WBEZ | George W. Bush http://www.wbez.org/tags/george-w-bush Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en If it's Friday, it must be time for you to answer some news quiz questions http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-02/if-its-friday-it-must-be-time-you-answer-some-news-quiz-questions <p><p><a href="http://cpm.polldaddy.com/s/wbez-meyerson-news-quiz-no-5" target="_blank"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Q-A%20-%20green_0.jpg" style="height: 60px; width: 100px; float: right;" title="Quiz time!" /></a>Welcome back, our friends, to the quiz that comes in tens. It&#39;s&nbsp;... that ... time.</p><p>(And stick around for more news below the quiz. That stuff could come up in <em>next</em> week&#39;s quiz.)</p><script type="text/javascript" src="http://i0.poll.fm/survey.js" charset="UTF-8"></script><noscript><a href="http://cpm.polldaddy.com/s/wbez-meyerson-news-quiz-no-5">Take Our Survey!</a></noscript><script type="text/javascript"> polldaddy.add( { type: 'iframe', auto: true, domain: 'cpm.polldaddy.com/s/', id: 'wbez-meyerson-news-quiz-no-5' } ); </script><p><em>And now, we return to our regular programming.</em></p><p><strong>RED-LIGHT DISTRICT.&nbsp;</strong>The chairman of the company behind Chicago&#39;s red-light camera program is quitting following a <em>Chicago Tribune</em> investigation that forced a company investigation and the discovery of improper ties to a former city transportation official -- including <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-chicago-red-light-investigation-0208-20130208,0,379202.story" target="_blank">thousands of dollars in free trips to the Super Bowl and other sports events</a>.<br />* <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/chi-soldier-field-smallest-stadium-20130207,0,5542828.story" target="_blank">Soldier Field&#39;s seating capacity won&#39;t be the NFL&#39;s smallest</a> next year.</p><p><strong>BUSH-HACKER.&nbsp;</strong>Someone who identifies himself as &quot;Guccifier&quot; gained access to <a href="http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Probe-launched-after-Bushes-email-hacked-4261903.php" target="_blank">the personal email of President George W. Bush&#39;s sister and the accounts of others close to the president</a>. The<em> Houston Chronicle</em>&nbsp;has more.<br />* <a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/technology/2013/02/aaron_swartz_he_wanted_to_save_the_world_why_couldn_t_he_save_himself.single.html" target="_blank">The last days of hacker Aaron Swartz</a>.<br />* <a href="http://www.theatlanticwire.com/technology/2013/02/facebook-broke-internet/61929/" target="_blank">Facebook broke the Internet</a> for some people last night.</p><p><iframe align="right" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="169" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/PN-MjUC4f9k" width="300"></iframe><strong>A KID, A DOG AND A PUDDLE.&nbsp;</strong>Roger Ebert turns his Pulitzer-winning critic&#39;s eye on <a href="http://blogs.suntimes.com/ebert/2013/02/a_boy_his_dog_and_a_puddle.html" target="_blank">a one-minute YouTube video that&#39;s gone viral</a>.<br />* Meet a guy <a href="http://thenextweb.com/twitter/2013/02/07/building-a-business-from-twitter-meet-the-man-behind-the-accounts-you-see-every-day/" target="_blank">making good money on Twitter</a>.<br />* Is this truly <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2013/02/netflix-house-of-cards-and-the-golden-age-of-television/272869/#" target="_blank">a new &quot;golden age&quot; for TV</a>? Especially <a href="http://thehollywoodeconomist.blogspot.com/2010/10/role-reversal-why-tv-is-replacing.html" target="_blank">if you&#39;re the head of the household</a>?</p><hr /><p><strong><em>ANNOUNCEMENTS.</em></strong><br /><em>* There are <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1985-07-14/features/8502150716_1_pants-station-suits/2" target="_blank">no announcements today of sufficient importance</a>.</em><br /><em>* But do <a href="http://feedburner.google.com/fb/a/mailverify?uri=feedburner/AELk&amp;loc=en_US" target="_blank">subscribe to this blog by email</a>, won&#39;t you?</em></p></p> Fri, 08 Feb 2013 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-02/if-its-friday-it-must-be-time-you-answer-some-news-quiz-questions Cheney offers cautious criticism of U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald http://www.wbez.org/story/cheney-offers-cautious-criticism-us-attorney-patrick-fitzgerald-92191 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-September/2011-09-19/Cheney - AP MSG.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>In town to plug his new book, former Vice President Dick Cheney had some careful criticism Monday about the U.S. attorney in Chicago, Patrick Fitzgerald.</p><p>Fitzgerald served as special prosecutor investigating a leak during the Bush Administration. He ended up charging Cheney's chief of staff, Scooter Libby, with perjury and obstruction of justice.</p><p>At the Union League Club of Chicago, Cheney was asked if he had anything to say to Fitzgerald, whose offices were just a block away. The vice president paused for nine seconds.</p><p>"I obviously had some fundamental disagreements with him at one point in the past," Cheney said.</p><p>Cheney called Scooter Libby a "very good man" who served his country well.</p><p>"For his trouble, he ended up the target of a particular prosecution," Cheney said. "He did not deserve what happened to him."</p><p>Also during his hour-long appearance in front of more than 400 people, Cheney defended interrogation techniques used on terrorism suspects. And he declined to say whether he thought President George H.W. Bush or George W. Bush was the better president.