Vilnius, Lithuania - Former George W. Bush left office with record low approval ratings, from which he has scarcely recovered. But the 43rd president still has fans in a few places.
Take Lithuania. A plaque at Vilnius Town Hall, in the heart of the Baltic nation's capital, commemorates a Bush presidential visit in November 2002. Riding high after a bit more than a year after 9/11, and following big Republican wins in midterm elections, Bush declared "Anyone who would choose Lithuania as an enemy has also made an enemy of the United States of America."
Bush created a fan base in Eastern Europe, or, as then-Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld put it, "new Europe". Bush pushed missile defense to reign in the Russians and helped provide considerable aide to the former Soviet bloc countries friendly to the United States.
And while Bush is a reviled figure in much of the rest of Europe, he's still got admirers to the south and east. The prime minister of India, Manmohan Singh, in October 2009 called the ex-president a "great friend of our country." Such warm feelings are a result of the Bush administration's second-term Indo-US civilian nuclear deal.
And even liberal celebrities in the U.S. have cut the ex-POTUS some slack. At least when it comes to praise over his for his leadership in promoting AIDS relief around the world, particularly Africa.