Bush will get better from historians

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To use a time-worn phrase, we'll soon not have President Bush to kick around any longer. Not as president anyway.

I can't say that I've been an adoring fan of his presidency, but I will give him this: In the 50 years I've been cognizant of presidential politics, no one in my opinion has been criticized, vilified, slandered or otherwise treated with greater disrespect by the Fourth Estate. And I'm not at all certain they are finished chewing on his backside. We will be treated to replays and rewrites for years to come.

Thanks in large part to the mass media, President Bush will leave office with one of the lower approval ratings of any president -- a rating exceeded only by the disapproval of Congress. Yet representatives and senators alike get a pass on the ills of the nation, despite the fact they deserve a large part of the credit for the current state of the country.

The honeymoon with President-elect Obama has just begun, but rest assured the media will flail away at every conceivable fault of the past eight years. Through it all President Bush -- with a great deal of help from his Cabinet and other advisors -- remained true to his convictions and steadfast in his beliefs of what was good and right for the country.

Objective historians will treat him with greater respect.

Dean Wood

Aiken, S.C.

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patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 11/11/08 - 05:21 am
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Yes, the Democrats began

Yes, the Democrats began running for the 2008 election on election day, 2000. They did everything possible to block and trip Pres. Bush every second of every day. With the willing aid of the left wing press they whined, complained, and ridiculed the president nonstop, even to this day. While President Bush did many good things for his country, he abandoned his message and convictions in an effort to get along with a party that had an agenda that didn't include getting along. He lost the congress and the presidency for his party. I don't think historians will treat Bush as poorly as the Dems, but I don't think they'll gloss over his failure to stick to his convictions.

GGpap
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GGpap 11/11/08 - 05:32 am
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I'm not enamored with the

I'm not enamored with the Bush administration either, nor do I believe that he will fare very well when the history has been written, edited, and rewritten over and over again. But, as to Mr. Wood's letter...I am certainly impressed with his sensible and balanced comments. Good job, sir! :0) GGpap.

Paws..
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Paws.. 11/11/08 - 07:39 am
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I have no doubt that an

I have no doubt that an objective historical assessment of Bush will be much kinder but I disagree that Bush lost the Presidency for the GOP. Republicans cowered in the face of the liberal media that was intent upon destroying Bush and failed to come to his defense when the Democrats and the media were unjustly trashing him. Bush didn't weaken Republicans; they weakened themselves and ran a woefully inept presidential campaign.

JesusIsComing
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JesusIsComing 11/11/08 - 08:30 am
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I think Paws is correct. Bush

I think Paws is correct. Bush was not a conservative to begin with but he was a better choice than John Kerry. He tried too hard to be liked by the Dems but only got used. The Republicans with no backbones distanced themselves from him at crucial moments when they wanted to be liked. But President Bush stood firm on at least two issues: tax cuts and the War on Terror. For those two things he will be judged a successful President by history. The trashing of this President is without precedent. There have been campaigns where truly nasty things were said but never has the hatred lasted for eight years without cause. If there will ever be an honest look by honest historians at this age of ours - they will have to conclude that the media and press were propagandists for the left.

dashiel
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dashiel 11/11/08 - 08:44 am
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The first president I

The first president I remember who blamed the "liberal media" for his failures was Richard Nixon. After Bush, ol' Tricky Dick now looks like a great statesman. The bottom is a long way down, but I would like to think we can go no lower than this.

Bizarro
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Bizarro 11/11/08 - 09:04 am
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Now perhaps, without all the

Now perhaps, without all the media spin, we will see how the facts and truth of his presidency will stack up. Remember he has the honor of both the lowest and highest approval rating of any president. I find that odd and more revealing of society and the media than Bush.

