As President George W. Bush prepares to leave office, commentators and Bush himself have examined the legacy he will leave behind, both domestically and abroad.
“You may not agree with some tough decisions I have made,” Bush said in his farewell speech, “but I hope you can agree that I was willing to make the tough decisions.”
Though Bush has suffered from low approval ratings within the United States, a handful of foreign countries may view him in a more favorable light. The Los Angeles Times reported that he remains popular in China, where some citizens express fondness for Xiao Bush, or “Young Bush.”
The outgoing president also improved relations with India with a nuclear deal and increased exchange. The Indian prime minister recently told the U.S. leader, “The people of India deeply love you.”
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The “Peking Duck” blog challenges the L.A. Times article, writing that most Chinese react to Bush’s name with scorn and disappointment.
The “Vance Report” blog writes that Bush has been a friend to China, pointing to his attendance at the Beijing Olympics and support of human rights in China.
During the 2008 presidential race, Obama made a statement that the U.S. should become more involved in trying to resolve the Kashmir dispute — a position which struck a raw nerve with Indians, according to blogger “Myra McDonald.”
Blogger “Daniel Larison” provides an overview of Indian reactions to Obama’s controversial position on Kashmir.
To “Down with Tyranny” blog traces changes in Bush’s approval ratings in various countries, writing that Obama is more favored globally.
President Bush may also retain support in Africa, where he has funnelled assistance to fight HIV/AIDS.