Reflecting back, President Bush is the only president I can remember on a day to day basis. I remember some stuff from Bill Clinton, but I was young and pretty apathetic. I got into politics while Bush was in office, and became an adult while Bush was in office. And I honestly want to say what I don’t think enough people will say today: Thank You, President Bush.
Maybe it’s because of the way the media paints him, or because people honestly believe he is an evil guy, but he doesn’t get the credit he deserves. He had to deal with 9/11 and Katrina, two events that devastated this country. Our country still saw six years of economic growth, despite the fact that people can only remember the melt down, and despite the two aforementioned crisis.
I’m not going to laundry list everything good thing Bush has done (it’s more than you think)- my friend Joe did that on Facebook and did a great job. But I am saying give credit where credit is due. He ran the country for 8 years, had to deal with a lot, and made a lot of tough decisions; I seriously doubt his loudest criticizers could do half the job he did.
That being said, I would also like to Welcome and Thank President Obama for this undertaking. No matter what side of the aisle you’re on, you should recognize he is stepping into a tough job and he looks like he’s ready for the challenge. I may disagree with the policies he outlined during election season, but he is still my president and I will respect him. Besides, I really like what he is doing on the technology side of things.
No matter what, today is a symbol of what makes America so great- the fact that we can elect a new president ever four years, the fact that a man of humble beginnings can rise up to the most powerful job in the nation, maybe even the world. So, Thank You President Bush, and Welcome President Obama. Good Luck to both of you.