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Salute to President George W. Bush


While it cannot be proved (or disproved) that since 9/11 President George W. Bush has flawlessly performed his prime job–that of keeping America’s peoples safe–I believe most honest and well-intentioned people, no matter their political leanings, will agree that indeed he has done just that. Some may say, instead, that our country’s being free of terrorist attack since that gruesome day, has nothing or little to do with the leadership of President Bush. On that dreadful morning, though, it is doubtful whether anyone would have envisioned our next seven years in America as being clear of additional such attacks.

For this protection, I thank President Bush.

President Bush is the epitome of grace and class. He is a man who has chosen to rise above the fray of philistine and boorish name-calling that has been such a cankerous mark on his tenure in office. He has little defended himself. He has admitted to imperfection and to having made mistakes. He has the rare ability to laugh at himself, and more importantly to cling fiercely to his beliefs, even when doing so is not popular or conventional.

History will draw a full and lively drawing of our 43rd President–an accurate rendition of George W. Bush–whose presidency encompassed some of the greatest challenges of the modern world. It will doubtless be a different picture than that projected on screens, newspapers and magazines across the globe today.

Thank you, President Bush. I wish you well.

By Shirley Buxton

Still full of life and ready to be on the move, Shirley at 84 years old feels blessed to have lots of energy and to be full of optimism. She was married to Jerry for 63 years, and grieves yet at his death in August of 2019. They have 4 children, 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren...all beautiful and highly intelligent--of course. :)

5 replies on “Salute to President George W. Bush”

Sis. Buxton:
Last evening, before going to service, my wife and I sat and discussed this very topic. We both felt very deeply that when history looks back over its shoulder Mr. Bush will be one of the longer shadows from time. His gallant effort to protect the common citizen of America from harm has been well executed. Some of the other things which have befallen his watch will be seen as after affects of other things.
God bless you and your family, Mr. Bush, is our prayer. Along with a heartfelt thank you;



I suppose by nature I am an optimist; I’m glad of that.

My looking for good in people and in situations extends past my innate disposition, though, for among many things I have learned in my life is this: I personally need mercy, kindness and understanding, for I am filled with inadequacies and shortcomings. So, if I want those things for myself, the least I can do is reach out and hand them to others.


Good morning, Sir. Your points are well taken, although I disagree with your saying some will call him “the greatest,” and some “the worst.” He will probably fall in the middle some where. Some disagree with me, but I see President Bush as well-intentioned. However, that is not always good enough to get the job done.

I read the following in an article about President Bush

“Third rate…a coarse, vulgar joker…a liar…a buffoon…a tyrant…the most dishonest politician that ever disgraced an office…intoxicated with the maddening cup of power…every act filled with deception…without merit of any kind…a tyranny utterly regardless of all moral considerations, trampling under foot all the guarantees of a written Constitution…to be pitied …[his cabinet is] by far the weakest that has ever been called to administer the Government of the United States…trying with all his might to understand strategy, naval warfare, big guns, the movements of troops, military maps, reconnaissances, occupations, interior and exterior lines, and all the technical details of the art of slaying…”

I found it interesting and quite revealing when the author of the piece, Jon Kraushar, revealed the description to have been of President Lincoln during his tenure as President.


The historians will take both sides, as they always do. There will be books praising him as our country’s greatest president, books demonizing him as our worst, and books that waver somewhere in the middle.

None of these drawings, as you call them, will be entirely accurate. It is impossible to completely capture the essence of a living person within the pages of a book, especially when the subject is such a complex individual who has generated so much controversy among the people of the United States and, indeed, the world.

And let us not forget that everyone has some sort of bias one way or the other…


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