February 10, 2009

Headlines today and 4 years ago.


1. Outgoing President George W. Bush quietly boards his helicopter
and leaves for Texas, commenting only: "Today is not about me.
Today is a historical day for our nation and people."

Eight years ago yesterday:

1. Outgoing President Bill Clinton schedules two separate radio
addresses to the nation, and organizes a public farewell speech/
rally in downtown Washington D.C. scheduled to directly conflict
with incoming President Bush's inauguration ceremony.


2. President Bush leaves office without issuing a single
Presidential pardon, only granting a commutation of sentence to two
former border patrol agents convicted of shooting a convicted drug
smuggler. He does not grant any type of clemency to Scooter Libby
or any other former political aide, ally, or business partner.

Eight years ago yesterday:

2. President Clinton issues 140 pardons and several commutations of
sentence on his final day in office. Included in these are:
billionaire financier, convicted tax evader, and leading Democratic
campaign contributor Marc Rich; Whitwater scandal figure Susan
McDougal; Congressional Post Office Scandal figure and former
Democratic Congressman Dan Rostenkowski; convicted bank fraud,
sexual assault and child porn perpetrator and former Democratic
Congressman Melvin Reynolds; and convicted drug felon Roger Clinton,
the President's half-brother.


3. The Bush daughters leave gift baskets in the White House
bedrooms for the Obama daughters, containing flowers, candy, stuffed
animals, DVD's and CD's, and heartfelt notes of encouragement and
advice for the young girls on how to prepare for their new lives in
the White House.

Eight years ago Yesterday:

3. Clinton and Gore staffers rip computer wires and electrical
outlets from the White House walls, stuff piles of notebook papers
into the White House toilets, systematically remove the letter "W"
from every computer key-pad in the entire White House, and damage
several thousand dollars worth of furniture in the White House
master bedroom.

Headlines On This Date 4 Years Ago:

"Republicans spending $42 million on inauguration while troops
Die in unarmored Humvees"

"Bush extravagance exceeds any reason during tough economic times"

"Fat cats get their $42 million inauguration party, Ordinary
Americans get the shaft"

Headlines Today:

"Historic Obama Inauguration will cost only $170 million"

"Obama Spends $170 million on inauguration; America Needs A Big

"Everyman Obama shows America how to celebrate"

"Citibank executives contribute $8 million to Obama Inauguration"


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Anonymous said...

Could you please post your sources, like which papers you got for these quotes and the dates. I totally believe you, but you need verification to maintain a story. I do a lot of work in communications for Republican groups and this would help A LOT, with the true comparisons. You can e-mail me at re2215"at"columbia.edu. Yes I know, I'm a fish out of water here.



Anonymous said...

If not, no big deal. Thanks.