A lot of historic events happened in my early lifetime but I was too young to remember them or understand them. The Beatles, assassinations, Woodstock, the Moon Landing, Canada-Russia Series, Vietnam, Watergate. I only knew of these events years later and in a historical context. Ten years later, I was voting.
There are young adults who only know of 9/11 and the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq as historical events. And I doubt very much that their textbooks featured nuance if there were any chapters dedicated to them at all.
Which brings me to George W. Bush. He has come out of the shadows because it’s safe. He knows he’s not the worst president of all time anymore because of Trump and he is trying to rehabilitate his image, re-casting himself as the affable grandpa who is a humble guy and not as bad as we remember. Could we have been wrong? No, we weren’t wrong because he’s not. He’s a war criminal. He was president and lied his nation into a fake war with real casualties. Hundreds of thousands if not millions dead and maimed. He broke the Middle East. And now he’s goofing around with Jimmy Kimmel and the ladies on the View and joking with Ellen.
That’s it. Our memories are only about a couple of election cycles long. Beyond that, the rest is history.
And when Trump starts his first new war, everything dominating the news cycles these last six weeks will melt away. Politics stops at the water’s edge. And the media will fall in line. And though Trump will likely be politically irrelevant fifteen years from now, Ivanka Trump will be doing the talk show circuit and everyone will talk about her great new memoir and how she hasn’t aged a bit. And the band played on.