“The ability of President Obama to accomplish important change through these powers should not be underestimated,” Podesta said in a statement accompanying the report. “President Bush, for example, faced a divided Congress throughout most of his term in office, yet few can doubt his ability to craft a unique and deeply conservative agenda using every aspect of the policymaking apparatus at his disposal.”
“Unique and deeply conservative” is an extremely kind way to describe policies that included launching an unwarranted war and approving state-sponsored torture. But the point is well taken: George W. Bush, to the bitter end of his presidency, was the Decider. He wasn’t the Negotiator, and he certainly wasn’t the Explainer – his recent resurfacing, to publicize his presidential memoir, brings to mind a flood of classic Bushisms, including my all-time favorite about how sometimes you have to “catapult the propaganda.” I sincerely hope that someday he records a rap album with his new BFF, Kanye “Conway” West.
But I digress. What’s worth noting is that Bush’s book is titled “Decision Points” – not “Talking Points” or “Scoring Political Points.”