Friday, February 24, 2017

George W Bush

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This has got to sting if you’re a liberal: right now, George W. Bush is officially more popular than Barack Obama.

George W. Bush–the President that the liberal Left couldn’t help but attack for being (somehow) both a bumbling idiot and an evil genius? The one they spent years blaming for just about everything that’s ever gone wrong in our country?

Yeah, him. Despite the Left’s constant attacks, Bush has a higher approval rating than Barack Obama.

According to a recent CNN poll, Bush currently has a 52% approval rating. Obama has just a 49% approval rating.

Not only that, but Bush is getting progressively more popular: this is the first time his approval rating has been above 50% since shortly after his 2004 re-election. His approval rating hit rock bottom back in 2008, when he was battling the financial crisis, but has slowly built its way back up into positive territory.

Obama? Not so much.

If anything, over the last few months, Obama’s been in rougher shape than he’s ever been in.

Our economy shrunk last quarter, hinting at a possible new recession. Wages are down, workforce participation is at historic lows.

In foreign affairs–long considered one of the only successes in his presidency–are a mess, with allies like Israel and Saudi Arabia fuming at U.S. inaction in the Middle East. Meanwhile, our enemies, like ISIS, continue to grow and oppress the people of the world.

With all the problems facing Obama–many of them because of his own doing–it looks like the American people are already beginning to long for the past.

After seeing Obama in action for six years, many of Americans seem to be thinking: “That Bush guy wasn’t so bad after all.”

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President George W. Bush finally spoke out about Barack Obama–and he had some choice words.

Bush has continually refrained from criticizing his successor in public–these comments were made in Las Vegas in what was supposed to be an off-the-record, off-the-books meeting, not public record. Quotes from Bush are as reported, and possibly paraphrased, by attendees.

Much of Bush’s criticisms were regarding Obama’s admittedly aimless foreign policy goals. While Bush was heavily criticized for the Iraq War during his term of office, his “surge” in 2007 has been, in hindsight, widely credited with helping turn the tide in the war–until it was undone by Obama.

Regarding ISIS, which Bush referred to as the “second coming of Al-Qaeda,” he was heavily critical that Obama had no plan for victory and did not loop in key military strategists.

Bush’s route would have been simple: “You call in the military and say, ‘Here’s my goal. What’s your plan to help me achieve that goal?'”

When asked to elaborate on what action should be taken against terrorists, Bush was succinct: “Well, you kill them.”

He also called Obama’s plan to withdraw troops from Iraq–just as America was winning the war–a “strategic blunder.”

History will continue to shape George W. Bush’s legacy–but it’s clear that, no matter what you think of Bush’s foreign policy agenda, the Middle East is in much worse shape now than it was during his Administration.

Bush ended with a warning for Americans, about what happens if we continue to practice Obama’s messy foreign policy: “You think the Middle East is chaotic now? Imagine what it looks like for our grandchildren.”


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