He was a big spender.
Obama's address at the Bush library indicated that he thought Bush's stance on immigration was also not conventional for conservatives.
He also did more for HIV prevention than any previous president.
He may or may not be a liberal, but he was definately not conservative. The press absolutely lothed a man that really was fairly middle of the road.
People like to act as if he was some sort of radical right wing loon.....to them, John Kennedy would have been too conservative for the modern Democratic Party.
In the grand scheme of things, Bush and Obama could belong to the same party. Obama even ran against gay marriage before he changed his mind recently after careful consideration of the electorate. After all of Obama's rhetoric about defense and GITMO, he ended up adopting the Bush doctrine 100%.
This post was edited on 4/25 at 2:27 pm