We treated Bush like crap AFTER he (insert extremely long list of things to ruin our nation). There is no sense in comparing everyone's reaction AFTER Bush to BEFORE Obama. Exactly!Exactly - Wrong. The contempt came on January 20, 2001. And only let up for a few months after 9-11. You dont have to take my word for it. Google is your friend.
Looks like bush had a pretty poor approval rating to begin with, then in the wake of 9/11 he had a great rally of support, then from there it slowly tapered off (assuming this page's data is accurate).
One could make the presumption people were uncomfortable at first with him as a leader, after 9/11 thought he showed strong leadership qualities and felt he could lead the nation down the path it needed, then slowly lost faith in him as the war dragged on and solutions weren't as immediate as they would've hoped.
I think that seems to sum up a lot of people's opinions.
I support some of Obama's ideals, but dislike others. The same went for McCain. It's amazing to see some of the "Gloom & Doom end of the world" posts out there on the web, and conversely all of the "Obama is president! We will all eat rainbows and shit ice cream now!".
Hopefully it will fall somewhere inbetween, being neither a great or a poor presidency...Although I would love for it to beat all expectations for the sake of future generations.