A Decent Man Who Deserved Better

Here is what top adviser Mark McKinnon had to say about (now former) President Bush’s view of President Obama:

I think I can fairly report that he feels a genuine warmth for President Obama. He admires his sense of family, his relaxed and easygoing nature, and his character. He has gotten to know him during this transition period and he has a pretty good gut for people. His gut tells him Obama has what it takes to be a successful leader. Not yet tested. Not yet proved he is willing to make difficult and unpopular decisions. But the potential is clearly there.

Norman Orenstein, no Bush fan himself, adds this:

Beginning well before the election, President Bush and his chief of staff, Josh Bolten, decided to make this transition different by removing many of the usual obstacles and fostering cooperation and harmony.

What a stunning contrast between the way President Bush treated his adversaries and the way they have treated him.

Classless to the end, many of the Obama fans at yesterday’s inauguration booed and shouted obscenities when the outgoing President was introduced. I wasn’t surprised.

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