It's pretty gut-wrenching, especially as a vet to see my commander in chief and president bowing to some two bit, a-hole monarch. We poked fun at every Bushy misstep. Where is the media onslaught now?
Bush was given a lot of leeway for about 2 years. Even with the election issues, the media treated him with general respect and, 9 months into the presidency, 9/11 happened and he had the highest approval ratings of any president for decades prior. The whole country rallied behind him, the whole country wanted blood, and the whole country supported the first war to go after the terrorists.
It wasn't until 3-4 years into the presidency, and really not until 5-6 years well into his second term, that the media really started to attack him on a much more consistent basis as being the complete buffoon that he was.
Thought I should give you a little bit of a recent history lesson.
1. I'm not sure where you discern a pro-Bush posture in my point
2. To say that the media are in any way objective when it comes to Obama is lunacy. You state that the press was respectful of Bush. I would wholeheartedly agree. Just as I would agree that the level of vitriol at the end of his administration was bandwangonesque and deeply disappointing. If, and it's a big if at this point, Iraq turns out to be a stable country (not a democracy, that was folly from the beginning) history will treat Bush far better than the last two years of his presidency. Obama is finding out a lot of the things Bush had to deal with. A lot of things that you and me will never know. It made me think of the show trial we just had with the CEO of AIG. Speaking of perspective. Most Americans have none. When it comes to Obama however, you are dealing with wholesale abandonment of even a shred of journalistic integrity. Bush for example would never have gotten away with appointing one guy with tax trouble to head Treasury (much less the 10 or so horrific missteps made by the current administration). The whole "sea gulls must have been awed at the sight of the inaugural" comment portended the sychophantish approach the news outlets would take towards with administration. This is particularly galling given the "never again" mea culpas we heard when the press was adjudged guilty for being asleep at the switch during the ramp up to the war in Iraq.
3. I digress. My whole point is that if you are objective (and I would argue that most people on this board are not at all) you would have to admit that the start of this administration has been a disappointment. Arguments that he had so much to deal with are legitimate but incomplete. Something is amiss. I think he needs to put on his big boy pants and start firing some of his staff. Clearly a number of them simply aren't up to the task.
4. If you bring up the point "well Bush did (insert whatever horrorshow bit here)" you are missing the argument. No one is saying Bush "did it right".
5. Isn't Julie a terrific snooze? She is so commonplace you don't even notice her, it's like breathing. Such a sorry, sorry girl.