Throughout all the hoopla over the campaigns, Election Day, vote-counting, and the coronation of President-Elect Obama, there’s one person who has gone largely unnoticed. The man who will be handing over the reins to Obama come January. The one who has kept this country free of attacks since September 11, 2001. The man who has endured more scurillous character attacks, more scorn, more hatred, more outpourings of rage than I suspect any other president has ever had to endure before. I refer, of course, to Dick Cheney.
Heh, heh. Of course I’m kidding. I’m referring to our ever-gracious current president, George W. Bush. Here is a man who is regularly compared to Hitler in casual conversation in Leftist circles high and low. His honor has been regularly impugned, his intelligence (or, as the press loves to put it, his “intellectual curiosity”) constantly demeaned, his verbal stumblings consistently mocked, and his accomplishments in office discounted or ignored. He is a man who kept his head down and did his job, despite the slings and arrows hurled at him by fortune made all the more outrageous by nearly the entire Democratic party.
I for one, would like to say thank you to Pres. Bush. For keeping us safe. For watching out for us. For persevering in spite of all the spite. I believe history will ultimately judge you as one of America’s best presidents, and I believe you deserve that judgement.
As a grateful American citizen, and with the utmost humility, I say to you, “Thank you, President Bush, for all your labors on behalf of this great country. May God bless you and your family as you take the next steps on your journey. Thank you.”