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May 4, 2013 at 7:46 AM

Revisiting George W. Bush

Bush’s kindness doesn’t make up for his mistakes

Former president George W. Bush wipes a tear after his speech during the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas. Former president George H.W. Bush is at left. (AP / David J. Phillip)

Former president George W. Bush wipes a tear after his speech during the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas. Former president George H.W. Bush is at left. (AP / David J. Phillip)

Kathleen Parker wants to convince us that there is a kinder, gentler George Bush that exists beyond his perceived arrogance in the public eye [“The George W. Bush I knew,” Opinion, April 29].I believe that most humans have the capacity for kindness and caring and, if given the chance, would opt to show that side of themselves. However, the definition of arrogance is an assumption of one’s superiority over others, often manifested by refusing to admit one’s mistakes and misjudgments.George Bush showed remarkable consistency on this front during his presidency, and still does today, e.g., weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, bankrupting the U.S. economy with the war there and letting the housing market spiral out of control and doing nothing, to name a few.

Anecdotal evidence of his private kindnesses does not diminish his arrogance. If I were to ascribe his acts to monumental errors in judgment, that would be a kindness.

Ian Brown, Seattle

George W. Bush was not “kind” or “gentle”

I am outraged that The Seattle Times would publish the op-ed by Kathleen Parker, who, after one maudlin encounter with the man, beseeches us to remember George W. Bush as a “kind man with a gentle heart.”

This man is directly responsible for the deaths of more than 4,400 American soldiers, the wounding of more than 32,000 others and the killing, wounding and displacement of hundreds of thousands Iraqi citizens.

This man, with the help of the Supreme Court of the United States, stole the election in 2000, decimated our economy with his economic policies, and then led us into the morass of the Iraqi civil war. This is a “kind and gentle man?”

David Kane, Issaquah

Comments | Topics: George Bush, George W. Bush, president

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