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January 23, 2007
The man just can't get any credit
According to the latest poll George Bush's approval rate stands at thirty-three percent, comparable with that of Richard Nixon during the Watergate crisis. This is frankly astonishing given the situation over which he is presiding. After all, we have won two wars, liberated two countries and are reshaping the Middle East with a fraction of the casualties we suffered at the battle of the Bulge.
In addition, the economy is as solid as ever, affluence is at an all-time high, and we have not had a terrorist attack in more five years. When you think about it, this is an extremely impressive record given the difficult hand President Bush was dealt at the outset of his presidency. You can be certain that if Bill Clinton were presiding over this situation, his approval rate would be close to sixty percent and he would be hailed as one of the greatest presidents of all time. Various titles would be hurled at him by a media eager to secure his legacy. He would be called the hammer of the terrorists, wise steward of the economy, and a gentleman to boot.