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Famous Failure To Run George W. Bush’s Think Tank

by Jim Newell

The year was 1999...“WASHINGTON – Former President George W. Bush took a step closer Thursday to establishing an ‘action-oriented think tank’ alongside his future presidential library by naming James K. Glassman, the longtime journalist and former administration official, as its founding executive director.” This post is complete. [NYT via Matt Yglesias]

 
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ManchuCandidate September 4, 2009 at 3:51 pm

When I think GW Booch Tink Tank, this is what I think of:

http://blogs.sfweekly.com/thesnitch/Outhouse%201.jpg

nbawriter September 4, 2009 at 3:52 pm

If you stand on your head and look at that book, it’s pretty accurate.

Joshua Norton September 4, 2009 at 3:53 pm

“Bush Think Tank”?

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hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!

Whooo! I needed that.

Smoke Filled Roommate September 4, 2009 at 3:54 pm

So Dubya gets his own thinking-oriented think tank..

Come here a minute September 4, 2009 at 3:55 pm

Rock-solid! Thank god we took this guy’s advice, and now all our private Social Security accounts are worth twenty jillion dollars!

user-of-owls September 4, 2009 at 3:55 pm

Action-FIGURE-oriented think tank. Keep an eye out for policy analysis by GI Joe.

GuyClinch September 4, 2009 at 3:56 pm

I have a feeling that W’s “action-oriented think tank” is gonna involve a whole lot of brush-clearing and dreaming of near beer

Johnny Zhivago September 4, 2009 at 3:57 pm

I can actually share a photo of an early planning meeting:

http://www.roundmountaingroup.com/error99/chimp.jpg

TGY September 4, 2009 at 3:59 pm

Drunk tank.

kipperthegod September 4, 2009 at 4:00 pm

Oh, great. Now I have to melt down the bronze statue I was casting entitled “The Decider,” and instead do a new one called “The Thinker.” Oh, wait.

gurukalehuru September 4, 2009 at 4:01 pm

So, what IS a think tank, anyway. I’ve never really got that.

2goats September 4, 2009 at 4:01 pm

A counter-balance to the Geo. H.W. Bush center for Intelligence. At last!

Dr. Spaceman September 4, 2009 at 4:02 pm

Dow 36,000 – The New Strategy for Profiting from the Coming Rise in the Stock Market

“New strategy?” Dude, if you’re predicting Dow 36,000 the only strategy you need is:
1. Buy stock (preferably in a Dow industrial average company)
2. Profit

Can I have best-seller now?

SayItWithWookies September 4, 2009 at 4:02 pm

Even Dubya wouldn’t hire Alberto fuckin’ Gonzales for that position. And action-oriented think thank is going to be remembered alongside such Dubya phrases as education president, decider-in-chief, beacon of democracy, mission accomplished, heckuva job Brownie, stay the course, strategy for victory, and weapons of mass destruction as little papery husks that have had all the meaning sucked out of them by one of the biggest idiots to be in charge of anything more dangerous than a Big Wheel in all of recorded history.

RoscoePColtraine September 4, 2009 at 4:02 pm

[re=403153]Come here a minute[/re]: Yeah, but a cup of starbucks will set you back forty nine billion zillion fucktillion dollars. What one hand giveth the other taketh away.

Dr. Spaceman September 4, 2009 at 4:04 pm

[re=403172]gurukalehuru[/re]: It’s a group of people who write position papers that soothe the egos of moneyed interests.

RoscoePColtraine September 4, 2009 at 4:04 pm

[re=403172]gurukalehuru[/re]: I think it’s some sort of apparel one might wear while thinking?

nbawriter September 4, 2009 at 4:06 pm

His think tank is his right nut.

ManchuCandidate September 4, 2009 at 4:07 pm

[re=403172]gurukalehuru[/re]:
In the olden days, it used to be a bunch of guys who thought of solutions (might not be good solutions) to various problems. These guys would normally have PhDs or some kind of knowledge that made them thinkers.

