Battlepanda: Remember Who Bush Is


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Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Remember Who Bush Is

(Posted by John.)

On September 10th, 2001, he held among the lowest ratings of any modern president for that point in a first term. (Only Gerald Ford, his popularity reeling after his pardon of Nixon, had comparable numbers.)
Consider what that means for a moment. On Sept. 10, Bush was one of the least popular presidents ever in the 20th century. On Sept. 12, he was one of the most popular presidents ever - for failing miserably at his job.

I know they say people get the government they deserve, but this is ridiculous.

That quote above is taken from this month's Rolling Stone, which has an excellent article on Bush, and how he will (hopefully) go down as one of the worst Presidents ever in the history of the United States. There's far, far too much good stuff in there to excerpt fairly.
In a deliberate political decision, the administration stampeded the Congress and a traumatized citizenry into the Iraq invasion on the basis of what has now been demonstrated to be tendentious and perhaps fabricated evidence of an imminent Iraqi threat to American security, one that the White House suggested included nuclear weapons. ... The president did so with premises founded, in the case of Iraq, on wishful thinking. He did so while proclaiming an expansive Wilsonian rhetoric of making the world safe for democracy -- yet discarding the multilateralism and systems of international law (including the Geneva Conventions) that emanated from Wilson's idealism.
And, the "oh, snap!" award goes to this passage:
Karl Rove has sometimes likened Bush to the imposing, no-nonsense President Andrew Jackson. Yet Jackson took measures to prevent those he called "the rich and powerful" from bending "the acts of government to their selfish purposes." Jackson also gained eternal renown by saving New Orleans from British invasion against terrible odds. Generations of Americans sang of Jackson's famous victory. In 1959, Johnny Horton's version of "The Battle of New Orleans" won the Grammy for best country & western performance. If anyone sings about George W. Bush and New Orleans, it will be a blues number.
Sung by Kanye West, God willing.