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Each day is a treat but Wednesday is one of the more popular. ‘Whack job Thursday’ is a close 2nd. You see, Wednesday is ‘W’ appreciation day. Everyone who calls on that day has to begin their rant or comment by saying something good about President George W. Bush. If they don’t they just might hear a dial tone. ‘Lefties’ as PC calls them squirm a bit but eventually muster out, oh, something insignificant like “ok, he’s kept us safe for 7 ½ years”. Undoubtedly the next word is always ‘but’ and they back peddle like crazy to undo the truth that’s so foreign to their lips. The rest of the callers always seem to give heartfelt insight as they praise a man whom they’ve never met but who has touched their lives in such a personal way.
George Bush is not perfect but it is in that imperfection we find his deep caring, humbleness, courage to stand and willingness to serve. There is something so wonderfully human about George Bush that we all can identify with; we have cried with him, laughed with him, worked and stood with him, raised mighty fists united with him against the tyranny that would destroy us. We have prayed with him and believed in the goodness of mankind and the power in truth and right. These are things we did as imperfect people because one man cared enough to stand. Everyday should ‘W’ appreciation day but for now I look forward to Wednesdays.
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Thank You President Bush
How might history judge our 43rd President? Give it 20 years and it will be with thanks, respect, and gratitude. Those against George Bush, may have their “one liners” with no valid informational backing, but where will they be in 20 years? Maybe thinking about how good they had it back just 20 years ago. Now of course they would never give President Bush credit, but does anyone who reads “the big book of Bushisms” have anything good to say?
History will be kind to our 43rd President just as it was to our 40th President Ronald Reagan. Famous for “tear down that wall” and a prosperous economy President Reagan was also judged under a high powered microscope. It wasn’t until the end of Reagan’s presidency that his approvals ratings pushed 63+ matching and exceeding that of John F. Kennedy.
Job’s were created, not lost under the Bush administration, taxes were cut, and the DOW Jones hit an all time high of 14,164 points.
The day after Obama was inaugurated the stock market declined 330 points. Quite the CHANGE.
To this I say Thank you President Bush
I always wondered why the press would hound George Bush so on whether or not “he made any mistakes.” They seemed relentless and used every trick in the book to trip him up, yet he wouldn’t say. In his exit he did acknowledge a few but they still seem to need more. Perhaps to validate some perceived failings while they begrudgingly throw some credit his way. Maybe they can’t concieve of a man who would stay so steadfast and unmovable on what he believes is right. Those kinds of morals tend to drive the liberal left nuts.
The truth of the matter may be pretty simple and way too boring for this elitist pack of wolves. Bush was right. He wasn’t backing down from his convictions regardless of how wrong it all seemed at the time.
Just look at his accomplishments that were at one time called mistakes.
Iraq–I believe they just voted for the 2nd time and all the smart people are saying we Won!
Tax Cuts– If you’re in the 10% range would you like to be in the 15%? You will be if they go away.
No child left behind– Scores are up and finally there are consequences for failing schools.
52 weeks of uninterrupted job growth–Not bad considering he inherited a recession from Clinton and had Sept.11th to deal with.
Still the media is not satisfied and would like you to be unsettled as well. You shouldn’t have this love and admiration for a man who doesn’t speak well, who gets dirt under his finger nails on a ‘ranch’; who is this man to connect to the common folk? You people are suppose to believe everything we shovel your way. He’s made mistakes by God and we’re either going to expose them or just make them up! and don’t you dare question us!
Perhaps Obama should’ve ‘watched some film’ on Bush like a football team does BEFORE the big game. He may have seen the tendencies of a confident,courageous man standing by his convictions and that the cold bitter winds of favor are harshest when you turn your head around. He might have picked up on the stoic way in which a leader leads without regard to the rabid fanatics on every side. Doing your laundry in public is not such a great idea and it won’t cleanse you in the eyes of the great unwashed. It creates weakness and weakness creates fear. Enemies see that, opponents smell it. Defeat is the end result.
Only two weeks in and Obama is starting to look unfit, not up to the task at hand, 2nd string at best. Not good when you’re the leader of the free world.
