What Bush should do next: run for Congress
He's in the perfect spot to be effective there.
George W. Bush is in the perfect spot to set an example for all our ex-presidents.Skip to next paragraph
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Come Jan. 20, he'll be an ex-chief executive of the United States. That's a nice addition to the CV, but where do you go from there? Especially if your job performance has been subpar recently.
Well, if he's looking for a role model to help him restore his image after he leaves office, he should look beyond Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter. The former is still active on the world stage, promoting his Clinton Global Initiative roadshow, while the latter continues to pump out books and perform good deeds.
Like Bush, Adams was born with an unquestioned sense of family entitlement. His father, John Adams, helped draft the Declaration of Independence and served with Thomas Jefferson and George Washington in the First Continental Congress. The elder Adams was also posted to Europe as a special envoy of the Revolutionary American government and went on to become the second president of the United States in 1797.
Also like Bush, due to his father's extraordinary career, John Quincy Adams divided much of his youth between cities. For Adams it was Paris; Amsterdam; St. Petersburg, Russia; and London. The experience served him well when he returned to the US. And in 1824 he was elected as the sixth US president. Though Bush's prepresidential experience was pretty much confined to Texas, the two still have a lot in common.
So where's the lesson for our latter-day Bush in this?