Thursday, January 22, 2009

Sean Hannity Sits Down with Rush Limbaugh!

Last night Sean aired Part 1, part 2 is supposed to air tonight. I didn't get to watch it live, because I was at a friend's house watching Lost and getting my Sawyer fix. I'm way over due to do a Tv post, so the first chance I get, I'll be doing one of those.

UPDATE: This interview was broken down into 4 parts, I now have all 4 parts here from both nights.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Saying Farewell and Thank-you to a Great President!

Video Hat tip: Conservatives 4 Palin

Whatever you think about President Bush, he has been and is, a class act. He has always treated others better and more fairly than he has been treated himself. The above video is a must see. It is Bush speaking at a Welcome Home Rally in Texas. I couldn't agree with him more!! We love you Mr. President! You will be greatly missed!!

--Mike's excellent post w/pictures on Bush's homecoming

Life has been crazy busy, so I haven't been able to devote the time I've wanted to the Bush posts. Eventually, I'd like to do a part 2 & 3 to Why I love George W. Bush, but that will probably have to wait. I also would like to do profiles on Dick and Lynne Cheney as well. Maybe, I will do one profile a week and try and get into the habit of doing conservative profiles again.

For today though, I have a couple more things that I would like to highlight as I bid W adieu.

--My loyal radio listener Patrick M (who has a flair for all things critical) actually gives Bush some praise in his farewell post to him

--Make your way to this site, and express your thanks to our 43rd President

--In Line to thank our President is the Jerusalem Post, because as Gateway Pundit points out,
"President George W. Bush will hand over a Middle Eastern foreign policy outlook far brighter than the one he inherited from Bill Clinton."

--Amy has a moving tribute over at A Soldier's Perspective. She lost a son in Iraq. Here is her conclusion:
The last eight years have brought good and bad. I won't say I have agreed with everything President Bush has done, but what he has done, he did out of a conviction to do the right thing for the people and for the country. He has acted with courage, honor and integrity throughout his eight years as our president.

To President Bush I say thank for serving our nation in such an honorable way. Thank you for recognizing the real threats we faced and for acting to preserve and protect our nation and it's people. Thank you for being a man of integrity and being willing to do the right thing regardless of the direction the political wind was blowing. You honored God, you honored our country and now Mr. President I honor you and thank you for a job well done.

--Mike did some great posts on other members of Bush's team. He did one on Laura, Dick Cheney and Condi Rice.

One last post, a Conservative Democrat says this, Thank You For Everything President Bush!

Monday, January 19, 2009

President Bush Smorgasbord!

I'm still struggling with some upper respiratory stuff so no radio show today. I'm planning on doing more Bush posts this week as I have time. Today, I'll just link to some of Mike's grand finale ones and a couple of others.

--Favorite Videos of the Bush Years

--It's Official: War on Terror Is the Most Successful Military Campaign In US History Perhaps, part of Bush's legacy??

--A Pictorial of the Bush Record

--Bloggers Remember Bush Years in Images

--President Bush: Conservative of the Week

--Bush Thankathon Rolls On

Friday, January 16, 2009

Why I Love George W. Bush--Part I

"All great things are simple, and many can be expressed in single words: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope."--Sir Winston Churchill

During Bush's 8 years as President he has endured much criticism. What has bothered me the most is the heat he has taken from conservatives. For some reason, many seem to have forgotten all of the good that Bush has done. And if I were to be critical of Bush for one thing, it would be that he didn't do a good job of defending himself against his critics and many of their unfair attacks.

All of this came to a head during the Immigration debacle. During that time the Anchoress did two excellent posts that expressed exactly how I and others felt. Here is an excerpt from the first post:
"That made me wonder a little - has President Bush lost his bearings, or have we? Is it President Bush who has broken faith with “his base” or have they?

When I read my friend’s line, I thought of a line from Pride and Prejudice, in which Elizabeth Bennett says in new appreciation of Mr. Darcy, “In essentials, I believe, he is very much what he ever was.”

