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Generations going to start to thank Bush, says Rice

Generations going to start to thank Bush, says Rice

U.S. President George W. Bush's top woman adviser - Condoleezza Rice - fought back Sunday against critics who say his presidency was one of the worst ever.
"It's ridiculous," Rice told CBS in an interview recorded yesterday. "Generations pretty soon are going to start to thank this president for what he's done. This generation will."
Both Rice and Laura Bush assailed the news media, with the top diplomat repeatedly dismissing "today's headlines" as meaningless to the task of governing and the first lady bluntly calling reporters unfair to her husband.
"Do I think the press is fair? No, absolutely not," Laura Bush told Fox News Channel in an interview also taped yesterday and broadcast while the president was set to usher in 2009 on his Texas ranch near this tiny town.
Asked about critics who say her husband's presidency was a failure, Laura Bush replied: "Well, I know it's not. And so I don't really feel like I need to respond to people that view it that way.
The interviews came amid a months-long effort to polish President Bush's controversial legacy at a time when he remains deeply unpopular with the U.S. public and policies like the Iraq war have tarnished the U.S. image abroad.
Laura Bush and Rice mostly cited the same successes, including the toppling of the Islamist Taliban regime in Afghanistan and Saddam Hussein in Iraq, and the overhaul and expansion of U.S. aid to Africa, notably to battle HIV/AIDS.
"When you look at the number of countries that this president and the number of people that this president has actually liberated - you know, I really am someone who believes that you don't want to pay too much attention to today's headlines," said Rice.
Rice drew comparisons between Bush and U.S. president Harry Truman (1945-1953), who left office unpopular but has benefited in history's eyes from having overhauled U.S. national security institutions in a way that was instrumental to winning the Cold War.
Any historians already criticizing Bush "aren't very good historians," said Rice. "Good historians are still writing books about George Washington. Good historians are certainly still writing books about Harry Truman."


Updated : 2021-05-10 01:27 GMT+08:00