If Obama is to succeed he’d be wise to look at what his predecessor has done and quitely imitate him. Take the ball and make good decisions, move down field. Penalties will stop any drive so play inside yourself. You haven’t won the game yet, you haven’t even scored. It’s a long hard game with no trophies in the end, barely a pat on the back. It’s the same enemies and wolves you face as Bush did. It’s 2nd down and 20 now.
This is where the playbook gets a little thin.
Something’s happening in our great country. Jobs are being lost; businesses are closing or cutting back. Huge companies that seemingly could never fail announce layoffs, shutdowns or bankruptcy. Just a short time ago it seemed as if you barely put a house for sale sign in the yard and two bids would come at you to buy. Cups of coffee were dressed up with creams and exotic flavors and sold for $ 8.00 bucks. Companies were reporting record sales every quarter; start up businesses had a relatively easy time of getting up and going. Consumers consumed and life was good. Take a look at how things have changed.
Levitz ( est.1910) – gone
Ann Taylor closing 117 stores
Fashion Bug, Lane Bryant and Catherine’s closing 150 stores
Eddie Bauer closing 27 stores
J Jill and Pacific Sunwear-gone
Gap closing 85 stores
Footlocker closing 140 stores (more in Jan)
Zales closing 82 stores
Disney closing 98 stores ( more to come )
Home Depot closing 15 stores
Sprint/Nextel closing 133 stores
Pep Boys closing 33 stores
Macys closing 9 stores
KB Toys closing 356 stores
Starbucks 600 and counting
This is only a partial list of course and I didn’t even want to attempt to list the problems with the Aig’s , Freddie Macs and car companies of the world etc. etc. It’s too easy to list them anyway and then assign the blame to greedy CEO’s with their corporate jets and golden parachutes. No I am shocked and dismayed by the names on the list that I grew up with. It’s inconceivable to me that they’ve sunk so low.
There is however a silver lining. There’s a company that is growing by leaps and bounds. This outfit is taking in cash hand over fist and shows no ill effect from the economy. While Levitz obviously couldn’t keep up and Macys, give me a break, they wouldn’t know how to handle a business if you shouted out the formula and had a ‘PARADE’. No this little beauty I’m talking about has got a niche you won’t believe. They really don’t produce anything, they have no products but man are they fierce with the competition. You can’t beat their prices and they have no advertising costs. Shoot they even have their overhead paid for by other companies and the people who work for them. About the only downside I see is that they are not listed on the stock exchange. Oh they’re in it knee deep and have several ‘seats on the floor’ which is usually reserved for the big boys who actually are listed. Maybe someday they let some of us in. We might all be able to ‘share’ some of this prosperity but this company is a little funny about that. It’s a very lock tight organization that doesn’t allow for outsiders to get too much. If they did then some would move up in the company and possibly threaten the top CEO’S and then of course the ones stuck at the bottom would be left out.
This company wasn’t always this big though. They did at one time have to plan and struggle while budgeting and watching costs. For awhile they even gave modest breaks to the other companies and let the competition take care of itself. Back in 2001 and 2003 they even increased those breaks and boy the other companies took off. Everybody was doing so well and even this little niche business set sail with record increases. Those were some good times, I guess though since business is so cut throat they couldn’t let it go on forever.
So for now if you work at Pep Boys or the Piercing Pagoda it might get a little rough. But cheer up maybe you can get in to this great gig, who knows. Why don’t we meet at Starbucks later for some coffee and talk about it. I don’t have $8.00 bucks right now so I’ll just have to take mine black.
A Charge to Keep begins with Bush’s early childhood in Texas, and the remarkable story of how he personally discovered his father’s first oil well in the Perm Basin by devising a simplified scent technique to smell surface fossil fuel particles in the dessert. In addition to providing the Bush family with it’s first oil fortune, this discovery landed the youthful Bush a Nobel prize making him the youngest recipient ever of the world’s most prestigious award.
The book also openly discusses Bush’s business successes and failures.
His sense of humor and strong faith can be found throughout the book. Many individuals fail to realize what a compassionate, caring, christian man President Bush is. This book lets you into the presidents life during the election. A recommended reading for all those thankful for President Bush.
We have all shown our appreciation to President George W. Bush through signing his Thank you letter. For those wishing to extend their appreciation we now have stickers available for a 2.00 donation. All proceeds go directly to helping our letter make it all the way to the George Bush Presidential Library & Museum.
