David Shribman: "Bush" A harsh critique of the presidency of George W. BushThere can be no mystery where the distinguished biographer Jean Edward Smith stands on the 43rd president, the subject of his latest work (link below.) “Rarely in the history of the United States,’’ he writes in the first sentence of his preface, “has the nation been so ill-served as during the presidency of George W. Bush.’’
The more than 800 pages that follow are devoted to showing why that first page provides evidence enough. The budget went from surplus to deficit; the country went from peace to war; military spending went from 3 percent of GDP to seven times that much. The man in charge was, Smith says, “[u]nprepared for the complexities of governing, with little executive experience and a glaring deficit in his attention span, untutored, untraveled, and unversed in the ways of the world.’’ And he left behind a country, Smith argues, “impoverished by debt, besieged by doubt, struggling with the aftereffects of the worst recession since the Great Depression, and deeply engaged in military conflicts of our own choosing.’’
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DO NOT PLACE ANOTHER INCOMPETENT -- A DONALD TRUMP -- IN THE MOST POWERFUL POSITION IN THE WORLD -- THE US PRESIDENCY. YOU WILL, I AM CONFIDENT, WORK FOR AND ELECT THE MOST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE IN THE HISTORY OF THIS NATION -- HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON!