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Published: Tuesday, April 30 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Iron Rod
Salt Lake City, UT

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.

Furry1993
Ogden, UT

Kind and gentle-hearted? Wow! His actions and words show just the opposite.

HS Fan
Salt Lake City, UT

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 Johnson.

MapleDon
Springville, UT

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?

George
New York, NY

@mapledon
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. 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 how.

Irony Guy
Bountiful, Utah

Kindhearted? I was just wondering if the new Bush Library will feature a torture exhibit.

Tyler D
Meridian, ID

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.”

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

Despite caricatures, George W. Bush is kind and gentle-hearted

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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.

VST
Bountiful, UT

Based upon your overall response to MapleDon, I think you see what you want to see George.

MapleDon
Springville, UT

@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 it.

George
New York, NY

@VST
Don’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.

VST
Bountiful, UT

@George,

I agree. I do not see a grand conspiracy behind every door either, and that is not only me.

But it also does appear to me that President Obama, on occasion, gets a bigger pass from the media than President Bush did.

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

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.

VST
Bountiful, UT

@Furry1993,

Did you read the article? If not, then please do so.

What he did for Kathleen Parker, at a time of her bereavement for a dear friend and her friend's Son, was a class act.

JoeBlow
Far East USA, SC

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.

Blue
Salt Lake City, UT

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?

1aggie
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

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 revered.

ronnie
sandy, utah

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.

UTAH Bill
Salt Lake City, UT

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.

Eric Samuelsen
Provo, UT

So what?

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