Thursday, 15 January 2009

History will show that George W Bush was right

My friends, that great man, the historian Andrew Roberts, has been stirring the pot once more with his article in today’s Daily Telegraph. In it he makes the case that the Presidency of George W Bush is going to be viewed better by impartial historians than by the contemporary commentariat. As he says:

“In the avalanche of abuse and ridicule that we are witnessing in the media assessments of President Bush's legacy, there are factors that need to be borne in mind if we are to come to a judgment that is not warped by the kind of partisan hysteria that has characterised this issue on both sides of the Atlantic.

“The first is that history, by looking at the key facts rather than being distracted by the loud ambient noise of the 24-hour news cycle, will probably hand down a far more positive judgment on Mr Bush's presidency than the immediate, knee-jerk loathing of the American and European elites.”

He goes on to explain exactly why he holds this position. At some length, including the following passage:

“History will also take Mr Bush's verbal fumbling into account, reminding us that Ronald Reagan also mis-spoke regularly, but was still a fine president. The first MBA president, who had a higher grade-point average at Yale than John Kerry, Mr Bush's supposed lack of intellect will be seen to be a myth once the papers in his Presidential Library in the Southern Methodist University in Dallas are available.

“Films such as Oliver Stone's W, which portray him as a spitting, oafish frat boy who eats with his mouth open and is rude to servants, will be revealed by the diaries and correspondence of those around him to be absurd travesties, of this charming, interesting, beautifully mannered history buff who, were he not the most powerful man in the world, would be a fine person to have as a pal.

“Instead of Al Franken, history will listen to Bob Geldof praising Mr Bush's efforts over AIDS and malaria in Africa; or to Manmohan Singh, the prime minister of India, who told him last week: "The people of India deeply love you." And certainly to the women of Afghanistan thanking him for saving them from Taliban abuse, degradation and tyranny.”

I commend the article to you, and also the following thought:

“The historian’s first duties are sacrilege and the mocking of false gods. They are his indispensable instruments for establishing the truth.”

Jules Michelet - (1798-1874)
French historian

Source: History of France, 1833


  1. 'The Orator - an independent voice of reason speaking truth to power'

    Unless its the Bush administration, in which case: *swoon* OMG! I could just die he is just soooo amazing!!!

  2. Possibly, but I can't take your comment seriously without the customary self important quote at the end to add some much needed gravitas.