Presidential Zeitgeist: A Timeline Of Public Opinion, 1998 to 2010
by Upstate Dem, Thu Jun 03, 2010 at 05:24:50 PM EDT
1998: "Bill Clinton may not be husband of the year, but he sure knows how to be president. His enemies are impeaching him for no good reason, and he's still getting the job done."
2000: "The cold war is over. The budget is in surplus. The economy is okay. How hard can it be to be president these days? George W. Bush looks harmless enough, like his old man. Let's put things on cruise control for a while. Besides, Al Gore is such a know-it-all."
August 2001: "Bush got his tax cuts passed, and now he seems to be on permanent vacation. How much brush can there be on that 'ranch' of his? You know, this guy really is a lightweight. I wonder if we can do better next time around. . ."
September 2001: "Did you see Bush standing in the rubble with his big bullhorn? Now there's a man who won't back down from the terrorists. So he's not the sharpest tool in the shed. That's why he hired guys like Donald Rumsfeld."
2002: "There are so many people in the world who want to kill us! Bush is keeping us safe. He'll get bin Laden one of these days. We just need to trust him."
2003: "Did you see Bush on that aircraft carrier? Now that's a president. He kicked Saddam Hussein's tail all the way to Bagdad. After we mop up a few more terrorists, we'll be back on Easy Street."
2004: "This Iraq war isn't going very well, but John Kerry won't even defend himself, let alone the rest of us. I'm holding my nose and voting for Bush again. Politics is beginning to give me a headache, anyway. What's on cable tonight?"
2005: "George Bush wants to do what? Privatize Social Security? I don't think so. Why doesn't he just get us out of Iraq? Oh, that's right -- he hired 'Brownie' to manage hurricane relief. Well, what do you expect from a guy who slept through a tsunami?"
2006: "Only two short years till we send Bush's ass back to Texas. In the meantime, let's see if the Democrats in Washington can make some changes. By the way, what does their party actually stand for? 'Reply hazy,' says my Magic 8 Ball."
2008: "I'm voting Democratic this year -- period. After eight years of Bush, what choice do I have? And if Barack Obama wants to 'change the tone in Washington'? Whatever, boss. Knock yourself out down there. Just make sure you fix the damn economy and act presidential. And by 'acting presidential', I don't mean putting on a flight suit like Bush did. I mean doing your job -- like Clinton did."
2009: "I kind of like Barack Obama, but what does the man really stand for? He seems to think Republican ideas are just as good as Democratic ones. Maybe he's right. . ."
2010: "Do I want to see a Republican in the White House? Not really. But somebody needs to get a handle on things. I'm keeping all my options open. One thing, though -- no teabaggers. They're crazy."
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