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Mon, Oct. 14

Letter: George W. Bush earned low ratings

EDITOR:

First Linda Lutes wrote: "I pray we can join together in wishing Mr. Obama well for his success is truly our success." A very nice sentiment.

Then Judy Blackford criticized that by saying: "... if a president's success is our country's success, why did she not apply the same axiom for the past eight years.... I hope that those who oppose President Obama will do so in a respectful way, unlike the hate and intolerance we have all heard for too long."

Perhaps Ms. Blackford's memory is a bit spotty. George Bush stood very high in the opinion polls early in his presidency, and heard very little criticism. Soon after 9/11/01 he had a favorable rating of 87 percent. But it has gone down continually since then.

Look at the website: www.hist.umn.edu/~ruggles/Approval.htm It is a chart of all the approval ratings for George W. since he took office in 2001 - polls by Fox, NBC, Gallup, Harris, Pew, and more - several hundred in all. The chart looks like a ski jump from the high of 87 percent favorable in September '01 down to the 27 percent recently. It has hovered around 30 for the past year and Republican politicians shunned his endorsement in the past election.

It took many instances of deceit and incompetence over a period of seven years for President Bush to go from the highest to the lowest ratings of any president. I'm not aware of real hate toward him, but there has been plenty of disgust.

Al Herron

Prescott

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