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

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  • jeanie orem, UT
    July 23, 2013 7:55 p.m.

    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.

  • Mickey Kovars Tampa, FL
    May 1, 2013 3:58 p.m.

    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.

  • Eric Samuelsen Provo, UT
    April 30, 2013 8:13 p.m.

    So what?

  • UTAH Bill Salt Lake City, UT
    April 30, 2013 6:25 p.m.

    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.

  • ronnie sandy, utah
    April 30, 2013 1:42 p.m.

    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.

  • 1aggie SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    April 30, 2013 12:48 p.m.

    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.

  • Blue Salt Lake City, UT
    April 30, 2013 11:59 a.m.

    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?

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    April 30, 2013 11:20 a.m.

    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.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    April 30, 2013 11:17 a.m.

    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.

  • George New York, NY
    April 30, 2013 10:28 a.m.

    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.

  • MapleDon Springville, UT
    April 30, 2013 10:24 a.m.


    "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.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    April 30, 2013 10:06 a.m.

    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.

  • Tyler D Meridian, ID
    April 30, 2013 10:05 a.m.

    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.”

  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    April 30, 2013 9:53 a.m.

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

  • George New York, NY
    April 30, 2013 9:51 a.m.

    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.

  • MapleDon Springville, UT
    April 30, 2013 8:58 a.m.

    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?

  • HS Fan Salt Lake City, UT
    April 30, 2013 8:08 a.m.

    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.

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    April 30, 2013 5:36 a.m.

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

  • Iron Rod Salt Lake City, UT
    April 30, 2013 3:08 a.m.

    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.