Political Capital

Posts tagged: George W. Bush

Walking with his daughter Elizabeth, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) makes his way to a House GOP caucus meeting, on Capitol Hill, on July 9, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Photograph by Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Walking with his daughter Elizabeth, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) makes his way to a House GOP caucus meeting, on Capitol Hill, on July 9, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Conservatives By Any Other Name

George W. Bush famously waged his first campaign for president as a “compassionate conservative.” He campaigned on education and immigration reform — signing that “No Child Left Behind” act by the end of his first year. Immigration was supposed to...

Read more »

Senior adviser Ed Gillespie briefs reporters as they accompany Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney to Weyers Cave-Shenandoah Valley Airport in Weyers Cave, Va., on Oct. 4, 2012.

Photograph by Charles Dharapak/AP Photo

Senior adviser Ed Gillespie briefs reporters as they accompany Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney to Weyers Cave-Shenandoah Valley Airport in Weyers Cave, Va., on Oct. 4, 2012.

Gillespie: ‘In Order To Win, You Have To Be Willing To Lose’

Ed Gillespie, the longtime Republican operative preparing a Senate race in Virginia, has a lot of political axioms in his 2006 book, “Winning Right.” One of them is, “In order to win, you have to be willing to lose.” Gillespie,...

Read more »

Outgoing U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates salutes the march-in-review during the Armed Forces Farewell Tribute for him at the Pentagon's River Terrace Parade Field in Washington, DC, on June 30, 2011.

Photograph by Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

Outgoing U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates salutes the march-in-review during the Armed Forces Farewell Tribute for him at the Pentagon's River Terrace Parade Field in Washington, DC, on June 30, 2011.

Gates Tours with Memoir in Extra Printing, Obama: ‘War Never Easy’

Updated at 4:25 and 4:35 pm EST Retired Defense Secretary Robert Gates is braced for questions about the critique of the White House embodied in his widely sought memoir, “Duty,” that hits the bookstores Tuesday. As part of a media...

Read more »

"Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary of War," by former Defense Secretary Robert Gates.

Photograph by Jacquelyn Martin/AP Photo

"Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary of War," by former Defense Secretary Robert Gates.

Gates: Bombs Away in Memoir — How Green Lantern Drove a Decision

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates’s 594-page memoir “Duty” is getting a lot of ink for his revelations of disputes over Afghan policy with the National Security Council and President Barack Obama. There’s another side of Gates that readers may savor as the tome goes...

Read more »

Newlyweds Sandra Mary Algudady and John Ellis Bush Jr., son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, leave Saint Jude Catholic church in Miami in this May 29, 2010 file photo.

Photograph by Jeffrey M. Boan/AP Photo

Newlyweds Sandra Mary Algudady and John Ellis Bush Jr., son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, leave Saint Jude Catholic church in Miami in this May 29, 2010 file photo.

Bush in 2048? And It’s a Girl

Much is made of the third generation of political Bushes, the one (George W.) who served as president and the former Florida governor (Jeb) whom many in his party view as another contender. Much is made of the fourth generation:...

Read more »


SIMMONS

Photograph by Dallas Morning News/AP Photo

Billionaire Simmons’ Passing: Major Republican Donor Gone

  Harold Simmons gave money to Republicans, and he gave money to issue-oriented groups seeking to defeat President Barack Obama. And he gave big. The reach of the Texas billionaire’s multimillion-dollar political donations in the past election cycle placed him...

Read more »

An activist holds a poster of President Barack Obama as he blocks traffic on in Washington, D.C. on Dec. 5, 2013, during a protest.

Photograph by Charles Dharapak/AP Photo

An activist holds a poster of President Barack Obama as he blocks traffic on in Washington, D.C. on Dec. 5, 2013, during a protest.

Obama Job Ratings Drop into Bush Territory in Poll

The year 2013 hasn’t been kind to President Barack Obama, who finished with approval ratings that match those of his predecessor, George W. Bush. Just 41 percent of Americans approved of Obama’s performance as president in a CNN/ORC International survey...

Read more »

President Barack Obama gives a speech during the memorial service for former South African president Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium (Soccer City) in Johannesburg on Dec. 10, 2013.

Photograph by Odd Andersen/AFP via Getty Images

President Barack Obama gives a speech during the memorial service for former South African president Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium (Soccer City) in Johannesburg on Dec. 10, 2013.

Obama Honors Mandela: ‘Giant of History’

What a history. In a place where one American president attempted to block sanctions against an Apartheid-enforcing government, the sitting American president came to honor the departed liberator of that once-segregated nation and its first black president. So stood the...

Read more »

Former U.S. President George Bush shakes hands with Zambian girls in Lusaka on Dec. 3, 2011.

Photograph by Thomas Nsama/AFP via Getty Images

Former U.S. President George Bush shakes hands with Zambian girls in Lusaka on Dec. 3, 2011.

Bush Aboard Air Force One: Off-Record

Updated at 4:40 pm EST What’s said on Air Force One sometimes stays on Air Force One. Particularly when it’s off the record. Former President George W. Bush, who seldom walked back to the cabin for the traveling press at...

Read more »