Could it be his silence over his successor's policies, or is it his painting talent? For whatever reason, the era of "blame Bush" may be ending.
George W. Bush left office bloodied, beaten, and horribly disliked; his approval ratings barely broke 30 percent. But, now, more people view the 43rd president in a more positive light (via FiveThirtyEight):
Since April, Bush's favorable rating has averaged 49.3 percent. His unfavorable rating has averaged 46.3 percent. More Americans now like Bush than dislike him. Of course, 49.3 percent is far lower than Jimmy Carter's 58 percent favorability rating, recorded in April 2013, but Bush has seen a moderate improvement over the past four years. In his last weeks in office, Bush's favorable rating averaged just 37.3 percent; his unfavorable rating averaged 57.8 percent.
Moreover, the percentage who believe that Obama inherited the nation's current economic conditions has dipped below 50 percent for the first time. According to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, it's just 46 percent of Americans.
So, while liberals may want to keep on hating Dubya, the rest of the country is seemingly moving along with the rest of their lives. Why? Because that's what normal people do.