Today, a tink tank is a place where various losers and failures of the RW wingnut stripe spend time jacking off in offices while ritting skreeds of stupidity that are published in dying print places called newspapers and often passed off as fact to justify the $ paid for bullshit. Usually funded by rich wingnuts who have more $ than brainz in the vain hope that ordinary people will buy into their pseudofeudalistic bullshit. It is also know as Wingnut welfare.

Suds McKenzie September 4, 2009 at 4:07 pm

Global Brush Clearing Initiatives.

TGY September 4, 2009 at 4:08 pm

[re=403172]gurukalehuru[/re]: It’s a large vessel for holding rare thinks.

gurukalehuru September 4, 2009 at 4:13 pm

tanks.

RoscoePColtraine September 4, 2009 at 4:15 pm

I’ve always assumed some things have no explanation. Why are think tanks called think tanks? Why are sweetbreads called sweetbreads when no reasonable person on Earth would try to trick you into eating that shit.

Suds McKenzie September 4, 2009 at 4:17 pm

Date Line 7/24/10: Tragedy struck the new George Bush Think Tank today, its grand opening, as members of the Think Tank literally climbed into a giant tank filled with water, presumably to “think”. As humans can not currently breath underwater all were killed.

Joshua Norton September 4, 2009 at 4:20 pm

If he really wanted to make a bundle, he could charge 1.00 for 3 balls for a chance to dunk him in his “think tank”.

He’d pull in millions. And be pruny and waterlogged for the next 10 years.

Joshua Norton September 4, 2009 at 4:21 pm

Tanks for the memories…..

Come here a minute September 4, 2009 at 4:22 pm

Overheard between Laura and George in Bush think tank:

You’re a bum
You’re a punk
You’re an old slut on junk
Lying there almost dead on a drip in that bed

You scumbag, you maggot
You cheap lousy faggot
Happy Christmas your arse
I pray God it’s our last

(think tank reminds me of drunk tank)

Lawndarts September 4, 2009 at 4:22 pm

awesome

V572625694 September 4, 2009 at 4:24 pm

[re=403186]ManchuCandidate[/re]: So well stated. Brookings Institution, Cato Institute, know thyselves.

One Yield Regular September 4, 2009 at 4:25 pm

If I’m among the first three to email you a line from George W. Bush extolling the virtues of investing my Social Security earnings in the stock market, will you send me a free copy of the book?

Smoke Filled Roommate September 4, 2009 at 4:27 pm

[re=403211]Come here a minute[/re]: Suddenly, Kirsty MacColl’s voice rings out in my head like the boys of NYPD choir…

SayItWithWookies September 4, 2009 at 4:30 pm

It’s really his publisher’s fault that Glassman is considered an idiot who doesn’t know what he’s talking about. If they hadn’t used such a huge font, the “N” wouldn’t have run off the front of the book and today he’d be acclaimed as a genius.

dum librul September 4, 2009 at 4:33 pm

I always imagined George Bush’s think tank was the place George Sr. and Barb put him when he was acting up, akin to a time out.

Barb: “Don’t want to eat your vegetables, huh, George? Well, it’s the think tank for you!”

George: “Mamma, nooooooooo!”

George Sr: “For chrissakes, Barb, he’s 32 years old.”

Barb: “Shut up and lose the pants.”

Wait…what was I doing again?

Rodney Badger September 4, 2009 at 4:34 pm

Shelby Steele and David Lereah will act as Glassman’s vice executive directors.

chascates September 4, 2009 at 4:38 pm

“Action-oriented think tank?” I thought he said he was going to be a “fantastic freedom institute.” Well, history will decide in the centuries to come. After all, historians can’t agree whether George Washington was a good president or what.

S.Luggo September 4, 2009 at 4:40 pm

In this case, Bush “think tank” is code for “sensory dreprivation module”.

El Pinche September 4, 2009 at 4:41 pm

THINK tank? I don’t think there’s a Harlem Night’s analogy to this.

nbawriter September 4, 2009 at 4:46 pm

I believe Kirsty MacColl drowned in a think tank. Or the Caribbean Sea. Whichever.

SlouchingTowardsWasilla September 4, 2009 at 4:47 pm

[re=403216]V572625694[/re]: The American Enterprise Institute and the Hoover Institution come to mind as well. My favorite is Victor Davis Hanson of the Hoover Institution who warned us that we were “literally teetering on an Obama implosion.” Literally. And this place is affiliated with Stanford University.

