He's The Best President We've Ever Had
He Was One Of The Best
He Was Pretty Good
He Was Kind Of Bad
He Was One Of The Worst
He Was The Worst
“Justitia suum cuique distribuit” Justice renders to every one his due
As far as Bush's presidency in historical reference, I think it is too early to say for sure. I suspect he will be remembered as one of the worst, but then again, I thought that about his father, and have seriously had to rethink that opinion. Based on what I have seen so far, I think he is the worst president I have seen in my lifetime, but I don't have the historical knowledge to compare him to some of the presidents from history.
FDR improved the situation, if only slightly, by getting a large federal defecit to put some more money into the economy after Hoover increased taxes to such a punitive level. Thank god Reagan reduced taxes to a sane level.
And if you feel that WWII got us out of the Depression, then we must praise FDR for getting us ready into that war. His welfare spending is also simillar to the high amounts of spending that our country spent on WWII. So it is difficult to critisize one and not the other.
Also, if we look at what programs FDR started that still exist today, those are mostly the suscesful programs. Things like SS, insurance transparency, Glass-steigal (which after was repealed set us up for this crisis) and insurance on bank deposits. Any faulty program that was created after him is not his fault.
The problems we have today with large government mostly relate to other programs such as wasteful welfare or an inneficent medicare system. All that which FDR didn't invent.
George Bush reminds me of this quote from "The Great Gatsby"
"They were careless people, Tom and Daisy- they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made."