Bush made some mistakes. He went to war in Iraq and shouldn't have. He spent more money then we had in revenues. He passed the Patriot Act, which Obama also voted FOR, and he skirted the law of the land with his signing statements, however, this nation was kept safe and prospered under his administration. The economic meltdown can't be entirely placed in the lap of Bush. Even though Bush left Obama a 1/2 billion in debt, Obama has trippled that and under his budget in 8 years our national debt will rise to 85% of gdp, and that does not include the unfunded liabilities of social security, medicare, and medicaid which amounts to 60 trillion dollars!!! All this and we haven't even included national health care which is estimated to cost one trillion dollars and the loss of 5.2 million jobs!