|George W. Bush|
For all his flaws (a startling lack of inquisitiveness near the top of the list), I genuinely believe Goerge W. Bush to be a good man, though I can’t ever imagine bringing myself to say the same about either Cheney or Rumsfeld.
Here is a link to a very good New York Times article about some of the forgotten strengths of Bush, reinforcing my view that he would be at odds with the Tea Party-driven Republican Party of 2012. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if Bush secretly votes for Obama at this election, such are the shameful, xenophobic, ignorant and deceitful attitudes of the present day Republican Party.
It is a known fact that both Bush presidents hold Bill Clinton in the highest esteem and Clinton spoke graciously of the two of them in his DNC speech three days ago – a speech I regard as arguably the finest speech political or otherwise since Martin Luther King Junior’s Mountaintop speech, delivered the night before his death in 1968. It really was that good. Point by point, Clinton debunked every accusation, lie and half-truth about Obama’s first term. It wasn’t just a speech of powerful rhetoric making the case for the 2012 Obama, it was a stat-filled assault making the case for the much-maligned past four years of Obama. I can’t recall a speech with such precise policy detail being at the same time so human and so enthralling.
As for Bush, turns out he wasn’t quite as black and white as his infamous, “you’re either with us or you’re against us,” words nearly 11 years ago suggest. In fact, read in this New York Times article about a visit he made to a mosque less than a week after 9/11. The words he spoke then regarding America and Islam were compassionate and nuanced – two words not in the Tea Party’s vernacular, especially when it comes to Islam.