Moments after Barack Obama was anounced the winner of the 2008 Presidential Election, the sitting president George W. Bush called the next president to congratulate him and to invite him to visit the White House (presumably to “measure the drapes”). Of course it is proper etiquette to do such a thing even though Obama severely bad mouthed George Bush for his entire campaign and said McCain would have been “more of the same”. By linking McCain to the overwhelmingly unpopular Bush, Obama was able to ride a wave of W. hate all the way to the win.
Millions like myself are excited and in a bit of disbelief that America really elected a black president. Most of us never thought we’d see a black president in our life time let alone in 2008. How could a country that was built on the concept of racism through slavery, struggled through segregation and even now fights over ideas such as affirmative action choose an African-American to run the country? The answer is simple, George Bush. Because of the fact that George Bush sucked so thoroughly at his job an environment was created where people who are knowingly racist as well as ones that aren’t aware that their bigotry and stereotyping is racism were able to put everything aside to take a risk. A risk on change. Yes, Barack had a terrific campaign, huge support from blacks and young people as well as a number of other factors that helped him get elected but Bush opened up that door for Obama to walk through.
So I want to personally thank George W. Bush for being such a terrible president. Through his incompetency and complete inability to be a leader for this nation he has given America the pen needed to write another chapter in the book that is the civil rights movement.