ANSWERS: 43
  • No but a good Pres would be Martin Luther King.
  • No, because he thinks he can lie with impunity. A better president would be Judge Judy.
  • I think he tries hard, but no, he is not a good president. I wouldn't want to be in his shoes, however. He's gotten himself in so deep, there is no immediate solution to America's problems or the war in Iraq. I think Bill Clinton should be president again. Despite his reputation as a womanizer, our budget was in the black for the first time in 30 years, and he never did a single thing to harm the country. I'm sure there are many who will disagree with me, and yes, I am a democrat. However, there have been some very good Republican presidents: Eisenhower and Reagan were both worthy of respect and admiration, not to mention my votes. I support candidates, not political parties. Just thought I'd throw that in.
  • No, he's not been good; almost anybody else would do better than he.
  • Maybe not "good", but "effective". He's had to make a lot of tough choices and for the most part he's stood by them. No one can say how things would have turned out if somebody else were president. I tend to think that most courses would have come to war sooner or later. Perhaps a better orator could ease tensions, or a more charismatic leader could make us feel better about it. But feeling better about it and doing something about it are two different things. The problems are still there, regardless of who is president.
  • Bush has done extreme damage to American economy, making more enemies, and putting the life of every American in danger. If we have to choose from the last Presendtial race, it is difficult to say as they have not performed. I believe John Kerry was an ethical man. He should have been choice. ================================================ Bush govt could not conrtol the escalating oil prices which has resulted in tremendous inflation rate. The American dollars have slided atleast by 30% in the international market. The world is cautious about investing in America. The American economy has been effected because of the lower dollar value. The countries those are pegged with US dollar are looking to make their currency independent. Many European countries and many oil producing countries have buying and selling fule in Euros. This has effected American, their cost of living, their investments in USD. The economy of the America shook after US attacked Iraq. The Middle East was destabilized, the Arabs needed more money to protect their land, they exploited the oil market. The fuel prices jumped from USD 30 per barrel to USD 70. There are multiple rumours from the Gulf that Bush is stealing oil from the Turkey to his oil refineries. Besides, the Saddam govt was selling the price to UN at very cheap rate (Food for oil program) which balanced the supply of the oil in the international market. OPEC and Saudi Arabia had no choice then to lower the oil prices. There are many factors involved in it. After the Iraq's invasion of Kuwait, the Saudi govt deployed US soldiers to protect their land from the Saddam. Their economy was effected coz of US military's presence. They sold oil at much lower rates. However, after Iraq's invasion by US, that fear no longer exists for Saudi. The US soldiers were removed from Saudi to fight in the Iraq. That is when OPEC came to picture.
  • Im laughing to hard to answer this seriously.
  • I don't think so, and I think most of the country agrees with me. Granted, he has been saddled with a lot of issues. He has been at least consistent and has not ever "misunderestimated" the threat of our "unseen" enemies... A lot of people say he's stupid, but it's not that. The man went to Yale! He may not be an intellectual, but his intelligence is not something I question. There are a lot of decisions he's made that I've not agreed with. However, I wonder if John Kerry would have done any better. I don't think he was a capable guy either - and I question the motives of the Democratic party every day with regard to that nomination in 2004. So, in short, I disagree with W's decisions, especially in foreign policy. He is not exactly the most diplomatic dude out there. I admire that he has been calm under the pressure of ruling this fickle country. I don't hate the man. W's the kind of guy I'd like to have a beer with at the end of the day. I'd have loved to see Howard Dean in office, in all honesty.
  • I don't believe President Bush has done a "good" nor an "Effective" job at all. His really only push has been this fight on terror after 911, which we stood behind him because we were attacked and caught up in nationalistic feelings. However he hasn't even caught the man repsonsible for 911, after 5 years, that's pathetic. Nor has he made progress in this war on terror. instead he's been exposed as a liar and tricked the masses in to continuing his fathers war in iraq for oiling, in doing so he's spent 250 billion dollars, and he's tyring to pass a new bill for another 150 billion dollars (which will be passed bcause we need to support our troops). sigh, no, he's a god-awful president who in fact uses god as his defense for many of his actions. his only other noticeable work was the No child left behind act which he does nto fund nor support anymore, and students are in no better condition than before. Had the eleciton not be stolen by tampered voting machines (which is a complete violation of our most sacred democratic right, the right to vote) i think Al Gore would have been much better, hell, even weak-boned Kerry would have done better.
