Surviving a president

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I smiled as I read Byron Bagnell's "Too easy on Obama" (Forum, June 7), which criticized The Tribune for lack of coverage of scandals in the administration of President Barack Obama. Bagnell concluded by expressing hope that the country can survive until these scandals receive increased attention.

During the eight years of the administration of President George W. Bush, I began collecting newspaper clippings of the many scandals that arose, including: intelligence failures, terrorist attacks, preemptive wars, war profiteering, torture, bungled responses to natural disasters, corruption, coverups, doctoring scientific research reports and mismanagement at seemingly every level of the executive branch. When the articles became too numerous to keep track of, I gave up. In most of these scandals, not a single person was ever held accountable.

Memo to Bagnell: If America can survive eight years of Bush, it can survive anything.

Blair Bateman