I was watching, of all things, a commercial from John Hancock this morning. The end of the completely silent advertisement (The reason I looked up was because the room was suddenly quiet) exhorted the potentially wealthy to use John Hancock to “Protect your legacy.”
Everybody wants to leave a legacy. Not all of us will be satisfied with the legacy we leave. It certainly appears that President George Bush’s legacy has already been determined as the sort that surrounds regret. But not so fast, our president doesn’t seem to suffer the same changing opinions of his own legacy. In fact he seems remarkably steadfast despite the flood of opposition.
Charles Krauthammer writes an excellent article regarding the legacy of George W. Bush:
“Some have argued that too much reliance on this internal compass is what got us into Iraq in the first place. But Bush was hardly alone in that decision. He had a majority of public opinion, the commentariat and Congress with him. In addition, history has not yet rendered its verdict on the Iraq War. We can say that it turned out to be longer and more costly than expected, surely. But the question remains as to whether the now-likely outcome — transforming a virulently aggressive enemy state in the heart of the Middle East into a strategic ally in the war on terror — was worth it. I suspect the ultimate answer will be far more favorable than it is today.”
—RealClearPolitics – Articles – History Will Judge
As one who has been in favor of President Bush’s policies from the beginning, I count myself among the (apparent) few whose opinions have not been fickle. It’s too bad that the majority of Americans (and the world by all appearances) lack the capacity to make a decision and live with it. I’ve made my decision on the Bush presidency.
His leadership definition was forged during one of our nations most critical moments in history and has not wavered even though public opinion has mounted ignorantly against him. While there has been some thoughtful criticism levied at President Bush the majority of the rhetoric has been representative of the typically mindless seething partisan manufactured criticism born of a desperate hope to gain some victory in the polls.
I agree with Charles Krauthammer on this one, the legacy of President number 42 will be properly judged in the future – and whether I or the rabid opponents have pre-judged rightly will be clear for all to see.