Bush wasn’t as bad as liberals make him out to be. Considering he landed his gig right when a handful of Muslim extremists decided to turn some Boeing jets into missiles, I’d say he held things together for the most part. Then again, we may have dodged a fiscal bullet with the War on Terror depending on what economic policy you want to look at during his Presidency. I didn’t agree with hardly anything that passed under Bush accept perhaps for his tax cuts. Medicare Part D, TARP, No Child Left Behind, and other increased spending all put a bad taste in my mouth. Bush was a big spending Republican that increased the debt, no doubt about it…and it only paved the way for Obama to abuse it even further.
I also didn’t like many of Bush’s decisions on the war, but I understand why he made them. For those that remember that day, it was a scary time for America. I remember when there was word that we could even be bombed by drones carrying chemical payload. Bush at least gave the appearance that he was in charge of the situation after 9-11. I’d put his speech at ground zero was one of the greatest short speeches by a President of all time.
That being said, fear leads to hasty decisions based on loose intel. The decision to invade Iraq will probably haunt Bush forever…but he made that decision based on the intelligence that he had as well as with Congress’s approval. He made some good decisions though such as the troop surge that were fiercely resisted by Democrats, but ultimately the wars over there were a huge mismanaged conundrum. It’s probably why Bush is so involved with the troops today. (If you ever get a chance, read Donald Rumsfeld’s book.)
Why does everyone hate Bush? There are plenty of Americans that still like him more than Obama (me included), and there’s even fond memories of his character out there. It’s liberals and libertarians that despise him mainly…both mostly due to the same reasons: the wars, the bailouts, and abu ghraib. Libertarians hated his massive spending, but liberals hated his tax cuts. I have mixed feelings on his presidency for the most part. I can say without a doubt he wasn’t a great President…but he could have been a lot worse.