Perhaps I am a dim bulb, but President Bush has never surprised me, and that is probably why I have never felt let down or “betrayed” by him. He is, in essentials, precisely who he has ever been. He did not surprise me when he managed, in August of 2001, to find a morally workable solution in the matter of Embryonic Stem Cells. He did not surprise me when, a month later, he stood on a pile of rubble and lifted a broken city from its knees. When my NYFD friends told me of the enormous consolation and strength he brought to his meetings with grieving families, I was not surprised. When the World Series opened in New York City and the President was invited to throw the first pitch, there was no surprise in his throwing (while wearing body armor) a perfect strike.

And now, the Great Big Immigration Imbroglio of ‘06 has turned “the base” quite vicious. President Bush is no longer simply a moron or an idiot to his base, he is a bad man. He is a bad American. He is a bad president. Everything he does now, is wrong. As yesterday’s WSJ pointed out, Bush is closer to the deified Ronald Reagan on this issue than anyone on the right wants to admit. And they’d never do to Reagan what they are doing to Bush.

How you receive a good has a lot to do with whether any more “good” comes your way. The Conservatives got a “good” in 2000 and 2004; they’re receiving it very badly, indeed. I think the throwing-under-the-bus-of-George-W-Bush by “the base” is one of the most shameful things I have ever witnessed in all my years of watching politics, from both sides of the political spectrum. How do you receive a good?

President Bush has never surprised me. He is, in essentials, the man he ever was. It does not surprise me that he is a Christian man living a creed before he is a President, that he is a President before he is a Conservative. It seems to me precisely the right order of things.

You don’t have to agree with everything President Bush does; I don’t. But he deserves a lot better than he’s getting from his own side. He deserves, dare I say it, a spirit of compromise and workability, as opposed to the hard-line demand for a “perfect” solution (one which will never pass congress) to a problem no one else in government has even dared to even address.

You “base” have received a great good. You’ve forgotten it. Continue to do so at your - at all our - great peril."

In her 2nd post she had an extensive list of the many things that Bush had done right. I and others posted the list and I highlighted all of the things that especially rang true. I post the list once again as a reminder to all of us of what Bush has accomplished in his 8 years. I dare say that this is much more than what would've been accomplished by any other Republican that was running this time around.
--Did he protect us from the reach & province of the International Criminal Court? Yes.
--Did he keep us from the Kyoto mess that is currently tying up Europe? Yes.
--Did he create a workable alternative to Kyoto that other countries have embraced? Yes. Bet you didn’t know that!
--Have US Carbon Emissions decreased on his watch, without Kyoto? Yes.
--Did he submit a comprehensive energy plan that got killed by a weak congress? Yes.
--Did he cut taxes? Twice? Yes. And yes.
--Did he try to get the cuts made permanent? Yes. Congress dropped that ball.
--Did he stop government funding of EMBRYONIC stem cell research? Yes.
--Has he kept the promises he made as he held a dead cop’s shield before the Joint Houses? Yes.
--Did he go after the Taliban and AlQaeda in Afghanistan barely a month after 9/11? Yes.
--Has he been unflagging in his efforts to subdue terrorism, worldwide? Yes.
--Has be been the consistent voice for human liberty around the globe? Yes.

--After some serious missteps, is the surge working? Yes.
--Has he been a staunch friend to Israel, the only stable democracy in a frantic region? Yes.
--Did he end the farce of world-wide Arafat admiration? Yes
--Did he remove Saddam Hussein, whose state supported terrorists, from power? Yes.
--Did he invade Iraq at a time when the whole world believed Saddam had and “would use” WMD? Yes.
--Did he bring a much-maligned coalition with him? Yes. Some are still there.
--Did he liberate 50,000 people in keeping with the ideals of the 1998 Iraqi Liberation Act? Yes.
--Has he inspired the Iraqi people to finally believe enough in freedom to fight AlQaeda with us? YES!
--Has he figured out that a free and engaged Middle East makes America safer? Yes.
--Has he kept you safe since 9/11? So safe that you’ve almost forgotten to fear? Yes.
--Did he remove “the wall” between the CIA and the FBI? Yes.
--Did he go to the UN before invading Iraq? Yes.
--Did he tell the UN that the US would never ask permission to defend herself? Yes.
--Did he inspire Libya to surrender it’s WMD without firing a shot? Yes.
--Did he appoint excellent SCOTUS and Federal Judges to the bench? Yes.

