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.
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?”
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!