Friday, January 16, 2009

Bush's Goodbye

"...As the years passed, most Americans were able to return to life much as it had been before 9/11. But I never did. Every morning, I received a briefing on the threats to our nation. I vowed to do everything in my power to keep us safe...

...Like all who have held this office before me, I have experienced setbacks. There are things I would do differently if given the chance. Yet I've always acted with the best interests of our country in mind. I have followed my conscience and done what I thought was right. You may not agree with some of the tough decisions I have made. But I hope you can agree that I was willing to make the tough decisions...

...It has been the privilege of a lifetime to serve as your president. There have been good days and tough days. But every day I have been inspired by the greatness of our country, and uplifted by the goodness of our people. I have been blessed to represent this nation we love. And I will always be honored to carry a title that means more to me than any other — citizen of the United States of America.

And so, my fellow Americans, for the final time: Good night. May God bless this house and our next president. And may God bless you and our wonderful country. Thank you." (source)

President Bush made some decisions that I didn't agree with (failing to pardon Compean and Ramos comes to mind most readily), but I honestly believe that he acted in what he thought was best for this country during his eight years as CIC. I believe that he truly loves American and that he truly stressed about how to best keep Americans safe even when it caused him to be burned in effigy. I think he acted out of concern and not with regard to his polls and/or his legacy. I still feel as if my decision in 2000 and 2004 to vote for him was the right choice for this country as we turn over the reins with no attacks on American soil after 9/11/2001 (despite the repeated threats).

(Of course the picture goes more with the speech we wish he would have given...)

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