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Grading President Bush in 2007

Posted by Ryan on December 26, 2007

The constant liberal media and Democrat attacks on President Bush over the last few years have done permanent damage to how we, as Americans, view our 43rd President.  Most people I know don’t even know why they hate Bush, they just do.  Bush’s persistent problem has always been his poor articulation of vision and lacking the stick-to-it-ivness that is necessary in bringing the American people on board for any Presidential initiative (ie Iraq).  So, here’s the teacher in me giving the president a grade for his performance this year:

For 2007 I give Bush a C-.  In fact, for most of his Administration, the grade remains the same.  To me, this year was balanced between the great and the poor on the three big issues this year: the war, illegal aliens, and the economy. 

  • The Surge was great: A+, he listened to advisers and the electorate and implemented and continued to support a winning strategy that may have turned the tide in Iraq for good.  Great work!
  • Illegal alien amnesty: F, he ignored the wishes of his base and Independents (then insulted his base for being out of touch), and he ignored the whole national security aspect of illegal aliens.  Rewrite and resubmit!
  • The economy:  C, he tried helping the credit crunch that his Administration let hang for six years, claiming all this new home ownership, with none of the security of past eras in the minds of the public.  Yet, he fought back the Democrats in Congress who wanted to raise our taxes, socialize everything, and increase ear-marks a ridiculous amount.  Meh… so-so. 

However, Bush has had other successes that the Republicans running for President need to take advantage of: the economy is still pretty good, but should still be safeguarded, not socialized; the Iraq War has turned a corner and those who’ve supported it during the dark times will look more Presidential and strong; and one must want to secure the borders and harm businesses that hire illegals, the polls have born that out all year.  Essentially, the lessons of Bush can help the Republicans buck historical trends and keep the White House next year if they play their cards right.

White House pic. 


One Response to “Grading President Bush in 2007”

  1. Chris said

    I pretty much agree with your assessment of Bush, but one thing you mentioned deserves its very own grade and that is “going public,” where he speaks directly to the people, over the talking heads in the media and the naysayer libs, to articulate his message. Since March 2003, I give President Bush an F for this…he has greatly faltered since then and his inability in this area was one of the factors that led to the “Thumpin'” in November 2006. Bush is awesome on the campaign trail (saw him when he came to my college in 2000) and it’s too bad this didn’t consistently follow through in his presidency. He has let the media describe what is going on in Iraq and because they hate Bush (not all, but many do) it’s not going to be a positive description. The lack of a louder voice from the Adminisration (his or someone else’s) has let the detactors control the issues and provide the more prevalent viewpoints. I liken this to what I call the “S… on a wall Theory”….throw enough against the wall and eventually, some will stick. This has been apparent in his inability to speak up. Bush has taken it from all sides and venues and with the climate of the media (news anytime/anywhere, etc), he should know better. He has started to get on the ball with the successes of Patraeus and the surge, but it’s too little, too late. Reagan was a master at this, as was the impeached one.

    I just finished reading Bill Sammon’s new book, The Evangelical President , (a recommended read) which is about the ‘harder times’ of the Bush Administration. Sammon addresses this very issue and it stems from Bush’s belief of ‘I know I’m right and history will positively judge me when we’re all dead.’ This, combined with his steadfast devotion to God and his belief that he is just a man (as opposed to Reagan who likened himself to the leader of a movement), is very admirable and gives great reason for young Americans to again look up to the President and the Office of the President (after 8 years of smut, darkness and gutter politics), but will President Bush’s actions and beliefs allow for the Conservative movement and Republican leadership to continue? We’ll see as the new year unfolds.

    On a final note, I will add another success to the Bush Administration, which I will grade A+, and that is the Supreme Court. The great choices of Roberts and Alito contributed to the decision of Gonzales v. Carhart(2007) and the court’s further embracing of the act of following and interpreting the Constitution, as opposed to legislating from the bench.

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