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Created by John Eipper on 01/08/09 2:49 PM - re-us-on-bushs-legacy-bienvenido-macario-philippinesus

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re: US: on Bush's Legacy (Bienvenido Macario, Philippines/US) (John Eipper, USA, 01/08/09 2:49 pm)

Cameron Sawyer wrote on 7 January: Let's hope Obama does a better job. Bienvenido Macario, just returned to the US from Manila, responds: Focusing on Cameron Sawyer's last sentence, I think it is premature to determine Bush's legacy or determine the extent of the damage his administration has inflicted on America's reputation, especially in the Middle East because we don't know yet how good a job Obama will do. However remote, there is always the possibility Obama will perform so bad and make Bush's administration seem a lot better. On the current economic crisis, Cameron Sawyer does not put the blame on Bush, but how many out there think like him? He also mentioned the Clinton administration, Wall Street, AIG, Fannie and Freddie as having a major role in the present crisis. These players are still around, not to mention the US Congress that pushed for the lifting of the portfolio limits of both Fannie and Freddie which triggered the stock market decline around Oct. 15, 2007. Then there is the SEC, which has been under fire since the Madoff scandal. How does Obama plan to deal with Madoff-type irregularities? Hopefully Obama, being a Democrat, won't be set up by a Democratic-controlled US Congress like Bush was. Again how many people understand the limitations of the US president and the power of the legislative and judicial branches of the government over the president? How many Americans would care to compare a presidential form of government we have against the collapsible parliamentary form of government, where a vote of no-confidence on the prime minister is enough to call for the election of a new chief executive? That America has not recently been attacked by terrorists from within and without as of this writing, is one credit no one could take away from Bush. Not to compare Bush with other past US presidents, I would nonetheless imagine Pres. Lincoln was not popular in the country during his time and immediately after his death. JE comments: Although the first three years of his presidency were a PR disaster, Lincoln was extremely popular in the (Northern) US after his re-election in November 1864--and especially during the first months of 1865 prior to his death. Nothing seals US presidential popularity, however, like martyrdom. -- For information about the World Association of International Studies (WAIS), and its online publication, the World Affairs Report, read its homepage by simply double-clicking on: http://wais.stanford.edu/ John Eipper, Editor-in-Chief, Adrian College, MI 49221 USA

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