Most of us will probably never know how hard it is to do the job this man has done for us for eight years. I will admit, I did not vote for him the first time. But I sure as hell voted for him the second time. I woke up one day (I'll bet you can guess which one) and realized that we were blessed to have someone who recognized the true nature of the threat to our way of life. I started keeping more money in my pockets, because of this man. He tried to make it so I pay less for gasoline. He tried to give us a true retirement option in exchange for an entitlement program, but, sadly, appeasing "the other side" did not work. The spirit of bipartisanship, for us Republicans, is a one way street.
And I will admit, like any friend of mine... Even my best friends... I didn't always agree with him. Most of us can agree that the handling of our nation's sovereignty by him as well as the Republican-dominated Congress was shameful. We can all agree, his administration could have done more to articulate to the people what he did for us. Instead, those of us, out here, on the front lines--especially in so-called "blue state" strongholds for socialism and Leftist thought, were on our own to defend your legacy, your Presidency.
However, I'll never regret it. Because the Presidency is bigger than any one man, and this country is more important than my luxury to sit quiet, and remain comfortable in my own world. Your Presidency taught me that sometimes, we must face challenges now, so that they aren't waiting to harm us later. It was true in my own neighborhood, where I worked with police to chase away new thugs on my streets, and it worked for you. A man who can claim that despite any and all mistakes, he liberated 50 Million people.
Through the prism of time, history will judge you as one of America's greatest, most visionary Presidents; the kind that ranks with Ronald W. Reagon and, Abraham Lincoln (ironically, both Republican). Others might disagree, and it is their right to do so. But this is how I feel.
And I want everyone to know that I appreciate the thankless job you've done for this country. Somehow, you knew that past all of the angry, snarling talking heads on CNN, CBS, ABC, NBC, MSNBC, and hidden behind the keyboards at the desks of the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, and the San Francisco Chronical, and on and on and on... The marches by Code Pink, A.N.S.W.E.R., and the dictator-hugging Cindy Sheenan, and her fans... That there were those of us who know what you were trying to do. That appreciate the fact that you stuck your neck out, and fought for what was right; what you believed in, no matter what.
We never had to question what you believe in, or your words. We knew what you stood for, whether we might have agreed with it or not. I can't say that for many others who've had your job. I also cannot say that it's likely I'll agree with the President for the next four to eight years.
What I can say is that as you return to your private life in Crawford, Texas, George W. Bush, with a beautiful, loving wife, and two gorgeous, charming daughters rising into their own lives, much inspiration has been drawn from you for me to be the best that I can be. In MY darkest hours, I will look at friends who may turn their backs on me, family who might even disapprove of a choice that if I know in my heart is right, and just, I will think back to the burned effigies, the slanderous movies, the International criticism by bought statesmen and think--if Dubya could handle it, I damn sure can.
I will go on, honoring your legacy, defects and all, because no one is perfect. I make mistakes, everyone makes mistakes. But that shouldn't make us forget the great things we accomplish in our mortal time on Earth. So thank you, Mr. President. You were more than just a guy who sat behind the desk in the Oval Office on my television from time to time, you were the one light shining during the darkest hours of our nation's time. And I am personally appreciative, and grateful for it.
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