--Did he implement the NSA terrorist eavesdropping program? Yes.
--Did he immediately move to freeze assets and make terror funding more difficult? Yes.
--Did he reform Medicare? Yes.
--Did he reform Social Security to give you more power over your money? He tried. See Congress.
--Does he say what he means and mean what he says? Yes.
--Did he try to address immigration, when the houses in his party? Yes.
--Does he support the second amendment? Yes.
--Does he support school vouchers and school choice? Yes.
--Did he sign the ban on Partial Birth Abortion? Yes. It went to court, but he signed it.
--Did he reverse Clinton’s intent to kill Reagan’s pro-life Mexico policy? Yes.
--Did he support the Defense of Marriage Act? Yes. That used to be vitally important to you.

--Did he expand the roles of faith-based organizations in social programs? Yes.
--Did he prosecute the white-collar criminals like Ken Lay who ran riot through the ‘90’s? Yes.
--Has he handled himself with enormous courage, dignity and grace in the face of world/media/hate?
--Is he a man with a creed before he’s anything else? Yes.

--Did he establish Health Savings accounts? Yes.
--Did he have the Border Patrol installing monitoring devices along the borders? Yes.
--Has he made mistakes? Yes. Some undeniable beauts.
--Has he been an imperfect president? Yes.
--Has he spent too much? Probably.
--Has he given you most of what you’ve wanted? Actually, looking at the list…yes!
--Has he dared to disagree with anyone to keep his principles, even you? Yes.
More on the Immigration Debate
Freedom, Justice, Honor, Duty, Mercy & Hope
I'm Extremely Proud of My President
President Bush Addresses the Nation
You Go Bush!!!
You Go Bush #2!!
No More Partial Birth Abortions
In Defense of the War and George W. Bush--Part 1
In Defense of the War and George W. Bush--Part 2
The State of our Union is Strong

Bush Thank-a-thon Links:
President Bush's Final Address to the Nation
Remember the "W"
Bush Thankathon Continues: Bush, "The People's President."
President Bush
Bush Farewell Address-- He Liberated Millions... He Kept Us Safe

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Bush Thank-a-thon Continues...

--Shane from Cajun Tiger weighs in with his post

--Wordsmith has several excellent posts at his blog and at Flopping Aces.

Wordsmith's comprehensive post on how much Bush cares for the men, women and children in Africa is amazing. Bush has an 80% approval rating in Africa where he has done more than any other U.S. President to help the people there. Although, he is seldom given credit for it. In fact, while liberals constantly whine about he we are viewed globally, there are many countries who will miss our 43rd President.

--Rivka details what Bush did for her family and their small business with his tax cuts.

(Rush and Rumsfeld--two of my favorite men)

--Mike has some great pictures from the Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony. He details some of the closing moments of the Bush White House.

Mike is also going to host a Live Chat tonight after the President's Farewell address.

--You can always count on the Anchoress to have a post Thanking our President. She also links to this great article by Andrew Roberts entitled, History will show that George W Bush was right. Roberts concludes the article with this paragraph:
Iraq has been a victory for the US-led coalition, a fact that the Bush-haters will have to deal with when perspective finally – perhaps years from now – lends objectivity to this fine man's record.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Honoring Bush Round-Up!

The above video is part 2 of Sean Hannity's exclusive interview with the President. He got to spend time with him in the Oval Office, which is a rare privilege.

I loved hearing Bush talk about how you don't compromise your principles to be popular, and that is something Bush never did. It is an admirable quality demonstrated by Lincoln and Truman, both of whom were criticized while in office but were praised by future generations. I also love how Bush is a great student of history. I too, love studying the presidents and reading and learning about history.

Many are joining the Bush Thank-a-thon, here are some of the highlights:
~~On Tuesday, Mike did an excellent, comprehensive post with a bunch of tributes and memories from other bloggers' posts.

~~Then, Mike called Bush the Comforter in Chief in this post. He details Bush's compassion for grieving families who have lost loved ones.