  • I am constantly taken back the conservative bent of this site. Lets look at the facts. George Bush did not enter office without any strings attached. He lost the popular vote and was more or less installed by the Supreme Court in Bush v. Gore. Since that time, he took a budget surplus and the longest period of economic growth in our nation's history and turned it into a massive deficit that grows every year. After September 11th, George Bush inhereted our nation at its most unified. People were ready and willing to get behind our leader. He made a good decision to get into Afghanistan but did not finish the job, and now the Taliban is resurgent. He took that faith we placed in him and squandered it. By invading Iraq, he ignored the advice of some of the most brilliant intelligence advisors who told him that Iraq had no WMDs, and he ignored the advice of the most brilliant minds in the military, telling him that we would be unable to sustain Iraq with the force that he sent. Instead of listening to these wise individuals, he fired them. He has squandered our allies by ignoring the Geneva Conventions. He gave the world the finger when he not only rejected the Kyoto Protocol, but he refused to negotiate a new one. Under his administration, corporate lobbyists have taken an even greater role in writing administration-backed legislation. Dick Cheney invited some of the biggest corporate lobbyists from the oil and gas industry into his office and from the meeting came the U.S. Energy Bill, which gave billions in tax cuts to the oil and gas industries. This is just a start but my fingers are tired. Please, don't say he's a good president just because he's a "straight shooter" or some other ignorant opinion based only on face-value judgment. A better president would have been Al Gore, John Mccain, John Kerry, basically anyone less willing to actively spit in the face of the American people and the international community.
  • I know many people will disagree with me: He is the best president we've had in at least 10 years!! Let's See: The Jobless rates have fallen (meaning more people have jobs now in America [in President George Bush's two terms]) We have not had another terrorist attack since 9/11 which means why would we pull our troops out now?? He believes that gay marriages are not suitable, and He quotes the Bible saying that marriage should be between a man and a woman. He cares about what even the Democrats have to say (like in congress)even though he may disagree with the topics/issues they bring up. Plus, if you really didn't want him as our president, you shouldn't have voted for him. He did win the election for two terms in a row, so people obviously did want him in office! So really, I don't want you to write nasty comments back to me, I just want you to realize where we stand as a country with George Bush as our president. Besides, He doesn't have affairs with monica lewinski (if ya know what I mean...)
  • I'm not a Bush hater, but a lot of his foriegn policy has been very questionable as has his interpretation of the constitution. He's not a disaster that a lot of people make him out to be but he's done a lot of damage that will take some time to heal. In '04 I voted for Kerry because I thought he would do less damage and not because I thought he would actually do anything good. Although at this point I'm so ticked off with Kerry I'd vote for Bush for 3 more terms before I give Kerry another vote.
  • Yes, I think that he has been a good president. I think that his successes outweigh his failures, and that he is very under-rated. A lot of people that answer this question will have absolutely no knowledge about George W. Bush at all. It is a common trend, especially among young people to say that George Bush "sucks". What would John Kerry have done that would have made things better? Bush has so far sucessfully converted a country with no freedom into a county with an equal and democratic system. He has brought one of the worst terrorist dictators in the last hundred years to justice. He has all but destroyed Al Quida. Only a few small sects remain,...most of which are a lot closer than you think. I loved Clinton, but when people whine about gas prices,...from now on just know that Clinton proposed a standard $3.00 per gallon gas rate. Bush shot this down. He has definitely done a better job than kerry would have. Al Gore MIGHT have been a better president, and technically he was elected,...but we'll most likely never get the chance to see how he would do.
