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How will President Bush be remembered?

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TYLER, TX (KLTV) - East Texans reflecting on what this inauguration means to them.

As one administration begins, another comes to an end. For the last eight years we've had a Texan in the White House. Now East Texans reflect on George W. Bush's presidency.

His eight years in the White House have been anything but uneventful, so how will President Bush be remembered?

"Well, I hate to see Bush go. I really did like him. I thought he did a wonderful job - kept us safe," said  

"[I will remember him] as a good old boy; a good old Texan," said Maryann Bradshaw a Tyler resident.

"I just love him I think he's a great guy," said Arlene King.

But there are always two sides to every coin.

"I think it will be viewed as the worst administration we've ever had," said David Henderson, President of the Smith County Democratic Party.

"I liked Bush as a person. I don't know how effective he was as a leader, and I think because of that he lost a lot of credibility with a lot of people," said Fran Bloodworth.

"They blamed him for all of the weapons they didn't find and everybody agreed that he had them," said Arlene King.

An eight year graph of Bush's approval rating shows the highs and lows of his presidency; hitting a near record high post 9-11. Bush later endured a slippery slope ending up at twenty two percent near Barack Obama's inaguration.

"Well, I wouldn't want the job and you probably wouldn't either and um I don't think we should criticize until we walk in those shoes," said Bradshaw.

"We'll just have to wait and see whoever writes history writes history because its in their hands," said King.

Former President Bush is back in Texas for a welcome home party in Midland. He will soon move into his new home in Dallas.

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