~~In Mike's post for today, he talks about how Bush has saved countless lives through foiled terror attacks. Liberals have blamed Bush for anything and everything, but they never mention how there have been no terrorist attacks on U.S. soil since 9/11. Many would argue that the credit for that goes to President George W. Bush.

~~Gayle (who is from Texas) wrote a post welcoming Bush back home to his Crawford Ranch.

~~Rivka does another post where she details Fred Barnes' list of Bush's achievements also, and then adds 5 more of her own.

~~Donald has done 2 posts so far, the first entitled, George W. Bush: Moral Clarity Against Evil. In it, he links to and quotes the exit opinions of Ari Fleischer and others about Bush. I've always loved Ari Fleischer, so its not a surprise that I loved what he had to say:
I’ll miss President Bush’s moral clarity. The president’s critics hated his willingness to label things right or wrong, and the press used to bang me around for it, but history will show how right he was.

Shortly after 9/11, the president gave a speech in which he talked about the fight between good and evil, and that good would win. Afterward, I told him I thought he was being simplistic: “There are a lot of shades of gray in this war. I think it’s more nuanced.”

He looked at me and said, “If this isn’t good versus evil, what is?”

Then he reminded me that when Ronald Reagan went to Berlin, he called on Mikhail Gorbachev to “tear down this wall” — not to put a gate in it or to remove some bricks. Mr. Reagan said to tear it all down.

Mr. Bush saw the presidency as the place to call the American people to big challenges — in morally clear terms. As his spokesman, I knew that many people would be uncomfortable with how easily he made such moral judgments. I also knew that many Americans welcomed his tough, direct and unambiguous moral clarity.

I’ll miss that direct talk. In the age of terrorism, the one thing we have to fear more than anything is moral relativism.

When Israel was attacked during the Bush years, the president always stated that Israel had a right to defend itself. After 9/11, he never referred to Israel’s counterattacks as a “cycle of violence.” He understood that when a democracy strikes back against terrorists, it’s not a “cycle.” It’s self-defense.

We haven’t been attacked since 9/11, Libya no longer has nuclear weapons, Syria was stopped from acquiring them, Saddam Hussein is gone, and Iraq is on its way to being a nation that fights terrorism — all on President Bush’s watch. His job approval may now be low, but he should leave office with his head held high. I hope his successors recognize the strength that moral clarity can provide.

Donald's 2nd post is entitled, President Bush to Leave With Dignity and Grace.

~~Ken did a Sunday Commentary Thanking the President, here is an excerpt:
It has been comforting to me to know that each night that I lay down on my pillow that because of the principled dedication of President Bush and the sacrifice and equal dedication of the troops that he led as Commander in Chief protected this Nation from harm and that while he and the heroes he led and served were on watch nothing or no one would again attack us.

Yet I also knew that this relentless enemy continued to seek opportunity too attack America and kill Americans. But President Bush stood fast and with our troops on the front line both he and they said, "not on my watch," and This Nation is better for it. And because of that sincere dedication we owe both President Bush and our troops a debt of gratitude that we can never repay.

Their love for this country and respect for their Commander in Chief has defended our freedom and strengthened the cause of liberty both here and abroad. And while our troops deserve praise for their sacrifice and tremendous accomplishments in defense of our Nation, President Bush deserves like praise in his ability to stand firm when others would have fallen. To hold fast when others would have let go and to continue to fight when his detractors and opposition said to surrender.

His belief in freedom and it being a gift to mankind from God drove him to stand when political opposition and polls would have caused a less principled man to yield to save his popularity. He understood that to lead one does not necessarily remain popular and chose rather to sacrifice that popularity in order to make the decisions and actions needed to protect this Nation.

For this dedication he has been condemned because he refused to yield. His love for this country and his belief in its greatness were far more important than good poll numbers or the praise of the media. History will vindicate him for this dedication and this Nation remains free and strong because of that same dedication.

While the politically correct look forward to January 20 when President Bush will peacefully transfer to his successor the Presidency in one of the greatest traditions of our Republic, this conservative and millions like me will miss him when he leaves office. President Bush deserves our thanks for what he has done and his many accomplishments. He deserves our respect for his principled steadfastness in the face of undue opposition.

