May 29, 2004


Charles Johnson points out a very interesting interview with the President. The part I liked the best:

A president shouldn't worry about how history will judge him. I'll never know. I'll know how short term history will judge me, if I'd ever read the editorial pages I'd figure it out, because they're the ones writing the history. But when we try to do big things—accomplish big objectives—whether it be cultural change, or … the struggle we're in—it's going to take a while for history to really judge the accomplishments of a president and the true impact of a presidency. If you're doing little things, then maybe 20 years from now we'll be able to figure it out … But with big things it's going to take awhile. And so when you hear this thing about, "Well he's worried about his standing in history." I'm not. And most short-term history will be written by people who didn't particularly want me to be President to begin with.

I also very much enjoyed the end of the interview when he talks about how the war is affecting him personally. Read it if you have time; it's a window into the personal life of the President.

Posted by Sarah at May 29, 2004 06:35 PM

The first time I ever heard the word "legacy" in relation to a sitting President was with Bill Clinton. Every move he made, every decision coming out of the Oval Office was considered first in regard to his legacy.

In the military, I learned things take care of themselves if you work hard and do your job well. Bush has that same philosophy. I sincerely believe he will do what he feels needs to be done, and the election is a sideshow. That sets him apart.

Posted by: Mike at May 29, 2004 08:12 PM