</p></p> Mon, 19 Sep 2011 21:44:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/cheney-offers-cautious-criticism-us-attorney-patrick-fitzgerald-92191 Rumsfeld: Bush Let Too Many Voices Have Say On Iraq Policy http://www.wbez.org/story/donald-rumsfeld/rumsfeld-bush-let-too-many-voices-have-say-iraq-policy <p><p>Among the most talked about stories of the morning are the early peeks in <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/02/AR2011020205505.html?hpid=topnews" target="_blank"><em>The Washington Post</em></a> and <em><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/03/us/politics/03rumsfeld.html?partner=rss&emc=rss" target="_blank">The New York Times</a> </em>at former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's memoir, which goes on sale next week.</p><p>A few highlights from the <em>Post</em>'s report:</p><p>— Rumsfeld "goes so far as to depict former President George W. Bush as presiding over a national security process that was marked by incoherent decision-making and policy drift, most damagingly on the war in Iraq."</p><p>— "Rumsfeld remains largely unapologetic about his overall handling of the Iraq conflict and concludes that the war has been worth the costs. Had the government of Saddam Hussein remained in power, he says, the Middle East would be 'far more perilous than it is today'."</p><p>— "Addressing charges that he failed to provide enough troops for the war, he allows that, 'In retrospect, there may have been times when more troops could have helped'."</p><p>The <em>Times</em> begins its story with Rumsfeld's account about being told by Bush, two weeks after the 9/11 attacks, to prepare review the Pentagon's plans for a war with Iraq. According to the Times:</p><p><blockquote></p><p>"Two weeks after the worst terrorist attack in our nation's history, those of us in the Department of Defense were fully occupied," Mr. Rumsfeld recalls. But the president insisted on new military plans for Iraq, Mr. Rumsfeld writes. "He wanted the options to be 'creative.' "</p><p></blockquote></p><p>Reactions are starting to come in.</p><p><a href="http://blogs.abcnews.com/george/2011/02/sen-john-mccain-fires-back-at-donald-rumsfeld-memoir-thank-god-he-was-relieved-of-his-duties.html" target="_blank">On ABC's <em>Good Morning America</em></a>, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said of Rumsfeld: "thank God he was relieved of his duties and we put the surge in otherwise we would have had a disastrous defeat in Iraq." Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit <a href="http://www.npr.org/">http://www.npr.org/</a>.<img src="http://metrics.npr.org/b/ss/nprapidev/5/1296742927?&gn=Rumsfeld%3A+Bush+Let+Too+Many+Voices+Have+Say+On+Iraq+Policy&ev=event2&ch=103943429&h1=Donald+Rumsfeld,National+News,Politics,Foreign+News,George+W.+Bush,Iraq+war,The+Two-Way,U.S.,Home+Page+Top+Stories,News&c3=D%3Dgn&v3=D%3Dgn&c4=133459807&c7=1001&v7=D%3Dc7&c18=1001&v18=D%3Dc18&c19=20110203&v19=D%3Dc19&c20=1&v20=D%3Dc20&c31=133459843,127602855,127602596,127602464,126945001,126942353,103943429,133370727,132733823,130215202,129828651,133309068,133188445,125938785,103537970,129828651&v31=D%3Dc31&c45=MDA0OTc2MjAwMDEyNjk0NDE4OTI2NmUwNQ001"/></p></p> Thu, 03 Feb 2011 07:30:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/donald-rumsfeld/rumsfeld-bush-let-too-many-voices-have-say-iraq-policy Lupe Fiasco: Thoughts on Kanye's Apology to Bush http://www.wbez.org/story/george-w-bush/lupe-fiasco-thoughts-kanyes-apology-george-w-bush <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Lupe WBEZVOCALO for WEB_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago rapper <a href="http://www.lupefiasco.com/">Lupe Fiasco</a> sat down with Vocalo's Jesse Menendez and WBEZ's Richard Steele this week to talk about the release of his upcoming album<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lasers_(album)"> <em>Lasers</em></a>, and his views on electoral politics. Fiasco believes strongly that hip hop can be a tool for community organizing, and wasn&rsquo;t shy about saying so.</p> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In the clip below, he shares his thoughts on Kanye West's recent <a href="http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/40108402/ns/today-today_people/">controversial apology</a> to former President George W. Bush. He says Bush doesn&rsquo;t deserve an apology; what he really deserves is a trial.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Listen to the full interview soon at <a href="http://www.vocalo.org">www.Vocalo.org</a></div> <p><iframe width="601" height="338" frameborder="0" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/17137757?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=ff9933"></iframe></p></p> Wed, 24 Nov 2010 16:16:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/george-w-bush/lupe-fiasco-thoughts-kanyes-apology-george-w-bush Former President George W. Bush speaks in Chicago http://www.wbez.org/story/news/politics/president-george-w-bush-speaks-chicago <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2010-October/2010-10-21/bush2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Former President George W. Bush made a rare public appearance in Chicago Thursday. He spoke to the Commercial Finance Association, a group of representatives from lending institutions.</p><p>Security was extremely tight to see Mr. Bush. No audio recorders or cameras were allowed and he took no questions from the media. Mr. Bush even paused at one point during his speech, saying, &quot;I have zero desire to be on Youtube.&quot;<br /><br />He spent much of his speech promoting his new book coming out. He wouldn't say much about the upcoming election, other than he doesn't want to be a pundit or a &quot;blowhard&quot; on TV.&nbsp; He made several jokes and told a lot of stories involving his Scottish terrier, Barney.<br /><br />Mr. Bush defended his decision to bail out banks toward the end of his presidency, saying those regulations avoided a depression that would've been worse than the Great Depression. He said his greatest failure as president was not passing Social Security reform and Mr. Bush said he thinks U.S. troops should stay in Afghanistan, but he did not mention Iraq once.</p></p> Thu, 21 Oct 2010 16:57:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/news/politics/president-george-w-bush-speaks-chicago