Saluting with misty eyes
There are too many who feel desperate and vulnerable right now, and seeing such a polarized nation, I believe one should know pretty well that Bush is a pretty unsatisfactory peoples president!
Noah, there will ALWAYS be too many people who feel desperate and vulnerable. During the Kennedy White House (referred to as Camelot), there were people who were desperate and vulnerable. When Truman was President, People were desperate and vulnerable. During LBJ's "Great Society" people were desperate and vulnerable. During the Reagan White House, when the economy did a complete turn around from the Carter White House, People were deserate and vulnerable. It is an unfortunate, and irreversible fact of life. There is NOTHING that can be done to stop this from happening. At least in my opinion. As long as there are 20 pople in the world someone is going to be deserate and vulnerable.
As for the fact that President Bush being an "unsatisfactory people's president", please give us your definition of "satisfactory". Would it be an increase in the economy at a record pace for 9 months? Would it be housing starts, and sales increasing at a record rate, so that the economy grows as a result? Would it be the fact that most of the new homes are being bought be low-middle to middle income families (I don't have the actual statistics at hand, however, if I were to buldoze my desk, I could find the report for you.)? How about having unemployment drop steadily for a period of 6 months at rates faster than even the experts predicted? Maybe having an increase in education spending (even though more money has NEVER helped before) would make someone a satisfactory "people's" president.
All of these things happened within the last year, which would prevent them from being a hold-over from the Clinton era. I do realize, and I am willing to accept that president Clinton ALSO did good things for the economy. He also threw more money at the education system, and it is still as screwed up as it was before. He also brought the subject of socialized medicine to argument (and would have had my support except for a few "glitches" that I saw).
All of these would make him a good "people's president". HOWEVER...
He also taught our children that it was acceptable to practice the ancient art of infidelity. He also taught our kids that lying under oath was an acceptable way of conducting yourself. He also did many other things that were not something a "people's president" would do.
I am not bringing up these particular events to bash president Clinton. I have already noted that I thought he did many good things for the country. I only use thses examples as they are where this thread goes most often (myself included).
Other presidents have also done good things and rotten things within the scope of their administration. President Bush v1.0 PROMISED to end the increasing taxes... and then within the space of a year and a half signed the largest tax increase in history. President Reagan was caught up in the Iran-Contra hearings, and proved to the kids of America that it was OK to do something illegal, and then not accept responsibility for your actions by pinning the entire event on the shoulders of a man who has "conveniently died just 2 weeks before.
Nixon... well, that's all that needs to be said... or is it? While he was, and still is villified for Watergate, he also ended American involvement in the last "unpopular" armed conflict. He improved Russo-American relations. He re-opened trade relations with China. He ended the draft, he started the EPA, he brokered the first nucear arms treaty, he eased tensions in the Middle East... and many other things...
The point of my rambling, Noah, (and thank you for indulging me), is that NO President can be revered as a "People's President" or cursed for being the worst thing for this nation. It took me many years of growing up (as an adult) to realize that. EVERY man who sits in the Oval Office plants his backside in that chair claiming that he is going to be the "People's President" and do the best job any one has ever seen... and as long as that chair is being occupied by anyone who cannot claim divinity status, he (or she) is going to fail. So no, Noah, he is an unsatisfactory people's president... then again, so is ever other president to have been elected.
Oh, and Noah... To comment on a point that you made in an earlier post about Kennedy being great. President Kennedy never got the chance to be either great, or horrific. He was in office for just over a year and a half, and during his tour of duty, he got us into the Vietnam conflict, (although LBJ is responsible for that going sour), He got caught with his hand in Cuba's cookie jar, he committed MASS infidelity in the White House (and Oval Office), was suspected of having Marylin Monroe killed, and many other things that he would have been slammed for, had his brother not been the one responsible for investigating him, and bring that information to the public's attention.
And I will be signing copies of this novel at a book store near you
Cause in my dreams it's always there
The evil face that twists my mind
And brings me to despair.