Worst President Ever
"In this job you've got a lot on your plate on a regular basis; you don't have much time to sit around and wander, lonely, in the Oval Office, kind of asking different portraits, 'How do you think my standing will be?'"--George W. Bush, March 2005
No, George--we never mistook you for someone with an ounce of introspection. Or in seeing the big picture or taking the long view, or any of those critical faculties that develop wisdom and are characteristic of good leadership. Don't you Worry--that's OUR job.
But, Rolling Stone has a wonderful article written by a historian that takes a look at just what this guy's standing might be, further on down the line. It has effectively raised my hope meter. Maybe we will come out of this wreckage of an administration with someone who is as inspiring and unifying as this guy is, well, just the opposite.
Having waved away the lessons of history in the making of his decisions, the present-minded Bush doesn't seem to be concerned about his place in history. "History. We won't know," he told the journalist Bob Woodward in 2003. "We'll all be dead."
Truly a visionary.