In line with my post yesterday about the classiness with which GW Bush left office, but far more substantive than my post, Norman Ornstein in the NYT today gives credit where it is due to a president who always tried to keep the country’s best interests first and foremost.
The legacy of this president is an incredibly hodgepodge of very good and very bad. So much that he has done has been infuriating, or incompetent, or short-sighted, or ill-considered. And so many of his personal characteristics — arrogance, a tendency toward insularity bordering on cronyism, refusal to acknowledge error — have been serious defects. But his dedication to duty, his seriousness of purpose, his personal kindnesses, and his resolutely upbeat demeanor, all have been a credit both to him and to his office. Ornstein tells an important story about how well he conducted the transition. Credit where credit is due.