Misplaced confidence

MISPLACED CONFIDENCE…. With his legacy of being among the worst presidents of all time in place, George W. Bush is reportedly telling friends that a lot of horrible developments have unfolded on his watch — so it’s a good thing a leader like him is in charge.

George W. Bush began his presidency with the worst terrorist attack on American soil and he is ending it with the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. In between, he confronted a hurricane that nearly wiped New Orleans off the map as his administration showed ineptitude in its response.

Now, as he spends his last months in office trying to avert a global economic collapse, Mr. Bush has been telling people privately that it’s a good thing he’s in charge.

“He said that if it was going to happen at all, he was glad it was happening under his presidency, because he had a good group of people in D.C. working for him,” Dru Van Steenberg, one of several small-business owners who met with Mr. Bush in San Antonio earlier this week. The president expressed the same sentiment, others said, during a similar private session in Chantilly, Va., the next day.

It’s genuinely hard to know how to react to such nonsense. It’s almost as if the president considers himself some kind of unlucky bystander, who just happened to be in the Oval Office as one calamity after another occurred.

The notion that he bears responsibility for his failures apparently doesn’t enter his mind.

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Steve Benen

Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.