January 6, 2009

It still amazes me

Filed under: politics — ubikcan @ 12:28 pm

It still amazes me how unpopular #43 is and has been ever since 9/11. That date was really the end of the Bush administration, not its saving, as two stories in the NYT demonstrate.

First, the story of a former Guantanamo detainee, who at 31, can now barely walk. He was held for 6 years without charge because of a misreport of something he never said.

Second, the piece by Frank Rich appropriately entitled “Forgotten but not Gone” on Bush.

The last NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll on Bush’s presidency found that 79 percent of Americans will not miss him after he leaves the White House. He is being forgotten already, even if he’s not yet gone. You start to pity him until you remember how vast the wreckage is. It stretches from the Middle East to Wall Street to Main Street and even into the heavens, which have been a safe haven for toxins under his passive stewardship. The discrepancy between the grandeur of the failure and the stature of the man is a puzzlement. We are still trying to compute it.

Not bad for the Village, though as always a peculiar blindspot to how the media themselves enabled this situation.

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