Thank you Mr. President for keeping us safe. Thank you Mr. President for putting our country first. Thank you Mr. President for standing true and strong. Thank you Mr. President for your leadership and dedication. Thank you Mr. President for being who you are and for being the right man at the right time for our Nation. Thank you Mr. President !
Ken also posted the video of Bush at Ground Zero after 9/11.
Continue to send me your links if you want to participate. Towards the end of the week I plan on doing some comprehensive posts of my own. I'm also going to scan my autographed picture of the president and I, even though it didn't turn out as good as I would've liked ;-).

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Bush's Achievements!

He deserves better. His presidency was far more successful than not. And there's an aspect of his decision-making that merits special recognition: his courage. Time and time again, Bush did what other presidents, even Ronald Reagan, would not have done and for which he was vilified and abused. That--defiantly doing the right thing--is what distinguished his presidency.~~Fred Barnes

The above video is part 1 of Sean Hannity's interview with President Bush. Sean jokes that after Bush's exit, he may not be back at the White House for awhile.

Fred Barnes has written a column stipulating that Bush hasn't gotten credit for all the things he's done right (understatement of the year). He takes the time to list at least 10 of Bush's great achievements. Below is the list, but take the time to read the whole column:
1) His decision in 2001 to jettison the Kyoto global warming treaty so loved by Al Gore, the environmental lobby, elite opinion, and Europeans.

2) Second, enhanced interrogation of terrorists. Along with use of secret prisons and wireless eavesdropping, this saved American lives.

3) Bush's third achievement was the rebuilding of presidential authority, badly degraded in the era of Vietnam, Watergate, and Bill Clinton.

4) Achievement number four was Bush's unswerving support for Israel. Reagan was once deemed Israel's best friend in the White House. Now Bush can claim the title.

5) His fifth success was No Child Left Behind (NCLB), the education reform bill cosponsored by America's most prominent liberal Democratic senator Edward Kennedy.

6) Sixth, Bush declared in his second inaugural address in 2005 that American foreign policy (at least his) would henceforth focus on promoting democracy around the world.

7) The seventh achievement is the Medicare prescription drug benefit, enacted in 2003. It's not only wildly popular; it has cost less than expected by triggering competition among drug companies.

8) Then there were John Roberts and Sam Alito. In putting them on the Supreme Court and naming Roberts chief justice, Bush achieved what had eluded Richard Nixon, Reagan, and his own father. Roberts and Alito made the Court indisputably more conservative. And the good news is Roberts, 53, and Alito, 58, should be justices for decades to come.

9) Bush's ninth achievement has been widely ignored. He strengthened relations with east Asian democracies (Japan, South Korea, Australia) without causing a rift with China.

10) Finally, a no-brainer: the surge. Bush prompted nearly unanimous disapproval in January 2007 when he announced he was sending more troops to Iraq and adopting a new counterinsurgency strategy.
Barnes' conclusion:
How does Bush rank as a president? We won't know until he's judged from the perspective of two or three decades. Hindsight forced a sharp upgrading of the presidencies of Harry Truman and Dwight Eisenhower. Given his achievements, it may have the same effect for Bush.

Bush Thank-a-Thon Participants:
Thank-You President Bush--For Keeping Us Safe!~~The Pink Flamingo
Bush Thankathon Begins~~Mike's America

Mike's Concluding Paragraph:
I firmly believe that history will be kind to President Bush. I recall that at the end of the Reagan presidency it was widely reported in the "news" media of the time that his presidency hadn't been a great success. That was the verdict of so-called scholars and pundits. But the appreciation of the American people for Reagan's efforts has only grown with time. The same will be true for the legacy of President Bush. As the media generated hysteria over insignificant events like the shoe thrower, or Abu Ghraib or the phony stories about domestic spying fade, the real legacy of an America that is safer, stronger and with Iraq as an ally will emerge.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Kick-off of the Bush Thank-a-thon!

As I mentioned previously, this week will be dedicated to remembering and thanking President Bush for his years in the White House. He is giving numerous interviews this week. He started with a Brit Hume interview yesterday that also included his father.

