History may be kinder to the 43rd president even though it is written by socialists.
From the Washington Post:
One best-case scenario for Jeb Bush's candidacy looks like this: George W. Bush's legacy softens substantially from the record-low ratings he "enjoyed" once he left office. Voters decide that Jeb's relationship with his brother is not a big deal and maybe even a positive.
And lo, new polling from CNN/ORC and Bloomberg/Des Moines Register gives us two indicators that this scenario is coming true.
George W. Bush is now viewed more favorably than Hillary Clinton, and his favorability trumps President Obama's approval.
We've noted before that sluggish approval ratings for Obama were bad news for Clinton. There's a correlation between the president's approval rating and how well the person from his party hoping to be his replacement does in November.This is normal. Presidencies begin popular and usually end unpopular. Once out of office, the public appreciates anew the past president.
Compared to President Obama, George Walker Bush was the better of the two. Bush was humble, Obama's vain. Bush ditched ideology (no nation building) when the facts changed (9/11) and he adapted (building Afghanistan and Iraq into democracies).
When he left, we had Iran hemmed in by controlling two neighbors: Afghanistan and Iraq.
Obama ceded Iraq to Iran, and is frittering American lives away in Afghanistan.
The world is less safe, America less powerful, and evil emboldened under Obama. Maybe the majority of Americans will never agree with my assessment, but they are being less harsh on a man who put his country first.
Bush had his failings -- no down payment mortgages, No Child Left Behind, and that 2008 stimulus to nowhere were just three mistakes. But I mess him every day. He wasn't Reagan, but damn he was a good man and president. Nice to see his numbers rise.