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Monday, November 23, 2015

Yes, every single day

His domestic policy frustrated me. Toward the end, he listened to Karl Rove too much, and Dick Cheney too little. But George Walker Bush was a man -- humble, yet dignified.

When Al Gore childishly tried to steal the 2000 election, Bush bit his tongue rather than respond in kind to false accusations by the media. For eight years, he withstood a hostile opposition, ignoring their personal attacks to work with them on domestic policy (Ted Kennedy co-authored No Child Left Behind) and war (a Democratic Senate allowed the approval of the Iraq War). He put others first.

Obama enjoyed 86% approval on Inauguration Day, as Republicans joined the rest of the nation in celebrating the installation of a new president.

Bush barely was above 60% as bitter Democrats held their grudges hard.

I remember Thanksgiving Day 2003 when he flew to Iraq unannounced to spend the holiday with the troops.

I remember him comforting Ashley Faulkner in May 2004 at the Golden Lamb Inn in Cincinnati. She had lost her mom in 9/11, and Mother's Day was nearing.

Her father told the Cincinnati Enquirer:
"I could hear her say, 'I'm OK,' " he said. "That's more emotion than she has shown in 2 1/2 years. Then he said, 'I can see you have a father who loves you very much.' "
"And I said, 'I do, Mr. President, but I miss her mother every day.' It was a special moment."
That's why I miss President Bush. We had a president who cared about others. In 2008, the majority of Americans chose to go the opposite direction. Decency is gone. Anger grows among Obama's supporters. Black racism is at an all-time high.

Worse, Obama and the majority of the American people threw away Iraq.

You get what you elect. I elected Bush. Others elected Obama. I can hold my head high 7 years later. Obama's supporters should hang their heads in shame.


  1. He was a good man who loved the country he led. For the last seven years we have had a petulant child who hates the country he leads. Bush has not criticized Obungler. I'll be willing to bet that if a Republican wins in 2016, Obumbler will criticize him nonstop as long as he is in office. No manners. No class.

  2. Yet, they won't, for they have no shame.

  3. He was and still is a true leader. I do miss Bush, 0bama is not my president.

  4. And yet his brother who is smarter, has a better track record as a governor and a more compassionate individual can't get any love from his fellow Rs in his quest for the presidential nomination for his party. Interesting.

    1. Yep. Leadership ain't about brains. Jeb does not want the job at 62. His brother was 54 when he ran

  5. "George Walker Bush was a man -- humble, yet dignified."
    "We had a president who cared about others."
    "Decency is gone."
    "Black racism is at an all-time high."
    And the Rs think Donald Trump is going to restore all this? Especially as he shouts over and over again, "Get him out of here!" as a BlackLivesMatters protester is kicked and beaten while removed from one of his rallies?
    Kudos Rs, prop Trump up and you hand the Ds the White House for four more ... won't even be a contest. If you're smart, you will bring Cruz or Rubio to the finals. Anyone else and you have successfully elected the first woman as U.S. President.