Bush May Be Gracious Toward Obama, but He's Still Divisive

In his final days as president, Bush remains very polarizing.

US President George W. Bush waves as he walks into the White House on his way to the Oval Office after returning from a day of events in Philadelphia.

President George W. Bush remains an extraordinarily divisive figure.

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In recent years, Republican Ronald Reagan also was a polarizing figure, as was Democrat Bill Clinton. But Bush appears to have divided America at least as much as they did, and largely because he was such a decisive person. It was his own choices that, by and large, led to his polarizing impact, not fate or circumstances beyond his control. One can only hope that Barack Obama, when he takes office on January 20, can somehow get past the animosities and vengefulness of the past and move toward a more harmonious era.