I read a great story this morning about President Bush’s efforts to comfort the families that have lost loved ones serving in the Iraq and Afghanistan. Here is an excerpt:
Mr. Bush, for instance, has sent personal letters to the families of every one of the more than 4,000 troops who have died in the two wars, an enormous personal effort that consumed hours of his time and escaped public notice. The task, along with meeting family members of troops killed in action, has been so wrenching – balancing the anger, grief and pride of families coping with the loss symbolized by a flag-draped coffin – that the president often leaned on his wife, Laura, for emotional support.
“I lean on the Almighty and Laura,” Mr. Bush said in the interview. “She has been very reassuring, very calming.”
What is so amazing about this story is that he has kept this a secret. He didn’t do it for the press. He did it because it was the right thing to do.
It is very sad the way Bush’s name has been drug through the mud. You may disagree with his policies, but if you are being honest you must recognize that he has served with honor and has governed with the same core principles that he ran on (compassionate conservatism). His main flaw was that he does not care what people think of him. He never let polls or public attention change how he governed. This is what many people claim they want from a politician, unfortunately many of these same people indiscriminately despise President Bush.
Sometimes I cannot believe what people say about Bush, or the things that they think are actually true. I can tell you this, I would not his job especially now. Just think about the decisions that Bush had to make, now ask yourself how you would have handled it.
Bush, for all his foibles, has always been more interested in defending this country than in defending his reputation. That should tell us something about his character.