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Once considered by some as the worst President of modern times, former President George W. Bush’s legacy may be ready for rehab.
While the current administration of Barack Obama seldom misses an opportunity to trash Bush and blame the former President for problems that persist, history may be ready to re-judge some of Bush’s actions and policies while in office.
And history may be far kinder to Bush than anyone predicted.
Is George W. Bush about to start a political comeback?
Written off as one of the worst presidents in U.S. history when he left office, the 63-year-old Bush has been keeping a low profile, fading from view as the country turned its attention to his successor, President Barack Obama.
Now, some events might be turning in Bush’s favor just as he and his family emerge to tell their side of the story, first with the release this week of Laura Bush’s memoir, “Spoken From the Heart,” then in November with the release of his book, “Decision Points.”
“The rehab’s well under way,” said Mark McKinnon, a Bush confidant who still bikes with the former president in Texas.
“His loyalists have always believed that history would be much kinder to the president than public opinion was during his term. We also believe that leaders who make tough decisions are rarely popular when they’re president, but that history puts things into context.”
Most notably, the war in Iraq may not turn out to be the political albatross it was while he was in office.