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-- -- -- did that the -- can he can you sum up how history will judge president George W.
Next what is most remarkable is that his ratings have come up so fast.
I mean you've had people who have been down before.
They've either not come up at all think Richard Nixon and what they have come up very slowly.
In terms of personal.
Like -- Herbert Hoover -- he was less demonized but still.
Be an assessment.
Of how we handle the depression remains pretty dismal and so but.
It -- its all context it's all relative.
As we see that the economy is not appreciable Lee improved under his success or as we see -- Afghanistan continues to be a -- And Iraq which was the controversial war really been turned out fairly well then so.
-- he may yet turn things around but one swallow does not make a spring.
One poll does that make reputation.
Around a one hole did we have president.
-- probably and yeah I did.
Let's just take a look at those figures the David -- we have a new Fox News.
Poll conducted April 20 to 22.
Opinion of George -- president George W.
Bush now favorable 49% unfavorable 47%.
And you can see they -- the major change in those figures.
Since February 2010.
And even more so since April 2008.
When he was just 35%.
Favorable but at.
It's still it's still pretty much a split down the middle David it's a split down the middle but when you're down and in the basement -- you're playing 500 ball that's not so bad.
Branagh and Eddie's done everything usual way he's not been building houses for habitat for humanity or working with the boys club with her -- Hoover Hoover.
Would do well what he's he's laid low and it and he's done things his own way I read his entire career.
And sometimes it's worked out sometimes that news Nate you you you -- when you listen to people talk about -- President Bush.
The eight does seem when you listen to President Clinton and President Obama for instance.
That that affection for him and their appreciation.
-- of him as a person.
Seems very genuine and perhaps that's the way more he's being judged now on.
Who he is and walls as a person would that be fair.
Because I can think of a couple fellows who -- a tire salesman from Windsor Ontario -- Of working stiff from New Jersey.
Who wandered in barged into the owner's box of the Texas Rangers when he was president then it should have been thrown out of the state of Texas.
And instead -- welcome graciously and I can recall that I got a call for my publisher.
For 1920 year of the six presidents they -- we have a letter from the White House.
And it was a handwritten note from George W.
And immediately have to curry favor with me but he did it.
And I think you hear over and over again of the personal decency of the -- and you know and despite the problems of his presidency.
I think the American people never quite forgot that it -- it.
I'm when -- when I worked for a British network all those years ago and -- then.
George Bush George W.
Bush was running for the presidency.
I I went down to Texas and was doing a background piece on him and told to.
People like the janitors and the popcorn sales -- and everybody at the Texas Rangers stadium.
And they all said he knew then names and he never -- of these people who.
Did not know and you know I'm no great political interest or whatever role -- open particularly political driven but they did remember.
That he was a decent guy you might say that's a political cost touch but I think it's a touch of character right in dressing up but -- so then the we look at the walls.
And we have to look at the -- -- you come look at the bush presidency without looking of the walls thousands.
Of American lives lost thousands of Iraqi lives and Afghanistan Afghan lives we shouldn't forget those two.
The trillions of dollars spent.
How will they need beat those particular walls be viewed in history.
Afghanistan seemed and most people's mind to be a justified.
Action Iraq moral war of choice.
And as you say maybe they flipped in the way they did -- -- -- and more to Afghanistan more chaotic -- in Iraq on some sort of tough to stability although a lot of deaths is very recently in -- -- when I mean it's it's not going to.
But it is moving towards one -- the more stable democracies in the entire Middle East and that is that is -- that's a game changer.
And I think -- he was doing with going into -- Iraq.
Was also say you know we talk about UN resolutions we talk about the rule of law Saddam Hussein violated human rights he violated U.
He tried to kill a former president of the United States and who happen to be bush w.'s father but still.
He had sort of earned.
Push back meaningful push back from the United States and I think what bush is trying to do what Iraq -- to do a game changer and he came.
Very close to doing that -- and I think what that did was also it show up Qaddafi.
Away from terrorism.
And really was the initiative -- of the Arab Spring in.
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