Bush Derangement Syndrome is Alive and Well in America

According to columnist Charles Krauthammer, who coined the phrase, “Bush Derangement Syndrome” is “the acute onset of paranoia in otherwise normal people in reaction to the policies, the presidency — the very existence of George W. Bush.”

Let me confess right here that I suffered from a mild case of “Clinton Derangement Syndrome” during the 90s although my husband would say it was far from “mild.”  However, on January 20, 2001, all symptoms miraculously disappeared and I was totally cured.  Although I really can’t tolerate seeing former President Clinton in any setting even now, I don’t experience the same visceral reaction to him as I did then.

Unfortunately, those that suffer from BDS have not been so lucky.  BDS is alive and well in America and after almost twenty months, I don’t get why that is.

My first up close and personal encounter with someone who I believe suffered from BDS came in 2007, although the malady had already been around for over six years.

One day after the horrific gunning down of 33 people at the campus of Virginia Tech, I was at the nail salon watching the memorial service at the school on television.  Among the attendees of the service were the President of the college, various representatives of different religions, the Governor of Virginia and President and Mrs. Bush.

A forty-something gal walked in and sat down next to me.  We watched as President Bush approached the podium at the service. The gal next to me asked if anyone loved President Bush.  Lee and Sonny, the nail technicians, didn’t say anything, but I said, yes, I liked President Bush very much.  She then said that President Bush was at Virginia Tech for political reasons.

“Boy, and I thought I was cynical,” I said to myself.  Here’s a guy who wasn’t planning to go to Virginia today but showed up to support the students and parents in their grief and loss.  I said nothing.

She then said, “Well, he needs the votes.”  I had no idea where this woman was coming from.  “But he’s not running for anything,” I said.  The following dialogue then took place.

“Well, he’s not very popular right now,” she said.

“But he’s not running for anything.”

“He will be.”

“What’s he running for?”


I was flabbergasted.

“But he’s already been President for two terms.”

“Well, he’ll need the votes next time.”

“But he can only serve two terms as President.”

“I don’t follow this stuff very carefully,” she said.

I wondered at the time whether she was just ignorant, misinformed or suffered from BDS.  I can’t be sure about her, but some people remain absolutely obsessed with President Bush.  If they don’t have full-blow BDS then they’re definitely border-line sufferers and now have to blame President Bush for everything.

Of course, we’ve heard from the far-left loons, like Rosie O’Donnell, who’re convinced that President Bush had something to do with the attacks on 9/11.  Danny Glover blamed President Bush for the earthquake in Haiti and Cindy Sheehan blamed him for Hurricane Katrina.  I’ve got news for Danny and Cindy. The President of the United States may be the most powerful person in the world, but he doesn’t control earthquakes and hurricanes.  There’s someone higher up that’s even more powerful.  Sorry to burst your bubbles.

I really wish someone would figure out how many times President Obama has blamed President Bush since January 2009.  By the way, this is the same President who, just recently, told high school students not to blame others for their problems.  And how many times have we heard someone in the administration or Congress refer to “the policies of the past eight years?”

President Bush has been blamed for everything, including the housing crises, the market crash, the automobile industry’s problems, the banking problems, the catastrophic BP oil spill, the problems in Greece, and on and on and on ad nauseam.  CNN’s Fareed Zakaria even blamed President Bush for the recent Israeli flotilla incident with Turkey.  Rep. Maxine Waters has even blamed the Bush administration (I think that counts) for her own ethics problems.  Even then-Senator Joe Biden actually blamed President Bush for the Virginia Tech killings!

But, what really got my head spinning was when I heard Tipper and Al Gore’s separation was, yes, you got it, President Bush’s fault.  According to Sharyl Attkisson on CBS News, the loss of the 2000 Presidential election may have caused the Gore marriage irreparable harm, to which Sally Quinn, of the Washington Post, chimed in “he’ll never get over it.”  I kid you not.

People, stop already!  Enough is enough.  Like Elvis decades before, President Bush “has left the building.”  Move on; take an aspirin; call your doctors in the morning; change the record; get a life; do something!

I don’t get it, and, if you do, God bless you.

Author Bio:

For over twenty years, Leona has tried to heed her husband’s advice, “you don’t have to say everything you think.” She’s failed miserably. Licensed to practice law in California and Washington, she works exclusively in the area of child abuse and neglect. She considers herself a news junkie and writes about people and events on her website, “I Don’t Get It,” which she describes as the “musings of an almost 60-year old conservative woman on political, social and cultural life in America.” It’s not her intention to offend anyone who “gets it.” She just doesn’t. Originally from Brooklyn, and later Los Angeles, she now lives with her husband, Michael, on a beautiful island in the Pacific Northwest, which she describes as a bastion of liberalism.
Author website: http://www.idontgetit.us
  • Roger Ward

    Every president blames the previous administration when things don’t go right …. but I honestly don’t remember the Republicans havng done it as much as the Democrats do and did. This could partially be explained by the belief of the Democrats that Republicans are “evil” whereas Republicans think that Democrats are just wrong. Maybe the Democrats’ belief in their own moral superiority translates into their “right” to blame the other side when things aren’t going their way.

  • Ron

    I am not sure things change much. President Carter was blamed for things for after his Presidency had ended. I remember my favorite President, President Reagan blaming President Carter for economic problems two years into his Presidency, and I think President Reagan was the most dignified of all modern Presidents. There are stupid people on both sides. Remember the conspiracy theories that were abundant about President Clinton when he was governor.

  • California70

    Love the picture on this story…”Bush stole my dentures”.

    Wait til Obama is through. This person will be totally naked, hungry, and homeless!

  • California70

    Loved this article. People really did hate Mr. Bush even more than I realized. But, I can tell you, they are afraid to say anything against Obama for fear of being called a “racist”. That’s partially why he get away with so many terrible things against America. He is ten times worse than Mr. Bush. I didn’t vote for either one of them. They are both “full-of-it”. But I will say one thing for Mr. & Mrs. Bush. They showed a lot of class when exiting the White House. They so very gracious to the Obamas. I can still remember how “LOW CLASS” the Clinton’s were. Their people even destroyed the computers. Remember…! They acted like grammer school children. The Obama’s aren’t a class act either.

  • Sarah Salazar

    Good post, Leona. I guess people just need a “villain” to blame for the complex troubles in life.

  • Bruce A.

    Another good one Leona.

  • Teddi

    I look at the list of things you mentioned that were “Bush’s fault,” and I wonder how people connect all those dots. I’m not quite sure how he is to blame for Virginia Tech. Anyone know?

  • C Lowe

    I love it!!!!! (especially the nail shop dialog)