GR-10
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GR-10 11/11/08 - 09:20 am
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WAKE UP===Out of the

WAKE UP===Out of the Ashes
The Financial Crisis Is Also an Opportunity To Create New Rules for Our Global Economy- by Gordon Brown--There are no Britain-only or Europe-only or America-only solutions to today's problems. We are all in this together, and we can only resolve this crisis together. Over the past week, we have shown that with political will it is possible to agree on a global multibillion-dollar package to recapitalize our banks across many continents. In the next few weeks, we need to show the same resolve and spirit of cooperation to create the rules for our new global economy. If we do this, 2008 will be remembered not just as a year of financial crisis but as the year we started to build the world anew.

donnymack
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donnymack 11/11/08 - 09:27 am
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JIC,Bush didn't do crap for

JIC,Bush didn't do crap for the war on terror compared to what he started in Iraq. If he would have had our troops persue the war on terror this would have been over a long time ago and he would be a true National Hero. As it is now with all of his secrecy from him and his cabinet and the under handed dealings of them look where we are. Why do we still not know who was involved in the supposed energy giants meeting with Cheney at the beginning of their term? Bush out and out lied to get elected and has done nothing to help the Religous Right with the exception of a Supreme Court Justice. I know that I will be criticised with stupid grunts and snorts for this but sometimes we have to look at the whole picture. When Bush was elected it was complete and utter Right Wing control,WHAT DID THEY DO? I'll tell you what they did they blamed Clinton and did nothing to correct anything and that will be part of his and the Republican Legacy. Just remember now listen to Lard Azz Limbough because he would never tell a lie,but he has the answers.

JesusIsComing
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JesusIsComing 11/11/08 - 11:06 am
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donny, After 9/11 EVERYONE

donny, After 9/11 EVERYONE expected another attack. Bush and his policies and our military and law enforcement have prevented more terrorist attacks than we will know for quite some time. The ones we know about are truly scary. It should not take much for ANY American to thank him for that. Tax cuts is his other success and thanks for mentioning another, his Supreme Court picks. The War in Iraq was something nearly EVERY politician was for at the time. After things began to go wrong many changed their minds. Bush received some bad advice on the conduct of the war (disbanding the Iraqi Army was the biggest error) but made a brilliant decision to go with Petraeus's plan to win the war. Where Bush went wrong was his high spending and decisions to go along with his enemies in a foolhardy attempt to win them over. Amnesty for illegals, No Child Left Behind, McCain-Feingold, Medicare Drug Plan, the Bailout, the Stimulus Package, and a few other blunders made his Presidency a disaster for conservatives.

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Lorraine 11/11/08 - 11:30 am
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President Bush indeed will be

President Bush indeed will be recognized as the most inept president of the United States. What did President Bush do to address the 911 tragedy? He ran in the opposite direction and made convincing arguments about weapons of mass destruction. In the end, there were no weapons to be found. Please do not blame the media for President Bush woes and his low approval ratings. President Bush must take blame for his ineptness. The historians will not give President Bush a break. The proof is in the pudding.

Paws..
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Paws.. 11/11/08 - 12:16 pm
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Dear Lorraine, where do you

Dear Lorraine, where do you get your informaion about Bush except from the media? Studies have documented media bias against Bush from the very beginning of his first campaign that continued throughout his presidency. As long as you let the news anchors program your thoughts and emotions you will continue in your present state of ignorance. If it is true that ignorance is bliss you are one happy girl.

imdstuf
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imdstuf 11/11/08 - 01:05 pm
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Everyone credits Bush for no

Everyone credits Bush for no more terrorist attack. Whose watch did 9/11 Happen on? How many terrorits attacks occured before he was president. If they wanted to do another attack, they could have. They probably did the first one at his request. He is without a doubt, the worst president since I have been alive. Everything The Onion jokingly predicted came true under him http://www.theonion.com/content/node/28784

As for the liberal media members of the GOP have admitted using that line to stir up dimwits (what does that say about some of you?). If the media truly was liberal the Downing Street Memo would have made front page news, Cheney's secret energy meetings would have made front page news, Halliburton moving its CEO to Dubi so he cannot later be extradited for charges here would have made front page news. The media is far from liberal.

