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Views On 1/20- A Tale Of Two Bushes

Posted by bmac on January 20, 2008

Bush’s last year is upon us, and the WPBA are doing a little roundup if you will, of Bush’s Presidency. Here’s my contribution.

When we talk about Bush’s eight years, we have to take into account the fact that he has had to deal with two major events, 9/11 and Katrina, that no other American President has ever had to face. The worst attack on American soil in our history, and the worst natural disaster to ever strike our shores.

That being said, he dealt with one beautifully, while totally botching the other. I was proud of George Bush in the months after 9/11, he emerged as a leader, and he was inspiring. In fact, his first term was near brilliant. I would go as far as to say, he was on track to Reagan like greatness.

It’s his second term that went horribly awry.

It’s like the second term Bush was a different man. One gigantic miss-step after another. It almost seems to me, after getting elected the second time, his blue-blood arrogance finally kicked in. He proceeded to snub his nose at all of us that supported him through the tough times, all of us that took crap on his behalf during his first term, all of us that fought to get him elected again.

He started with Harriett Miers. Under relentless attack by the media and Democrats, Bush chooses to completely anger and frustrate the only people left who support him. That was a tough one to understand, even for the most fervent Bush supporter.

And then….Katrina. Look, I know the mess in New Orleans was 100% the fault of local and state government, but still, 5 days to get help out there is a bit ridiculous, especially considering Bush’s standing with the American people at the time.  

I know logistics in that situation were….complex, but I also know what people are capable of, and help could have gotten there a lot sooner than 5 days. If Shep Smith and Geraldo Rivera could get there, Bush probably could have made something happen. Katrina was a national disgrace, and “Great job Brownie” didn’t cut it.

For the next two years, Bush just continued to anger conservatives, until the final straw, the Amnesty Bill, last summer. The phrase “Jobs Americans won’t do” just kept spilling out of his mouth, over and over. It was so unbelievably offensive.

Bush’s second term has been…….. a head scratcher for me. It seems like after all the relentless attacks on him from the left, from the media, all the BDS, he still somehow wants their approval.

I desperatly wanted Bush to shine in his second term, to show all the nay sayers they were wrong about him, but so far, that hasn’t been the case.

Let’s hope his last year is his best. Although I’m not gonna bet on it.

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One Response to “Views On 1/20- A Tale Of Two Bushes”

  1. ChenZhen said

    For the record, it was “heckuva job, Brownie”. and yea, he’ll never live that one down.

    As for 9/11, I think the jury’s still out on that one (at least as far as I’m concerned). It is true that the nation rallied around Bush in the months after the attack, but looking back at it now I’m sure there are plenty of Americans that would say that we should have done things differently. I still think about it all the time. I try to keep 9/11 in some sort of perspective, and I think its important to realize that it means different things to different people. I look back at it and wonder if -after all the billions spent and all the lives lost- we can be confident in our ability to stop another 19 suicidal terrorists from hijacking planes and recreating it all over again (or something similar). 9/11 wasn’t the work of an enemy of significant numbers and resources as much as it was an action of a few with significant will, yet we responded as if it was the former. I think this was always the fundamental flaw in Bush’s reasoning.

    Anyway, it’s pretty hard to look at Bush at think of him as an inspiring leader at this point. So, you’re right. I wouldn’t bet on his last year marking a huge turnaround in his rep.

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