Bush's Legacy: 'History will serve him well' in Jacksonville

His charm is a simple one, instinctive almost, a soft touch evolving more from personal values than politics.

In winning wide margins of Northeast Florida votes, George W. Bush won hearts. As his days in the White House wind down, a number of Northeast Florida supporters salute him.

Those who met him during his stops in Jacksonville liken him to a fishing buddy or an older brother. They see him as someone who conducted himself with a ... Full Story »

Posted by Fabrice Florin
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Posted by: Posted by Fabrice Florin - Jan 11, 2009 - 9:04 AM PST
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Edited by: Kaizar Campwala - Jan 12, 2009 - 11:28 AM PST

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Derek Hawkins
4.1
by Derek Hawkins - Jan. 12, 2009

Great weaving of perspectives and a chronology of the George W. Bush years -- written with a superb local angle. Overall a well framed and perhaps even contrarian retrospective on Bush. Balances praise from locals with the reality of how he is viewed on the large scale.

Bound to irritate those who refuse to believe there are pockets of the country that still respect and support Bush. Please rate fairly.

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Kristin Gorski
3.3
by Kristin Gorski - Jan. 12, 2009

A look at how the Bush legacy will be perceived in a very pro-GOP and pro-Bush section of Florida. While the reporter attempts to present balance by listing Bush's many administration failures and few successes, everyone he interviews is overwhelmingly positive about Bush's presidency. In that, the piece lacked depth, especially since this area was also home to many of the 2000 presidential election's voting problems in Florida.

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Kaizar Campwala
3.9
by Kaizar Campwala - Jan. 12, 2009

A wonderful insight into how Bush figures in the minds of local residents in north east Florida. Balanced with facts about his Presidency. Great, unique perspective, though there's a noticeable lack of voices from detractors.

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Patricia L'Herrou
3.3
by Patricia L'Herrou - Jan. 12, 2009

the story contrasts the positive voices of those interviewed, representing the large voting margins for pres. bush, with the larger picture of reasons why he has the low rating as president. the speakers, with many of whom bush spoke informally, primarily seem to like the man's personality as one with which they identify. that personality apparently doesn't come through enough on the larger public stage to overcome the vast majority of citizens elsewhere who have rated him so low.

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Fabrice Florin
3.0
by Fabrice Florin - Jan. 11, 2009
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Jerry Firman
2.5
by Jerry Firman - Jan. 12, 2009

This article is a fine essay for anyone enthralled by george bush's mannerisms, vocabulary, speech patterns and visual attractiveness. It is not a report of any substantial new facts that will have any long time bearing on his legacy.

Sorry, I never wanted to have a beer with the guy.

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Dwight Rousu
by Dwight Rousu - Jan. 12, 2009

The link no longer leads to the story.

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