Monday, January 19, 2009

The unforgiving minute

Reflection on Bush's final TV address:

George Bush is fond of telling interviewers that history will be the final judge of his administration.

Here's what I think:

If the world survives long enough, a day will come when everyone will remember there were two George Bushes who were president, in an asterisk-in-the-index, Trivial Pursuits kind of way--two Adamses, two Harrisons, two Bushes. But almost nobody will remember which one was which--one had two middle initials and the other had one, but which was the doofy one-termer who doesn't seem as bad now as people thought at the time, and which was the idiot who drove the country into the ground?

Like Dick York and Dick Sargent, or Tom Bosley and David Doyle. Or Jackie Cooper and Barry Nelson.

There's a legacy, for the father who hoped to found a dynasty and the son who thought he could finally outdo the father.

Minute's up.

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