President Bush’s Humanity

July 28, 2008 / 2:33 pm • By Dr. Melissa Clouthier

Longtime readers know that I’ve stuck with my premise that one day, we’ll look back to the time President George W. Bush presided with fondness. These have been a good eight years even with a difficult war in a difficult land.

The Anchoress writes about the President’s humanity (she has good pictures, too):

Obama could take a few lessons from Bush.

It is easy to be loved when you look good, give a great speech and do nothing, and it’s easy to be hated once you’re actually engaged in making decisions and standing by them. A real leader has to – like a parent – be willing to be hated. I’ve always thought Bill Clinton’s greatest weakness as a president was his need to be loved. It kept him beholden to polls instead of possibilities.

I still like President Bush, too. I disagree with him sometimes. I never had a crush on him or felt the blind adoration that the Left feels for Obama. What I liked was this: he seemed like he’d do his best, be a man of his word and stick to his convictions. And, he has done just that. I’m proud to have voted for him twice.

  • Cynic13

    Wow – now I know you are completely off your rocker. Bush, the president who promotes -and is proud of his own- BARE MINIMUM MEDIOCRITY. Seriously, I could give you links to plenty of sites that list his crimes – yes crimes – against the American people. (Really, he is the most impeachable president since Nixon.) But you would just call them leftist hate blogs, so I’ll spare you.

    But just read one book- I’m sure you’ve heard of the author since you now live in Texas. The book is called “Shrub” by Molly Ivins (RIP)- who was a writer and political commentator from Texas. She wrote about Bush before he even ran for president (which she predicted he’d win) – and how he screwed up Texas. Things like – how he used his daddys and daddy’s friends money to run 3 businesses into the ground. Seeing he wasn’t successful in business, he figured he’d take on a career where you could be a dumbass who was really bad with other people’s money – state politics!

    And finally the jewel in Bush’s moronic self-made crown…he named one of his doomed companies “Arbusto” because it was Spanish for “Bush” – except that it actually means “Shrub.” They basically mean the same thing you say? Certainly, but calling him a shrub is just plain funny!

    There is soooooooo much concrete evidence of Bush’s crimes and just plain stupidity I am overwhelmed with how ANYONE – least of all an educated professional such as yourself – can still belief Bush has a shred of credibility left.

    He is a smug, cocky, responsibility-dodging fool, who cares about no one but himself. Not only has he ruined America’s relationships internationally, he displays the behaviors of an alcoholic without actually drinking anymore (supposedly), there are actually stories from his younger years that are consistent with sociopathic behaviors (like torturing small helpless animals).

    Am I making this up? No, you can do the research and find (or ignore)the same information. There are plenty of references in Molly Ivins book.

    One parting note – I’m not a loony – I actually have a BS in Psych and an MS in Industrial & Organizational Psych – – research and analysis is my job.

  • Rignerd

    Hey Cynic! Only one small point to make. With the left, including Nancy Pelosi frothing at the mouth to impeach Bush if there was even the slightest chance the could get a charge with a shed of validity he would have been impeached within seconds. The left is in position to impeach him as soon as a credible charge is found or fabricated, and they are looking high and low.

    P.S. If your idea of research is reading leftwing blogs, or right wing ones for that matter, I hope you aren’t doing a profile or diagnosis on me.

  • Cynic13

    Rignerd –
    Nope – I read all kinds of stuff. I usually start out on a main stream media website, hit my local news outlets, and then follow links to interesting stories. Typically I end up on someone’s blog – left or right. I also have read the candidate’s personal (advertising) web pages, and plenty of books on all kinds of topics – fiction and non-fiction. I am all about a good (intelligent, informed)debate!

    One thing I’ve noticed over the past 20 years is how extremist we’ve ALL become – just here in America. We used to be more of a culture of “live and let live” – or as I like to put it…your freedoms end where mine begin! But now the conservatives want to pass law after law to constrict everyone to their narrow definition of propriety, and the liberals want everyone to be allowed to go nuts doing whatever they want. What happened to the middle ground?

    I’m a single parent of a 9 yr old son. I work very hard to have an open and honest relationship with him so he will be informed and make wise choices as he grows up. I want him to know about relationships – including sex and birth control – but I expect him to wait until at LEAST 18 – preferably 25!! I want him to know that people and relationships come first, not things and money and fame. I want him to have privacy, not to live in a “Brave New World” type of world.

    I think we all need to take a big breath and sigh, then think about finding a way to live together instead of turning our backs on each other and throwing (or writing) extreme words of venom – sometimes I just get tired of it all and read a good murder mystery or do crossword puzzles for a few days!

    “Can’t we all just get along?!”

  • Michael

    “Hey Cynic! Only one small point to make. With the left, including Nancy Pelosi frothing at the mouth to impeach Bush if there was even the slightest chance the could get a charge with a shed of validity he would have been impeached within seconds. The left is in position to impeach him as soon as a credible charge is found or fabricated, and they are looking high and low.”

    Actually, Nancy Pelosi took impeachment off the table.

    I suppose it’s nice to judge his humanity based on his photo-ops but you also have to keep in mind the things he caused to happen, incidents where no pictures were allowed to be taken. Under his leadership, waterboarding and torture have become part of what this country does. We use tactics today that we didn’t need to use against Germany in World War II.

    The truth is, almost all leaders who stay in office for any great length of time will be loved for the great things they do for their own followers, or voting base. We say they have great humanity when they are known for helping everyone, not just their followers. And speaking as a Christian, I think he is a despicable man. He has dishonored the name of Christ, by pretending to be one of his followers.

  • Ina

    I have outmost respect for President Bush. These are not easy times,especially when people are looking to blame anyone but themselves for everything under the sun.
    May not agree with all his policies yet, in my opinion President Bush is a decent man with his heart in the right place.

    As an independent,I voted for him twice. I will vote for McCain and hope for better candidates from both parties when 2012 rolls in.

  • Headless Unicorn Guy

    doubleplusgoodthink, comrade cynic13!
    doubleplusgood doubleplusduckspeak!