You may have noticed my countdown clock on the left side of the page- counting down the days until George W. Bush leaves the office of the Presidency. Many people are happy to see him go. And I will not deny counting myself among that number. An Iraqi reporter threw a shoe at him. Some have thrown virtual shoes at him in the way of blog posts. I got an email a couple of days ago suggesting we mail old shoes to the George W. Bush Presidential Library at SMU. Well, I'm not going to throw a shoe at President Bush- virtual, real or by the way of the U.S. mail.
I want to say that I think George Bush has done the best job he could do. I think he is a very sincere man who sought the Presidency so that he could improve America. I believe he did the things he did while in office out of a sincere desire to do what was best for the country. While we disagree on whether the means he chose were justified by the ends he sought, I do not question his patriotism and I have no desire to throw anything at the man.
While he was in office, I was one of George W. Bush's most vocal opponents. About the only thing I can remember agreeing on with him policy-wise was providing aid to Africa for AIDS. That is one truly remarkable thing he did while in office. But, as much as I might disagree with him on policy, I respect him as a human being and I respect his willingness to take on the toughest job in the world. I wish the man a happy retirement from the job of President and hope that whatever he undertakes next is very successful for him.