One of my new favorite political blogs, "The Politico", has an excellent article on the attempts of the Bush administration to "rehab" his image in 2008. The article describes attempts by Bush's aides to set up a plethora of activities from trips to AIDS ravaged countries to economic policy, and an attempt at another photo-opp middle east peace agreement between the Palestinians and the Israelis.
This is really nothing new, as all two-term presidents have been mindful of their legacies and how history would regard them. This time however, it is different. There is little in my mind that George W. Bush can do to redeem himself from being enshrined in that list of Top Ten Worst presidents ever.
Try as he might, peace will not come to the middle east. As a matter of fact, his presence on the dais with Olmert and Abbas can only make things worse. Mr. Bush's legacy is and will be the man who set the Middle East aflame and then left it for another to clean up.
The eight years of this administration has been so bad for America and the rest of the world that it is highly likely no Bush will achieve the presidency again in our lifetimes. Sorry, Jeb. Mr. Bush has a litany of sins that he will have to atone to, but perhaps the largest is playing the citizens of this country as suckers. Lying, mis-direction, secrecy, abuse of constitutional powers (signing statements anyone?), and his utter contempt to do any self-reflection and admit that yes, he may have screwed up occasionally only paint a picture of arrogance and self-delusion.
The man that feels "called by God" to the leadership of our country needs to think about what condition the country will be in when he finally leaves the office that God put him in. Will we be better off than we were when he arrived? I think not. What kind of legacy is that?
Tell me what you think,