I was filling up my Prius with gas today ($25 -- I wonder how much it takes SUV drivers to fill up their cars?) and I got to thinking about what George Bush's legacy will be. Mind you, I wasn't coming at this from the perspective of someone who didn't vote for him. I was just trying to imagine what the long view of history would hold for his reputation.
I don't like Richard Nixon, but when I look back at his presidency, there are good things I can immediately come up with: the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency and the opening of relations with China. Millions don't like Bill Clinton, but even they would concede he was responsible for large budget surpluses and welfare reform. LBJ was a controversial figure but we remember him for the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the War on Poverty, and the Great Society. Even Ronald Reagan, despite my negative views of him, will be remembered for presiding over the end of the Cold War.
But Bush? I got nothing.