Pelosi Takes Parting Shots at Bush

Posted January 8, 2009 at 8:00pm

With just 12 days to go until President George W. Bush exits the White House, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Thursday got in some final jabs on a president she has often clashed with. During an interview on PBS’ “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer,” Pelosi chalked up Bush’s legacy as one of “missed opportunities” and blasted him for leading America into “a war without end” in Iraq. “I think the Bush presidency did great harm to America, with this war, with the enormous budget deficits, the challenges to the Constitution of the United States, the financial crisis that we are in,” Pelosi said. Pelosi said she was puzzled when Bush said his proudest achievement was his attempt to privatize Social Security. “It was just curious to me that of all things, that the president would have said something that I think was bad policy, but also that he did not succeed with,” she said. “Frankly, that was the beginning of the end for the Republicans in Congress and led to the election of [President-elect] Barack Obama.” Then again, Pelosi said, given the problems Bush caused with the war in Iraq and the economy, “maybe that’s why that was all the president could point to, his attempt to privative Social Security.” Pelosi added that she is “overjoyed” that Obama is taking over as the next president. “No offense to President Bush,” she said.