Too Many Low Points to Remember
Recently, former President George W. Bush referred to when Kanye West uttered his infamous statement “George Bush doesn’t care about black people” as a low point of his eight years in the White House.
Well, that may be left for the historians to debate. History — his story, indeed. I guess you really thought “Brownie” did do a great job as the head of FEMA during Katrina, didn’t you, Mr. President?
If I were pressed to give a low point, I’d say it came when the war on terror expanded to include the invasion of Iraq, when Bin Laden was still running al-Qaida from the mountains of Afghanistan. I think another low point may have come when $20 billion was paid to KBR, a former Halliburton division, to supply U.S. military in Iraq with food, fuel, housing and other items.
I think it is even a lower point now that the economy has shown signs of improvement, resulting from $700 billion that then-President Bush requested from Congress late in his administration and started doling out to GM and Chrysler less than a month before he left office, yet no one is giving him any credit for his last-minute efforts to pump life into the economy he nearly drove off a cliff. No one wants to give him credit for letting the banks run out of control and the record national foreclosure rates.
I think he has had more low points than he really wants to remember. Where were the outraged citizens of the tea party from 2001 until 2009? I will not question what has motivated their outrage. Is it fair or even logical to expect anything that took eight full years to be mired in the mud to be steered back on the road in less than two years?
George H. Wilson Jr.
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