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The President
Republicans, Conservatives, Americans...

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.

President George W. Bush receives a farewell ceremony from the ...
AP Tue Jan 6, 10:45 AM ET

President George W. Bush receives a farewell ceremony from the military at Ft. Myer in Arlington, Va., Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2009. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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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conservative67 From: conservative67 Date: January 12th, 2009 05:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
The idiot is STILL pushing for comprehensive immigration reform A.K.A amnesty for illegal
indalay From: indalay Date: January 12th, 2009 06:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you for posting this.
2049live From: 2049live Date: January 12th, 2009 08:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Now that's a thank you letter.
lucadrina From: lucadrina Date: January 13th, 2009 06:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you, for putting my own thoughts on paper better than I could have ever done it myself.

Put a stamp on that thing!
janet_byars From: janet_byars Date: January 14th, 2009 04:23 am (UTC) (Link)
I will cry when his helicopter takes off from the White House. I felt the safest I've ever felt in the eight years that he has been in office. I don't know how safe I will be during the new administration. I just await the day America wakes up from this coma that it is in and puts a true conservative back in office. They will realize that they have put not only a man who has not enough experience to even get us by, but also a man who will more than likely dismantle the protections that the Bush administration worked for so long to build. The missile shield consider it gone, the armed forces, so long! Liberal Democrats are all about big government, small armed forces. With the state the world is in, Barack Obama will need to keep the armed forces up, supplied, and PAID, in order for this country to be protected. He needs to take a cue from the previous two administrations. If you have the chance to take out a threat, take it out otherwise something bad will happen. (Clinton's chance with Bin Laden, and not taking it, and 9-11 and the Bush administration's response of the War on Terror.)


Sorry for the long ass comment!
commodorejoplin From: commodorejoplin Date: January 14th, 2009 04:24 am (UTC) (Link)
I second lucadrina's response to this entry. The mark of a great president is not how much he does what the people want, but how much he goes against popular opinion to do what is right. He kept us safe after 9/11. He led us in a war that we were desperate to lose. He tried to meet the Democrat Congress halfway, while they never once budged on their goals. I'm so thankful for this man.

Still, I want to be a good representative of the Republican party. I will not deprive Obama of the fair opportunity that Bush was deprived of. I will not write him off as a bad president before he takes office. I will work to make his administration a peaceful time. I will do my best to stand behind him. I will point out when he does something wrong, just as I did when Bush was considering that stupid North American Union idea and the immigration issue. I will be fair. I love my country. And that's what matters. Not the man in office. It's more than that. It's about that star-spangled banner we wave. It's about liberty. It's about people. And hopefully, our friends from the other side will observe our behavior and learn from it.

God bless America! And thank you, President Bush!!
From: keep_right Date: January 15th, 2009 10:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
I will miss him. I can only imagine it's hard to do a good job when everybody is out to make sure you fail. :(
hallyluia From: hallyluia Date: January 18th, 2009 01:25 am (UTC) (Link)
"I felt the safest I've ever felt in the eight years that he has been in office." - Thank you for saying that. I have to agree.

The original post was very thoughtful and generous, considering what the media has told Americans to think about this president. I too will wonder how safe I am under the leadership of our next president. Although President G.W. Bush certainly wasn't perfect, I hope history does justice to what he has accomplished.

It seems at this time that Mr. Obama's primary goals are to undo what Bush has done. If abolishing all that is "old" is the "newest" thing he can come up with I fear that all the voters who wanted "change" will be sorely disappointed.

I can't help but wonder what is going to become of the members of this community. Will you create a new community or support an existing community? I hope it is ok to mention that the small, but relatively drama free community, Conservacorner would welcome all of you. Our intention over these next four years is to make the new Obama administration accountable for what they do: with our country, with our tax dollars, with the world. Four years under an administration which engenders suspicion and fear rather than confidence can seem like an eternity. I hope you will join us as we stand together looking toward the future. I, for one, hope this new president is not all that his record and rhetoric has shown he will be. :(

Once again, job well done to this community. :)
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