Bush became the first Republican president since the s to enjoy a majority in both houses of Congress.
Many progressives will remember Bush as a contender for the "worst president ever," saying he more aptly deserves a multi-million-dollar prison cell for a litany of war crimes. Amazingly, the Bush library seeks to ask visitors "What would you have done? Bush has been absent from political debates in recent years, instead making millions in private speeches.
He stole the presidency in People may forget that Republicans in Florida purged more than 50, African-American voters before Election Day, and then went to the Supreme Court where the GOP-appointed majority stopped a recount that would have awarded the presidency to Vice-President Al Gore if all votes were counted.
National news organizations verified that outcome long after Bush had been sworn in. He covered up his past. He was a party boy, the scion of a powerful political family who got away with being a deserter during the Vietnam War. He loved the death penalty. As Texas governor fromhe signed the most execution orders of any governor in U.
He was a corporate shill from Day 1. Bush locked up the GOP nomination by raising more campaign money from corporate boardrooms than anyone at that time.
He lunched with CEOs who would jet into Austin to "educate" him about their political wish lists. He gutted global political progress.
He embraced global isolationism. He ignored warnings about Osama bin Laden. He ignored the Aug. Ramped up war on drugs, not terrorists.
Then Air Force One flew away from the school, vanishing for hours after the attack. Bush turned to Iraq not Afghanistan. Attacked United Nation weapons inspectors.
The march to war in Iraq started with White House attacks on the credibility of U. In a major speech in Octoberhe said that Saddam Hussein had the capacity to send unmanned aircraft to the U. He ignored the U. The Bush administration tried to get the U. Security Council to authorize an attack on Iraq, which it refused to do.
He did not wait for any congressional authorization to launch a war. Abandoned international Criminal Court. Before invading Iraq, Bush told the U.
The highly decorated soldier turned Secretary of State presented false evidence at the U. He launched a war on CIA whistleblowers.
When a former ambassador, Joseph C. Bush pardoned the Plame affair leaker. Bush launched the second Iraq War. In Aprilthe U. Baghdad looted except for oil ministry.
The Pentagon failure to plan for a military occupation and transition to civilian rule was seen as Baghdad was looted while troops guarded the oil ministry, suggesting this war was fought for oil riches, not terrorism. The war did not make the U.The George W.
Bush presidency has been ranked among the worst in surveys of presidential scholars published in the late s and s. After his A CNN poll conducted that same month found that 55 percent of Americans said Bush's presidency had been a failure.
When we look back someday at the catastrophe that was the Bush administration, we will think of many things: the tragedy of the Iraq war, the shame of Guantánamo and Abu Ghraib, the erosion of.
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Can President Obama learn anything from the most significant failures of his predecessor? Are the failures of the Bush and Obama Administrations alike in any ways? These are the questions Ron. When George W. Bush, at the age of 54, became the 43rd president of the United States, it was only the second time in American history that a president’s son went on to the White House.
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Bush. I fear that was not accomplished. But what I fear even more is the inability of a large portion of our society to recognize the good that George W.
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