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A George W. Bush Redux

I’m personally not the least bit concerned with anyone else’s opinion of George W. Bush’s Presidency. Nor do I give a rip about anyone’s position regarding the personal ideology of the man who was forced to confront evil incarnate and respond with a nation at his back; George Bush did what George Bush believed needed doing in order to face the terror brought to our shores – he fought back. Unlike his successor, George Bush didn’t blink and for good or for ill, the world was forever changed. Today George Bush went public with his reaction to OBL’s death for the first time, but it is what he said on 9/11 that needs re-saying before we look at his message NOW:

On 9/11/2001:

America and our friends and allies join with all those who want peace and security in the world and we stand together to win the war against terrorism.

Tonight I ask for your prayers for all those who grieve, for the children whose worlds have been shattered, for all whose sense of safety and security has been threatened. And I pray they will be comforted by a power greater than any of us spoken through the ages in Psalm 23: “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me.”

This is a day when all Americans from every walk of life unite in our resolve for justice and peace. America has stood down enemies before, and we will do so this time.

None of us will ever forget this day, yet we go forward to defend freedom and all that is good and just in our world.

Thank you. Good night and God bless America.

Win. Justice. Peace….and all in deference to God. No such words come from our Commander in Chief now, even while the world wrings its hands over the appropriateness of killing the Terrorist in Chief, and I expect none such words will ever be uttered from Obama.

More’s the pity.

Bush’s words today are little different than his words 10 years ago, and I thank God for a little consistency in a dramatically inconsistent world:

On 5/13/2001:

When asked by forum moderator Melissa Lee of CNBC how he felt upon learning the news, Bush said he was “not overjoyed,” explaining that the campaign to track down the 9/11 mastermind was done not “out of hatred but to exact judgment.”

The development is ultimately a victory for the American people, he said.

“The guy is dead. That is good,” Bush said of bin Laden. “Osama’s death is a great victory in the war on terror. He was held up as a leader.”

“The intelligence services deserve a lot of credit. They built a mosaic of information, piece by piece,” he said, claiming no credit for himself.

“I met SEAL Team Six in Afghanistan. They are awesome, skilled, talented and brave,” he added. “I said, ‘I hope you have everything you need. One guy said, ‘We need your permission to go into Pakistan and kick ass.'”

Bush said U.S. foreign policy needs to continue to promote the ideas of democracy and freedom as a way to combat global terrorism.

“The long-term solution is to promote a better ideology, which is freedom. Freedom is universal,” Bush said. “People who do not look like us want freedom just as much. The relatives of [former Secretary of State]Condoleezza Rice over 100 years ago wanted freedom. It is only when you do not have hope in a society that you join a suicide bomber team.”

I miss this man. A man of guts. A man of conviction and of loyalty to his country and an abiding love of what she stands for. If only such a man led her now how much better off we would all be – both here at home, and around the world at large.

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There's not much to say... I come from a long line of Appalachian folk that landed in America long before flipping off the King was even a twinkle in the eyes of our founding fathers. We have been Carpenters and coal miners... Soldiers & Sailors and pig farmers and Sunday morning circuit-riding preachers. Hell, I'm told we have even been fairly decent bootleggers too.

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  1. Every time this man speaks, which is rare since he left office, it painfully underscores the chasm that exists between his notion of humility and the utter lack of such a concept in Obama. The only “I’s” that George Bush was quoted as uttering were in asking for prayers for those who grieved their loss and in praying himself for their comfort.

    Of course, he is a man who acknowledges a Supreme Being, as opposed to Obama who is convinced that that is him.

    • Yeah, the Messianic complex gets in Obama’s way on that one, doesn’t it?

      For all his faults, GW loved and respected our country. The contrast and comparison of that love and respect to what we have now….yeah, we miss you, George Bush.

