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Bush aides touting successes in ‘legacy memo’

President Bush’s aides apparently have sent a memo to high-ranking administration officials with some talking points about the successes of the past eight years, in case they’re interviewed about the president’s legacy.

President Bush’s aides apparently have sent a memo to high-ranking administration officials with some talking points about the successes of the past eight years, in case they’re interviewed about the president’s legacy.

Los Angeles Times Washington Bureau reporter Peter Nicholas says the memo notes that Bush “kept the American people safe” after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, lifted the economy after 2001 through tax cuts, curbed AIDS in Africa and maintained “the honor and the dignity of his office.”

The memo is titled: “Speech Topper on the Bush Record.”

No mention, Nicholas notes, of “the collapse of the housing market and major financial services companies, the flawed intelligence in the run-up to the Iraq war, the federal response to Hurricane Katrina or the abuse of prisoners at Abu Ghraib.”

And it reminds people that that Bush “responded with bold measures to prevent an economic meltdown.”