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George W. Bush's Approval Rating Hits A Surprising 7-Year High As His Library Opens In Texas
Business Insider ^ | 04/23/2013 | Walter Hickey

Posted on 04/23/2013 7:07:14 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Former President George W. Bush's approval rating is up to 47%, a seven-year high for the former president, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll.

The mark stands as Bush's highest approval rating since December 2005, one year through his second term in office.

By October 2008, Bush's approval rating had sunk to an abysmal 23% before inching up to 33% as he left the White House.

One possible cause for the bump — besides the former Commander in Chief's time out of the spotlight — could be the upcoming dedication of his presidential library. On Thursday, the $250 million Bush presidential library will be dedicated Thursday at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

All living presidents, including President Barack Obama, will attend.

(Excerpt) Read more at businessinsider.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: 2013polls; approval; bush43; bushlegacy; bushlibrary; georgewbush; presidents

1 posted on 04/23/2013 7:07:14 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

2 posted on 04/23/2013 7:07:48 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

America longs for old normal.


3 posted on 04/23/2013 7:08:02 AM PDT by y6162
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To: SeekAndFind

I miss a President who didn’t leave the borders WIDE OPEN.


4 posted on 04/23/2013 7:10:07 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: SeekAndFind
George W. Bush's Approval Rating Hits A Surprising 7-Year High As His Library Opens In Texas

Surprising? Is that like "unexpected"?

5 posted on 04/23/2013 7:10:31 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Choose one: the yellow and black flag of the Tea Party or the white flag of the Republican Party.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Given that Der Leader is having a hard time breaking 50 percent, this is interesting information.


6 posted on 04/23/2013 7:11:06 AM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (Blather. Reince. Repeat.)
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To: y6162

No, America doesn’t or it would have given an indication of that in past November.

No more Bushes — they had their chance twice and blew it.


7 posted on 04/23/2013 7:11:46 AM PDT by 353FMG ( I do not indicate whether I am serious or sarcastic -- I respect FReepers too much.)
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To: SeekAndFind

No. But I DO miss Ronald Reagan...


8 posted on 04/23/2013 7:12:49 AM PDT by pgkdan (Some taglines never go away....)
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To: SeekAndFind

Gee, just in time for Jeb to run.


9 posted on 04/23/2013 7:14:19 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: fieldmarshaldj
"I miss a President who didn’t leave the borders WIDE OPEN"

Then you are certainly not missing Jeorge.

10 posted on 04/23/2013 7:14:24 AM PDT by jpsb
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To: SeekAndFind
I bet the Saudis miss their old pal W. It was like having an honorary member of the House of Saud in the Oval Office.


11 posted on 04/23/2013 7:15:42 AM PDT by Colonel Kangaroo
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To: SeekAndFind

No.


12 posted on 04/23/2013 7:17:44 AM PDT by nomad
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To: SeekAndFind
It was interesting to note what C. Edmund Wright wrote in his article entitled Did Bill Maher Just Trump Bush on Islam? in American Thinker. Note the following snippet:

It shows that even an ultra-liberal like Maher is more willing to speak the obvious truth about terror than the man who started "the war on terror" in the first place. "Islam is peace" droned Bush gratuitously, just days after 9-11. "When we think of Islam we think of a faith that brings comfort to a billion people around the world. Billions of people find comfort and solace and peace" he added, apparently having no clue what most of us really think of Islam, but more importantly what Islam thinks of us. You could say, to use a bumper sticker metaphor, Maher just stuck "Don't Mess with Texas" on his car, while Bush went with that absurd COEXIST decal.

Nice guy or simply stuck on stupid, Bush was not a good president.

13 posted on 04/23/2013 7:24:06 AM PDT by pt17
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To: dfwgator
Gee, just in time for Jeb to run.

Hmmmm....I wonder if GWB's popularity will be rehabilitated enough for him to speak at the RNC when Jebby accepts the nomination in 2016...

14 posted on 04/23/2013 7:28:54 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Gun control: Steady firm grip, target within sights, squeeze the trigger slowly...)
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To: 353FMG
Oh yea...things are much better now than during the W admin.. At least mild Mitt was a pro 2A capitalist. Maybe is the spoiled brats Paulites voted for him things would be better.
15 posted on 04/23/2013 7:29:34 AM PDT by y6162
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To: SeekAndFind
I don't feel like joining in on the bashing of GW today. Yes, I miss him on some issues/some, I don't. Yes, I hope Jeb is not in the run next time. New direction with a conservative is the way to win back the senate and the presidency. This current Speaker is the problem right now. Let's go after him.
16 posted on 04/23/2013 7:33:13 AM PDT by Christie at the beach
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To: pt17

“Nice guy or simply stuck on stupid, Bush was not a good president.”

Hmmm, lemme think about the article’s straw man argument for a minute.

Ok, ready.

Someone who successfully waged 2 concurrent wars against islamic militants and their supporting sponsor states, killing many thousands of jihadists and their leadership is supposedly “not a good president” because of a statement made after 9/11 and the comment by a left wing ‘comedian’ about what his bumper sticker should be?

You think GWB’s bumper sticker should be Coexist rather than Don’t Mess With Texas, seriously? That’s delusional!

Reality check:

After saying “islam is a religion of peace” he kicked off two wars, and we’ve been killing international jihadis ever since. Oh, but folks like you carry on “he said blah, blah and I saw it on my TeeVee!!!” and that’s what really matters?

WTF, over?

Get a clue: Maher is playing the public’s shift in sentiment after the bombing and, as always, is doing it at the expense of his political opponents. And you lapped all it up.


