I rescued this book from the trash yesterday, ‘The Faith of George W. Bush”. Never knew that George W. Bush had the gift of prophecy. Or so this book from 2003 reckons …
I feel like God wants me to run for president. I can’t explain it, but I sense my country is going to need me. Something is going to happen, and, at that time, my country is going to need me. I know it won’t be easy, on me or my family, but God wants me to do it. In fact, I really don’t want to run. My father was president. My whole family has been affected by it. I know the price. I know what it will mean. I would be perfectly happy to have people point at me someday when I’m buying my fishing lures at Wal-Mart and say, ‘That was our governor’. That’s all I want. And if I run for president, that kind of life will be over. My life will never be the same. But I feel God wants me to do this, and I must do it. (Page 109).
George W. Bush, the then Governor of Texas, to tele-evangelist James Robison, in Bush’s office. 1999.
Because, dang it, nothing saying America like killin’.
But, I digress (and I have to wonder if killing the man who ordered the deaths of thousands upon thousands is really justice)… Brody goes on to say,
I know President Obama understands that getting Bin Laden doesn’t mean an end to the war on terrorism but how about a smile? How about showing a little joy? How about a word or two saying something about how this is no doubt a happy or joyous occasion for Americans? We got nothing like that at all. Instead, we got Mr. Monotone. Mr. Bars and Tone. Mr. Non-Emotion. President Obama missed an opportunity to connect with Americans last night.
So why did he announce the big news like he was reading the dictionary? You know the answer. It’s because his speech wasn’t so much aimed at Americans. He was being careful of how the “Arab Street” would interpret his remarks. Any hint of gloating or happiness might be rubbing it in the face of some of the crazies in the Arab World and heaven forbid we get them upset! How dare we Americans look like we’re celebrating his death! The travesty of it all! Give me a break. Isn’t it time to stop catering to thugs?
And then, Brody goes on to state –
By the way, Obama never mentioned President Bush by name last night. Shouldn’t he have done that?
As we do, we must also reaffirm that the United States is not –- and never will be -– at war with Islam. I’ve made clear, just as President Bush did shortly after 9/11, that our war is not against Islam.
So, while David rants a bit of needing a more jingoistic President, and plays casual with the facts, some of us continue our prayers and remembrances of those who have been lost during the past 10 years.
When I was in Indianapolis this weekend, I had the chance to visit the famed Half-Priced Books store. I visited two different locations, and in each location, I ran across this same scene.
One person would pick the book up and show to it their shopping partner (a husband and wife, a father and a daughter). The partner would make some snide remake. The husband showed the wife and she wanted to take it, stomp on it, burn it and alluded to the vileness of the man upon whom the book was based.
The father and daughter’s scene was better, but still rough.
I was hot.
How could they!
Of course, I did the same thing during the tenure of the previous administration. I didn’t speak to the issues, I just spewed hate.
I stood condemned that I had done the same thing and expected people not to return the favor.
I reckon I am just tired of the hate on both sides.
I hated the presidency of George W. Bush. I mean it too, I hate it. And I realize that people have felt the same way about this President since before we was sworn in.
I don’t validate their hatred. I don’t validate mine.
Instead, I hope that at some point in the future, people will see the cycle that is going on and only growing and maybe stop it.
I’ve often wondered that myself. This week, the former President will accept an award for his advancement of pro-life causes, and yet, there is something no right about that. John Gehring takes a look as Bush’s record and asks the same question.