Friday, January 16, 2009

Farewell to George Bush

"You're doing a heckuva job, Brownie" - "Mexicanly owned companies" "I love my little brown nieces and nephews" - those are Jeb Bush's kids for those of you who don't recall that last quote.

The story from AOL today speaks candidly of his missteps - here is a quote:

Leaving office with the highest disapproval rating since Richard Nixon, Bush said, "You may not agree with some of the tough decisions I have made, but I hope you can agree that I was willing to make the tough decisions."

I will miss George Bush - he is the king of malaproprisms. I have laughed longer and harder at some of his missteps in the last 8 years, along with many Americans and indeed others in the free world.

George Bush was a uniter and known for his strong bipartisan leadership as Governor of Texas - he was, in fact, quite outstanding in that role - his leadership, integrity and morality were unquestionable and unfailing - things changed rapidly when he came to the White House - I believe that George Bush will indeed be vindicated and here is the caveat: His naivete in allowing Karl Rove, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and others to have such control over policy and other items of national interest, the billion dollar war in Iraq - all have shown his inability to choose the best person for the job - think for example of Alberto Gonzales who is not yet out of the woods - he just might yet get subpoenaed on his misdoings as Attorney General.

I encourage you all to read Scott McClelland's book "What Happened" - it is a truly candid look inside the White House, and speaks of what went wrong - so very wrong - with this administration. As a former political appointee to the mayor of Salt Lake City, I found many parallels between what happens publicly and what is really going on in the hallowed halls of politicians and their private lives. I am fortunate - for the most part, my boss was an outstanding public figure - he was known for his hard work, tenacity and ability to get things done - unfortunately, his management skills left lots to be desired, as evidenced by the departure of some 70+ senior staffers during his tenure - Politicians are not perfect - just trying to do the best job they can for the most part.

What I do know is that George Bush has strong morals and principals - he was, however, clearly out of his league in the White House - his approval rating in Africa for example is 80% - due to his infusion of more funds than ANY other president in history in the US.

He got some things right, but unfortunately - many things he got wrong.

The jury is still out on his legacy.

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