In response to a comment from Derek about approval ratings, I wanted to clarify the issue of Bush's approval rating. Here is a chart of Bush's ratings while he was president:
Here is what I notice: Bush's approval ratings were in steep decline almost from the day he took office. Then, in the patriotic fervor which followed the 9-11 attacks they shot up to 90%. They immediately resumed their steep decline, only taking a significant upward turn twice, when we attacked Iraq and when Saddam was caught. Otherwise, every day more Americans saw through the propaganda and realized what a miserable President he was, until he ended up hated by everyone except the impervious-to-reality wingnut fringe.
And no one was conducting a national campaign of lies and smears against him like you guys are doing with Obama. Sure, we were hard on him, but it's because he very nearly ruined the country. The right is doing everything it can to destroy Obama, for cheap partisan political reasons, and is willing to tell any falsehood to get back into power.