Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Faith-Based Legacy

This snippet from Tom DeFrank was good for a wry chuckle:
Bush is less worried about his standing with history, telling aides that George Washington's legacy is still being debated two centuries later. But he understands that losing one chamber of Congress will cripple his lame duck-weakened final two years.

"He's remarkably optimistic," a Bush insider said. "Like Ronald Reagan, he has a gift for looking beyond the morass in front of him and sticking to his goals, even if it's not popular."
In the past few months, we've heard President Bush/administration insiders compare himself/their boss to Teddy Roosevelt, Truman, Washington, and Reagan.

The more they invoke the past, the more we lament the present.

13 Comments:

Anonymous Mike said...

Oh, c'mon CR, let them have their moment now.

The comparisons to Pierce, Buchanan, Hoover, & Carter will be coming soon enough.

John Adams, too, might be apt, but too many Americans know him only as one of the Founders -- and a great one at that -- and not as a power-hungry, failed one term Prez as well.

10/10/2006 6:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

But is it faith in God that Bush speaks of or faith in Diebold?

10/10/2006 8:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bush is now paraphrasing Chinese communists? This is a takeoff on the old joke about Zhou Enlai being asked about his verdice of the French Revolution. Zhou said it was "too early to tell."

10/10/2006 11:04 AM  
Anonymous NeilS said...

The debate on Washington's role is whether he was a demi-god or just Father of the Nation.

The choices on Bush's role will be whether he was the anti-Christ or just worst President ever.

10/10/2006 4:06 PM  
Anonymous kam99 said...

Bush was recently in Denver fundraising for Bob Bearprez, currently a congressman and running for governor of Colorado.

Beauprez introduced Bush by saying history would look back at the great leaders: Lincoln, Churchill and Bush.

CHOKE ON THAT ONE! Thank God Beauprex is well behind in the polls.

10/10/2006 7:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would most definitely compare Bush to Andrew Jackson. An arrogant a-hole who trusted his own judgement above all else, and thought that he could ignore the highest court in the land if he disagreed with their ruling.

-Carol

10/10/2006 9:11 PM  
Anonymous wendy said...

At least Andrew Jackson won the Battle of new Orleans

10/10/2006 9:44 PM  
Anonymous Kilfarsnar said...

Good point Neils. I read that and thought, "Washington's legacy is still being debated? No it isn't!" Maybe by History or Poli Sci students, but not generally. I guess this is what Bush has to tell himself these days.

10/11/2006 10:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

saving us from thought criminals too...we should be grateful

http://news.zdnet.com/2100-1009_22-6126510.html

10/18/2006 10:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/101706A.shtml

10/18/2006 11:08 PM  
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