Bush, on Friendly Turf, Suggests History Will Be Kind to Him
The New York Times
April 20, 2007
TIPP CITY, Ohio, April 19 – With his attorney general under fire in Washington and his fight with Congressional Democrats over paying for the war at a stalemate, President Bush came here Wednesday before a friendly audience to give his thinking on Iraq, Congress and the massacre at Virginia Polytechnic Institute.
“I’ve been in politics long enough to know that polls just go poof at times,” President Bush said on Thursday.
Speaking at a 90-minute, town-hall-style meeting in a high school gymnasium, Mr. Bush said he would not buckle to polls showing opinion cutting against him on a variety of issues, and conveyed his belief that he would be vindicated by history.
Bush’s belief in the vindication of history again reveals why siting the Bush Library Complex at SMU is so important to him and other members of his administration. Perhaps they are unaware of this 2004 poll, fortunately not yet gone “poof, ” of professional historians, in which 81% already ranked his Presidency as a failure. It seems highly unlikely that those opinions would be any more favorable today.