Talk about some history-freaked whiners.
CNN reported this evening a bunch of straight-faced historians said Decider George has just been “unlucky” with a lot of bad shit happening on his watch, and future people might deal with the sonofabitch in a much better light than right now, a Harry Truman kind of character.
Shit happens, but how you handle that shit, that’s the bottom line.
All bets are off, however, if you start, or create shit — bad shit, too — and then through complete arrogant-incompetence, pour jet fuel on kindled-coals of disaster after disaster in attempts to rectify.
In this age of instant history, where technology has warped time, clutched events into mere seconds apart, heritage is of the now.
- “Right now there is not a lot of good will among historians.
Most see him as a combination of many negative factors,” said Julian Zelizer, a professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School.
“He is seen as incompetent in terms of how he handled domestic and foreign policy.
He is seen as pushing for an agenda to the right of the nation and doing so through executive power that ignored the popular will,” he added.
Aside Decider George’s inability to function properly, according to political history scholar Barbara Kellerman, it might just be the luck of the draw.
- “He [Bush] has been a quite unlucky president.
Certain things happened on his watch that most people don’t have to deal with — a 9/11, a [Hurricane] Katrina, the financial crisis, being three obvious examples,” she said.
“And yet they happened on his watch.
He is being blamed,” she said.
No, lady historian, he’s not being blamed for 9/11, or Katrina — he’s just being blamed for completely squandering and bungling the reaction to those events.
And the horrible shit he created — Iraq, the DOJ meltdown, the mishandling of Afghanistan and terror.
An ignorant cowboy.
And Decider George’s legacy was formed May 1, 2003, when he show-boated onto the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln — the horribly, nasty-ironic “Mission Accomplished” episode. (Illustration found here).
All the events to come later, all the bungled enterprises, botched operations and illegal activities, this act provided a window to the insidious heart of Decider George’s White House.
- The exterior of the four-seat Navy S-3B Viking was marked with “Navy 1” in the back and “George W. Bush Commander-in-Chief” just below the cockpit window.
On the plane’s tail was the insignia of the squadron, the “Blue Wolves.”
The landing came just hours before Bush is to tell the nation that major combat operations in Iraq have ended. The speech will be delivered from the carrier’s flight deck at 9 p.m. EDT.
Although it was first reported Decider George took the jet because the Lincoln was too far off the coast to helicopter there, the White House later backpedaled on the story.
As noted then in the New York Times:
- The White House said today that President Bush traveled to the carrier Abraham Lincoln last week on a small plane because he wanted to experience a landing the way carrier pilots do, not because the ship would be too far out to sea for Mr. Bush to arrive by helicopter, as his spokesman had originally maintained.
The president and his top aides had made no secret of Mr. Bush’s excitement at landing on a carrier on a plane designated Navy One and being brought to a halt by an arresting cable.
”He was really looking forward to it,” Vice President Dick Cheney said in a speech last Thursday, hours before Mr. Bush landed.
Play acting with events without any regard for anything or anybody.
According to a piece in Esquire last September by Ron Suskind, Decider George demonstrated his ability to be an arrogant asshole.
In 2001, a major economic advisor met with the president:
- As the man took his seat in the wing chair next to the president’s desk, he began to explain his problem with the president’s decision.
The fact of the matter was that in this area of policy, this adviser was one of the experts, really top-drawer, and had been instrumental in devising some of the very language now used to discuss these concepts.
He was convinced, he told Bush, that the president’s position would soon enough be seen as “bad policy.”
This, it seems, was the wrong thing to say to the president.
According to senior administration officials who learned of the encounter soon after it happened, President Bush looked at the man. “I don’t ever want to hear you use those words in my presence again,” he said.
“What words, Mr. President?”
“Bad policy,” President Bush said. “If I decide to do it, by definition it’s good policy. I thought you got that.”
The adviser was dismissed. The meeting was over.
Read Suskind’s complete article here.
Decider George’s legacy has nothing to do with luck — he’s a self-made man.