W’s Faith, Rewarded

by JimLarkinsGhost on December 1, 2008

As our sadly miscast President sees his eight-year mistaken misadventure in misconduct, misfeasance, misanthropy, mismanagement,  and misgovernment of our misused country draw to a close, George W. has begun reflecting on his legacy:

In an interview conducted earlier this month by his sister, Doro Bush Koch, Mr. Bush said he wanted to be remembered “as a person who, first and foremost, did not sell his soul in order to accommodate the political process.”

“I came to Washington with a set of values, and I’m leaving with the same set of values,” Mr. Bush said. “And I darn sure wasn’t going to sacrifice those values; that I was a President that had to make tough choices and was willing to make them. I surrounded myself with good people. I carefully considered the advice of smart, capable people and made tough decisions.”

Matthew Yglesias takes the President to task, and calls him on his immoral, inept governance:

Unlike many things that come out of his mouth, this is basically true. Bush considered the advice of smart, capable people such as Colin Powell, Richard Clarke, Rand Beers, Paul O’Neal, Christie Todd Whitman, etc. and he chose to regret it. These were tough choices. The destinies of billions of people around the world were in one way or another effected. Hundreds of thousands of lives lay directly in the balance. And rather taking the advice of smart, capable people Bush decided to take the advice of dumb, inept people. And he did it, as he says, because he was following his values — immoral values that he shared with the people on whose counsel he preferred to rely. The results have been disastrous and are plain to see.

Bush further discusses the role that faith plays in his life as President:

 

[In the interview Bush] also covered more personal topics — the influence of his parents and the role that faith has played in his life over the last eight years:

“I’ve been in the Bible every day since I’ve been the President, and I have been affected by people’s prayers a lot. I have found that faith is comforting, faith is strengthening, faith has been important.

And herein lies the key to the (now severely limited) appeal that Bush has had to some Americans.  There exists a segment of the electorate who is comforted simply by the profession of Christian faith.  So it matters not, for instance, that he ignored the advice of some of his most capable advisers, and that the “results have been disastrous,” as Yglesias puts it.  He says he believes in god, and he reads the Bible.  And he still seems to think that when it comes to being President, being a man of faith is the most important thing.  And as a result of his “faith” – in scoundrels like Dick Cheney, in incompetents like Donald Rumsfeld, and in his own immoral worldview – George W. Bush will be rewarded.  He will be remembered as a truly shameful and calamitous President.

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