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As Bush Stays Silent, His Reputation Steadily Gains

RedRum Wrote: Apr 25, 2013 1:22 PM
Right now, it doesn't seem as if George W. Bush was anywhere near a "great" President. He may never be seen that way. However, Bush was superior to his successor in many ways. Bush accepted responsibility in ways Obama never has, and likely never will. Obama has blamed his predecessor more than any other President in recent memory. And it appears Obama is not the "widely admired" President he thinks, and Bush is not the "widely-despised" President the liberal media contends. In time, all things will change, and the perception of Bush already has.

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...