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One Look at the Bush Legacy

Posted by Ryan on June 22, 2008

Finally a journalist who has some sense of historical perspective beyond the contemporary headlines!  Andrew Roberts wrote this article* comparing George W. Bush to another heavily maligned US president in his day, Harry S Truman.

I think the comparison may stand in historical perspective.  Harry Truman was deeply disliked by the American people in 1952, blamed for an unpopular war, and navigating through a tough economic transition after World War II.  Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, Truman was still viewed poorly: aside from the disastrous Korean stalemate, his “Fair Deal” fell flat, Congress kept flipping from Dem to Republican on him, Truman’s administration was constantly dogged for having real communist spies all over it, etc.  But no one remembers much of that through the lens of history, since the basic tenants of Truman’s Cold War policies were used by all subsequent administrations in a truly effective way until 1991.

Today, he’s viewed by members of both parties as a model President, even in the top five to some experts and certainly in the top 10 to others!  Even She Who Must Not Be Named once said that we need another Harry Truman — one who will make good decisions in the face of tough choices or being unpopular. 

In a sense, we do in George W. Bush.  As Roberts’ article explains, a President is usually remembered in history for one or two things.  In 2030, Bush will not be remembered for Valerie Plame or Katrina or the “recession.”  Once the contemporary politics has moved on, he’ll most likely be remembered for Iraq, Afghanistan, and for keeping America safe for the last 7 1/2 years of his Administration following 9/11.  Or at least Bush hopes so.

Pic from MIT.

* — Roberts, writing for a British paper, mixes up Warren Harding with Herbert Hoover initially.  As an historian this kind of bothers me, but his larger point still stands (plus he’s quoting from a left-wing news source, and you know loosely the Left uses history!)

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McClellan’s New Book

Posted by Ryan on May 28, 2008

Former Bush Press Secretary Scott McClellan has written a book that apparently says nothing new about the Bush Administration:  Plame?  Been there (Richard Armitage, folks).  The Rove-Libby-Cheney Triumvirate of Evil?  Done That.  The government response to Katrina had flaws?  Yawn.  Bush actually at one point tried to sell his Iraq policy to the people?  I’m shocked!  It’s early readers indicate many issues and points that may have been packaged to make a headline, or taken out of context. 

My take on their leaks are that the book is mostly a regurgitation of old news.  However, that’s not going to stop Bush’s enemies from bringing up the same old arguments to smack Dubya one last time on every old argument during this election cycle!  Democrat hack, Robert Wexler, wants to call McClellan in front of a House Judiciary Committee to attempt to connect corruption to Cheney — Wexler, who has been wanting to impeach Cheney for quite a while now.

I always thought Scott McClellan was a wimp that should have been replaced by Tony Snow much earlier.  Ari Fleischer was a great White House Press Secretary who could handle Helen Thomas and treated dumb questions with appropriate condescension.  In contrast, McClellan always seemed like a deer in the headlights during a critical time in our history and I was glad when he was replaced.  Ari Fleischer also is “scratching his head” over the book, since the Scott McClellan he knew would have voiced these concerns at least in private. 

Making a buck off his old boss seems to be McClellan’s m.o.  I agree with Karl Rove on this one: thus far, McClellan is starting to sound “like a left-wing blogger.”

AP photo.

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