I didn’t get a chance to watch President Bush’s farewell address live, but have since watched the video and read the transcript of his final address to our nation.  While I haven’t always agreed with his policies, especially some of the things that he did in his second, I am thankful for his service.

  • He has kept us safe, no one can deny that we have not had another attack since 9/11.
  • I’m appreciative of his Faith and Community Based Initiative which the ministry I work for has benefited from.
  • His position on life enacting policies that helped protect the pre-born which mainly revolved around funding, but he also signed the Partial Birth Abortion Act into law and has used his bully pulpit to promote life.
  • Tax cuts – I’m proof that the middle class did indeed benefit from them.
  • Taking the fight to the terrorists which is one reason why I believe we haven’t been attacked on the homeland.
  • The respect he commanded from the military – when ever you watch videos of him with the troops you can see they love him.  I would hope that our next Commander-in-Chief would earn the same respect.  They will always respect the Commander-in-Chief, because it is their duty to do so, but will they love President-Elect Obama like they did President Bush?  Time will tell.  By the way, I’m not claiming that everybody in the military loves President Bush, but he has connected with them well.
  • He has done much to pave the way forward with the War on Terror.
  • Also his promotion of  abstinence education.
  • Principled, rather than political, leadership.

I’m sure there’s more, but those are things that immediately come to mind.  I didn’t agree with him on No Child Left Behind (for different reasons than the left), some, not all, aspects of the Patriot Act, illegal immigration, not making changes in Iraq sooner, and most recently the bailout.  I don’t like how spending was increased and the size of Government increased under his watch.

With all of that, however, I do believe that President Bush was the right man to be at the helm when 9/11 occurred.  I am thankful for his service.  I am appreciative of the class and grace he has shown when being constantly attacked.  I am impressed with how he is handling this transition.

So thank you President Bush for eight years of service to our nation.  I pray that God will bless you and Mrs. Bush in this next stage of your life.

23 comments
  1. Let’s see. Bush’s legacy is one of torture of prisoners, in violation of United States law. He authorized wiretaps on American citizens, in violation of the law at that time. He vetoed legislation that would have provided health care to more poor children. His justice department sought out political opponents for prosecution, for example, Alabama Governor Siegelman, just because they were Democrats. Poverty has increased, and the number of abortions leveled off after several straight years of declines under President Clinton.

    And his faith based initiatives? According to Mr. Kuo, it was nothing more than a political gambit.

    I would hope that someone who claims to be “passionate about Jesus” would think through the principles that He taught us. If you do that, there’s no way you can praise President Bush.

  2. Let’s see. Bush’s legacy is one of torture of prisoners, in violation of United States law. He authorized wiretaps on American citizens, in violation of the law at that time. He vetoed legislation that would have provided health care to more poor children. His justice department sought out political opponents for prosecution, for example, Alabama Governor Siegelman, just because they were Democrats. Poverty has increased, and the number of abortions leveled off after several straight years of declines under President Clinton.

    And his faith based initiatives? According to Mr. Kuo, it was nothing more than a political gambit.

    I would hope that someone who claims to be “passionate about Jesus” would think through the principles that He taught us. If you do that, there’s no way you can praise President Bush.

  3. Shane, you are a self-righteous bonehead. Stop smelling your own farts and come back into the real world. President Bush is a miserable failure and blew the good will of the entire world in the aftermath of 911.

  4. Shane, you are a self-righteous bonehead. Stop smelling your own farts and come back into the real world. President Bush is a miserable failure and blew the good will of the entire world in the aftermath of 911.

  5. @Nephos – thanks for the comment
    @AndyC – very true especially considering a couple of the other comments for this post.
    @neighhay – yes, and God bless President-Elect Obama and his family as well. I do want him to succeed for the good of the country.
    @iowaguy – let’s see Abu Ghrab (sp?) was not authorized. Waterboarding is not done anymore, but was proven to be effective in a couple high-level terrorists it was used (and is disputed as to whether or not it is torture, but certainly isn’t pleasant). By the way – I am against torture as well. If actual torture was sanctioned by the Bush administration I will be just as critical. Unfortunately much of what the left calls torture is not.
    SCHIP bill was full of pork, on top of being a bad bill. Political appointees serve at the pleasure of the President, President Clinton replaced many, many people from the previous administration, but the left didn’t say a word about that. Our current economic mess is complex and has many to blame. Your “fact” about the abortions is just wrong. David Kuo is just one man and since when is his opinion “golden”? Much good has been done through CFBI.

