In a recent interview with CNN, President Bush talked about his 8 years in office. He talked about how he is excited to get to go back home and relax, and even went as far as to say some of his regrets of his term.
“I regret saying some things I shouldn’t have said,” Bush said in an interview with CNN’s Heidi Collins. “Like ‘dead or alive’ and ‘bring ‘em on.’ My wife reminded me that, hey, as president of the United States, be careful what you say.”
Bush is referring to when he said he wanted Osama Bin Laden ‘Dead or Alive,’ something that I’m sure was spoken out of pure emotion, and something that I for one didn’t really have a problem with. The other reference was to a quote in which he talked about possible insurgents attacking in Iraq where he said, ” “There are some who feel like the conditions are such that they can attack us there. My answer is, bring ‘em on.” Once again, a quote that some what seemed to sum up Bush. The man is tough and looking for a fight, and while that can be a good thing, it should not be an overriding quality for the president of the U.S.
One of Bush’s biggest regrets that he mentions is standing in front of a sign that said “Mission Accomplished” aboard the U.S.S Abraham Lincoln in 2003.
“They had a sign that said ‘Mission Accomplished.’ It was a sign aimed at the sailors on the ship, but it conveyed a broader knowledge. To some it said, well, Bush thinks the war in Iraq is over, when I didn’t think that. But nonetheless, it conveyed the wrong message,” he said.
This is something that Bush was overcriticized for in my view. Surely nobody, including himself, believed that everything in Iraq was succesfully accomplished and done with. While sure it can be said that the banner was wrongly hung behind him becaused it conveyed the wrong message and was just a ploy to make the American people rally and feel that everything as perfect, and he even admits regretting doing it. However, this clip is shown over and over again and he is constantly criticized and wrongly accused of believing that nothing was wrong anymore and the war was over. He explains clearly that the sign wasn’t meant as a broad overview of the entiree Iraq war, and it was focused on that specific ship. While he admits it conveyed the wrong message, which it did…was it really that big of a deal? Just continuously attacking him for this in an attempt to make him look like a few seems uncalled for and pointless in my view.
Yes, we can all agree that Bush’s 8 years in office weren’t the best 8 years in the countries history. But did he really do a terrible job and should he be blamed for everything? It seems that Obama will have a honeymoon in office for at least the first 2 years as Bush will continue to be blamed for anything that goes wrong. But hasn’t the republican senate majority been gone for at least 2 years now? Surely the democrats have had plenty of say in economic decisions for the past few years, and it seems like that hasn’t helped much. And surely the war in Iraq is not helping the economy, but is it right to remove our troops from Iraq and leave the country somewhat in shambles? The U.S and our troops are trying to help revive a country that suffered from a violent dictatorship for years, should we just leave them to fight for themselves now? Is it still our responsibilty or should we just leave? I don’t know the answers, I’m only posing questions. We will have to see what happens in the next few years.
As for Bush, he now gets to return home to Texas…and possibly even relax?
“No doubt I’m heading straight home. I miss Texas; I love Texas; I’ve got a lot of friends in Texas…I’ll probably get back and take a deep breath,” he said.
It’s weird to think that the man in the spotlight for the last 8 years gets to return home and catch his breath. After 8 years of turmoil and tension, he can now focus on his next endeavor…writing a book.
“I want people to know what it was like to make some of the decisions I had to make,” he said. “In other words, what was the moment like? And I’ve had one of those presidencies where I’ve had to make some tough calls, and I want people to know the truth about what it was like sitting in the Oval Office.”
It can be agreed upon that Bush made many wrong decisions, and the country’s economy is in bad shape at the moment as well, but is it far fetched to say that I didn’t mind having Bush as our commander in chief. I just hope that Obama can do what he has promised and lead this country in the right direction.
Now Bush, along with all of us, can sit back and see what happens.