This excellent thread from the historian Joshua Clark Davis is another reason why we should not remember George Bush kindly. In short, Bush believed that you could buy crack across from the White House and wanted to demagogue it on national television. But you really couldn’t easily buy crack from across the White House. So the DEA set up a kid so Bush could have a moment. The DEA didn’t arrest the guy immediately after because they didn’t want to be caught. But he didn’t know what was going on. So he was arrested, convicted, and served eight years in prison. That’s the George Bush we should remember. 1000 points of light indeed.
President George Bush wanted to show America what crack cocaine looked like at his first Oval Office address on Sept 5, 1989. He wanted to show you could even buy crack in front of the White House. That’s how bad the crisis had gotten. That’s how Bush announced his War on Drugs. pic.twitter.com/exGGPxJ6f2
— Joshua Clark Davis (@JoshClarkDavis) December 1, 2018