George Bush may have been looked down upon by many, but he was a man of integrity. He would often hold prayer meetings and Bible studies with his cabinet to aid them in their decision making. He also cemented the idea not to interfere with America when he launched the War on Terror in retaliation to 9/11. He may have had questionable decisions at the time, but looking back, he was a great president.
Not many Americans approved of George W. Bush's performance as President when he left office. This is a big reason why Obama was able to create a successful grassroots campaign and ultimately win the 2008 election by such a landslide. People were still bitter about Bush's performance and hesitant to elect another Republican. The 2012 election results indicate that sentiments about Bush have changed little since and the distrust of Republicans as a result conditions.
When the Supreme Court decided to hand the presidency to George W. Bush, the country was doing extremely well by many measures. The economy was booming all around, the job market was in great shape and the future looked peaceful and bright. By the time Bush left office, the country had been through an extremely divisive, traumatic eight years. Bush's two terms brought two disastrous war efforts, unprecedented economic troubles, a generalized hatred of America abroad and a deep, public cynicism towards the American government that shows no signs of abating.
One of the greatest financial crises the world has seen since the Great Depression erupted towards the end of George W. Bush's tenure. At the beginning of his presidency, the United States had a surplus thanks to Clinton; after his presidency, the United States had a burgeoning national debt and the market was in freefall.