Bush: At his best when idle

Baltimore Sun - - WORLD - Sig Sei­den­man, Owings Mills

Jonah Gold­berg, a writer with solid right-wing cre­den­tials whose col­umn ap­pears weekly in The Bal­ti­more Sun, re­cently wrote a piece cas­ti­gat­ing lib­er­als for their hypocrisy by giv­ing Pres­i­dent Barack Obama a pass for not rush­ing down to Louisiana at the height of the re­cent flood while chastis­ing Ge­orge W. Bush for his sim­i­lar lack of in­volve­ment when Hur­ri­cane Ka­t­rina struck (“Hypocrisy on pres­i­den­tial golf is out of bounds,” Aug. 28).

Well, I can’t speak for ev­ery­one, but as one with lib­eral lean­ings, let me be clear that I was al­ways most pleased with for­mer Pres­i­dent Bush when he was off golf­ing, down on the ranch or read­ing chil­dren’s books to an ele­men­tary school class. It was when he be­came in­volved that catas­tro­phe en­sued. See the Iraq War, for ex­am­ple. Had he been off on a cruise in­stead, that cat­a­clysmic dis­as­ter wouldn’t have oc­curred.

Had Mr. Bush spent his en­tire eight years do­ing some­thing other than pre­sid­ing, the Mid­dle East might not be in quite the same tur­moil and our econ­omy, which plunged into re­ces­sion dur­ing his reign, might not have suf­fered so se­verely. Some­times, less can be a lot more.

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