Good Riddance

 Posted by on 20 January 2009 at 12:05 pm  Politics
Jan 202009

The Economist savages George W. Bush’s eight years as president. It’s an interesting survey, even though the praise and criticism is often misplaced. Here’s what I found most interesting:

Lack of curiosity also led Mr Bush to suspect intellectuals in general and academic experts in particular. David Frum, who wrote speeches for Mr Bush during his first term, noted that “conspicuous intelligence seemed actively unwelcome in the Bush White House”. The Bush cabinet was “solid and reliable”, but contained no “really high-powered brains”. Karen Hughes, one of his closest advisers, “rarely read books and distrusted people who did”. Ron Suskind, a journalist, has argued that Mr Bush created a “faith-based presidency” in which decisions, precisely because they were based on faith, could not be revised subsequently.

Now onward — and likely downward — to Barack Obama.

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