While former President George W. Bush has kept a low profile since vacating the Oval Office, many of his closest allies have been working hard to “set the record straight” about a presidency recently ranked by historians as one of the worst ever.
Last month, all 20 Texas Republicans in the U.S. House backed a bill to rename a federal courthouse in Midland, TX in Bush’s name. Now, their colleagues in the state legislature plan to further the cause with a resolution calling Bush a “dynamic Texan” and honoring him for his dedication to “the safety and prosperity of his fellow citizens”:
The Texas House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on a resolution this week that honors former President George W. Bush.
“The Bush administration met numerous foreign policy challenges, while also making constructive progress in relations with India and sustaining a solid relationship with China,” the resolution reads, according to the Austin Statesman. It adds that Bush “lived each day with the safety and prosperity of his fellow citizens foremost in his mind; he took a principled stance on a wide range of issues of great importance to every American, and his tireless efforts will not soon be forgotten.”
But it appears the Texas legislature hasn’t been paying much attention to the last eight years because regardless of what was “in his mind,” Bush actually failed to increase the “safety and prosperity” of Americans. Last December, a report by the congressionally-mandated Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism faulted Bush administration policies that have left America more susceptible than ever to a terror attack involving weapons of mass destruction:
Though U.S. policy and strategy have made progress, they have not kept pace with the growing risks. In the area of counterterrorism, our government has innovated and implemented new initiatives since 9/11, but its focus has been mainly limited to defense, intelligence, and homeland security programs and operations.
In addition, the U.S. was hardly prosperous under Bush, who “presided over the weakest eight-year span for the U.S. economy in decades.”
The measure honoring Bush is on the House’s “Congratulatory and Memorial Calendar” and is not expected to receive opposition. The House will also recognize former First Lady Laura Bush, as well as “the Blinn College Lady Buccaneers volleyball team” and “Bellville’s Bonnie Blum as Region Six teacher of the year.”