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Bush Reconsidered
National Review Online, by Victor Davis Hanson

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Posted By:MissMolly, 1/2/2013 5:19:47 AM

George W. Bush left office in January 2009 with one of the lowest job-approval ratings for a president (34 percent) since Gallup started compiling them — as compared to Harry Truman’s low of 32 percent, Richard Nixon’s of 24 percent, and Jimmy Carter’s of 34 percent — and to the general derision of the media. (Snip)Few cared to hear the arguments that there was more to the Hurricane Katrina fiasco than Bush-administration incompetence, despite the fact that next-door Mississippi, for example, seemed to employ state and local services far more effectively than did the largely incompetent New Orleans mayor

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 1/2/2013 6:28:47 AM     (No. 9094166)

GWB wasn´t much of a conservative but he was a good man who loved his country.

Barky is one sick puppy and his disease is spreading.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Astounded!, 1/2/2013 7:04:41 AM     (No. 9094195)

It was only a matter of time...history will be kinder to this very special man.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Really?, 1/2/2013 7:21:33 AM     (No. 9094222)

Duh

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Really?, 1/2/2013 7:22:23 AM     (No. 9094223)

by the way, what a great word.... "Duh"

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Reply 5 - Posted by: kiwikit, 1/2/2013 7:29:08 AM     (No. 9094232)

But the fact is that obmaavoters, don´t/can´t read and none of this matters to them as long as bo is giving them ´stuff.´

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Reply 6 - Posted by: EnsignO´Toole, 1/2/2013 9:01:56 AM     (No. 9094394)

This excellent VDH article should be a Must Read. It is time for the average voter to wake up and to understand the truth about recent history.

It has always been my assessment of GWB that he could never shake the MSM hatred of him for the 2000 election. Briefly after 9/11, Gore´s former associates were secretly glad it was Bush who was in office and not Gore (although they were probably happy for the wrong reason). Bush handled 9/11 in the way most red-blooded Americans could relate to. He was the guy in the white hat like Roy Rogers and the Lone Ranger heroes of the Western movies.

Most of us were proud of him, and I still am.

My biggest disappointment about him was that he didn´t appear to fight back against the MSM and the radical Left smears.

The WH press corps hated him for going to his ranch for his vacation. They didn´t care if he saved the country money by staying on his own property. They wanted to be some place exotic rather than be on a dusty ranch in the middle of nowhere. It was fun to see their discomfort.

Then, too, he proved to be more physically fit than they were. Those who tried to keep up with him when he rode his dirt bike proved they were wusses and they didn´t like that either. So Dubya gave the press a lot of reasons to dislike him - that was the "little devil in him" and I thought it was funny.

We who read and want to know the truth must defang the MSM. Personally I hope they go bankrupt if they can´t print truth and be unbiased in what they print.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Pearson365, 1/2/2013 9:33:16 AM     (No. 9094477)

VDH: George W. Bush was not as dismal a president as the popular culture and media once assumed — a fact that will grow clearer as the age of Obama continues.


The Dems and their media organs have turned GWB into a modern day Herbert Hoover, the 1 term president who is blamed for the Depression that finally ended 11 years AFTER he left office. FDR is hailed as ending the Depression even as his policies made if deeper and longer.

Obama receives the same media glorification as FDR, and Obama´s anti-growth, anti-business policies and regulations have had the same retarding effects as FDR´s. Since liberal historians like Doris Kearns Goodwin, LBJ´s intern, and David Brinkley are positioned as the truth tellers, Obama will always be glorified while Bush will always be Booosh!

Finally, why did Romney and the RNC hide Bush at the August conventio ? Keeping Bush off the podium merely strengthened view that only Bush lied. Same question applies to Sarah Palin, exiled to Alaska to protect Romney & Ryan from themselves.


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Reply 8 - Posted by: MDConservative, 1/2/2013 12:11:55 PM     (No. 9094808)

GWB will not be treated kindly by objective historians, IMHO. His was Clinton´s third and fourth terms, beginning with "No Child" and Medicare prescription drugs. The housing bubble burst, like Clinton´s dot com collapse, created false wealth and has left millions underwater. His foreign policy was one whack on the proverbial tar baby that is the Middle East after another. And here we are. The hole was plenty deep before Obama dug deeper, much deeper.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: marthaville, 1/2/2013 12:36:35 PM     (No. 9094851)

#8 - you must be a Democrat. Who knows how Clinton would have reacted to 9/11. Bush always has cared about our nation. He had to deal with the dot com bust and recession along with 9/11. The housing bubble began before he came to office, and he was unsuccessful in attempting to curb the activities of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Thanks to Barnie Frank.

Many lies are told about Bush, and you are advancing those just like the rest of the less than truthful Democrats.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: toddh, 1/2/2013 12:48:26 PM     (No. 9094874)

I *will* excuse at least some of President Bush the Great´s social/domestic spending profligacy. He was fighting a war on *three* fronts, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Washington. He had to buy off the Treason Party.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: BaseballFan, 1/2/2013 12:56:59 PM     (No. 9094885)

#8: the housing bubble was brought on by Dodd-Frank.
I´ll assume you´re aware of their political leanings.
The housing bubble was then exacerbated by the likes of Bank of America, who, under the Dodd-Frank ideals, allowed them to provide mortgages to illegal immigrants along with many US citizens who had no hope of being able to pay off a mortgage that was often well beyond their means. See also: "toxic mortgages".
Also: "No Child" was heavily pushed by Ted Kennedy. That´s what ´W´ gets for attempting to be bipartisan.



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