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Elisabeth Hasselbeck Silences Joy Behar With Ivy League Rebuttal on 'The View' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Apr 11th 2011 1:45PM
Elisabeth Hasselbeck Silences Joy Behar on 'The View'Elisabeth Hasselbeck used an argument by Joy Behar to point out George W. Bush's intelligence, stunning her co-host into a rare silence on 'The View' (weekdays, syndicated).

The unexpected reversal began when Behar cited President Barack Obama's Ivy League education as a reason for his intelligence. "President Obama went to Harvard Law School and Columbia University, okay? He is a very intelligent guy," said Behar

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President Bill Clinton Talks About His Friendship With President George H.W. Bush (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 29th 2011 12:42AM
President Bill Clinton, 'All Together Now: A Celebration of Service'For the first time since President Barack Obama's inauguration, the four surviving Presidents came together to honor former President George H.W. Bush for his leadership. NBC aired the proceedings in the special 'All Together Now: A Celebration of Service' (Mon., 8PM ET on NBC).

Clinton spoke of the transformation of his relationship with the senior Bush from political rival in the 1992 Presidential campaign, which he described as painful in some ways, to friend. And he had only one man to thank for bringing the two of them together: Clinton's successor in the White House.

"George W. Bush did me one of the great favors of my life," Clinton said. "He asked me not once, but twice, to work with his father to help people in need."

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An Ex-General Drops a Bombshell: We Were Willing to Kill a U.S. Soldier to Start the Iraq War (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Dec 7th 2010 7:03AM
An Ex-General Drops a Bombshell: We Were Willing to Kill a U.S. Soldier to Start the Iraq War"It's shocking," Jon Stewart says. It certainly is. On the new 'Daily Show' (weeknights, 11PM ET on Comedy Central), Jon welcomes retired general Hugh Shelton as his guest. Shelton is the former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and he has written a new memoir -- in which he makes startling allegations about U.S. military conduct.

General Shelton alleges that a cabinet member in the Clinton administration was willing to kill a U.S. pilot to provoke war with Saddam Hussein and Iraq. The general states that in 1997, airmen were flying over Iraq each day, and were facing ground artillery fire from Iraqi forces.

A Clinton aide then came up with this "clever" plan: "Fly one of our [aircraft] low enough so that Saddam could actually shoot it down." Once the plane and the pilot were shot down, the U.S. would have an excuse to attack Iraq.

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Bono Heaps Praise on George W. Bush For Fighting AIDS in Africa (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Dec 2nd 2010 5:00PM
Bono believes that the U.S government's efforts to reduce the AIDS rate in Africa, which were expanded during the George W. Bush administration, have greatly improved America's standing around the world.

Speaking to Bret Baier on "Special Report' (Weekdays, 6 PM ET on Fox News), on the occasion of World AIDS day, Bono had this to say:

"(These anti-AIDS initiatives) are the best advertisements for America there's ever going to be. Even people who are snide and snarky about the United States of America have to admit that millions and millions of lives have been saved by American taxpayers ... America, you're saving five million lives. It's an extraordinary thing that you have done."

"And I can say this without fear of criticism, that without the leadership of President Bush, those numbers would not be there," Bono added.

After Bono finished saying this, U2's melodramatic masterpiece 'One' began to play in the background. It's entirely possible Bono wouldn't be such an effective anti-AIDS advocate if he hadn't once wrote a song so perfect to play in such situations.

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Leno Shows George W. Bush His Own Presidential 'Blooper Reel' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Nov 19th 2010 4:41AM
Leno Shows George W. Bush His Own Presidential 'Blooper Reel' It's been a decade since George W. Bush appeared on 'The Tonight Show' (weeknights, 11:35PM ET on NBC). So he and Jay Leno had a lot of catching up to do.

Leno started out with some basic praise for the former president -- and all the jokes he gave late night hosts a chance to make: "In the last ten years ... thank you for all the material." Bush was gracious in the face of this zinger, merely laughing in response.

