“As we gather tonight, our nation is at war, our economy is in recession and the civilized world faces unprecedented dangers. Yet the state of our Union has never been stronger.” George W. Bush
Karen Hughes has penned a wonderful commentary contrasting the differences between George W. Bush and our current officeholder.
“…As President Obama is learning, the first year of a presidency is one in which the rhetoric of campaigning collides with the hard reality of governing. As President Bush took office, the economy was falling into recession; we passed tax cuts to try to stimulate jobs. We had celebrated moments of great achievement: overwhelming bipartisan approval for education reforms. We had wrestled with the profound moral ramifications of stem cell research. And we had experienced the thrills of the presidency: the drama of the first meeting with President Vladimir Putin of Russia; the visit by Mexico’s president, Vicente Fox, which involved a fireworks display so spectacular that Condi Rice joked we could be “testing the missile defense system.”
President Obama often seems to suggest that his administration is facing challenges more difficult than others did. He might look back on the first words of President Bush’s first State of the Union address: “As we gather tonight, our nation is at war, our economy is in recession and the civilized world faces unprecedented dangers. Yet the state of our Union has never been stronger.”…”