Wednesday, December 8, 2010


Abe Greenwald on a poll showing George W. Bush’s approval rating at 47 percent, a point above Obama’s:
The new poll means that Bush is not some dark deviation from the tradition of American leadership; he’s an American president who will be judged as having gotten some things wrong and others right while trying to do a very hard job. What it also demonstrates is that the hysterical critics of yesteryear lost all perspective on policy and history. In 2008, during a debate on the matter, Slate’s Jacob Weisberg cavalierly pronounced that “Bush was obviously the worst president of the past 50 years.” Yes, so obviously that two years later most Americans don’t consider him to be the worst president of the last three years.