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How will George W. Bush figure in world history?

  1. Mar 13, 2004 #1
    As world history is decided by all peoples, wherein it will President George W. Bush eventually stand?
     
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  3. Mar 13, 2004 #2

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    Probably low but not at the bottom. He will get a little raise from his speeches after 9/11, but his actions on the economy will have by then been shown to be disasterous, and his administration's high handedness in nearly all areas will not go down well with historians.
     
  4. Mar 13, 2004 #3
    That and he is the only one to choke on a pretzel and have passing resemblances to a monkey.
     
  5. Mar 13, 2004 #4

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    I think its a little tough to judge now since he's not even halfway through his presidency.
     
  6. Mar 13, 2004 #5

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    You wish!
     
  7. Mar 13, 2004 #6

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    Re: Re: How will George W. Bush figure in world history?

    True, the speaches were stirring and elloquent, and rencered all the more so by the fact that he isn't a very good speaker most of the time. At least, that's what impressed me most about those speaches.

    But I think that of all the events in his first term, it will be his actions regarding 911 that will be remembered the most. The WTC massacre will probably be seen as the turning point where the US truly decided to get serious about terrorism. And because he was the president in office at the time, and the one who intiated the actions taken against terrorism since, he will most likely be remembered for his roll in the inititation of an all-out effort to stem the growth of terrorism worldwide.

    I truly hope that he will be remembered for the "Freedom Car" initiative because if he is, it will be because that program sparked a revolution in the global energy economy. Likewise, I hope he will be remembered as the president who led us to the first human landings on Mars. But these are more wishes than predictions, not because I want him recalled as a great man, but just because I hope these things will happen.
     
  8. Mar 13, 2004 #7
    I think history will see him accurately, which means it will see him poorly.
     
  9. Mar 14, 2004 #8

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    history only remembers the things it WANTS to remember

    i mean correct me if im wrong and im using the old cliche, Hitler was a monster who ordered hundreds of thousands to their deaths etc... but a lot of people dont know that in the earlier days before the war, he built Germany back up from the ashes.

    Bush will be remembered for his downfalls.
     
  10. Mar 14, 2004 #9
    agree.
     
  11. Mar 14, 2004 #10
    How will humanity as a whole differ significantly from Americans in lasting judgement of President Bush?
     
  12. Mar 14, 2004 #11
    Probably the world at large will see Bush's presidency as a disaster. Most Americans will too, over the course of time. How much of a disaster is up for grabs though, at least for Americans. Plus, we have to consider whether we are discussing professional historians' view, or "popular" history. After all, Nixon was both a better and worse president than popular history gives him credit for, because his presidency was defined in the common view as "Watergate". Clinton was a credible moderate Republican president, but the popular view is all "Lewinski".

    Since Bush has screwed up nearly every aspect of the presidential duties, who knows exactly what history will remember him for?
     
  13. Mar 14, 2004 #12
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    A-hem! A Dem!
     
  14. Mar 14, 2004 #13

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    Actually, I don't. But unfortunately, there aren't any good alternatives, so his re-election is pretty much a foregone conclusion.
     
  15. Mar 15, 2004 #14
    In name only.
     
  16. Mar 15, 2004 #15
    Wasn't it Michael Moore who stated the Clinton was, without a doubt, the best Republican president ever?
     
  17. Mar 15, 2004 #16
    He is not even nearly the only one. In fact, my understanding was that Clinton was only a Democrat because early in his career he completely alienated the Arkansas Republicans, and had little choice but to run as a Dem.
     
  18. Mar 15, 2004 #17
    In Afrikaans, there's a word which PERFECTLY suits mr. bush. He's a DOOS!

    I'm sure you enterprising guys will find out the meaning of that!!!
     
  19. Mar 15, 2004 #18
    Wooh! Now we're calling names!
     
  20. Mar 15, 2004 #19
    I'd say somewhere between Nixon and Hoover.
     
  21. Mar 15, 2004 #20
    Een doos is a box in Dutch. You're saying that's an insult down there?
     
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