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sfmike

Let us pray.

Ken Muldrew

A while back someone asked Bush what the high point of his presidency had been, up to that point. He reminisced about catching a particularly large fish from the stocked, artificial lake on his ranch. A blogger or commenter (can't remember who) then suggested that the centerpiece of Bush's presidential library would be a diorama depicting that wonderful event. What a fitting tribute.

One hopes that Bush will have to be satisfied with pictures of his library, supervised release being many decades in the future, if at all.

Nixon, I am sure, understood fully that all his attempts to obscure his criminality were doomed to fail. He kept trying not because he thought he could change the historical record, but simply because he had no choice.

BTW, nice tie-in with the Harry Potter threads. Nixon's whitewash in his library makes a perfect parallel with Horace Slughorn's memory alteration.

KC45s

It's interesting to me that the performance of the current president has, to some degree, revived the image of Nixon as a crook, shredder of the Constitution, and all-around troubling figure. Not that's it has cancelled out the decades of whitewashing and "explaining" by his apologists, but he does get mentioned a lot more than he did a few years back, and often the only favorable word Dick gets is that he might not have been as bad then as Bush is now.

The media coverage of Nixon's death had a disturbing "all is forgiven" air to it. Now Bush keeps reminding us that to forgive those sorts of things leads to disaster down the road. That may be his only positive contribution to those of us not in the Top 1% tax bracket.

ciocia

I guess it depends on whether Bush's library becomes private (as Nixon's was originally) or run by the Park Service (which turned Nixon's library into the honest deal). I'm betting on the former.

Kevin Wolf

The idea of Bush being associated with any library is pretty unbelievable.

Demosthenes

I wouldn't sweat Bush's historical legacy. Considering the biggest debate about the man now is whether he's the worst president in history or just a close runner-up to the pre-civil war bunch, I imagine that history's verdict will be swift and merciless.

(Private Bush library run by the 20 percenters or no.)

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