What They’re Saying Abroad
January 20, 2009
Less than a half hour left of the disastrous Bush era. The foreign press have been getting their last licks in. A brief sampling:
“Canada’s Toronto Star was categorical in its condemnation.
‘Goodbye to the worst president ever,’ it declared. ‘Bush was an unmitigated disaster, failing on the big issues from the invasion of Iraq to global warming, Hurricane Katrina and the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.’
‘Bush leaves a country and an economy in tatters,’ wrote the Sunday Times in London. It said America’s national debt and unemployment nearly doubled on his watch.
Britain’s Daily Mail said he entered office with a budget surplus of $128 billion but exits with a $482 billion deficit.
‘He leaves the world facing its biggest crisis since the Depression, the Middle East in flames and U.S. standing at an all-time low.
How will history judge George W.? Have we, perhaps, to quote his own mangled malapropisms, “misunderestimated” him? On the plus side, after 9/11 he achieved what became his number one priority: to prevent his country suffering further attack on its own soil. Al Qaeda has been hugely weakened.'”
“In Europe, as elsewhere, it was party time.
In Paris, a celebration at the ornate Hôtel de Ville on the banks of the River Seine was set to be followed by less formal merriment around the city. The American Library in Paris offered a screening and a debate. British cities including Belfast, Liverpool, Leeds and London, scheduled big-screen viewings of the inauguration.”