The first thing President Obama ought to do to begin erasing the awful stain of the Bush administration on this great country is revoke Executive Order 13233 so we can finally, eight years later, find out just what exactly it was Bush was so eager to hide about the Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations.
Two terms, 6 trillion dollars in new debt, the worst economic performance in decades, the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, the worst terrorist attack on American soil in history, a total failure of foreign policy, two costly unwon wars, a wrecked military, the lowest approval ratings of any president, a totally dysfunctional and politicized federal government from the Treasury to FEMA to the State Department to the Department of the Interior to the Justice Department to the SEC to the FDA...
On the other hand, he did break a few records for taking vacation. So there's that.
WASHINGTON (CNN) --Saying "the desire to explore and understand is part of our character," President Bush Wednesday unveiled an ambitious plan to return Americans to the moon by 2020 and use the mission as a steppingstone for future manned trips to Mars and beyond.
We were so much younger then. And ambitious. And we had these really super cool space helmets.
And then, as a nation, we all sort of pretended like that never happened. It was kind of amazing, really.
But, in the last eight years, it was like that with a lot of things.