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January 16th, 2009
01:00 PM ET

Bush saved 10 million lives

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Bill Frist
Special to CNN

A legacy of President George W. Bush will be that he saved 10 million lives around the world.

His critics ignore it, but name another president about whom one can say that with such certainty. It is what historians will say a decade from now looking back. Not bad for a president who leaves office with the lowest approval rating in recent memory.

The bottom line is: George Bush is a healer.

First, a surprise proclamation came on January 29, 2003.

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Filed under: Africa • AIDS • President George W. Bush • Raw Politics
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  1. jim Fallbrook CA

    Bill Frist was wrong referring to Bush with the lowest approval rating of any president. I believe he forgot about the worst president in history Jimmy Carter a DEMOCRAT. Just to refresh the memories of all the left wing liberals and liberal news media, Carter's approval rating was 19%. He was one step above putting the country in a depression. To make things worse, he didn't help the pooor and middle class. With mortgage rates at 21% how could he? He did help the rich. They made 16% interest ont heir CD's. 14% unemployment rate also did not help the poor and middle class, Then is his failed foreign policy allowing terrorist to take over a soveirgn nation Iran. This is the main reason we are involved in the middle east spending billions of dollars. Thank you Jimmy Carter. I am not a supporter of George W. Bush. I do believe his administration was no where near as incompetent than Jimmy Carter's. At least Bush is leaving office with a better approval rating than the Democratic Congress. I bet you liberals forgot about that.

    January 16, 2009 at 6:48 pm |
  2. Vickie MO.

    George W. Bush. A "healer"? I wouldn't call this country, "healed". But, that's just me!

    January 16, 2009 at 6:31 pm |
  3. penny

    Gw Bush was used as a scapegoat dictated and directed by cowards. Everyone later knew he did not have a presential intellect. That was cruel to subject the American people to that because of greed, maybe racism, and total ignorance of the end result!, WOW"

    January 16, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  4. Tammy, Berwick. LA

    While 10 million lives may be saved in Africa, I shudder to think of the many lives permanently changed for the worse in our own country because abstinence-based education failed to teach our own citizens how to prevent disease if they were going to be sexually active. I won't deny what was done in Africa was great, but our own people deserve more than education programs that obviously don't work (look at the CDC's newest numbers for STD's that will translate to increases in HIV cases before we can count to 100) and treatments that still can be brutal. HIV has always been a disease with a stigma thanks in large part to a homophobic right that refuses to give up the hate in place of compassion and understanding. And to give kudo's to an administration that condoned all of this is beyond me. Here's hoping the next four years bring a reality check to HIV and STD education, prevention, and treatment options for our own people. People I love are still battling this stupid disease here in America, and after 18 years and too many losses, as far as I'm concerned it's time for the priority to be on caring for and curing our own and not some PR stunt that looks good for the international community.

    January 16, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  5. hugh ~ california

    Republican Bill Frist has got it all backwards. It is wonderful to know that possibly up to 10 million lives will be saved from HIV-AIDS, however that is not what President Bush's legacy will be–and Frist knows it. George W. will be remembered for the "Bush Doctrine."

    President Bush will go down in history for his misguided war in Iraq, the circumventing of international law and the Geneva Convention, and trampling on the Constitution of the United States and the Bill of Rights, when he conducted illegal wire-tapping and spying on his own people.

    This ludicrious "piece of work" by Bill Frist is plain old republican damage control. I don't believe Bill Frist is a seer who can see the future; rather, he is a diehard republican using short-sighted logic and faulty reasoning. If he continues to distort the facts, he may find himself writing the final chapter of his own political history.

    January 16, 2009 at 4:46 pm |