Tuesday, May 02, 2006

This Looks Like A Job For Captain Obvious!

Historians give President Bush a failing grade

May 2, 2006

ALBANY - If his presidency ended now, Republican George W. Bush would go down in history as a failure, according to a majority of college history and political science professors surveyed nationwide.

And, 67 percent of the 744 professors responding to the survey conducted by Siena College's Research Institute said they doubted Bush "has a realistic chance of improving his rating" during his remaining time in office.
Gee....what do ya think clued them in?
The Bush standing among the professors has, like his public opinion poll ratings, dropped dramatically since the days following Sept. 11, 2001, and the problems following the Iraq invasion.
Let's see...a barely-elected President comes to office. The worst tragedy to ever occur on this nation's soil happens. He handles it...well, better than I expected, but you'd think the way the "white-ringers" talk about it, he was a combination of John Wayne and Winston Churchill...except...
In Siena's 2002 ranking of all the nation's 42 presidents, Bush came in mid-pack at No. 23, one spot behind his father.
Whoops. Well, I guess then we see precisely how badly he wanted to outdo his daddy, huh?
"That was shortly after 9/11," said Douglas Lonnstrom, director of Siena's research institute. "Clearly, the professors do not think things have gone well for him in the past few years."
You can always count on a history professor to understate things.
Of those professors responding to the survey in February, 58 percent said that if the Bush presidency were to end now it would be rated a failure while 24 percent said it would rate "below average." Two percent said it would rate as "great" while another 5 percent said "near great." Eleven percent said the Bush presidency would rate "average."
So 82 percent think he's been horrible, & eleven percent think he's done about average. So basically, 93 percent think you could replace Bush with Millard Fillmore or even Richard Nixon and the nation would be better off, while nearly 60 percent think you could replace Bush with a filing cabinet.

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