One of the reasons the whole Herman Cain story sickens me is because once upon a time, this country had a really really really Great Man in office. Just thinking about this wonderful, Godly man who lead this nation through some of our worst days, using humility and humor, brings tears to my eyes.
The other day he was in Wichita.
“...Bush talked about the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the principles that guided his presidency, and some of his policy decisions.
He also shared anecdotes about friends from Texas who visited him in Washington D.C., his furniture in the Oval Office, his parents and even his pets. Bush took a poke at himself by joking that the book came as a “palpable shock” to people on the East Coast when it was published. “People didn’t think I could read, let alone write,” he said.
Gov. Sam Brownback attended the speech, which gave Bush a chance to tell him, “I remember when you were somebody — a U.S. senator.”
Among more serious topics, Bush spoke of his willingness to spend taxpayer money to help Africa during its pandemic, his faith-based initiative to prevent AIDS in children,
and his actions after the terrorist attacks.
Bush remembered this thought process after hearing about planes crashing on the East Coast that day:
“The first plane was an accident, the second was an attack, and the third was a declaration of war,” he said. “I conducted my presidency accordingly.”
Bush admitted to making mistakes during his presidency. He said he regretted using the phrase “Bring it on,” during early fighting in Iraq.
He also said his wife, Laura, chastised him for a lack of sophistication after he said he wanted Osama Bin Laden “dead or alive,” blaming the expression on “the Texas in me.”
And he said flying over New Orleans after it was ravaged by Hurricane Katrina was a mistake.
But he defended sending troops to Iraq.
“Getting rid of Saddam Hussein was the right thing. I’d do that again,” he said. “Twenty-five million people now have a chance to live in a democracy.”
Bush also addressed the nation’s financial situation, drawing one of the loudest ovations from his chamber audience when he said, “The fundamental question we ought to be asking is, how do you grow the private sector of the economy?”…”
Wizbang has a story about the kind of person GWB is.
“…A plagiarism scandal forced Timothy Goeglein to resign in 2008 from former President George W. Bush’s administration. The special assistant to President Bush and public liaison deputy director often engaged with evangelicals before he admitted to copying work for several of his columns for a newspaper in Indiana. He previously worked for Indiana Senator Dan Coats and once served as a spokesman for Gary Bauer, who ran for President in 2000. The now vice president for external relations at Focus on the Family spoke to Christianity Today about what led to the plagiarism, how the President responded, and what grace and redemption mean in a political context….”
“…I resigned, no excuses, on a Friday. On a Monday I came in to take the pictures off my wall and clear off my desk, and I received a call from the chief of staff, Josh Bolton. He asked me how my wife and children were doing and told me he forgave me. He said, “The boss wants to see you.” That means the President. When I got there, it was just the President and me, and I apologized. He looked at me and said “Tim, I forgive you.” I tried to apologize a second time, and he said, “Grace and mercy is real. I’ve known it in my life and I’m sending it to you.” And I said, “Mr. President, I apologize. Please forgive me.” He said, “I’ll say it again: Grace and mercy is real. You are forgiven. Now we can talk about all of this, or we can talk about the last eight years.” We spent 20 minutes together. We prayed and we embraced. I cried when I was looking around the Oval Office for the last time. And as I prepared to leave he said, “By the way, I want you to bring your wife and sons here so I can tell them what a great husband and father you’ve been.” Sure enough, he invited them to come. He was the leader of the free world, validating me, after I did what I did, before my wife and children….”