WSJ Article - The Treatment of Bush Has Been a Disgrace

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The Treatment of Bush Has Been a Disgrace

What must our enemies be thinking?

By JEFFREY SCOTT SHAPIRO

Earlier this year, 12,000 people in San Francisco signed a petition in support of a proposition on a local ballot to rename an Oceanside sewage plant after George W. Bush. The proposition is only one example of the classless disrespect many Americans have shown the president.

According to recent Gallup polls, the president's average approval rating is below 30% -- down from his 90% approval in the wake of 9/11. Mr. Bush has endured relentless attacks from the left while facing abandonment from the right.

This is the price Mr. Bush is paying for trying to work with both Democrats and Republicans. During his 2004 victory speech, the president reached out to voters who supported his opponent, John Kerry, and said, "Today, I want to speak to every person who voted for my opponent. To make this nation stronger and better, I will need your support, and I will work to earn it. I will do all I can do to deserve your trust."

Those bipartisan efforts have been met with crushing resistance from both political parties.

The president's original Supreme Court choice of Harriet Miers alarmed Republicans, while his final nomination of Samuel Alito angered Democrats. His solutions to reform the immigration system alienated traditional conservatives, while his refusal to retreat in Iraq has enraged liberals who have unrealistic expectations about the challenges we face there.

It seems that no matter what Mr. Bush does, he is blamed for everything. He remains despised by the left while continuously disappointing the right.
Yet it should seem obvious that many of our country's current problems either existed long before Mr. Bush ever came to office, or are beyond his control. Perhaps if Americans stopped being so divisive, and congressional leaders came together to work with the president on some of these problems, he would actually have had a fighting chance of solving them.

Like the president said in his 2004 victory speech, "We have one country, one Constitution and one future that binds us. And when we come together and work together, there is no limit to the greatness of America."

To be sure, Mr. Bush is not completely alone. His low approval ratings put him in the good company of former Democratic President Harry S. Truman, whose own approval rating sank to 22% shortly before he left office. Despite Mr. Truman's low numbers, a 2005 Wall Street Journal poll found that he was ranked the seventh most popular president in history.

Just as Americans have gained perspective on how challenging Truman's presidency was in the wake of World War II, our country will recognize the hardship President Bush faced these past eight years -- and how extraordinary it was that he accomplished what he did in the wake of the September 11 attacks.

The treatment President Bush has received from this country is nothing less than a disgrace. The attacks launched against him have been cruel and slanderous, proving to the world what little character and resolve we have. The president is not to blame for all these problems. He never lost faith in America or her people, and has tried his hardest to continue leading our nation during a very difficult time.

Our failure to stand by the one person who continued to stand by us has not gone unnoticed by our enemies. It has shown to the world how disloyal we can be when our president needed loyalty -- a shameful display of arrogance and weakness that will haunt this nation long after Mr. Bush has left the White House.
 

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Good post. I don't have the character to shoulder the weight of the country, the free world and being forced to endure the sniping he's received from the media and the left. I don't know how a man could do it.
 

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Good post. I don't have the character to shoulder the weight of the country, the free world and being forced to endure the sniping he's received from the media and the left. I don't know how a man could do it.
We know one has with dignity and professionalism. You many not agree with George Bush, but have to respect him and you know where he stands.

Furthermore he is fully cooperating in a professional and gracious way to turn over power as it should be and is meant to be here in America. Refreshing from the last time we had a change in that office.
 
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We know one has with dignity and professionalism. You many not agree with George Bush, but have to respect him and you know where he stands.

Furthermore he is fully cooperating in a professional and gracious way to turn over power as it should be and is meant to be here in America. Refreshing from the last time we had a change in that office.



.............what on earth ?
 

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.............what on earth ?
I take it you are in disagreement? You don't remember what the Clintons did? How Gore held everything up because he was beat? Surely you are old enough to remember all of that.....

Or is it that "everything is Bushs fault" attitude covering your eyes?
 
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yeah, I remember he held things up for a few days because the election results were still in question. It didn't seem to cause much of a change in Bush's routine. It did cause him to have to use some of his own money(campaign) for which he was reimbursed.

and you didn't mention "vandalgate" so I'll go ahead and cover that too. The Clinton's supposedly left the WH trashed like you might expect from a bunch of Ark. Hillbillies. In truth, the office buildings were pranked (not that unusual-tradition actually) keyboards had caps missing etc. It ended up that the actual damage was less than $1,000 (most of that cost was tied up in labor to repaint a few walls) and the taxpayers had to pony up $200,000 for the bogus investigation which showed that nothing was even close to what one would call "vandalism".

"There might have been a prank or two, maybe somebody put a cartoon on the wall, but that's okay," Bush said.

That's what I remember.
 
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That's interesting about Truman, I did not know that.

I've always supported President Bush, not everything he did obviously, but i guess i'm in that small majority that thought he was a good president.
 

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Other than domestic policy and foreign policy, I suppose he's done okay.
 
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I apologize, that was a smartass answer. Historically presidents are compared to other presidents based on a wide variety of factors which might include popularity, economic growth, war, advancements, etc.
I just think that comparing him with others in the office he will not be ranked in the top half. And apparently I'm not the only one that thinks this.
 

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Don't apologize. The editorial that started this thread is not serious, so you shouldn't feel the need to be serious, either.
 

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Don't apologize. The editorial that started this thread is not serious, so you shouldn't feel the need to be serious, either.
If it isn't serious then you won't mind if Obama is treated like Bush has been?