Lionel Hutz Esq. September 4, 2009 at 4:52 pm

The Bush Think Tank has only one idea, and that is a wrong one.

V572625694 September 4, 2009 at 4:55 pm

[re=403249]SlouchingTowardsWasilla[/re]: VD Hanson lives in Fresno. This is inexplicable for a putatively intelligent person.

proudgrampa September 4, 2009 at 4:55 pm

George.
W.
Bush.
Think.
Tank.

’nuff said.

Custersdeadhorse September 4, 2009 at 4:55 pm

Kitty Harris, Sara Palin and Michelle Bachmann can be on the Board of Directors along with Gary Bauer, Michael Steele, and the list goes on. I look forward to some Birther/Deather Member of Congress quoting this Shit Tank as proof of whatever they are saying is factual, and above challenge. Barney Frank will salivate from one end to the other over the thought.

widget09 September 4, 2009 at 4:57 pm

Mr. Assman really has his work cut out for himself, lets see, Iraq War, Katrina, stock market, $ 4.00+ gasoline, torture, and the cherry on top, “drum roll please”: 911 & my pet goat, upside down.

rocktonsammy September 4, 2009 at 4:59 pm

Bush think tank= Sitting on the toilet, elbow on knee, hand on face,thinking.

geminisunmars September 4, 2009 at 5:00 pm

[re=403208]Suds McKenzie[/re]: sunk tank, kinda like his administration.

hiphophitler September 4, 2009 at 5:02 pm

In a Bush think tank, the thinkers will spend all day watching movies where the big gags are people farting and men getting kicked in the balls and making funny agonized faces at the camera. Then when the thinkers get up to go to the bathroom, they will fall down because they have secretly tied each others shoelaces together.

lawrenceofthedesert September 4, 2009 at 5:03 pm

Bush says he’ll need more think infantry and think airplanes to support an attack by his think tank and a brigade of his imaginary friends — “mission accomplished!”

Snidely September 4, 2009 at 5:07 pm

Don’t blame Glassman. The printer just mistakenly inserted the comma one space to the right. And that printer would have a better chance of bringing gravitas to Bush’s “institute.”

Larry McAwful September 4, 2009 at 5:11 pm

It’s like one of those things in “Altered States,” right? I’d like to join one, as long as there’s a naked, 28-year-old Blair Brown in it. Without a naked, 28-year-old Blair Brown, you’d probably have to put up with a bunch of overpriveliged assholes who are cooling their jets until their party takes the White House again (or at least a few more seats in Congress.)

Wait: they pay you to do this, right? Maybe I’ll join after all.

proudgrampa September 4, 2009 at 5:14 pm

Oh, I get it, now!

The “Weapons of Mass Destruction” was a Thought Experiment!

The think tank can continue on with research on other Thought Experiments:

Mission Accomplished
We Don’t Torture
Our Economy is Strong

Snarkalicious September 4, 2009 at 5:16 pm

[re=403209]Joshua Norton[/re]: We could coat him in a protective layer of shellac.
[re=403263]hiphophitler[/re]: Do you think they could get Mel Brooks’ approval to do that? He’s not well known for conservative leanings.

Also, 36,000 Lira.

fatherfigure September 4, 2009 at 5:21 pm

I remember, when I was just beginning my transition from high school into being an abject failure, my wealthy employer used to cite that ‘Dow 36,000′ book daily. Not being a very discerning fellow, I followed her advice and caught the fever and purchased such stock market comedies as pets.com and iomega. such was the spirit of 2000.

Jukesgrrl September 4, 2009 at 5:31 pm

Well, he needed something to put in that li-bary. Besides the one copy of My Pet Goat and the Shakespeares he read on his vacation.

Humpback September 4, 2009 at 5:34 pm

W wants to fill his think tank. But he can’t find a think station with a 7-11 store attached.

Jamie Sommers September 4, 2009 at 5:45 pm

A think tank? Damn Dubya, why start now?

