Deb Riechmann of the Associated Press might as well be penning love letters to President Obama with drivel like this:
WASHINGTON â€“ Leaving the White House for the last time on Tuesday, President George W. Bush blew a kiss out the window of his presidential limousine, a gesture that capped an eight-year administration marked by two wars, recession and the biggest terrorist attack on U.S. soil.
Bush’s exit was bittersweet. He left office with low approval ratings, but he remained upbeat, smiling and joining in the celebration of President Barack Obama’s ascent to rock-star status, even as he faces daunting challenges, especially a depressed economy.
I’m surprised she didn’t use “marred” rather than “marked.”Â I am not unhappy to see Bush go.Â In many ways, I think his was administration was disastrous, especially for the cause of limited government.Â But I question how much of his effectiveness as a chief executive was hampered by difficult times.Â He did not ask for 9/11, nor the housing and financial crisis.Â He didn’t ask for high gas prices or low gas prices.Â He may have gone to war in Iraq, but he inherited the Iraq problem from previous adminsitrations.Â Perhaps a better chief executive could have better dealt with these challenges, but I suspect that no matter who had been in the White House in 2000, we’d be sick of him by now.Â Barack Obama’s day of reckoning is yet to come, but it is coming, and I wonder whether reporters will still be reporting of his “rock star” status then.