WSJ: The Treatment of Bush Has Been a Disgrace


(AP Photo)

(AP Photo)

America, especially the rabid Left, should be ashamed.   While I believe healthy debate of the issues should be the practice in Washington, the vile and disgusting attacks against our President have been rabid from the Left….and 99% of it has been baseless. 

The following is a piece from the Wall Street Journal on President Bush and how history will treat him a whole lot better than his self-proclaimed enemies across the aisle.  I have said it before–Bush is not a perfect man, he has made mistakes and disappointed many in his own party, but he is clearly a man of integrity, great faith and love of America….Regardless of what the Deranged Left says, Obama has huge shoes to fill especially in the areas of integrity, humility, real faith, morality, and love of the country and its military families. 

I personally respect President Bush and thank him for keeping my family safe after the attacks of 9/11.  Even though it has frustrated me at times, I admire his ability to “respect the office” and not dip to the level of his rabid, hateful counterparts across the aisle.  Bush is a class act and I believe history will echo that sentiment!

Earlier this year, 12,000 people in San Francisco signed a petition in support of a proposition on a local ballot to rename an Oceanside sewage plant after George W. Bush. The proposition is only one example of the classless disrespect many Americans have shown the president.

According to recent Gallup polls, the president’s average approval rating is below 30% — down from his 90% approval in the wake of 9/11. Mr. Bush has endured relentless attacks from the left while facing abandonment from the right.

This is the price Mr. Bush is paying for trying to work with both Democrats and Republicans. During his 2004 victory speech, the president reached out to voters who supported his opponent, John Kerry, and said, “Today, I want to speak to every person who voted for my opponent. To make this nation stronger and better, I will need your support, and I will work to earn it. I will do all I can do to deserve your trust.”

Those bipartisan efforts have been met with crushing resistance from both political parties.

The president’s original Supreme Court choice of Harriet Miers alarmed Republicans, while his final nomination of Samuel Alito angered Democrats. His solutions to reform the immigration system alienated traditional conservatives, while his refusal to retreat in Iraq has enraged liberals who have unrealistic expectations about the challenges we face there.

It seems that no matter what Mr. Bush does, he is blamed for everything. He remains despised by the left while continuously disappointing the right.

Yet it should seem obvious that many of our country’s current problems either existed long before Mr. Bush ever came to office, or are beyond his control. Perhaps if Americans stopped being so divisive, and congressional leaders came together to work with the president on some of these problems, he would actually have had a fighting chance of solving them.

Like the president said in his 2004 victory speech, “We have one country, one Constitution and one future that binds us. And when we come together and work together, there is no limit to the greatness of America.”To be sure, Mr. Bush is not completely alone. His low approval ratings put him in the good company of former Democratic President Harry S. Truman, whose own approval rating sank to 22% shortly before he left office. Despite Mr. Truman’s low numbers, a 2005 Wall Street Journal poll found that he was ranked the seventh most popular president in history.

Just as Americans have gained perspective on how challenging Truman’s presidency was in the wake of World War II, our country will recognize the hardship President Bush faced these past eight years — and how extraordinary it was that he accomplished what he did in the wake of the September 11 attacks.

The treatment President Bush has received from this country is nothing less than a disgrace. The attacks launched against him have been cruel and slanderous, proving to the world what little character and resolve we have. The president is not to blame for all these problems. He never lost faith in America or her people, and has tried his hardest to continue leading our nation during a very difficult time.

Our failure to stand by the one person who continued to stand by us has not gone unnoticed by our enemies. It has shown to the world how disloyal we can be when our president needed loyalty — a shameful display of arrogance and weakness that will haunt this nation long after Mr. Bush has left the White House.

Mr. Shapiro is an investigative reporter and lawyer who previously interned with John F. Kerry’s legal team during the presidential election in 2004.

(H/T: My husband)

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7 Responses

  1. It is a disgrace, somewhat. I think people have grown very tired in the last eight years, of an administration that seemingly has done everything wrong. His response to 9/11 was inappropriate, at best, but everyone cheered for him then because they felt that the United States would ‘kick everyone’s ass,’ who got in our way. Well, now we realize that this bull-headed tactic has only made trouble, and now we’re in a situation that is quite difficult, and the President has not made things easy—in fact, he seems to avoid the problem all-together. New leadership is what our country needs. The only problem was, that McCain rarely ‘stayed-put’ on any stance, had continuous gaffes, and his pick of V.P. was a very poor choice, which ultimately cost him the election. However, as a liberal to a conservative, just remember: us democrats will screw things up… and in four/eight/twelve years, you’ll be in charge once again. Please remember that our country was not designated to be liberal or conservative, but both. The problem is, is that when one party is in charge, the other one does everything to criticize the majority party. Therein lies the problem, neither party is willing to work with the other; which means problems can never be solved. Obama represented the last shred of hope our country may have. McCain aligned himself too much with the previous administration (one that isn’t high in the polls as of now). A change was needed. Enough said.

  2. Jdn,
    While I agree that Bush has made some mistakes as all Presidents do, it is far from a situation that you say “he’s done everything wrong”.

    Our response to 9/11 in Afghanistan was the right one, was forceful and effective. I believe our toppling a dictator with a horrid human rights record in Iraq was appropriate…..sure intelligence seems to have been off, but that was not entirely Bush’s fault or of his doing. You may remember that your President Clinton, his wife, their Secretary of State, and many others on the left side of the aisle, including many other leaders in the World, believed and stated that those WMDs were in Iraq. Granted the war in Iraq has been longer than expected and some plans were not well executed….but look at the results now….no thanks to Democrats, including Obama, who disparaged our troops, our country, and our President in a time of war….not to mention their efforts to have us surrender!

