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Cary Brunswick

July 12, 2008

Bush builds upon legacy of ineptitude

It is difficult to believe that, just six months ago, I figured there was little more damage that President Bush could do to this country _ despite our powerlessness to stop him.

But events are proving that I, of all people, was overly optimistic.

Oh, I understood the potential for catastrophe, whether in the Middle East, the economy or in energy. I guess just didn’t comprehend the depths to which the president had set the ball rolling.

Back in early January: ``With 380 days remaining, we have to do what we can, which isn’t much, to keep Bush from doing any more damage. … The wars, torture, lies and climate inaction are enough to warrant impeachment _ except that with Washington lawmakers unable to agree on anything, it’d be too little, too late.’’

And I didn’t even mention oil, our debt and their impact on our economy, which have turned out to be Bush’s final and most serious pillage of the American people. They say the president has been thinking a lot about his legacy, probably trying to find some positive factor he can salvage now that just six months remain in his presidency. The trouble is that he is so out of touch, he doesn’t even realize how low the nation has sunk during his reign.

He must be aware of what people think of his performance, since his approval rating of 32 percent is near the lowest ever recorded. But he has never been one to care much about what ordinary voters thought of him or what his administration was doing. Meanwhile, as Bush sweats about his legacy, a bus is driving around the country to make sure we don’t forget anything. The Bush Legacy tour kicked off in Washington on June 24 and made it through upstate New York on July 1 and 2.

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