Whether it was the attacks of 9/11, or Shuttle Columbia disaster,
George W. Bush's presidency was one marred by tragedy and controversy.
However, longtime friend and former campaign media advisor Mark McKinnon insists there were triumphs as well.
"He implemented the most dramatic federal education reforms in decades, demanding accountability in standards for our kids," McKinnon says of No Child Left Behind. "Those are starting to show some real advances with fourth and eighth graders in math and science."
McKinnon also points to Bush's 'compassionate conservatism.'
"What he did with his emergency relief program on AIDS arguably saved the continent of Africa, we know it saved at least 2 million lives," he says.
Bush also kept unemployment around 5.6% and domestic spending down to 20% or less of the Gross Domestic Product, something McKinnon says had only happened once in 40 years by any other president.
McKinnon believes given the challenges Bush faced at the time, people are starting to realize he held the union together through one of the toughest times in our nation's history.