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As Bush Stays Silent, His Reputation Steadily Gains

christiancon Wrote: Apr 25, 2013 11:45 AM
Whatever one thinks of W or GHWB one is left with the realization that these men have something in much more abundance than Carter or Clinton- character. You just don't hear of them bashing other presidents and making themselves a big issue. Yea Carter has done some things of importance with his home building and such and Clinton as well on the international scene. But all too often THEY become the issue and they never seem to fail to castigate the president who succeeds them. The Bushes certainly were never my real cup of tea (RR was the man) but all in all they are very respectable representations of the correct character post presidency.
RedRum Wrote: Apr 25, 2013 1:44 PM
Agreed. This is especially the case with George H.W. Bush - a fine man, and a good President. His son inherited some admirable qualities from his father, and his mother as well.

Tomorrow, the George W. Bush Presidential Center will be dedicated at Southern Methodist University in Texas. It's a good time to look back on the performance of the 43rd president, who has been almost entirely missing from the public stage these past four years.

It's widely assumed that Bush is generally despised by the public. The perceptive American Interest blogger Walter Russell Mead stirred the ire of some former Bush aides when he recommended that Republicans avoid any defense of his record and move on to new issues.

But perhaps Bush's name is not mud any more. The Washington...