Andrew Sullivan had a post a few days ago that is the first thing I've read that perfectly captures the way I feel about our former president:
"He still befuddles me, this man. His heart seems so often in the right place, and then he defers to thugs and cowards. Maybe he was just out of his depth. But my feelings about him remain much more complicated than about Cheney, Rumsfeld and Yoo. And when you see him again relieved of the burden of office, you realize how he got elected twice to the White House. He'd rather have been cycling."
My thoughts exactly. I never understood the visceral hatred for Bush anymore than I understand the visceral hatred for Obama.