Thursday, August 11, 2011
I just finished reading Decision Points, George Bush's memoirs. It was a a great read. It was a book which left me with one overriding thought. Was I, were we too hard on George W Bush? I suppose it is natural to sympathise with any author after reading their autobiography but the former President did articulate in a very convincing way just how unique the Presidency is as ultimately the job comes down to one man in an office making some incredibly difficult calls that will shape human history. I also got the impression of a man who had little appetite for the partisan game. I never realised what a hard time he got from the Christian right wing of the Republican Party which regularly accused him of selling out on many of their principles. He was clearly less ideological and more pragmatic than most people give him credit for. This is evident in his chapters on Stem Cell Research, Social Security Reform, Hurricane katrina and No Child Left Behind. Yet it is impossible to avoid the reality that Iraq and the 2008 financial crisis render his Presidency largely, a bad one.