    @TheDemoMemo – people who leave comments like what you just did lose the right, if there should even be a right, to call people boneheads.

  6. @Nephos – thanks for the comment
    @AndyC – very true especially considering a couple of the other comments for this post.
    @neighhay – yes, and God bless President-Elect Obama and his family as well. I do want him to succeed for the good of the country.
    @iowaguy – let’s see Abu Ghrab (sp?) was not authorized. Waterboarding is not done anymore, but was proven to be effective in a couple high-level terrorists it was used (and is disputed as to whether or not it is torture, but certainly isn’t pleasant). By the way – I am against torture as well. If actual torture was sanctioned by the Bush administration I will be just as critical. Unfortunately much of what the left calls torture is not.
    SCHIP bill was full of pork, on top of being a bad bill. Political appointees serve at the pleasure of the President, President Clinton replaced many, many people from the previous administration, but the left didn’t say a word about that. Our current economic mess is complex and has many to blame. Your “fact” about the abortions is just wrong. David Kuo is just one man and since when is his opinion “golden”? Much good has been done through CFBI.

    @TheDemoMemo – people who leave comments like what you just did lose the right, if there should even be a right, to call people boneheads.

  7. Did you know that Congress repealed the lifetime protection privlege of ex-presidents? That is absolutly insane!!! As it stands, George W. Bush will only get 10 years after leaving office, Clinton is the last one grandfathered into the lifetime protection. Yes, thank you President Bush for keeping our country from another attack. Let’s hope that congress will come to it’s senses before The security detail for George W. Bush expires.

  8. Did you know that Congress repealed the lifetime protection privlege of ex-presidents? That is absolutly insane!!! As it stands, George W. Bush will only get 10 years after leaving office, Clinton is the last one grandfathered into the lifetime protection. Yes, thank you President Bush for keeping our country from another attack. Let’s hope that congress will come to it’s senses before The security detail for George W. Bush expires.

  9. Yes I did. I didn’t think Clinton got lifetime protection either. That is mainly due to Presidents being elected into office so young. I think that was a bad move, they don’t need to have large details but they should have some protection.

  10. Yes I did. I didn’t think Clinton got lifetime protection either. That is mainly due to Presidents being elected into office so young. I think that was a bad move, they don’t need to have large details but they should have some protection.

  11. HAIL TO THE THIEF!!
    He killed 4000+ good young men in a war that never should have been started. ANd now IRAN will soon have nukes thanks to BUSH

  12. HAIL TO THE THIEF!!
    He killed 4000+ good young men in a war that never should have been started. ANd now IRAN will soon have nukes thanks to BUSH

  13. Joe,

    Thank you for your enlightened perspective. I’m sure those who suffered from Saddam’s rape squads or family members of those he gassed don’t quite feel the same way.

    I also think it’s disingenuous to blame Bush for Iran having nukes, they were in development long before the Iraq war. Let’s blame who deserves it – the madman they have as a President.

  14. Joe,

    Thank you for your enlightened perspective. I’m sure those who suffered from Saddam’s rape squads or family members of those he gassed don’t quite feel the same way.

    I also think it’s disingenuous to blame Bush for Iran having nukes, they were in development long before the Iraq war. Let’s blame who deserves it – the madman they have as a President.

  15. As a moderate, I tend to agree with much of the above actually. Perhaps, I should be more critical…but….

    I think Bush's largest mistake was choosing Cheney as a VP and also allowing him to have so much influence in policy decisions. The conflict of interest should have never happened.

    While I agree with “abstinence education” I think passing out condoms make sense in addition to the education.

    PS. thanks for linking to “my story.”

  16. Don't necessary disagree with you on Cheney, but at the time he first ran Cheney was definitely viewed as an asset for a Governor with little foreign policy experience.

    The problem with condoms, outside of a Biblical argument, is that they give false security and fail often. Also there is research out there that questions how affective they are against HIV.

    Abstinence when tried is 100% effective, the same can't be said about condoms.

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