This first post will include some excerpts from posts that I've done over the past years on Bush. My favorite, of course, is the one where I got to meet the President in person. I'll start with that one, entitled, I Got To Meet President George W. Bush. Here is an excerpt:
The President of the United States came to Kansas City today and I got to meet him. I can't begin to tell you what a dream come true this was for me. I got the call 2 weeks ago that I was going to get to meet him and have my picture taken with him. I have been a cross between ecstatic and a nervous wreck ever since. There was the possibility that his plans could get changed or that I wouldn't pass the security check ;-) but otherwise it was supposed to happen. I thought of that line on the movie "Girls Just Want To Have Fun" where Sarah Jessica Parker says "Things are going too well for me, I bet I get hit by a bus." One of my first thoughts was what do you wear to meet the president?

When I got the call I was in shock. I had worked my tail off volunteering for his campaign in 2004 but I figured the time had passed for me to be able to meet him. I had seen that Bush was coming to a special $1,000 dinner for Talent but since I didn't have $1,000 I figured the point was moot. And then I got the call.

There were 12 of us volunteers who got to be on the tarmac waiting for Air Force One to arrive today. It was so awesome to see the motorcade pull in and then to see Air Force One land. I almost had tears in my eyes as I saw him come to the door and begin to descend down the steps.

I had 3 things I wanted to say to him and I was able to get them all said. I let him know what a huge honor it was to meet him, I told him I was praying for him and that I was proud of how he was protecting our country in the war on terror. When I told him I was praying for him he said it was working!!! My only regret was I was talking to him when they snapped the picture instead of me turning towards the camera. Although how appropriate is that, Little Miss Chatterbox is talking to the President while getting her picture taken :-)!
Bush is forever the optimist, which is why I snagged this Thomas Paine quote from a Tom Delay post to apply to President Bush's determination not to give up during the fight against terrorism:
"These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as freedom should not be highly rated."
--Thomas Paine, “The Crisis”, December 23rd, 1776

Two other Bush links from past posts:
--Bush's America: 100% Al Qaida Free!!
--Why President Bush & Tony Snow Rock

Others Participating in the Bush Thank-a-thon:
Right Think--Bush Thankathon! MONDAY

Tomorrow, I plan on starting a profile on Bush. For those of you planning on joining in on the Bush fest, send me your links!

Friday, January 09, 2009

Bush Thankathon and More...

1) Mike of Mike's America and I will be hosting a Bush Thankathon next week and we want to invite and encourage many to join in! I first found Mike's blog when he spent a week remembering Reagan with posts and linking to others. I plan on this being similar.

Here is how Mike is describing what we'll be doing:
If you would like to join in, then prepare a post to kick off the week beginning Monday January 12th and concluding on Jan. 19, the day before the Obama crowning.

I plan to excerpt and link back to stories posted on participating blogs as we jointly celebrate the Bush presidency and give thanks that our nation has been spared another direct attack these past 8 years.

Spread the word and send us your links!

2) Make sure to check-out my post below on Sarah Palin taking on the Media!

--The following links are from Gateway Pundit, he is the ultimate conservative blogger with a take on every event that happens in the news!

3) Hamas Stooge Jimmy Carter Endorses Gaza's "Defensive" Tunnels A former President of the U.S., a friend to dictators and terrorists, what a legacy!

4) Disgusting!... Buchanan Accuses Israel of 'Blitzkrieg' & 'Concentration Camps' I lost respect for Buchanan a long time ago. Some woman described him as her favorite conservative the other day when calling into Hannity's show, I don't see how thats possible.

5) Coulter-Lauer Brawl On Today Show (Video) If you are a Matt Lauer fan, this is painful to watch. He tries to get Ann to admit that NBC isn't that bad and that come on, they weren't really going to ban her. She doesn't do much to set him at ease, and you can see him getting more and more uncomfortable.

Jim from Gateway Pundit said it best in his concluding paragraph:
"You've just got to love how liberals tell you- We have to come together now... America voted for change... America wants a different tone... We need to pull together... After they've ripped on President Bush, the military, and conservatives nonstop for the past 8 years.
Like we didn't notice.

6) Blame For the Financial Meltdown Heaped On Democrats Karl Rove sets the record straight.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

My Final Book List for 2008!

