Read our articles on President Barack Obama and you’ll know that we don’t hold back in our criticisms. But there’s one aspect of his presidency that I admire. As Obama has appeared across the country over the past few weeks, he’s faced Americans who ask him difficult and critical questions. These questions aren’t scripted, and Barack Obama takes them as they come.
George W. Bush, on the other hand, only would appear at “Town Hall” events in which participants were carefully selected and asked prepared questions that Bush was coached to answer. People who disagreed with Bush were escorted away by burly guards. On the rare occasion that George W. Bush ever held a press conference, he called reporters off a prepared list at the podium rather than encounter the danger of thinking while speaking. George W. Bush was a timid, thin-skinned president. George W. Bush was a president scared of himself, scared of reporters and scared of independent-minded American people.
Even if Barack Obama’s policies leave a lot to be desired, Barack Obama’s willingness to personally encounter critics is a refreshing change from the embarrassing old days of George W. Bush.