( – promoted by Cool Cal)
I don’t know if President Bush will agree to many interviews once he leaves office, but I’d definitely like to sit down and have a chat with him.
I’d like to ask him about his 1999-2000 Presidential campaign: what he really felt about the mainstream media’s effort to promote John McCain, what he made of the scandal-mongering over his record in the National Guard and his alleged drug use.
I’d like to get his take on the aftermath of the 2000 election; his personal view of Al Gore, his opinion of those who asserted that he “stole” the election in Florida, his response to those who regarded him as a “court-appointed” President.
I’d want to hear Bush’s take on the various controversies of his first term: not just his response to the 9/11 attacks and his decision to depose Saddam Hussein, but his view of the various criticisms of No Child Left Behind, “faith-based initiatives” and the proposed Federal Marriage Amendment.
I’d like to get his thoughts on the 2004 campaign: what he made of John Kerry’s and John Edwards’ attacks, his perception of the progressive blogosphere’s efforts to end his Presidency, and whether he agreed with those on the right who considered Kerry a traitor to his country.
I’d have him address the fierce criticism over his handling of the Hurricane Katrina crisis, specifically the far left’s assertion that his response to the devastation in New Orleans reflected racial prejudice. I’d want to know: does it bother him that, despite his extensive and admirable efforts to maintain a racially diverse White House and to reach out to civil rights entities such as the Urban League, the far left and the traditional civil rights leadership were so successful at pushing the notion that his administration was hostile to people of color?
I’d ask him about the American people’s declining support for the Iraq War in the years following his re-election. What does he make of those who feel that his inability to make a compelling case for staying the course in Iraq was directly responsible for the American people’s apparent willingness to accept defeat?
I’d press him on why he was reluctant to take aggressive action against illegal immigration. Why did he seem to have so much disdain for the GOP base on this issue?
I’d ask him whether he feels he was able to accomplish as much as President Reagan did. Bush could never avoid being compared to Reagan; did he feel he lived up to the 40th President’s legacy?
Like him or not, Bush is the most controversial and influential American political figure of his generation. He’s clearly had as much influence as Reagan in terms of foreign policy. The Bush years are unforgettable ones in the history of this nation. I’d like to hear the President himself provide the narration.