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Thank You, Mr. President(s)

Thank you, President Bush.

As you leave office, the polls may leave you somewhat disheartened and even a bit sad. The economic woes of the entire world seem to be blamed on you directly, and people are scared.

But those polls forget one monumentally important thing because polls don’t know how to measure the null set. The horrors of September 11, 2001 are seared in all our memories. For months after that terrifying day, we all were fearful of more attacks. After a while, when they didn’t happen, we settled down and stopped worrying so much and the fear faded and the complacency set it.

But you never were complacent because you knew that the enemy had not gone away. Only you know how many other 9/11’s were planned and thwarted, strategized and destroyed.

Because another 9/11 did not happen on your watch, so many people just assume that those forces of evil simply ran away. But you know the truth and you know how many times this country truly was threatened and how many times it was saved.

For that, every American owes you a debt of gratitude. History will assuredly treat you better than the polls today, and I for one am sure that you will be restored in your own life time. Thank you for what you did.

Thank you, President Obama.

As you enter office, the polls must make you smile a bit, even though you hardly seem like the bragging type.

You are bolstered by a groundswell of support from all those who voted for you and by many who did not. You have huge burdens to shoulder and huge problems to resolve, but there is a strong wind of hope at your back from millions of Americans and from citizens around the world.

Your talents and your virtues are mammoth – you are intelligent and empathetic; you are a listener and a gatherer of ideas; you seem ordinary like the rest of us with no pretense or show.

You have said that you will listen to ideas from all points of view and by living up to that promise your leadership can for the first time in over two decades dissolve the sinister forces of partisanship embedded in our Government, preventing it from working for the people it represents. In just the last two weeks, you have certainly given evidence of keeping your word.

While I did not vote for you in November, I am one of millions of Americans who stand behind you with support and goodwill. I would like nothing more than to be drawn over to your side.

Thank you for what you will do.


3 Responses to “Thank You, Mr. President(s)”

  1. Jan Vest Says:

    Thank you so much for recognizing and publishing something positive on President Bush. The people of America don’t have a clue about what they need to be thankful for. They suck in everything the media says and it’s always negative about Bush. But God knows what all Bush has done and some day he’ll receive his just reward, and I believe that is all Bush really cares about. I believe he cared about doing what is right and not needing the approval and praise of the American people.

  2. Mike Says:

    Thanks for your spot on observation. All of us including our government were traumatized by the heartless extremists, but Bush & his team stayed the course and kept us safe. My prayer is that once President Obama has a few moments to reflect, he will realize that the terrorist have no respect for our system of laws and understand only the violent response that we had to give back to them and others that did or were inclined to support their inhumane view of the world.

    Constitutional rights are always subject to being weighed. In this case, the unearned civil rights of mostly angry, broken, undereducated and misguided extremists must be weighed against the ultimate human right to live not respected by them on 9/11/01 for about 3,000 innocents and countless more innocents since that terrible day.

    Again, thanks. Mike

  3. Ralph Says:


    I think President Obama must have taken the tone you expressed. He said,

    “I thank President Bush for his service to our nation, as
    well as the generosity and co-operation he has shown throughout this

    Now let’s move forward!