I started off the year really strong reading a bunch of books during Christmas break while out of town. I continued at a good pace through the spring and summer and things didn't slow down until election season. Then, it was hard to keep my head above water on anything. I was able to listen to a couple of books on Cd. At the very end, I was determined to finish Gaskell's North and South, which ended up being my last book. Technically, I went a few days into 2009 but I accomplished my 50 book goal which is HUGE for me. The fact that I even got close, is a miracle.

All in all, I read 34 and I listened to 16 on Cd. It became a fun competition which enabled many of us to read more than we normally would have. By joining the 50 book club, I read a ton more than I normally would have, my Mom met that goal and exceeded it and several other friends also went way over it.

Another fun tidbit that I discovered through a friend is that President Bush and Karl Rove also have a book reading competition each year. Rove beat Bush every year but Bush read 95 in 2006, 51 in 2007 and 40 in 2008. I can't fathom reading 40 as President let alone 95. Of course, when looking for the WSJ column I found some liberal mocking Bush about this and he was talking about how he didn't believe that Bush read 95 books in 3 years. I just had to laugh, because he obviously couldn't even read a single column and get the facts straight.

Below, is my final updated list. The titles in blue are the ones that I've read since the last post.

Here are the books that I have read and/or listened to on Cd in 2008:
1) The Faith of the American Soldier--Stephen Mansfield
2) My Grandfather's Son--Clarence Thomas
3) A Patriot's Handbook (CD)--Caroline Kennedy
4) 1776 (CD)--David McCullough
5) One for the Money--Janet Evanovich
6) Two for the Dough--Janet Evanovich
7) Three to get Deadly--Janet Evanovich
8) Four to Score--Janet Evanovich
9) High Five--Janet Evanovich
10) Hot Six--Janet Evanovich
11) Seven Up--Janet Evanovich
12) Hard Eight--Janet Evanovich
13) To the Nines--Janet Evanovich
14) Ten Big Ones--Janet Evanovich
15) Eleven On Top--Janet Evanovich
16) Visions of Sugar Plums--Janet Evanovich
17) Bonhoeffer: The Cost of Freedom (CD)
18) Twelve Sharp--Janet Evanovich
19) Lean Mean Thirteen--Janet Evanovich
20) Plum Lovin'--Janet Evanovich
21) Facing Terror--Carrie McDonnall (CD)
22) The Spiritual Heritage of the U.S. Capitol--David Barton (CD)
23) The Faith of George W. Bush--Stephen Mansfield (CD)
24) Danger in the Shadows--Dee Henderson (CD)
25) T is for Trespass--Sue Grafton
26) Plum Lucky--Janet Evanovich
27) Then Sings My Soul--Robert J. Morgan
28) The Negotiator--Dee Henderson (CD)
29) Wings of Silver--Jo Petty
30) Moments From America's History--David Barton (CD)
31) The Spirit of the American Revolution--David Barton (CD)
32) Stori Telling--Tori Spelling
33) First World War--Ruth Brocklehurst & Henry Brook
34) Mistaken Identity--VanRyn, Cerak & Mark Tabb
35) Mornings on Horseback--David McCullough (Cd)
36) Fearless Fourteen--Janet Evanovich
37) If God Should Choose--Kristen Stagg
38) Come Thirsty--Max Lucado
39) Lincoln, A Photobiography--Russell Freedman
40) Bringing Elizabeth Home--Ed & Lois Smart w/Laura Morton
41) John Adams--David McCullough (Cd)
42) Beauty Beyond the Ashes--Cheryl McGuinness
43) If I Did it--Ron Goldman
44) How I Helped OJ Get Away with Murder--Mike Gilbert
45) Because They Hate--Brigitte Gabriel (Cd)
46) Murder in Brentwood--Mark Fuhrman
47) 90 Minutes in Heaven--Don Piper (Cd)
48) 25 Ways to Win With People--John Maxwell & Les Parrot (Cd)
49) The Knowledge of the Holy--A.W. Tozer (Cd)
50) North and South--Elizabeth Gaskell

Book List 1
Book List 2
Book List 3
Book List 4
Book List 5
Book List 6

50 Book List