Tuesday, January 20, 2009
A Century from Now
Filmmaker and fellow Huffington Post regular Lee Stranahan makes a good point this morning over at Bob Cesca's site about what the future will look like for Barack Obama -- and by future, I mean what his eventual legacy will almost certainly be.
"One hundred years now, schoolchildren in the United States will know the names of three Presidents by heart; Washington, Lincoln and Obama.
I say this before we even know exactly how successful President Barack Obama will be. As far as the pop culture part of history is concerned, I don't know if it matters. Obama is iconic in a unique way for a number of reasons including his racial background, his name, his looks, his youth, his campaign visuals and the birth of new media in his time. His record is important to us but his place in history is already assured.
One hundred years from now, hardly anyone will remember George W. Bush. He's a footnote, a failure, a buffoon. The guy before Obama. Whatisname. His record may be akin to Hoover but in the big scheme of things he's Chester Alan Arthur."
I'll actually take it one step further. It seems inarguable to me that George W. Bush will be remembered by history not only as the man who preceded Obama but whose failures and mistakes almost certainly helped to usher in the era of Obama.
You ask what George Bush's legacy is? It's Barack Obama -- plain and simple.