Archive for the ‘Bush’ Category.

Surprising the Troops

The current President? No, he has better things to do… like playing golf and thinking up more ways to stimulate the economy. Maybe he should just play more golf!

Anyway, W surprised some troops coming home or passing through DFW. I didn’t agree with all Bush’s policies (seriously, who did?), but this is a class act, and a good reminder of what a  patriot President Bush was. (And will these be seen outside Facebook and random blogs like this? Doubtful.)

Facebook | USO Dallas/Fort Worth’s Photos – President Bush surprises the troops

Bush’s Farewell Address

You know, as conservatives we like to complain about the fact that Bush really isn’t conservative. And he went ahead in his farewell address and mentioned some of those policies that have irked us the most — promoting what his administration did in creating the Homeland Security Department, the No Child Left Behind Act (many conservatives shudder), the Medicare/Medicaid foolishness, the move to practically socialize a lot of industry in recent weeks, the idea that every heart yearns for freedom. That last is not really  a conservative principle, and is rather a liberal progressive one. Do conservatives wish it were true? Indeed.  But we know it’s not.  Some just yearn for food or … honor.

But Bush’s comment on good and evil, and the fact that evil DOES exist was a welcome respite from the swirling madness of moral relativism.

The decades ahead will bring more hard choices for our country, and there are some guiding principles that should shape our course.

While our nation is safer than it was seven years ago, the gravest threat to our people remains another terrorist attack. Our enemies are patient, and determined to strike again. America did nothing to seek or deserve this conflict.  But we have been given solemn responsibilities, and we must meet them. We must resist complacency. We must keep our resolve. And we must never let down our guard.

At the same time, we must continue to engage the world with confidence and clear purpose. In the face of threats from abroad, it can be tempting to seek comfort by turning inward. But we must reject isolationism and its companion, protectionism. Retreating behind our borders would only invite danger. In the 21st century, security and prosperity at home depend on the expansion of liberty abroad. If America does not lead the cause of freedom, that cause will not be led.

As we address these challenges — and others we cannot foresee tonight — America must maiintain our moral clarity.

It’s undeniable that Bush is, above all, true to his conscience, as he said. And that he loves this country, and that his first and foremost effort was to protect it. You do not doubt where Bush stands, or that he is comfortable in his own skin. We may well come to appreciate that, especially in the years to come.

The Shoe Thrower

You know, when that guy (you know, THAT guy — the one embraced now by anti-Americans everywhere, especially the anti-American Americans) threw his shoes in the general direction of W (and missed), I thought — would he have dared to do such a thing to Saddam? Or Uday? If I had attempted such a thing, would I not have been taken to one of Uday’s gang rape rooms? Or perhaps just the wood shredder?

Of course, I can’t say such a thing. I’m a conservative. But does it mean more, perhaps coming from an Iraqi?  (and true, he didn’t put it quite in those terms…)

The Iraqi ambassador, Samir Sumaida’ie, responding to Code Pink women:

Tony Snow, RIP – Tony Snow, Former White House Press Secretary and FOX News Anchor, Dies at 53

We are all very saddened to hear the news that Tony Snow has passed away. He was quite possibly the best press secretary in many years. Certainly, the best press secretary Bush ever had.

And as many noted in the Sunday morning talk shows, and as Bill Kristol noted in the New York Times, he had optimism — optimism about America, and faith-grounded (as Kristol and President Bush have noted) optimism in the face of his illness. He was a good talk show host and an excellent press secretary  (particularly obvious since McClellan’s book has come out) in large part because he acted out his faith. He had his principles and his beliefs, but he could listen, and he gave grace.   A model to emulate.

I find it sad that the coverage of Tim Russert’s sudden passing (which was indeed startling and sad) seems to have generated more digital ink than Tony Snow’s. I had been hibernating from the news for the last week, but somehow I still knew about the cover of the New Yorker, and the White House discussion of a pull-out from Iraq (on which more later), but heard only by the merest chance of Tony Snow’s death.

But no doubt Tony Snow himself would not have minded.  May God bless his family. RIP.