Our long national nightmare is finally over as the end of Bush's presidency comes with a lowest-ever approval rating of 22%, quite appropriate for the worst president ever. After Bush's 2000 (s)election by the Supreme Court, he took office under a cloud of lies about the outgoing Clinton administration (check out Salon's piece on "The White House vandalism that wasn't") and is retreating to Texas while a similarly artificial media myth about the cost of Obama's inauguration (see Eric Boehlert's MediaMatters piece) makes headlines.
Sadly, No! has a nice rundown of Bush's infamous flightsuit fantasy and the PR-ready "Mission Accomplished" banner, while ThinkProgress lists "The 43 Appointees Who Made Bush the Worst President Ever." The SF Chronicle hits the low-lights in "A disastrous eight years," as does the Economist piece "The frat boy ships out." For more overviews, check out "Farewell to All That: An Oral History of the Bush White House" (Vanity Fair) and "EPIC FAIL" (Progressive Blog Digest).
Scott Horton's Harper's piece "An Epitaph for the Bush Years" wonders "What is the message to be carved over this massive cesspool of a failed presidency?"
I turn to Augustine, the early church father whose writings represent the first effort by a Christian theologian to come to grips with the duties of civil governance. "If it does not do justice," he writes in the City of God, "what is the government but a great criminal enterprise?" That fits the Bush Administration perfectly, for it shows its key failing and it serves as admonishment to the government that follows him. [emphasis added]
This morning, I turned the last page on my "George W. Bush Out of Office Countdown" calendar to read this gem:
"I hope you leave here and walk out and say, 'What did he say?'"
The countdown clock has now ticked down to zero...and there was much rejoicing: