“Don’t forget, we’re still in two different wars that I started.”
Actor Will Ferrell revived his portrayal of President George W. Bush on Saturday Night Live to deliver a reminder about the 43rd president, whose approval ratings have skyrocketed recently: Just because Trump is a bad president doesn’t mean Bush was a good one.
“I’m suddenly popular AF,” Ferrell, who hosted SNL on Saturday, said. “A lot of people are saying, ‘Man, I wish George W. Bush was still our president right about now. So I just wanted to address my fellow Americans tonight and remind you guys that I was really bad.”
Sixty-one percent of Americans now say they have a favorable view of Bush, according to a CNN poll conducted by SSRS released this week, including 54 percent of Democrats. When he left office in 2009, his favorability was at just 33 percent overall and 11 percent among Democrats. Bush still rates lower than President Barack Obama, who is at 66 percent, but is well above President Donald Trump, who is at 40 percent.
Bush largely stayed out of the spotlight during Obama’s presidency and has famously taken up painting post-Oval Office. He has offered critiques of Trump, in an October speech delivering a warning about him without ever mentioning him by name. “Bigotry seems emboldened,” he said. “Our politics seems more vulnerable to conspiracy theories and outright fabrication.”
Bush’s handling of 9/11 and, specifically, his outreach to Muslims is often contrasted with Trump’s racist, anti-Muslim stance.
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Ferrell portrayed Bush on SNL during the 2000 presidential campaign and the first year of his presidency and played him in a short-lived comedic Broadway Read More Here