The Decider? He's really more like the Magi

Bush says he's been going around "spreading goodwill."

By Tim Grieve

Published December 20, 2007 7:46PM (EST)

During his White House press conference this morning, George W. Bush was asked what he thought about Hillary Clinton's idea of sending his father and her husband on a "worldwide goodwill mission to restore the country's good name abroad."

The president's response: Been there, done that.

"It's what I do during my presidency," Bush said. "I go around spreading goodwill and talking about the importance of spreading freedom and peace."

Think Progress was first with the obvious rejoinder: Over the course of the past two years, world public opinion of the United States has trended steadily downward. Back home, a slew of public opinion polls taken this month put the president's approval ratings in the just-above-freezing range.

Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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