The guy wasn’t a great president. But the current mantra, from everyone from late night comedians to newspaper columnists, is “It was Bush’s fault.” Obama has spent the last four years blaming GWB for everything, including his own failure to fix what he said he would when we elected him. The economy is being blamed on GWB even though there’s no rational reason to do so (his fiscal policies may have angered liberals but the current/recent economic mess had very little to do with those policies; there are/were larger forces at work).
Heck, they even blamed him for Hurricane Katrina (including criticism for not leaving emergency equipment in the city center, where it would have been destroyed). He’s blamed for global warming, global cooling, and insect plagues. He’s blamed for burned grilled cheese sandwiches and for bringing about the total collapse of human civilzation. What gives? Is he just a convenient scapegoat/punching bag since he seems disinclined to defend himself? Is he a dartboard for the Democrats because it’s convenient to blame all the country’s troubles on a Republican?
It is amusing that liberals (and foreign critics) assume that the President had absolute power from 2000-2008 but that office turned impotent in 2009. In other words, GWB, in his malevolence, reached out his all-powerful tentacles and destroyed everything within reach; Obama, on the other hand, can’t accomplish anything because a president’s power is so limited (by that annoying Constitution, as Obama himself as said).
I don’t like the man or the man’s politics, but painting him as an all-powerful mixture of Nero and Dracula just doesn’t jibe with reality IMHO. Presidents set the tone but can’t dictate how the music is played. Their power, and thus their ability to influence events, is finite and limited. Even if he had wanted to, Bush couldn’t have caused the Second Great Depression (2008-?).