Friday, April 26, 2013


George W. Bush
Cover of George W. Bush

DALLAS — Shortly after Barack Obama was elected in 2008, a fellow reporter who’d covered President George W. Bush all eight years told me she’d had enough of the travel and stress and strain of the White House beat, that she was moving on.
We reminisced about all the places we’d been, all the crazy days and wild nights, all the history we’d seen — first hand. Just before we said our goodbyes, I asked her if she’d miss covering President Obama. 
“Not at all. He’s an inch deep. Bush is a bottomless chasm, a deep, mysterious, emotional, profound man. Obama is all surface — shallow, obvious, robotic, and, frankly, not nearly as smart as he thinks. Bush was the one.” 
Her words, so succinct, have stuck with me ever since. By the way, she’s a hardcore Democrat.
Full article here.

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Joe said...

Comparing W to Bammer is not fair. A looking glass has more depth than Bammer. That being said I was never really a big fan of W. I thought the Republicans were getting close to the bottom of the barrel when they picked him for their candidate. I have to admit that he did a reasonable job as president and I don't think he deserved half the leftist accusations tossed his way. When the books are finally closed I think, to use a boxing analogy W will be judged an honest middle weight while Bammer will be judged a very corrupt flyweight.

RkBall said...

Joe -- good analysis.

I like to think of W foremost as a decent human being.

Unlike those obsessed with power and the office, he seemed so laid-back about the Presidency he could have phoned it in.

Anonymous said...

One of the classiest things about Bush is the fact that he has laid low and not commented on current events or put himself out there all the time. Contrast this with Clinton and Carter who are always seeking the spotlight and make all sorts of speeches and comments about Republicans.

RkBall said...


"... nothing intellectually compelling or challenging.. bald assertions coupled to superstition... woefully pathetic"