I was scrolling through facebook today, at a loss for sense and reason, and I stumbled upon a picture of George W. Bush holding a baby in a NASA costume for Halloween. He was smiling, seemingly at least for the moment, forgetting that he led thousands of people to their deaths through a war that there was no cause for. What was even more puzzling about the photo was the responses to it. Most people were saying things like we sure miss our President Bush. What the fuck? This is a man who not only led us into that quagmire of a war, but also helped to destroy our economy and who also disgraced us on the world stage. Now look, if you don’t like Obama that is your prerogative. Even though I tend to like him, I loath his drone war and I am truly troubled by his continuation of Bush anti-terror policies when it comes to things like surveillance. I wish he had pursued the Public Option and I wish he was stronger on the environment. But disliking Obama does not mean that you should be wishing Bush back. Those are two separate trains of thought. Anyone that is pining for the days of the Bush administration has a truly diseased mind.
But maybe I am being too hard on Bush. He did, in the spirit of the week, have the best costumes ever. Remember when he dressed in a flight suit on that aircraft carrier? That was a good one. Remember when he pretended to be a compassionate conservative and then vetoed the stem-cell bill, which could have helped untold numbers of people? Remember when he used to go around on his ranch clearing brush for photo ops, like he was some kind of rancher, even though he was a Yale dandy and a cheerleader? He was great at playing dress up. That dude was in costume more than Alice fucking Cooper.