Are you serious? I couldn’t get away with lifting quotes directly from books in my english 101 class. But someone can get a job as a White House staffer doing stuff like this? I wish I was more stupid so I wouldn’t be bothered by these sorts of things.
He has six more months in office. Will this end up being in the top 10? Hard to say. Certainly isn’t even his “worst moment” so far.
As an aside, I was surprised that a PBS aired documentary on Darfur more or less characterized the Bush administrations efforts to get the UN to do something as being among the most aggressive. Sure, those efforts were hurt by our weakened standing due to Iraq, but still, turns out (at least according to this show) that Bush can hold his head relatively high on that issue.
When I saw the thread title, I wondered – worst for the world, worst for the country, or worst for himself? It’s that last one that seems most interesting now. I don’t think we’ll ever know the answer for sure, but it would be fascinating to see a movie like Downfall or Conspiracy (both of which I really enjoyed) about a moment in Bush’s presidency that the public would have heard of but not considered as important as other events, but that (in this imagining) is shown to be the most devastating for Bush and his inner circle.
Obviously the answer depends on the criteria you’re using to weigh each moment in question, but for me his worst “moment” would be the blowing of all the post-9/11 goodwill the world had shown America. I’m not sure if that can be distilled down to an actual moment, but that is one of the greatest losses of the last eight years. A tremendous opportunity to advance foreign policy in so many positive ways, completely flushed down the shitter.
Last eight years? I can’t tell if you’re using 9/11 as a cut-off date for some reason, but as far as blown opportunities, the Bush Administration’s responses to 9/11 are among the greatest missteps this country has ever made, particularly given the stakes.
Although coming up behind Angela Merkel and rubbing her shoulders is a close second.