Thank you in advance for all your help. We know you will be proud to drive around and show off your appreciation for George W. Bush.
I like games, especially trivia. Although I’m not smarter than a fifth grader, usually I do pretty well. In watching quiz shows I find myself casually giving out the answers much to the amazement of my kids. Sometimes it’s an educated guess because of the clue and other times my brain pulls it out of some dusty part of my head labeled ‘useless facts needed for diploma’. I will admit however many times I have no idea. I may know the end result or maybe the question is familiar but the answer eludes me. So I make something up that sounds plausible and do my best to sound confident.
My kids never seem to catch on. I believe the same can be said for John Q. Public in regards to President Bush and the many things he’s accomplished. Sadly we recite things like “Bush is stupid” not even knowing why. But did you know he has an IQ of 125. The average IQ by definition is 100. Mr. Bush also scored higher than John Kerry at Yale. Kerry himself apparently believed Bush was stupid too. In April 2004, he was quoted in Newsweek as saying, “I can’t believe I am losing to this idiot.” There are many examples of misinformation concerning George Bush and too many people are reciting incorrect facts. So I thought I’d expound on a few of his accomplishments and perhaps you’ll amaze your kids or friends at the next trivia party.
President Bush set aside more marine wildlife sanctuaries than any other man in history. 195,280 square miles containing some of the most ecologically rich marine life is now protected for example. This does not include a large area he also set aside off the Hawaiian Islands. Green Peace says thank you.
His approval rating in Africa is 80%. In Africa, Bush is a full-fledged hero after quietly tripling aid to the continent during his presidency. No other president has even come close to this in terms of dollars but even more impressive is that his compassion is directly responsible to the saving of more than 10,000,000 lives.
In Iraq and Afghanistan Bush liberated over 50 million people, disbanded the Taliban, knocked out Saddam Hussein’s supposed well trained army in a matter of a month. With the stunning effectiveness the terrorist Al Qaeda switched tactics to suicide bombers and roadside explosives. Bush listened to his field commanders and ordered a surge. This drew great criticism and worldwide doubt. The media pounded him, politicians jumped in with both feet. Harry Reid said “the war is lost.” Hilary Clinton called General Petraeus a liar. The Washington Post ran an ad from Move On that read ‘General Betray Us’. Bush held firm and was proven right. The surge worked and now even more progress is being made on the building of schools, roads and other infrastructure. Grudgingly even left wing papers and news outlets admit the terrorist network is crippled and fleeing. What perhaps is most impressive is that in January 2005 millions of Iraqis turned out to vote freely for who and what they chose. This truly was a bench mark for the world to see and even the Washington Post had to admit it was a victory for President Bush.
Elsewhere in the world Bush improved relations with North Korea and stopped their nuclear threat, Iran with all their saber rattling too is quieting down. Relations with India have greatly flourished with the signing of a landmark deal allowing for the sale of civilian nuclear technology to them. Relations with China have improved vastly under Bush and both countries have grown economically as a result. He disarmed Libya of its nuclear, chemical and biological wmd’s without firing a shot and incidentally Libya has finally paid restitution for the bombing of flight 103 in 1988. All under George Bush’s watch.
For the environment George Bush has been a leader. He killed the Kyoto treaty which to many is not good but in reality the initiative would have crippled the economy of U.S. Undaunted he established a 10,000,000 dollar grant to promote private conservation initiatives. He eased field testing controls on genetically engineered crops. Changed parts of the Forestry Management Act to allow necessary cleanup of the national forests in order to reduce fire danger. Restricted judicial challenges (based on the Endangered Species Act and other challenges), and removed the need for an Environmental Impact Statement before removing fuels/logging to reduce fire danger. Stopped Clintons CO2 rules that were cutting off electricity surplus to California. Provided matching grants for state programs that help private landowners protect rare species. Oh and just as an aside, President Bush’s own ranch in Crawford Texas is by far more energy efficient with more eco friendly ‘green’ features than even the green champ himself, Al Gore. While Al’s house uses 20 times more fossil fuel in a month than the average home does in a year. The Bush home uses NO fossil fuel at all utilizing geo thermal heated water that is recycled from rain water off the roof. Bush is truly a leader by example and not in words only.
