I thought his record on trade issues was pretty good, though with a couple notable exceptions.
He at least tried something with education. We don’t really know what the long term result will be. I’m still hopeful, though.
Exposure of several scandals – Enron, Worldcom, etc. Probably not attributable to Bush really, but they happened under his watch.
The economy seems to have recovered from post 9-11 and Enron recession, most likely partially attributable to Bush tax cuts.
I thought he took the best of a number of difficult options on illegal immigration. Unfortunately he seems to have lost that battle, at least so far.
I also thought he took the right stance on Dubai Ports, though again he was defeated. We did however see that selective paranoia isn’t just a Republican trait.
Post 9-11 I thought Bush initially did an excellent job in rallying the country. Furthermore he took appropriate action in Afghanistan.
Iraq – obviously things haven’t worked out that well so far, which is well documented on other threads. However, there’s still some appreciable chance that things could end up better than what they were with Saddam, and the next generation will have an example to look back on.
Appointment of 2 Supreme court justices. Split recored. Roberts appears to have been an excellent choice. The Miers thing was a debacle, but turned out so-so with the appointment of Alito.
Whatever you think of Bush, you have to admit that he got hit early on with probably the toughest circumstances any president has faced since at least FDR.