Friday, December 15, 2006

Subjective History

The Washington Post discusses the way George W. Bush's presidency resembles Harry Truman's. Many people have speculated that Bush hopes his legacy will mirror Truman's: wildly unpopular during his 2nd term, yet vindicated by history in the long run. Winston Churchill, another figure Bush tries to emulate, left a similar legacy.

Another interesting part of this story is the fact that David McCullough, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Truman, will be one of ten people to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the government's highest civilian honor. Although I love McCullough and think he is a worthy recipient, the cynic in me smells the odor of political spin.


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