Thank You, President Bush

Today, the media is filled with praise and adulation of Barack Obama.  I figure there’s plenty of that out there, so instead I’ll choose a topic you may not hear so much of:

Gratitude for President Bush.

Yes, you heard that right.

“What?” you may ask.  “Gratitude for that ignorant, war-mongering man who has harmed our country’s reputation around the world?”

Yes, gratitude for him.

Although it’s about as popular as my admiration for Sarah Palin, I am thankful for President Bush.

I appreciate Bush’s devotion to keeping our nation safe.  I well remember (as I’m sure we all do) Sept. 11 and the fear we felt for weeks afterwards.  I don’t think I can thank the Bush administration enough for all they did to deter future attacks. Now that the memories have faded, it seems that all that people can think of is how awful it is that we might “torture” those  planning such attacks.  I wonder if relatives of 9/11 victims would choose this “torture” for their loved ones rather than the fate they met.

Another thing I appreciate about Bush is his unwavering support for pro-life issues.  I have an unofficial vow to never vote for a politician who is not pro-life.  I’m sometimes chided for this, and yet I think it’s a great barometer of a person’s character.  If you don’t stand up for the most defenseless among us, how can I trust you to make other decisions impacting  many people?  I appreciate Bush’s pro-life legislation and his appointments of pro-life judges.

I even appreciate Bush’s “stupidity” – because that’s what I think the press calls it when Bush is just plain-spoken and  non-intellectual in interviews.  I like the way he comes across as a real person you could have lunch with, and the way he doesn’t feel the need to impress with big words (I really don’t care whether he has the ability to use those words or not; the job of our President is to see the “big picture” and I feel he does that well).

I appreciate Bush’s devotion to his faith.  He’s a Christian and he’s not ashamed to say it.  He doesn’t have to excuse the behavior of his long-time pastor, and he’s not afraid to say Jesus is his Savior.

As far as all the animosity towards Bush, I would say probably 90% of it is because of the outrageously negative press he’s received.  The poor guy just can’t do right in the eyes of the mainstream media.  When Obama vacations in Hawaii, it’s so bittersweet because of his recently-deceased grandma.  When Bush vacations, it’s because he’s lazy and shirking his duties.

When Bush exercises, again he’s avoiding work.  When Obama exercises, the press swoons over his pecs and admires his discipline.

According to a January 14, 2005 Associated Press article: “President Bush’s second inauguration will cost tens of millions of dollars — $40 million alone in private donations for the balls, parade and other invitation-only parties. With that kind of money, what could you buy?”

Thank You President George Bush

So now, with the pathetic state of our current economy, you’d think the press would have a fit over the spending planned for Obama’s inauguration, right?  Well, no.  Obama’s inauguration will cost over three times as much as Bush’s, yet the media is full of quotes to this effect:  “we’re sending a message to the entire world about our peaceful transition of power, and you don’t want it to look like a schlock affair. It needs to be appropriate to the magnitude of events that it is” (Carole Florman, spokeswoman for the joint congressional committee on inaugural ceremonies).

It goes on and on … and it’s generally true that whatever the media parrots over and over becomes reality to a majority of people.

So, on this inaugural day, I say thank you, President and Mrs. Bush, for a job well done!

 

19 thoughts on “Thank You, President Bush

  1. Susan,
    You know I am with you on ALL of this. I absolutely LOVE President Bush. I am sad that sometime today I will remove the sticker from the back of my truck that reads “W – STILL the President”. He is the only President who I would love to meet in person and the Presidential Library I really want to visit when it’s built. He is an amazing man who did our country a great service. He deserves more good press but it will come in time.
    It always saddens me how the majority of our population despises the President, and they don’t take into consideration the dis-service the current Congress/Senate do to make his life miserable and his job so difficult. They are usually the ones to blame. When ever will the Congress/Senate have a term limit?!

    I say Thank You Mr. President and God Bless George W. Bush.
    Sandy

  2. As far as all the animosity towards Bush, I would say probably 90% of it is because of the outrageously negative press he’s received.

    I believe you are right. So many Americans have a caricature-impression of the president, shaped by a negative press and jokes on latenight shows and Hollywood entertainment. “Bushisms” sells calenders; any anti-Bush books and merchandise sells. Why challenge the popular consensus?

  3. “I even appreciate Bush’s “stupidity” – because that’s what I think the press calls it when Bush is just plain-spoken and non-intellectual in interviews. I like the way he comes across as a real person.”

    It’s easy to forget that he’s a Yale Grad with a Harvard MBA and that’s a good thing. I admire his ability to relate to everyday people and it is SO obvious that he cares about us.

    He is a leader in every sense of the word.

    History will be kind to him.

  4. Thank you so much, this is a great idea! I think I might borrow it (the idea) and post a thanks to him at my place too, before everything gets crazy tomorrow. He’s a kind, intelligent, Christian man who lives by his convictions, and I am very grateful for so many of the things he’s done, not the least of which is protecting us from another attack.

  5. I have shared your blog with my email friends. I loved Joyce’s comment – “The press elected our president.” Let’s hope they know what they are doing… Time will tell the final story.

  6. Susan,
    There are more people out here who think like you than the press lets on. I truly hope Obama isn’t “Jimmy Carter: The Second Coming”, the first time was bad enough, but we’ll see. The only good thing to come from Carter was Ronald Reagan. Unfortunately, people have to suffer through it before they see the error of liberal thinking. Maybe we’ll see a President Palin in 2012 to make up for the press’ “lovefest” with The Chosen One!

    President Bush has done an incredible job preventing another attack on our soil, and I don’t give a damn what they’ve done to some poor Islamic nutjob to keep it that way. Tough times call for tough people, and we’ve had the right people in power for the last 8 years thank God. History will treat him well, I’m sure of that. His decision to go to Iraq drew the fanatics to us THERE and not HERE, so who’s the idiot? One of the most brilliant military moves of all time as far as I’m concerned, let’s fight them on their turf, keeping ours safe. God bless George W. Bush, and God help us if Obama stays true to his liberal/socialist leanings.

  7. The grace this man has shown under such unfair scrutiny is astonishing…I think when history reveals all the threats that we never knew about that the world just might realize that he wasn’t the evil war-mongering monster the media has painted him out to be but a man with the courage of his convictions and a mission to keep this country safe…I am so very grateful to him for protecting this country. I’ll pray for President Obama but I’ll never forget how President Bush kept us safe after 9/11. And God bless Rick Warren for not being afraid in invoke the name, Jesus!

  8. I agree wholeheartedly!!! Thank-you for this post today… I only wish President Bush would someday get the chance to read it and know that he STILL has supporters and people praying for him. 🙂

  9. I am also in total agreement here! Thanks for saying the nice comments about President Bush. I wish I had thought to do that. All Americans should thank him. He’s not perfect (who is??!), we may not always agree with certain policies but he did stay the course for 8 years, he did the best he knew how, he is a Bible believing Christian and he does love America. We owe him a debt of graditude.

    God bless!
    Sparky ♥ ∞

  10. So well said. My exact thoughts but you put it in words for me. How wonderful. I just wish President Bush could read your Blog.

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