- Bush raised taxes when needed to address deficits, a brave act that may have cost him re-election.
- Bush built a global coalition (except for Jordan and the PLO if I remember correctly) to oust Iraq from Kuwait, helping to codify the norm that countries do not annex other countries until Putin started eating up pieces of Ukraine. And he stopped there because he knew that doing more than that was a bad idea.
- Bush nominated David Souter to the Supreme Court, which kept Roe v Wade around for a while longer. On the other hand, Bush named Clarence Thomas, so let's not sing too much praise on this score.
- Signing the Americans with Disabilities Act
- Stewarding the end of the Cold War. I am trying to figure out if he gets overrated for this, as it was extremely important, but I am not sure any non-Trump post-WWII president would have screwed it up.
- Pardoning everyone that was responsible for Iran-Contra. Is it ok to lie to Congress? "Sure" seems to be the message Bush sent.
- Lee Atwater and the use of racism to get into office.
* I am no Presidential scholar, and I haven't done any research. It is a Saturday morning just before grading season, so I am not doing additional work for this off-the-cuff response.