George W. Bush considers Obama election a “repudiation of Republicans”, feels guilty for driving the GOP into a wall.

Now don’t get me wrong: I know Dubya is not the sole culprit in the global sinking ship that has become the GOP. I am however capable of appreciating those seventeen seconds of clairvoyance provided by the soon-to-be-ex leader of the not-so-Free World to ABC News’ Charlie Gibson: “I think it was a repudiation of the Republicans. And I’m sure some people voted for Barack Obama because of me. I think most people voted for Barack Obama because they decided they wanted him to be in their living room for the next four years explaining policy.”

Dubya sure has gone a long way since the very first days of his eight years long mandate. Seems like the maturity and transparency the American population had been waiting for are finally here, but sadly it’s too little too late. We are also sure people voted for Barack Obama because they wanted the neo-conservatives out of office. McCain has always been severely criticized for his tight relationship with the President in Office, and attempted several times to cut loose with the current policies, without managing to be convincing enough to rise in the polls. “Repudiation” is however a very strong term (that I never thought W had in his vocabulary, to be honest) and I do not think that this election meant a complete withdrawal from anything the Republican Party has instaured and will be trying to implement in the near future. Many Republicans chose to endorse Barack Obama, and despite this sincere address here, W once again fails to see the big picture – that his administration was never a reflection of the entire Republican spectrum; that it was an extreme part of it, that was once marginalized and to which he gave the opportunity to rise and shine. Thankfully, and no thanks to Francis Fukuyama, ultra-conservatism and backwards foreign policy is not all the GOP has to offer.

As for the slightly condescending tone in the last part of the sentence, implying that Obama’s weekly addresses are just as relevent as Donna Reed re-runs, it is perhaps the necessary path towards restauring a faith in politics and politicians that led to this disturbing soap opera that were Western Countries’ domestic policies in the last four to six years. Plagued by corruption, dismantled by inside alliances and leading the nations into an economic failboat, heads of state failed to grasp the trust and the convictions of those they were supposed to represent. If this reminds you of Bismarckian Europe, you are right. Putin is relying on Stalin to restaure Russia’s pride, Nicolas Sarkozy is basing his nationalism on the good old days of colonialism and W. Bush pretended he was Captain America. Theatrical politics never bode well, and having the President-Elect sit in your faded armchair telling you more about the Constitution and the economic policies he is planning on inflicting to your household may be the only way to make democracy’s blaze all shiny and dazzling again. A leader is nothing without the people that put him in place, and this is the lesson W. should have taken home.

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