Can anyone be as bad as Bush? As good as Obama? All the criticism and all the praise make me seek the middle: nothing is this evil or this holy…..
We seem to be in a stampede to condemn and a stampede to extoll all at the same time….
BERLIN (Reuters) – Editorial writers around the world have been taking their final printed whacks at , accusing the president of tarnishing America’s standing with what many saw as arrogant and incompetent leadership.
Some, for all their criticism, suggested historians might just be kinder later on than those now writing first drafts of history. A success often cited by those seeking a silver lining was the from further homeland attacks following Sept.11.
Bush’s successor, Barack Obama, will be sworn in as the 44th U.S. president Tuesday.
A protester walks over a portrait of U.S. President George W. Bush during a demonstration in Mumbai January 16, 2009 to protest against Israeli military strikes in Gaza.(Arko Datta/Reuters)
“A weak leader, Bush was just overwhelmed in the job,” said Germany’s Sueddeutsche Zeitung under a headline: “The Failure.” “He confused stubbornness with principles. America has become intolerant and it will take a long time to repair that damage.”
Editorials hit out at Bush for two unfinished wars, for plunging the economy into recession, turning a budget surplus into a pile of debt, for his environment policies and tarnishing America’s reputation with the Guantanamo Bay detention center.
Bush was given credit in some editorials for defending the United States against terror attacks after September 11, 2001.
Israel was most complimentary, of his intentions if not necessarily of his achievements.
“Of all the U.S. presidents over the past 60 years, it is hard to think of a better friend to Israel than George W. Bush,” the Jerusalem Post daily wrote during Bush’s final visit.
Last week columnistwrote Bush “recognizes Israel and the U.S. share the same enemies and they seek to destroy us because we represent the same thing: freedom. But Bush never learned how to translate personal views into policy.”