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He’s No Herbert Hoover

January 22nd, 2009

A writer for TIME suggests that Bush could do what Hoover did:

Of all his predecessors, Bush may have the most to learn from Hoover, the one to whom, given the current Great Recession, he is increasingly compared. Bush may not be popular, but there aren’t crowds calling for him to be hanged or accusing him of raiding Fort Knox before fleeing the country. Hoover left office in an even deeper hole than Bush, but he had the great advantage of a strong constitution. He lived another 31 years, during which time he was among the greatest champions of children this country has ever known. He drove the growth of Boys Clubs of America, the creation of UNICEF; he led the campaign to get food to millions of civilians who faced a catastrophic famine after World War II. That’s what he was good at — fixing things like the engineer he was.

Somehow, I just don’t see Bush doing any of these things, or anything even remotely similar. He may be a whiz at clearing brush, but he’s no engineer, and he’s not good at fixing things. Nor do I believe that he has the inclination even were he able.

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  1. Tim Kane
    January 22nd, 2009 at 14:10 | #1

    Herbert Hoover had the nice habit of coming out of the wood work every four years to attempt to put a positive spin on his tenure as President. Each time he helped Roosevelt win another election.

    It would be nice if Bush did the same. Instead I think he will become like that crazy old uncle that no one talks about. He has gone of to oblivion.

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