March 05, 2016

Obama Is No George H. W. Bush

Featuring Robert D. Kaplan

President Barack Obama is known to be a great admirer of President George H. W. Bush, who Obama recently said is "one of the more underrated presidents we have ever had." Obama notes, "When you look at how he managed foreign policy. . . he was thoughtful, restrained and made good decisions." Rahm Emanuel, Obama's former chief of staff, explicitly compared his boss some years back to Bush 41, because of Obama's "realpolitik" and "cold-blooded" instinct about national self-interest. In this view, it is Obama who is the natural heir to the elder Bush, rather than Bush's own son, the allegedly destructive, adventurous George W. Bush.

Read the full article in The National Interest.