17 posted on 04/23/2013 7:42:45 AM PDT by Justa
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To: Justa
->public’s shift in sentiment after the bombing and, as always, is doing it at the expense of his political opponents. And you lapped all it up.

And the author of the article did as well.

It's insulting to many to make a case that GW Bush was not patriotic. Of the war, he was fought each day from the radical left. I am thankful our troops captured Saddam Hussein. Tommy Franks is a hero in my book. Our soldiers are always caught up in this mess of politics though they still join to fight for freedom.

18 posted on 04/23/2013 7:50:13 AM PDT by Christie at the beach
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To: jpsb

You noticed that.


19 posted on 04/23/2013 7:52:18 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: Justa

You Bush-bots seem to have trouble dealing with reality he really messed up the middle east, got a lot of American killed for questionable results, spent like an idiot and greased the skids for the Obama slide into socialism/communism. As for waging two concurrent wars, I’d say he handled them rather badly judging on the results (e.g., remember when he let Iran’s sock puppet go). When ever I hear a Bush-bot like you say “get a clue”, I say “physician, heal thyself.” What part of Bush is a liberal socialist do you have trouble understanding, or is that your ideal in a president?


20 posted on 04/23/2013 7:57:48 AM PDT by pt17
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To: y6162
The candidate who could not even beat Markist Obama.

With hundreds of negative stories running on Drudge, could not even pull him over or get the base to come out.
No more candidates like Romney, ever. Romneycare/Gay marriage bill, who was the father of that. No more, if they want to win again.

21 posted on 04/23/2013 8:00:54 AM PDT by Christie at the beach
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To: pt17

A liberal socialist? That’s a joke. You need to figure out who your enemies are, and it’s not a guy who kept taxes low, kept government out of way for businesses, and built a stronger military and aggressive strategy on Islamic terrorists.


22 posted on 04/23/2013 8:39:27 AM PDT by ilgipper (The lesson for the GOP is simple - don't let the opposition define you)
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To: ilgipper
And also had the biggest expansion of Governement and Government spending since LBJ in the 1960’s.
The war on terror is nothing more at this point than a expansion of the Poice State and usurping our Rights and Liberties.
Witness Boston you tag a couple of useless itdiots as Terrorists and a entire metropolitan area is shut down with untold economic damages.
George Bush was at best a medicore RINO President that lied about who he was all the time just like his Father.
23 posted on 04/23/2013 8:46:49 AM PDT by Captain Peter Blood
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In retrospect, he was perfect for the position of Governor of Texas, a state whose legislature meets every other year, and the Lt Gov wields much of the legislative power.

Rick Perry for President...are you kidding me?

24 posted on 04/23/2013 8:47:09 AM PDT by Night Hides Not (The Tea Party was the earthquake, and Chick Fil A the tsunami...100's of aftershocks to come.)
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To: SeekAndFind
I've been disappointed with W ever since the financial "meltdown" of '08 and how W went along with the bail out to prevent a so-called crisis. 0's mode of operation has been crisis mode/Blame-it-on-Bush, since day one.

At least Cheney has had the guts to call this admin out...wish W would've stood up for himself, instead of letting 0 get away with the "I inherited this" crapola.

The final straw, for me, with W, was after I read this statement in this past weekend's Parade (an interview highlighting his library opening and attendance of all living presidents)...

..."And so yes, my administration and President Obama's administration have gone on the offense against people who would do us harm. The ultimate way for there to be peace however, is for freedom to take root, democracy to take root, where governments are decided by the will of the people. And that's beginning to happen as a result of the Arab Spring".

25 posted on 04/23/2013 8:55:15 AM PDT by Jane Long (Background checks? Dandy idea, Mr. President. Shoulda started with yours. - Sarah Palin)
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To: KarlInOhio

Ofcorse they are surprised...they have been trashing him for over a decade...and they fully expected him to be tried for war crimes by now...

Frickin libtards...


26 posted on 04/23/2013 10:21:42 AM PDT by Crim (Palin / West '12)
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To: SeekAndFind
One possible cause for the bump — besides the former Commander in Chief's time out of the spotlight — . . . .

Could be more than 4 years of having Obozo in the White House!!!

27 posted on 04/23/2013 10:36:02 AM PDT by SoldierDad (Proud dad of an Army Soldier who has survived 24 months of Combat deployment.)
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To: Captain Peter Blood

When the Homeland Security Dept was created, my hesitation, like many here was not what it was in 2002, but what it would be under a future administration. All our fears were warranted, because it didn’t even take 10 years.

The concept of all the agencies rolling up to one person was a good idea to create accountability and break down the existing barriers of sharing data. The addition of airport screeners, etc created a new monolithic body to infringe on our privacy. It was not hard to predict, either.


28 posted on 04/23/2013 2:07:04 PM PDT by ilgipper (The lesson for the GOP is simple - don't let the opposition define you)
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To: SeekAndFind

From similar WaPo article Bush’s approval is now equal to Obama’s in the WaPo/ABC polling:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/bush-library-opening-puts-his-presidency-back-in-the-spotlight/2013/04/22/bb7e6b9c-ab65-11e2-a8b9-2a63d75b5459_story.html

“Days before his second term ended in 2009, Bush’s approval rating among all adults was 33 percent positive and 66 percent negative. The new poll found 47 percent saying they approve and 50 percent saying they disapprove. Among registered voters, his approval rating today is equal to President Obama’s, at 47 percent, according to the latest Post-ABC surveys.”


29 posted on 04/23/2013 5:37:16 PM PDT by Seizethecarp (Defend aircraft from "runway kill zone" mini-drone helicopter swarm attacks: www.runwaykillzone.com)
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