President George W. Bush was not very popular with Americans during much of his time as president. When he left the oval office in 2008, he brought a lowly 25 percent approval rating with him.
News out of the University of Denver shows that many people still are not fans.
The former president was scheduled to receive an award from the university in September for “improving the human condition.” But the university is renaming the award after students and faculty were outraged at the idea of giving it to Bush.
“Former President George W. Bush left behind a legacy of human rights abuses, including the torture of detainees in extraterritorial jails, preemptive war, domestic surveillance programs and other egregious actions that deleteriously impact the human condition,” wrote University of Denver alumni Christine Hart. Hart wrote an online petition that has received more than 1,100 signatures in the past two weeks.
“As students, alumni, faculty and supporters of the Josef Korbel School and the University of Denver, we urge you to choose an alternative recipient of the 2013 ‘Improving the Human Condition Award’ who better represents a humanitarian spirit, a commitment to human rights and human dignity, and whose contributions and leadership have truly resulted in positive change,” the petition reads.
The university still plans to give Bush an award — they are just going to rename it.
Christopher Hill, the dean of the Korbel School that will be giving the award, says the award will be named something “along the lines of ‘The Chancellor’s Award’ or the ‘Presidential Award’” instead.
Here is a better idea: forget any political or humanitarian award and give the guy an art award. While his political career might be looked down upon, Bush should, according to his art teacher, “go down in the history books as a great artist.” I mean, just check out these paintings.
Avoid all the controversy and award the guy for something we can all agree on: his mastery of symbolizing the human experience on canvas. Problem solved.