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5 Reasons George W. Bush Is Not ‘Back’

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5 Reasons George W. Bush Is Not ‘Back’



The Washington Post‘s Jennifer Rubin — who admitted to misleading her readers with her unfailingly adoring coverage of Mitt Romney during last year’s presidential campaign — is celebrating the news of George W. Bush’s highest approval ratings in seven years in a post entitled “Bush is back“:

It took less than 4 1/2 years of the Obama presidency for President George W. Bush to mount his comeback. While doing absolutely nothing on his own behalf (he’s been the most silent ex-president in my lifetime), his approval is up to 47 percent according to the Post/ABC poll. That’s up 14 points from his final poll in office. For comparison’s sake President Obama’s RCP average is a tad over 49 percent.

She then rambles through a list of accomplishments that contrast the last president with the current guy in the White House — whom you’ll notice she refers to simply as “Obama,” while the 43rd president is reverently called “President George W. Bush.” This list goes through yogic contortions to spin Bush’s “successes.”

“Unlike Obama’s tenure, there was no successful attack on the homeland after 9/11,” Rubin notes, joining the chorus of Republicans who say, “Bush kept us safe — except for that 9/11 thing!”

She also calls the unfunded Medicare Part D ” fiscally sober” in contrast with the “unpopular and exorbitant” Obamacare — which is actually paid for — that Obama “foisted” on America. Somehow, foisting an unpopular plan doesn’t match Bush’s “huge political risks,” including “the surge,” which Bush launched after four years of losing the war in Iraq.

Most hilariously, Rubin credits George W. Bush with “7 1/2 years of job growth.” Bush created on average 20,000 jobs a month. If you exclude 2008, that number is 60,000. When Bush left office, the economy was losing nearly a million jobs a month.

Crediting W. for the bubble that he let explode is like pointing out that on average, the Titanic was somewhere in the middle of the ocean, or crediting the Hindenburg with an incredibly successful launch.

There are reasons Bush’s popularity is rising, but none of them have anything to do with his abysmal presidency.

Here are five reasons that he’s not, in fact, “back.”


  1. John Pigg April 24, 2013

    I think it will be difficult to make the statement that history would not be kind to Bush. While it is true many aspects of his war on terror are severely unpopular, his Democratic successor maintained a lot of these controversial positions.

    In spite of conservative backlash and disapproval he attempted to integrate Hispanics into the Party.

    The Bush administration was responsible for fiscal irresponsibility, questionable police actions, and illegal torture. Any conversation about Bush will no doubt include an in depth discussion over the war on terror. And as long as Bush’s policies remain in place it becomes difficult to maintain that history will not be kind to his administration.

  2. Eleanore Whitaker April 24, 2013

    What does it take for some Republicans to ever admit they are wrong when they have been proven wrong over and over? George W. Bush was never the president. Look at the evil grin on Cheney’s face and how closely he is leaning in to hear what Rummy is saying to Bush. Cheney hovered over Bush like a hawk to insure that Cheney’s, not Bush’s policies, were the ones the GOP pushed on all Americans. The only kindness history will offer Bush is that he was THE most badly used president in US history and all so Cheney could rise to power in the White House. All anyone has to do to prove that is track Cheney’s actions from the minute the GOP refused in 1994 to allow him to be their presidential candidate. From that point on, Cheney was obsessed with being president even if he had to use the “Bush” name to do it. And do it he did with largesse and expertise any top US CEO would envy.

    1. Fern Woodfork April 24, 2013

      Between Bush Getting Back At His Father And Cheney Pulling His Strings George W Bush Should Easily Go Down As One Of The Worst President In US History!! But Yet He Gets A Museum When Him And Cheney Should Be Getting A Couple Of Jail Cells!!! 🙁

      1. Dominick Vila April 24, 2013

        Welcome back Fern!

      2. neeceoooo April 24, 2013

        so true

  3. Claude Miller April 24, 2013

    the so called war on drugs is much like the war on terror,misdirected to put money in politicians pockets while ruining the lives of many untold americans!

  4. Lonnie Avery April 24, 2013

    The same ol’ game. Sing his praises full of falsehoods and lies. Bushes 8 years can be summed up by declaireing that he used Weapons of Mass destruction to destroy the economy,foreign policy and democracy ! And the Conservatives and Republicans like it!

  5. zola98 April 24, 2013

    Another Bush devotee who can’t differentiate between fact, fiction and fantasy. Good luck living in your bs world lady. Most Americans view that incompetent, inept, warmongering buffoon differenty as do the rest of the world.

    1. Russell Byrd April 24, 2013

      The only question I have is: Can they differentiate between fact and fiction, or is this a willful attempt to gain support for their evil. More simply, is she this dumb and misguided, or is this just an intentional whitewash by a very sick and jaded tool of right-wing power mongers.

      1. zola98 April 24, 2013

        Probably everything you mentioned. They are a fcuking sick bunch so nothing should surprise us though it does make me pissed that in this day and age with 24/7 cable news and social media/blogs they think we’re so stupid, we’ll buy into their bs/lies. Yeah, I’m insulted also.

  6. Russell Byrd April 24, 2013

    The right-wing keeps lying because it is the only game plan they have. As P.T. Barnum was said to say, “there’s one born every minute.” Or to paraphrase Dr. Goebbels, “if you tell a lie often enough it becomes true.” Some people will fall for these lies, more often than not, because they consumed with hatred, racism, bigotry, selfishness, or especially, ignorance, They perceive this BS as truth because it is what they want to believe.

  7. howa4x April 24, 2013

    I can only pray that the republicans keep trotting out W so he can be hit around like a piñata. He will be ranked somewhere just above Nixon and just below Hoover and one of the worst presidents in history. This will surly help their brand LoL . Romney did a great job of hiding the ex president during the convention. Just the mere presence of him there was worth a 30 pt drop in the polls. Let look back at his low lites. Invading Afghanistan to find Bin Laden and punish him for the attack on America. Sorry couldn’t find him, so that one was missed. Ok how about invading a country on non existent evidence. Mark that in the done column. Or a tax cut for the 1% all on the credit card, that is also in the done column, as is a credit card drug program for the seniors. That too was done. Or how about scaring the country’s first responders into taking small pox vaccinations. That would be him too. Can’t forget the No-bid contract for Halliburton(Cheney’s company) for Iraq. this puts him close to Nixon for criminality. Or how about more jobs leaving this country and more corporations leaving than ever before.. Don’t forget Mitt hid his fortune during the Bush years in offshore accounts. Finally the crashing of the economy puts him right there with Hoover. But his biggest political crime was the sell out of the right wing. He had a majority in both houses during the 1st 2 yrs of his presidency so why is Abortion still legal? Republicans are full of crap on this.
    Well enough time spent on him
    There is so much more we can really say about him but why waste more time.

  8. Archie's Boy April 27, 2013

    How could someone be “back” who was never “there?”


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