Friday, December 19, 2008

Farewell to George Bush

George W. Bush speaks at a campaign rally in 2004.Image via Wikipedia
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.



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7 comments:

karen said...

I'm currently looking for a "Held Hostage" countdown clock when Obama takes office.
Not really, but how would you feel about that?
That's how I feel about your count-down for President Bush's "Days Left in Office" clock. It's disrespectful, but now we're all supposed to hold hands and sing Kumbayah about Obama.

(Just spending the day cranky at each other! ;-) )

brian said...

I think it'd be sad if you got a held hostage countdown clock. Not for me, not for Obama, but for you. But, it's your choice.

As I said in the post, while I've disagreed with Bush's policies, I've never questioned his patriotism and during his time in office, I got on with my life. I saw the countdown timer and thought it was kind of funny. Now that his time is coming to an end, I have allowed myself to think about what it'll be like once a new administration has taken over. And, yes, I am looking forward to it. The clock is not meant as any personal disrespect to President Bush.

And, yes, I would hold your hand and sing kumbayah about Obama. Not really sure what that means though. I'm certainly not one that expects everyone to agree with all of his policies.

You gave me another chuckle with the Obama "Held Hostage" clock, BTW. I actually laughed out loud. I'm not at all cranky at you. I think it'd be great if you gave Obama a chance. But, if you don't, it's not going to do any harm to me. So, I'm not the least bit cranky about that.

karen said...

Absolutely will give him a chance. Hope he does well.
No Kumbayah here, though. Just may find one o' those HH tickers.
;-)

Kansas Bob said...

I was on the Bush train until it jumped the tracks and invaded Iraq. I am thankful for his presidency though.. I feel that it has helped me re-evaluate many of the positions that I have held since I first voted for Reagan in 1980.

I think that Obama will probably do one thing better than Bush.. I think that he will communicate with us more.. I think he will hold regular press conferences.. I think that he will do a better job of communicating his policies and positions to us.

Of course I also think that there will be some of those policies that will make me sad.. I guess time will tell.. it usually does.

Mike said...

Brian, two big laughs: "I want to say that I think George Bush has done the best job he could do."

Also, "Dubya Liberry" :)

Whatever Obama is about (and I'm old enough to be confident he's MOS- more of the same), at least he is familiar with the mother tongue.

karen said...

"at least he is familiar with the mother tongue."

But, apparently, not how many states are in the Union.
;-)

jim said...

Yeah, I will give your President just as much respect as you gave mine