Keith Olbermann takes apart Mark McKinnon's bit of revisionist history in his recent column at The Daily Beast praising George W. Bush. And no Mark... we don't miss him.
Here's part of McKinnon's claptrap Keith dismantled tonight.
The perspective of time is already softening the once harsh edges of judgment on the legacy of President George W. Bush. Torn by worry, folks long for his steadying hand. They miss his warmth and empathy. Slings and arrows, still fired his way, now ricochet back.
A recent survey shows Bush is now six points more popular than Obama in the 40 districts deemed most vulnerable to Republican takeover. A poll of Louisianans shows a majority, 54 percent, now think Bush’s leadership on the Hurricane Katrina disaster was better than Obama’s handling of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill; only 33 percent disagree. And while Obama’s approval rating has fallen 20 points since March 2009, Bush’s has climbed 10 points, according to Gallup.
Even some of the loudest voices on the left in recent weeks have written warmly about Bush’s moral authority. The toughest of Bush’s critics, including Maureen Dowd, Eugene Robinson, Joe Klein, and my fellow Daily Beast columnist Peter Beinart, acknowledge an occasional pining for 43.
But the people spoke first. From Minnesota to Florida and Texas, billboards have sprung up on roadsides rhetorically asking, “Miss me yet?” With the question emblazoned on T-shirts and bumper stickers, sales are brisk, even in Martha’s Vineyard, where the Obama family recently vacationed.
Heartwarming photos of George and Laura Bush greeting returning troops at the Dallas-Ft. Worth airport have spread like wildfire online. These quiet moments of humanity continue the tradition of his eight years as president, honoring families of the fallen and wounded warriors without fanfare, but with an embrace and recognition of the sacrifices made.