This is likely to turn some heads. Victor Davis Hanson disagrees with the conventional wisdom that George W. Bush was an awful president. He does this mainly by comparing President Bush to current President Barack Obama. Hanson argues that President Obama has either continued or benefitted from many of President Bush’s policies and that the comparison favors Bush. He concludes: “George W. Bush was not as dismal a president as the popular culture and media once assumed — a fact that will grow clearer as the age of Obama continues.”
We don’t yet have the perspective of history on President Bush’s administration. And the matter can’t be adjudicated simply by comparing one president to his successor. Still, those who are accustomed to piling-on number 43 need to reckon with how much number 44 has in common with his predecessor. So this is worth the read.
(HT: Owen Strachan)