Apparently for George W. Bush, doing absolutely nothing for America over the past five years is a major improvement over eight years of enacting failed policies, a 14% improvement to be exact. According to the most recent polling from Gallup, 47% of Americans now give former President Bush a favorable rating; when he left office in 2009, his approval rating was 33%. The latest numbers come as Bush attempted to cement his legacy with the opening of a Presidential library in Texas last week.
The opening of the library and an antagonizing email from my Dad (one of W’s biggest fans) got me thinking about what my two sons—2 years old and 6 months old—might read about George W. Bush in their history ebooks when they get to school. I think a fair summary might look something like this:Controversy surrounded George W. Bush’s Presidential election in 2000. Having lost the popular vote by over half a million votes, George W. was appointed to the presidency by five members of the U.S. Supreme Court who overturned a Florida Supreme Court decision to recount the state’s razor-thin election results which originally showed Bush winning by a mere 537 votes, or .00009% of the state’s total electorate. One of the Justices ruling in favor of Bush had been appointed by George W. Bush’s father. Continue reading