CuriousJockAZ said That said, I truly believe in my heart that the way President Bush has been treated has been absolutely disgraceful. He's been the fall guy for virtually everything under the sun it seems, getting little if any credit for much of the good he has done as President. Has he made mistakes? Of course. What President hasn't? Has he been the President during one of the most difficult times in American history? Absolutely. Has he held his head up high through it all and forged ahead trying the best he could to do what he thought was right for America and the world. Yes, I think he has, and never once has he lashed out at his critics who so vehemently and publicly lashed out at him. So, in 50 years, I believe people will look back and see that President Bush was only human, not the devil incarnate, and that he was just another President facing challenges, some of which he handled correctly, others later proved not so much. Unfortunately, hindsight is 20/20, but when you're dealing in the here and now you can only do the best you can and hope it works.
CuriousJockAZ - I have no idea why you consider this man to be the fall guy. There some aspects to what has happened to the country the last 8 years that has little to do with his incompetence - I can agree in that respect - such as the event of 9/11. And even how he reacted to the situation - the whole world was angry about that day.
1) However, lying about the "weapons of mass destruction" to justify an invasion is not excusable. AND please everyone remember our history with Iraq before we start explaining our reasoning for this invasion. Why, Why, WHY do people harp on this as if it's fact...It is NOT fact, it's nothing but a bunch of unproven propaganda - period!
BTW - is seeking to punish those like Osama or Saddam ANY justification to kill innocents along the way? If we waited 3 more months and really searched for the truth about who and where these perpetrators hid - would that have made our goal to deal with terrorism any less worthy?
2) I am sure the 1000 + people that died from Katrina due to the lack of initiative from our President's staff and cabinet. Again his inability to react appropriately. More finger pointing and scapegoatism that is neither fair or necessarily true. Incompetance on the Louisiana STATE & LOCAL level was the biggest contributor to the Federal government being unable to get in there quickly and effectively. Also, the locals who refused to evacuate also have to shoulder some of the blame for the ultimate loss of life. Granted, there was some problems on the federal level, but lets be fair -- KATRINA was a huge natural disaster of epic proportions, and you can only prepare so much for such events, and learn from them in the aftermath.
3) I won't blame one man for our economic downfall - but again his staff and cabinet THAT HE hired have only shown incompetence and outward GREED! AND NO sympathy toward Main Street! Even today Paulson will not support $24 billion from the $700 billion bailout program to put the mortgage modification program on national footing. But yet, another bank (Citigroup) wasn't turned away. I'm not an economic expert, and I would wager to bet that neither are you. Even the experts are at a loss for exactly what to do and how to do it in this crisis as in many ways we are in unchartered territory right now. Lots of blame to go around, and like it or not much of the blame can be put smack dab on the American People who have been living beyond their means off of credit cards and home equity loans, etc for decades and the chickens have finally come home to roost. Go into the homes of many of these families on so-called "Main Street" and what do you find -- flat screen TVs, kids with iPods and cell phones, SUVs in the driveway -- all bought on credit. Lots of blame to go around.
I do hope Obama creates a climate of change and entrepreneurship because I see little of Bush's policies or rhetoric speak to middle class America.