I wonder if Cindy Sheeham would echo the experiences of this reporter?As I remember Ms Sheehams son lost his life fighting in Iraq and that
experience turned her into an anti war activist . She camped out on the road to
President Bush's Crawford Texas ranch as a protest. He had to drive past
her each time he visited his ranch. Did ths "kind and gentle man" offer
the same consolation to the mother of one of our deceased soldiers? Or did he
consider her an embarrassment ? Just an observation from a casual
observer of events.
Kind and gentle-hearted? Wow! His actions and words show just the opposite.
Never met the man but from what I've seen and heard I can agree with the
author. Unfortunately, those attributes don't make you a good President.
At least they didn't in G.W.'s case. Worst President since Andrew
Though I think Bush was neither great nor lousy as a president, I have a much
stronger opinion regarding our current president. Bush received non-stop
criticism by the media, including some even by the Deseret News. Our current
president, on the other hand, is given a free pass. The Deseret News and its
affiliate, KSL, have never criticized our current president for any policy or
issue. Why? Is he really that good, or are you afraid?
@mapledonI think you see what you want to see mapledon. I think both Bush
and Obama as with all presidents have been criticized frequently, sometimes
fairly and at times unfairly by the media. I agree with HS fan, I do not know
Bush I did often feel he was misguided and disagreed with his policies but he
also always struck me as a good and well-meaning person doing the best he knew
Kindhearted? I was just wondering if the new Bush Library will feature a torture
Bush loved his image as the swaggering Texan… he perpetuated it constantly
including the truckload of working-at-his-ranch photo ops and all the many poses
with his arms hanging out wide enough to support the latissimus dorsi of Arnold
Schwarzenegger.The man was a walking caricature and the best public
figure example of just how far someone of mediocre abilities can go if they have
wildly out-of-proportion self confidence and self esteem. Or at least he was the
best example until the Republican Party tried to foist Sarah Palin on us.I think the best line about W came from his own mother who, after
hearing he was running for president, supposedly said, “oh you must mean
Jeb… George isn’t smart enough to be president.”
Despite caricatures, George W. Bush is kind and gentle-hearted=============== Unless you happen to be Middle Eastern or part of
the former Middle to Lower Class or Americans who lost their entire life's
savings during his administration.
@George"I think you see what you want to see mapledon. I think
both Bush and Obama as with all presidents have been criticized frequently,
sometimes fairly and at times unfairly by the media."Really?
Really? Which media are you talking about that criticizes Obama on an equivalent
level as they did Bush? Provide the examples, please, because I have yet to see
@VSTDon’t we all? I see a media and public that treats its
presidents fairly at times and not so fairly at times. I do not think any of our
presidents have gone into office with the intent to do harm to our country. They
all have had their strengths and they have all had their weaknesses just like
the rest of us. What I do not see is a grand conspiracy behind every door, but
that’s just me.
He's probably a decent enough guy to sit around and have a beer with. His
presidency, however, was a disaster, and a good ol' boy personality
doesn't mitigate that.
I believe that Bush is a decent human being. I believe that Obama and Romney are
decent men also. But, I believe that Bush cherry picked the info and
got us into a completely unnecessary and damaging war.I am no Gore
supporter, but had Gore won the election, I do not believe that we would have
gotten into the Iraq war and the country would be better off for it.Just because we disagree politically with someone does not make it necessary
to make personal attacks and turn people into demons. We can be good people,
disagreeing with other good people.
My uncle Wayne (not his real name) is also a "kind and gentle-hearted"
man.He's also unbelievably sexist, falls for every bit of
quackery pitched at him by snake oil salesmen promising miracle cures for his
many ailments, and thinks that the Apollo moon landings were faked.See my point?
I believe President Bush is an incurious individual who unfortunately surrounded
himself with neocons like Dick Cheney and Paul Wolfowitz rather than more
levelheaded people like Ogden's own Brent Scowcroft. The neocons took
advantage and disaster resulted. The road to "heck" is paved with good
intentions, and although Bush may be a good guy, his legacy will be anything but
I am waiting for the Deseret News to publish a well articulated and objective
assessment of President Bush's Legacy. I always felt that the Vietnam War
left us with such an emotional stigma that, even after all these years, we are
uncomfortable talking about the mistakes of our past. But we really need to
talk about the issues in order to learn and give our future generations a
platform to help make the right decisions.
Just because someone's a nice guy does not make them a good president (cue
Jimmy Carter). The foreign and domestic policies of Bush were a disaster
we're still recuperating from.
I keep hearing that GWB is this really great guy. Still, he threw us into a war
without serious regard for the consequences, both human and financial. We are
still paying the price, and now Iraq seems to be descending into the same
sectarian warfare as before. So what was gained?Now we have another
great guy -- attractive family man with young daughters -- and once again a
president is pursuing ruinous policies that gravely threaten our future.Maybe we've had enough terrific guys as president. Give me one
who's less terrific if only he'd make an honest effort to dig us out
of the hole we're in, instead of digging it deeper.
We all have opinions about George W. Bush as a former president. This woman
shared her opinion of him as a man who behaved in a much more kind way during
her time of grief than most would - and no cameras were rolling. That counts.