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George W. Bush’s Popularity Increasing

Posted by Steve Markowitz on April 24, 2013

G. W. BushA reasonably objective review of the George W. Bush presidency would indicate successes and some failures.  On the negative side was the war in Iraq that with the benefit of hindsight was not required given Iraq not having weapons of mass destruction.  In addition, Bush’s economic policies led to increased deficits and bailouts of irresponsible and failed companies.

On the positive side, George W. Bush’s response and leadership after the 9/11 terrorist attacks was artful.  In addition, whether one agreed or disagreed with his foreign policies, they were at least consistent and coherent.

B ObamaHistory is beginning to look more kindly on the George W. Bush presidency.  According to a recent CNN/ORC International Poll, 45% of Americans now view his presidency in a positive manner, up 13% in the past four years.

While some of the positive trend can be attributed to the passage of time, the disappointments of the Obama presidency are likely adding to a more positive view of the Bush years.  To many, President Obama does not always act presidential.  He is the most partisan president of modern times.  In addition, while Obama has continually blamed Bush for the ongoing failures of his policies, George W. Bush has been a perfect gentleman, never responding to any of these attacks.  The difference in approaches help define the differences between a community organizer and a president.

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