I must be on a theme, a theme separated by almost a month. Victor Davis Hanson is one of my favorite philosopher/writers so I often quote or link to him. I saw this and just had to share it because I never lost my respect of George W. Bush.
We’ve reached the point for some perspective on the much-derided 43rd president.
George W. Bush left office in January 2009 with one of the lowest job-approval ratings for a president (34 percent) since Gallup started compiling them — as compared to Harry Truman’s low of 32 percent, Richard Nixon’s of 24 percent, and Jimmy Carter’s of 34 percent — and to the general derision of the media.
At times the venom accorded Bush in popular culture reached absurd — and even sick — levels. Alfred A. Knopf, for example, infamously published Nicholson Baker’s Checkpoint, a pathetic riff on shooting Bush. Gabriel Range’s unhinged 2006 “docudrama,” The Death of a President, focused on an imagined assassination of President Bush (imagine the outcry should any filmmaker today update that topos). A sick Charlie Brooker op-ed in the Guardian called for another John Wilkes Booth or Lee Harvey Oswald to kill Bush. Jonathan Chait of The New Republic more or less permanently ruined his reputation by writing an adolescent rant on “the case for Bush hatred,” one that began creepily with “I hate President George W. Bush.” Try substituting another president’s name for Bush’s and see what the reaction of The New Republic would be.
Read the rest of this for the full impact of his article.
On another note I had not logged on to this site for quite a while and for some reason Word Press is letting a lot of spam through. I had 29 spam comments. Most of them were from Uggs, Upland jackets, and other such advertisers. I always wondered how it paid spammers to work but I guess it is advertisers.