Bush or Obama? These two controversial men can bring up many disputes about who was a better president. Both of these men have done great things, yet have also had many struggles in office….but who was better? I’m obviously coming from a biased view point, but the person I believe was much better was president Bush. He obviously didn’t do everything perfectly, or even close to perfect, but who he was as a person in general, really stuck out to me and is the reason why I think he was a better president than Obama.
A crucial role of the president, is being a good and reliable leader. Not only was he these things, but he also showed that he genuinely cared for the country and would go the extra mile to help the people. A great example of this is Bush’s response to the terrorist attack of 9/11. During the attack, he was in an elementary school in Florida, apart of a reading lesson. When he got word of the attack, he remained totally calm in front of the children, because he didn’t want to terrify them and let their brains run wild in imagination. When it was the appropriate time, he took immediate action, and handled things in a proper and well-run way. A little bit after the attack, when it was safe, he showed genuine care for the situation that had just taken place.
For those who lost their loved ones, he went to Ground Zero site to pray and cry with the friends and families of the 3,000 who had died. He also made a 3 step process in response. 1) Keep terrorists from striking again 2) Make it clear to the country and the World that the US had embarked on a new kind of war 3) Help the affected areas recover and make sure the terrorists didn’t succeed in shutting down the economy or dividing society. After the 9/11 attack, Bush’s approval ratings skyrocketed up 90%. Obama, on the other hand, when there is a tragedy, he rarely makes an appearance. For example: After the death of a journalist, James Foley who was beheaded by ISIS, Obama didn’t make a public appearance to help comfort the country. This, in my eyes, is a lack of effort of a leader by Obama.
Another hot topic we come across were foreign affairs. A big problem in my eyes is that, Obama wreaked our military by cutting expenses. Another mistake is that he made a huge threat of war against Iran when he had no evidence of nuclear weapons. Another issue he has had has been with Isis, and with this, our relationships with other countries have become weaker.
In conclusion, I think Bush did a better job in office, and I really like Bush for his leadership and public faith, like how he recited Psalm 23 in a speech and that he made September 14th the National Day of Prayer and Remembrance.