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Thursday, December 06, 2018

George Herbert Walker Bush, America's 41st president, was a war hero, a congressman, an ambassador, the head of the CIA, Ronald Reagan's number two and, between 1989 and 1993, the most powerful man in the world. He also enjoyed a more dubious distinction - membership of the small group of sitting presidents who have stood for re-election and lost. Since 1933, only Bush, Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford have been beaten in a general election while occupying the White House. "History is beginning to recognize that George Bush was the best one-term president in American history," James Baker, the former secretary of state and a friend of Bush the Elder, recently told the New York Times. While much of Bush the Elders rehabilitation previously seems to have been the result of the former president's pleasant personality and personal decency – and, obviously, his funny socks – American academics and journalists are now also starting to reassess the 41st's presidency.


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George H. W. Bush's foreign policy stands out as the gold standard of American leadership. Facing one of the most complex and overlapping global evolutions since Franklin D. Roosevelt at the height of World War II, Bush the Elder's administration guided America well through years of global upheaval. Therefore, the presidents' stellar leadership in historic times of upheaval can serve as a role model for future and current American presidents. Any American president would be well advised to ask himself or herself: "What would George Bush Sr. do?"


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#1 | Posted by 726 at 2018-12-06 09:26 AM | Reply

FFS, Truman is considered a one-termer, even though he won an election.

#2 | Posted by Danforth at 2018-12-06 10:01 AM | Reply

Was George H.W. Bush the Best One Term President?

I have no idea, but context might help.

#3 | Posted by Hagbard_Celine at 2018-12-06 10:05 AM | Reply

John Adams

#4 | Posted by Zed at 2018-12-06 11:33 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Bush 41 or bush 43 were not good presidents.

#5 | Posted by Sniper at 2018-12-06 11:46 AM | Reply

I rank Billy Harrison and Jimbo Garfield as the two best one term presidents because they died before getting a chance to harm the country. Zack Taylor comes in a close 3rd.

#6 | Posted by NerfHerder at 2018-12-07 09:56 AM | Reply

Best? I don't know. Most qualified to the office? Absolutely.

#7 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2018-12-07 10:10 AM | Reply

"Most qualified to the office? Absolutely."


He was at least 35 years old
He was a natural born citizen of the USA
And he had been living in the US for at least 14 years.

He ties the other 43 guys that held the office for that distinction.

#8 | Posted by NerfHerder at 2018-12-07 10:16 AM | Reply

You're clearly a "meets the minimums" sort. Your resume must be hilarious.

#9 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2018-12-07 10:33 AM | Reply

Was the Persian Gulf War justified? Had our Ambassador to Iraq assured Saddam Hussein that the U.S. would not get involved in an Arab on Arab war? Long term was that war the beginning of the total destabilization of the ME? Was his participation in Iran-Conntra a problem for any of you? Was he part of the deal worked out by the Reagan campaign with the Ayatollah of Iran to hold American hostages until after the election? Did he know about it? Of course he knew about it.
Was he the best one term President? Better question, was he the biggest criminal that ever sat in the Oval Office? His crimes were far worse than Watergate.
I don't care if it isn't PC right now, the truth is still the truth.

#10 | Posted by danni at 2018-12-07 12:17 PM | Reply

"Was the Persian Gulf War justified?"

In a world full of legicidal legions of liars, the truth is a lonely warrior...

#11 | Posted by NerfHerder at 2018-12-07 12:32 PM | Reply

John Adams #4 | POSTED BY ZED

A great case can be made that John Adams was the best one termer who didn't have his term cut short by death or assassination.

#12 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2018-12-07 01:12 PM | Reply

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