Contrary to the image held by our professional news media, I think George Bush won't be remembered as our country's worst president - far from it. But to be fair I don't think he'll be one of the greats either. He was a middling guy doing a middling job, at what can fairly be described as one of the hardest positions in the world - for a Republican.
For a Democrat, who can count on the press corps to fall in line lockstep to his agenda, vet his past not at all, and concoct ready excuses for him for his every impropriety or error, it's a much easier gig. George Bush had a pack of wild attack dogs, Barak Obama has a cheeleading squad.
But with that said, I think I can be certain that George Bush tried, in the face of incredibly harsh criticism, to do what was right for the country. I believe that history will eventually confirm for us that the few times he failed to do the right thing, political expediency wasn't a motive. He did things he knew would be unpopular (especially with the media) but he did them anyway because he felt they must be done. Right or wrong that's really all you can ask of a mere mortal. His only errors,like most peoples, were as a result of wrongheadedness.
Ironically this is the same problem Barak Obama has. His problem is not that he despises America or wants to destroy it. On the contrary he wants to make it better. I'm convinced that he is not a bad man. But he is almost entirely wrongheaded about how the world actually works. He's been taught that theory is the same as evidence and that intent is more important than effect, so he misunderstands basically everything about what happens after his policies are enacted. That doesn't actually make him a bad man, just a bad president.
So let's hope that in the future we as a people can avoid electing anyone that's too 'wrongheaded' about how the world works, and that we can teach the media not to be so wrongheaded itself.
It would really help the way things work out.