George W. Bush is coming out of hiding to open his presidential library, and you’ll be happy to know he feels fine about his record as president. Bush reminds me a lot of Dan Quayle.
When, after Bush Sr. chose him as his running mate, concern was expressed about Quayle’s family pulling strings to keep him out of the Vietnam War, which he supported, he explained,
I did not know in 1969 that I would be in this room [as a vice-presidential nominee] today.
In other words, he didn’t understand the question. Rather than address his failure to do his duty, he spoke about a political blunder.
Bush, ahead of the library opening, explains away his unpopularity this way:
I’m comfortable with what I did.
What makes him think anyone cares?
Does he really think concern about the deaths of U.S. soldiers and Iraqis, torture and its consequences to our national image, the debt his administration racked up, or any of the other disasters of his presidency can be balanced by, “Well, as long as Bush feels okay about it…”? Does he think his critics are more worried about whether he feels bad than about the millions who were affected by his policies?
When your critics are wrong, a meaningful response details what they’re wrong about and why, but Bush, like Quayle before him, and not for the first time in his public life, doesn’t understand the question.