While I frequently disagreed with the domestic policies of the immediate past president of the United States, I regularly call him a “good man,” in large measure because of the abundant evidence of his decency. Around the time of his fortieth birthday, he gave up alcohol for many reasons, but primarily to preserve his marriage. Hiw wife delivered a ultimatum to the then-lush, “It’s Jim Beam or me.” He sent Jim back to Kentucky so he could keep Laura in Texas.
Shortly after that good man took office in 2001, he invited then-Ted Kennedy and the Massachusetts Senator’s son Patrick, a congressman from Rhode Island, as well as other members of that celebrated Democratic family to the White House for a screening of the movie Thirteen Days, a dramatization of the Cuban Missile Crisis. It was the first such screening at the presidential residence during that Republican’s Administration. Later, he would praise the Massachusetts Democrat referring him a “great American” whom he had “come to admire” and calling the liberal firebrand “a smart, capable senator.”
Not only did he praise his political rivals, he also offered them a helping hand as the image below shows.
Well, some lefties are starting to take notice of that good man’s fundamental decency. A number of readers alerted me to a post of a reformed Bush-hater who commenting on how his fellows “RAILED against Bush in 2000…and how we RAILED against the surge in support Bush received post-9/11 when he went to Ground Zero and stood there with his bullhorn in the ruins on that hideous day.” Upon learning what that good man and the woman (who remains his wife because he jettisoned Jim) did this past week, those Chicago gay boys realized that they had been wrong about the former President:
As we will always be grateful for what George and Laura Bush did this week, with no media attention, when they very quietly went to Ft. Hood and met personally with the families of the victims of this terrorist attack.
The Bushes went and met privately with these families for HOURS, hugging them, holding them, comforting them.
If there are any of you out there with any connection at all to the Bushes, we implore you to give them our thanks…you tell them at a bunch of gay Hillary guys in Boystown, Chicago were wrong about the Bushes…and are deeply, deeply sorry for any jokes we told about them in the past, any bad thoughts we had about these good, good people.
They don’t ask people to become blind followers of the Republican merely because of his personal decency, but only that people refrain from personal attacks:
Criticize their policies academically and intelligently and discuss the Bush presidency in historical and political terms…but you mess with the Bushes personally and, from this day forward, and you’ll answer to us.
Finally, they regret that they didn’t “appreciate” W while that good man was in office, but are grateful they’ve “wised up and can see the good” he is “doing, under the radar, today.” It says a lot about George W. Bush that when he went to meet with the families of the victims, he and his wife did it “under the radar.” He did it to ease their pain, not to score political points. H.W. and Barbara, you raised a good boy. And Laura, you helped him become a better man.
We could use more such men.