So our pal Dubya has offered up an autobiographical reflection of his presidency in the book Decision Points (out just recently).
I have not read the book so reviewing it does seem unfair. But I did live through his presidency so when I saw this line in a review, well… it pretty much summed it up quite nicely for me.
Looking back on his exit from office, Bush recalls, “I reflected on everything we were facing. Over the past few weeks we had seen the failure of America’s two largest mortgage entities, the bankruptcy of a major investment bank, the sale of another, the nationalization of the world’s largest insurance company, and now the most drastic intervention in the free market since the presidency of Franklin Roosevelt. At the same time, Russia had invaded and occupied Georgia, Hurricane Ike had hit Texas, and America was fighting a two-front war in Iraq and Afghanistan. This was one ugly way to end the presidency.”
Or begin a new presidency, depending on how you look at it. (Really, I am sure Obama still can’t thank you enough for passing him the torch the way you did.)
Is he trying to whitewash his very considerable candidacy for most incompetent president ever or he just a regular ol’ guy who is earnestly showing how, “Shucks, I did the best I could and dad-gummit, I done pretty good all things considered.”
This guy is forever going to be like some kind of American Rorschach Test where you see what you want to see in him.
And what he left behind is what he left behind. And he left No Child Left Behind behind lest we forget that crowning achievement as well.