Wednesday, March 18, 2009

We All Deserve His Silence

Yesterday George W. Bush said yesterday that current President Obama "deserves my silence." In general, this is not a point of view I support. I don't think that a former president should go from leader of the nation and leader of the Republican Party to complete silence in the two minutes it takes the next president to say his or her oath.

But I'll make an exception in Bush's case. Given that he was one of the worst presidents in American history, it's save to say that we all deserve silence from George W. Bush.


Anonymous said...

Now that it is all over, I'm searching for good things about President Bush. I never like to be completely negative on someone.

Is there anything small or large that he did that you think is worthy of respect? Can you say anything good about President Bush?


Ric Caric said...

I've never been completely negative about Bush. I've always defended Bush against the charge that he was stupid and acknowledged that the surge strategy in Iraq was a moderate success. I've also written that the initial strategy in Afghanistan was well done. These things don't stack up against the monumental failures of the Bush administration. Even though electing Bush was a huge mistake, they've always been there.

Todd Mayo said...

Well said Ric. Personally, the only positive thing I can say about the GW Bush administration is that it's OVER!!

As to Bush staying silent, what else could he do at this point? Without Karl Rove and Dick Cheney to approve every statement he makes, GW knows it is better to "stay silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt." (was that Mark Twain?? can't recall)

Anonymous said...

Yeah, the initial strategy in Afghanistan seemed to be successful. I wish he'd helped the people in that country their lives.

But as for the silence, it will be limited. I read that he is already accepting speaking engagements (at $100,000 per speech). But I didn't find out who the audience will be??

Who will pay so much money for him? Perhaps they are seeking his access to investors. What else would he speak on? He's not exactly an authority on any particular issue.


Anonymous said...

At least he doesn't act like his opinions still matter. He has enough respect for the Office, and for the American people. Strange contrast to Jimmy Carter huh?