Bye Bush photos on Twitter…

Davy Sims has a nice idea:

At the moment that Barak Obama takes the presidential oath and the power of the presidency leaves George W Bush we all take a photograph of where we are, what we are doing and the people around us – or what ever we want to take a photo of. We post the photo to our favourite photo sharing site (or blog or website as you prefer). Then to, send a message tagged #byebush.

If a picture paints a thousand words and all that…


  • Ulsters my homeland

    I’ll not be wasting my time. Bush done a lot for N.Ireland, more than Obama will ever do.

  • Ulster my Caravan Site

    It’s funny how adults with apparently sensible objections to a political leader have to resort to the tactics of Arts School bullies to enjoy this period of transition.

  • Mick Fealty


    Care to elucidate?

  • Bye Bush photos on Twitter…

    Harmless schoolboy stuff, of course, but my first thought was that the ‘twit’ in twitter was most appropriate.

  • Brian Walker

    Mick, Watching the live presser, I’m struck by how politicians become so much more attractive on retirement or on the brink of it. Think of Heath’s new found dry wit, LB Johnson and “We Shall Overcome”, Reagan and his amazing handwritten note about the onset of Alzeimer’s, even Thatcher. Bush showed he was tough enough no to let the vemon get to him even when we might think it was deserved – unlike say John Major who cracked at every stage. Bush recalled the recent lunch of the Presidents. Among them were more intellectual Presidents- did they do better? Clinton was far more attractive, a far better speaker and far more interested in policy. Yet he was a disappointment even aside from Lewinsky. Carter was obsessed with details even down to keeping the bookings for the WH tennis court. Yet he got hopelessly muddled over nuclear arms reduction and the economic cycle. Reagan like Bush appeared not to know what day of the week it was sometimes but over certain essentials, holding steady as the USSR began to collapse and striking a more confident note, he was far more effective than Carter. Bush is very limited on policy but a good judge of what plays politically with the US electorate for much of the time. He was of course much less of a fool than the soundbites suggested. How could it be otherwise? Those political gifts are the number one essential of what makes a President. I recommend Masters and Commanders by Andrew Roberts, on the US and UK military and political leaders of WW2. Churchill was the sometimes wayward genius but Roosevelt was the ultimate decider partly because of his relatively power of course as the war went on, but not because his superior strategy on which he wasn’t particularly well informed. But because of his excellent political judgment of how the American people would respond to the war itself and its growing demands on them. Obama will need the same skills.

  • Mick Fealty

    Indeed Brian. Bush had the misfortune to have three major disasters visited upon him: political (9/11); natural (Katrina); economic (the collapse of confidence in the international monetary system).

    Not sure how any of the above would have reacted to any one of those, but all three would have challenged any of them.

    To the accusation that this is an arts school stunt; I disagree. Control over the content is loose. There’s an opportunity for people to make their own personal statement; and that’s not bound to be anti Bush.

    We’ll keep an eye on it and see how it develops…

  • Sorry to rain on your day, Mick, but how can anyone think that 9/11, the Katrina disaster, and the economic meltdown were simply unexpected, natural disasters.

    The US government was completely involved in them:

    1. Trying to stop the highjckers it had been following for months in the act, only to find out that they were suicide bombers for which Tenet’s Agency had not prepared.

    2. Katrina was a man-enhanced hurricane which the National Reconnaissance Office intensified to both inflict serious harm on Castro’s Cuba while cleaning out the New Orleans area of all the economic and racial deadwood.

    3. Washington was the leader in the pyramid schemes – spending more and more on whatever it fancied in the hope that some suckers down the line would be stuck with the bill – which has brought the world’s economy to its knees.

    As for taking any photos of the inauguration, I shall pass, as it will just be a passing moment in the overall crisis.

  • Reader

    Trowbridge H. Ford: Katrina was a man-enhanced hurricane which the National Reconnaissance Office intensified to both inflict serious harm on Castro’s Cuba while cleaning out the New Orleans area of all the economic and racial deadwood.
    Thanks. That explanation has put many of your other remarks over the last year into perspective.

  • Here’s more about the making of Katrina, Reader, to improve your perspective even more:

  • darth rumsfeld

    .. is that Davy Sims the aging status quo lookalike dj on Downtown in the 1980s who became producer for all things yoof on BBC NI a few years later before being replaced by bouncy Mike Edgar?

