Friday, January 16, 2009

Farewell, President Bush

Last night, we watched President George W. Bush give his farewell address to the nation. President Bush gave a simple, straightforward and heartfelt speech to bid the nation farewell now at the conclusion of his eight-year presidency.

For many people, especially those suffering from BDS (Bush Derangement Syndrome), I imagine that the emotions ran from jubilation to relief that the Bush years were finally ending. I feel sorry for those people who have become so obsessed with the mistakes of the Bush years that they failed to see, and appreciate, the goodness and decency of a man who has spent the last eight years making some of the hardest decisions that ANY president has ever been faced with.

I, for one (and not the only one, by the way), am grateful that, at a time when we needed decisive leadership, this country was blessed to have a man like George W. Bush. In the long view, I believe that history will be kind to President Bush. He has faced and conquered challenges that were as tough as ANY president has faced in the history of our country.

Did President Bush always make the right decision? No, not in this writer's opinion. However, what I admire most about this president was his willingness to do what he thought was RIGHT, even if it was not POPULAR. That quality of leadership is what will, in time, render a favorable view of the Bush presidency.

In closing, I want to personally say thank you to President Bush for eight years of hard work and dedicated leadership of the U.S.A. and the Free World. God bless you, George Bush.

1 comment:

Kristin said...

I believe the presidency to be one of the hardest and least appreciated jobs a man (or maybe someday, a woman) can take. I admire the strength it must take to lead a nation.