…..as President and now as a former president. The George Walker Bush Library was dedicated yesterday. Five of the last 6 presidents were there for the event. According to a story in the Washington Times, they ran true to form.
Carter talked about Africa for over three minutes. He had nothing to say about 911 and the war on terror, apparently that didn’t affect him at all. Maybe he was in Africa then?
George H W Bush a frail 90, spoke from his wheel chair for 24 seconds and received the biggest laugh of the day when he shook his son’s hand after his speech and said “too long?”
Bill Clinton spoke with his al’shucks good ol’ boy bravado. He told jokes and was the same irreverent wag we’ve come to know and at least tolerate for as long as we have to listen to him.
Obama came next doing his young, humble, obsequious routine. He then gave a stump speech in support of the push for amnesty. After the preceding nights festivities at a Democratic fundraiser and his preparation for a speech at Planned Parenthood (which was rescheduled) otherwise know as Abortion Central he could be forgiven for not remembering which speech to give to who. After all he didn’t bring his teleprompter.
But it was of course George W that put the class back into the act, which is something you probably won’t hear unless you look for it. Some of his quotes:
“In democracy, the purpose of public office is not to fulfill personal ambition. Elected officials must serve a cause greater than themselves. The political winds blow left and right, polls rise and fall, supporters come and go. But in the end, leaders are defined by the convictions they hold.
“As president, I tried to act on these principles every day. It wasn’t always easy and it certainly wasn’t always popular … And when our freedom came under attack, we made the tough decisions required to keep the American people safe
and in conclusion,
“It’s the honor of a lifetime to lead a country as brave and as noble as the United States. Whatever challenges come before us, I will always believe our nation’s best day lie ahead.
His voice broke here but he managed after a pause to say “God bless.”
But the final moment was the one that is as true as is the goodness and integrity of this most maligned of presidents.
Sgt. 1st Class Alvy R. Powell Jr. came to the side of the stage to perform the “Star Spangled Banner.” A big, powerful black man, Mr. Powell belted out the anthem. With the crowd applauding, the sergeant moved along the line of people, shaking hands with all. After greeting W, he turned to go. But the 43rd president put his hand on the sergeant’s arm and said, “Stay,” just as a chaplain stepped forward to give a benediction.
So it is with this final act we again see that this man, this good man, this patriot was never the stumbling fool portrayed by the media. Republican may not have always agreed with him but they knew that he was doing what he thought best for all of America, not for his friends and most certainly not for himself but for all Americans. He was a “public servant” something the others with the exception of his father know absolutely anything about.