Mr. Bush has also put through three pay raises for the military increasing it by more than 1 billion per year. Withdrawn troops from Bosnia, Germany and the Korean DMZ. Prohibited the putting U.S. troops under U.N. command. Ordered renovation of military housing and modernization. More than 76,000 homes have gone through the upgrade. Earmarked at least 20% of the military budget for research and development of future weaponry.
At home Bush has implemented tax cuts in 2001 and 2003 that have greatly benefitted all people across the board. Not just the wealthy as some would have you believe. One study shows this scenario if the tax cuts were to expire or be done away with;
Tax rates will rise substantially in each tax bracket, some by 450 basis points;
Low-income taxpayers will see the 10-percent tax bracket disappear, and they will have to pay taxes at the 15-percent rate;
Married taxpayers will see the marriage penalty return;
Taxpayers with children will lose 50 percent of their child tax credits;
Taxes on dividends will increase beginning on January 1, 2009;
Taxes on capital gains will increase, also beginning on January 1, 2009; and
Federal death taxes will come back to life in 2011, after fading down to nothing in 2010.
Facts thanks to William W. Beach and Rea S. Hederman, Jr.
Bush also signed Medicare reform which includes prescription drug benefits and a 10 year privatization option. Prior to this reform, Medicare paid for extended hospital stays for ulcer surgery, for example, at a cost of about $28,000 per patient. Yet Medicare would not pay for the drugs that eliminate the cause of most ulcers, drugs that cost about $500 a year. Now, drug coverage under Medicare will allow seniors to replace more expensive surgeries and hospitalizations with less expensive prescription medicine. New Health Savings Accounts: Effective January 1, 2004, Americans can set aside up to $4,500 every year, tax free, to save for medical expenses. Depending on your tax bracket, that means you’ll save between 10 to 35 percent on any costs covered by money in your account. Every year, the money not spent would stay in the account and gain interest tax-free, just like an IRA. These accounts will be good for small business owners, and employees. More businesses can focus on covering workers for major medical problems, such as hospitalization for an injury or illness. At the same time, employees and their families will use these accounts to cover doctor’s visits, or lab tests, or other smaller costs. Some employers will contribute to employee health accounts. This will help more American families get the health care they need at the price they can afford.
More on his list include No Child Left Behind that hold children and schools accountable for certain learning benchmarks. The consolidation of more than 20 departments down to one which is Homeland Security, vastly streamlining response to emergencies and terrorist threats while eliminating bureaucracy. Faith based initiatives programs and grants. Strengthened the 2nd amendment by notifying the Supreme Court that the U.S. Governments position is to support INDIVIDUALS rights to own fire arms.
These are just a few of the things most people don’t associate with the name George W. Bush. In reality you can’t blame them. None of these accomplishments were put out there as front page news and it isn’t discussed at the water cooler much I’m sure. One thing that can’t be denied is that since Sept. 11th 2001 we haven’t had another terrorist attack on our soil and despite the economic downturn now, we had 52 months of uninterrupted job growth and prosperity after he led us out of a recession he inherited from Clinton. All in all we have a lot that we can look back on and thank George Bush for and perhaps now we can credit him for being a little smarter at least than a 5th grader.
President Bush has touched so many of our lives in many ways. Citizens Profile takes you into those lives.
Elections have always been a big deal to me, but the election that took place between Al Gore and George W. Bush was one that I will always remember. Sure, like everyone, because of the “hanging chads” but for me that election took on a new meaning. I am a Republican but I truly look at the candidates as individuals in a race. I totally connected with the faith of George W. I spent much time in prayer about the outcome and at the time I didn’t really understand why this election had put me on my knees.
One day after spending some quiet time in my room, I came out to find my daughter Heidi ( who was seven) sitting at her desk with a picture she was coloring. “Wow”, I commented, “that guy has some really big arms and hands”. Without looking up she said, “He has big arms and hands because he has a big job.” “Really,..who is it?” I asked. She took her crayon and wrote over his head ….Jorj W. Bush. I laughed at the spelling but my heart was drawn to the intensity of her voice. As if she had some understanding at seven about what was soon to happen. 911
When you are a single mom, you feel the weight of the world is on your shoulders to be able to wear all the hats that it requires to get four kids to school, dance, church, games, help with homework, provide a home, food, clothes and not to mention entertainment. After 911 I was also concerned about the safety of our schools, malls, even churches with terrorist here on our soil. It was overwhelming to watch that plane fly into the second tower and the pain our nation felt for the families. I watched the coverage with a sickness in my heart, but when our President, George W. Bush spoke to the nation that night, I saw that he too was in pain, but what I really saw was a man that had big arms and big hands because he had a really big job to do.