Joshua Norton September 4, 2009 at 6:24 pm

[re=403284]fatherfigure[/re]:

I bought WebVan and Compaq. They used to say “Buy stock in the stuff you use.” I figured how can I go wrong with groceries and computers? Turns out I could.

fatherfigure September 4, 2009 at 6:38 pm

[re=403349]Joshua Norton[/re]: it was such a good era for dreamers.

Guppy06 September 4, 2009 at 6:46 pm

In his defense, it’s a typographical error. He actually entitled the book Dow 3600.

Bruno September 4, 2009 at 7:03 pm

[re=403174]Dr. Spaceman[/re]: You have successfully defined the fundamental thesis in all “business best sellers”.

But as a follower of Minto’s Pyramid Principle (come on, don’t put your McKinsey training behind you), we need 3 facts to support the statement. Then you can write several hundred pages after the 3 fact/bullet-point synopsis.

Bruno September 4, 2009 at 7:06 pm

[re=403349]Joshua Norton[/re]: I lost 70% of my (paper) net worth in the internet stock bubble. Does that make me a socialist?

Rotundo September 4, 2009 at 7:15 pm

[re=403256]Custersdeadhorse[/re]: Good analogy, and like a septic tank, the big chunks rise to the top, anaerobic bacteria digest the material and the yield is methane and stank. Sums up the intellectual and philosophical nature of Dubya quite well.

masterdebater September 4, 2009 at 7:21 pm

[re=403180]Dr. Spaceman[/re]: But is it actually IN a tank…because that would be awesome! Oh and F.Y.I. and just between us here…when the DOW hits 36,000…SELL!!!!!!! Sound market advise, free of charge.

BlueStateLibtard September 4, 2009 at 7:27 pm

Funny, now that he’s trashed the country, Bush wants to encourage thinking. Who woulda thought?

zhubajie September 4, 2009 at 9:29 pm

[re=403180]Dr. Spaceman[/re]: Couldn’t a computer program do the same? Just mix up the same 100 cliches in different orders.

zhubajie September 4, 2009 at 9:45 pm

Put him and his cabinet in the tank below a public privy. They could do a lot of thinking there before they drown in shit.

Paul Tardy September 5, 2009 at 1:37 am

Bush gets a think tank? A dunk tank is more like what he and Mr Dow 36,000 deserve. Ok I’m a sore loser I admit it.

LoweredPeninsula September 5, 2009 at 3:26 am

Doesn’t the phrase “think tank” sound like such a word that Dubya would make-up? In his lexicon, though, think tank would be a compound, hyphenated word, and it’d be used to describe ones skull.

Scooter September 5, 2009 at 3:48 am

An action-oriented think tank needs action figures doing action-like things:

http://teapottantrums.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c1aee53ef00e5528051a58833-pi

James K. Glassman is on the left, Kevin A. Hassett on the right.

Asked about the book they authored and their subsequent careers, Glassman quipped: “We are big. It’s the Dow Jones Industrial Average that got small.”

desertwind September 5, 2009 at 4:18 am

Ha ha.

I hope they make Glassman move to Waco.

(that is where the tank will be thinking, right?)

Uncle Bubba September 5, 2009 at 10:27 am

The George W. Bush Think Tank…what are ya gonna fill it with hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah HOW WILL YA KNOW WHEN IT’S EMPTY???HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA..O.K. that’s enough, The George W. Bush Think Tank is BEYOND FUCKING BELIEF….

Katydid September 5, 2009 at 10:35 am

The think tank in my head says the George W. Bush Library should be located at Ground Zero. And the only exhibits should be memorials to each person killed on 9/11 and in the two wars he began, brown people included. And maybe video of all the lies that got us into those wars. No books needed, because he never used those. OK, maybe someone can put the “Bin Laden Determined to Attack” warning in a frame and exhibit that. Along with his “now you’ve covered your ass” quote.

And quite possibly a thoughtful collage dedicated to his dismantling of the Constitution.

That is all.

drpangloss September 5, 2009 at 12:42 pm

36,000 Lhira isn’t that like 15 cents?

Nanks September 5, 2009 at 4:10 pm

Wait — is the think tank going to be separate from the GWB Library?

http://www.goodnightbush.com/librarium/

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