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.

6 comments:

greenveldt said...

I think you're right, Obama will be Bush's legacy. Bush will be a footnote of Obama's legacy.

Max said...

As much as I'd like to agree with that, don't you think W would most likely be remembered as the President that was on watch when we were attacked?

Sweetie Dahling said...

"You ask what George Bush's legacy is? It's Barack Obama -- plain and simple."

That's not all. Bush also inspired people to listen. Of course, it was usually to deride him, but his supporters AND his detractors made sure they knew what he was saying and what he was up to, much more than in recent history. The world's eyes were on him as he flew away in that helicopter, and they turn now, as one person, to Hope.

Gunny Geek said...

I don't think he will be remembered as being on watch during the twin towers incident. He and the extreme right tried to associate him with the attack so much, and tried to capitalize on it politically so much, it is now almost shameful to do so.

John said...

As much as I'd like to agree with that, don't you think W would most likely be remembered as the President that was on watch when we were attacked?

I don't think that will be huge, as we're talking 100 years from now. To think that we'll go a hundred years without another attack is... well, incredibly delusional.

The world is in a bad place right now, and Obama couldn't solve it all in eight years, even if we let him have eight years.

It's a bit silly to think that students will only know three presidents. Most know Jefferson, FDR, even Teddy and everyone knows Nixon. So to think Bush will fade away in history is a bit of a misnomer. Though I guess Polk has been long forgotten.

anonymom said...

That kinda makes me want to lay a big sloppy wet one on W.

I couldn't agree with you more. I think it took a hell of a lot of yin to get to this yang. What was that recent Onion headline? Nation finally gets shitty enough for people to do something about it?