As the years past by and we got further away from 911, I think it was easy for us to forget the terror that we felt that day. With every speech, every state of the union address our President Bush reminded the terrorist and the nations that gave them shelter that we would not falter or fail in our quest to get them.
Nothing can bring that to life for you like having your beautiful daughter come to you and say, “Mom, I think I am going to join the Marines.” In my mind, I’m thinking, “Are you nuts… join the Peace Corp.. anything but the Marines.” But with my mouth, I say, “Why do you want to join the Marines?” Her answer was quick, ” I really believe that God is calling me to do it”. I can only say that it is at time like that, you know, that it means everything to have a Commander in Chief who is in touch with the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. On January 23, 2007, I said good bye to my beautiful Marine as she was getting on a plane bound for Iraq. She was a Lance Corp when she left and received a NAM award while she was there for enhancing the security at Camp Fallujah by revamping the system for securing badges on base. She was assigned to a Lioness team while in Iraq. This is a group of female Marines who go out on a mission with the male Marines. On February 11, 2008 I watched her get off the bus at Camp Le Jeune, NC, and run into the arms of her fiance Marine Staff Sargent Ross Wafler, who also has served two tours in Iraq. Yes, I still thank God every day that we had a President that knew what he was doing when he made the call to go after the terrorist. He knows the value of the lives that go to war and the price they pay for us to live in peace. President Bush was called for such a time as this.
That’s my story. I am a Registered Nurse and work as a Complex Discharge Planner for the Medical Center of Central Georgia. I live in Warner Robins, Georgia. My oldest child is Brittani 27, a school teacher in Melborne, Fla married to Clayton Bluhm, an engineer with Northrop. They have a two year old, Xander, who of course has my heart. Caleb is my son, 23 who teaches guitar to about 30 children, and loves playing praise and worship music at church.
Sidni is my Marine 22 and is working to make SGT in the Marine Corp in March. She and Ross were married in April when she returned home from Iraq. Ross has a seven year old son Aaron who is my awesome grandson. Heidi is my 15 year old in her first year of high school. She is the artist. The last eight years were difficult at times for our family and for many families across the country, There are thousands of stories out there yet to be told, but as for me and my house, we have been able to sleep at night knowing that with W. in the White House, we were safe from terrorist at our house.
SGT Christopher Cain
I had the pleasure of meeting President Bush in Charleston WV in February of 2001.
I had accompanied MSG David Eshbaugh (we all called him Esh for short), whom I served with at the 167th Airlift Wing in Martinsburg WV, to the Presidential Visit to Yeager Field. MSG Eshbaugh greeted President Bush at the stairs of Air Force One (the smaller one, they can’t land a 747 at Yeager Field).
Prior to our visit, MSG Eshbaugh and the members of the Audio/Visual crew had made up a framed and matted photograph for the President of his Basic Training Graduation back in 1968. Then Airman Eshbaugh and Airman Bush shared the same dorm at Lackland AFB in San Antonio Texas. MSG Eshbaugh had told me of several conversations he had with Airman Bush back then. See, as I understand it, early in his military career, President Bush was in a leadership position. From the stories I’ve heard from MSG Eshbaugh, the then Airman Bush was his dorm chief.
One day, according to MSG Eshbaugh, he was growing weary of basic training and wanted to call it quits. Airman Bush sat him down and explained to him what a mistake that would be and said that the flight will need him. He told him he was a valuable member of a team and that he wished Esh would reconsider. Of course, Esh did and the rest is history.
We got on the C-130 in Martinsburg and flew some 45 minutes and landed in Charleston, where we witnessed his speech and later met him.
I found this excerpt of the Presidential visit to Charleston on the White House website.
President Bush: “Finally, I don’t want to embarrass the fellow, but I’m going to. In 1968, July of ’68, I was stationed in Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.”
Audience Member: “Hooah.” (Laughter.)
