Good Riddance

Noon tomorrow, kids. The Chimpy Preznitzy officially ends at noon tomorrow. Can you believe it’s almost over?
Original DVD cover.

How bad was the Chimpy administration? I’ll let The Washington Post tell you:

The ranks of the nation’s unemployed are swelling this week.

As President-elect Barack Obama’s team transitions into the federal government tomorrow, President Bush’s political appointees will be locked out, and in these tough economic times many of them are scrambling to find new jobs. High-ranking White House loyalists have deluged Washington headhunters with pleas for jobs. Corporations and nonprofit organizations have stopped hiring. With the GOP out of power, jobs on Capitol Hill are scant and K Street lobbying firms have trimmed their golden parachutes.


Of the roughly 8,000 politically appointed positions in the federal government, hundreds have been vacant since a wave of departures last spring, administration officials said. But appointees who have remained through the final days of the Bush administration have seen an already shaky job market collapse. The traditional avenues of employment for outgoing government officials — corporations, nonprofit foundations or think tanks — are clogged because of hiring freezes.

Add to that the November election, in which Republicans lost the White House and dozens of seats in Congress.


In the current political climate, ties to an unpopular president could hurt candidates. “I think there are people whose connection to the Bush administration will be a kind of taint if they try to stay in Washington,” said Calvin Mackenzie, a professor of government at Colby College.


A host of Republican heavyweights have been inundated with résumés from Bush appointees seeking jobs. In the toughest spot are those leaving junior staff positions in the White House, Congress or federal agencies. During the boom years, they could land comfortable jobs in the nation’s capital, but Andrew H. Card Jr., Bush’s former chief of staff, said he has “suggested that they broaden their horizons beyond the Beltway.”


Some Bush officials have succeeded in their job searches. Jim Wilkinson, a former top aide to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and most recently chief of staff to Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr., is moving to San Francisco, where he will become managing partner for international business and financial strategy at Brunswick Group, a global communications firm. Rice, meanwhile, will return to Stanford University, where she had been provost before joining the Bush administration.


Bush appointees who can afford the luxury are taking time off. White House press secretary Dana Perino plans to travel with her husband to volunteer in South Africa at the Living Hope Community Center, a beneficiary of Bush’s anti-AIDS initiative.


Still, for many Bush appointees, this is the first time they’ve been on the job market for years, if not decades. Many came to Washington during the 1990s to take jobs in the Republican-controlled Congress, only to move into the administration after Bush’s 2000 election.



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32 responses to “Good Riddance

  1. writechicpress

    Great cover! Love the title. The nightmare is almost over.

  2. 14 hours to go, wcp! 😀

  3. i hope all of them end up on soup kitchen lines — at least any that condoned torture and other bush travesties

  4. anything less than jail is an injustice. i hope that the economy hits them really, really hard and they have to worry every single day of their lives where their next meal is coming from.

  5. jlms qkw - jenn

    thanks nonnie!

    tomorrow is my new year’s. my spring.

    12 more hours and 11 minutes and . . .

  6. i’ve had the chimpy countdown clock open all day. less than 12 hours now! 😀 😀 😀 😀

  7. ‘Pretzel-choking funny! I Laughed out loud!”

    …Here’s the cartoon short for the DVD release, Nonnie.


  8. How long has Alberto Gonzales been out of a job now?

    BTW, I was thinking of writing a diary about this story today, but I wasn’t motivated enough. Thank you for doing it instead.

  9. nightowl724

    Baby Bwaaahaaa just slays me, nonnie! I hope they all find work soon – making license plates followed by community service to the poor!

  10. hi again, dark black! 😀
    have i told you how much i love your blog? i visit every day, and i put it on my blogroll over at the big orange.

    i love your curious george image. it seems that great minds really do think alike! (scroll down) 😆

  11. neon vincent,
    i was thinking about gonzo and how he hasn’t been able to find a job anywhere! 😆 i think that’s hilarious. he was such a good little foot soldier, and he got kicked in the ass for his undying loyalty. not even faux news would take him!

  12. nightowl,
    i think they would rather die than do anything for the poor. even when they can’t find jobs, and they’re poor, too, they will still think of themselves as better than the rest of us.

  13. nightowl724

    That’s why I’d make community service part of their parole requirements. It’s a win-win situation. Either they die in prison or they die in community service. They get to choose the method of their own demise… 😈

  14. There is no unemployment, you know that!

    The economy has had a little bit of a slowdown, but it’s not like I personally know three people who have been laid off from good, long-term jobs in the past three weeks.