  2. July 12, 2005

    The Compassionate Conservative

    G. W. Bush – kind to everyone he meets. Has Teddy over for popcorn, hooks up with him on an education bill, effusive with praise for the Senator. Gets Dad to chummy up with Bill, sends Bill on missions; praises Bill’s political prowess.
    G. W. Bush – activist in the civil rights arena, advances the cause of minorities. Speaks Spanish. Appoints women, Blacks and Hispanics to high office, over and over again.
    G. W. Bush – fighter for the environment. Pushes for hybrid and alternative fuel automobiles. Acknowledges climate change and need to be vigilant in this arena. Meets with world leaders on the subject.
    G. W. Bush – activist in the AIDS and HIV campaign; spends billions to fight it. Spends billions in Africa on education, literacy and health issues.
    G. W. Bush – champion of the oppressed; presses his vision of freedom and relief from tyranny in the Mid-East and throughout the world. Calls for reform of the agencies and institutions that would take what was intended for the poor children of the world and divert it to their own use.
    G. W. Bush – defender of the hallowed Constitution of the United States of America and faithful to his oath of office as President.
    G. W. Bush – humble and mindful of his shortcomings, simple in his faith, respectful of the institutions comprising the fabric of American life, from the political and governmental to the social and economic and to the natural and spiritual.
    G. W. Bush – steady and steadfast in his resolve to protect the American people from harm, in whatever form it may take, and to work with the world’s leaders to do the same for their peoples.
    G. W. Bush – the “compassionate conservative.” And John Conyers wants to impeach him? Why are we not surprised?

    Bob Montgomery

    • For these reasons and more not listed, the collectivists have tried (and temporarily succeeded in) ruining the name of a very gracious, warm, classy and dedicated man.

      Heaven only knows where we would be now were it not for GWB’s leadership in the war against terror. If Kerry had won? If Gore had won? I shudder.

      Of course, I disagreed with the president on immigration and spending. But on his signature fight, we knew we were as safe and as protected as our intelligence and military might could make us. For that, he will be remembered by me and by history.

  1. Every time this man speaks, which is rare since he left office, it painfully underscores the chasm that exists between his notion of humility and the utter lack of such a concept in Obama. The only “I’s” that George Bush was quoted as uttering were in asking for prayers for those who grieved their loss and in praying himself for their comfort.

    Of course, he is a man who acknowledges a Supreme Being, as opposed to Obama who is convinced that that is him.

    • Yeah, the Messianic complex gets in Obama’s way on that one, doesn’t it?

      For all his faults, GW loved and respected our country. The contrast and comparison of that love and respect to what we have now….yeah, we miss you, George Bush.

  2. July 12, 2005

    The Compassionate Conservative

    G. W. Bush – kind to everyone he meets. Has Teddy over for popcorn, hooks up with him on an education bill, effusive with praise for the Senator. Gets Dad to chummy up with Bill, sends Bill on missions; praises Bill’s political prowess.
    G. W. Bush – activist in the civil rights arena, advances the cause of minorities. Speaks Spanish. Appoints women, Blacks and Hispanics to high office, over and over again.
    G. W. Bush – fighter for the environment. Pushes for hybrid and alternative fuel automobiles. Acknowledges climate change and need to be vigilant in this arena. Meets with world leaders on the subject.
    G. W. Bush – activist in the AIDS and HIV campaign; spends billions to fight it. Spends billions in Africa on education, literacy and health issues.
    G. W. Bush – champion of the oppressed; presses his vision of freedom and relief from tyranny in the Mid-East and throughout the world. Calls for reform of the agencies and institutions that would take what was intended for the poor children of the world and divert it to their own use.
    G. W. Bush – defender of the hallowed Constitution of the United States of America and faithful to his oath of office as President.
    G. W. Bush – humble and mindful of his shortcomings, simple in his faith, respectful of the institutions comprising the fabric of American life, from the political and governmental to the social and economic and to the natural and spiritual.
    G. W. Bush – steady and steadfast in his resolve to protect the American people from harm, in whatever form it may take, and to work with the world’s leaders to do the same for their peoples.
    G. W. Bush – the “compassionate conservative.” And John Conyers wants to impeach him? Why are we not surprised?

    Bob Montgomery

    • For these reasons and more not listed, the collectivists have tried (and temporarily succeeded in) ruining the name of a very gracious, warm, classy and dedicated man.

      Heaven only knows where we would be now were it not for GWB’s leadership in the war against terror. If Kerry had won? If Gore had won? I shudder.

      Of course, I disagreed with the president on immigration and spending. But on his signature fight, we knew we were as safe and as protected as our intelligence and military might could make us. For that, he will be remembered by me and by history.

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