President Bush: “You don’t sound old enough to have been there.”
After he spoke, we got to meet the President back stage. This is when I got to shake his hand. You know, the man has a certain presence that can’t be described in words. Esh presented him with the picture. I remember President Bush was so grateful. I thought, here he is, the leader of the free world and he still has time to meet and talk to old friends.
President Bush took MSG Eshbaugh’s hand to shake it. He leaned into Esh and said “You know Esh, sometimes I wish I had stayed in and made a career out of the Air Force”. Esh, with his dry sense of humor looked at President Bush with a straight face and said “Just think Mr. President, by now, you too could be a Master Sergeant.”
The room erupted with laughter. President Bush shook his head and he laughed out loud.
What an experience! I not only got to meet “the boss” but, I found out he was a regular guy at heart.
This was of course, prior to September 11th.
After September 11th I was deployed to Iraq as a Medic. After my service, I returned to the US and went back to work at the Unit. I then transferred my Enlistment to the Army National Guard where I continued to support the War on Terror. In Aug of 2007 I had a heart attack while training which ended my Military Career.
Why am I thankful to President Bush? I am so thankful that we had a man with the vision and fortitude to see our country through it’s darkest hour. I am thankful that he conveyed the kind of leadership that inspired many like myself to go forth and serve this great nation in these troubled times. You know, I’ve heard many people in the media and what not, talk down about President Bush. I NEVER bought into the media hype. It use to really irritate me when the media would talk down about him. I guess I’m a little biased, I saw the man, I shook his hand and looked into his eyes and saw not a Republican or a Democrat, I saw a man who had this Nation’s best interest truly at heart. Given the fact that we are still living in a Nation that is Free in the light of a War brought to these shores by those who would like to see our Nation die, and the fact that we are winning the War on Terror, speaks volumes of the leadership President Bush gave to this country.
Well we could go either way with this premise. Either President Bush seeing grave danger and mounting problems moved with decisive action to house “enemy combatants”. Seeing the need for gleaning necessary information out these ruthless people he had Guantanamo Bay (Gitmo) set up in 2001. This facility was to house not just your everyday purse snatchers, no, these folks were caught out in the battle field with things like machine guns, IED’s, (improvised explosive devices) rocket launchers, laptops filled with plans, contacts, future moves, etc. All these wonderful little gadgets were pointed at our military. Your sons and daughters mind you. One other caveat no one seems to think of is that these “terrorist’s” wear no distinguishable uniform. You can’t tell an Al Qaeda member from the local merchant. They blend and move in and out of innocent civilians with ease. That’s a huge problem these cowards have presented. That’s a huge problem that needed action. Who moved?
The other way we could go would be to listen to “every wind of doctrine” and bend with the strongest gales. Across the nation and throughout the world lone calls of closing Gitmo and cat calls of mistreatment started soon after it’s establishment. At first these railings weren’t received very well. People of the world hadn’t yet been treated to their daily diet of death, destruction, and mayhem. Provided by the media and all Bush’s fault of course. Then as the glare of the spotlight focused and liberal left groups cried all the louder for “human rights”, one by one politicians began to cave. Not willing to stand up for our own military men and womens rights they bowed to donors and extremist’s. Problems did arise, funny that seems to happen both in war and peace times, instead of handling them, prosecuting the wrong doers and moving on, the liberal left used it to beat down and grind their goals into the American psyche. Polls were thrown at us almost daily and our weak elected leaders on the left and some on the right saw this as a possible problem in their re-election plans. A few did not. (see above paragraph ). Obama ran his platform on many promises, one of which was to immediately close Gitmo on day one. Regardless of valuable information we get that saves Americans, never mind that no one else in the world wants these guys. Save John Murtha, Democratic Congressman from Pennsylvania. Isn’t he the guy that said our troops were murderders and rapists? I wonder how the citizens of PA feel about him aswaging his guilt this way (maybe I give him to much credit for having guilt-that would indicate a conscious). Well now Obama has closed Gitmo with a mighty stroke of his majestic pen. Not right away mind you, lets wait a year then that’s it. Absolutely closing, just not right away, let’s wait a year see what happens and then Gitmo is no more, maybe. Period. Now I ask you. Who moved?
