Unfair; presidents prior to Truman didn't have any media to worry about. I find, as a general rule, Democrat presidents get preferential treatment by the press; mistakes are rarely aired.
Bush was exceptionally well-educated by current standards (Yale; MBA from Harvard Business School) and had success as an oil exec and a baseball owner. Contrary to speculation, no evidence of hard drug use has ever been found, although he has admitted to drinking alcohol up until his decision to give up alcohol in 1986. He is one of the most controversial presidents in modern times, mostly due to the war on terrorism brought about by 9/11. His many (31 known) bloopers are likely a result of being the most videoed president in the modern era, and his penchant for malapropism. On the other hand, he is one of the few presidents to throw an excellent first pitch in baseball, and was remarkably agile in ducking that shoe. On the whole, i think he has a comic timing reminiscent of Jack Benny and a humorous malaprop facility that rivals Norm Crosby. Here are some of them: "Oftentimes, we live in a processed world, you know, people focus on the process and not results." "The law I sign today directs new funds... to the task of collecting vital intelligence... on weapons of mass production." "It will take time to restore chaos and order." "They have miscalculated me as a leader." "Natural gas is hemispheric... because it is a product that we can find in our neighborhoods." "I am mindful not only of preserving executive powers for myself, but for predecessors as well." "We need an energy bill that encourages consumption." "We are making steadfast progress."
Not everyone over the age of 18 hates Bush. He was a master of connecting with the average American, especially in his first term. His bloopers did not arise out of thin air, but I doubt you could call him stupid. He read more than any president since FDR (averaging 70 books/year). I ask only for room to let his accomplishments take their place in history beside his bloopers, for good or ill.
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Because he wasn't very bright. In 2008 I had a calendar with 365 stupid things he actually said. Here is a few of them: "I think there is some methodology in my travels". "Too many gynecologists aren't able to practice their love with women all across the country". "One of the hardest parts of my job is to console the family members who have lost their life." "First let me make it clear, poor people aren't necessarily killers." "A tax cut is really one of the anecdotes to coming out of an economic illness." "it's in our economic interests to find who would do harm and get them out of harms way." "I confirmed to the Prime Minister that we appreciate our friendship." " I want each and every American to know for certain that I'm responsible for the decisions I make and each of you are as well".
Because he was a idiot and made it obvious that he was a political puppet by saying/doing idiotic things that a "normal" person wouldn't have done. Do you think Eisenhower would say "Mission Accomplished" I'n Iraq if he was invading it? I don't think so. I personally think it was the effect of the drugs he used I'n his past that affected his brain long term so I'n lamen's terms he was a CRACK head president that used fear and nationalism to his advantage I'n presidency.
I think Bush was not a person that could "think on his feet". If the discussion required spontaneity, he would have a disconnect in how to phrase his response. But, I think if we look at the GOP field, if any one of them gets in, Bush's number of bloopers would be surpassed!