Thank You, President Bush

by Sal on January 20, 2009

in Nostalgia,Politics,The Iraq Front,War on Terror

As the final hours of the Presidency of George W. Bush draw to a close, it is worth taking the time to look at Bush and his legacy.  For all my disagreements with the Bush administration, specifically on domestic policy, I want to take this opportunity to thank him.  Since the brutal attacks by the Islamofacists on 9/11, President Bush has done everything in his power to keep America safe.  The security measures he put in have ensured that we have not had a major terrorist attack on American soil since that fateful Tuesday.  His commitment to go after the terrorists where they lived, rather than send cruise missiles to aspen factories, was crucial to prosecuting the war on terror.  His commitment to Iraq, even when popular opinion turned against it, was a refreshing change from the politics of focus groups of the previous administration.

His commitment to the people of this country was unwavering, and should be appreciated by all people, even those who disagree with him. Even when I disagreed with him (quite strongly on some issues), I always respected his commitment to follow his beliefs, and his commitment to doing what he thought was right.  God Speed, President Bush.  Thank you for eight years of fulfilling your oath to the American people, to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States and its people, from all enemies, foreign and domestic.  We owe you our thanks.

Tributes to President Bush are popping up all over the Blogosphere.  And Rightly So has a moving picture and quotes tribute surrounding 9/11 and the aftermath.  National Review Online has a symposium tribute from many of its columnists.  Powerline Blog has a good assessment of the Bush Presidency.  Ann Althouse has a long Open Thread for saying goodbye.

Feel free to post your own comments or links with tributes to President Bush.  Note that in the spirit of today, this is a tribute post, not a flame-President-Bush post, and overly-negative comments will be deleted.

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Ralph Ornelas January 21, 2009 at 12:31 am

A heartfelt Goodbye to you President Bush. I would like to Thank You for keeping us, Our Country, Safe. A lot of folks still don’t realize how tough it was. The people who were calling you a chump don’t understand that You were the one responsible for providing them that privillage to do so!
I truly believe that you did what you thought was right for our country and you stood by your principles. I wish more folks would try and do that.

Thank you Mr. President, Give you wife a Hug for me, and think of me as you ride your favorite trail mt bike trail at the ranch.

Gods Speed,
Ralph

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Chris January 21, 2009 at 11:13 am

You both hit the nail on the head! Putting aside my domestic disagreements with Bush and the questioning of whether or not he is a tried and true Conservative, his presidency can be deemed a success by the fact that we have not seen a terrorist attack on our homeland since 9/11/01. For this, I am grateful for his leadership and the eight years he spent at the healm of the office. Bush has shown himself to be of immense character, seeing himself as just a man who is a part of the bigger picture and not the leader of a movement. Many believe this was a contributing factor in his fall in popularity, but say what you want, we were safe, he was steadfast in his leadership and did not test the political winds before opening his mouth.

As of January 21, 2009, he gets very little credit for these positive traits in the same way that Truman did after he left office. I believe, however, that a mere 2 years after an Obama Administration, we’ll be saying “You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone” and in 25 years, his numbers will be close to where Truman’s numbers are today.

On behalf of all grateful Americans, thank you Mr. President for your 8 years of dedication and service to not only keep us safe, but to hold the US’s status as the greatest country God has given man (despite what the others on the other side may say)!

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