The above video is part 2 of Sean Hannity's exclusive interview with the President. He got to spend time with him in the Oval Office, which is a rare privilege.
I loved hearing Bush talk about how you don't compromise your principles to be popular, and that is something Bush never did. It is an admirable quality demonstrated by Lincoln and Truman, both of whom were criticized while in office but were praised by future generations. I also love how Bush is a great student of history. I too, love studying the presidents and reading and learning about history.
Many are joining the Bush Thank-a-thon, here are some of the highlights:
~~On Tuesday, Mike did an excellent, comprehensive post with a bunch of tributes and memories from other bloggers' posts.Continue to send me your links if you want to participate. Towards the end of the week I plan on doing some comprehensive posts of my own. I'm also going to scan my autographed picture of the president and I, even though it didn't turn out as good as I would've liked ;-).
~~Then, Mike called Bush the Comforter in Chief in this post. He details Bush's compassion for grieving families who have lost loved ones.
~~In Mike's post for today, he talks about how Bush has saved countless lives through foiled terror attacks. Liberals have blamed Bush for anything and everything, but they never mention how there have been no terrorist attacks on U.S. soil since 9/11. Many would argue that the credit for that goes to President George W. Bush.
~~Gayle (who is from Texas) wrote a post welcoming Bush back home to his Crawford Ranch.
~~Rivka does another post where she details Fred Barnes' list of Bush's achievements also, and then adds 5 more of her own.
~~Donald has done 2 posts so far, the first entitled, George W. Bush: Moral Clarity Against Evil. In it, he links to and quotes the exit opinions of Ari Fleischer and others about Bush. I've always loved Ari Fleischer, so its not a surprise that I loved what he had to say:I’ll miss President Bush’s moral clarity. The president’s critics hated his willingness to label things right or wrong, and the press used to bang me around for it, but history will show how right he was.
Shortly after 9/11, the president gave a speech in which he talked about the fight between good and evil, and that good would win. Afterward, I told him I thought he was being simplistic: “There are a lot of shades of gray in this war. I think it’s more nuanced.”
He looked at me and said, “If this isn’t good versus evil, what is?”
Then he reminded me that when Ronald Reagan went to Berlin, he called on Mikhail Gorbachev to “tear down this wall” — not to put a gate in it or to remove some bricks. Mr. Reagan said to tear it all down.
Mr. Bush saw the presidency as the place to call the American people to big challenges — in morally clear terms. As his spokesman, I knew that many people would be uncomfortable with how easily he made such moral judgments. I also knew that many Americans welcomed his tough, direct and unambiguous moral clarity.
I’ll miss that direct talk. In the age of terrorism, the one thing we have to fear more than anything is moral relativism.
When Israel was attacked during the Bush years, the president always stated that Israel had a right to defend itself. After 9/11, he never referred to Israel’s counterattacks as a “cycle of violence.” He understood that when a democracy strikes back against terrorists, it’s not a “cycle.” It’s self-defense.
We haven’t been attacked since 9/11, Libya no longer has nuclear weapons, Syria was stopped from acquiring them, Saddam Hussein is gone, and Iraq is on its way to being a nation that fights terrorism — all on President Bush’s watch. His job approval may now be low, but he should leave office with his head held high. I hope his successors recognize the strength that moral clarity can provide.
Donald's 2nd post is entitled, President Bush to Leave With Dignity and Grace.
~~Ken did a Sunday Commentary Thanking the President, here is an excerpt:It has been comforting to me to know that each night that I lay down on my pillow that because of the principled dedication of President Bush and the sacrifice and equal dedication of the troops that he led as Commander in Chief protected this Nation from harm and that while he and the heroes he led and served were on watch nothing or no one would again attack us.Ken also posted the video of Bush at Ground Zero after 9/11.
Yet I also knew that this relentless enemy continued to seek opportunity too attack America and kill Americans. But President Bush stood fast and with our troops on the front line both he and they said, "not on my watch," and This Nation is better for it. And because of that sincere dedication we owe both President Bush and our troops a debt of gratitude that we can never repay.
Their love for this country and respect for their Commander in Chief has defended our freedom and strengthened the cause of liberty both here and abroad. And while our troops deserve praise for their sacrifice and tremendous accomplishments in defense of our Nation, President Bush deserves like praise in his ability to stand firm when others would have fallen. To hold fast when others would have let go and to continue to fight when his detractors and opposition said to surrender.
His belief in freedom and it being a gift to mankind from God drove him to stand when political opposition and polls would have caused a less principled man to yield to save his popularity. He understood that to lead one does not necessarily remain popular and chose rather to sacrifice that popularity in order to make the decisions and actions needed to protect this Nation.
For this dedication he has been condemned because he refused to yield. His love for this country and his belief in its greatness were far more important than good poll numbers or the praise of the media. History will vindicate him for this dedication and this Nation remains free and strong because of that same dedication.
While the politically correct look forward to January 20 when President Bush will peacefully transfer to his successor the Presidency in one of the greatest traditions of our Republic, this conservative and millions like me will miss him when he leaves office. President Bush deserves our thanks for what he has done and his many accomplishments. He deserves our respect for his principled steadfastness in the face of undue opposition.
Thank you Mr. President for keeping us safe. Thank you Mr. President for putting our country first. Thank you Mr. President for standing true and strong. Thank you Mr. President for your leadership and dedication. Thank you Mr. President for being who you are and for being the right man at the right time for our Nation. Thank you Mr. President !