He deserves better. His presidency was far more successful than not. And there's an aspect of his decision-making that merits special recognition: his courage. Time and time again, Bush did what other presidents, even Ronald Reagan, would not have done and for which he was vilified and abused. That--defiantly doing the right thing--is what distinguished his presidency.~~Fred Barnes
The above video is part 1 of Sean Hannity's interview with President Bush. Sean jokes that after Bush's exit, he may not be back at the White House for awhile.
Fred Barnes has written a column stipulating that Bush hasn't gotten credit for all the things he's done right (understatement of the year). He takes the time to list at least 10 of Bush's great achievements. Below is the list, but take the time to read the whole column:
1) His decision in 2001 to jettison the Kyoto global warming treaty so loved by Al Gore, the environmental lobby, elite opinion, and Europeans.Barnes' conclusion:
2) Second, enhanced interrogation of terrorists. Along with use of secret prisons and wireless eavesdropping, this saved American lives.
3) Bush's third achievement was the rebuilding of presidential authority, badly degraded in the era of Vietnam, Watergate, and Bill Clinton.
4) Achievement number four was Bush's unswerving support for Israel. Reagan was once deemed Israel's best friend in the White House. Now Bush can claim the title.
5) His fifth success was No Child Left Behind (NCLB), the education reform bill cosponsored by America's most prominent liberal Democratic senator Edward Kennedy.
6) Sixth, Bush declared in his second inaugural address in 2005 that American foreign policy (at least his) would henceforth focus on promoting democracy around the world.
7) The seventh achievement is the Medicare prescription drug benefit, enacted in 2003. It's not only wildly popular; it has cost less than expected by triggering competition among drug companies.
8) Then there were John Roberts and Sam Alito. In putting them on the Supreme Court and naming Roberts chief justice, Bush achieved what had eluded Richard Nixon, Reagan, and his own father. Roberts and Alito made the Court indisputably more conservative. And the good news is Roberts, 53, and Alito, 58, should be justices for decades to come.
9) Bush's ninth achievement has been widely ignored. He strengthened relations with east Asian democracies (Japan, South Korea, Australia) without causing a rift with China.
10) Finally, a no-brainer: the surge. Bush prompted nearly unanimous disapproval in January 2007 when he announced he was sending more troops to Iraq and adopting a new counterinsurgency strategy.
How does Bush rank as a president? We won't know until he's judged from the perspective of two or three decades. Hindsight forced a sharp upgrading of the presidencies of Harry Truman and Dwight Eisenhower. Given his achievements, it may have the same effect for Bush.
Bush Thank-a-Thon Participants:
Thank-You President Bush--For Keeping Us Safe!~~The Pink Flamingo
Bush Thankathon Begins~~Mike's America
Mike's Concluding Paragraph:
I firmly believe that history will be kind to President Bush. I recall that at the end of the Reagan presidency it was widely reported in the "news" media of the time that his presidency hadn't been a great success. That was the verdict of so-called scholars and pundits. But the appreciation of the American people for Reagan's efforts has only grown with time. The same will be true for the legacy of President Bush. As the media generated hysteria over insignificant events like the shoe thrower, or Abu Ghraib or the phony stories about domestic spying fade, the real legacy of an America that is safer, stronger and with Iraq as an ally will emerge.