ROC AllStars wrote:
nebgib5 wrote:Not necessarily. I think most would agree that there have been worse presidents than the two who have been impeached (Andrew Johnson and Clinton): James Buchanan, Warren G. Harding, etc. The fact that congressional politics prevent impeachment doesn't necessarily give presidents a free pass; public opinion can be pretty damning, and Bush is pretty screwed in that department. Of course it's possible that his legacy takes a turn for the better as history progresses (a la Harry Truman, whose approval rating upon exiting office was somewhere around 20%), but I would say it's quite unlikely in Bush's case.
I agree. As time passes, the more that becomes known about what has happened in Washington over the past 7+ years, the worse Bush and his cohorts will look.
I don't know, when we look back and consider the state of things out of his control, I think history will have more pity on him than disdain. I'm not a fan, I'll make that clear, but I certainly do not believe he's as bad as he's perceived. One thing, that many of us news-watchers fail to realize, is that the US has yet to be attacked since 9-11. Most other countries have. Credit Bush? I don't know. But as time passes, especially if Obama gets in (
) I think we'll look back and realize he wasn't very good, but he wasn't the worse we could have had either.