    Remember the wise words of Malcolm McClaren- “Never trust a hippy”

  • Tony

    Aye Davy Sims, one of Downtown’s most forgettable DJs…perhaps he and those who are ready to kiss Obama’s ass, forget the ‘dancing in the street’ when Bambi Blair stole the Premiership of the UK in 1997….well, what is his legacy…a total disaster and a liar to boot…perhaps he might get some credit for his work in Northern Ireland, that is if you believe that having five terrorists as Minister in an enforced coalition as something to be proud of. Bush was a much maligned and lied about President, who had more honesty in either of his little toes, than many of his critics had in their full body.

  • Greenflag

    Tony ,

    ‘Bush was a much maligned and lied about President, who had more honesty in either of his little toes,’

    Spare us all from honest politicians then . If it takes honesty to leave behind 400,000 dead including 4,000 Americans , 3 million refugees , a bankrupt economy and a world in recession then the world can do without it 🙁

    At least Americans can be relieved he did’nt succeed in enacting his favoured domestic economic policy reform i.e the privatisation of Social Security (pension payments ) . Even the looniest of the loony right wing nut jobs knew that Americans would not go for that piece of ideologically inspired garbage .

    While it’s true that Bush has been an unlucky President it’s even more true that he brought even more on his ‘unluck’ on himself and his administration .

    As for what to do with photos ? Stick em on the wall and throw cubed sugar at them for all the good it’ll do ? Just another gimmick to remember the wasted years of a lightweight president when the world would rather just forget .

  • kensei


    Clinton was far more attractive, a far better speaker and far more interested in policy. Yet he was a disappointment even aside from Lewinsky.

    Really? A huge boom, a big reduction in crime and relative peace. Oh, and he helped with the Peace Process, you might have heard.

    Could have done more, like, but several levels above Bush.

  • Greenflag

    Bush as Ponzi Scheme Supremo ?

    (from the NY Times Jan 10)

    THREE days after the world learned that $50 billion may have disappeared in Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme, The Times led its front page of Dec. 14 with the revelation of another $50 billion rip-off. This time the vanished loot belonged to American taxpayers. That was our collective contribution to the $117 billion spent (as of mid-2008) on Iraq reconstruction — a sinkhole of corruption, cronyism, incompetence and outright theft that epitomized Bush management at home and abroad.

    The source for this news was a near-final draft of an as-yet-unpublished 513-page federal history of this nation-building fiasco. The document was assembled by the Office of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction — led by a Bush appointee, no less. It pinpoints, among other transgressions, a governmental Ponzi scheme concocted to bamboozle Americans into believing they were accruing steady dividends on their investment in a “new” Iraq.

    The report quotes no less an authority than Colin Powell on how the scam worked. Back in 2003, Powell said, the Defense Department just “kept inventing numbers of Iraqi security forces — the number would jump 20,000 a week! ‘We now have 80,000, we now have 100,000, we now have 120,000.’ ” Those of us who questioned these astonishing numbers were dismissed as fools, much like those who begged in vain to get the Securities and Exchange Commission to challenge Madoff’s math.

    What’s most remarkable about the Times article, however, is how little stir it caused. When, in 1971, The Times got its hands on the Pentagon Papers, the internal federal history of the Vietnam disaster, the revelations caused a national uproar. But after eight years of battering by Bush, the nation has been rendered half-catatonic. The Iraq Pentagon Papers sank with barely a trace.

    After all, next to big-ticket administration horrors like Abu Ghraib, Guantánamo and the politicized hiring and firing at Alberto Gonzales’s Justice Department, the wreckage of Iraq reconstruction is what Ralph Kramden of “The Honeymooners” would dismiss as “a mere bag of shells.” The $50 billion also pales next to other sums that remain unaccounted for in the Bush era, from the $345 billion in lost tax revenue due to unpoliced offshore corporate tax havens to the far-from-transparent disposition of some $350 billion in Wall Street bailout money. In the old Pat Moynihan phrase, the Bush years have “defined deviancy down” in terms of how low a standard of ethical behavior we now tolerate as the norm from public officials.

    But ‘Tony ‘ above is convinced of Bush administration ‘honesty ‘ 🙁

    There are ostriches in the Namib desert with heads in the sand up to their arses who can see better 🙁

  • Yes – clearly I am totally forgetable, so forgetable that after 22 years away from Downtown, you still remember me. And Yes I was that Yoof person.

    If there is any point to #byebush, it’s no more than marking an event which some see as having some historial importance.

    And you are quite right; never trust a hippie or as we Yoof people used to say, never trust anyone over 30. Now I’m 52 I should not be trusted. I will data-mine all those email addresses and send begging emails from my hide away in (cont. page94)