Bush's Legacy and Comments Not From David Letterman

I received the following in an email It is purpoted to be from David Letterman. (edited to add that Tom Keaney from the Late Show with David Letterman posted in the comments to say that they are not from David.) Not only are they faulty comments about Bush, but the author lied about who wrote them. Good stuff.

'As most of you know I am not a President Bush fan, nor have I ever been, but this is not about Bush, it is about us, as Americans, and it seems to hit the mark.'

'The other day I was reading Newsweek magazine and came across some Poll data I found rather hard to believe. It must be true given the source, right? The Newsweek poll alleges that 67 percent of Americans are unhappy with the direction the country is headed and 69 percent of the country is unhappy with the performance of the President. In essence 2/3 of the citizenry just ain't happy and want a change. So being the knuckle dragger I am, I started thinking, 'What are we so unhappy about?'

A. Is it that we have electricity and running water 24 hours a day, 7 Days a week?

B. Is our unhappiness the result of having air conditioning in the summer and heating in the winter?

C. Could it be that 95.4 percent of these unhappy folks have a job?

D. Maybe it is the ability to walk into a grocery store at any time and see more food in moments than Darfur has seen in the last year?

E. Maybe it is the ability to drive our cars and trucks from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean without having to present identification papers as we move through each state.

F. Or possibly the hundreds of clean and safe motels we would find along the way that can provide temporary shelter?

G. I guess having thousands of restaurants with varying cuisine from around the world is just not good enough either.

H. Or could it be that when we wreck our car, emergency workers show up and provide services to help all and even send a helicopter to take you to the hospital.

I. Perhaps you are one of the 70 percent of Americans who own a home.

J. You may be upset with knowing that in the unfortunate case of a fire, a group of trained firefighters will appear in moments and use top notch equipment to extinguish the flames thus saving you, your family, and your belongings.

K. Or if, while at home watching one of your many flat screen TVs, a burglar or prowler intrudes, an officer equipped with a gun and a bullet-proof vest will come to
defend you and your family against attack or loss.

L. This all in the backdrop of a neighborhood free of bombs or militias raping and pillaging the residents. Neighborhoods where 90% of teenagers own cell phones and

M. How about the complete religious, social and political freedoms we enjoy that are the envy of everyone in the world?

Maybe that is what has 67% of you folks unhappy.

Fact is, we are the largest group of ungrateful, spoiled brats the world has ever seen. No wonder the world loves the U.S. , yet has a great disdain for its citizens. They see us for what we are. The most blessed people in the world who do nothing but
complain about what we don't have, and what we hate about the country instead of thanking the good Lord we live here.

I know, I know. What about the president who took us into war and has no plan to get us out? The president who has a measly 31 percent approval rating? Is this the same
president who guided the nation in the dark days after 9/11? The president that cut taxes to bring an economy out of recession? Could this be the same guy who has been called every name in the book for succeeding in keeping all the spoiled ungrateful brats safe from terrorist attacks? The commander in chief of an all-volunteer army that is out there defending you and me?

Did you hear how bad the President is on the news or talk show? Did this news affect you so much, make you so unhappy you couldn't take a look around for yourself and see all the good things and be glad? Think about it......are you upset at the President because he actually caused you personal pain OR is it because the 'Media' told you he was failing to kiss your sorry ungrateful behind every day.

Make no mistake about it. The troops in Iraq and Afghanistan have volunteered to serve, and in many cases may have died for your freedom. There is currently no draft in this country. They didn't have to go. They are able to refuse to go and end up with either a ''general'' discharge, an 'other than honorable'' discharge or, worst case scenario, a ''dishonorable' discharge after a few days in the brig.

So why then the flat-out discontentment in the minds of 69 percent of Americans?

Say what you want, but I blame it on the media. If it bleeds it leads and they specialize in bad news. Everybody will watch a car crash with blood and guts. How many will watch kids selling lemonade at the corner? The media knows this and media outlets are for-profit corporations. They offer what sells, and when criticized, try to defend their actions by 'justifying' them in one way or another. Just ask why they tried to allow a murderer like O.J. Simpson to write a book about how he didn't kill his wife, but if he did he would have done it this way......Insane!

Turn off the TV, burn Newsweek, and use the New York Times for the bottom of your bird cage. Then start being grateful for all we have as a country. There is exponentially more good than bad. We are among the most blessed people on Earth and
should thank God several times a day, or at least be thankful and appreciative.' 'With hurricanes, tornados, fires out of control, mud slides, flooding, severe thunderstorms tearing up the country from one end to another, and with the threat of bird flu and terrorist attacks, 'Are we sure this is a good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?' -David Letterman

It was good until he finished making his lettered points.

First off, I doubt it was written by Letterman. If it was, he should definitely refrain from any future non-comedic political commentary. (edited to add that David does a good job with his comedic stuff. He is my late night host of choice, but I hardly stay up that late.)

Here are a few quotes with my thoughts.

"Is this the same president who guided the nation in the dark days after 9/11?"

Bush was the was the President who compeletely dropped the ball after 9/11. Instead of encouraging us to be better people and to become more loving, he encouraged to go out and consume more products and his decisions led our military around the world to kill people. Consume and kill is his 9/11 legacy.

"The president that cut taxes to bring an economy out of recession?"

If what we are currently experiencing is "out of recession", I would hate to be in one. His economic policies and military decisions, combined with America's propensity to spend money it does not have, have led us into what is the worse period in American economic history since WWII. Now we are blessed, but those blessing have nothing to do with Bush. His presidency oversaw this great economic decline.

"Make no mistake about it. The troops in Iraq and Afghanistan have volunteered to serve, and in many cases may have died for your freedom."

They have not died for my freedom nor yours unless you are reading this from your home in Afghanistan or Iraq. I am pretty sure that the Iraqi war has nothing to do with my freedom to worship the way I want, say what I want to say, and spend my money how I want to spend it. The Afghan war might have something to do with those freedoms in the sense of that war being fought against Al Qaeda.

"Fact is, we are the largest group of ungrateful, spoiled brats the world has ever seen."

Actually, we can dislike our President and think he has done a bad job due to the state of the nation before he took office and at the end of his presidency without being spoiled brats. We can be content in less prosperous times. Our evaluation of his presidency has nothing to do with whether I am grateful for the conditions I live in. They are two completely different subjects. I can think he did a great job as President and personally be miserable. On the actual hand, I think that Bush will be remembered as one of the worst presidents in American history, but personally I am very happy with my life right now. No complaints here although I live with less than most Americans.