Bush: At his best when idle
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.