Mr. Bush's presidency may be over, but Jay wanted to run through some highlights, and had compiled a presidential 'blooper reel' of sorts. Leno showed some classic awkward "Bush moments," including the time that Bush tried to escape a press conference in China -- only to find that the door was locked.

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George W. Bush Enjoys His Father's Testicle Joke (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Nov 15th 2010 10:10PM
During an appearance on Fox & Friends (weekdays, 6AM ET on Fox News) George W. Bush spoke about a passage in his book, 'Decision Point,' in which his father, George H.W. Bush, told a (literally and figuratively) off-color joke to a nurse after he had an operation at the Mayo Clinic.

"(My dad) is lying in bed after an operation, and a nurse walks in, and he says 'Ma'am, are my testicles black?' " W. Bush recounted. "You can imagine the nurse's reaction to the former president asking that question. And she said, 'Mr. President,' and he said 'No, no, are my testicles black?' "

At that point, according to W. Bush, the nurse reached for his father's chart, presumably to check on any notations about darkened testicles. Then H.W Bush delivered the punch line: "Are my test results back."

Ah, we see what he did there. Still, when it comes to talking about balls, no president will ever be able to compete with the always foul mouth of Lyndon Johnson.

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Kanye West and George W. Bush -- Best Friends Forever (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Nov 15th 2010 1:25AM
Kanye West and George W. Bush -- Best Friends ForeverFormer President George W. Bush and singer Kanye West have been in the news lately, and 'SNL' (Sat., 11:30PM ET on NBC) reveals that, surprisingly, they actually have a lot in common.

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Kanye appeared on live TV and notoriously said: "George Bush doesn't care about black people." Last week Mr. Bush discussed the accusation in an interview with Matt Lauer, during which he said it represented "an all-time low" for his presidency. He then denied he meant that criticism of his handling of the crisis was worse than the crisis itself.

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George W. Bush Makes Fun of His Tendency For Verbal Bloopers (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Nov 11th 2010 5:08PM
On 'Hannity' (Weekdays, 9 PM ET on Fox News) Sean Hannity played an outtake from his recent interview with George W. Bush in which the former president had a humorous response to Hannity flubbing a line and then asking for a retake.

"They never let me do it again," Bush said, to the amusement of the studio audience. "It would have been underestimate, not misunderestimate. Strategy not strategery, I mean come on."

While Bush did once use the term misunderestimate, the mispronunciation "strategery" actually comes from a 'SNL' sketch, in which Will Ferrell was spoofing Bush.

However "strategery" has become so associated with our 43rd president, that it's entirely possible Bush now believes he really did say it.

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Kanye West Apologizes to George W. Bush for Calling Him a Racist (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Nov 10th 2010 12:45PM
On 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM ET on NBC), Matt Lauer plays a taped segment in which Kanye West apologizes to George W. Bush for famously stating after Hurricane Katrina that "he doesn't care about black people."

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George W. Bush Talks With Oprah About Hurricane Katrina and Being Called a Racist (VIDEO)

by Harley W. Lond, posted Nov 9th 2010 7:42PM
Former President George W. Bush appeared Tuesday in a taped episode of 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' (weekdays, syndicated) to promote his new memoir 'Decision Points.'

At one point in the conversation, Winfrey queried Bush about his response (or lack thereof) to Hurricane Katrina -- he had flown over the devastation and seen it first hand. Winfrey asked him "why didn't you in that moment say 'I'm going to take charge'?" Bush answered with a typically Bush-mangled response about not being able to send in "law enforcement under the law ... I could send in the armed military if they weren't armed. I wasn't gonna put a troop in combat ... combat's not the right word ... troop in harms way without the capacity to defend him or herself" ... but "knowing what I know today, I would have sent them in."

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George W. Bush on Starting the Wall Street 'Bailout': 'We Had to Do Something Big' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Nov 9th 2010 12:35AM
George W. Bush on Starting the Wall Street 'Bailout': 'We Had to Do Something Big'George W. Bush has been lying low for the past two years. The former president served two terms in office, leaving with the lowest approval ratings in modern history. But now, Mr. Bush is talking about the crises he faced -- including the 9/11 attack, two wars, Hurricane Katrina and the Wall Street financial collapse.