    Good riddance just about covers it.

  15. Four hours to go
    Adios, MoFo

  16. writechicpress

    An hour and a 1/2 to go!!!!

  17. Well Nonnie, the day is here and I think it’s going to be a good one.

    We should have these Presidential things more often, traffic was very light on the way to work as I expect many people watching it on the tube. I think if that is any indication of the next 4 years it’s all going to be good.

    Bit of history going down today for sure on a serious note (Not that I have that capability…)


  18. writechicpress

    12:13 Central Time. I sure feel better!!!

  19. jeb

    Na, Na, Na, Na, Hey Hey, Goodbye!

    Dick in a wheelchair looked a little less evil.

    Don’t let that helo ramp hit you in the butt on the way out Georgie!

    And how in the hell did we get a Chief Justice who can’t administer a simple oath? What did he have to do this weekend that he couldn’t practice it a couple of times so that he wouldn’t flub it?!

  20. Indeed, great minds do, Nonnie…Better to make a monkey out of them before they can do it to us.


  21. nightowl724

    WOOT!!! WOOT!!! WOOT!!! WOOT!!! WOOT!!!

    😀 😆 🙂 😀 8) 🙂 ❗ 😀 😆 🙂 😀 8) 🙂 ❗

  22. hey wickle! 😀
    what a nice surprise to see you here! the job situation is really scary. 2 of my neighbors and my sister were all laid off. the worst thing is that there’s nowhere else to go. let’s hope it gets better.

  23. karen,
    and now it’s 4 hours past! 😀 i only got 3 interrupted hours of sleep. i set the alarm for 11:30 to make sure i was awake for the swearing-in. glad i didn’t miss it, because i was finally able to exhale.

  24. wcp,
    i had the countdown clock open all day yesterday. i think that’s why i couldn’t sleep (other than the persistent insomnia), because i kept checking it every 15 minutes or so.

  25. jeb,
    did roberts screw it up? i thought obama was nervous, and he screwed up. i found it charming that it didn’t go perfectly. that said, i still wish roberts would go. by the way, anyone know if alito showed up? i heard earlier that he had a little hissy fit and didn’t show up when obama went to the supreme court.

  26. darkblack,
    chimpy sure made monkeys out of the monkeys who voted for him!

  27. you can say that again, nightowl! 🙂

  28. nightowl724

    OK, I will!

    WOOT!!! WOOT!!! WOOT!!! WOOT!!! WOOT!!!

    😀 😆 🙂 😀 8) 🙂 ❗ 😀 😆 🙂 😀 8) 🙂 ❗

  29. jeb

    Roberts screwed up and Obama tried to fix it.

  30. jeb,
    i listened to it again, and, of course, you were correct. i still found it charming, though. when people mess up their vows at a wedding, it’s cute, and it’s usually what people remember fondly about the ceremony.

  31. Nealio

    I’ve begun a personal campaign to encourage citizens to contact their representatives and senators to investigate, as a minimum, the confessions of Bush and Cheney; in essence, that’s what recent interviews boil down to–confessions.

    Additionally, we need to demand re-establishment of one of the most fundamental citizens’ rights: habeas corpus. I don’t understand why one of the Democratic senators from Maryland–Mikulski–has voted nay whenever it came for a vote–other than the psychotic perception that if they vote anything other than pro Patriot Act-ish they will be viewed as weak on defense.

    I ask anyone who reads this to contemplate what life might be like if we continue to delude ourselves that we can just “go forward.” In every occasion where we as a nation had the opportunity to right an egregious wrong yet chose to “go forward” instead of addressing and correcting it, we paid for it in blood, years later. Therefore, I believe if President Obama does not at least press for investigations and if The Congress does not at least investigate our programme of torture, to bring it into the light of day, before the American people, it will fester and remain burned into our psyche, residing as a precedent for amoral, evil neo-dictatorships to come.

    Along with an in-depth investigation into torture and possible grand jury indictments, we need to take a long, hard look at that Orwellian-sounding “Patriot Act” legislations. Sunset that cruel, Machiavellian and misnamed act.

  32. hello nealio!
    welcome to the raisin! 😀

    i agree with you on all counts. we are either a country that respects the rule of law or not. it’s that simple.