I know what you're saying about the goofy, but everyone didn't think he was a "bumbling fool".
No some of us thought he was a stooge for the neocons, one with a knack for sounding sincere and earnest. A pitch man for neoconservative perversion of a so called brand of patriotism, just like he was a pitch man for refridgerators and cigarettes. It was really his team of evil henchman that caused all of the trouble. I really believe him when he said he didn't remember stuff, because I think Bush SR. and Baker kept him out of the loop on a lot of the Black ops.
But since the Cold war ended on his watch, many call him a hero. But I don't see Bush senior getting the hero tag, after all he got wacked after one term in office. He's a loser, and history hates those.
LBJ gets a big asterisk on his presidency because he stepped down as a candidate for president before his second term after a groundswell of grassroots criticism about his escalation in Viet Nam, even after Bobby Kennedy got shot and the party could have used him.
Nixon isn't likely to avoid being vilified for his wrongdoing, but Clinton will likely get a pass because his impeachment can be spun as a rightwing hatchet job, especially since they were unsuccessful in ousting him.
Eisenhower gets a lot of props for being a war hero, but I happen to think Ike's greatest moment is his butally honest and prophetic speech
warning against the rise of the military industrial complex.
FDR might have had strong critics in his day, but lets not forget he presided over America's transformation from a country in financial and social ruin, to the dominant military and economic power in the world. All that and he kicked Hitler, Mussolini and Hirohito's collective ass for good measure. That's not spin.
So I really don't think Bush Jr is likely to get a successful makeover, 9-11 happened on his watch and he never brought the perp to justice, instead he lauched a war in Iraq which he bungled so badly that his party got thrown out of power. Add to that his economic and environmental escapades and throw in Katrina for good measure, and I'd say history will not remember him fondly.