Did the man who stood fast in the face of fierce opposition and a brutal media who exaggerated Abu Ghraib as the ultimate sin that we’ll never live down. That man who saw the need for Americas protection as his foremost calling regardless of the polls. The man who stood for and with the troops at every turn. Was it that man.
Or was it the man who ran on a platform of change and with that turned away from real decisions and hard policy on day two of his administration. Appeasing those who would let American troops be less safe. They have to worry about “terrorists rights” with every door they bust open to find the bad guys and rid this evil off of the battle field.
Which man moved? They both did. One by his convictions, the other by the wind.
First Lady Laura Lane Welch Bush, perhaps we’re not all familiar with her full name nor do we all know of all her accomplishments and great tasks she’s undertaken these last eight years and even before. We all however ( or at least 87% according to some polls ) simply adore her and attribute to her such accolades as “classy”, “lovely”, and “a wonderful lady”. So often in politics all we find are phony people who seem to say and do the right things. Never do you see their hair out of place and they always wear the most fashionable clothing not because they honor the position but it’s what one does when one is in certain circles. Not so Laura. Mrs. Bush is definitely genuine, authentic and so good hearted.
To watch her on TV even if in the background of the President you find yourself impressed with her smile and demeanor. On the rare occasions we’ve seen her in an interview we’re glued to the screen much like that commercial years ago where people would stop in their tracks to watch Michael Jordan dazzle the opponent and take a 30 foot jumper. No slam dunk but dazzling just the same, Laura Bush has captured the American peoples love and admiration. No first lady in recent memory invokes such warm thoughts or inspiring visions of “I can do”.
Mrs. Bush has been busy these last eight years and her list of accomplishments is impressive. Bursting on the scene by being the keynote speaker for the 2000 National Republican convention she gained national attention. Her hallmark interests in education and literacy were evidenced by her establishing the annual National Book Festival in 2001. This push has not stopped at the waters edge as she has spread this message worldwide. Laura has also advanced causes for women. The Heart Truth and Susan G. Komen for the cure. She has represented the United States abroad and focused heavily on HIV/AIDS and malaria awareness. In October 2002, she was honored by the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity for her work in promoting education. The American Library Association honored her for the support she gave to Librarians and America’s libraries in 2005. She also received an award in honor of her work to improve living conditions and education of children around the world from the Kuwait-American Foundation in March of 06. The Nichols-Chancellors Medal on behalf of disaster relief workers around the world in May of 06 from the Vanderbilt University. She was also awarded the 2008 Christian Freedom International Freedom Award. She helped launch the National Anthem Project and in her time as First Lady she was named the Honorary Ambassador for the United Nations Decade of Literacy. Not satisfied with just the title she held a world wide conference later that year to promote the cause. Also Laura has had three learning institutions named for her work. Laura Welch Bush Elementary School in Houston Texas, the Laura W. Bush Elementary School near Austin, Texas and the Laura Bush Education Center at Camp Bondsteel, a U.S. military base in Kosovo. It has been obvious where her hearts passion lives. From heart disease to breast cancer and to the children everywhere in the world, Laura Bush has given much effort and stood on the front lines of compassion and hope.
Perhaps she’s captured some hearts with her candor and unwavering love and respect for her husband, her president. When President Bush declared “bring it on” in response to a reporter who asked about the terrorist and possible retaliation. Laura chided the President and let him know that was not the best thing to say. President Bush to his credit acknowledged the reproof and agreed it was not right. She was no less quick to voice her opinion and support when others would question the countries President. When Fox News’ Chris Wallace asked in 2006 why the American people are beginning to lose confidence in President Bush she replied. “Well I don’t think they are. And I don’t really believe those polls.” I travel around the country, I see people, I see their response to my husband, I see their response to me. There are a lot of difficult challenges right now in the United States. All of those decisions that the President has to make surrounding each one of these very difficult challenges are hard. They’re hard decisions to make. And of course some people are unhappy about what some of those decisions are. But I think people know that he is doing what he thinks is right for the United States, and that is to protect them. When his polls were really high they weren’t on the front page.”
Laura Bush is quite the lady, the ambassador, wife, leader and gracious human being. She has represented the American spirit and indeed given it strength. I may not have captured all her essence in this post but I’m sure I’ve got it just about right when I say. ” We the American people say Thank You, we love you, you are God’s Best.”