Back in the day, it was having to repudiate his stinging "voodoo economics" line and switching positions on abortion and being putting under 24/7 surveillance as vice president. Now, the first President Bush has received a Ronald Reagan award, given to those who "have contributed greatly to the cause of freedom worldwide." Bush played his second-rate status to the hilt, good-naturedly joking,
"I wish I had a little Ronald Reagan in me when it came to communicating with the American people," said Bush, who served as Reagan's vice president. "Had I been blessed with my predecessor's remarkable skill, who knows? I might still be employed."
One thing's for sure: Regardless of how many more Bushes get elected president (I'm betting on Jeb Bush's daughter Noelle to eventually win by using Bob Seger's "Like a Rock" as a theme song), H.W. will never be the worst we've seen.