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    Bush says he misses seeing servicemembers, WH food - Yahoo! News

    BENTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. Flying on Air Force One, eating meals prepared by the White House kitchen staff and drawing inspiration from his encounters with U.S. military personnel were among things former President George W. Bush missed since leaving office, he said Thursday.
    The often-tearful meetings he had with relatives of fallen soldiers were "in some ways... very hard and in some ways, it was very uplifting," the Texas Republican said in a speech to The Economic Club of Southwestern Michigan at Lake Michigan College.
    About eight people protested Bush's appearance outside the venue, carrying signs that called him a murderer and a traitor. The speech Thursday was one of the first made by the former president since leaving office in January.
    Bush, the nation's 43rd president, spoke to 2,500 people about "the fog of war" that followed the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the economic downturn and his return to life as a regular citizen.
    "It was a roller coaster of emotions, it really was," Bush said of the terror attacks. "I think about it now at times but I definitely thought about it every day as president."
    He talked about the economy, blaming "a lack of responsible regulation" in the lending industry for the recession and said that the Federal National Mortgage Association, known as Fannie Mae, and the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp., or Freddie Mac, shouldn't have engaged in certain financial practices.
    "I don't want to sound like a self-serving guy, but we did try to rein them in," Bush said.
    He also said he believes he was right to depose Iraq president Saddam Hussein and that it may lead to the spread of democracy throughout the Middle East.
    The audience, which gave Bush a warm welcome at his arrival, cheered when he said he wanted to be remembered as a president who "showed up in office with a set of principles and he was unwilling to sacrifice his soul for the sake of popularity."
    Mark Brewer, chairman of the state Democratic Party, disagreed.
    "I think it takes a lot of gall for him to come into Michigan without acknowledging the damage that his policies have done to the state," Brewer said. He did not offer any specifics.

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    He talked about the economy, blaming "a lack of responsible regulation" in the lending industry for the recession
    Bush helped create the lack of responsible regulation.

    "I don't want to sound like a self-serving guy, but we did try to rein them in," Bush said.
    Not so much. And Fanny Mae wasn't the problem.

    At least he isn't on TV.

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    Dear W. Bush,

    Tough shit.

    Signed,
    Everyone.

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    "I don't want to sound like a self-serving guy, but we did try to rein them in," Bush said.
    Bush didn't mind sounding like a self-serving guy when he was president, so why stop now?

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    If he misses military folks so much he should join up or volunteer in a VA hospital or something.

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    better yet, fly himself out to iraq
    I am from the American CIA and I have a radio in my head. I am going to kill you.

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