Friday, December 26, 2008


Among one of the more stunning bits of news I come across from time to time these days is that small but steady percentage of Americans who still think Bush is doing ok. In this case, it was a poll asking if people will be glad to see Bush leave office. While 75% logical and sane people answered yes, 25%, or one out of every four people asked, said they were sorry to see him go.

Now that's a pretty high number. Look around you - can you find one out of four people who will be sorry to see Bush leave? Well probably not, because most of you aren't comics, cartoonists, or oil company executives. Some of those 25% are like a guy I know who just keeps saying that Bush will be proven right "in the end." That's a whole lot of hope from someone who sees emotionally, not logically. No argument I have made so far, no piece of news, can change his mind. He's wrapped in a cocoon of denial, which I guess isn't surprising, he's just following Bush's lead. W hasn't stepped outside his cocoon since he arrived in office almost 8 years ago now. That protection has been so complete, so warm and comforting, that it makes me wonder what steps his family and people will have to take to keep him comfy and insulated once he leaves the White House.

How does someone look at year after year of polling data showing how little faith his country has in him. Or wide-spread hero-worshiping response to the shoe-hurling journalist across the globe? Will he ever comprehend the damage he has done? Will he come back to the public one day twenty years from now to say, "I blew it? I'm sorry?" Or will he slink into obscurity, dragged out once and a while when history demands the presence of an ex-president, before slipping back into his warm Texas cocoon?

And of that 25%? . . .


Blogger buckarooskidoo said...

I think the Bush supporters' world view would look like this: they believe the US can and should rule the world(We're Number One!!), by military force if necessary; they believe that Christianity is superior to all other religions; they believe that people should help themselves, pull themselves up by their bootstraps, even if they have no bootstraps. And they all aspire to be rich, if they aren't already, so they don't mind the tax cuts for the elite. they think they will be there someday. If you believe these things, then you would think GW has been a pretty good President.

I think you could say it's amazing that so few people hold these views, when you consider that almost half the country did when nixon was president. you COULD say people have learned a thing or two over the years. Reality is a pretty good teacher...

2:24 PM  
Blogger Carol Gee said...

Howdy, you two. A belated Happy Holidays and a good New Year to you both.
On the subject of your post, I lament it greatly that the man will be my neighbor 30 miles to the east. And I can predict that any local TeeVee will be ruined forever by their fawning coverage. Ugh.

10:15 PM  

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