Reality made a dramatic cameo appearance when President Bush's legacy tour touched down in Baghdad yesterday and a shoe-hurling Iraqi journalist refused to go along with the charade that the invasion of his country was something to celebrate.
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Pack of Liars

Fri, 12 Dec 2008 12:48:01 EST

Yesterday's bipartisan Senate report on the abuse of detainees in U.S. custody at Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib and elsewhere doesn't just lay out a clear line of responsibility starting with President Bush, it also exposes the administration's repeated explanation for what happened as a pack of lies.



Rejected GOP Rejects Bush

Thu, 11 Dec 2008 13:08:00 EST

Lame as he is, President Bush is still being treated with extraordinary deference by Congressional Democrats, who caved to White House demands over a proposed $14 billion auto industry bailout.



Our Oh-So-Broken Government

Wed, 10 Dec 2008 13:30:02 EST

President Bush has his signature failures: Iraq, the economy and Katrina, for starters. But really, his is an administration that has performed its duties poorly across the board.



Bush's Death Wish

Tue, 09 Dec 2008 13:10:02 EST

There is a sometimes weirdly symbiotic relationship between President Bush and the terrorist masterminds who inspired his war on terror.
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Triumphalism Amid the Wreckage

Mon, 08 Dec 2008 13:26:01 EST

The public has rejected him. The nation is in crisis -- and eager for the massive course corrections promised by an Obama presidency. But none of this appears to have penetrated President Bush's well-defended brainpan.



One President? Two Presidents? Or None?

Fri, 05 Dec 2008 09:35:59 EST

Looking for a little presidential leadership about now? Lotsa luck.



You Mean We Can Talk Back?

Thu, 04 Dec 2008 13:04:01 EST

Sometimes, the change is enough to make your head spin. This is one of those moments.



Rejecting the Torture Legacy

Wed, 03 Dec 2008 12:00:55 EST

Of all the ways the Bush presidency represented a break with traditional American values, none is more shocking or grievous than the countenancing of torture. So it's no surprise that President-elect Barack Obama is under pressure to make the cleanest possible break from Bush's interrogation policies. And at the same time, debate is hot and heavy over how best to bring light and accountability to such a dark period in our history.
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Bush Gets Out the Shovel

Tue, 02 Dec 2008 13:18:03 EST

President Bush's interview with ABC News's Charlie Gibson is being heralded by some media outlets as reflective, apologetic and self-critical, even "stunningly candid" -- but it was none of those things.



The Return of Debate?

Mon, 01 Dec 2008 12:54:00 EST

The way President-elect Barack Obama is assembling his brain trust doesn't just indicate a dramatic turn away from President Bush's policies. It also suggests the return of spirited policy debates to a White House that has been largely devoid of them for the last eight years.