Most people today are convinced that the lies the Press told were how things really were.
In addition Bush was no Conservative, and allowed Republican Congress which became Washingtonized to pass some dubious spending bills (Spending did increase dramatically under GOP Congress and majority of that were NOT worse which were relatively "cheap", 2T over 10 years to be exact).
Bush, when compared line by line to JFK was more of a Democrat than a Republican. While today, given how far left Democrats are, he appears like a Conservative his ideology in fact is that of Welfare State and by no means Free Markets. This was the whole point of the "Compassionate Conservatism" nonsense that he promoted.