For First Time in 8 Years, US Likes George W. Bush
Gallup favorability ratings tip into positive territory
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 11, 2013 7:09 PM CDT
Former President George W. Bush at his new library in Texas.   (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
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(Newser) – It's a milestone any former president would love: For the first time since 2005, more Americans approve of George W. Bush than disapprove, reports Gallup. He now stands at 49-46—up 9 in the "view favorably" category and down 13 in "view unfavorably" since he left office in 2009. (He still registers only a 24% favorable rating among Democrats, 60 points below his score among Republicans.)

All the recent former presidents are at 60% favorable or above, including Bush senior at 62%. He turns 89 tomorrow, incidentally, and his foundation wants everyone to wear brights socks (and photograph them) to mark the occasion, notes the Dallas Morning News. (It's his signature style now.)