re: Civics [Kathryn Jean Lopez]
A totally crazy Saturday-morning thought: Wouldn't George W. Bush make an awesome high-school government teacher? Wouldn't it be something if his post-presidential life would up being that kind of post-service service? How's that for a model? Who needs Harvard visiting chairs and high-end lectures? How about Crawford High? (Or wherever?) Reach out and touch the young before they are jaded, or break them of the cynicism pop culture and possibly their parents have passed down to them. Whatever you think of President Bush, he's a likable guy in love with his country with some history and experience to share.
Like I said, crazy. Saturday. Have a good one.
07/05 09:06 AM
Please tell me you're joking Kathryn. Please, for the love of all that is holy.
But, what does Bush really want to do?
More from Perrspectives:
First, Mr. Bush said, "I'll give some speeches, just to replenish the ol' coffers." With assets that have been estimated as high as nearly $21 million, Mr. Bush added, "I don't know what my dad gets - it's more than 50-75" thousand dollars a speech, and "Clinton's making a lot of money."
John Perr at C&L has more.
Some former presidents grow in status - and the people’s esteem - only after they leave the White House. Jimmy Carter’s failed term was redeemed in part by his charitable works and efforts for world peace. Bill Clinton’s foundation and campaigns to battle AIDS, disease and natural disasters have made him perhaps the last globally respected American president. Even Richard Nixon’s partial resurrection earned him elder statesman status.
But not President Bush. Already a small man, he will only decrease in stature as leaves the stage in Washington to “replenish the ol’ coffers” and, apparently, just hang out. As Dubya put it last year, “Sixty-two is really young and yet I’ll be through with my presidency.”
When that time comes, Kathryn Jean Lopez has concluded, George W. Bush should bring the lessons of his failed presidency to school children. (Who knows - waterboarding kids for talking in class might even be legal in Texas.) But assuming she’s not joking, in one sense she’s surely right about his role in educating future generations. If nothing else, he would serve as a horrible example.
Is our children learning?