Posted by | January 15, 2010 14:39 | Filed under: Top Stories

President Obama is not only showing bipartisanship, his gesture may help shape and improve the legacy of George W. Bush, as he taps both Bush and former President Clinton to help coordinate Haiti relief efforts.

“The thing about ‘43’ is that of course he was the acrimonious target of the Democrats who replaced him, and was perceived as discredited, and now he’s being offered a little bit of redemption by those former opponents,” says Bruce Buchanan, a political scientist at the University of Texas at Austin. “That makes this interesting.”

For Democrat Obama, the inclusion of his Republican predecessor in relief efforts adds a bipartisan touch to the response. Obama came to office promising a new tone in Washington, but he and the Republicans quickly reverted to the city’s partisan ways.

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