  • No. A dreadful one. Almost anyone would have been better. Even John Kerry. I thought his recent speech was very telling. As his support among the public and Congress, and even his own supporters, ebbs away like water through sand, he is calling for more time and better planning, when he should have taken more time and planned better before getting the U.S. involved in this adventure. More time would have been well spent on letting the UN do its job, as it was doing, four years ago. Better planning would have led him to the same conclusion his father came to in 1990, that the invasion and military occupation of Iraq was an enterprise whose risks far outweighed any possible benefits to either country. His speech tells, better than any of his many critics could, of the surreal doubletalk so beloved by him. With over 3000 "coalition" deaths and between 55,000 and 355,000 Iraqi deaths since the start of the conflict, with the situation there continuing to spiral out of control, asking for more time now amounts to asking for the clock to turn back. Sadly for all, it can't be done. I agree with Jim Webb. "The president took us into this war recklessly," said Mr Webb. "We are now, as a nation, held hostage to the predictable - and predicted - disarray that has followed." Those of us who opposed this war did indeed predict the chaos and misery which it has quite gratuitously caused. The only plus side was the removal of a dictator from power; but in exchange, as well as all the death and destruction, America's reputation is on the floor. Going into this war over WMDs which turned out not to have existed, and over spurious concerns about Iraqi human rights (Iraqis' rights are far far worse now than they ever were under Saddam), makes America look to the world like bullies, and corrupt incompetent bullies at that. Bush said "And I ask you to support our troops in the field and those on their way"; the best way to support the troops would be to bring them home, intead of sending even more out there to risk death to bolster Bush's delusions. Even Nixon had more political honesty and maturity than this. By sending these additional troops to Iraq, Bush arguably crosses the line from incompetence into outright criminality. Not just the war but the manner in which it has been fought have been contemptible. The prisoner abuse, the rape and murder of civilians, the bungled terrorist-style execution of the former head of state, and the continuing existence of a modern-day Gulag in Cuba, all play directly into the hands of the very people who Bush claims to oppose, the militant Islamic movements of the world. Remember when Bush invited his military opponents in Iraq to "Bring it on"? Well, it looks like they took him at his word. Nobody else should, ever. As for his other initiatives on fuel and the like; if these issues had been flagged up as important in 2000, if this had been a policy focus instead of the disastrous boondoggle of the war in Iraq, I would have applauded it. Now it looks like the desperate manoevering of a failed president, swirling in a cesspool of his own stupidity and moral bankruptcy.
  • I thinke did a good job, he has stuck by his policies and i believe he has done a much better job than John Kerry ever could have done.
  • Put your name and my name in a bag, shake it, close your eyes, draw a name out, and LIKE MAGIC A BETTER PRESIDENT!
  • I think hes been a great president who takes nothing from the middle east and terrorists. What would john kerry have done had he been president during 9/11? probably nothing and cower in fear from the terrorists. George bush showed any terrorist out there not to mess with the U.S....he doesnt let anyone push us around. Just like Israel doesnt take anything from the muslims in the middle east.
  • No. Lime Jello would have been better, with or without whipped cream.
  • My cat would have been better., He has been a crappy president, just ask every family that lost a loved one in that no good war, They didn't complain, they went, they died.
  • He' probably been the worst president this country has ever seen. The majority of other posters have certainly created a long list as to why. A monkey could have run this country better!
  • Alfred E Newman
  • I'll go with Alfred E. Neuman
  • With 70 percent of the population saying they do not like the direction the country is headed, I would have to say he has not been a good leader to lead us to where we are. I honestly do not think anyone with a high degree of sanity would run for president. Power crazy maybe.
  • George Bush dealt effectively with one of the greatest tragedies in our countries history, 9/11. The administration has prevented another terrorist attack from occuring since then. (Amazing, since at the time everyone was predicting that many more would occur, yet no major terrorist attack has occurred in America since. Meanwhile other countries have suffered from many terrorist attacks.) This security has restored American's faith in the safety of airlines, public tranport, and even living in a big city. While every president makes some mistakes, I think we also need to point out accomplishments, and this is not a minor one. It seems very possible that a different president, not reacting as strongly, may have unwittingly allowed many more terrorist attacks to occur before the American people forced him to action. Also, I think that every President deserves respect, because the the position which he has been elected to, regardless of your view of his politics.
