American Presidential History – Bush Graded The Worst
HONG KONG – HONG Kong’s last British colonial governor Chris Patten said in a radio interview on Monday that he thought President George W. Bush was the worst American president he had seen.
‘I think that President Bush has been the worst American president in my lifetime,’ Mr Patten, who was in the former British colony this week to promote his latest book on global politics and economy, told broadcaster RTHK.
‘I don’t happen to think that President Bush is as foolish as lots of Europeans and others suggest. I think he’s actually perfectly intelligent,’ he said ahead of Tuesday’s US presidential election.
‘But I don’t think he’s got a first-class temperament, put it mildly. And I think he’s deeply uncurious intellectually.’
Mr Patten, a former minister under conservative British governments, said the Bush presidency was marked by ‘hapless unilateralism’ which had led the United States and Britain into war with Iraq.
He blamed the Bush administration for feeding anti-Americanism and for what he called a fixation with taxation policies for the rich and mismanagement of the economy.
Mr Patten admitted being a strong supporter of Democrat presidential candidate Barack Obama and said he was impressed by his intelligence and the way he has run the campaign.
‘People say that governing isn’t like running a campaign, true. But if you run a very organised, well-ordered, well-focused campaign, it says something about the way you will run an administration.’
Mr Patten was the governor of Hong Kong between 1992 and 1997, when the city was handed back to China after 155 of British colonial rule. He later became a European commissioner and is now chancellor of England’s Oxford University. — AFP
George W. Bush, when asked by Bob Woodward “how is history likely to judge your Iraq war?” replied, “History, we don’t know. We’ll all be dead.” “We’ll All Be Dead”
Bush bases his view of history on the Teachings of a Drug crazed resentful Christian Wannabe whose writings, having nothing to do with Jesus’ Original ideas, were incorporated into the New Testament by Roman tyrants who proceeded to introduce the western world to self-righteous imperial conquest in the name of compassion and peace.
Hopefully, this phase of American History and World History will become a lesson for all. The significance of casual attention to national and world policies has been brought home to terrible consequences. This wake up call must be heard by all. Yes, we must care about world opinion. World opinion determines how other countries justify their treatment od Americans. They have no choice but to equate all Americans as endorsing United States Foreign Policy behavior. Categorizing effects all Americans. Of course, Americans, in general, are very guilty of categorizing the people of other countries and other religions. Now that the shoe is on the other foot, Americans must pay closer attention to their own provocative behavior. Americans have no right to assert their political or religious views on others, unless there is absolute proof of threat. Religion should never be a part of this equation. Even then, Americans must address the threat itself, and not a population as a whole. We are perceived in the same light. Americans are perceived as a threat to others. We must change that. This is ONE world, after all. We must ALL live in it. We can no longer trash our world with conflicts that threaten Mother Nature, she will retaliate in kind. Do we see this yet?