No matter how people remember President Bush’s time in office, let there be no doubt about how he wants to end it: gracefully.
By BEN FELLER, Associated Press Writer
Never mind thatspent all that time deriding Bush for “failed policies,” or mocking him for hiding in an “undisclosed location” because he was too unpopular to show up with his party’s own candidate, . This is . Outgoing presidents support the new guy.
And on that front, Bush is going well beyond the minimum. He has embraced the role of statesman with such gusto that it has been hard to miss.
The result is that Bush’s last image at thewill be one of a magnanimous leader. Whether it will improve his legacy is another matter.
“This has been a very good moment late in his presidency, and, I think it’s fair to say, much appreciated by the nation,” said Cal Jillson, a presidential library.at Southern Methodist University, the home of Bush’s planned
On Monday at the White House, Bush warmly welcomed Obama, whose dominant win last week was largely seen as a referendum on the Bush years.
The two leaders spent more than an hour discussing domestic and foreign policy in the. And then Bush gave Obama a personal tour all around.
The world saw video images that were replayed all day and night: Bush andgreeting Obama and his wife, Michelle, as if they were old friends; Bush strolling with the president-elect along the famous Colonnade adjacent to the Rose Garden, both men waving and smiling.