Thursday, June 7, 2012
He who must not be mentioned is enjoying a renaissance, but he is still in last place among living ex-Presidents:
Three and a half years after leaving office, a survey Thursday shows that former President George W. Bush remains unpopular among a majority of Americans — the only living president with an under 50 percent approval rating.
Only 43 percent of respondents had a favorable view of Bush, compared with 54 percent who had an unfavorable view, according to a CNN/ORC poll.
The 43rd president’s approval rating has improved somewhat since he left office, however — in 2009, his approval rating was in the mid-30s.
Other living former presidents perform significantly better. Bush’s father, George H.W. Bush, has a 59 percent approval, to 34 percent disapproval. Jimmy Carter is viewed favorably by 54 percent of the public, and unfavorably by about 30 percent. The 42nd president, Bill Clinton, is the most popular of the living former presidents, with a 66 percent favorable rating. Only 31 percent say they hold unfavorable views of Clinton.
Maybe Romney could appoint Bush as his economic adviser since he is stealing Bush's economic plan.
But all in all this is Not bad considering he left office with a 27% approval rating. When you think about it, the reign of error was one disaster after another.
His term started off with a photo finish election ultimately decided by a partisan and activist Supreme Court decision. Next he was warned about a terrorist plot to attack America using hijacked airplanes but decided his plans to invade Iraq took priority. Then there was the meltdown in Iraq because there was absolutely no post war planning. This was followed by Hurricane Katrina and hoping that Brownie could do a heck of a job which was followed by continuing meltdown in Iraq. And he was not done just yet. Bush ended his term as it started with the greatest world economic collapse since the great depression. It was disaster after disaster.