Sharon J. Wikert, a Baldwin Township resident, wrote a March 4 letter to the editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in which she calls for respect for—and equal criticism of—all U.S. presidents.
Wikert says that she is a registered Independent and that, while some may call George W. Bush and Richard Nixon—both Republicans—bad presidents, Wikert calls Jimmy Carter—a Democrat—the worst U.S. president of her lifetime. (This paragraph has been corrected. The B-W Patch regrets the error. "I do NOT consider either of them (Bush or Nixon) to be bad presidents at all," Wikert says.)
In the spirit of equal treatment, Wikert writes, "I will give (President Barack) Obama credit for the demise of Osama bin Laden but also give the same kudos to our former President George W. Bush, as valuable information regarding bin Laden's whereabouts and activities was obtained through the interrogation techniques used by the (U.S.) Defense Department and armed forces during President Bush's terms in office."
Read Wikert's full letter here.
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