Perhaps they are right. Perhaps history will eventually be kind to Pres. George W. Bush. It is extremely hard to govern properly and successfully when you believe you are writing your own favorable history by trying not to get dirt on yourself.
The other day I pointed out a colum Peggy Noonan wrote on “Obama fatigue” and how, because of it, Pres. George W. Bush is now seeing a growing affection and popularity, mostly because of the two men’s personality differences. Two friends have shown me a couple more interesting pieces related to staunch democrats that are having their own change of heart about the former president.
Given how last year’s Hurricane Sandy along the nation’s northern east coast has been poorly handled (to date) by the Obama administration, The Washington Times highlights a bit of a recent Donna Brazile column praising Pres. George W. Bush’s handling of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and destroying the liberals’/demorcats’ narrative myths. Yeah, you heard that right…
“Every member of my family was displaced by Katrina. Last year, I lost both my father and sister. But I had them with me that much longer because they were rescued from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
“Bush understood the need for civility. I joined him despite my frustration because the need was too great for finger-pointing and blame-making. He flew to New Orleans and addressed the nation.
“George W. Bush was good as his word. He visited the Gulf states 17 times; went 13 times to New Orleans. Laura Bush made 24 trips. Bush saw that $126 billion in aid was sent to the Gulf’s residents, as some members of his own party in Congress balked.”
“Bush put a special emphasis on rebuilding schools and universities. He didn’t forget African-Americans: Bush provided $400 million to the historically black colleges, now integrated, that remain a pride, and magnet for African-American students. Laura Bush, a librarian, saw to it that thousands of books ruined by the floods were replaced.”
“Our recovery can be credited to the civility and tireless efforts of President Bush and other Americans…”
Joseph Curl also offers a one-on-one experience with a female, democrat, White House beat reporter…
DALLAS — Shortly after Barack Obama was elected in 2008, a fellow reporter who’d covered President George W. Bush all eight years told me she’d had enough of the travel and stress and strain of the White House beat, that she was moving on.
We reminisced about all the places we’d been, all the crazy days and wild nights, all the history we’d seen — first hand. Just before we said our goodbyes, I asked her if she’d miss covering President Obama.
“Not at all. He’s an inch deep. Bush is a bottomless chasm, a deep, mysterious, emotional, profound man. Obama is all surface — shallow, obvious, robotic, and, frankly, not nearly as smart as he thinks. Bush was the one.”
Her words, so succinct, have stuck with me ever since. By the way, she’s a hardcore Democrat.
But she was right. And that contrast was apparent to all who watched Thursday’s ceremonial event to open W’s new presidential library in Dallas. The class and grace and depth of America’s last president completely outshined that of his successor (who, coincidentally, or perhaps not, was the only one seated in the shade on a sunny Texas day).
In fact, the day gave America a chance to measure the men who have served it as commander-in-chief for 28 of the last 36 years. Five of the last six presidents were on stage, the first time the quintet has appeared together in public. And what a study in character it was.
Yes, we all know Pres. Bush had his failings, not the least of which was in order to get along after the GOP defeat in the 2006 second mid-term elections he pretty much allowed the democrat-led Congress runaway spending that would begin the economic downfall that would continually be dumped in his lap these last five years. But the man was approachable. His lighthearted self-deprecation came at his own expense, unlike Obama who self-deprecates with a side-handed swipe at those he blames for his perceived failings (usually the GOP or FOX News). And here is something else… Pres. George W. Bush has done more for Africa (and continues to) than any other U.S. president did, or has since … and he doesn’t even have any family living in Africa. (Not to mention Laura Bush’s continuing work for the women and children of Afghanistan.)