I thought reasonably highly of W. He wasn't my first choice. I would have preferred a conservative. But he at least seemed to know that Austrians don't speak "Austrian," and his Secretary of State was fluent enough in Russian not to have screwed up the stupid "Reset" button gift.
Now I see that buyer's remorse for the Zero is beginning to set in. From the December 9, 2009 Politico:
Perhaps the greatest measure of Obama's declining support is that just 50% of voters now say they prefer having him as President to George W. Bush, with 44% saying they'd rather have his predecessor. Given the horrendous approval ratings Bush showed during his final term that's somewhat of a surprise and an indication that voters are increasingly placing the blame on Obama for the country's difficulties instead of giving him space because of the tough situation he inherited. The closeness in the Obama/Bush numbers also has implications for the 2010 elections. Using the Bush card may not be particularly effective for Democrats anymore, which is good news generally for Republicans and especially ones like Rob Portman who are running for office and have close ties to the former President.I keep hoping that the fools who let CBS/NBC/ABC/CNN/George Soros do their thinking for them have learned a lesson. But I wouldn't count on that.