As Popularity Plummeted, Bush Began to Get It Right

Candidates shouldn't ignore what 43 got right
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 10, 2008 1:25 PM CDT
President Bush poses for a photo with Misty May Treanor, left, Kerri Walsh and trainer Ernest Ferrel as he visits the practice of the U.S. beach volleyball team at the Olympics.   (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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(Newser) – Today's Bush administration isn't pursuing all the disastrous policies it was 5 years ago, writes Fareed Zakaria in Newsweek, and unlike Dubya himself, his successor would do well to pay attention to what he's gotten right. Though both John McCain and Barack Obama keep their distance from the deeply unpopular incumbent, they won't find success in simply reversing all his policies.

While Bush's first term was marked largely by unilateral cowboy diplomacy and an ill-begotten global war on terror, his second has seen quiet changes in response to policies—such as in Iraq—that simply weren't working. "Change has not extended to all areas, and in many places it's been too little, too late. But that there has been a shift to the center in many crucial areas of foreign policy is simply undeniable," Zakaria writes. Regardless, the next White House occupant will still have plenty of cleanup to do.