It took less than 4 1/2 years of the Obama presidency for President George W. Bush to mount his comeback. While doing absolutely nothing on his own behalf (he’s been the most silent ex-president in my lifetime), his approval is up to 47 percent according to The Post/ABC poll. That’s up 14 points from his final poll in office. For comparison’s sake President Obama’s RCP average is a tad over 49 percent. – Bush is Back, by Jennifer Rubin
THE LOVE letter Ron Fournier writes to George W. Bush made my jaw drop to my desk.
But I’m going to take a few paragraphs to discuss something that gets less attention from the White House press corps — the essential humanity and decency of our presidents.
Bush’s note, a simple gesture, spoke volumes about his respect for the office of the presidency. He did not thank us for respecting him. He knew it wasn’t about George W. Bush. He was touched instead by the small measure of respect we showed “for our country.”
The same sense of dignity compelled Bush to forbid his staff to wear blue jeans in the White House. Male aides were required to wear jackets and ties in the Oval Office.
He was a stickler for punctuality. Long-time adviser Karen Hughes asked him years ago why he was always early for appointments. “Late is rude,” Bush replied. He thought that if people were going to take the time to see him, he shouldn’t keep them waiting.
There is no decency in using 9/11 and going to war on a lie, based on a false case made to the Congress and the American people, which claimed the lives of thousands of U.S. soldiers, Iraqi civilians, and sullied the dignity of our country.
There is no decency in giving the order to commit torture and violate human rights, which should have made George W. Bush and Richard Cheney both eligible to be tried for war crimes.
There is no morality in beginning the indecent procedure of housing uncharged and untried suspects in a prison offshore, leaving them in limbo for their entire lives.
There is no decency in ignoring warnings of Al Qaeda before 9/11, demoting the first counterterroism czar, then banishing him to the wilderness until after 9/11, while ignoring warnings and preferring to stay on vacation clearing brush.
There is no decency in donning a flight suit and landing on an aircraft carrier to proclaim “Mission Accomplished,” when that was well away from the truth.
There is no decency… Oh, forget it. I’ve done this all before.
I don’t blame any person, including a journalist, for standing when the president comes into the room. That’s hardly the issue. But swooning because you get sent a note? Equating a written missive with decency when the policies of the man were abhorrent and sent this country into a nosedive reveals our media to their core. Most are just not up to the job anymore.
A leader’s decency must be judged through his actions while in office, which have nothing to do with being polite to journalists.
George W. Bush is opening a library, so amnesia is the mindset of the week. Thursday is going to be nauseating.