Skip to comments.So George W. Bush isn't a monster, after all
Posted on 05/08/2014 9:51:24 AM PDT by TangledUpInBlue
If you've just crash-landed from the planet known as Kepler-186f and have no experience with the human life form or its recent history, let me just clarify something for you: George W. Bush was a divisive and unsuccessful president. Economically, internationally, culturally you name the category of leadership, and the results pretty much range from disappointment to disaster. A CBS News/New York Times poll clocked Bush's final approval rating at 22 percent, which is about as low as you can go in politics without needing a parole officer.
You may get confused about this, because lately Bush is enjoying a public restoration. The Bush you read about these days is the kind of inclusive conservative you can deal with, a guy who bikes with wounded veterans, a sensitive portraitist of world leaders. A graphic this week on FiveThirtyEight.com showed how fewer and fewer Americans blame Bush for the country's economic morass, even though his successor, Barack Obama, won two presidential campaigns based on precisely that premise.
Bush's critics will argue that this is testament to how quickly we forget the past. But it has more to do, really, with how we distort the present.
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It'll be interesting to see how he's judged even 10 years from now. But interestingly enough, this article, from a NY Times writer essentially admits that his successor won by blaming him and that now, that blame may not entirely be justified.
Yahoo News is extreme hard left.
It makes Obama/Pelosi look like Tea Party members.
A great honorable man who the left and media slimed as he was doing the right thing for America. Execpt he should have vetoed spending bills.
“Obama may not ultimately be remembered as a great president (though he’ll likely fare better than Bush). But at some point, we should all be able to grant that he’s at least a good American.”
Then again, maybe Matt Bai is certifiable. Wow!
I have always liked and respected him.
The Russkies' Speznast helped Saddam convoy them to Syria.
I think some of them made it to Libya.
By the way, where's Allegra?
Bill Clinton is one month younger than W.
I thought she was stateside?
Barack H. Obama IS a divisive and unsuccessful president man child. Economically, internationally, culturally - you name the category of leadership...
There, I fixed it.
He may have not been a monster, but he was not a great president. That’s just being honest. If we want to move forward we have to recognize the deficiencies of the people we supported so we don’t make the same mistakes.
The two purposes of this article are (a) spin for Ms Clinton and (b) begin the post-presidency rehabilitation of Obama.
Mr Clinton has certainly done a masterful job of rehabilitating himself. He is still the moral reprobate that he always was but somehow now he is looked upon as the wise Demoncrat elder statesman. Know what, he could be the wisest Demoncrat elder stateman - the competition is pretty weak.
It’s easy to get your numbers up when the media isn’t hammering you all the time.
Precisely why we must say No to Jeb.
My approval of Obama will rise immeasurably once he is out of office. At the moment, Barack Hussein Obama is an evil, anti-American thug with the power to destroy my country, and no one in history has lower approval from me than BHO. Once out of office, Barack Hussein Obama will be an evil, anti-American thug with far less direct power. I’ll fear him a lot less when he no longer has the power to destroy freedom, and I’m anxious to finally reach that glorious day.
Obama may not ultimately be remembered as a great president (though hell likely fare better than Bush). But at some point, we should all be able to grant that hes at least a good American.
I was reading the oped and not being too critical until he got to the end when he made preposterous assumptions about Obama and his legacy. Obama will decrease as times goes by, which is not the usual case in politicians. But Obama has been elevated so high by the MSM, that he really has no where else to go but down.
But don't worry, once Jeb is safely nominated, he will get the Romney treatment.