Sunset News: A Difference of 8 Years

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Thursday, February 05, 2009

A Difference of 8 Years

Subj: A Difference of 8 Years
Eight years ago yesterday:

I know that it is just a matter of perspective, but I
thought that it was worth the mention.


Outgoing President George W. Bush quietly boards his

helicopter and leaves for Texas, commenting only: "Today is not

about me. Today is a historical day for our nation and people.

Eight years ago yesterday:

Outgoing President Bill Clinton schedules two separate radio

addresses to the nation, and organizes a public farewell speech

rally in downtown Washington D.C. scheduled to directly conflict with

incoming President Bush's inauguration ceremony.

President Bush leaves office without issuing a single Presidential

pardon, only granting a commutation of sentence to two former border

patrol agents convicted of shooting a convicted drug smuggler. He does

not grant any type of clemency to Scooter Libby or any other former

political aide, ally, or business partner.

Eight years ago yesterday:

President Clinton issues 140 pardons and several commutations of

sentence on his final day in office. Included in these are:

1. billionaire financier, convicted tax evader, and leading Democratic

campaign contributor Marc Rich; Whitewater scandal figure Susan

McDougal; Congressional Post Office Scandal figure and former

Democratic Congressman Dan Rostenkowski; convicted bank

fraud, sexual assault and child porn perpetrator and former Democratic

Congressman Melvin Reynolds; and convicted drug felon Roger Clinton,

the President's half-brother.


The Bush daughters leave gift baskets in the White House bedrooms for the

Obama daughters, containing flowers, candy, stuffed animals, DVD's and CD's,

and heartfelt notes of encouragement and advice for the young girls on how to

prepare for their new lives in the White House.

Eight years ago Yesterday:

Clinton and Gore staffers rip computer wires and electrical outlets from the

White House walls, stuff piles of notebook papers into the White House toilets,

systematically remove the letter "W" from every computer key-pad in the entire

White House, and damaged several thousand dollars worth of furniture in the White

House master bedroom.

Headlines On This Date 4 Years Ago:

"Republicans spending $42 million on inauguration while troops die in unarmored

Humvees" "Bush extravagance exceeds any reason during tough economic times", "Fat cats get their $42 million inauguration party; ordinary Americans get the shaft"

Headlines Today:

"Historic Obama Inauguration will cost only $170 million";

"Obama Spends $170 million on inauguration;

“America Needs A Big Party"”

"Everyman Obama shows America how to celebrate"

"Citibank executives contribute $8 million to Obama Inauguration"

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