STEP ASIDE, HERE COMES GE­ORGE W. BUSH

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An alarm must have gone off some­where, sig­nal­ing for­mer Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush to step out of his po­lite, self-im­posed ex­ile and back onto pub­lic radar. In­deed, Mr. Bush makes a note­wor­thy de­but Tues­day evening, join­ing NBC “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno, the sole late night guy who wears an Amer­i­can flag pin. The ap­pear­ance will thrill those who iden­tify the phrase “Miss me yet?” with Mr. Bush. He may be ready for his pub­lic.

“One thing that’s made th­ese ac­tiv­i­ties more invit­ing for Ge­orge W. Bush is that his poll num­bers are up. There’s a more wel­com­ing au­di­ence out there, a more pos­i­tive re­cep­tion,” Bruce Buchanan — a pres­i­den­tial his­to­rian with the Univer­sity of Texas at Austin — tells In­side the Belt­way.

“The for­mer pres­i­dent is not nec­es­sar­ily sig­nal­ing he wants to en­ter the po­lit­i­cal de­bate. But I think he may be look­ing to be in the role of an elder states­man now,” Mr. Buchanan ob­serves.

Is it risky for Mr. Bush to jump on faulty Oba­macare is­sues dur­ing his NBC visit? Not re­ally, as long as his com­ments are shaped by pru­dence and tem­pered with some em­pa­thy for Pres­i­dent Obama and the rig­ors of the of­fice. The for­mer pres­i­dent likely may take a strate­gic poke or two, but wrap them in sage ad­vice and a one-liner. Mean­while, Mr. Bush has been talk­ing pol­icy with gusto in re­cent days.

“If pri­vate sec­tor growth is the goal and Key­stone pipe­line cre­ates 20,000 new pri­vate-sec­tor jobs, build the damn thing,” Mr. Bush told a huge, en­thu­si­as­tic au­di­ence of oil and gas ex­ec­u­tives at a jumbo-sized in­dus­try con­fer­ence in Pitts­burgh late last week. He also talked up im­mi­gra­tion, wran­gling Iran and deal­ing with Congress, later adding, “I don’t miss Wash­ing­ton, and I don’t miss be­ing pres­i­dent.”

Still, there are in­di­ca­tors the for­mer pres­i­dent misses — well, some­thing.

“I think Mr. Bush has noted that his own pre­de­ces­sors have done very well with the elder states­man role. He’s al­ready set up his li­brary, a re­search arm and a foun­da­tion. So he could be ready for hands-on ac­tiv­i­ties,” Mr. Buchanan says.

“Pres­i­dent Obama can do the same. His fa­vor­a­bil­ity may have suf­fered, but once he’s out of of­fice, and it’s five years down the line, the num­bers will go up, just like they have with Ge­orge W. Bush.” that has will­fully and ma­li­ciously bound our hands and voices. We must in­voke our un­alien­able right to lib­erty,” Mr. Klay­man de­clares. “Our gov­ern­ment has be­come so de­struc­tive that, as our Found­ing Fa­thers ex­pressed, it is our right and duty to al­ter or abol­ish it, while ‘in­sti­tut­ing’ a new gov­ern­ment that truly rep­re­sents We the Peo­ple.”

He lists off the “grow­ing scan­dals of the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion,” from Beng­hazi to the In­ter­nal Rev­enue Ser­vice tar­get­ing con­ser­va­tive groups to the faulty roll­out of Oba­macare.

Mr. Klay­man says he is ready to “call out the ad­min­is­tra­tion for its un­prece­dented fail­ure to rep­re­sent ‘We the Peo­ple.’” Among the speak­ers: for­mer law­mak­ers Bob Barr and Gor­don J. Humphrey and World Net Daily CEO Joseph Farah.

“The Sec­ond Amer­i­can Rev­o­lu­tion be­gins Tues­day,” Mr. Klay­man adds. See their big do­ings here: Re­claimamer­i­canow.net the re­spon­dents dis­ap­prove, 9 per­cent ap­prove — which is down from 20 per­cent a year ago.

“Other mea­sures con­tin­ued to pro­duce con­sis­tently grim ver­dicts,” Mr. Brown­stein says. “Just 23 per­cent said Obama’s agenda would in­crease op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple like them to get ahead, while 47 per­cent said it would di­min­ish their op­por­tu­ni­ties; 25 per­cent said it would have no im­pact.”

The poll also found that just 34 per­cent of the re­spon­dents said Obama’s eco­nomic poli­cies had helped “to avoid an even worse eco­nomic cri­sis, and are fu­el­ing eco­nomic re­cov­ery”; 52 per­cent said in­stead he has “run up a record fed­eral deficit while fail­ing to sig­nif­i­cantly im­prove the econ­omy.”

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