This morning, the Fox & Friends crew whined about how the Obama administration “continues to bash President Bush.” It’s a “tactic that has apparently run out of gas,” co-host Steve Doocy said, likely referring to a recent Politico article titled “Democrats’ Bush-bashing strategy goes bust.” Fox then invited contributor Laura Ingraham to comment on the matter:
INGRAHAM: You know when it looked really ridiculous is when President Bush was standing so graciously next to President Obama and President Clinton at the White House. He couldn’t have been more gracious, he couldn’t have been more kind, couldn’t have been more generous.
After everything they’ve said about him and after all the times they’ve trashed him in the past several months, that shows you the character of that man. And I think that’s why a lot of people in these polls are now saying, “Well, maybe that Bush guy wasn’t quite as bad as we thought.”
Ingraham is living in a fantasy world. According to the latest polls released this month, Bush’s job approval ratings have hovered consistently in the low 30s, only a tiny bit above the high 20s he left office with.
Moreover, according to a Rasmussen survey conducted earlier this month, a majority of Americans (51 percent) still blame Bush for our nation’s economic woes. A separate Quinnipiac poll said voters blame Bush more than Obama (55–20 percent) for the current economic conditions. And, in the latest Washington Post/ABC News poll, 67 percent of respondents said Bush deserves a “great deal” of blame for the country’s economic situation.
And of course, while it’s inconvenient for the right wing to acknowledge this, the reason the American public holds such a consistently negative view of President Bush is because his policies did in fact sink this nation into a fiscal mess.