On 'Decision Points: A Conversation With George W. Bush' (Mon., 8PM ET on NBC), Matt Lauer spoke with Mr. Bush. The former president was candid in his replies, and the man who called himself "the Decider" stood by his past choices -- including his decision to spend nearly $400 billion of taxpayers' money on the Wall Street "bailout."

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Matt Lauer Doesn't Need to Lower the Hammer on George W. Bush Tonight

by Joel Keller, posted Nov 8th 2010 2:00PM
Matt Lauer talks to George W. Bush in 'Decision Points' Monday 11/8 at 8PM on NBC
It's an axiom that's as old as television itself (maybe even older), but it's true: former presidents are much better interviews than sitting presidents. The reason isn't rocket science: an ex-president doesn't have to watch what he says, he doesn't have to worry about being re-elected or burning political bridges.

This is the big reason why I'm looking forward to Matt Lauer's interview with George W. Bush tonight, which airs at 8PM ET on NBC. It's Dubya's first interview in support of his memoir 'Decision Points,' which will be released tomorrow. From what I've read and seen in various sneak peeks, it's going to contain some interesting admissions from one of the most polarizing Chief Executives this country's ever had.

But, according to Brian Stelter in The New York Times, Lauer will not be grilling Bush on what went on during his eventful presidency. "The tone of the prime-time special is conversational, not prosecutorial," wrote Stelter, "and for that reason, "Lauer/Bush" is not likely to join "Frost/Nixon" in the public imagination."

That's absolutely OK, though; Lauer doesn't need to lower the hammer on Bush in order for this to be an effective and fascinating interview to watch, for a number of reasons:

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Five Presidential Impersonations on 'Late Night' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Oct 28th 2010 6:47AM
Five Presidential Impersonations on 'Late Night' (VIDEO)Legendary impressionist Rich Little appeared on 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon' (weeknights, 12:37AM ET on NBC). Host Jimmy Fallon is considered a great mimic in his own right -- he rose to fame after winning a celebrity impression contest in his senior year of high school.

But Fallon gave the master a shot, and showed Little a photo of five different American presidents -- whose voices he then had to imitate. How would Little do?

Before getting to that part, we should add that the last big event Little was involved in was a 2007 White House dinner. The comedian was hired after Stephen Colbert performed the previous year -- and shocked the crowd by being "edgy."

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Bill Maher -- I "Created and Destroyed" Tea Partier Christine O'Donnell (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Oct 27th 2010 2:45AM
Bill Maher -- I 'Created and Destroyed' Tea Partier Christine O'DonnellComic and pundit Bill Maher showed up on the new 'Lopez Tonight' (weeknights, 11PM ET on TBS). Bill and host George Lopez had a freewheeling discussion about the state of American politics. Bill also claimed that he had "created" a polarizing figure -- current Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell.

Lopez wasn't a fan of Ms. O'Donnell, calling her a "anti-masturbation witch." At this point, Maher raised his hand in the air -- and took the credit (or the blame) for Christine. "Well, I'm responsible for [her,]" he said. O'Donnell first gained national prominence on 'Politically Incorrect,' Maher's old show.

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Condoleezza Rice Discusses Sexism, Racism, and Religion (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Oct 26th 2010 6:43AM
Condoleezza Rice Discusses Sexism, Racism, and ReligionCondoleezza Rice is a pioneer. She was the first female African-American Secretary of State -- and only the second woman to ever hold that office. Her time as Secretary was controversial; she served under President George W. Bush, and was a strong advocate of the invasion of Iraq. But Condoleezza has had to deal with a lot more controversy than that.

On 'The Late Late Show' (weeknights, 12:37AM ET on CBS), Ms. Rice discussed a life in politics, and life as a woman and an African-American. "Condi" is the daughter of a Presbyterian minister, and the descendant of slaves who lived in Alabama. Host Craig Ferguson -- a fellow Presbyterian -- quizzed his guest about sexism, racism, and religious matters.

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