Anyone remember this guy?

Written By: - Date published: 2:28 pm, October 29th, 2009 - 6 comments
Categories: history, leadership - Tags: ,

With all the noise around Obama you don’t hear much about this guy now.

He was politically naive but knowingly and willingly acted as a front for much more machiavellian minds. He came to politics with lots of money and was promoted very quickly, but he wasn’t too good at inspiring confidence by way of his public speaking.

Which is not to say he was a fool, I don’t think he was. And it wasn’t always so that people thought he’d eventually be so eagerly forgotten. During the anxieties of 9/11 he achieved stunning poll ratings of up to 80% support for his leadership. Yet eventually, if belatedly, it became clear to all that as a leader he was an unmitigated disaster.

Of course if you’d already had your Obama before your Bush it’d be a much harder mistake to forget.

6 comments on “Anyone remember this guy?”

  1. vto 1

    ha ha he has always made me laugh. Has a great sense of humour, seen in some of those gaffages.

    But of course there are all the other characteristics and etc

  2. Noko 2

    Apparently when he ran for election in Texas, he lost the first time around. This was because he seemed too intelligent.
    The next election he ran as a friendly buffoon, and he got to be governor. He had a carefully manicured image, and playing the fool was apart of it, especially as it made people underestimate him.

  3. tc 3

    We all thought it couldn’t get any worse than Regan………then along came George.
    We all thought it couldn’t get any worse than Muldoon………then along came Johnny K/insurance council/trucking lobby/fed farmers and all they others they probably owe their substantial warchest to.

  4. Scribe 4

    Funny stuff. The “fool me once” one is the best.

    Bush wasn’t the most eloquent character going around, but he certainly had his strengths. And what was his popularity after his first nine months compared with Obama? Not quite double.

    I’m sure we could grab a series of Obama quotes and splice in some recorded laughter for a nice 60-second clip. 57 states and all that.

  5. What about Bill English in the TVNZ promotion?

    “Together us Kiwis can do it”

    Learn the difference between a subject and an object.

  6. simonpine 6

    I can’t get over the gall of Key compring himself to Obama when he resembles Key in so many ways.

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