President of T-ball

George W. Bush may be the worst president in this nation’s history.  Considering all the damage Bush caused during his eight years in office, it is not surprising that Bush is extremely unpopular.  A record 71% of Americans disapprove of Bush’s job performance; that is the highest disapproval rating in the 70 year history of the Gallup poll.

Paul Krugman notes that the clowns at the Wall Street Journal editorial page blames the entire country for not being “loyal” to Bush.

The treatment President Bush has received from this country is nothing less than a disgrace. The attacks launched against him have been cruel and slanderous, proving to the world what little character and resolve we have. The president is not to blame for all these problems. He never lost faith in America or her people, and has tried his hardest to continue leading our nation during a very difficult time.

Our failure to stand by the one person who continued to stand by us has not gone unnoticed by our enemies. It has shown to the world how disloyal we can be when our president needed loyalty — a shameful display of arrogance and weakness that will haunt this nation long after Mr. Bush has left the White House.

For those keeping score: criticizing Bush = disloyalty & comfort to ourenemiesMemo to the WSJ Editorial Board: This is not October 2001.

For some reason, I had the silly notion that an elected official like President Bush, who’s salary is paid by taxpayer dollars, should serve the interest of the country.  When the president is not doing a good job, it is our right — even our responsibility — to criticize the president.

But, apparently, I had it all wrong.  The WSJ editorial board suggests that the president should never be criticized because it will give comfort to “our enemies.”  It is our job as American citizens to be unconditionally loyal to the president, as long as he “[tries] his hardest”.

“[T]ried his hardest?”  Wow, is that really the standard now?  Faced with the Bush administration’s disastrous record, the WSJ editors are arguing Bush deserves an ‘ “A” for effort.’

To summarize, with a Republican in office, The Journal editorial board views the presidency like T-ball.  As long as the Bush”tried his hardest,” he is a winner.

Call me crazy, but somehow I doubt the Journal editorial board will set the bar so ridiculously low for President Obama.