    Bush was far from a divider as you seem to insinuate….in fact, much of his low approval is due to the fact he crossed so far over the aisle on things like immigration and bailouts that his own party was not happy…..so this theme that Obama will bring unity is a crock. Bush has exhibitied bipartisanship that resulted in extreme attacks from the Democrats and the media. Obama has NEVER crossed the aisle in his short term as a US Senator or as a state Senator. Voting “present” over 100 times does not a “hopeful unifer” make.

    Further, if Obama is our last shred of hope…we are in worse shape than I thought…..that statement plays right into the Messiah mentality that many have of Obama….Only one way to go when you put your man so far up on the pedestal…..

    I agree with you that give either party time enough and they will screw things up royally…..no argument there.
    With the performance of the Democratic Congress the last two year sand the holes in Obama’s past and his inexperience, not to mention his world view, I give them less than two years to before the “misery index” comes into play again.

  3. “His response to 9/11 was inappropriate, at best…”

    You need to elaborate. If you’re talking about Afghanistan, our new President-elect seems to disagree.

    “Obama represented the last shred of hope our country may have.”

    You ARE a glass is half-full kind of person, aren’t you?

  4. GBS –

    Glass half-full kind of person… you’re exactly right about that. Barack Obama does seem to represent all that is left when it comes to hope for our nation. He may have his flaws, as does every leader we’ve ever had, however, I believe Obama, over McCain and Palin, would lead our country in the right direction. He may not be perfect, and I don’t want to place him high on the pedestal only to watch him inevitably collapse, but comparing him to McCain. Fortunately for me, unfortunately for you, the republican party seems to have pulled a “Kerry” in the 2008 election (I’m referring to the selection of the democratic candidate John Kerry in 2004). The republican party picked the worst possible candidate for president, and he picked the worst possible vice president. Also, his constant ‘flip-flopping,’ and lack of a strong stance on any issue hurt him as well. And of course… “the fundamentals of the economy are strong…,” two days later, the market collapses.

    The only thing you republicans need to worry about now is how you’re going to attract the youth vote in the next election, which quickly faded in this election. Your leaders need to understand it is the youth who will eventually control our nation, and if you want the G.O.P. to survive, you must send them your way. Barack Obama accomplished this well, however I strongly worry that many in my generation (I’m 20 years old), only support him because ‘he’s cool,’ or ‘attractive,’ or ‘not old.’ I would prefer it if my generation, like everyone else, would choose their candidate based on their stance on the issues. Of course, mainstream media fails to cover the issues, and the smaller (unfortunately) half of my generation turned to blogs (DailyKos, HuffingtonPost, WordPress, Blogspot) to help in the understanding of the candidates’ stances, but even they don’t cover the issues well.

    SharprightTurn-

    Iraq was only a success in the toppling of Saddam Huissen, but I might mention that wasn’t the reason we invaded… weapons of mass destruction was, and the closest thing we have to that is a people that wants to destroy us for our presence.

    Iraq could have turned out much better than it did. There was a definite failure of strategy that played in here in our loss (if we are calling it a loss).

    For our country to progress, we need to have both parties working together—something that’s been said time and time again—a call to action that never becomes acted upon. Progress no longer occurs because we insist on attacking the opposing party, and lose focus on what matters most (the economy seems to matter most these days). Neither republicans nor democrats want harm to come to this country, there is no un-American party; both parties only want what’s best for our country, but we disagree on the means of accomplishing this task.

  5. Jdn-
    Iraq is most clearly not a loss…and Iraq so far has turned out just fine…. the path to this place has been rough and has been dotted with Democrats ready to surrender…Because of his steadfastness in the wake of mistakes and a hateful, surrendering opposition party, Bush deserves credit for everything accomplished thus far in Iraq and Afhganistan….perhaps, most of all, the troops….Job well done troops!

    I would venture to say that vast majority of attacks in the last 8 years have been vicious and unwarranted toward our President. Now that Obama is elected, he and his followers expect that we should all fall in line behind an ideology that, frankly, is un-American and dangerous.

    I’m not saying that replaying the vicious and hateful attacks of the Left of the last 8 years is warranted, but we do need to continue opposing the dangerous and radical policies that have been laid out by Obama.

    If he succeeds in making our country a full blow nanny-state flush with government control of larges swaths of the economy (banks, healthcare, cilvilian military forces/corps to name a few), then unfortunately we won’t know our country in 4 years; not to mention the danger of his naivete and anti-war views pertaining to foreign policy.

    You are young and thoughtful in your response and I appreciate that. I would encourage you read history (so that we don’t repeat it) and review your Constitution regularly…I have one sitting by my computer!

    Defense of this country and freedom is sometimes not easy or perfect (Iraq as and example) but is noble and required if we expect to keep our liberty and freedoms and encourage it around the world.
    As far as political parties…our country was not meant for all to fall under the same political ideology. It is healthy when our citizens disagree thoughtfully and our politicians do it wisely.

    George Bush was more than gracious in reaching in his hand across the aisle many times in the last 8 years….so the meme of how nasty Bush and the Republicans are seems almost a projection of the Left………the stellar example of a hateful party is found on the Left in the last 8 years….they have been none of these things: gracious, reasonable, wise nor thoughtful.

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