GACopperhead
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GACopperhead 11/11/08 - 01:58 pm
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Where have you Republicans

Where have you Republicans gotten your info on Bush, except from media? Right slanted, heavily spun propaganda that is untrue. You are fools for believing it. I knew, when the topic of attacking Iraq came up, that it was foolish. You've ignored the chief weapons inspector for the US resigning, and stating "There are NO WMDs in Iraq". You've ignored Ambassador Wilson, you've ignored the outing of his wife, covert CIA operative Valerie Plame. You've ignored multiple other facts, or written them off as liberal lies. Republicans are fools. As Thomas Jefferson said, and it STILL is ABSOLUTE, He who would trade freedom for security deserves NEITHER. You have all gotten what you deserve.

JesusIsComing
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JesusIsComing 11/11/08 - 02:00 pm
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imdstuf, How does someone so

imdstuf, How does someone so young write so many posts? Bush is "the worst president since I have been alive"? Since you were born in the year 2001 let me clue you in. Clinton was worse, GHW Bush was worse, Carter was way worse, Ford was worse, Johnson was worse, and JFK was worse. Nixon did some good things but was probably worse too.

JesusIsComing
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JesusIsComing 11/11/08 - 02:05 pm
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GAC, Now I am sure you know

GAC, Now I am sure you know that nearly everyone believed Sadaam had WMD (which, of course, he did). Sadaam said that pretending he had more than he did was his foolish strategy. Going to war with what we knew at the time was the proper thing to do. Mistakes were made but the final strategy won the war. And, by the way, there is no freedom without security. Today of all days should bring that home to you.

Obamessiah
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Obamessiah 11/11/08 - 02:21 pm
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In before Justus4 blames

In before Justus4 blames white people

angiesdad
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angiesdad 11/11/08 - 02:27 pm
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bush is a scumbag pos.as is

bush is a scumbag pos.as is cheney.give it a little time before the books start flowing telling the truth about this trash that stole the whitehouse.he will go down as the worst as he has in every other failure in his life.no one can cover this disaster up we all witnessed it.investigate them,try them,and sentence them.

disssman
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disssman 11/11/08 - 02:38 pm
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GR-10 I think your position

GR-10 I think your position of "if they will build it, we will but it" world economy isn't going to last too long before "we" run out of buying power. It would work if we had some level and enforceable Trade Agreements. Unfortunately all of our Trade Agreements are lop sided in the favor of everyone nut us!! You need to go to (www. tradeagreements.gov) and see what a mess we are in!!

jack
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jack 11/11/08 - 05:09 pm
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youaintdstuff, to answer you

youaintdstuff, to answer you rquestion on how many attacks we suffered PRIOR to Bush, let's try WTC bombing 1993, two African Embassy bombings and USS Cole. You DIMs have a very short memory. (/11 would not have happened had BJ Cliton not been too busy getting Lewinskies in the Oval Office and had taken OBL the first time he was offered by Sudan. Now, do your self a favor and make sure you clean out those polypts while you have your head up your azz. It prevents colon cancer.

jack
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jack 11/11/08 - 05:14 pm
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God forbid but OBl has

God forbid but OBl has promised another attack bigger than 9/11. If this does come about, God help us with the empty suit as CinC/President.

Obamessiah
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Obamessiah 11/11/08 - 07:57 pm
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How can you hate someone so

How can you hate someone so much Angiesdad? Has living under the Bush administration really been bad for you? I haven't really been affected by Washington decisions and I think the majority of the whiners on here aren't either. The hatred that I see spewing for from people like you is horrible. How can you so senselessly hate anyone like that? Can't expect much else. Dems are the party of hate and Republicans are the party of fear. I'll take the fear party.

DMac_357
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DMac_357 11/12/08 - 12:40 am
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I belive that history will

I belive that history will show Bush just as he is. Him and his cabinet members lied and manufactored evidence to go to war in Iraq. We have lost too many men and women there in a war that was supported in the beginning because we didn't know that Bush and his cronies were flat out lying. I spent one year in Iraq myself. Hopefully we can find a way out of this war and start to focus on what we need to do at home instead of spending billions there when they've got a surplus that they don't want to touch. Just as we need to put some measures in place with the bailout, we need to have stronger measures in place in Iraq because there's too much wasteful spending and corruption there. Bush will rightly get his share of the blame, his low approval rating, and find his legacy rightly tarnished. He deserves it all. Jan 20th can't come soon enough.

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