NYT: Bush, on Friendly Turf, Suggests History Will Be Kind to Him

Bush, on Friendly Turf, Suggests History Will Be Kind to Him
Jim Rutenberg
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.

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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.


5 Responses to NYT: Bush, on Friendly Turf, Suggests History Will Be Kind to Him

  1. Farinata X says:

    Here is an excerpt from the transcript of the appearance descibed above. See for yourselves what they story left out.

    [A Bush supporter stood up and asked how the president would respond “to the rather mistaken idea that the war in Iraq is becoming a war in Vietnam.” Here’s Bush’s answer, from the official White House transcript.]

    “Yes, thank you. There’s a lot of differences. First, the Iraqi people voted for a modern constitution, and then set up a government under that constitution. Secondly, the — that’s as opposed to two divided countries: north and south. In my judgment, the vast majority of people want to live underneath that constitution they passed. They want to live in peace. And what you’re seeing is radical on the fringe creating chaos in order to either get the people to lose confidence in their government, or for us to leave.

    “A major difference as far as here at home is concerned is that our military is an all-volunteer army, and we need to keep it that way. By the way, the way you keep it that way is to make sure our troops have all they need to do their job, and to make sure their families are happy. (Applause.)

    “There are some similarities, of course — death is terrible. Another similarity, of course, is that Vietnam was the first time a war was brought to our TV screens here in America on a regular basis. I’m looking around looking for baby boomers; I see a few of us here. It’s a different — it was the first time that the violence and horror of war was brought home. That’s the way it is today.

    “Americans, rightly so, are concerned about whether or not we can succeed in Iraq. Nobody wants to be there if we can’t succeed, especially me. And these — violence on our TV screens affects our frame of mind, probably more so today than what took place in Vietnam. I want to remind you that after Vietnam, after we left, the — millions of people lost their life.”

    Now see for yourselves.

    Res ipsa loquitur.

  2. Editor says:

    Oh, FarinataX, you always know just how to cheer us up. Thanks!

  3. Bush’s incoherent rambling in Ohio should give everyone pause. This is not just a man who has difficulty communicating; it’s a man who has difficulty relating to reality. There is no reason not to believe that his thought processes and decision-making aren’t as incoherent. There are two common threads to all of Bush’s public appearances: marketing the Iraq War and the specious argument that historians are still undecided about their view of President Washington’s presidency. He seems to think that since historians are still writing about “one” 200 years later, history will eventually be kind to “43.” Of course, the Bush Propaganda Institute will do everything within its power to create a favorable worldview of Bush.

    Speaking of the Institute, if Wolfowitz gets canned at the World Bank, maybe he can bring his expertise in human relations vis-a-via his mistress (including an unprecedented raise, national security clearance and guaranteed ‘outstanding’ performance evaluations) to SMU.

  4. Farinata X says:

    Hey, maybe Paul Were-Wolfowitz can be a Visiting Professor in PoliSci while Andrew Roberts is the same in History. They can even team-teach a seminar or two and bring their wives and girlfriends along for the ride.

  5. Will says:

    George Henson loves triple negatives

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