August 3, 2000 – August 3, 2008

Jon Perr, writing at Crooks and Liars, recalls George W. Bush’s promise at the Republican National Convention eight years to bring “honor and dignity” back to the office of president of the United States:

Eight years ago today, George W. Bush uttered the now broken promise that has come to define his failed presidency. Accepting his party’s nomination, Governor Bush promised to restore “honor and dignity” to the White House. But as events continue to show, a more accurate – and ironic – mantra for the lawless Bush White House would be “no controlling legal authority.”

At the time it was delivered, Bush’s acceptance speech at the 2000 Republican National Convention in Philadelphia was an arrogant, deceitful broadside against the Clinton/Gore years. But the very words Bush used to tar Al Gore with the blight of the Lewinsky scandal may now constitute the epitaph for the Bush presidency:

“So when I put my hand on the Bible, I will swear to not only uphold the laws of our land, I will swear to uphold the honor and dignity of the office to which I have been elected, so help me God.”

That hateful address (video excerpts here), of course, was filled with exactly the kind of lies and taunts – the smallness – that came to define George W. Bush.

Read the rest here.

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