Dubya doesn't get a whole lot of credit these days. Liberals like myself want to see him impeached or – better yet – sent along with Dick Cheney to the Hague to stand trial from crimes against humanity (which of course will not happen). Conservatives are desperately trying to distance themselves from the president and the multiple albatrosses his administration has hung around the neck of the Republican Party.
But I've long believed that when someone does something right or tries his level best to do the right thing even if it ends in failure, that person deserves gratitude and a pat on the back…and I say kudos to George W. Bush for what he has tried to do to help resolve the current world economic crisis (even though I believe he bears a significant portion of the blame for bringing this crisis to pass). His efforts may or may not work, and we probably won't know the real extent of his success or failure for years to come, but I believe President Bush is truly doing everything he can to stop the economic hemorrhaging of the world’s financial markets. He has gone against his party and even joined with the G7, the IMF, and the World Bank in their efforts to keep aright the economies of not only America, but of the world as a whole. In a one-eighty from his administration’s disastrous tendency to play cowboy and discard any efforts at true diplomacy, President Bush actually listened to the other world leaders, took their advice, and stood united with them.
While I agree with many historians that Bush is the worst American president ever, one should bear in mind that even the most incompetent leaders and evil tyrants have usually done something right. So true to my contrarian nature, when it comes to his leadership during the current economic crisis, I say “Good on you, Mr. President – no one could have asked for more than what you have tried to do.”Powered by Sidelines