Tough to have sympathy for someone who has been so cruel to millions of people, and not just people in his own country, either.
Screw the Bush family. They have done nothing but lead the U.S. (from Prescott to Bush I to Bush II and probably the inevitable of Jeb especially considering many's high expectations of Obama plus the haters--not to mention Sarah Palin's incompetence)--into a pile of dog do-do. The Bush family deserves no sympathy, but the many victims that are resultant of their policies surely do.
I guess I could feel sorry for his wife and daughters, but I don't. Feel sorry for them for what? Being immediate family members of one of the worst leaders in world history (maybe that is a little too far, but easily the worst President in US history)? That is no reason to feel sorry for someone.
I don't "feel" that Bush has hurt many, I know he hurt many. Advisors are to give advice, not make stupid decisions for you. Considering the current state of the country and world, few, if any anymore, would think that the benefited from the eight years of blunders due to the Bush administration.
How can we separate "Bush the man" from "Bush the politician"? It was, after all, Bush the man who was Bush the politician.
I'm sure you're all wondering how I feel about the Bush family. I can almost hear the speculation out there: "I bet Dewey feels a little bad for the wife and kids, like Elmud." and "Naw! Dewey's gonna say 'Screw the family!' like Theaetetus"
I'm enjoying the suspense. So I'm not going to tell you one way or another. But I sure would like to express my feelings about a related subject. It's something we all do to some extent but that some people do in politics constantly, hatefully, harmfully, and annoyingly.. It's the practice of demonizing people with whom you do not agree.
The typical demonizer has final opinions based on one-sided knowledge. He never or always watches Fox News or CNN, never watches Jim Lehrer and CSPAN, unhesitatingly identifies the motivations of his opponents, sees evil everywhere, and blindly works toward the chaotic end that he fears..
I watch no Fox New neither CNN, and I can say honestly that George Bush only helped a handful of elite people in the world, and most of them are probably suffering now as a result of his policies. I just ask all of you that want to defend Bush and his family, what have they done to deserve empathy. Just because I never agreed with Bush's policies does not mean that it skews my ability to judge that he messed up the country.