I was amused to read yet another "I hate Obama" letter by E. Robert Nassikas ("Chicago style politics," The Daily Astorian, Feb. 27). I can totally sympathize, as I spent the last eight years hating George W. Bush.

However, unlike so many of the Republicans now, I never hoped he would fail - I just expected he would. It truly is one time I wish I had not been right: The presidency of George W. Bush was a failure of monumental proportions.

Our economy is in a shambles thanks to Bush and the Republicans. They deregulated and privatized everything they could get their grubby hands on, while they kept their base riled up with abortion and same sex marriage and illegal immigration.

Under the Bush tax cuts, every man woman and child, even Republicans, gave $6,000 to the richest of the rich. Personally, I'd like my money back. Thirty years ago, aging movie actor Ronald Reagan ran for president saying "government is the problem," and Bush and the Republicans proved him right. Their government was the problem. Everything they did, they did badly, and Americans finally got fed up.

A new day has dawned, and a huge majority of American citizens realized that the government is only as good as we make it, and we elected a man of great intelligence, vision and honor to get us out of the mess the Republicans got us into. It is no coincidence that the Republicans in government are now irrelevant. Who cares what they say, we know they are wrong, and nobody is listening anyway.

So Mr. Nassikas, next time you get all blue in the face and want to rant and rave about Barack Hussein Obama being president of the U.S., I suggest you march yourself into your bathroom and take a good long look in the mirror, because you made it possible. You may not have voted for him, but he is president because of you and the catastrophic failure that is the Republican Party.

Kel Toomb