Next January 20th, Inauguration Day, is a Tuesday. So we're pretty much exactly down to six months left in the Bush 43 Presidency. This President Bush, unlike his political idol, President Reagan, is not turning over the Oval Office keys to the man he trained for the job. (That being the first President Bush.) There is no continuing the legacy, and 72% of Americans apparently believe it's not a legacy worth keeping. President Bush is banking that what happened to President Harry Truman will happen to him.
Leaving the White House in 1953 (also with a 28% approval rating), Harry Truman walked out of the White House frustrated and financially strapped, to tell you the truth. I don't recall how he did on the money end of things while he and Bess lived out their final years in Independence, MO.. we hadn't reached that time where ex-presidents make a fortune on their book deals. But our current leader, half a year away from headin' to Crawford.. is agreeing with his insiders that not a lot of people like him. He may be upset by that, but Bush hopes that 25 years from now, the decision to stake his presidency on the war in Iraq turned out to be an excellent idea in hindsight.
As we approach the 6 months mark of President Bush departing office, let me know if you basically think he's a good guy and may be judged much later on as a good president.. or if President Truman's luck "won't" rub off on him. RH
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