April 25th, 2013
03:20 PM ET
10 years ago

Most former presidents look better through history's eyes

Washington (CNN) - The saying goes: "Time heals all wounds." And for most former U.S. presidents, that appears to be true.

After leaving the constant scrutiny of the White House, a president's legacy begins to take shape as professors, biographers and presidential historians start to take long, reflective looks at the president's time in office.

soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. obama victim

    perhaps history will treat Barry well...............right now he looks pretty bad

    April 25, 2013 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  2. Homer Simpson

    No amount of time will bring back the thousands who died as a result of cheney wanting huge profits on your tax dollars, both should be tried for war crimes, many have been put to death for less, and justifiably so

    April 25, 2013 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  3. Anthony in California

    But GW Bush IS NOT one of them. We are still feeling the effects of his policies, his mistakes, and his awesome decision making. He ignored intel reports on 'using planes as bombs', Medicare D, tax breaks for the rich, and invading the wrong country to avenge daddy's war will NOT be forgotten ANY TIME SOON. Matter of fact, as time passes, history will probably make it worse for Bush as more people find the courage to tell it like it is, without political/party backlash.
    It took Obama 2 terms to begin to clean up that mess.

    Speaking of Obama...
    even though he is hated and despised by the Right, and there are commenters on these boards that constantly go to the same old "worse Prez in History" or "Makes Carter look good"...
    when all the dust has settled, history WILL shine favorably on his legacy, and Congressional Republicans will be the subject of many a History Channel specials on the failure of government and the extent to which they tried to obstruct progress in this country.

    April 25, 2013 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  4. Lynda/Minnesota

    Oh, I have no doubt that GWs legacy will improve over time. He has already began his campaign to rewrite history. One assumes much of the blame for what went wrong will fall on Dick Cheney and Cheney's staff.

    April 25, 2013 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  5. Bob

    History will look favorable on President Bush who had a Democratic Senate and House who also voted for Iraq War. Pelosi was responsible for quite a bit during the Bush years....how easily has that been forgotten. Obama will be remembered for the largest debt spending in history and together all the presidents together, his total is higher than the other 43 PRESIDENTS. Obama will be remembered for Solundra, Bengazi, and a host of other stuff....Remember Obamacare? Good Lord you jokers don't have any idea what is awaiting you.

    April 25, 2013 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  6. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House

    Time will not heal the wounds of the Iraq war. History WILL NOT treat Pres. Bush well.

    April 25, 2013 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  7. Patrick in Wisconsin

    I imagine Bush will be comparable to Hoover in history's eyes... that's to say not very well...

    April 25, 2013 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  8. Flagship, NC

    But GW Bush IS NOT one of them, and never will be!!!
    The biggest mistake this country has ever made.

    April 25, 2013 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  9. Woman In California

    He'll be remembered alright but for what?

    Here are the only reasons he's kept silent:
    1) He knows no one wants to hear what he has to say;
    2) He knows the bigots will do all his talking for him; and
    3) Silence is the only cure to rewriting HIS awful legacy.

    He's not fooling anyone and Barbara Bush was right. No more Bush's or Clinton's for me. Ever.

    April 25, 2013 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  10. California

    Obama is much worse than Bush ever was.

    Obama has added well over $6 trillion to the debt. A record for any president and it's been 4-1/2 out of 8 years so far.

    April 25, 2013 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  11. Catmandew

    All of you just mention W and Obama niether one will be remembered that well. Although I think Bush has a lot more good points than Obama. I think Obama will be remembered most for corrupt behind closed door Chicago politics. Clinton will be remembered for pumping everything till it was about to pop. Then leavin it there to pop for W. HW Bush for not get the recovery he made his first term. They will all have their points.

    April 26, 2013 03:44 am at 3:44 am |
  12. Marie MD

    It won't happen with dubya.
    History will remember, unless the rethugs continue to change our history books to fit their right wing ideas, this village simpleton as the worst president ever.
    It starts from how did he even win the nomination to being appointed by the right wing crazies on the supreme court!

    April 26, 2013 06:45 am at 6:45 am |