Deleting the Bush Personality Cult from history

Salon
by Glenn Greenwald

09/02/09

[H]uge swaths of the right-wing movement were devoted to an unprecedented veneration of George Bush. A whole industry on the Right was created to convert him into a warrior-deity, including truly creepy reverence books by National Review writers �. Some on the Right actually speculated that God intervened in our elections because he had hand-picked Bush to be our leader. Even Bill Kristol admitted that the GOP had turned into little more than a Bush-centered personality cult, telling the New York Times: ‘Bush was the movement and the cause.’ More than any single, discrete issue, what motivated me to begin writing about political issues was the warped climate of hero worship constructed — by the Right and the media — around George Bush as a ‘War President.’ If you search long enough on the Internet, can you find examples of random people or vapid celebrities guilty of excessive Obama worship? Obviously. One can find virtually anything using those methods. But the personalized veneration of George Bush, particularly during his first term, was systematic and engulfing...

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