I couldn’t agree more with Lee Judge’s 1/20 cartoon. George Bush did keep us safe — no small feat.
None of us can possibly fathom the gravity of being in his shoes on 9/11. While most of us returned to the normalcy of our lives, President Bush could not. No leader in our recent history faced an enemy of this nature. I ask anyone to consider how they would shoulder the daunting responsibility of protecting the greatest nation and leader of the free world against people who continually strive for new ways to deliver evil and hate.
Speaking only for myself, I say thank you, President Bush. As you ushered in a new administration, you handled yourself with such grace, class and dignity. As an American, I am rooting for a successful Obama presidency, but I don’t believe you have to malign another president in the process.
Godspeed to the Bushes and good luck to the Obamas.
The Star’s lead editorial on 1/18 (Opinion, “A legacy diminished by mistakes and arrogance”) was as mean-spirited and rude as the thousands who jeered and mocked President Bush at the inauguration ceremonies Tuesday. It was arrogance on the part of the author of this piece to believe he or she had more knowledge about decisions that were made to guarantee our national security than those whose daily focus had to be on very real threats.
What an enormous burden for Bush to bear to succeed at keeping us safe for eight years, yet be constantly ridiculed by the press for failures that were never solely his. My parents taught me long ago that popular opinion is a poor indicator of wise choices. Thank goodness we had President Bush for eight years and that he never counted his success by his standing in the polls or with the major media. I wish him all the best.