  • Any president has the potential to be a great leader with a good administration backing them up. Even someone with strong ties to foreign oil and a faith associated with fundamentalist Christians can be forced to put such things aside with a cabinet focused on the soul purpose of creating a prosperous nation with evenly distributed wealth as well as a healthy environment. One cannot simply look at the president and ask themselves whether good leadership was displayed over the past eight years. They must question the entire political system. It is not "who" would've been better, but rather, "what" should have been and what still should be changed about our current electoral process and political hierarchy. I believe that regardless of who was elected in 2000, the government would have created a scenario allowing the invasion of a country for limited natural resources and profit.
  • I think George was a great comedian... although I don't think he's a great president... I think Mickey Mouse wouold make a better president
  • Uh- no- he has not.Who better? Hmmmm... my three year old nephew knows right from wrong, is a better communicator and never had a drinking problem. id vote for him over Soon-To-Be-EX-President Bush.
  • i think he took adventage of it he would be just fine if we didnt go to war
  • What kind of a person still has to ask if George WTF Bush has been a good president? Hello! Are you from outer space? As for the second part of your question, his dog would have made a better president
  • I liked him. Now, he didn't do a spontaneous job, and there aren't many that agree with me, but oh well.
  • Bush was terrible! i could have done better!!! and yes, i am a high school student..
  • ANYONE ELSE
  • the guy down the street a bum a hobo ANYBODY
  • Ronald McDonald would have made a better president than that clown did
  • I would have voted for McCain 8 years ago
  • I think he's great. I perceive him as mature, measured, fun, resolute, hard working, visionary, knowledgeable, thoughtful and kind. He'll be remembered as a leader, unafraid to keep to his principals, who commanded the respect of a military that went out and changed the world. The alternatives would have been Gore....and Kerry....both leaders, in my opinion, are too easily distracted by the mood of the moment. Ideals and convictions are not things that should be easily swayed. Great President in my opinion.
  • It’s hard to say. Bush defiantly had one of the hardest presidencies. FDR dealt with depression and world war. Cold War president's dealt with nuclear proliferation. Bush had 9/11(don't give me that shit saying it was planned), Katrina, and an Islamic world more driven than ever on destroying Western powers. He had to deal with inner threats of the United States. It all depends what side you are on. Most democrats will say he did no good and some Republicans don't like him. He did have a very hard term though including that he had to deal with a predominantly democratic Congress which basically didn't help him pass anything. The economy is another thing, that started way before him with Carter, though he may not have helped. Torture of prisoners? If it helps protect citizens (non-combatants, children) it’s worth it. People hate him because it’s the cool thing to do apparently. In the end people in America who hate Bush obviously don't know fuck about Checks and Balance, it was Congress fault to. I am not calling him my messiah or the best, but not the worst or bad. Now all we have to do now is wait and see how the democrats messiah(Obama) works out. Comment back and i'll rip your arguments to fuck. I’m 16
  • OBAMA! Anyone, his dog, my dog, the mailman he was such an idiot. I use to feel so embarrassed watching him on TV.
  • Listen ok look at it this way... you figure would you rather have them come over here and keep attacking our innocent people... men and women signed up for this war for a reason and that was to fight and protect our country. which is exactly what bush has done. there have been no terriost attacks around this area since 9-11. Now i have family that are in the army and the mariens so dont think im saying stuff about them... but I'm telling you that if we had not gone to war.. there may be no U.S.A today. Now i dont agree with the fact that we are still fighting over there but we have our reason and what ever they are it dont matter to me as long as the fight stays there and not on my home land.
  • Yes, of course. He did the right things no matter what politics you follow.
  • I don't think he was a good president. I think he abused the UNBELIEVABLE public backing he had post 9/11 and used it to break laws that ALL of us are accountable under. Having said that, I don't know who better of the possible candidates could have handled the situations W faced. He had alot of crap on his plate and I truly believe he was simple minded and did the best he could based on what his advisors "advised" him to do. I think his advisors are MORE culpable than him...I think he was a figure head in the truest sense.
  • Yes he has been a good one. The absolutely best in American history was Ronald Reagan, in my opinion.
  • No. Jacques Clouseau would've been hard pressed to do worse.

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