LOL. This is a wonderfully ironic article. Apparently there were a LOT of people jealous of Bush then...
Absolutely! The man looked and spoke like a simpleton but was entrusted with the US - who wouldn't be jealous of his role? But as you yourself have pointed out, we saw over time that he wasn't very good as a president.
That didn't justify the initial jealousy, and it was that initial jealousy that made all the opposition to Bush seem so petty. As I said in the article, "With a bit of patience, you could do the nasty when he's fucked up, and crowing about it could be read by the kind as just a slightly enthusiastic taking to task rather than jealousy of Michelle."
If people of other nations worried half as much about their own leaders as they do about the US, the world would be a better place.
Most of the rest of the world doesn't have the luxury of isolationism. The US president matters enormously, because they tend to be extremely influential in who the US will invade/blockade/bomb/conduct economic sanctions/use their veto in the UNSC for next.
Fortunately the average adult has plenty of thinkspace to cover domestic and international affairs fairly well.