We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I have one small correction to make, and then a little something to add to the narrative.
The word commonly bandied about by the MSM during the Bush years was "recession", not "depression". James Taranto even had a sub-meme going on it, quoting people like former Enron Advisor Paul Krugman claiming we were on the "edge" of a recession -- and then quoting the same claim from a year, two years, three years before. You can bet that little meme died a quick and painless death after Obama took office.
As to the "nu-ku-lar", Michael Medved of Townhall once visited the White House along with some other conservative radio hosts and said that while Bush used the word five or six times during the hour-long conversation, not once did he mispronounce it. That led Medved to conclude that it might very well have been a deliberate attempt on Bush's (or Rove's?) part to have the press view him as a rube and underestimate him as a result.
On the subject, you'd be amazed how many Hollywood actors mispronounce it. I bet I've seen ten movies and TV shows in the last X number of years where it was mispronounced, including by all 'NCIS' fans' favorite nerd, Timothy McGeek. So I guess Hollywood is also infused with bumbling Texan hicks. Who knew?
Two events much worse than the BP spill did occur on Bush's watch. 9/11 brought the Jihad War to "hot" and Katrina damaged a large stretch of the Gulf Coast -- the same region, alas, that the BP spill is affecting.
When we were getting to our feet after 9/11, Bush was a hero in the press. Once we were on our feet and started swinging at the enemy, Bush went to bumbling fool cowboy again.
The federal response to Katrina had some bureaucratic idiocy but was generally timely and effective. The state and local responses were criminally negligent. Landreau and Nagin managed to make their errors appear to be federal problems, getting "Brownie" sacked when he didn't deserve it. The greatest problem in the Katrina disaster, the levee break, was a problem thirty years or more in the making. That was no more Bush's doing than it was Landreau's doing.