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Bush’s approval rating of 19% is the lowest ever recorded.

George W. Bush’s presidential approval rating has hit 19%, the lowest of any US president since Gallup started asking the question around 1937. It’s lower than Nixon’s before he resigned.

This slide into ignominy is no longer driven by particular bits of bad news. The economy can only get worse; Iraq won’t get significantly better. I reckon that nothing short of the capture of Osama bin Laden could reverse the belated judgement. George Bush will slope off in December into retirement as a universal laughing-stock.

Other governments can read polls too. Sarkozy, Brown and Merkel will find excuses not to be photographed with Bush. Expect state visits from Tonga, Liechtenstein and Moldova.

Author: James Wimberley

James Wimberley (b. 1946, an Englishman raised in the Channel Islands. three adult children) is a former career international bureaucrat with the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. His main achievements there were the Lisbon Convention on recognition of qualifications and the Kosovo law on school education. He retired in 2006 to a little white house in Andalucia, His first wife Patricia Morris died in 2009 after a long illness. He remarried in 2011. to the former Brazilian TV actress Lu Mendonça. The cat overlords are now three. I suppose I've been invited to join real scholars on the list because my skills, acquired in a decade of technical assistance work in eastern Europe, include being able to ask faux-naïf questions like the exotic Persians and Chinese of eighteenth-century philosophical fiction. So I'm quite comfortable in the role of country-cousin blogger with a European perspective. The other specialised skill I learnt was making toasts with a moral in the course of drunken Caucasian banquets. I'm open to expenses-paid offers to retell Noah the great Armenian and Columbus, the orange, and university reform in Georgia. James Wimberley's occasional publications on the web