Thursday, April 25, 2013

GW Bush will leave a black stain on American history

GW Bush on his presidency:

History will ultimately judge the decisions that were made for Iraq and I'm just not going to be around to see the final verdict.

In other words, I'll be dead.

In 2006, 744 professional historians surveyed by Siena College regarded Bush's presidency as follows:

Great: 2%; 
Near Great: 5%; 
Average: 11%; Below Average: 24%; 
Failure: 58%.

Thomas Kelly, professor emeritus of American studies at Siena College, said

In this case, current public opinion polls actually seem to cut the President more slack than the experts do.

Rightardia suggests the higher public perception is related to partisan politics and the 47 per cent of Americans who usually vote Republican.

The Siena College outcome were similar to two informal surveys done by the History News Network in 2004 and 2008.[

Bush was later dismissive of the negative evaluations by historians.

GW Bush said:

to assume that historians can figure out the effect of the Bush administration before the Bush administration has ended is just ... in my mind ... not an accurate reflection upon how history works.  

In 2010 Siena College poll conducted a of 238 Presidential scholars.

Bush was ranked 39th out of 43, with poor ratings in handling of the economy, communication, ability to compromise, foreign policy accomplishments and intelligence.

In Wikipedia's Historical rankings of Presidents of the United States, GW Bush was ranked in the bottom quarter of presidents in his last 5 ratings. His average rating including the two early surveys in his presidency was 31 of the 44 presidents. 

Historians have already evaluated the GW bush presidency and that it is doubtful that time will improve his tarnished domestic and international image. 

GW Bush is no Harry Truman, who had a sparkling intellect. Bush was a bumbler who constantly misspoke and a man who led America into two unjust and unfunded wars. He will leave a  black stain on American history. 

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