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World Media Bashes Bush One Last Time

A gleeful roundup from those well-known sufferers of ‘Bush Derangement Syndrome’ at Reuters:

A protester walks over a portrait of U.S. President George W. Bush during a demonstration in Mumbai January 16, 2009 to protest against Israeli military strikes in Gaza.

Editorials worldwide pillory Bush one final time

By Erik Kirschbaum

BERLIN (Reuters) – Editorial writers around the world have been taking their final printed whacks at George W. Bush, accusing the president of tarnishing America’s standing with what many saw as arrogant and incompetent leadership…

"A weak leader, Bush was just overwhelmed in the job," said Germany’s Sueddeutsche Zeitung under a headline: "The Failure." "He confused stubbornness with principles. America has become intolerant and it will take a long time to repair that damage."

Editorials hit out at Bush for two unfinished wars, for plunging the economy into recession, turning a budget surplus into a pile of debt, for his environment policies and tarnishing America’s reputation with the Guantanamo Bay detention center

Canada’s Toronto Star was categorical in its condemnation.

"Goodbye to the worst president ever," it declared. "Bush was an unmitigated disaster, failing on the big issues from the invasion of Iraq to global warming, Hurricane Katrina and the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression."

"Bush leaves a country and an economy in tatters," wrote the Sunday Times in London. It said America’s national debt and unemployment nearly doubled on his watch.

Britain’s Daily Mail said he entered office with a budget surplus of $128 billion but exits with a $482 billion deficit.

"How will history judge George W.? Have we, perhaps, to quote his own mangled malapropisms, ‘misunderestimated’ him?" …

The Scottish Daily Record observed: "America is now hated in many parts of the world. Bush leaves a legacy of wars and the world economy in meltdown. He has been dismissed as a buffoon and a war-monger, a man who made the world a more dangerous place while sending it to the brink of economic collapse."

The Economist found room to praise Bush on free trade, immigration reform and China. But its overall view was negative:

"He leaves as one of the least popular and most divisive presidents in American history. Bush has presided over the most catastrophic collapse in America’s reputation since World War Two."

The Sydney Morning Herald complained about Bush’s "singular lack of curiosity in international matters" in an editorial titled "Farewell to a flawed and unpopular commander-in-chief."

But it also praised Bush for improving U.S. relations with China and India, his efforts to fight AIDS in Africa. It predicted historians might one day rank Bush in the mid range.

Le Monde disagreed.

"It’s hard to find a historian who won’t say that Bush was the most catastrophic leader the U.S. has ever known," the French daily wrote. "One success: since September 11, 2001, there was no attack on U.S. soil. But this sits alongside an interminable list of failures, starting with the war in Iraq."

Germany, ridiculed as "old Europe" by Bush’s former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld for opposing the Iraq invasion, took aim at Bush.

"Bush brought great misery to the world with his ‘friend-or-foe’ mentality," wrote Die Zeit.

Stern magazine said: "Bush led the world’s most powerful nation to ruin. He lied to the world, tortured in the name of freedom and caused lasting damage to America’s standing."

Austria’s Wiener Zeitung wrote Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad even ranked higher in one international opinion poll than Bush:

"The United States was once the symbol of justice in the world but that has been damaged by Bush. A web of manipulation has cost America $900 billion and the lives of 4,000 soldiers — along with at least 500,000 Iraqis."

In Poland, the Warsaw daily Dziennik lamented the worst part about Bush’s presidency: "It was empty rhetoric."

Yes, President Bush is almost as hated as the Juice Jews. And by pretty much the same people. Why is that?

After all, he released at least 50 million people from two of the world’s worst tyrannies. (Just for starters.) And he prevented another terrorist attack on our shores.

Of course the world would hate him for that.

And, as usual, Reuters gets it wrong when they claim this will be the end of Bush bashing.

In reality, it will probably only get worse.

For whatever problems Mr. Obama has will be automatically ascribed to his predecessor. Just as whatever successes Obama has will not.

Our worldwide media watchdogs will see to it.

In Poland, the Warsaw daily Dziennik lamented the worst part about Bush’s presidency: "It was empty rhetoric."

Dear Dziennik, if you want “empty rhetoric,” you haven’t seen anything yet.

And speaking of our media masters, you would think even a laughable British tabloid like the Daily Mail (which modestly calls itself “the world’s greatest newspaper”), would know the difference between a malaprop and a neologism:

"How will history judge George W.? Have we, perhaps, to quote his own mangled malapropisms, ‘misunderestimated’ him?”

Calling Mr. Bush’s neologisms “malapropisms” is a malaprop.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, January 19th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

9 Responses to “World Media Bashes Bush One Last Time”

  1. proreason says:

    BDS is a disease.

    Marxist and Socialist politicians and the media are the germs that cause the disease.

    Now, how do you cure a disease?

  2. Alice L. says:

    Who cares wha they think? When they need a favor – such as protection from Putin in Russia – will Obama help them? I doubt it very much!

  3. Confucius says:

    Bush is partly to blame. He doesn’t defend himself.

  4. EvilConservo says:

    That is a very good point, Confucius.

    If the U.S. ceases to be, have the Europeans thought at all about who will be able to come in and rescue their sorry asses when they get into another jam? Oh well, it is the “act first, think later” (or not at all) mentality isn’t it?

  5. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    And the MSM will also wail and bemoan that Bush is leaving the highest office in the land for one simple fact: “Damn you President Bush! How dare you leave office? Now who can we blame for all the world’s ills?” Now the responsibility for solving problems and meeting challenges rests squarely on the Dem’s shoulders and they’ll soon find out what a tremendous burden it is to bear.

  6. NC Cop says:

    Let’s not forget his aid to Africa which trumped ANY other president. Truly he is the evil incarnate. This country has take a sharp turn to the left and, unfortunately, is now in step with the rest of the world. The only thing that will change this is another 9/11 of devastating consequences, and even then this will get blamed on Bush.

    God help us.

  7. Odie44 says:

    I think its a compliment for Bush. You have to be doing something right for the “world” to loathe you so much.

  8. NC Cop says:

    “You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.”-Winston Churchill.

  9. Barbie says:

    Thank you President Bush and VP Cheney for keeping us safe. Too bad it’s all going to hell tomorrow…

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