Washington, D.C. USA: When the chaos and scandals that are trademarks of Trump’s administration enter into a conversation, Former President George W. Bush often remarks that President Trump’s administration makes his own former White House team look “pretty good,”, according to a new report.
“Without chiming in with the Trump critics, Bush is often heard to remark, unable to stifle his trademark smirk: ‘Sorta makes me look pretty good, doesn’t it?'” the National Journal reports.
“He’s shaking his head like everyone else, wondering why they can’t get their act together,” a Republican official told the Journal. “He wants the guy to succeed, but thinks a lot of his problems are self-inflicted.”
Bush’s alleged desire for Trump to succeed seems a bit far-fetched after the tirades that Trump unleashed against Bush’s brother, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, during their rival bids for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination. Early in the race, Jeb Bush was considered to be a frontrunner.
Former President George H.W. Bush and his two sons famously declined to attend the Republican National Convention once Trump secured the nominated. The Los Angeles Times reported that George W. Bush did not vote for Trump and neither did Jeb. George Bush Sr. ultimately decided to vote for Trump’s Democratic opponent, former secretary of state Hillary Clinton.
Trump aside, George W. Bush’s presidency was, at best, controversial. Both presidents won the White House despite losing the popular vote. The 2000 election was mired by a recount and subsequent lawsuit decided by the Supreme Court. Then there was the start of two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, his administration’s slow and tepid response to Hurricane Katrina and the dismantled economy he left for Barack Obama to sort out.
In a closed door Republican event over the weekend, Trump reportedly mocked Bush’s intelligence and called his invasion of Iraq in 2003 “the single worst decision ever made,” likening it to “throwing a big fat brick into a hornet’s nest,” CNN reported.
In the years following his presidency, Bush has expressed remorse for both the Iraq invasion and the economic situation. He has also called the lack of indictment for the police officer responsible for the death of Eric Garner “hard to understand.” But his new and silent strategy seems to be less about re-writing his wrongs than riding the benefits of the Trump wave to no longer being the most-controversial or most-hated president in the 21st century.
Comedian Chris Rock echoed the same thing in his Netflix special “Tambourine.” He said, “Trump might work out. I said it. Trump might work out. Think about it this way. Bush was so bad, he gave us Obama.”
While the joke certainly landed, this isn’t a viable approach for Bush to use to repair his legacy. Trump’s blunder does not re-write Bush’s past – being second worst doesn’t mean you’re either favorable or forgiven.
Salon Verified account @Salon: Don’t be quick to forget George W. Bush’s two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, his administration’s slow and tepid response to Hurricane Katrina and the dismantled economy he left for Barack Obama to sort out.
Glenn Greenwald Verified account @ggreenwald: A major theme of Dems throughout Bush presidency was they were starting wars and bombing countries in order to maximize Cheney’s profits in Halliburton -but all bad pre-Trump events have been erased to pretend that Trump has vandalized pristine America.
Paul Joseph Watson Verified account @PrisonPlanet: You trashing Trump makes Trump look good because you were one of the worst presidents in history and left office with lowest final approval rating for an outgoing president since records began. Please keep doing it.
#impeachTrumpNOWn@Goldenmom7: Hell I wish I had a home to sell. Lost mine in 2008 – thank you Bush!! I was doing so well under Obama and then Trump came along and my job went to India!! Going into 7th month without a job!
Chris Lu Verified account @ChrisLu44: Bush 2002 steel tariffs (which exempted Canada/Mexico) cost 200,000 U.S. jobs. Trump tariff (which exempts no countries) will cause more job losses and hurt states like Mich., OH and PA.
Harry Potter Resists @HarryPotter: Bush says Trump ‘makes me look pretty good’ by comparison. Even George H.W. Bush (Father) said “I don’t like him. I don’t know much about him, but I know he’s a blowhard. And I’m not too excited about him being a leader”. #TrumpMustGo #TrumpIsTheWorstPOTUS
Allen Clifton @Allen_Clifton: Trump’s two biggest accomplishments: Trying to take credit for the economic success created during the Obama administration and making George W. Bush seem competent.
#GreatAwakening @OneMinnesotaMom: I can’t believe I voted for and supported this man and his family…… Such a huge disappointment.
Adam Best Verified account @adamcbest: “I came up with the wall, I came up with the Muslim ban, I came up with everything to attack Jeb Bush, all that stuff.” This was the most underrated Sam Nunberg quote of the day. Half expected him to take credit for the Stormy Daniels affair and designing Trump’s combover.
Eyes Wide Open: @Texasblaze69: Can Trump ever speak without blaming prior administrations? It’s never the current administration ‘s fault for anything; but he sure is quick to blame Clinton, Bush and Obama.
Alfons López Tena Verified account @alfonslopeztena: Trump’s tariffs repeat Nixon’s and Bush’s follies
-Bush 20 months of steel tariffs cost 200,000 jobs—more than the entire steel industry employees
-Nixon’s tariffs cost a decade of stagflation that bore most heavily upon the very people he said to champion
John Cusack Verified account @johncusack: Bush cabal – straight up war criminals – lots of them “getting well” basking in the trump meltdown – trying to look good in comparison – rehabilitate disastrous legacies- By comparison to trump – everyone looks virtuous – but some of us are not morons – and know our history.
Chris Fleming Verified account @chrisfleming91 :Ya know I didn’t like George Bush when he was Prez, but I do LOVE HIS SENSE OF HUMOR and he seems like a fun guy! – Former president zings Trump in candid comments.
Alfons López Tena Verified account @alfonslopeztena: The lesson of #ItalyElection2018 is that you can never say that a country has the worst rulers, it can always sink further and worsen. Next to Trump, Bush looks like an enlightened, decent statesman.
Richard: Trump makes W look like Einstein, Benjamin Franklin and Winston Churchill all rolled into one. Then again, Trump makes a dead car battery look like Einstein, Benjamin Franklin and Winston Churchill all rolled into one.
Kiril Petrov: George W. does have a point. He is no longer the worst U.S. President. #GeorgeWBush