Former President George W. Bush should be praised for highlighting what it means to be presidential in a great speech that indirectly addressed our currently divisive leader, holds Brent Budowsky of The Hill. Bush realized that the ongoing trend of political polarization is not just unproductive, but also un-American. He reminded that the country is united, not by race or religion, but through its loyalty to ideals. Showing great clarity, Bush focused on Trump’s rhetoric, setting a great example of leadership for all Americans. It was a praiseworthy feat, to come forth, motivated by morals and patriotism, breaking the silence held by former presidents.
The Democratic enthusiasm to support George W. Bush for his criticism of the current Trump administration forgets his incredibly destructive presidency, believes Ross Barkan of The Guardian. Bush’s hand in orchestrating the Iraq war, crashing the economy and making America more of a police state, is being forgiven far too easily. Perhaps it is easy for Democrats to forget about his transgressions because he is, in appearance, so different than President Trump. Inoffensive, friendly and put-together, Bush appears highly presidential next to his successor. But the former president has likely done far more damage than Trump can hope to.