Skip to comments.Historians: Bush presidency 'battered,' 'incompetent,' 'unlucky'
Posted on 11/06/2008 4:21:15 PM PST by MinorityRepublican
(CNN) -- With record low approval ratings and intense criticism for his handling of the Iraq war, Hurricane Katrina and the economy, the word most used to label George W. Bush's presidency will be "incompetent," historians say.
"Right now there is not a lot of goodwill among historians. Most see him as a combination of many negative factors," said Julian Zelizer, a professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School.
"He is seen as incompetent in terms of how he handled domestic and foreign policy. He is seen as pushing for an agenda to the right of the nation and doing so through executive power that ignored the popular will," he added.
But like so many presidents before him, Bush's reputation could change with time.
Harvard University political history scholar Barbara Kellerman said when President-elect Barack Obama takes over in January, people may view Bush in a new light.
"I think it's possible when people have stopped being as angry at the Bush administration as they are now ... that they will realize that some of this is just ... the luck of the draw."
Kellerman, author of the book "Bad Leadership: What It Is, How It Happens, Why It Matters," noted that Bush has not had luck on his side for the past eight years.
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When we are hit, it will be Zero’s fault.
Mark my words.
He’s already contributing to the lawlessness by just being elected based on the expectations of being all things to every person on the planet.
The disappointment will be breathtaking to behold.
I think historians may find that THESE are the good old days.
OTOH, he kept this Country safe for 8 years. He didn't disgrace his wife, family and country, the Oval Office like Bill Clinton did.
Bush was and is an honorable man. God Bless Him.
I absolutely agree....the media spent the past 7+ years portraying W in the worse light possible - wanting to destroy him - and never mind the effect it had on this country....they will now spend the next 4 years upholding Hussein and protecting all of his screw ups....and of course, everything he does wrong will still be blamed on W.....
The same scumbags, as well as the Drive By Media are ready to put Obamaramla-ding-dong on Mt Rushmore already.
Isn't it about time for soros' expiration date to be up?
This historian has never, ever, not once, been contacted by any of these organizations for his opinion on Pres. Bush’s administrations.
In the few cases where people have asked me, as a history professor, to rate Bush, I tell them that two years into his successor’s term (at the time, didn’t know who it would be), George W. Bush, for all his faults, will be FONDLY remembered.
katrina was a failure of city of no and state of louisiana
but promoted on tv as a racist failure of president bush.
If Bush was for gay marriage and pro-abortion, none of those fools would’ve given two flips about Iraq.
Yep, way to early for this. Dims will blame Bush for as long as they can. I expect something along these lines from 0: “Bush left things in much worse shape than even I expected so I can’t do, bla bla bla.”
No chance for a Bush 3 since thanks to them there won't be a democratic nation anymore. Thanx George's!
350000 illegal immigrants were returned to where ever this year, and no media coverage. Have you ever noticed that big media stopped covering White House Press briefings after incompetent Scott McClellan left, and competent Tony Snow and then Dana Perino took over.
The media silence regarding Bush’s work in the White House has been beyond imagining. Practically a total blackout. People think he has done “nothing.”
I believe that his voice irritated the White House reporters - the folks who choose the clips to use on radio and tv - as much as Obama’s voice irritates me. So these “journalists” played his voice as little as possible, assuming that no one in America would want to be subjected to listening to it. We used to hear Clinton say something every hour on the hour.
Ann Compton who does the ABC radio reports every hour, sometimes allows listeners to hear about four words in a quote, and then she tells the listeners the rest of what GWB has said.
I will bet you a case of your favorite beer or wine that by Summer 09, the wheels will have completely come off the country and dodging thugs will be a national past-time.
I’d say mid-July 09 by the looks of things.
Sometime in the next 50 years, W will be regarded as a near great president. He will be recognized as the one who led the fight to save western civilization from the islamofascists, as the first western leader to recognize the threat posed by islam to civilized people everywhere.
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In general, presidents are remembered for foreign policy-—unless it is LBJ, whose twin legacies are Vietnam and the Great Society. Bush’s failures in domestic policy will fade somewhat and his successes in foreign policy will be magnified, particularly when the truth is learned of how he dismantled the worldwide Islamic terror machine.
I feel it in my heart that one day in the future, God will reward President Bush and he will be vindicated.
After 4 years of Obama Marxism and foreign policy weakness, the historians are going to give GWB glowing reviews!
One wonders what words will be used to describe 9% Nancy and the do-nothing Congress???