http://www.officialwire.com/main.php?action=print_page&rid=81755President George Bush said he doesn't view the 2008 election as a repudiation of his presidency, but of his party.
"I think it was a repudiation of Republicans," Bush said during an interview with ABC News that aired Monday. "And I'm sure some people voted for Barack Obama because of me."
But he said he thought most people voted for the president-elect because they "decided they wanted him to be in their living room for the next four years explaining policy."
"In other words, they made a conscious choice to put him in as president," he said.
Bush said his party's nominee, Sen. John McCain of Arizona, had "a tough headwind" for two reasons -- the swooning economy and the difficulty for a party to retain the White House for three straight terms.
"Obviously the economic situation made it awfully difficult for John McCain to get a message out," Bush said. "And I felt that Barack Obama ran a very disciplined campaign" and inspired voters.
McCain's choice of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate helped him, Bush said, because it "energized the party."
For me it was both, Bush, and the Republicans because they supported him. At this point I might vote for Donald Duck before I would support another Republican adminstration. If a Republican had emerged as a maverick, that might have been different, but when I see a candidate who calls Nixon's two-bit thug, G Gordon Liddy, a "great American"... The Palin appointment was the nail in the coffin.
That said, I think Obama would stand out in any election. But at the same time, I think things had to get this bad before someone like Obama was possible. And were he just another ordinary candidate who happened to be black, then he would have had no chance at all.